Week 15 Sleepers: Waiver-Wire Finds That Will Help Win Your Fantasy League

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 23: Running back Montell Owens #24 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes agains the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won 48-17. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With the fantasy football playoffs underway, you need to make sure you have the best possible lineup going for the next few weeks.

Fortunately, there are a bunch of rarely used players that should still be available. According to ESPN, every one of them is available in over 70 percent of leagues. 

Although there are fewer options available every week, these men remain solid options for Week 15. 


Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers

Why is he still available?

This question is hard to answer, but the truth is that Danario Alexander has been a top-level receiver for five weeks running. 

In that time, he has averaged 15.4 fantasy points per game, which over the course of the season would make him the No. 1 receiver in the NFL.

For some reason, he is still owned in fewer leagues than Roy Helu, the Washington Redskins running back currently on injured reserve who has two rushing yards this season.

Grab him and keep him in your lineup for the rest of the season.


Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

It seems like the Jacksonville Jaguars have finally found a running back to replace Maurice Jones-Drew in the short term.

After Jalen Parmele and Rashad Jennings each gained fantasy football hype, Montell Owens is finally the one succeeding.

In Week 14, he rushed for 91 yards on only 14 carries with a touchdown against the New York Jets.

The Miami Dolphins have a better rush defense, but the San Francisco 49ers still scored three touchdowns on the ground against them on Sunday. If you are desperate for a running back, Owens should do just fine. 


Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Jason Avant is healthy and DeSean Jackson is on injured reserve. This alone creates a big opportunity for the veteran receiver.

He took advantage of this chance with seven receptions for 133 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

With Bryce Brown ineffective early, coach Andy Reid went back to the pass often, as Nick Foles had 51 attempts. 

If this trend continues against the Cincinnati Bengals, which it should, Avant will have another big day. 


Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Now that the New York Jets have come to grips with the fact that Mark Sanchez cannot throw the ball successfully, the team has started rushing a lot more often.

This helps Bilal Powell, who has entered an equal timeshare with starter Shonn Greene. The former Louisville running back had 19 carries compared to 20 for Greene.

He especially runs really hard around the goal line, and he has been rewarded with a number of carries up close. He has four touchdowns in his last four games.

Powell's production should only increase against the Tennessee Titans.


Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Combining talent with opportunity is a recipe for a lot of production in the NFL.

Andrew Hawkins has the speed and agility to score from anywhere on the field. Now that he is healthy and Mohamed Sanu is out, he is becoming a bigger part of the offense for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next week, his team faces the Eagles, which has allowed some big performances through the air in the past two months.

A.J. Green is still the top threat in Cincinnati, but Hawkins should be ready for a good day.