If you’re reading this column then congratulations. Week 15 means something to your team. It also probably means that your team doesn’t have many holes, but there’s always a late-season waiver pickup that becomes a fantasy playoff difference maker. Maybe it’s one of these guys.
Cameron Meredith — WR, Chicago Bears
With Marquess Wilson injured, Meredith stepped in and led the Bears’ receiving core, securing 6-of-8 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in a near upset over the Lions. If Chicago’s WRs remain banged up, Meredith should be in another good spot potentially playing catchup against the Packers next week.
Charles Clay — TE, Buffalo Bills
Clay has been a bit overhyped all season as we’ve been waiting for him to produce a big week. He finally broke out in Week 14 for 52 yards and a score. Is he trustworthy? Absolutely not. But if you need a TE next week (a really thin position right now), Clay will get a chance to find the end zone again against the Browns (who allowed Tyler Eifert to score a pair of touchdowns on Sunday).
Anquan Boldin — WR, Detroit Lions
With Marvin Jones struggling and Golden Tate catching primarily short passes, Boldin has been Matthew Stafford’s most reliable red zone option. The trusted veteran has averaged 7.5 targets since the team’s bye, and hauled in his seventh touchdown of the season on Sunday.
Dwayne Washington — RB, Detroit Lions
Theo Riddick is banged up with both wrist and knee injuries. That allowed Washington to earn 17 touches against the Bears (and gain 74 yards). If the versatile starter is forced to miss more time, Washington looks like the recipient of a good sized workload. Even though Washington’s matchups aren’t great, his opportunity could be there.
Robby Anderson — WR, New York Jets
Bryce Petty under center for the Jets means Anderson becomes the primary target (sorry Brandon Marshall owners). In the past two games, Anderson has been targeted 23 times (although he’s caught just 10) and carried the ball twice — resulting in 172 yards and a touchdown. If you own Marshall, it isn’t at all crazy to consider swapping him out for Anderson down the stretch.
Dontrelle Inman — WR, San Diego Chargers
Three games in a row now with a touchdown for Inman, yet he still gets no attention. This time he brought in 6-of-7 targets in Carolina for 71 yards and a TD. With Travis Benjamin a non-factor once again, it feels more and more with each performance that Inman is not a flash in the pan.
Taylor Gabriel — WR, Atlanta Falcons
Gabriel mixed in a dud against the Chiefs in Week 13, but he was back to his usual tricks on Sunday, going for 82 yards and a touchdown. With five touchdowns in his last six games, Gabriel is a real factor in Atlanta’s high-powered offense.
Ty Montgomery — RB/WR, Green Bay Packers
The Packers’ backfield is a weird place. James Starks looked like “the guy” upon his return, then Christine Michael promptly led the team in carries the following week, and now Montgomery (the emergency RB) appears to be the top option. If anything, Montgomery produced the most out of the three — rushing nine times for 41 yards and a touchdown on Sunday to go along with three catches for 45 yards.
Kenneth Farrow — RB, San Diego Chargers
Melvin Gordon (hip) was the big name to go down in Week 14 (and didn’t return), leaving a monster hole in San Diego’s offense. Farrow was forced into action, carrying 16 times for 55 yards and catching six passes for another 23 yards. If Gordon is forced to miss time, Farrow could be a fantasy savior getting the majority of the work out of the Chargers’ backfield.
Bilal Powell — RB, New York Jets
Just a week removed from seeing one carry for three yards, Powell was one of the fantasy heroes of the week. Matt Forte left the game with a knee injury after three carries, leaving Powell to be the primary ball carrier. He did just fine, turning 25 carries into 145 yards and two rushing touchdowns (including the game-winner in OT) while catching all five of his targets for 34 yards. Even if Forte is active next week, it would be tough not to keep Powell involved in the offense, and obviously if Forte is out, Powell will remain the clear-cut featured back.
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