Fantasy Football

Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 15: Under-the-Radar Players Who Will Explode

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants carries the ball past Isa Abdul-Quddus #42 of the New Orleans Saints to score his third touchdown of the game on December 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 15, 2012

We all know who the stars of fantasy football have been this season, but several under-the-radar players should explode in Week 15, sending their owners into celebration mode.

As any experienced fantasy football fanatic knows, you need more than one star to win each and every week. The diamonds-in-the-rough tend to increase your prospects of winning the coveted fantasy football title tremendously.

Here's a look at the under-the-radar players that I see excelling in Week 15.

 

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson's fantasy prospects have been limited this season due to Seattle's commitment to the run, but even if the Seahawks run all over the Buffalo Bills in Week 15, I could see Wilson having a big day.

The Bills have allowed a middle-of-the-pack 6.9 yards per pass attempt this season, but they've ceded 22 passing touchdowns (tied for 20th). 

Plus, Wilson's running ability makes him dangerous against the Bills.

 

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants

Rookie David Wilson exploded for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against the New Orleans Saints. 

With starter Ahmad Bradshaw out in Week 15 with a knee injury, Wilson should get more opportunities to do damage...against an Atlanta Falcons squad that has allowed the seventh-most points to opposing running backs this season (standard leagues).

 

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

Josh Gordon has been inconsistent in terms of fantasy production, in part because of Cleveland's inconsistent passing game, but he's had a nice past couple of weeks against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.

Gordon posted 86 yards against the Chiefs last week and 116 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders two weeks ago, and he's Cleveland's top option in the passing game.

Now he faces the Washington Redskins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. That includes allowing more than 200 yards to wideouts seven times in 2012.

 

Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers

It's actually surprising that Danario Alexander has gone so unnoticed in the past few weeks (owned in 48 percent of ESPN standard leagues). 

Not only did he post the fourth-most fantasy points among receivers last week, but he's been spectacular dating back to Week 10, racking up 494 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his last five contests.

Alexander faces the Carolina Panthers in Week 15. The Panthers have allowed 323 receiving yards and three passing touchdowns the past two weeks.

 

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens

Dennis Pitta scored the fourth-most fantasy points among tight ends last week (10) and he's posted double-digit fantasy points in three of the last five weeks.

Pitta faces a Denver Broncos squad in Week 15 that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

 

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