If Josh Jacobs misses more time, DeAndre Washington should be owned
For most fantasy owners, Week 15 marks the fantasy semifinals. It's the time of year where you need to win to move on, and with the number of injuries in Week 14, that may be tough for some fantasy owners.
It seems a little late in the year to make a lot of lineup moves, but often there are players on the waiver wire that can either help you (Tyler Higbee the past two weeks!) or that you don't want your opponent to own. It is the time of year to fill your roster with players that you want to start and drop the ones you won't (even if they were successful at some point — I'm looking at you, Tevin Coleman).
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (48 percent owned)
Streaming quarterbacks is tough, but when your quarterback is injured or has a tough matchup, it may be worth it to consider another option. Lamar Jackson is dealing with a quad injury and plays on a short week (Thursday night). Patrick Mahomes is dealing with an injured hand. Tannehill is available in about half of the leagues. He has 11 touchdowns in the past four games. He just threw for 391 yards and he faces Houston in Week 15. Houston allowed three touchdowns to Tom Brady and Drew Lock in the past two weeks. Tannehill will be a borderline QB1.
Adrian Peterson (39 percent owned) & Chris Thompson (11 percent owned), Washington Redskins
With Derrius Guice likely out for the rest of the season (Week 15 at least), it will be back to Peterson as the lead running back. Thompson is healthy and will come in for passing downs. Peterson was given 20 carries in Week 14 for 76 yards and a touchdown. Thompson had eight targets and he caught seven of them for 43 yards. Both running backs face a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15.
DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders (7 percent owned)
With Josh Jacobs out, Washington took over for the Raiders. He had 14 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown. He added six receptions for 43 yards. Compared to Jalen Richard (seven carries for 28 yards, two receptions for 18 yards), Washington was clearly the back to start. It doesn't seem likely that the team will rush Jacobs back, so Washington will have RB3 value for Week 15 against the Jaguars.
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (35 percent owned)
Pascal is pretty much the only healthy Colts receiver. T.Y. Hilton is likely out, Parris Campbell is on injured reserve. Marcus Johnson (owned in 0 percent of leagues) has stepped up in the past two weeks as well. He's had seven receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown in the past two weeks. Pascal has had 12 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown in the same time frame. These two wide receivers are going to be a focal point of Indianapolis' passing game when the Colts face New Orleans in Week 15.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (9 percent owned)
Calvin Ridley's season is over, so Gage will likely step up to be the No. 2 in Atlanta alongside Julio Jones. He has had a role when Jones was out, so it seems that Matt Ryan will look for Gage again in Week 15 against San Francisco. It seems to be a tough matchup, but look what New Orleans just did against the 49ers in Week 14. He'll be a WR3.
Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0 percent owned)
With Mike Evans out, Perriman will have a role in the Bucs offense. However, keep in mind that Jameis Winston injured his hand in Week 14. It does seem that he should play in Week 15, but that cannot be guaranteed. With Winston out, Perriman's value tanks. With Winston in, the matchup against the Lions in Week 15 is an appealing one. Perriman would be a WR3 with Winston. He's had eight receptions in the past two games for 157 yards and a touchdown.
Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers (1 percent owned)
Greg Olsen missed Week 14 with a concussion, and it's no guarantee he will return for Week 15. With Olsen out, Thomas had 10 targets. That was second on the team (behind Christian McCaffrey). He caught five of those for 57 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers face the Seahawks in Week 15 who just allowed a monster game to Tyler Higbee. Thomas is a high TE2 for this week.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Kansas City Chiefs (31 percent owned)
The Chiefs face the Denver Broncos, who allow the eighth-most fantasy points to DSTs. Bronco QBs have thrown an interception in the past four games and have been sacked seven times in that same span. Drew Lock has played very well in each of his first two starts, but he's still a rookie. Kansas City's D has been playing better lately making this DST a nice streaming option for Week 15.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.