Jalen Hurts (QB, Philadelphia Eagles)
ESPN ownership: 31.9%
Week 15 stats: 338 passing yards, 3 touchdowns; 11 carries, 63 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Hurts was the top fantasy quarterback this week with 37.82 fantasy points. Hurts continued to impress as a rusher; he had 106 rushing yards in his last start against the Saints. However, his production as a passer this week was amazing. Hurts’ upside is sky-high. He will face the Cowboys next Sunday, who are allowing a league-high 30.8 points per game. He is an elite fantasy option next week.
Le’Veon Bell (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)
ESPN ownership: 57.8%
Week 15 stats: 15 carries, 62 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 1 reception, 14 receiving yards
Clyde Edwards-Helaire exited Sunday’s game with a hip/leg injury, and he did not return. If Edwards-Helaire is out next week, Bell will have immense short-term value as the lead back in the league’s leading scoring offense.
Tony Pollard (RB, Dallas Cowboys)
ESPN ownership: 21.8%
Week 15 stats: 12 carries, 69 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns; 6 receptions, 63 receiving yards
Ezekiel Elliott ended up sitting out of Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Without Elliott, Pollard had his most productive game of the season and was the top fantasy running back this week. Pollard has always been efficient with his touches; he averaged 5.3 yards per carry last season. When given additional volume, he has continued to produce at a high-level. In his career, he has had 14+ touches in only three games. Here are his statistics from those games:
2019 Week 3 vs. Dolphins: 13 carries, 103 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 3 receptions, 25 receiving yards
2019 Week 15 vs. Rams: 12 carries, 131 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards
2019 Week 17 vs. Washington: 14 carries, 60 rushing yards; 1 reception, 5 receiving yards
Elliott’s status needs to be monitored throughout the week, but if he misses time, Pollard will become a must-add in most formats.