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Winning the Wire and the Playoffs: Week 15 Fantasy Sleepers

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Widespread inclement weather and serious injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker were big fantasy storylines in Week 14.  Gronkowski will be fortunate to play in Week 1 of 2014, while Welker suffered his second concussion of the year and looks unlikely to play against San Diego on Thursday night.  If you’re still alive, congratulations and you probably have not been beset by injuries like the vast majority of fantasy players.  However, if you suffered an injury or just don’t like the matchup in a deep league maybe someone here can help you out.  Let’s get right to it, playoffs are no time to look backwards.

QUARTERBACKS

Whoever starts for the Bears between Jay Cutler and Josh McCown is a great waiver option this week against a beatable Cleveland defense.  Alshon Jeffery owners have to be pulling for McCown in a serious way.  The reach here is Jason Campbell for me in the same game, facing the Bears.  Chicago’s defense is not what it has been in recent years, and Campbell has one top flight weapon in Josh Gordon plus a really good tight end in Jordan Cameron for targets.  Plus, Willis McGahee is highly questionable for this one, and Ogbonnaya and Whittaker are more pass-friendly to the Browns offense.

RUNNING BACKS

Toby Gerhart is probably the priority addition here because Adrian Peterson has been in a walking boot until today and will try to practice on Friday.  He has a decent matchup at home against Philadelphia.  Another backup option to consider is Jordan Todman, especially in PPR formats.  Todman is a New Bedford, MA native and came to the NFL from UConn; he figures to start if Jones-Drew can’t go due to injury suffered in week 14.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Da’Rick Rodgers of the Colts offers size across from a double covered T.Y. Hilton against the Texans.  He saw nine targets in week 14 and eclipsed 100 yards while scoring a touchdown.  The Tennessee Tech rookie is raw, but trending upwards in an offense that desperately has needed an outside threat since Reggie Wayne was lost for the year.

Baltimore’s Marlon Brown is another rookie but he’s been on the radar since his touchdown streak early in the year.  Brown should benefit from the return of Dennis Pitta and gets a great matchup at Detroit on Monday night.

TIGHT ENDS

Brandon Myers (NYG) has scored in three straight and the Giants figure to be playing catch up against Seattle this week.

Scott Chandler (BUF) actually has a good matchup against Jacksonville, while the Eagles duo of Celek and Ertz face a leaky Minnesota defense indoors on the road.  Garrett Graham (HOU) and the aforementioned Dennis Pitta (BAL) are the more widely-owned TEs to look for on the wire.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

The Atlanta DST is the super sleeper of the week because they play Washington at home.  RGIII is done for the year, meaning Kirk Cousins will be starting for a team that has apparently officially thrown in a very large towel.

About Kevin O'Keefe - @KevinOKeefe14

I am an attorney practicing in New Hampshire.  Previously I practiced in Florida, and have a Massachusetts license I have never used.  I am contributing with fantasy football pieces now and hope to expand my contributions in the future.   I attended college at the University of New Hampshire and was captain of the tennis team.  I graduated law school in 2007.    I love to surf, hike, and travel all over especially to Central America. I started playing fantasy sports in 8th grade when my friend and I would mail in our newspaper fantasy baseball salary cap league.  I play fantasy football, hockey, baseball and NASCAR.  I am happy to expand my current audience of fantasy advice recipients beyond my friends and family.  If you have lineup or draft questions, find me on Twitter @KevinOKeefe14.

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