The Waiver Wire 12/13
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Welcome to the Week 15 waiver wire. This is normally a fun article. It’s usually filled with opportunities and ways to improve your team. Yeah, not so much this week. Granted, the market seems to fit the dynamic. In most leagues, it’s just the four best teams that remain. Hence, the roster needs are less and improving lineups is relatively tougher. Then again, anybody reading this article is still alive and is one or two wins away from pay dirt. So there’s the fun, right? There's nothing better than being alive in the fantasy playoffs. Savor the flavor.
The other good news, in most leagues, is that you have scant competition for players -- just three other teams unless your league mistakenly uses Week 17 as its championship week. This leads me to one point I want to hit. Though you may have all the players you need this week, your opponent may not. Be sure to go though the rosters of the teams you play or may play. Adding a player that would have helped your opponent should ultimately help you.
The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo!
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 62 percent
The Bills host the Browns on Sunday, so he’s playable if you need him. With Sammy Watkins back to tilt the field, Buffalo’s passing attack has more upside, and the matchup obviously is great.
Joe Flacco, Ravens, 25 percent
The Ravens host the Eagles on Sunday, and that’s a solid passing matchup. Flacco certainly is playable if you need an option, and you can play him the following weekend at Pittsburgh in a pinch.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, 36 percent
He’s a wild ride, as I’ve been saying for months. The thing is, as ugly as Kaepernick often is, there usually are solid stats there at the end of the day. His matchup at the Falcons on Sunday is nothing scary based on how Atlanta has been playing. He’s playable next week at the Rams as well.
Matt Barkley, Bears, 3 percent
Chicago hosts the Packers on Sunday, and that’s reason enough to consider him if you are in a pinch. Barkley has managed to be effective while working with his team’s B-level talent. This week he gets Alshon Jeffery back, and that should be enough to make him competitive against a very light Green Bay secondary.
Trevor Siemian, Broncos, 10 percent
He has a home matchup with the Patriots this week. I’m not sure if I like that, but you could certainly do worse. At least he has weapons and is looking more inclined to pass with the running game struggling. Siemian travels to KC in Week 16.
Alex Smith, Chiefs, 27 percent
He gets the Titans at home on Sunday, and while he’s far from exciting, he has enough athletes around him to scrape out a QB1 effort if things break right.
Bilal Powell, Jets, 45 percent
If you’ve been listening to the waiver wire podcast each week, you know I’ve been wondering why the Jets play Powell so little. Well, Week 14 was an example of why he deserves more time. With Matt Forte knocked out early, Powell racked up big numbers and led the Jets to a comeback win. Powell posted 179 total yards and scored twice. He is a great add this week because he will start if Forte cannot go -- and there is simply no reason for the Jets to force the veteran out on the field. They have zilch to play for and actually benefit by losing at this point. If I can only add one player this week, Powell is the guy. The Jets play the Dolphins on Saturday night.
Kenneth Dixon, Ravens, 44 percent
He looked very good again and scored his first touchdown in Monday night’s loss to the Patriots. As I have been saying for weeks, the Ravens really like Dixon and he’s finally looking like he may take charge of this backfield. Dixon played the vast majority of snaps in Week 14 while Terrance West watched from the sideline. Granted, game flow played a part -- with the Patriots up by multiple scores -- but it’s still a potential changing of the guard. Dixon is a priority add if you can get him. If you are looking at Week 16 vs. Week 15, Dixon probably is a better add than Bilal Powell.
Kenneth Farrow, Chargers, 4 percent
As with Powell, Farrow is an injury-related recommendation. If Melvin Gordon sits this weekend, and he really ought to, Farrow should be the lead back with Ronnie Hillman getting work in reserve. The Chargers are out of the race, and Gordon is a big piece of their future. It would make no sense for them to rush him back, even if his knee is responding well. So add Farrow if you are looking for a solid flex play, or if you are a Gordon owner.
Dwayne Washington, Lions, 4 percent
His value is somewhat dependent on the status of Theo Riddick, who I suspect will return this weekend. If Washington does play, he’s a mediocre option due to the Lions' matchup at the Giants, who stuff the run very well these days. Still, if you are in a bind with Riddick, it makes sense to add Washington. If your opponent is Riddick dependent and you have waiver priority, you may have a chance to push a stick into their spokes. Hey, it’s a zero sum game.
Justin Forsett, Broncos, 20 percent
With Devontae Booker continuing to struggle, Forsett still is a player to add. Of course, Forsett struggled plenty himself, so he’s no lock for big value. Still, there are not a lot of places for Gary Kubiak to turn right now. Forsett could get a chance. He’s worth an add in 12-team leagues.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings, 45 percent
He will practice this week, so go get him as he could have significant value come Week 16. He’s that rare Week 15 stash option. Yes, the Vikings offensive line is pretty bad, but this is Adrian Peterson we're talking about.
Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots, 54 percent
He was pretty good again -- scoring a touchdown and playing starter’s snaps (54 total) for the second straight week. There could be a situation to watch with his hip this week, but he’s still a great add if a receiver is what you need. Mitchell has a brutal matchup with Denver this week, but he could have significant Week 16 value when he faces the Jets so you might want to consider adding him preemptively.
Taylor Gabriel, Falcons, 48 percent
He came through again in Week 14 and he could have sustained value for Week 15 if either Julio Jones or Mohamed Sanu misses a second straight game. Gabriel will always be a risky play because he doesn’t play a ton of snaps, but he is a big-play weapon and they are making a point to use him these days. He may be able to help you if you need a WR3 this week in a 12-team league.
Dontrelle Inman, Chargers, 23 percent
He got it done again in Week 15, and with Travis Benjamin still wholly ineffective, Inman’s streak of production should continue. This Sunday’s home matchup against the Raiders is a strong one, so add Inman as a WR3 in all leagues if you need one. It’s also worth noting that the Chargers have a sweet Week 16 matchup with Cleveland.
Pierre Garcon, Washington, 36 percent
With matchups against the Panthers this week and the Bears in Week 16, Garcon is a strong add right now. He is playing a full-time role and is producing solid numbers on a weekly basis with scores in two out of his last four games.
Robby Anderson, Jets, 2 percent
He’s had a whopping 23 targets the last two games. The obvious question is, what’s wrong with the Jets, but reality is reality. Bryce Petty likes throwing to Robby Anderson and Petty is going to be the the quarterback the next two games. This week’s matchup against Miami is not scary, so Anderson can be a WR3 if you need him.
Cameron Meredith, Bears, 34 percent
He’s playing a major role in terms of field time, and he finally broke out with some major production in Week 14 against the Lions. This Sunday’s matchup with the Packers is excellent, so he can help you as a WR3 in 12-team leagues.
Marqise Lee, Jaguars, 11 percent
He hasn’t been below six targets in a game since Week 8 and his production has been good in three out of the last four games. If Allen Hurns does not return from his hamstring injury this week, Lee will an WR3 option. He’s a flex with Hurns on the field.
Ty Montgomery, Packers, 36 percent
His snaps are back up, with 59 total in the last two games. He’s getting carries and receptions and scored his first touchdown in Week 14. In deeper leagues, Montgomery is worth owning.
Corey Coleman, Browns, 44 percent
He is playing full-time snaps and was targeted often by RGIII this past weekend. In fact, though it’s not showing up in terms of production, Coleman has 30 targets over the last three games. He is a breakout waiting to happen and should be owned in all leagues. He is playable this weekend against a struggling Bills defense if you are in need of an upside play. Yes, Coleman could give you a light performance, but he also has multiple long touchdown upside. Not a bad play if you are looking like a long shot to win.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans, 39 percent
He's playing major snaps every week and, more importantly, running the routes that his quarterback has the confidence to hit. Fiedorowicz has mediocre upside but a solid weekly floor. He can help you if you are using a patchwork tight end strategy in the wake of Rob Gronkowski’s injury.
Ladarius Green, Steelers, 56 percent
Some people are wrongfully focusing on Green’s low snaps counts, but his production is there because he is a receiving specialist. He simply does not block, or, better said, is not asked to. Green has plenty of ceiling this week when the Steelers visit the Bengals.
Jermaine Gresham, Cardinals, 4 percent
He’s owned the job all year long, but there has been a recent surge of production that started back in Week 8. His targets have risen in the last three weeks specifically and he’s had two scores over the last four games. I’m not sure if I actually trust him, but we know he’s talented. We’ve seen that over the years. The big problem was playing in Arians’ offense, but it seems that he’s made some changes due to Carson Palmer’s struggles and the injuries to his outside receivers. Gresham is a decent play if you need him in a deep league.
A.J. Derby, Broncos, 0 percent
A name familiar to Patriots fans, Derby had five grabs on five targets in Week 14 and he has been active over the last month with the exception of Paxton Lynch’s start in Week 13. He can help you in deep leagues if you are desperate.
Blake Bell, 49ers, 0 percent
With Vance McDonald being placed on injured reserve, it could be a chance for Bell to shine. He’s not a great bet to do much this weekend, but he’s a guy to stash in really deep leagues for possible Week 16 use.
Atlanta Falcons, 43 percent
They get the 49ers this week and they should be playing with a lead for most of the game. Good situation.
Houston Texans, 43 percent
They get Blake Bortles in their building this week. What else do I need to say? They can help you this week.
Miami Dolphins, 55 percent
They visit the Jets. Bryce Petty will turn it over and take sacks.
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