Fantasy Football 2013: Under The Radar Starts For Week 15
So, you invested in the Broncos offense last night?
My sincerest condolences.
A very odd, underperforming outing on Thursday night, unless you started Andre Caldwell (no one did), you are probably in a pretty deep hole in your playoff matchup. Now, you may need some sneaky starts that present a ton of upside for Week 15.
I’ve got you covered.
Chris Ogbonnaya vs Chicago Bears: “Silent G” may be anything but silent come Sunday. With Willis McGahee unlikely to play due to a concussion, the backfield will belong to Ogbonnaya in an extremely favorable matchup. Sure, Fozzy Whitaker (great name) will likely get some work, but Ogbonnaya has been the better back, averaging a strong 5.3 yards per carry to date. That bodes well against a Chicago run defense that is surrendering the most rushing yards per game (157) and opposing offenses are averaging 30.5 rushing attempts per game against the Bears, which is the most in football. In fact, Chicago has allowed eight consecutive 100-yard outings, which is absurd. He also will contribute through the air, as Ogbonnaya is averaging a healthy 5.1 targets per game in an offense that passes the ball more than anyone. Ogbonnaya is a top-30 play this week.
Brandon LaFell vs New York Jets: It seems like LaFell shows up in favorable matchups and then disappears for a few weeks in a row. Well, this week is one of those good matchups, as the Jets have really struggled against the pass lately. On the year, they are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts, and have also coughed up 14 pass plays of 40-plus yards, which is tied for second-most in the league. They have also surrendered 24 scores through the air (eighth-most). Call it a gut feeling, call it a good matchup, but I have one of these feelings that this is one of those games where LaFell has like four catches, but two of them are in the end zone.
Ace Sanders vs Buffalo Bills: Sanders has yet to catch a touchdown pass this season, but has really started to come alive in PPR formats. Over the last four games, Sanders has been targeted a healthy 31 times (second-most on team), resulting in 23 receptions. The Jaguars have a terrific matchup for wide receivers against the Bills, and considering Maurice Jones-Drew is doubtful and Cecil Shorts is questionable, Sanders may be the focal point of the passing game. Buffalo is currently allowing 33.67 fantasy points per game to wideouts, the third-most in the league. The Bills are also allowing 1.9 passing touchdowns per game, which also ranks third-highest.
Jerome Simpson vs Philadelphia Eagles: A pretty deep league play here, but with Matt Cassel under center for this game, that might actually be a good thing for Simpson. In the four games where Cassel has either started or played the majority of the game, Simpson has 18 catches for 278 yards and a score. The Vikings may have some serious garbage time opportunity in this game against a very vulnerable pass defense. Philadelphia is allowing the most fantasy points per game to wideouts (38.05), and opposing offenses are averaging a league-leading 42.3 pass attempts per game against them. There is some sneaky opportunity for Simpson in this one.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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