Players that Will Win/Lose Your Fantasy Playoff Matchup

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As the NFL regular season comes to an end, fantasy owners who made the playoffs are scrambling to find players to bolster their rosters. Maybe you just picked up Derrius Guice last week and are now irritated that he suffered yet another knee injury. Perhaps you are a fantasy owner who is fed up with never-ending inconsistency at your fantasy team’s quarterback position. Or you could be an owner who has been waiting for Josh Gordon to make an impact since joining the Seahawks, and finally reached your breaking point. Regardless, the majority of playoff fantasy owners are dealing with some degree of frustration with (a) certain position(s) heading into week 15. To help you find a quality player to add to your roster, while avoiding a fantasy bust who could cripple your team’s success, I have given my projections on the best players to add and avoid for week 15.

Winners:

Ryan Tannehill

This season, Ryan Tannehill has been one of the biggest fantasy sleepers in the NFL, and has two favorable matchups in weeks 15 and 16. This Sunday, Tannehill will compete against a Texans defense that is surrendering the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Since his bye week, Tannehill has been extremely productive, averaging nearly 25 fantasy points per game. Considering that Tannehill is owned by less than 50% of fantasy leagues, the odds are that you’ll be able to scoop him up if you’re desperate for QB.

Darius Slayton

This season, Darius Slayton is making many Giants fans forget how good Odell Beckham Jr. was. Over his last four games, Slayton has proven that he is a safe fantasy wideout with one of the highest ceilings in the NFL. He has scored 30+ points in two of his last four games, while averaging a terrific 21.4 fantasy points per game. This Sunday, Slayton is playing against a Dolphins defense that is allowing the second-most fantasy points to receivers, so you’d be crazy to leave him off your roster.

Zach Pascal

Due to the abundance of injuries suffered by Colts pass-catchers, Zach Pascal will be a good WR to help you get an edge over your opponents in the playoffs. With T.Y. Hilton listed as questionable, Pascal will be Jacoby Brisett’s favorite target against a Saints secondary that is allowing the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Given that the Colts are a heavy-run team, Pascal’s ceiling is limited to a decent WR2. Nevertheless, he is worth picking up, especially if you need a flex player.

Adrian Peterson

If you’re shaky at running back, Adrian Peterson is a quality pickup for the rest of the season, especially in non-PPR leagues. Last week Peterson’s fellow teammate, Derrius Guice, sustained a knee injury which might prohibit him from suiting up rest of the season. Over the course of his last two games, Peterson has rushed for 70+ yards and one TD in each outing which indicates that he is a relatively safe option. Since Dwayne Haskins has failed to throw for more than 200 yards in his last three games, it’s safe to bet that Adrian Peterson will be heavily utilized for the duration of the season.

Losers:

Tom Brady

Since week seven, Tom Brady has been an underwhelming quarterback from a fantasy standpoint. In fact, Brady has only thrown for two or more TDs in two of his last eight games, which is discouraging for owners who made the playoffs. Plus, the Patriots will most likely run the ball a lot in week 15 since the Bengals defense surrenders the most rushing yardage in the league. Therefore it’d be smart to avoid Brady in week 15, unless you can’t find a better streaming option.

Tevin Coleman

Surprisingly, Tevin Coleman is owned in 85% of fantasy leagues, despite a rough six stretch since week 8. Coleman registered a season-low 0.6 fantasy points last week, after tallying just six rushing yards for the second straight week. With Matt Breida resuming as the starting RB for the Niners, it’s likely that Coleman will enter TD-or-bust status for the rest of the year. Therefore, you should cut ties with Coleman unless you’re in the deepest of leagues and cannot find literally anyone else.

Josh Allen

Last week, the Baltimore Ravens ended Josh Allen’s hot streak of four games with 20+ fantasy points. This Sunday, Allen will continue to struggle against a daunting Steelers defense that allows the fifth-least yards per game this season. Fantasy owners should expect Allen’s rushing success to come to a halt since the Steelers allow the ninth-least rushing yards, and generate the most sacks in the NFL. In fact, owners would be wise to cut ties with Josh Allen for the rest of the season.

  

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