The playoffs are officially upon you in Week 15. Whether it be the quarterfinals or the semi-finals, many owners are focused on making the perfect start ‘em, sit ‘em decisions for this week. One fatal error could cost you from making the championship and winning the prize pool. It’s smart to add a matchup-based player, or a high-rising handcuff to avoid worrying about owners with higher waiver wire claims.
All 32 teams will be in action this week, so there are plenty of options for fantasy owners to consider. While quarterback and wide receiver are pretty deep, there are a few tight end or defensive starters that pose potential good fortune. With that said, these are your top sleepers for Week 15.
Phillip Rivers (QB), Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
This is not the sexiest matchup to watch on free NFL streams, but it will feature huge rewards for your fantasy team if you need a quarterback. The Texans have poor pass coverage and Rivers is averaging 290.9 passing yards and two touchdowns per contest since Week 6. In the first meeting, Rivers threw for 285 passing yards and two touchdowns. That’s at least over 20 points worth of play from a 39-year old quarterback. While this may not seem like a dazzling start, if you find yourself looking at a tough matchup against the Steelers, Colts, or Bucs this week, then you could take a chance on Rivers. Rivers has limited his interceptions this season having thrown just nine all year. This will be another game where Rivers will score over 20 points even with a hurt toe.
Ty Johnson (RB), New York Jets vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Jets are not going to win this game, but that doesn’t mean that Johnson can’t contribute to your fantasy team as a high-ceiling flex. Johnson posted a 100-yard game against the Las Vegas Raiders. If neither Frank Gore nor La’Mical Perine can suit up, then Johnson could be a high-volume option that has a chance to score a touchdown. You will not find many running backs that can start at this point in the season, so he might be someone you want to stash right now if you can.
John Brown (WR), Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos
On Week 15, Brown can return from the IR. If his ankle allows him to play, Brown will be a solid flex option. The Bills will be taking on the Broncos that just lost top cornerback A.J. Bouye to a six-game suspension. Before Brown was hurt, he was one of Josh Allen’s favorite targets. His last two games combined feature 14 receptions for 171 yards. With zero touchdowns since September 20th, Brown is a trending target towards getting another touchdown reception.
Jordan Reed (TE), San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Reed has not been in your lineup all season for good reason, but this is a true boom-or-bust play. Reed has been targeted 16 times over the last three games and he scored a touchdown in Week 13. The Cowboys allow the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. If you need a tight end or a flex to help your team secure an upset in your league, take a chance on Reed. What else do you have to lose?
Arizona Cardinals Defense vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Cardinals will either face Carson Wentz, who has 15 interceptions and has been sacked 50 times this season, or Jalen Hurts, who would make this first start as a rookie on the road. The Cardinals do not have a great defense, but the Eagles’ offense might be worse. If you have a defense playing a team like the Chiefs or the Packers, the Cardinals will be a solid waiver-wire pickup this week.