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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 15

Bold Predictions

 Bilal Powell will be a top-5 fantasy RB in Week 15.

Powell hasn’t been used properly all year by the Jets, but finally got his chance after Matt Forte went down early on with a knee injury last week against the 49ers. Powell absolutely lit it up, rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. He also had five receptions for another 34 yards. Forte is unlikely to play Saturday night against Miami so it’s Powell’s show. The Dolphins are allowing over 130 rushing yards per game and Powell will benefit from countless check-downs from the young Bryce Petty. He puts up another huge stat line in Week 15.

Tom Brady has over 300 yards and three scores against top pass defense.

One of the hottest topics for the fantasy playoffs this week is whether or not to start Brady. He’s on the road against the Broncos, the best defense in the league. I think Brady needs to be started this week and he will reward faithful owners. He just torched a very good Baltimore defense for over 400 yards and three touchdowns and you know he wants to make a late push for MVP. Denver allows the least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but Brady isn’t your average quarterback. He’s going to throw for over 300 yards and three scores this week.

 

Shark Sleepers

Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville

Lee has all but leapfrogged Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns as the top receiving option for the Jaguars. He is coming off a 113-yard performance against a tough Vikings’ secondary and seems to be the only one on the same page with quarterback Blake Bortles. With Robinson still drawing the top opposing corner, Lee will continue to benefit. He has another tough matchup this week against the Texans, but should get enough targets to warrant a FLEX play.

Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Diego

Starting running back Melvin Gordon went down with an injury early in the first half last week so Farrow suddenly became fantasy relevant. Farrow ran the ball 16 times for 55 yards and also had six catches for 23 yards. Yes, those are very modest numbers, but the fact that he got 22 touches after Gordon went down speaks volumes. Gordon is very questionable to suit up this week which would mean another game with 20-plus touches for Farrow. That kind of workload against a poor run defense in the Raiders puts him right in the RB2 mix.

 

Lock of the Week

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo

Watkins has been back for three weeks now and has been improving his output each game. He finally scored his first touchdown of the season last week against the Steelers when he had four receptions for 54 yards and the score. Watkins says he wants to finish the year out strong and what better opponent to help him achieve that than the Browns. The Bills offense has had their issues, but it’s almost impossible to not perform well at home against Cleveland. Watkins should be started in all leagues this week.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.