As Cleveland Browns RB Willis McGahee has really started to slow down in recent weeks, fantasy football owners have been waiting for his backup, Chris Ogbonnaya, to finally step up and take control of the starting job.
However, Ogbonnaya amassed an unimpressive eight rushing yards last week against the New England Patriots on just four carries. He added three receptions for 25 yards, but his lackluster rushing total will likely cause many owners to steer clear of the former Texas star in Week 15.
This may be the week that Ogbonnaya finally breaks out, though, as Cleveland gets to face a depleted Chicago Bears defense that has been unable to stop anyone defensively. Chicago’s defense is ranked dead last against the run and the unit is currently giving up a staggering 157 yards per game on the ground.
Even more promising for Ogbonnaya’s fantasy value this week is that McGahee was forced to leave practice on Wednesday due to a concussion that he suffered in the fourth quarter last weekend. The former first round pick is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game and the back must pass the league’s concussion protocol before suiting up for Week 15. As it stands right now, McGahee doesn’t look like he will play, which will only increase Ogbonnaya’s value come Sunday afternoon.
Additionally, O-Dog is a decent receiving back and can give QB Jason Campbell a safety blanket to look for out of the backfield. The veteran should see around four targets out of the backfield and be able to rack up at least 20 receiving yards as well.
O-dog is primed to have a huge game against the Bears and any fantasy owner looking for a sleeper would be wise to use him as a flex starter in Week 15. Ognonnaya should rack up around 80 all-purpose yards and get a couple chances to reach pay-dirt.