MIAMI, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- It's time to trust the horse that got you here.
If you are still playing fantasy football, you have likely made it into the final four of the playoffs in your league.
While you shouldn't bench known studs because of poor matchups at this time of the season, you should be on the lookout for players with appealing opportunities. Keeping breakout studs away from your opponent is more important than adding bench depth when you are in the playoffs.
To help you figure out which players your opponent might have an eye on and assist you in getting to your fantasy football league's championship, take a look at my top players to add and top players to drop for Week 15.
QB | Sam Bradford, Colin Kaepernick; RB | Bilal Powell, Kenneth Farrow, Jalen Richard; WR | Robby Anderson, Dontrelle Inman, Kenny Stills, Pierre Garcon; TE | Charles Clay, Jermaine Gresham; D/ST | Atlanta Falcons; K | Kai Forbath
QB | Matt Barkley, Joe Flacco; RB | Dwayne Washington, Matt Asiata, T.J. Yeldon, Alfred Morris, Ty Montgomery; WR | Taylor Gabriel, Marqise Lee, J.J. Nelson; TE | Vernon Davis, Mychal Rivera; D/ST | Miami Dolphins
Sam Bradford might not win your week for you, but he could help your opponent with a matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback passed for 292 yards and a score in a Week 14 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bradford also could be getting back Adrian Peterson by Week 16, meaning a more balanced attack. If you have the space on your bench, and your opponent is quarterback-needy, it might be time for keep away.
Matt Barkley has a juicy schedule ahead with home matchups against the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. The Chicago Bears should be playing from behind in Week 15, meaning Barkley will get plenty of passing attempts. He has averaged 202 passing yards through the last two weeks. Barkley could be a nice fit on your opponent's roster if they are looking for a spark from a streaming quarterback.
Bilal Powell is unquestionably this week's top pickup. The New York Jets running back was already one of the league's top backups at the position. Now he is in the spotlight, following an injury to Matt Forte. Powell exploded for 179 yards from scrimmage and two scores in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers. He now gets the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Get in line for Powell for a streaming start, bench depth, or keep away.
Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris is an injury away from fantasy superstardom. If you own Ezekiel Elliott and don't yet own his talented backup, you are likely too late. But if he is still available, he is worth a bench spot for any owner. If Elliott were to go down, his owner is likely out of playoff contention. If you are in the playoffs and weak at running back, Morris' ascension could win you your league.
Kenny Stills has scored a touchdown in every other game since Week 7. His six scores on the season are more than Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones. Although he isn't as talented as the aforementioned duo, he should retain value even with backup quarterback Matt Moore throwing the rock. The Miami Dolphins speedster had 97 yards and a score in Week 14 against a talented Arizona Cardinals secondary. Now he gets the burnable Jets unit in Week 15. I'll have Stills listed as a low-end WR3 for the fantasy football playoffs.
With Allen Robinson earning most of the attention from opposing defensive backs, Marqise Lee is starting to blossom for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lee had 113 yards on five receptions last week. He has two scores in his last four games. Lee also has at least four receptions in five of his last six games. His remaining postseason slate includes battles against the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, and Indianapolis Colts. I see Lee getting in the end zone at least twice in the next three games, putting him in WR3 consideration.
Although the Buffalo Bills front office is starting to play the blame game when it comes to who takes the fall for its lackluster season, its offense should put up huge numbers this week. Tight end Charles Clay should benefit from the stellar Week 15 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Clay had 52 yards and a score in Week 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I expect him to remain a red zone target this week and in the fantasy football finals against the Miami Dolphins. Clay is a streaming option for TE1 in Week 15.