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As many fantasy leagues head into postseason first-round match-ups this week, fantasy owners may feel there is not much left to do but ride your regulars as far as they can take you in the playoffs. That's one approach, but another is to try finding a hot fantasy player with a few strong match-ups of his own over the last few weeks of the season.
Denver rookie running back Montee Ball might be one such option. After a pretty quiet start to his career earlier this year, the University of Wisconsin product has been very good the last couple of weeks. Even though he is the clear No. 2 RB for the Broncos, he had 117 rushing yards in Week 13. His late season build-up could continue in Week 14, when Denver plays the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have an above-average defense overall, but actually has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this year, according to Yahoo! stats.
Ball has another pretty good match-up in Week 15 against a San Diego Chargers defense that just yielded 164 rushing yards to the Cincinnati Bengals.
I know it's hard to trust an RB 2 on a team with the most productive passing quarterback in the NFL, but as Denver plays out a few meaningless games before the NFL postseason begins, it's good bet they will rely a little more on the ground game.
Ball is available in 43% of Yahoo! leagues, and might make a good fantasy RB 2 or flex play in the coming weeks.
* Bleacher Report looks at which players to buy or sell based on their Week 13 performances.
* SI.com names Peyton Manning its fantasy MVP, the biggest "Duh" moment of the year.
* ESPN recommends another free agent I like for the fantasy playoffs push: Colts running back Donald Brown.
Dan O'Shea is our man in fantasyland. He welcomes your comments.