Week 14 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 15 and try to get some nice scores. My goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Below I’ll go over some of those plays.
LeSean McCoy ($6300) – Many expected, including myself, a much bigger game out of McCoy last week. Unfortunately it didn’t quite pan out as we planned. He rushed for 74 yards on 20 carries and caught four passes for 35 yards. The only good thing about that is that people will likely be looking elsewhere this week because of last week’s game. Keep in mind, McCoy still received 20 carries last week. He has also carried the ball 19 or more times in each game and has over 20 touches in every game since Week 10. In that span, he is averaging 5.6 targets and 3.6 receptions per game. He has topped 18 Fantasy points in four of his last six games and has eclipsed 100 total yards in seven straight games. The Redskins surrender 104.7 rushing yards per game and 4.45 yards per carry, while yielding nine touchdowns. They’re also giving up 4.7 receptions and 36 receiving yards per game. This is a good spot for McCoy.
David Johnson ($5700) – Johnson has 20+ touches in two consecutive games and has topped 17 fantasy points in each of those games. He has also totaled over 100 yards in those two games. This week he heads to Philly to take on the Eagles defense who has struggled against the run. Opposing running backs are averaging 109.2 rushing yards, 45.2 receiving yards, and 5.2 receptions per game against the Eagles. They also average 4.3 yards per carry and have scored eight touchdowns. Johnson is averaging 4.7 targets and three receptions in his last three games. He has big play ability, is involved in the passing game, and receives a heavy workload out of the backfield. He checks off all the boxes I look for when I’m considering a running back. This game has the highest over/under of the week at 51 points and the Cardinals have an implied point total of 27.25 points. At this price, Johnson shouldn’t have trouble paying off his salary.
Jeremy Maclin ($5500) – Maclin has seen a consistent amount of targets in the last three games as he is averaging 10 targets per game in that span. The Chiefs head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens secondary who are one of the worst pass defenses in the league. They are surrendering 181.7 receiving yards and over 25 fantasy points per game to receivers, while allowing the most receiving touchdowns (24). In the last three games, Maclin is averaging eight receptions and 107.7 receiving yards per game. In that span he has topped 29 fantasy points twice and has scored three touchdowns. At this price it is difficult to overlook his recent success, especially in such a good matchup.
Golden Tate ($5500) – Since Week 11, Tate has received the eighth most targets amongst receivers (39). He’s averaging 9.8 targets and eight receptions per game in his last four. He has also topped 14 fantasy points in four straight games. This is a great spot for Tate to continue playing well as he takes on one of the worst defenses in the league. The Saints have allowed the most touchdowns to opposing receivers this year (24) and are allowing 181.7 receiving yards and 13.5 receptions per game. This matchup is tied for the highest over/under of the week at 51 points and the Lions have an implied point total of 24.25 points. This game in indoors and on the turf which bodes well for Matthew Stafford. He has also flourished throughout his career against bad defenses. I’m fully expecting a shootout on Monday night, making Tate a very appealing Monday night hammer.
Heath Miller ($3700) – I know, Miller hasn’t been all that great this season and plays the Broncos. However, the Steelers have an implied point total of 26 points. The Broncos have allowed just two touchdowns to receivers this season and have been tough to run against. So we have to figure out, where these potential points are coming from. After taking a closer look at it, they’ve been somewhat vulnerable against tight ends. They’re yielding 62.8 receiving yards per game to tight ends and have surrendered six touchdowns. Tight ends have topped 70 yards in four straight games against the Broncos and have scored three touchdowns in that span. Miller is averaging 8.4 targets in the last five games he has played. He’s coming off of a 10 reception game and could be in for another busy day on Sunday.
Jordan Reed ($5900) – It’s pretty clear that the Redskins game plan is to throw Reed the ball. He’s averaging 8.4 targets per game and has only been targeted fewer than eight times in a game three times. He averages 16.8 fantasy points per game, but has flashed his ceiling of 30+ points in multiple occasions this season. He has caught six or more passes in three of the last four games and faces a Bills team that has yielded a two touchdowns in their last three games to tight ends. The Bills are also giving up 46.2 receiving yards and 4.3 receptions per game to tight ends. Reed averages the second most targets on a per game basis amongst tight ends. He offers both a steady floor and high ceiling.