Fantasy Football player value must be on the mind of every die hard manager as we enter week 15. In many leagues and sites, week 15 is either the first week of the playoffs, or the second week, maybe even the championship week. As week 15 quickly approaches us, and with many starters and superstars injured, value is going to play a major role in this year’s fantasy football playoffs. I will help you find those key players to start and get the same amount of value as a regular superstar. Good Luck!
Alfred Morris: Morris has been a knight in shining armor for fantasy football owners who were quick on the dial and added him once he was named the starter. Morris has been a must start through the entire season and is most definitely a must start for the remainder of the season when he faces off against Cleveland this week and Philadelphia in week 16. Morris has eclipsed 100 yards (with 1 96 yard game) in 6 out of the 13 games he has played this year, with 3 coming in the last 3 weeks. Also in the wake of Robert Griffin III knee sprain, I believe Morris will have 25+ carries and well over 100 yards with a touchdown. Cleveland’s run defense ranks 17th in the league and I definitely do not see the Browns putting a stop to Morris.
Carson Palmer: Palmer has favorable matchups in Kansas City in week 15 and Carolina in week 16 which gives him some value if you are debating on who to start at QB. Kansas does rank 9th in the league against the pass in regards to yardage, but ranks 27th in the league against the pass in regards to touchdowns giving up 25 touchdowns. Palmer had a mediocre game in Kansas City week 8 throwing for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns, but being that the game is in Oakland this week and Palmer having McFadden in the backfield, his numbers should be in the 300’s with 2-3 touchdowns.
DeMarco Murray: Murray was among the second and fourth round draft picks of many drafts this year and not only has he been a letdown, he has only played in 7 of the 14 games this year. I normally never trust a player who is plagued with injuries throughout the year, but the evidence is there that Dallas needs Murray to win ball games. Murray does have a tough matchup against Pittsburgh this week but if he can have a decent game with 75 yards and a touchdown, all owners will be content. If you can get passed week 15, Murray faces of against the worst run defense against New Orleans. Since his return, Murray has seen 20+ carries and a touchdown in each of the last 2 games and should definitely see 20+ carries again against Pittsburgh.
Knowshon Moreno: Since Moreno has taken over starting duties in week 12, Moreno has seen 20+ carries in 3 straight weeks with only 1 touchdown. Moreno faces off against Baltimore in week 15 and Cleveland in week 16. Baltimore has been hit hard with the injury bug losing Lewis, Suggs etc and their defense has dropped significantly ranking 25th in the NFL against the run in regards to yardage. Moreno will see 20+ carries and might eclipse 100 yards with a touchdown against Baltimore.
Randall Cobb: Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson had a huge fantasy year last year benefiting from each other having one of the best years of their career fantasy wise. It looks as if Rodgers has switched from Nelson as his favorite to Cobb as his favorite. Cobb has caught at least 7 passes in 9 of the 14 games this year with 7 touchdowns. He is a must start through the remainder of the fantasy football season. Cobb faces off against a stingy Chicago defense but as good as Rodgers is, Cobb should see a good amount of looks. Start Cobb with a lot of confidence.
Danario Alexander: Alexander hasn’t had a bad game yet. In 6 games since he busted on the scene, Alexander hasn’t had a game less than 60 yards. He averages around 9 targets a game along with 5-7 receptions and 70-90 yards a game. If you’re luckily enough to be in a league in where he is still available, pick him up quickly before someone else benefits from him. He faces off against a good secondary in Carolina and a mediocre secondary in the Jets. Besides Gates, Rivers doesn’t have another premiere receiver to look at besides Alexander in which he should benefit rewardingly.
Rob Gronkowski: When reports came out that Gronk broke his forearm, fantasy football owners were in pandemonium trying to cope with the fact that their 1st or 2nd round pick might be out for the rest of the season. Now reports are saying that Gronk has been trying to practice and maybe make a return week 15 against San Francisco. Now that I think that is highly unlikely he will suit up, he could be a huge factor in week 16 for your team. If he’s available, take the chance and pick him up, he might just win you the championship.
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