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Top 5 Sleeper Options for Week 15

Lions, WR, Durham, Fantasy Football, SleeperWeek 15 is the 2nd round of fantasy football playoffs in most leagues. Most teams that are still alive are as solid as they can be at this point in the season, but there could be some unfortunate owners out there that might be looking for a fill-in play or sneaky sleeper. Here’s a look at 5 sleepers for Week 15.

Josh Gordon (WR, Browns)

It’s strange calling a team’s #1 receiver a sleeper, but the truth is Gordon is only owned in 44.4% of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues. That’s a bit surprising at this late point in the season. Gordon is averaging 8.0 fantasy points per game, and has warmed up late. Weeden is clearly looking his way often as he’s had 20 targets in the last two weeks. This week Gordon will be at home facing a Redskins defense that is surrendering the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing WRs.

Kris Durham (WR, Lions)

The receiver situation is pretty thin in Detroit, but Durham is now the clear #2 behind Calvin Johnson. He was signed off the practice squad last week, and came in to produce immediately as he had 4 receptions for 54 yards. Durham played in college at Georgia with QB Matthew Stafford, so the two have a history that should allow for familiarity. With Megatron getting mega coverage, Durham could be in line to see plenty of targets.

Brandon Weeden (QB, Browns)

Much like the outlook for Gordon above, Weeden has an excellent matchup in Week 15 against a weak Redskins defense. For the most part Weeden has been fairly consistent this season, and has become a serviceable start for fantasy owners in a pinch. I pitty any fantasy owner that is searching for a start at the QB slot in the 2nd round of the playoffs, but Weeden is a guy to target if you’re in that boat.

Joique Bell (RB, Lions)

Mikel Leshoure has been the clear starter in Detroit, but in recent weeks Bell has seen increasing time in the mix. Week 14 saw Bell receive just 2 less carries than Leshoure. More importantly, Bell seems to be the only back that is getting receptions out of the backfield. Last week he had the 2nd most receptions on the team behind Megatron. Those combined touches could add up to decent fantasy points as the Lions face the Cardinals in Week 15.

Lions D/ST

The Lions defense hasn’t exactly been tearing it up this season. Through 14 games in 2012 Detroit’s defense has racked up the 5th fewest fantasy points, so no one has been beating their feet to the waiver wire to pick these guys up. However, they face a Cardinals team that showed in Week 14 that they are really great at turning the ball over. The Cardinals offense is about as weak as it can be and their quarterback situation is a nightmare. The Lions D/ST is an excellent spot start this week.

 

 

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K. Smelser About K. Smelser
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...

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