Fantasy managers are now looking at needing to win now. It’s the playoffs and in most formats, you win and you get to play the next week. You lose and your season is over (or you end up in a consolation bracket). At this point, drop anyone that you aren’t playing for a better option. Spend your FAAB money. Do what you can to win. And, while it may be frowned upon, do what you can to let your opponent lose (as in, if they need a quarterback, feel free to grab the best one available if you have the roster space to avoid that QB being played against you).
Tyler Huntley, QB, Baltimore Ravens (0 percent rostered)
When Lamar Jackson went down with an ankle injury, Huntley came into the game and nearly won it for the Ravens. He connected with Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown, throwing for 270 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 45 yards as well. While it’s always harder for a quarterback coming in during the next game (Week 15 against Green Bay), fantasy managers wondering about Jackson should grab Huntley from the waiver wire.
Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears (19 percent rostered)
Fields actually had a good day against a good team in Week 14. He threw for 224 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He ran for 74 yards and looked like a decent quarterback. While the Bears didn’t win the game, Fields did enough that those that started him on their fantasy team were happy with the result. In Week 15, Fields faces the Vikings on "Monday Night Football." He’ll be a high QB2 for that game.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (21 percent rostered)
Fantasy managers have been waiting for Penny to look like a top running back. That happened in Week 14 with 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Will it happen again? Unclear, but it’s better to have him on your team when it does instead of playing against him. The Seahawks face the Rams in Week 15 and Penny should be the starter. He’s clearly better than Alex Collins and as long as Penney can stay healthy, he should be a solid RB2 for your fantasy team.
Craig Reynolds, RB, Detroit Lions (0 percent rostered)
Reynolds is likely not rostered on many teams, as he has been in the league for three years. He was just elevated from the practice squad ahead of Week 14 with D’Andre Swift out with injury and Jamaal Williams landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Jermar Jefferson was seemingly the next man up, but he had zero touches in Week 14 (apparently because of missed practice). It’s not clear what the Lions plan to do in Week 15, but the availability of Swift and Williams looks poor. Reynolds had 83 rushing yards and two receptions for 16 yards in Week 14. He’s a dart throw, but he may be worth it.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (22 percent rostered)
Since the Eagles were on a bye in Week 14, it’s hard to predict what the running back situation will look like. Before the bye, Scott didn’t play in Week 13. However, Miles Sanders did and re-injured his ankle. When the practice reports come out this week, fantasy managers will have a better idea of if Sanders will play. If he misses time, enter Scott in Week 15. Jordan Howard was dealing with a knee injury. It’s possible both Howard and Sanders are out, which bodes well for Scott.
K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (38 percent rostered)
With Adam Thielen dealing with a high ankle sprain, it was Osborn that stepped up in his place in Week 14. He had nine targets. While he only caught three of them, they went for 81 yards and a touchdown. Justin Jefferson had more targets and receptions, but Osborn was easily the No. 2. Rather than Tyler Conklin taking over, Osborn took on that role. If Thielen is out again in Week 15, Osborn will be a WR3 against the Bears.
Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills (3 percent rostered)
Desperate fantasy managers may need a wide receiver to play in Week 15. Emmanuel Sanders suffered a knee injury and it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to go against the Panthers. Filling in for him in Week 14 was Davis. He had eight targets and caught five of them for 43 yards and a touchdown. Week 14 was the second week in a row that Davis had found the end zone. Fantasy managers need to keep an eye on Josh Allen’s status (he suffered a foot injury in Week 14). Without Allen, leave Davis on the waiver wire.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (10 percent rostered)
Peoples-Jones has dealt with injuries this year and likely was dropped if he was drafted in standard formats. However, now healthy, he has carved a role for himself in the Browns offense. In Week 14 he had five receptions for 90 yards. His numbers this season have been up and down, but part of that is injury (and part is quarterback play). He’s a WR3 against the Raiders in Week 15.
Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (27 percent rostered)
Now that Justin Fields is back, Kmet is a viable fantasy option. In Week 14, he didn’t fare well with only three receptions for 17 yards. Jimmy Graham has vultured the touchdowns (Kmet has not found the end zone yet this season) but at some point, the Bears are going to realize that Kmet is the better option. The Vikings have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the past four weeks. If Fields can find Kmet, he just may have his first TD of the season.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Miami Dolphins (48 percent rostered)
Honestly, the DST for Week 15 is a toss-up between the Dolphins (48 percent rostered) who face the Jets, or the snooze-fest between the Jaguars and Texans. The Texans are 5 percent rostered, the Jaguars are 2 percent rostered. This is a group of bad teams who are playing each other. However, the Dolphins DST has been the best of the bunch and the Jets aren’t playing good football. Fantasy managers can gamble with any of these low DSTs this week.
— 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.