The fantasy football playoffs continue into Week 15 and some sleepers to check out include Bryce Brown, DuJuan Harris, Fred Jackson, Tim Hightower, David Johnson, James White, Ted Ginn, Zach Miller and Charcandrick West for next weekend. Thomas Rawls is out for the season for the Seahawks, while Martellus Bennett, Andre Ellington, LeGarrette Blount and Spencer Ware are also dealing with injuries, giving other players the chance to step up.
UPDATE: The Seahawks have released DuJuan Harris and have brought back Christine Michael after the injury to Thomas Rawls. Check here for details.
The Week 14 schedule saw a number of injuries to notable players, including Rawls, Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, Greg Olsen and Vincent Jackson. LeGarrette Blount was injured for the Patriots on Sunday and that could open things up for James White and Brandon Bolden on the depth chart. The Seahawks already have Marshawn Lynch on the mend from surgery and that put DuJuan Harris and Fred Jackson as the main running backs on Sunday after Rawls went down.
Rawls has been stepping up as the starter with Marshawn Lynch out and now Rawls is done for the season after breaking his ankle on Sunday. Harris was the top option in spot duty in Week 14 coming in for Rawls, as finished with 18 carries for 42 yards for the Seahawks. The team likes Fred Jackson as the third down and pass catching back and he likely will stay in that position, although he could see increased touches now that Rawls is out. According to NFL.com, the team has brought back Bryce Brown and he could now be an option to step in For Rawls.
Brown has been with the Seahawks at two different times this season and the team did not previously have him active during those stints. Brown could see some work this week since he is familiar with the offense and could split carries with Harris and Jackson. Lynch reportedly is still a week or two away from returning for the Seahawks and that could give Brown a chance to contribute. UPDATE: TJ Yeldon is dealing with an injury, Denard Robinson is a solid fantasy option this week.
Tim Hightower has come in as the starting running back for the Saints with Mark Ingram out for the season and he made an impact against the Buccaneers. Hightower finished with 85 yards rushing and had 29 touches in the game and scored a touchdown and he could be a high upside option for the rest of the playoffs.
David Johnson has stepped in as the starter for the Cardinals with Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson banged up and while he is dealing with a thigh injury, he played on Thursday and has time to heal up. Johnson had 123 total yards against the Vikings and has been productive since taking over as the starter.
LeGarrette Blount suffered a hip injury against the Houston Texans on Sunday night and he may be limited moving forward for the Patriots. James White and Brandon Bolden are solid replacement options, but Blount likely will remain the lead back as long as he is healthy. White had 119 yards two weeks ago for the Pats and this past week he had a rushing touchdown to go along with 38 yards on four catches.