Whether you play in season long fantasy football leagues or prefer the daily scene, everyone can use a couple good fantasy sleepers from time to time. We took a second to break down a feel that either are too good to ignore or are just quiet enough that few will seriously consider using them. That could be to your advantage. Let’s see who could classify as a sneaky sleeper for week 15 fantasy football leagues:
QB, Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
He’s not the QB you typically start on a week-to-week basis due to his inconsistencies, but Matthew Stafford is a must start this week with a mouth watering matchup. Even though they’re officially out of playoff competition, the Lions will continue to compete – especially on Monday Night Football this week. Going up against a terrible New Orleans secondary, Stafford is poised for a 300+ yard, 3 TD performance.
You may question starting him at this stage of your playoff push, but he looks like a sure thing against a defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing QBs while giving up 36 TD passes (the most in the league) to only 6 interceptions. Since his breakout 5 TD performance on Thanksgiving, Stafford has followed that up with 4 TDs to just 1 interception in the following two games.
RB, Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
I might get beat up for this one, but I’ll take the risk. I had extremely high hopes for Melvin Gordon entering the season. Taken in the first round of this past NFL Draft, I figured he’d come in and add another dimension to the Chargers offense – that has not been the case in the slightest. The Chargers continue to force feed him the rock week after week despite the lack of production. He’s averaging just 3.5 yards per rush and has failed to reach the endzone all season.
With all that being said, I’m going out on a limb this week and labeling Gordon a ‘sleeper’ in week 15. He’s up against a Miami defense that is top 5 in points allowed to opposing RBs. Even Rashad Jennings had a solid game against the ‘Phins this past week, another struggling RB. With no postseason in sight, San Diego will continue to do what they’ve done all season long and keep giving Gordon the ball – no he just has to capitalize in a favorable matchup. I mean, he has to score at least one TD, right? Mine as well be this week.
RB, Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers
This is a risky play right here, but I’m buying into Mike Tolbert this week. Yes I know, he’s a fullback – but the Panthers aren’t scared to give him the ball. With Jonathan Stewart not at 100% and possibly out this week, Greg Olsen also in the same boat, Carolina will have to look elsewhere for offensive production. Tolbert is a guy who can make an impact on the ground and in the receiving game. He gets a fair amount of touches each week and that should increase in week 15.
Not only do the possible absences of Stewart and Olsen benefit Tolbert, but his matchup does as well. He goes against a New York Giants defense that allowed Lamar Miller to have a field day. The Giants aren’t a good tackling team, which Tolbert will surely take advantage of. He’s not going to get the volume touches, but he could easily find the endzone this week.
WR, Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is the “outside the box” sleeper pick of the week. With Vincent Jackson out, other guys will have to produce in that WR corps. Trumaine Johnson did a fantastic job shutting down Calvin Johnson last week, so you can expect that this week as he’ll be matched up with Mike Evans. This will force other depth guys to step up.
Adam Humphries has been a steady performer for most of the season and even caught a TD this past week. Say Evans does get shutdown by Johnson, he’s the next guy in line I could see stepping up. I wouldn’t advise starting him by any means, but he’s certainly a guy to keep an eye on and perhaps go with if you’re extremely desperate.
TE, Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
After his game-winning hail mary TD catch, you may not think of Richard Rodgers as a sleeper, but I guarantee he’s not a guy you start from week-to-week. The Packers passing game has been an enigma this final stretch of the season, but Rodgers has stepped up. It started with his big game against Detroit where he went for 150+ yards and a TD. He followed that up with a TD this past week.
Green Bay lives and dies through their passing game, and Richard Rodgers has had a huge impact the past few weeks and has 7 TDs on the season. With a favorable matchup against Oakland who allows the 2nd most points to TEs, Rodgers should most definitely be a start this week at TE.