Fantasy Football Week 15: Players That Will Win You This Playoff Round

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) scrambles during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Sometimes, you need one player to really carry your fantasy team through a tough week. Maybe some of your stars have brutal matchups. Maybe you are bogged down by injuries. Maybe you just get stuck with a bunch of players all underperforming at the same time.

No matter what the case, we've all be in the scenario where our team is flopping and then one player, miraculously, completely bails out the entire squad. Now, if only we could predict just who those players would be...

Here, I've done just that, listing three fantasy stars that will help you win your playoff matchups this week. They may be your fantasy stars going into the week, but you'll be calling them heroes once Week 15 is over.

Notes: All point totals for standard-scoring leaguesPoints against stats via ESPN

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) warming up prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports
Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY S

At this point, the numbers speak for themselves. Nineteen or more fantasy points in five straight games. Twenty touchdowns and one interception. A 6-1 record as the starter.

Nick Foles is so hot at the moment, he made the cover of Sports Illustrated. He's arrived.

The Minnesota Vikings defense will probably roll out a red carpet to welcome him. They are allowing 20.3 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week, 31st in the NFL, 282.5 passing yards per game (30th) and have given up two or more touchdown passes 10 times this season. 

Expect Foles to blow up for your fantasy team this week.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) looks top avoid Detroit Lions linebacker Ashlee Palmer (58) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. Mandatory Credit:
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

We stick with the Eagles and Shady McCoy, who managed to rush 29 times for 217 yards and two scores against the Detroit Lions in the middle of a snowstorm. 

Now, he'll face a much poorer Minnesota defense indoors, on turf. And that's excellent news for his fantasy owners, as Minny allows 19.3 fantasy points to opposing running backs per week, 26th in the NFL.

Shady melted his share of snow last week. This time around, he'll just burn up some turf.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) catches a pass during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

When the Broncos last faced the San Diego Chargers, Thomas torched them for seven receptions, 108 receiving yards and three—yes, three—touchdowns. That's 28 fantasy points, people, and it's a number Thomas will probably come close to replicating.

With Wes Welker out of this Thursday's game, Peyton Manning will likely lean heavily on his top receiver. And even if the Chargers are expecting just that, it's not like they can stop it—San Diego has allowed 24.7 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers per game, 27th in the NFL. 

If Thomas isn't a top-five fantasy receiver this week, it will be a pretty big surprise.

Hit me up on Twitter—I'll answer your fantasy lineup questions, tweet random fantasy musings and try to figure out how LeSean McCoy somehow got better in the snow. 

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