If you’re still reading this, congratulations! You’ve made it to the 2nd round of your league’s fantasy playoffs! All of those other chumps from last week have dropped off because of your superior team and our superior assistance! If you want to be one of the few who is still checking Razzball next week — below you’ll find the low-ownership guys who can help get you there.

 

Quarterbacks

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, 23.6%: Last time I can recommend Garoppolo before my wife gets nervous (also because he plays Jacksonville in week 16 and he’s going to get destroyed in that game.) But Jimmy through for 334 yards and a TD against the Texans in week 14 and now gets to stay in San Fran to play the Titans. The Titans have struggled against real QBs all season. How can I describe what I mean by “real QB?” Well here is who they’ve allowed over 15 fantasy points to: Derek Carr, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Ben Roethlisberger — and Tom Savage. Okay that last one wasn’t great. However, here is who they’ve held to under 15 fantasy points this year: Blake Bortles, Jay Cutler, DeShone Kizer/Cody Kessler, Joe Flacco (14), Andy Dalton (14), Jacoby Brissett (twice.) I think Garoppolo is better than most of these guys and should get over 15 fantasy points in week 15 as your QB2.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI, 4.1%: Trubisky had the best fantasy game of his career going for 20 points on 271 yards passing, 1 passing TD and even running 1 in for a TD. And this was against a Bengals team that had allowed the 8th fewest passing yards on the season. Now, in week 15, Mitch gets the team allowing the 4th most passing yards on the season, the Detroit Lions. Another double-digit scoring performance could be had by Mitch in your QB2 slot.

Nick Foles, PHI, 0.1% owned: Even as a Giants fan I’m bummed about having to include Foles on here. Wentz was fun to watch and was on his way to MVP consideration until he tore his ACL in week 14 — after putting up 26 fantasy points. The city of brotherly love welcomes back its prodigal son as it’s QB1. Foles spent two lackluster seasons away from the city that drafted him 88th overall in the 2012 draft. So what is working in Foles’s favor? For one, Wentz didn’t get here on his own — this Eagles team has been solid on both sides of the ball, top to bottom, left to right, inside and outside. Secondly, the Eagles week 15 opponent, the Giants, have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this year. Lastly, Foles is 2-0 against the Giants in his career with a 63% completion percentage with 445 yards and 4 TDs.

Running Backs

Rod Smith, DAL, 27%: One of the guys everyone rushed to grab after Zeke’s suspension was upheld for the 13th time this season, Smith hadn’t been doing too much to start but has now scored a rushing TD in each of his last 3 games and even went crazy in the receiving game in week 14, grabbing 5 passes for 113 yards and a TD. The Raiders defense just got lit up for 22 fantasy points by Kareem Hunt and has routinely been allowing over 20 fantasy points to opposing rushers (8 times.) If Smith continues to get involved he might even be FLEX worthy in week 15.

Mike Davis, SEA, 24.6%: Take this one with several grains of salt as Davis is nursing some sore ribs that he suffered in week 14. But reading Pete Carroll’s quotes about Davis and seeing his results the past two weeks, it’s clear that he is the RB to own in Seattle. Again, if he’s healthy, Davis gets the Rams in week 15 who have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to RBs this year.

Wayne Gallman, NYG, 1.8%: In week 14, the Giants RB lottery wheel landed on Wayne Gallman. His name may sound like he’s your accountant, but I assure you he is an NFL football player. Orleans Darkwa has been the lead back for NY the past few weeks, but in week 15, Gallman had 12 rushes and 9 pass targets to Darkwa’s 10 and 3. I can’t fully recommend Gallman except in a deep desperation league, but the Redskins have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to RBs on the year.

Wide Receivers

Tyrell Williams, LAC, 20.6%: I’ll be brief: in week 14 Tyrell just had the best game of his season going for 132 yards and a TD. Week 15 Tyrell gets the Chiefs who have allowed the second most fantasy points to WRs all season. You want Tyrell in your FLEX spot in week 15.

Dede Westbrook, JAX, 15.8%: Three straight weeks of double-digit fantasy scoring should have Dede jumping to the top of your waiver claim list. Each week his point total has gone up as well (10, 13, 19) meaning Blake Bortles is liking what he see-sees from Dede. Week 15 sees the Jaguars facing off against the Texans who have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to WRs this season. I could honestly see Dede breaking the 20 point mark in your FLEX spot.

Kendall Wright, CHI, 3.5%: Now where did this come from? After averaging about 6 fantasy points per game so far this year, Kendall exploded for 107 receiving yards and 20 fantasy points. Whenever I recommend a low-owned QB I always like to see if one of his WRs has stepped up and this week it is Mitch Trubisky and Kendall Wright. Read Mitch’s blurb if you want to see why I’m also high on Kendall against the Lions.

