Fantasy Football Advice: Week 15 pickups

Scott Moser / Washburn Review

By this point in the season many of us are either still alive in the playoffs or playing for a lesser place in our imaginary football leagues.  There comes a point in the season where NFL teams begin to lock up their positions in the playoffs and inevitably will rest their stars to keep them fresh.  For instance, the Packers may decide to sit Aaron Rodgers in the second half of their blowout win this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Here are a few players that may actually help a few teams win their fantasy leagues.

Quarterbacks

TJ Yates-Houston Texans (6% Yahoo! owned):The Houston Texans play at home this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.  This past Sunday he led the Texans to a comeback victory and threw for 300 yards and two scores against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Although the Houston Texans are more oriented as a run first team, I think Yates could put up some respectable numbers against the 18th ranked defense of the Panthers.

Andy Dalton-Cincinnati Bengals (54% Yahoo! owned): The Bengals travel to play the St. Louis Rams in the Edward Jones Dome.  Andy Dalton has put up some good games against better defenses so it is not impossible to think that he could have a great passing game this Sunday against the Rams. 

Jake Locker-Tennessee Titans (3% Yahoo! owned): This past Sunday, Jake Locker came in for injured starter Matt Hasselbeck and nearly led the Titans to an improbable comeback victory against the Saints.  Keep an eye out this week to see if the Titans elect to go with Locker this week against the lowly Colts.  If Locker plays, I would have no problems starting him this week against the Colts in Indianapolis. 

Running Backs

Felix Jones-Dallas Cowboys (63% Yahoo! owned):If you were a DeMarco Murray owner, bad news came this past Sunday when it was learned that Murray had suffered a season ending broken ankle.  If you were lucky enough to land Felix Jones in free agency, then congratulations.  The Cowboys play against very soft run defenses (at Tampa Bay, vs. Philadelphia) the next few weeks and Felix is the lone back in the Dallas backfield. 

Ben Tate-Houston Texans (67% Yahoo! owned):  As I stated before the Houston Texans are a run oriented team.  Houston has also locked up a playoff spot so they may decide to rest Arian Foster a little more to keep him fresh.  Ben Tate looks like a very solid RB2 going forward for the rest of the season. 

Wide Receivers

Doug Baldwin-Seattle Seahawks (28% Yahoo! owned): Baldwin put up a great game on Monday night against the Rams.  His quarterback, Travaris Jackson, seems to be playing better and Baldwin is his favorite target.  The Seahawks travel to Chicago this Sunday so keep an eye on the weather this weekend because it can get bad this time of year in Chicago hampering the Seahawks passing game. 

Donald Driver-Green Bay Packers (16% Yahoo! owned): Greg Jennings injured his knee this past Sunday and will be out for two to three weeks.  Another receiver for Green Bay will have to step up in Jennings’ absence.  I believe Jordy Nelson may get more looks but also Driver may become more useful as he is a veteran.  

Randall Cobb (13% Yahoo! Owned)is more athletic and may also be another beneficiary of Jennings’ absence. 

Defense Plug N’ Play: Seattle Seahawks (43% Yahoo! owned):  The Seahawks’ defense has looked really good the past three weeks and have created turnovers and at times have turned them into touchdowns.  They travel to play the Chicago Bears this Sunday and well, the Bears have not looked good offensively.  Caleb Hanie has looked awful and if the weather is bad the Seahawks could capitalize on Bears turnovers.