14 December 2023 • by Neal Maligno
What’s up and welcome to Rival Fantasy Week 15 Risers! The goal of this article is to discuss players whose fantasy football stock is on the rise. The players discussed in this article may be good trade targets, waiver wire adds, must starts and more.
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Bailey Zappe was given the starting job for the Patriots and while his first game wasn’t great, week 14 vs the Steelers, Zappe gave the Patriots offense the lift it needed. Zappe finished as the QB7 with 240 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns, where Mac Jones had only thrown for 3 TDs once this season and for 240 yards only twice. Next up for Zappe is the Chiefs, who are tough but beatable defense, so I expect him to continue to rise.
I cannot believe I am doing this, but New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has made the risers list for week 15. Wilson was a top 12 QB in week 14 with 301 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Wilson was able to get Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall, Tyler Conklin and others producing in the game and now we just need to see him repeat it vs the Dolphins in week 15.
QBs I mentioned last week: Jake Browning & Joe Flacco
Jerick McKinnon is the Chiefs RB to roster in case Isiah Pacheco is once again out in week 15. I said it on the live stream last week and I stand by it, I don’t care about Clyde Edwards Helair, McKinnon is my guy if/when Pacheco misses time. If you need a reminder of what McKinnon can do, go back to last season week 13 on and refresh yourself on McKinnon’s upside.
Ezekiel Elliott was the #1 RB in week 14 PPR scoring. Let me say this again, Zeke Elliott was the #1 RB in PPR scoring week 14! 140 total yards, 7 receptions and a receiving TD, Elliott playing like it was 2018 again. With Stevenson still absent from practice, we can assume that Elliott will be the lead back again in week 15 vs the Chiefs. He’s a riser in the fantasy playoffs.
RBs I mentioned last week: De’Von Achane & Chuba Hubbard
Zay Flowers has finished as a top 10 fantasy football WR in his last two games with over 20 points per game in week 12 and week 14. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have decent opponents the rest of the way, so Zay is rising at exactly the right time to make fantasy managers happy in the playoffs. Zay also gets involved in other ways than just through the air, so the Ravens craftiness increases his value in fantasy.
If we’re giving Zach Wilson the nod as a riser this week, then you know his star wide receiver Garrett Wilson belongs here as well. Garrett has gone through hell with his quarterbacks as soon as the Jets lost Aaron Rodgers, dealing with throws from Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle. Garrett had his first top 10 finish of the season in week 14 and is sitting at WR22 on the season in PPR scoring. With the Dolphins and Commanders coming up the next two weeks, Garrett has the potential for a couple more top 10 weeks left in him this season.
WRs I mentioned last week: Noah Brown & Elijah Moore
Davis Allen is the Rams rookie TE who only had 1 catch the entire season. Week 14 came around with Tyler Higbee out and Allen stepped up with 4 catches for 50 yards and a TD. Higbee will likely return in week 15, but Allen showed enough skills within the offense for us to trust him if Higbee misses time again this season. For dynasty Allen gets even more of a bump as a riser at a position where we need more talented players to show up.
Jimmy Graham has reached Donald Parham territory for me at this point. Now is that a ton of value in fantasy for us, not necessarily. But at a position like tight end where I mention weekly that a TD alone gets a player into the starter conversation. Graham is literally a one target for one TD kind of guy, but he’s done it two weeks in a row now, so if you’re in a bad spot at TE in two TE leagues, you can do worse than Graham.
TEs I mentioned last week: Brevin Jordan & Isaiah Likely
Chase Brown actually had a top 10 RB performance in week 14, in part thanks to a big 54 yard touchdown reception. Still Brown has had more carries the last couple of weeks and we’re hoping the Bengals continue to give him more work on both the ground and through the air. As the workload continues he’ll gain flex value and if Mixon gets injured then it really climbs.
Bonus Flex I mentioned last week: Tyjae Spears
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