We are officially in week 15 of the NFL season which is a little bittersweet as that only means, there are only three weeks of the regular season left. Week 15 also brings about the first Saturday night game of the season in which the Dolphins cruised past a mediocre Jets side and to backtrack even further, the Seahawks also dealt with the Rams quite easily on Thursday night. With two games already in the books, here are a couple of plays I like for the Sunday slate of games.
Matt Ryan ($9,100) may have cooled off somewhat from his emphatic start to the season, but he is still putting up consistent stat-lines week in, week out. Gone are the days where much of Ryan’s success was attributed to having a strong connection with one of the games best receivers, he is now spreading the ball all over the field with ease. While Julio has been ruled out this week, Ryan should have no trouble putting up another large score against a 49ers defence that has shipped fantasy points since week 1. Expect 25+ fantasy points here.
Kenneth Dixon ($4,200) touched the ball 19 times on Monday and while it may have had something to do with the Ravens playing catch-up for the most part, a case can also be made about the trust he has earned from the coaching staff. If you play the season long format of fantasy like myself, you will know Dixon as the guy that has been sitting behind Terrance West all season. This is no longer the case. Dixon is likely the number one back in this backfield and I expect to see him given a similar amount of touches this week. Given the price tag and the matchup against a banged up Eagles defence, there is no reason he cannot replicate last weeks numbers and serve as a viable enabler in your line-up.
Sammy Watkins ($6,600) is back. Not in a literal sense, but in the finding the end-zone sense. The former Clemson wide-out took the field for the third straight game and scored his first touchdown of the season in a loss to the Steelers last week. While this was undoubtedly a move in the right direction for Watkins, his real breakout game may just come this week, as the Bills welcome the winless Browns to Buffalo. Bare in mind that Watkins is still listed as ‘questionable’ going into Sunday, but as long as he takes the field, he should be in for a big day.
Kyle Rudolph ($5,800) may arguably the biggest beneficiary of Adrian Peterson’s return to the field this week as teams will now be forced to account for the Vikings non-existent running game. Make no mistake, I don’t expect Peterson to rush for triple figures here, but as teams are forced to scheme for the run, Rudolph should see more opportunities in the play action game. Couple that with a tasty matchup against a Colts team that rank near last in production allowed to apposing tight ends, I’m expecting big things here.
The Texans ($4,000) will undoubtedly be this weeks chalk play as they face Blake Bortles and the Jags. Considering the Texans come in at basement price, it really is hard to pass up on a matchup like this. However, if you’re will to pay a little bit more, or just want to be contrarian, the Bills ($4,600) should also have a field day against the Browns.
At this time of year, weather is just about everything when it comes to kickers, so bare that in mind when you’re making selections this week. Matt Bryant ($5,700) is the highest priced kicker on this slate but may well be worth paying up for as he faces the 49ers at the Georgia Dome. There is no doubt he will see plenty of work, but finding the extra funds will be tough. For that reason, Chandler Catanzaro ($4,100) may just be a better play, as he is a great deal cheaper and will also have a roof over his head.
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