Week 15 – Waiver Wire Pickups
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While Nick Foles had a big game against the Buccaneers, I won’t officially recommend a quarterback off the waiver wire this week. Foles would likely be the top option to pickup at his position but I’m sure most of you left in the playoffs already have a respectable option at quarterback.
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RB. David Wilson –
The Giants rookie finally received his opportunity to show what he can do and he blew up against a poor Saints run defense. With Ahmad Bradshaw suffering another injury (knee) against New Orleans, we should consider it likely that Wilson will work in a committee with Bradshaw going forward.
Look to Wilson as a high upside flex play to low-end RB2 even if Bradshaw suits up over the final two weeks of the fantasy football season.
RB. Alex Green –
The Packers will likely use DeJuan Harris, Ryan Grant and John Kuhn in a committee with Alex Green but the second-year tailback played well enough to be the feature back last week. Green continued to run tough and did a good job after contract.
For the second week in a row Green did a much better job in his decision-making process as he wasn’t hesitant when hitting the hole and used his power to push piles forward. While Harris picked up a 14-yard touchdown last week, Green should see most of the red-zone work going forward as the bigger, more physical running back.
RB. Joique Bell –
While Mikel Leshoure figures to remain as the starter in the Lions backfield, it’s probably in name only. Bell is capable of working in the red zone, and is the favored option of the two running backs in passing situations. Factor in that all of the Lions 20-yard plus runs have come from Bell this year, and it’s easy to see why his role expanded against the Packers last week.
Playing against a Cardinals run defense that has struggled for most of the second half of the season, Bell has a terrific opportunity to deliver RB2 numbers this week.
RB. DeAngelo Williams –
A long touchdown reception gave Williams a big day against the Falcons last week. More importantly Williams has been the main option in the running game over the past two weeks with Jonathan Stewart out. Last week he carried the football 17 times and if he continues to work like this in the offense, he could be a nice sleeper option for us down the stretch.
While he should have a tough go if it this week in San Diego, Williams has a terrific matchup next week as the Panthers play the Raiders the following week.
RB. Montell Owens –
Owens was the feature back for the Jaguars last week, but he only carried the football 14 times. A big touchdown run on a third and long play made Owens day against the Jets as he ran for close to 100-yards and the score. Unfortunately, Owens plays the Dolphins and Patriots over the next two weeks.
WR. Brandon Lloyd –
I had big expectations for Lloyd this summer and the veteran has struggled for most of the season. Last week he dominated against a banged up Jonathan Joseph and finally played up to his off-season expectations. If you’re in need of help at the receiver position you might find Lloyd on your waiver wire as many fantasy owners gave up on him weeks ago.
WR. Jason Avant –
Last week I told fantasy owners to keep an eye on Jason Avant and Riley Cooper as options that could breakout down the stretch, with DeSean Jackson done for the year. Avant had another solid performance against the Buccaneers and now has 212-yards over the past two weeks.
The Eagles should continue to throw the football and have a terrific matchup week 16 as they face the Redskins secondary. I have a feeling the Eagles matchup against the Redskins will be much different this time around, then the blowout they suffered a few weeks back.
WR. Brandon Gibson –
It’s hard to trust Rams receivers as it seems a new option has a big day each week. Two weeks ago Chris Givens was a big part of the Rams passing attack and last week it was Brandon Gibson. Now it appears Danny Amendola has a chance to play and would take targets away from both if he does.
The Rams should have opportunities against the Vikings secondary so if you need help Gibson is at least worth throwing in the lineup.
TE. Tony Scheffler –
With Nate Burelson, Ryan Broyles done for the year with injuries and Titus Young basically kicked off the team for his problems, the Lions have turned to Tony Scheffler as the slot option in the passing game.
Last week Scheffler was targeted ten times and had a touchdown receptions against the Packers. This week he faces off against a Cardinals team that gave up a 100-yard performance to Anthony McCoy last week and a 24-yard touchdown to Zach Miller in Seattle. Not a bad play this week.
D. Dolphins Defense –
The Dolphins should have plenty of opportunity for big plays against the Jaguars, if Cecil Shorts is out again because of a concussion. Expect the Dolphins to win this game and control the game with the running game.
D. Lions Defense –
With the Cardinals falling appear the Lions front line should have a field day against the Arizona’s offensive line. Expect big things from Detroit’s defense this week.