Is it a little crazy that Kenneth freaking Farrow might decide the fate of your fantasy football playoff game? Of course, but you should be used to this sort of thing by now. Fantasy football is all about opportunity, and with Melvin Gordon out for Week 15, Farrow is stepping into a cushy role as San Diego's lead back against a suceptible Oakland defense that has allowed 4.7 yards per carry (30th in NFL) and 16 touchdowns (28th in NFL) this season.
Farrow had 22 touches after Gordon went down last week, and although Ronnie Hillman will be activated and will likely get involved a fair amount, Farrow should see the bulk of the work. RB1 type numbers aren't out of the question, which isn't bad for someone you likely had never heard of just two weeks ago.
Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
Matt Forte hasn't officially been ruled out for Saturday night yet, but it seems likely he'll sit and give way to Powell, who gashed the 49ers last week for 179 rushing and receiving yards. Powell has long been one of the most efficient backs in the league per touch, and against a Miami defense allowing 4.8 yards per carry, he should find some success.
Better yet for PPR players, Powell has a high floor thanks to his receiving ability. He has five games this season with at least five receptions, and that's despite having Forte around. If Forte sits, at least 20 touches isn't out of the question, especially with Bryce Petty at QB.
Ryan Griffin, TE, HOU
Tight end streaming has been tricky all year, but the Texans have been a surprising source of points for owners trying to fill the position. C.J. Fiedorowicz has been a steady option all year thanks to his high target load, but since he's been ruled out for Week 15, Ryan Griffin will step into a bigger role.
Brock Osweiller simply can't throw the ball down field with any accuracy, which means the tight ends in this offense will be heavily peppered with targets. Griffin has 40 catches on the year even as the backup to CJF, after all, so it would make sense to use him as a streamer in Week 15. At this position, one touchdown reception can make you look like a genius.
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Taylor Gabriel, WR, ATL
Taylor Gabriel is a big play waiting to happen, and the San Francisco 49ers will let you have plenty of those. While most of the success in this game should come from Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman on the ground, Gabriel can turn one screen into a long touchdown real quick. He's scored four touchdowns over the last four weeks, and although he's boom or bust, he has over 75 yards in three of those weeks as well.
Of course, there's this: Julio Jones has already been ruled out for this week. If for some reason the Falcons do need to air it out a bit, Gabriel should be more involved than ever.
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Jack Doyle, TE, IND
Dwayne Allen is banged up and questionable for Week 15, which could put more focus on Doyle in the passing game. Even if Allen plays, which looks likely, Donte Moncrief has already been ruled out. That should mean more two-TE sets for the Colts in this one, especially with Minnesota's cornerbacks being the strength of their defense.
It just so happens that two of Doyle's best games in Week 6 and Week 7 came when Moncrief was sidelined. If you're looking for someone to step up next to T.Y. Hilton, Doyle is a great bet and a sneaky TE1 streamer this week.
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Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
Remember him? Jeffery is set to return from his 4-game suspension, and he's coming back to a receiving corps that is missing a bunch of bodies. Although Matt Barkley has never thrown a pass to Jeffery, his pure talent and the lack of other options around him should put him on the WR2 radar against a Packers team that has been picked apart in the pass game all year.
Cameron Meredith went for 6-72-1 last week against Detroit. Jeffery is certainly more talented than Meredith, and he's well-rested and healthy after his lengthy break. Don't forget about him this week.
If you're streaming the quarterback position and made it to your postseason anyway, we salute you. If you have the guts to bench someone like Andrew Luck in your fantasy playoffs and go with Tyrod Taylor, we salute you as well.
Taylor is always tough to trust, but the Browns are so terrible that he's a rock solid QB1 for this week. Cleveland allows a ridiculous 104.2 QB rating this year, last in the league. No team has allowed more passing touchdowns (30). Add in Taylor's rushing ability, and he makes for a great streamer. Matchups simply don't get any better.