Fantasy Football: Week 15 waiver wire
|12.11.12 at 8:47 am ET|
As I mentioned last week, we are looking for upside and startable commodities vs. the depth players we were pushing throughout the bye weeks. The other thing to pay attention to are the key handcuffs to your lynchpin players. I will be updating last week’s handcuff article at Rotobahn for those looking to lock up their key insurance policies. I will be back next week for those who make the big game and we will be doing our 11a.m. Sunday morning chat this week for those who are looking for some lineup advice. Good luck to all this week!
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
He’s not state of the art just yet, but Kaepernick is the future in San Francisco. He can be your present in Week 15 as the 49ers head to New England. Kaepernick can start for you in 12-team leagues if you need a player. His matchup at Seattle in Week 16 is a bit more problematic.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks
He has a nice matchup in Week 15 at Buffalo, so he is worth an add if you need a plug-and-play QB. Wilson is viable in 12-team leagues. His struggles last week were due to San Francicso’s running game dominating the contest, not the passing game’s failures.
Nick Foles, Eagles
We like this kid some and he showed significant improvement in Week 14 in a very solid matchup vs. the Bucs. Things get tougher this week against the Bengals, who are solid defensively, but we’d add Foles for his Week 16 matchup at home against the Redskins, who give up plenty of points via the pass. If you need to piece together your last few weeks, then Foles can help you.
David Wilson, Giants
We’ve begged folks to add Wilson all year long due to his upside potential. Week 14 had that upside on full display. Wilson still has a secondary role, but the necessity of Wilson as a handcuff for Ahmad Bradshaw could never be more clear. He is worth adding in any league where you have the roster space.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
Starter Jonathan Stewart looks very unlikely to suit up for Week 15, so Williams will be a viable play again. He is a strong flex option in 12-team leagues and can be used as an RB2 where needed. The way Cam Newton is playing right now, Williams should get some room to run. He’s a bit underrated currently in my view. He’s available in more than 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and that’s a joke.
Alex Green, Packers
He’s the primary guy in the Green Bay backfield. He should be rostered in all leagues and started in most 12-team leagues. He gets a bump in PPR formats. Green has looked better and better as the season has progressed. We expect that trend to continue.
Joique Bell, Lions
Bell is challenging starter Mikel Leshoure for playing time and he’s really earned that with his play. Bell makes plays as a runner and as a receiver on a weekly basis and he needs to be owned in most 12-team leagues.
Vick Ballard, Colts
Ballard banged out some solid yardage on the ground in Week 14, but things get tougher this week as the Colts travel to Houston, where they will face a talented team bent on reestablishing its reputation. Perhaps the best reason to add Ballard now is his Week 16 matchup with Kansas City.
Montell Owens, Jaguars
Owens showed more burst than I expected to see from him and was generally effective in Week 14 against the Jets. The special teamer is going to be a factor in Week 15, too, as both Rashad Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew are long shots to play. Add him in all leagues if you need help at tailback. Owens does face the Dolphins this week, which is somewhat sobering as they handle the run quite well. Things get even worse in Week 16 when the Jaguars face the Patriots.
Bilal Powell, Jets
He’s pulled into a nearly even share with Shonn Greene, and the way the Jets run the ball, there is room for two backs. The Jets are blocking better than they have all year, so Powell is still worth owning in medium to large leagues.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
He is slowly getting better week to week and he keeps getting a bit more involved in the game plan. Rodgers can help those in PPR and deep leagues as a flex option.
Ben Tate, Texans
Perhaps lost in Monday night’s blowout was the play of Ben Tate. Arian Foster‘s backup showed the power, burst and tackle-breaking ability that had him stealing carries earlier this year and in 2011. Based on what I saw, Tate is the back to own as a handcuff to Foster, and those who own the starter should add Tate if he’s available.
LaMichael James, 49ers
With Frank Gore always a threat to get hurt and with Kendall Hunter already done for the year, James is a guy to own in 12-team and long term leagues. He showed off his trademark balance and explosiveness in Week 14. We expect his role to grow going forward.
Danario Alexander, Chargers
How this guy is still available in so many leagues is astounding. Pick him up and you have a dangerous weapon on your bench or perhaps in your lineup. He needs to be owned in all leagues for as long as he is healthy. The man is dominating right now.
Kenny Britt, Titans
Britt displayed better health than we’ve seen all year with sharper cuts and a heavier workload than we’ve seen for the bulk of the 2012. He’s got a mediocre matchup with the Jets in Week 15, but he is still a solid play in any league as a WR3 or flex and will be again in Week 16 against Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Britt is somehow still available in half of Yahoo! leagues.
Josh Gordon, Browns
You still can get him in more than half of Yahoo! leagues, and that is crazy. Gordon is playing very good football now and can be started as a WR3 in any and all league sizes. Add him.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
His talent is obvious, but now he has health to go with it. Jeffery is a big target and the Bears have every intention of targeting him often. He provides a desperately needed counter-balance to Brandon Marshall on the outside. Jeffery is worthy of flex consideration in 12-team leagues and is a wonderful asset in long-term formats.
Andrew Hawkins, Bengals
With Armon Binns cut and with Mohamed Sanu out for the year, there is less competition for targets in Cincinnati. Hawkins is looking to be back at 100 percent, and that means he can help you over the next two weeks in deeper leagues.
Jason Avant, Eagles
Avant is getting more looks, and he is converting them. Avant is an old standby for Andy Reid‘s offense and he has some legit value for the next few weeks in larger PPR formats. He can help you if you are struggling at receiver.
Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs
For really deep leagues only, and he still requires a leap of faith, but we like Baldwin as a talent and he has two very solid matchups to close out the year. Then factor in the injury to Dwayne Bowe and you might have a recipe for some success. If you are really hurting in a deep league, then Baldwin might be a guy to add.
Martellus Bennett, Giants
The big tight end clearly is over his knee woes that slowed him for the middle portion of the year. If you are a Rob Gronkowski owner still trying to piece your TE spot together, Bennett might be the best answer. That is, if you can get him. Bennett is owned in 57 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Tony Scheffler, Lions
Scheffler has been somewhat active for the last few months, but he had a bigger role in Week 14. With the losses of Nate Burleson, Titus Young and Ryan Broyles, we expect Scheffler’s uptick in usage to continue. The Lions might also be without starting TE Brandon Pettigrew in Week 15, and that should force a few more passes Scheffler’s way.
Rob Housler, Cardinals
As I’ve been saying for weeks, this guy has some talent, and Arizona wants to use him. Housler caught seven passes in Week 14 and he can help you in deep formats if you are tight end-starved.
Clay Harbor, Eagles
For deep leagues only. Brent Celek will miss Week 15 with a concussion and Harbor will see the ball a fair amount. If you are stuck in a 12- or 14-team league, Harbor is an option to consider. Again, deep leagues only.