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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 15 Key Matchups

Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15 in Fantasy Football

December 11, 2013

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Week 15 is upon us in the fantasy football world, and that means the playoffs are in full swing in leagues everywhere. The weekly lineup decisions are getting more and more important as time goes by, so it’s a good idea to check out the matchups for each of your players. In that spirit, we’ve come up with a few waiver-wire level names who have favorable situations heading into Week 15. Let’s take a closer look and see if anyone’s worth an add.

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns: Ogbonnaya has a few things working in his favor this week. He and his team will be facing the Bears at home, and Chicago is simply horrid against the run (they’ve given up the fourth-most fantasy points to the position). No. 1 RB Willis McGahee is also dealing with a concussion this week, so he may be limited if he can even get on the field. Ogbonnaya provides a nice second option, and he should stay active in the passing game if Cleveland has to play catch-up. He’s got some serious sleeper potential if the cards fall correctly.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 15 Key Matchups

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Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver Broncos: How would you like to have a Broncos wide receiver in your fantasy lineup? No, they’re not all taken--at least not for this week. Tamme should see plenty of time in the slot on Thursday with Wes Welker dealing with a concussion. That means he’ll see a lot of snaps and could potentially come up big in Denver’s high-powered offense. The matchup against the Chargers is just average, but the potential here is sky-high. Snag Tamme if you’re dealing with TE issues.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: Since Rob Gronkowski is off the table, we’ll lean TE-heavy in this edition. Walker is another option for Week 15, and he’s off a lot of owners’ radar after missing the Broncos game with a concussion. Assuming he can make it back onto the field, he’ll have a stellar matchup against the Cardinals, who have given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year. Walker should post some nice stats, as he was able to reach double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three healthy games.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense: Sure, they started out the year leaking like a sieve, but the Eagles D has been pretty solid lately. Over the last six games, they’ve allowed no more than 21 points and have scored a minimum of eight fantasy points in each matchup. Prospects look good for this weekend--they’ll be facing a likely Adrian Peterson-less Vikings team, and Philly’s pretty good against the run. We don’t see a whole lot of problems here if you need a fill-in.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: With our recommendation of the Eagles defense in mind, Patterson makes some sense too. He’s on a hot streak right now, with five receptions for 141 yards against the Ravens. Patterson may even be seen on some running plays, as he’s shown some talent as a versatile weapon. Remember how we said Philly is pretty good against the run? Well, they’re pretty bad against opposing wide receivers. There’s opportunity here.

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