Only one week has passed, but a lot has changed as always. If you are still alive in your league, you are either fighting to get into the Week 16 championships or playing your first playoff week. Regardless, here are the keys to success in Week 15.
David Wilson (Giants RB) – Wilson exploded last week against the Saints, while Ahmad Bradshaw went down again, netting 327 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns. While the Saints had a lot of holes in the kick return game, Wilson showed his versatility and speed while earning his way back into Tom Coughlin’s good graces after fumbling his first carry of the season. Bradshaw has been diagnosed with a sprained knee. If he can’t go, Wilson is a must-start against a Falcons defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points since Week 10.
Bilal Powell (Jets RB) – Powell had 19 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Jaguars. While the Jets have been awful, the running game has excelled as Rex Ryan has turned to a ground-and-pound offense in response to struggles in the passing game. Powell has been splitting carries with Shonn Greene, and the Jets play the Titans, who have given up the third-most fantasy points to running backs this year. It should be another cakewalk for Powell in terms of fantasy success.
Kris Durham (Lions WR) – In deeper leagues, Durham could be a hidden gem. The 6-foot-6-inch receiver was signed off the practice squad and started opposite Calvin Johnson as the clear-cut No. 2 guy. On nine targets, he caught four balls for 54 yards. This was in his first game while looking lost on some plays, so another week could make a huge difference. Durham and Matt Stafford played together at Georgia, so that helps as well. The Lions play in Arizona, who have given up the 11th-fewest points to wideouts. Not a great match-up, but not a bad one. Durham has a great body of work and opportunity going forward.
Kenny Britt (Titans WR) – Britt had his best game of the year, catching eight passes for 143 yards. It certainly looks like he is recovered from his knee procedures in the offseason, and under a new offensive coordinator, Britt has excelled a bit more. While unable to extend his touchdown streak to three games, he finally had a monster game. The Titans play the Jets, who have given up the fourth-fewest points to wideouts, but I think Britt should have success if you need him.
Andrew Hawkins (Bengals WR) – Due to wide receiver injuries in Cincinnati, Hawkins saw eight targets, catching four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was on a screen where he shot into the end zone for eight yards with his quickness. Hawkins has been productive at times throughout the season, but he will now be an integral part of the passing game with Mohamed Sanu on IR. Having A.J. Green blanketed by defenders will help as well, and they play the Eagles, who have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to wideouts.
Clay Harbor (Eagles TE) – The tight end position has been disappointing throughout this fantasy season, but if you need one, Harbor should be the guy. Starter Brent Celek has been ruled out with a concussion, and in his absence last week, Harbor caught six passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals have given up the 10th-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.