If you are reading this article, then hopefully your team survived your league’s first round of playoffs. If you owned Le’Veon Bell, then you benefited from his epic performance. In fact, I’ll take a gamble and welcome you to the semifinals.
With weather getting colder and playoff races heating up, take a dive with me as we look to help your team advance to the championship round.
After a superb November with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions, Colin Kaepernick has fallen back to earth with a dismal December. However, Kaepernick should bounce back in Week 15 when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Atlanta Falcons who have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The 49ers quarterback struggled in Week 13 in a cold and snowy loss against Chicago at Soldier Field, but will not be inhibited by any weather concerns in Atlanta’s domed stadium. Although it may be difficult to trust Kaepernick with his roller coaster season, he does offer a high ceiling that may be the difference maker for your team. Consider Kaepernick as a low-end QB2 with strong upside.
Week 15 projection: 200 passing yards; 30 rushing yards; 2 TD
With Melvin Gordon doubtful for Week 15 and potentially missing the remainder of the season, Kenneth Farrow was one of this week’s top waiver additions. The undrafted rookie running back has been sub-par this season, but was solid in filling in for Gordon in Week 14. Although he will likely be sharing the workload with Ronnie Hillman, Farrow should receive the bulk of the carries and play a role in the passing game against the Oakland Raiders who have given up the 8th most fantasy points to opposing running backs including six touchdowns over the last four games. Farrow is a great flex play and low-end RB2 this weekend.
Week 15 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
WR Adam Thielen
The Minnesota Vikings offense has struggled in the second half of the season, but did rebound well in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide receiver Adam Thielen has been a key component in the improved offense and has averaged almost 60 yards per game this season. Thielen and the Minnesota Vikings will welcome the Indianapolis Colts who are a relatively neutral matchup against wide receivers, but have faced relatively weak passing offenses over the last two weeks. Expect Thielen to have another consistent showing and hit paydirt this weekend.
Week 15 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE Charles Clay
Charles Clay has not had the breakout season that many predicted for 2016. However, Clay’s best performance of the season occurred last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he posted 52 receiving yards and a touchdown. With a Week 15 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, who have surrendered the 2nd most points including the most touchdowns to opposing tight ends, he may be in store for an encore. If your tight end is injured or faces a difficult matchup, then consider Clay for Week 15. The weather forecast is predicting snow so expect more short passes, but still ample opportunity for Clay.
Week 15 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
D/ST Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons defense has not been worth owning in most fantasy football leagues this season, but can be appealing based on matchup. For instance, the Falcons dismantled the St Louis Rams’ struggling offense and rewarded owners with three sacks, five forced turnovers, and two defensive touchdowns last weekend. Atlanta should have another attractive matchup at home against a San Francisco 49ers offense that has given up the 8th most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Look for Atlanta to pressure Colin Kaepernick the entire game and deliver another solid outing.
Week 15 projection: 11 points
Week 14 results….not too shabby!
QB Andy Dalton
Week 14 projection: 225 passing yards; 2 TD
Week 14 results: 180 passing yards; 17 rushing yards; 2 TD (good call)
RB Doug Martin
Week 14 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
Week 14 results: 85 total yards 1 TD (good call)
Week 14 projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 14 results: 41 receiving yards; 1 TD (good call)
Week 14 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 14 results: 0 points (bad call)
DST Cincinnati Bengals
Week 14 projection: 11 points
Week 14 results: 9 points (good call)
Good luck in Week 15!