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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 15

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Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas

A change of scenery is all Cooper needed because he’s been white-hot over the last three weeks. During that span, Cooper has 26 receptions for 473 yards and five touchdowns. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a three game total like that before. He’s putting up video game numbers and is getting the ball early and often. He’s a must start the rest of the way and is playing the type of football that could carry fantasy owners to their championship. He gets the Colts next, so enjoy the ride that Cooper is on right now.

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Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

Goff was cruising right along this year, but has hit a big bump in the road the last two weeks. He had four straight weeks with 25-35 fantasy points then came the bye week. After the bye, Goff has been a different player. He put up just 207 yards and one score against Detroit and then last week, easily had the worst game of his career against the Bears. Goff threw four interceptions and zero touchdowns with 180 yards; good for negative points in most formats. He does have a great matchup this week, but it’s hard to feel comfortable starting him. Tread carefully with him.

Shark Sleepers

Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina

Thomas has filled in nicely for the injured Greg Olsen the last two weeks and should be serviceable again in Week 15. He’s coming off a nine catch, 77 yard performance last week where he saw 11 targets from Cam Newton. Those of you struggling at the tight end position need to look his way immediately as he’s still available in over 60% of most fantasy leagues. He does have a somewhat difficult matchup against the Saints, but you have to assume the Panthers will be throwing a lot. Take a look at him.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City

With news that Spencer Ware is doubtful for tonight’s game, Williams becomes the starting running back on the best offense in the AFC. He is now a must-start and should see at least 15 touches. Williams found the end zone twice last week, one on the ground and one through the air, so he’s already shown he’s a duel threat. The matchup against the Chargers on a short week isn’t ideal, but the starting running back for Kansas City has to be used in fantasy no matter what. If you own Williams get him in your lineup.

Lock of the Week

Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams

I discussed Goff’s struggles earlier so it’s no surprise that Cooks has had two bad games in-a-row as well. He has just seven catches for 84 yards, but did get 14 targets so it’s not like he’s been ignored. It’s just a matter of time before Cooks explodes for a 20 point game and I think that happens this week. He has a great matchup at home against a Philly pass defense that is towards the bottom in the league. Look for Cooks to get involved early and often and put up 100 yards and a score.

About Steve Rudy

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