Fantasy Football: Week 15 waiver wire

December 15, 2015 - 5:36 am

Welcome to Week 15 where the air is fresh and clean. If you play in a good league that uses a 16-week schedule, you now are in the final four and one win away from the big game. Congratulations! I'm heavily focused on matchups at this point, and I will be adding each player's remaining schedule when I post the expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn Tuesday afternoon. Head over if you play in a deep format as I will be adding more options throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 14 game film. The injuries continued to mount in Week 14. We saw Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, Thomas Rawls and Vincent Jackson go down and that's just to name a few. We'll be watching the fallout all week as some will possibly return and some will miss extended time. We already know that Rawls is done for the season. I will be back with full lineup rankings at Rotobahn later this week plus the the usual starts and sits right here on Friday. If you need any lineup help come Sunday, I will be hosting a Week 15 chat at 11 a.m. as usual. The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo! QUARTERBACKS Alex Smith, Chiefs, 32 percent He may be the guy to go after now because his matchups are outstanding. Smith is at the Ravens this week and he hosts the Browns in Week 16. It doesn't get much better than that. Smith should be owned in all leagues for the next two weeks. Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 55 percent Another solid effort in Week 14 and his team is in a must-win situation to have any faint chance of making the playoffs. They really don't, but Rex Ryan will have them fired up and Taylor now has a true game-breaking weapon with a healthy Sammy Watkins. He can help you this week or next if you are a Andy Dalton owner in need. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets, 47 percent He's at Dallas this week and home against the Patriots next week. Fitzpatrick should be owned in all leagues as he is a solid though not spectacular play the next two weeks. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, 45 percent He came up light last week, but he has workable matchups the rest of the way if you need a quarterback or if you just want to keep a good option away from your competition. Marcus Mariota, Titans, 45 percent He's been very good so far as a rookie and he has playable matchups the next two games, though I am not loving him this week at the Patriots. The Titans are letting the rookie use his legs more now and that makes him a dangerous fantasy play, even in tougher matchups. A.J. McCarron, Bengals, 0 percent The applications for his usage are somewhat limited. You'll want a safer option if you are in a must-win situation this week, as almost all of us are. Having said that, you could do worse than McCarron against a weak 49ers defense. If you play in a deep league with a light waiver wire or in a 2QB league, the Alabama star could be of use to you. I expect a solid performance while he's the starter. This is not a player who will be intimidated by the situation. He knows the spotlight well. RUNNING BACKS Tim Hightower, Saints, 42 percent He's nothing special, but he got almost all of the Week 14 love in the Saints backfield. It's damning stuff for C.J. Spiller, who just hasn't fit in as expected in New Orleans. Hightower has two very playable matchups the next two weeks after facing a very tough Tampa run defense in Week 14. He's a must-add player right now if running back help is what you crave. Denard Robinson, Jaguars, 6 percent He looked good as usual when he filled in for an injured T.J. Yeldon vs. the Colts last week. It sounds like there is a good chance that Yeldon (knee) misses time and it will be Robinson's show if that happens. Yeldon owners should rush to grab Robinson, but so should anybody looking for running back help. He's also a good preemptive move -- just to keep him away from your opponents. Matt Jones, Washington, 45 percent The carries have been there with 36 over the last two weeks and he should continue to be active in the passing game as well. Jones has a relatively tough schedule but he always has big play potential because he's a downhill runner with a rare combination of size and speed. He needs to be owned in all leagues. Isaiah Crowell, Browns, 27 percent He's not as good an add as he might be. Crowell has looked better and better each week since his disappearance in Week 10 against the Steelers. His touches have risen each week as well and he broke out in a big way against the 49ers on Sunday. He's a good flex play going forward, but RB2 appeal is a stretch because of the schedule which includes trips to Seattle and Kansas City over the next two weeks. DuJuan Harris, Seahawks, 5 percent It looked like he is the guy to own based on what we saw last week after Thomas Rawls went down for the rest of the season. Harris had 18 carries albeit for only 42 yards, but the Ravens play the run pretty well. The opponent is much more favorable this week as the Seahawks host the Browns and look like a team that will be