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Week 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers


Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

It was another tough night for Campbell in Week 14 as he completed 21 of 37 passes for 218 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

After not throwing an interception in his first eight games, Campbell has now thrown at least one in four of his last five – all losses.

This week’s tilt with the Bengals could bring a reprieve, though, as Cincinnati has allowed 284.8 passing yards (third most) and two touchdowns (1.75 passing, 0.25 rushing) per game to enemy signal callers during the past four weeks.

Starting Campbell carries some risk considering he hasn’t thrown for multiple scores since Week 4, but you have to love the matchup.

Kyle Orton, Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

Orton threw for 219 yards this past Sunday, marking the first time he exceeded 200 yards passing since Week 7 – he also tossed a pair of touchdowns for the second consecutive week.

New Orleans continues to struggle against opposing quarterbacks, yielding 229.3 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 34 rushing yards and 0.5 rushing touchdowns per game since Week 11.

In Week 17 last season, Orton threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints despite poor weather conditions.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

Thomas ran for a season-high 102 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 while also adding a seven-yard touchdown reception.

The second-year back has now scored in four straight games, accounting for six total touchdowns in that span. He has also gained better than 100 total yards in three of the four contests.

Chicago has allowed 157.8 total yards (fifth most) and one touchdown per game to opposing backs during the last month.

Last season, Thomas gashed the Bears for 226 total yards (105 rushing, 121 receiving) and a touchdown in Week 17.

Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts vs. Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

Rhodes matched tailback Joseph Addai (knee) with 10 carries this past Sunday, gaining 31 yards and scoring a touchdown – it was the third time in the past five games that Rhodes has scored.

The Lions represent the bottom of the NFL barrel when it comes to defending opposing running backs.

They’ve surrendered 224.8 total yards (most in the NFL) and 2.25 touchdowns (second most) per contest to the position since Week 11.

Look for the Colts to run the ball a lot against a brutal run defense.

Chester Taylor, Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

Taylor ran just six times for 27 yards in Week 14 but still managed to extend his touchdown streak to three games. He has scored at least once in five of his last seven games.

He rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown against Arizona in 2006, but that was before the arrival of running back Adrian Peterson.

The Cardinals continue to do a solid job of limiting opposing backs in terms of yardage (121.3 per game) over the last month, but they rank dead last in allowing 2.5 touchdowns per contest to the position in that time.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

The rookie caught a career-high nine passes for 74 yards in Week 14 – he has now logged more than 70 receiving yards in each of his three games since taking over for receiver Greg Camarillo (knee).

San Francisco ranks 26th in receiving yards (168) and 28th in receptions (13.75) allowed per game to opposing wideouts over the last month. They’ve also surrendered 0.75 touchdowns per game to the position in that time.

This could be another big week for Bess, who has become nearly a must-start option in point-per-reception formats.

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