Week 15 of the 2020 NFL Season is here, meaning fantasy football playoffs are in full effect. Whether you’re competing for your league’s championship or battling it out in the consolation bracket, plenty of value plays remain across the league for owners. Mike Williams caught just four balls for 43 yards in the Los Angeles Chargers’ win over the Atlanta Falcons, finding zero success in our picks a week ago. DJ Chark hauled in just two receptions for 16 yards in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ blowout loss to the Tennessee Titans. After completing only 13 passes for 85 yards and an interception, starting quarterback Mike Glennon was also benched by the team to make matters worse. As we try and right the ship this week, let’s dive into the picks, wasting no time.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers
After an up and down stretch of play over the past few weeks, Bridgewater bounced back and threw for 231 yards in the Panthers’ loss to the Denver Broncos while adding another 31 yards on the ground. In a rare Saturday night matchup with the Packers, play the former first-round pick as a QB2 in super leagues this week. The Packers have struggled in stretches to get opposing offenses off the field this season. They allow the 13th highest touchdown rate in the league at 5.1 percent. Also, Mike Pettine’s group has allowed the 10th most fantasy points per passing attempt. The Panthers received positive news on the injury report this week. DJ Moore is expected to return to the field after being hindered by a nagging injury. Look for Bridgewater to have one of his best performances of the year.
Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers
With starting running back Raheem Mostert limited all week in practice due to an ankle injury, expect Wilson to remain the lead back for the 49ers on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. The University of North Texas alum was successful in his expanded role last week, posting 44 yards and a score on 12 touches against a stingy Washington Football Team defense. With an easier matchup on deck in Week 15, play Wilson as a low-end RB3/high-end RB2 this week. Dallas has also seen their opponents run the ball on over 49 percent of the plays and allows a league-worst 30.8 points per game this season. In addition, Mike Nolan’s group has given up a massive 251 fantasy points per game to opposing backs. This sets the stage for a solid performance from Wilson in Week 15.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
Gage became a larger part of the Falcons’ offense late in the season. He has 32 total targets over his past four performances. Along with this, the 24-year-old also racked up double-digit performances in PPR formats over that stretch of time. With Julio Jones remaining out of Falcons’ practices as he continues to battle a hamstring injury, look for Gage to continue to receive a high volume of looks in Dirk Koetter’s offense. With a divisional matchup in Week 15, look for Russell to put up to 35 numbers amongst pass catchers this week. However, the Buccaneers’ defense has been stellar against the run all season, allowing just 80.9 yards per game on the ground. If Jones remains out heading into the weekend, Gages offers a solid floor in WR3 territory.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
Everett is a value play based on a plus matchup this week. He averaged 5.2 targets per game over the past seven weeks, ranking him 13th among tight ends. With a matchup against the lowly New York Jets on tap in Week 15, play him as a TE2 if you are looking for help at the position. The Jets are among the bottom in the league at slowing down the position all season, allowing 2.35 PPR points per target to opposing tight ends. That ranks them in the bottom third of the league. In addition, Adam Gase’s group has allowed over 830 yards and 12 scores to tight ends in 13 games. The 26-year-old is owned in an average of four percent among all major fantasy leagues and should have a high target floor on Sunday.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
Patrick is beginning to become more of a household name across the league, finishing as a Top 36 wide receiver in eight of his last ten games. In addition to this, the 27-year-old has scored three touchdowns over the past three weeks. The Bills have been spotty against the pass in stretches this season, allowing over 243 yards in the air per game. This has led over 35 opposing wideouts to finish inside the Top 35 against the Broncos this season. Patrick is fresh off a three reception performance in the Broncos win over the Panthers last Sunday. He now leads the team in both receiving yards and touchdown catches in 2020. As a consistent target for Drew Lock all season, stream him as a solid WR4 this week.