playing with a significant lead. Mike Gillislee, Bills, 0 percent He is the back to own right now if you are trying to protect yourself against a LeSean McCoy injury. That will change if rookie Karlos Williiams (shoulder) returns, but Gillislee is the guy in Williams' absence, which could continue the next few weeks, and the Bills are pretty much out of playoff contention, so Williams being shut down for good seems very possible. Bryce Brown, Seahawks, 0 percent He's going to compete with Harris for the short-term job in Seattle, so he is worth adding in deeper formats or in addition to Harris as we should know more about who starts as the week rolls on. Harris is my best guess as of now based on what he did last week. Fred Jackson, Seahawks, 5 percent While Jackson is unlikely to carry the load with Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls both out, he will likely be the main back in passing situations and that should give him solid PPR appeal in larger formats. WIDE RECEIVERS Ted Ginn Jr., Panthers, 40 percent Ginn is the top deep threat for Cam Newton and that is a very valuable role right now. Ginn needs to be owned everywhere and should be active in most leagues too. Go get him if receiver help is on your shopping list. Ginn is a tremendous play this week against the Giants. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, 37 percent We are finally seeing week-to-week consistency and I think it will continue for a long time. Lockett is a future PPR stud and he will make a fine WR3 down the stretch of the season. He's not a stash option any more. Go get him if receiver help is what you need. Willie Snead, Saints, 45 percent He's back. After struggling with a sore knee for weeks, Snead caught seven of eight targets for 122 yards against the Buccaneers in Week 14. He'll be plenty dangerous this week at home vs. the Lions, who are playing out the string. Snead also has a nice matchup with the Jaguars in Week 16. Dorial Green-Beckham, Titans, 26 percent He was mostly held in check last week by Darrelle Revis and company, but his matchup gets a little better this week and a lot better in Week 16 against the Texans. I'd be adding Green-Beckham in all leagues if I had a roster spot to play with or a need at my WR3 spot. Marvin Jones, Bengals, 55 percent He's been consistently involved and has a floor of five targets each week. While some will run away from the Bengals due to the Andy Dalton injury, I am staying put. I see A.J. McCarron as a viable quarterback who can get the job done for fantasy purposes. And, he gets a sweet matchup with the 49ers this week. Markus Wheaton, Steelers. 29 percent He had another seven targets last week and that makes him a viable WR3 option in deeper leagues and a very smart add for those who depend on either Antonio Brown or Martavis Bryant. Wheaton has sneaky appeal this week as he will draw the Broncos' third corner as Seth Roberts did in Week 14. This makes him a sneaky flex in bigger leagues. Cecil Shorts, Texans, 14 percent He had a horrible game against the Patriots last week, but he will get a steady diet of sub par coverage against the Colts next week as Vontae Davis will spend 60 minutes shadowing DeAndre Hopkins. I like Shorts as a sneaky flex play in Week 15 if you need him. Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks, 5 percent He's a little volatile, but he gets a sweet matchup this week against the Browns and he has another eight targets last week, so he's certainly viable in deep formats. Nelson Agholor, Eagles, 20 percent He had six targets last week, which was a season-high. He also scored his first touchdown and it won't be his last. I do not love him this week in a tough matchup against the Cardinals. Having said that, I like the idea of stashing him for Week 16 just in case. He has a home matchup with Washington and he could be playable there. TIGHT ENDS Zach Miller, Bears, 19 percent He'€™s a dangerous player when healthy and right now, he is Jay Cutler's second option and a big factor in the red zone. If you own Tyler Eifert for the year, Miller can be your bridge player to a title in the event that Eifert's recovery from a Week 14 concussion is a slow one. Vernon Davis, Broncos, 45 percent He looked great last week and should continue to be involved as he gets more and more comfortable in Gary Kubiak's offense. He can start for you this week if you are in need. Zach Ertz, Eagles, 50 percent He looked very good in Week 14 and has a nice Week 16 matchup with Washington, if you can afford to look ahead. I am less enthused about him this week versus the Cardinals. DEFENSE Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 15 percent People are sleeping on this defense, so go get them this week because their matchup with the Rams this week is pretty sweet. Even if you would not start them, you don't want them being used against you. Pittsburgh Steelers, 38 percent They are the sixth-best overall fantasy defense and they are available in a ton of leagues. They have a crazy good matchup with the Ravens in Week 16. I'd be adding them for that alone if I could. 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