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If the fantasy football playoffs weren't upon you last week, they definitely are this week - and if you're fortunate enough to still be playing fantasy football, you may be one spot starter away from a truly special week. Whether you're banged up at a certain position or just perpetually weak there, these five guys might be able to get you by in your biggest fantasy matchup of the season - Week 15.
Raiders QB Jason Campbell. Perhaps you were relying on, say, Aaron Rodgers or Matt Cassel for continued success in the post-season. So much for that, eh? While you scramble for an alternative, pay particular attention to Campbell. He's coming off a 324-yard, 2-TD performance in a loss to Jacksonville, and Tom Cable will ride the hot hand as the Raiders chase an AFC West championship. Campbell should perform well against Denver's hot mess of a football team in Week 15 - and if he gets you that far, he shouldn't disappoint against Indy in Week 16, either.
Cardinals RB Tim Hightower. Arizona's backfield has been tough to figure out all season, but Hightower rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14 while Beanie Wells dealt with a stomach illness. He ran so well that he's got a firm grip on the feature back role in Arizona, and with a rookie quarterback taking snaps in John Skelton, expect Ken Whisenhunt to lean heavily on his running game. Arizona's Week 15 matchup is a good one; Hightower shouldn't have problems carving up Carolina's defense, provided he can avoid costly fumbles.
Seahawks WR Ruvell Martin. Seattle lost second-year standout Deon Butler for the season on Sunday, and with Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu ailing, the 6'4" Martin is in line for much more work as Seattle pursues a playoff berth in the NFC West. Martin caught four passes for 73 yards in Seattle's Week 14 loss to San Francisco, but Martin has the size and experience to make an impact immediately, particularly in the red zone. Seattle will be passing a lot over the next two weeks as they take on Atlanta and Tampa Bay, as they're really struggling to run the football.
Packers TE Andrew Quarless. Things aren't completely bleak for the Rodgers-less Packers. Filling in for the injured Jermichael Finley, Quarless has a catch in each of his last four games, and is coming off a five-catch, 62-yard performance against Detroit. With Matt Flynn in the lineup, expect the Packers to get a bit more conservative and speedy with its passing attack, meaning that Quarless could be in line for plenty of short passes that he can work with after the catch. He'll be especially appealing in PPR leagues.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. Often times, a clever maneuver with your defense and special teams unit can swing a fantasy playoff matchup in your favor - and the Bills are a sneaky add this week. Very quietly, the Bills have the fourth-best pass defense in the league, and the Bills have forced at least one turnover in each of their last six games, including seven turnovers in their last two. They play a Miami team in Week 15 that has scored ten points or less in four of its past six games. Even if the Bills give up yards and points - always a distinct possibility with them - they'll have opportunities to make plays, as well.