14 December 2023 • by Neal Maligno
‘Not so obvious locks of the week’ are players who are not ranked inside the consensus top 10 this week, but who have the potential upside to finish there. Always remember that your roster decisions ultimately belong to you, so use my advice as a tool, but YOU make the final decision. If you want interactive content, then subscribe to us on YouTube and catch our weekly episodes, including our start/sit advice live this Saturday at 10:30PM EST!
Let’s get into NFL Week 15!
Joe Flacco finished as a top 10 QB in week 14, finishing the day with 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. In week 15 Flacco faces off against a Bears defense that has had a mixed bag of games vs quarterbacks.
Joe signed a new contract with the Browns, so he’s riding high off of a big performance and a new deal. Flacco is in the perfect situation for success, a great defense, surrounded by playmakers at WR, RB and TE, making him my not so obvious lock of week 15 at QB.
Ezekiel Elliott rewinded the clock in week 14 against the Steelers and will have another shot to repeat that performance in week 15 versus the Chiefs. The Patriots offense flourished under Zappe, opening things up for Elliott in the passing game as well.
The Chiefs defense haven’t really slowed down running backs this season, so there’s no reason to believe Zeke will slow down in week 15, making him my not so obvious lock at running back.
Jayden Reed is a stud of a playmaker, having finished top 12 at wide receiver three times this season in PPR scoring, including a top 6 finish in week 14. Through 14 weeks, Reed is averaging similar points per week to Amari Cooper, Drake London, Rashee Rice and others.
The Packers are down weapons, with Aaron Jones, Musgrave and likely Christian Watson out, so Reed will be depended on to put up points in week 15 against the Bucs. Tampa has given up big weeks to wide receivers all season long, so the dynamic playmaker Reed is in for a big game.
Taysom Hill may be one of the most boom/bust players in fantasy football, yet he’s currently producing as a top 12 TE in PPR scoring and that’s with missing week 14 due to injury. In Hill’s last 7 games, he’s actually had five top 6 tight end weeks, trying his best to shake that boom/bust label.
At this point Saints fans are so fed up with Derek Carr, that they would probably prefer to have Hill as their starting quarterback. In all seriousness, the Saints face the Giants in week 15, a defense that Hill should have success against, making him my not so obvious lock of the week at tight end.
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