Many fantasy football owners may be scrambling to find a plug and play option at running back or wide receiver for their starting lineup in Week 15 due to injuries or a poor matchup. With a fantasy championship or conference final on the line this weekend in most leagues, fantasy owners may want to target San Diego Chargers running back Kenneth Farrow or Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, as both have the potential to put up big numbers this Sunday.
San Diego Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow
The Chargers are expected to start their undrafted rookie running back with Melvin Gordon sidelined with a hip and knee injury in Week 15. Farrow carried the ball a career-high 16 times for 55 yards in relief of Gordon last Sunday and also added six catches out of the backfield for 23 yards.
Farrow is less than 54 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and was considered one of the top waiver wire additions of the week following Gordon’s injury. Farrow should see a bulk of the touches out of San Diego’s backfield ahead of recently acquired running back Ronnie Hillman.
Farrow draws a favorable matchup against a Raiders defense that has given up the seventh most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and should be a solid option at the flex spot or second running back position in Week 15.
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel
Gabriel’s hot streak continued in the team’s blowout win over Los Angeles in Week 14, as he finished the game with 82 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Falcons speedy 5-foot-8, 165-pound receiver has scored five touchdowns in the past six games and has consistently shown big-play ability whenever the ball is in his hands.
The Falcons have already ruled out star wide receiver Julio Jones for the second consecutive week due to a sprained toe, which should only increase Gabriel’s targets this weekend. Both Gabriel and Mohamed Sanu are intriguing plug and play options for fantasy owners in Week 15 with high upside potential against a struggling 49ers secondary.
The 49ers have surrendered the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2016, and a trip to the Georgia Dome Sunday could spell big numbers for Atlanta’s skill position players. Gabriel remains less than 57 percent owned in most leagues despite his recent play, and has boom potential for fantasy owners at the second receiver position or flex spot in Week 15.