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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Should Watson be in the MVP conversation? Composite image by Jack Brame.

The 2020 NFL season has a lot going on. Even if we take the coronavirus out of it, there's still a lot to digest. There are so many great performances being put up, one can make an argument for several players to win league MVP. The quarterback position typically gets more credit than others. If I restrict the argument to quarterbacks only, we're looking at Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers. Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, and Derrick Henry are the leading contenders at running back. On defense, there really isn't a standout defender. The defense gets no love, but there are several guys in the running for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Deshaun Watson has been putting up numbers that have matched or rivaled some of the top MVP candidates over his last seven games. That stretch has coincided with the firing of head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien. Coincidence? I think not. Taking the reigns off a wild horse can often lead to said horse running free and flourishing! So question: Should Watson be getting league MVP considerations? I think so.

For starters, he's been one of the best players in the league over the course of the last seven games. 18 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions. The only quarterback with a better touchdown to interception ratio over that same span is Mahomes (19 and 2, as opposed to Watson's 18 & 2). Factoring in total season stats, of course Mahomes is doing much better. He's on a better team with a much better coach and general manager. The same could be said for Wilson and Rodgers. Put Watson on any of those teams and their records wouldn't be any worse than what they are now.

The Texans are 4-3 since firing O'Brien. While that isn't a great record, consider the fact they started the season 0-4 and looked like a total disaster. Watson looked like he was caged and couldn't wait to be freed. The team's record could be even better if the defense had a pulse. The proper supporting cast has a lot to do with a player's MVP candidate's chances. Now that one of his favorite weapons, Will Fuller, and the team's best corner, Bradley Roby, are both suspended for the rest of the season by the league for violating the substance abuse/PED policy, things will get much tougher for Watson.

If he continues to put up these cartoon like numbers, I don't see why he wouldn't be in the MVP conversation. He's currently fopurth in passing yards, sixth in completion percentage, tied for fifth in passing touchdowns, eighth in QBR, and third in quarterback rating. Watson is emerging as the star he was projected to be coming into the 2017 draft. I'm not saying Watson deserves to be the league MVP, but he deserves to be in the conversation. His MVP candidacy should be treated like the family gathering hierarchy: once you reach a certain age and/or status, you're no longer resigned to the kiddie table. Now you get to sit with all the adults, engage in their conversations, and gain access to things you couldn't previously. Watson won't win the MVP award, but I strongly believe he could finish top five. Especially if he keeps making lemonade with the lemons he's been given.

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