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Week 15 is the second week of the playoffs in a lot of fantasy football leagues, or the first week in leagues that use Week 17. In any case it’s do or die time in most scenarios, and non-playoff teams hopefully still have some sort of consolation prize to stay engaged for.
With all of that in mind, here are your quarterback, tight end and team defense streamers for Week 15.
Quarterback: Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
Yahoo! Ownership: 10%
Siemian returned to action last week after missing Week 13 with a foot injury, and completed 35 of 51 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. He has now thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his last two games, with at least 276 passing yards in four of the last five games.
Denver’s lack of a running game puts Siemian in position to be throwing the ball a lot Sunday against the New England Patriots. Over their last five games, the Patriots have allowed multiple passing touchdowns four times and at least 269 passing yards three times over that span. Pure pass volume might be pointed at as a reason for that generosity to quarterbacks, but only Joe Flacco last Monday night (52 attempts) has even reached 40 pass attempts against the Patriots over their last handful of games.
With a recent upward trend, assuming no setbacks with his foot, Siemian has a safer floor than most other quarterbacks on the streaming radar this week. That is more than enough to put him here, in an important week for fantasy owners.
Others To Consider: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills, vs. Cleveland Browns; Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans: Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts; Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens
Tight End: Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Yahoo! Ownership: 56%
A conservative game plan in a snow game limited Green’s production in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills (two catches for 25 yards), but over the last two games he has been targeted 20 times and he totaled 177 receiving yards in Week 12 and Week 13.
Week 15 brings a favorable matchup, as the Cincinnati Bengals have allowed 9.5 fantasy points per game (tied for third-most in the league, ESPN standard scoring) to tight ends this season. That includes the third-most receptions to the position (82) and at least five catches to the position in eight straight games.
Weather may dictate Pittsburgh’s offensive game plan again this week. But Green had six targets in Week 14, and he’s in line to take advantage of the opportunities he gets in a favorable matchup. There’s some risk/reward here, but Green’s upside is hard to turn away from.
Others To Consider: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (check injury status); Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns; Jermaine Gresham, Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints; Will Tye, New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
Team Defense: Atlanta Falcons, vs. San Francisco 49ers
Yahoo! Ownership: 43%
The Falcons delivered big for fantasy owners in Week 14, with five forced turnovers (two touchdowns), three sacks and 14 points allowed to the Los Angeles Rams. They have now forced at least one turnover in five straight games, with multiple sacks in six of their last seven games.
Atlanta will welcome the San Francisco 49ers to town in Week 15, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s level of play has dropped off dramatically over the last two games. Tight end Vance McDonald suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last Sunday, which will only further hamper a feeble 49ers’ pass offense.
A repeat of last week can’t be expected, but as long as the Falcons put 11 guys on the field defensively on Sunday they’ll be in position to succeed.
Others To Consider: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets; Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears; Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys; Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns