Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Philadelphia, owned in 10% of Yahoo! leagues): Rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Baltimore in place of the injured Adrian Peterson, who is highly questionable for Week 15 with a foot injury. This will be the hottest waiver wire acquisition of the week and rightfully so, as Philadelphia currently ranks 15th in the league against the run (112.8 yds/gm).
Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins (vs. New England, owned in 12% of Yahoo! leagues): Carried the ball 16 times for a season-high 105 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Pittsburgh and faces a New England defense this week that is currently surrendering an average of 18.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season (13th-most in NFL). Final two games come at Buffalo and vs. the New York Jets.
Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Houston, 2% of Yahoo! leagues): Saw his first significant NFL action Sunday against the Bengals, which resulted in six receptions on nine targets for 107 yards and two scores. Should be interesting to see if Rogers can build on his impressive debut or if Week 14 was nothing more than a fluky outing.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (at Detroit, owned in 13% of Yahoo! leagues): Made his 2013 debut Sunday against Minnesota, catching six passes on a healthy 11 targets for 48 yards and a score. Should quickly become quarterback Joe Flacco’s most popular weapon moving forward.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (at Dallas, owned in 13% of Yahoo! leagues): Starting running back Eddie Lacy suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, which could open the door for Starks to run wild in Week 15. Why? Because Green Bay travels to Dallas on Sunday to play a Cowboys defense that is surrendering more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than any other team in the league (24.5 pts/gm).
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (at Pittsburgh, owned in 35% of Yahoo! leagues): Isn’t a high-volume receiver (35 receptions through 13 games), but has found the end zone eight times this season, including once this past Sunday against Indianapolis (3-60-1). Considered a WR3/4 for owners in leagues with 12 or more teams.
If Eddie Lacy is unable to go on Sunday, look for a big effort from James Starks.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Buffalo, owned in 1% of Yahoo! leagues): Fell off the radar after missing a good portion of the season due to injury, but Lewis has bounced back to find the end zone in each of his last two starts. Only recommended for owners in leagues with more than 12 teams.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Philadelphia, owned in 27% of Yahoo! leagues): Busted loose Sunday at Baltimore with a career-high 141-yard effort (five receptions, one touchdown) against the Ravens. The rookie from Tennessee has been targeted 31 times over the last four weeks and is just two games removed from a career-high eight-reception effort against the Packers. Appears to be getting more and more comfortable with the offense as the season progresses.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (at Atlanta, owned in 1% of Yahoo! leagues): It’s a gamble, but soon-to-be-fired Washington head coach Mike Shanahan is rumored to be seriously considering benching starter Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season in favor of Cousins. The second-year product out of Michigan State posted a QB rating of 101.6 (68.8 percent completion percentage) in three appearances in 2012.
Marlon Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (at Detroit, owned in 10% of Yahoo! leagues): You won’t want to play him on the road, as that’s when quarterback Joe Flacco’s stats go into the toilet. But Brown has already found the end zone six times this season (including last Sunday vs. Minnesota) and is coming a career-high seven-reception, 92-yard effort against the Vikings.
Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders (vs. Kansas City, owned in 20% of Yahoo! leagues): Consistency is an issue here, but Streater has found the end zone in two of his last four starts and is coming off a season-high seven-reception, 130-yard effort against the New York Jets in Week 14. Since rookie Matt McGloin took over as Oakland’s starting quarterback, Streater has been targeted 31 times, resulting in 21 receptions for 364 yards and two scores in four games.
Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans (vs. Arizona, owned in 12% of Yahoo! leagues): Has carried the ball 19 times over his last two outings, resulting in 85 rushing yards and two scores. Greene’s ceiling is limited, but it appears as if the Titans will move on from running back Chris Johnson after the season, which could open the door for Greene to make a bigger impact over the team’s final three outings.
Robert Turbin, RB, Seattle Seahawks (at NY Giants, owned in 2% of Yahoo! leagues): Has only carried the rock 61 times on the season, but take note that at 11-2, the Seahawks could possibly rest their key starters over the final week or two of the season if Seattle can nail down the top seed in the NFC. That would mean more carries for Turbin, as Marshawn Lynch would be given extra rest for the playoffs.
Matt Flynn, QB, Green Bay Packers (at Dallas, owned in 5% of Yahoo! leagues): Only an option for Week 15, as Flynn and the Packers travel to Dallas to challenge an awful Cowboys defense that is surrendering more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in the league this season (26.0 pts/gm). Note that through 13 games, the Cowboys have already been sliced and diced for 400 or more passing yards four times.
Jacksonville Jaguars, D/ST (vs. Buffalo, owned in 2% of Yahoo! leagues): A crazy concept right up until you realize the fact that Buffalo is 1-5 on the road this season while averaging just 16.6 points and 279.8 total yards per game, with 11 turnovers. Jacksonville isn’t the best option on the board for Week 15, but they aren’t a bad one, either.
Hit me up on Twitter: @JoeFortenbaugh