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 dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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