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Week 15 RB Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • December 13, 2018

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Damien Williams $4,900

With RB Spencer Ware doubtful to face the Chargers, veteran RB Damien Williams is the next man up. Williams scored twice last week and finished as a top 12 scorer at the position and this matchup is even juicier. The Chargers have allowed the fourth-most receiving yards to opposing backs. In a game the Chiefs are expected to control, Williams should see a heavy dose of work both as a runner and a receiver. – Ryan McDowell

Tevin Coleman $4,400

Here’s a guy that has made my “Landmine” list a few times this season, and with justification. But after some awful weeks, he’s probably all but been forgotten about. Ito Smith got a little banged up and has been limited this week in practice. Coleman is running out of time to show suitors he’s worthy of a payday and here is the matchup to take advantage of. The Cardinals have relinquished the most ground yards and touchdowns to running backs on the season and have been generous to pass-catching backs as well. – Sal Leto

Doug Martin $4,700

You have to admire Doug Martin’s ability to simply stick around the NFL. A veteran with only two notable seasons to his name, he’s somehow found a way to be a potential asset for semi-final teams. Martin has 54 touches over the past three weeks and as has been discussed ad nauseam, the Bengals are staking their claim to be the worst defense in the league. The Bengals stop nobody, the Raiders are committed to giving Martin touches, and Oakland has shown some offensive efficiency the past two weeks. Martin’s not going to win your week for you, but his secure role and touch floor make him a viable play to round out lineups. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Nick Chubb $7,600

Browns rookie RB Nick Chubb has been amazing this season. Well, he’s been amazing since Cleveland axed former HC Hue Jackson. Chubb has finished as the RB13 or better in each game since Jackson was fired. This week, playing against the Broncos in Denver provides a major challenge to keep that streak alive. Denver has allowed only seven rushing touchdowns to opposing backs all season and none since Week Six and that was Rams RB Todd Gurley. As a road underdog, this might be the week Chubb finishes as a low-end RB2. – Ryan McDowell

Aaron Jones $7,000

It’s hard to argue with the production especially touchdowns we’ve seen from Jones since he was named the lead back. I like to be honest with you and say I’ll have him in my lineup this week in both the Scott Fish Bowl and Capitalist Pigs 3 because I have to dance with the one that brought me there. But he wouldn’t be in a single daily lineup of mine or in smaller shallow leagues. The Bears are just to damn good and appear to be ramping up for the playoffs. They shut down that explosive Rams offense last week essentially making Todd Gurley look ordinary. If you’re desperate and options are limited I get it but temper your expectations. – Sal Leto

Gus Edwards $6,600

How quickly the fantasy landscape can shift. Edwards could be found on the other side of this equation following his ascent to the top of the Baltimore depth chart, yet said stranglehold is all of a sudden in question following the return and subsequent strong play of Kenneth Dixon. Baltimore backs rumbled for 127 yards and a touchdown last weekend in Kansas City, yet it was Dixon get the scoring opportunity near the stripe as Edwards posted a fantastically underwhelming 16 carries for 67 yards. A zero in the passing game and now mired in an RBBC, Edwards is a hard pass for me, even in a great matchup as a home favorite against a Tampa Bay team plattering up the fifth-most points to opposing runners. With an unclear role and limited involvement in the money areas, I just cannot get on board with Gus. – Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.