Week 15

Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Do the Dougie

Doug Martin has a great matchup against the Bengals. Photo via Raiders.com

It's the semi-finals for most fantasy leagues, so I'm back to give out more sleeper plays. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. A game with a lot of catches helps too, obviously. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs.

My plays are below and these players are in no particular order.

QB

Kirk Cousins (MIN): He was total garbage against the Seahawks on Monday night, but he's worth using this week. There isn't a better fantasy matchup for QBs over the last 3 weeks than Miami. They're allowing over 31 FPTS/G to the position.

Jared Goff (LAR): I think he bounces back after his poor performance against the Bears. The Eagles are bad against the pass with all their injuries, so Goff deserves another shot.

Josh Allen (BUF): The matchup against Detroit isn't great, but Allen has been really good for fantasy with all his rushing production.

RB

Doug Martin (OAK): Martin has been playing well lately, and he gets a great matchup against the Bengals this week. The Bengals have allowed 7 TDs to RBs in their last 4 games. They also have allowed over 31 FPTS/G to RBs over the last month.

Leonard Fournette (JAX): I know, he was terrible last week and their o-line looks awful, but I think he gets going this week. The Jags shouldn't be chasing points against Washington, and the Redskins have given up 623 rushing yards in their last four games. Start him.

Derrick Henry (TEN): This may seem obvious after his performance last week, but he has a good matchup, and he's been getting in the end zone consistently even before breaking out last week against the Jags.

David Johnson (ARI): Oh how the might have fallen, but the Falcons are giving up over 25 FPTS/G to RBs over their last 4. Johnson is worth a shot this week. If you made it this far after drafting him in the first round, you've done well.

WR

Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods: I expect both of these guys to go off this week against the Eagles trash secondary. Remember what Amari Cooper did to them last week? I thought so. Josh Reynolds is worth a look as well if you need him.

Jarvis Landry: He had a huge game last week, so hopefully that's a sign of things to come. Seattle is allowing almost 40 FPTS/G to WRs over their last 5, so the matchup is excellent.

Julian Edelman: The Steelers get crushed in the slot on the reg, so Edelman is a must-start this week.

Corey Davis: Nothing too scary about the matchup against the Giants, and the Titans are still trying to get in the playoffs.

TE

Eric Ebron (IND): He may seem like a no-brainer, but I thought I should mention him because of the matchup. Nobody gives up more fantasy points to the TE position than the Cowboys over the last 5 weeks.

Chris Hernden (NYJ): The Texans struggle against TEs giving up almost 18 FPTS/G to the position over the last 4 weeks.

Cameron Brate (TB): He has a nice matchup against the Ravens who allow over 18 FPTS/G to TEs over the last month, and all the guy does is catch TDs.

That's all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter.

Good luck in Week 15!

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Houston's winning streak is up to nine

Astros secure series over Orioles as winning streak continues

Zack Greinke provided another long outing for his team on Tuesday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

After continuing their recent dominance with a lopsided win over this Orioles team on Monday in the rain-plagued opener, the Astros eyed number nine in a row if they could do it again on Tuesday. Though not as one-sided, the Astros would get the victory to secure the series win.

Final Score: Astros 3, Orioles 1

Astros' Record: 45-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (8-2)

Losing Pitcher: Jorge Lopez (2-9)

A tame start for Houston's offense

After a scoreless first inning on both sides, Myles Straw started the scoring with two outs in the top of the second, sneaking a ball off and over the left-field wall just out of the grasp of Austin Hays for a solo homer to put Houston ahead 1-0. After Baltimore tied the game in the third, the game remained gridlocked 1-1 until the top of the seventh, when Chase McCormick would reach on a one-out infield single then raced around to score on a Myles Straw RBI single, putting Houston back in front 2-1.

Greinke pitches into the eighth

Over that span, Zack Greinke was getting efficient innings against Baltimore's lineup. He allowed that trying run in the third, which came after a one-out walk moved to third on a single, then scored on a sac fly. That was one of his few moments with runners in scoring position, as he erased a single in the first, a single in the fourth, and a double in the seventh to maintain the new 2-1 lead.

The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth but came away with only one run of insurance on a McCormick sac fly, making it 3-1 as Greinke returned to the mound to continue working. He allowed a leadoff single then retired the next batter before Dusty Baker would come out to get him as the left-handed portion of the lineup was due up and a better match for Brooks Raley, who had been warming. Greinke's final line: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 91 P.

Astros make it nine in a row

Raley completed the eighth for Greinke with two strikeouts to strand the inherited runner. With it still a two-run game in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered for the save. He erased a two-out single to finish things off, giving Houston their ninth win in a row and securing the series with a chance at the sweep in the finale.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set will be another 6:05 PM Central start time on Wednesday. Thomas Eshelman (0-0, 1.93 ERA) will be on the mound for Baltimore to face the Astros, while Jose Urquidy (5-3, 3.65 ERA) will start for Houston.

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