Tight Ends

Marcedes Lewis, JAX, 3.3%: Lewis is too wildly inconsistent for me to recommend — except when his matchup dictates. Week 15 he faces the Texans who have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to Tight Ends. This might another one of those random games where Marcedes goes off for double-digit fantasy points.

Adam Shaheen, CHI, 0.4%: In week 11 Shaheen grabbed 4 passes for 41 yards and a TD for 14 fantasy points against the Detroit Lions. In week 14, Shaheen snatched 4 passes for 44 yards and a TD for 14 fantasy points. If history repeats itself I think you can predict Shaheen will catch 4 passes for 43 yards and a TD for 14 fantasy points in week 15 against the same Lions. They have allowed the 7th most receiving yards to TEs on the season.

Defense/Special Teams

Denver Broncos D/ST, @ IND, 62.2% owned: Your streaming defense of the week is the Denver Broncos. These Broncos are extra hyped and motivated after shutting out the Jets in week 14 scoring 16 fantasy points in the process. Now, in week 15 they get the team scoring the 3rd fewest points per game: the Indianapolis Colts.

Kickers

Robbie Gould, SF, 20.1%: I told you all to grab Gould last week and he put up 17 big fantasy points. Here I am again — Gould is gold! His week 15 opponent, the Titans, have tied the Bengals for most FGs allowed in the league. Expect another 15+ fantasy point game from Gould.

  1. Kerry Klug

    Kerry Klug says:
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    Oh man! Caught my own mistake in the Garoppolo post: Jimmy THREW — not Jimmy through! I’m such a stunade.

  2. Cram It says:
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    I was down 31 points going into last night. My Burkhead and Landry vs his Cooks. Not a chance in hell right? After Landry’s 2nd TD in the 3rd quarter, I was down 3.5 points! I went from “no way” to “I got this”. Cooks got a measly 3 points after that, but my two combined for less than a point in the whole 4th quarter. Oof. Way to get my hopes up. Ended up 134.86-128.34. At least it made last night’s game exciting to watch. Til next year. Good job guys.

  3. Bobby's world says:
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    Howdy Kerry!!

    Well this is it it’s win or lose, sink or swim time! I made it to the semis & looking for advice for who you’d add for this crucial week.

    It’s .5 PPR

    My RBs are Gordon, hunt, mcaffery, McKinnon, ekeler, AP, mike Davis, gio Bernard

    My WRs we start 3 could be 4 with flex: Keenan Allen, Baldwin, tyreek hill, hogan, Parker, josh Gordon

    D/St I have chargers. But I’m debating on either adding Falcons D (@ TB), or Cowboys D (@ OAK)

    Kicker I’ll stream thinking either Dan bailey at OAK, matt Bryant at TB

    Now for the other adds:
    How would you rank these, or would you not do these adds?

    Add Rod smith drop AP or McKinnon?
    Add Peyton barber drop AP or McKinnon?
    Add Gallman drop either AP or McKinney?

    Next at WR:
    Add Dede Westbrook drop Davante Parker?
    Add Paul Richardson drop Davante Parker?
    Add Trent Taylor drop Davante Parker?
    Add martavis Bryant drop Davante Parker?

    I have both Dak & Winston are you dropping Winston since Bucs are eliminated from playoff contention & just ride Dak? Or drop Winston to add Bortles?

    ———

    Here’s my opponents roster what do you think?

    His QB: he has alex smith & Brees

    His RBs Ingram, Burkhead, buck Allen, Jonathan Stewart, Darkwa

    His WRs Cooks, theilen, mike Wallace, Stills, juju, rob woods, Cobb, amendola

    His TE Rudolph & sefarian jenkins on bench

    His D Ravens

    His kicker gostkowski

    I’m worried about this matchup he’s won 9 straight!!

    Thanks man!

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Bobby’s world:
      I wouldn’t do any of the RB adds.
      I’d grab Dede.
      I’d grab Bortles. He has a SAWFT matchup in week 16.
      Id grab the Falcons D if you can — chargers have a rough opponent in the Chiefs.
      Go with Matt Bryant

      He’ll beat you at QB, TE, D/ST, and Kicker.
      But your RB/WR are better than his — take a close look at match-ups . I like Melvin and McCaff at RB
      I like Baldwin Allen and Hill at WR
      Hunt at Flex

  4. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Superflex league, I have Gabbert @ Was at QB2 and BAL @ Cle at DST. In what order would you put in waiver claims for NO v NYJ (Bryce Petty!) and Foles @ NYG? My opponent doesn’t really need either position but there’s another team alive who needs both and will probably put in claims, so I’ll only get 1.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d grab Foles first.

  5. Drekkan says:
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    ESPN standard non-PPR scoring. 2 RB/2 WR and a Flex.

    Currently have:

    RB: Jordan Howard / Kenyan Drake / Jay Ajayi
    WR: Tyreek Hill / Adam Thielen / Alshon Jeffrey / Kenny Stills / Paul Richardson / Marqise Lee

    I’m pretty sure the play is Howard/Drake at RB and Hill/Thielen at WR. But for that flex spot – do I trust Alshon catching balls from Nick Foles, Jay Ajayi in the backfield, or one of the three other receivers? Or do I audible completely and try and pick up an unclaimed Tyrell Williams?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Drekkan: Alshon is your guy.

  6. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    still have olsen, won’t start him till i see him actually finish a game AND be used (only one shot left on that then), best other TE
    witten @ OAK (23rd vs TE’s)
    ebron vs CHI (15th vs TE’s)

  7. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    dynasty standard, somebody dropped crowell, he’s an easy add over my darkwa (gallman also out there)?

      • Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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        @Kerry Klug: i didn’t notice that one, usually i’m good at catching those. either way we’re good knowing which team gallman is on (hopefully)

  8. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    i’d be careful with shaheen, sims is still outsnapping him.

    14 teamer, best this week:
    ebron vs CHI (as seen from above 15th)
    VD vs ARI (6th vs TE’s))
    celek (SF) vs TEN (22nd vs TE’s)

  9. Ron P says:
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    Week 15 in a .5PPR

    How would you rank these WRs? Crabtree, Dez, Baldwin, DeDe, Funchess

    How would you rank these RBs? Kamara, Drake, M. Gordon

    Thanks.

  10. Mike in Busan says:
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    I can’t believe this is a question, but it feels like one:
    Rodgers vs. Carolina or Case Effing Keenum vs. Cincy. The Bengals made Trubisky look like Jaworski last week.

    • Aaron Says R-E-L-A-X says:
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      @Mike in Busan:

      I wouldn’t get cute. Go with Rodgers. I tried to overthink it last week and went with the hot hand in Josh McCown over Brees/Dak and got a big Negative 6.

      • Mike in Busan says:
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        @Aaron Says R-E-L-A-X: HA! I went with McCown over Cam last week. In a league in which I was 3 points away from securing a first-round bye the previous week, and instead bumped in the first round by almost 80 points. So starting McCown really didn’t make that big a difference. Anyway, thanks, going with Rodgers.

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @Mike in Busan: Tough call. I’m in a similar situation with Rivers against KC and Rodgers against Carolina….Rivers seems safer, but I can’t help but think the Packers come out with their hair on fire….

      Seems like Keenum’s floor and ceiling are relatively close, like a safe 15 but never over 20….Rodger’s has that 30 potential against any team, I’d take a shot on him.

  11. Aaron Says R-E-L-A-X says:
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    Need some comments on filling a few spots. 2-week playoff format….. Losing by 8 pts after week 1 (thanks Josh McCown for the -6).

    I need to start 2 of these randoms…..

    Robert Woods, Rex Burkhead, DeDe Westbrook, Chris Hogan (Also have Hilton/Ajayi/McKinnon wasting bench space).

    Starters (no Kickers/Def league)…
    Dak Prescott
    Alex Collins
    Antonio Brown
    Tyreek Hill
    Jack Doyle
    FLex
    Flex

    Thanks for weighing in!

  12. Re-Pete says:
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    Jimmy G, Cousins, or Bortles?

  13. Big W says:
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    Foles @ NYG or Cousins vs. Arizona this week?

    Please and thank you.

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @Big W: Eagles are not putting anything on Foles in what shouldn’t be a close game, could be up early and running with their 13 rostered backs, I’d go with Cousins.

  14. kingforaday151 says:
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    I worked the #1 seed and a 1st week playoff bye, tough decisions this week and I’ll inevitably overthink this….

    QB – Rivers, Rodgers
    WR – Allen, Green, Cooks, Landry
    RB – Freeman, Kamara, Burkhead,
    TE – Graham
    D – Jags
    Other option – Mike Davis, Derrick Henry both with good matchups

    Keep rolling with Rivers, or jump in with Rodgers? Concern about Green’s matchup with Rhodes and Dalton’s generally shit play against good defenses? If Kamara plays, how much does he actually get used against the Jets when they need him healthy for week 16/17?

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