Demaryius Thomas could save your squad
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Don’t Sleep is back for a Week 15 edition to help your fantasy playoff teams gain that final edge over your opponent. Many of you that have advanced in the playoffs barely squeaked out a victory last week despite dealing with injuries and poor play on your roster. You might have had your eye on some hot waiver wire pickups, just to see the owner you are facing this week grab them before you could. Well, I am here to shed light on some deep sleepers who slipped through the cracks that can get the job done and launch you into the championship. Percentage owned based on ESPN leagues.
More after the jump:
Quarterbacks for Week 15
Jake Locker (TEN) 2 percent owned: All signs are pointing to Locker getting his first career start this week and he couldn’t have dreamt of a better matchup than the Colts. Many of the Colts players called it a season about a month ago, so Locker should have no problem exploiting their horrible defense. In relief of Matt Hasselbeck last week, not only did Locker play well, but he also looked like the better player the guy who gives the Titans the best chance to win. Chris Johnson is also licking his chops for this matchup, but Locker should be able to make plays in the passing game with his legs. I am expecting a huge game from Locker that could include over 200 yards passing with a couple of touchdowns and a rushing TD.
Kyle Orton (KC) 15 percent owned: After practice on Wednesday, Kyle Orton hinted that he would start on Sunday against the Packers and also stated that his injured finger is no longer affecting his throws. If Orton can avoid the interceptions, there are plenty of yards to be had against the Packers. Sure, they are an undefeated team. However, they are undefeated because of Aaron Rodgers and the offense and not because of their defense. If Orton is truly healthy, I could easily see him passing for almost 300 yards and a couple of scores. It will all depend on if he is fully healthy and if he can avoid the costly interceptions.
Running Backs for Week 15
Let’s face it. If you are still reading this column you are still in the playoffs and battling to make it to the championships. The truth is, of the running backs that are less than 30 percent owned in ESPN leagues, I wouldn’t recommend picking up and starting any of them. I will not waste your time and tell you to play someone that I wouldn’t even consider playing in my own league. That being said, you might still have a couple interesting options available in your league. Kevin Smith of Detroit is only 68 percent owned. He took last week off to rest his ankle and should be back and fully healthy against Oakland. If you are in a league that he is available in, go snatch him up. Marion Barber is also owned in less than 70 percent of leagues and despite screwing up in a major way last week, he should be owned in all leagues with Matt Forte out.
Wide Receivers for Week 15
Despite disappointing everyone that came to find some deep sleepers at RB, keep in mind that there are a few intriguing wide receiver options out there.
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) 22 percent owned: Thomas has been beasting lately and it is because Tim Tebow has not only been improving, but he is also realizing that Thomas is the best receiver on the team and targets him relentlessly. Last week, Thomas had 13 targets to lead the team. Three touchdowns in the past two games and dominant play down the stretch is also earning Thomas more trust from Tebow. Pair all of that with the fact that he has a dream-worthy matchup with the Patriots this week, and we could be looking at a huge performance. No one has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers than the Pats, and that trend should continue this week. Look for close to 100 yards and at least one score for Thomas this week.
Randall Cobb (GB) 7 percent owned: An injury to a starter could be just what the doctor ordered for Cobb. Greg Jennings went down this week and it opened an opportunity for all of the other wide receivers on the team to get more burn. In my eyes, Cobb will be the one that makes the most out of his additional reps. Cobb has great playmaking ability and should have a lot of chances to show it off in the slot for the Packers. It also helps that he has the best quarterback in all of football throwing him the rock. I am predicting a big game for Cobb, but as is the case with almost all players that are less than 30 percent owned, he will be a high-risk/high-reward play.
Tight Ends for Week 15
Brent Celek (PHI) 24 percent owned: Another familiar face making a repeat appearance on “Don’t Sleep.” Celek has 18 catches in his last four games, which is pretty damn good for a tight end. If you are looking for a last second fill-in to help you get some production out of the TE spot, you at least know you will get something out of Celek every week. If he can find the end zone, he instantly becomes a top ten fantasy play. I would play him if you are struggling at the position.
There are the deep sleepers for this week guys. I hope someone actually picks one of these guys up and he vaults you into the fantasy championship. If you have any questions of comments you can leave them below, or hit me up on twitter @JessePotes. Look forward to hearing from you all and good luck this week.