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Fantasy Football: Week 15 Waiver Wire

12.13.11 at 10:41 am ET

Welcome to the Week 15 waiver wire, and props to you for being alive! In most leagues, it’€™s semifinals time and we have the best free agent options for you, just in case you lost a player last week or have a need you are looking to fill. If you play in a deeper league, feel free to check us out at later today, when we will be expanding the wire with more options. We’€™ll be adding kickers and defenses, too.

Good luck this week in your quest for fantasy football glory!

Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets

Available in more than a third of Yahoo! leagues, Sanchez is playing better these days and he gives you more foot-points than the average quarterback. He is a high-quality QB2 at this point and he has a solid matchup this weekend in Philadelphia.

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

He has two good matchups to close out the year, so pick him up if you need a QB as a starter or for injury protection. He’€™s available in nearly half of Yahoo! leagues and he is throwing to a healthy receiving corps now.

Jake Locker, QB, Titans

Locker may be forced into a starting role due to Matt Hasselbeck‘€™s injury, and while that may be bad for the Titans, it could be a plus for your fantasy team. If you lack a quality backup, Locker’€™s fantasy potential is very high due to his running ability. If this kid learns some accuracy, he has a huge fantasy future for the long term. He should be owned in most long-term formats. The rookie is unowned in 98 percent in Yahoo! leagues.

Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys

Your basic no-brainer. Felix is a RB2 again and he is available in a good many leagues, so go after him with vigor. Jones is going to get a huge workload for as long as he holds up and he can be the deciding factor for you if you have a need at RB.

Ryan Grant, RB, Packers

With James Starks out and with Brandon Saine suffering an early concussion, Grant was given a slew of snaps and he responded with a big effort. He had a few very nice runs and a few gimmes, but it was an eye-opening performance. He is worth an add in most formats and could have substantial value if Starks and Saine are forced to miss Week 15.

Shonn Greene, RB, Jets

If he is available, which is unlikely, you should go get him. The big back is entering his time of year and the Jets are blocking significantly better than they did six weeks ago.

Marion Barber, RB, Bears

Yes, he coughed up the game, but, unless he gets benched for it, which we doubt, he is still capable of carrying the load as we saw last week before his momentary vapor-lock. If you need a back for next week, Barber is a very solid option in any league size.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants

He is the most productive back they have right now. Things can change quickly, but with Bradshaw’€™s injuries and recent disciplinary issues, he may not be a threat to take more than a share of his old job. Jacobs should be owned in all but the smallest of leagues.

James Jones, WR, Packers

Greg Jennings is the key here. Jones would become a much more reliable fantasy factor if Jennings is out and with only two games to play in most fantasy leagues, Jones should be owned everywhere. Go get him. He’€™s available in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

He’€™s available in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues and he may return this week. Moore is a serious talent with big-play ability. When he gets back, he is likely to step right into the number one role. Add him in all leagues, especially if you have a weakness at our WR3 spot.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

He’€™s had three very good efforts and two of them came in the last two games. The trend is a positive and don’€™t forget that he was coming back from injury during the first half of the season. Thomas will be up and down as the Broncos’€™ Tim Tebow-led offense is a bit all over the place. Nevertheless, Thomas makes big plays and scores touchdowns, so he is worth a look as a WR3 or flex option in most leagues and most certainly large leagues.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts

He’€™s playing for money and that makes him a good guy to own, especially when he is on a team playing out the string. The Colts will throw a lot of passes over the next two games. Garcon is largely taken, but he is available in over 10 percent of CBS leagues and almost 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Grab him if he’€™s available.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Redskins

There are extra targets to be had with TE Fred Davis gone for good. Gaffney stepped up in Week 14 as he often has this season. We expect him to to give you WR3 numbers going forward and he’€™s available in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions

He’€™s a good player and he came back to life last week. If you need some help at the tight end spot, Pettigrew is a nice way to go. He can rack up the catches when he’€™s going well and he is a red zone option, too.

Jake Ballard, TE, Giants

Ballard has been on our wire for over a month now. The Giants use him consistently, and he is a solid option for Eli Manning in the red zone. If you are struggling for a solution at TE, Ballard could be the answer.



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