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The Waiver Wire 12/19

The Waiver Wire 12/19

A look at the pickups for the big game
By: Pete Davidson : December 19, 2017 1:40pm

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So you’re in the big game?  Way to go!  While most teams that survive this long are in great shape roster-wise, there’s still every reason to be thorough. The first thing you should do is assess your team. If you have an injury to a key player like Davante Adams (concussion), you may need to go get a player. The other angle is to scour your opponent’s roster and consider moves that could act as a stick in his or her spokes. So remain vigilant and use your money or waiver advantage if you have one.

I will be keeping tabs on my Twitter feed this afternoon and evening, so feel free to send me any questions you may have. I’m happy to offer a second opinion. You can find me @Rotobahn.

If you are one of those unlucky souls who are forced to play a championship in Week 17, I’ll be back next Tuesday to help. Just do me one favor. Scream at your commissioner until you get them to change the rule for 2018. No league should play Week 17. It’s a poor way to decide a league championship.


QUARTERBACKS

Nick Foles, Eagles, 27 percent

He’s done very well so far and, on Christmas, he gets a Raiders team that is reeling. And, he gets them in Philadelphia. As upside down as it seems, Foles has saved the Wentz owners who have been forced to play him. He’s certainly startable this week as the Eagles look to lock up home field advantage in advance of Week 17. They won’t take their foot off of the gas until they have a big lead.

Joe Flacco, Ravens, 18 percent

He’s playing well at the right time if you have a need. Flacco has posted his three best starts of the year in succession over the last three weeks and he gets the Colts in Week 16. The Colts are about to be deconstructed and it’s very possible that they are a flat team this week. Flacco is viable if you need him.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 38 percent

He’s got some appeal because he runs a lot—with rushing scores in 3 out of his last seven starts. That’s impressive in that he’s been less than healthy (knee) at times. I don’t want to play him this week at the Patriots, but if I am hurting, he’s a guy I would consider.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers, 30 percent

We loved him in Week 15, but I’m fading him this week as I said I would. As good as he’s been, you do not want to get involved with the Jaguars defense right now. Leave Garoppolo alone and look elsewhere. If you play in a deep league or a 2QB format, he could have some value next week vs. the Rams.


RUNNING BACKS

Mike Gillislee, Patriots, 27 percent

He looked like a sunken asset after weeks of healthy scratches, but the Rex Burkhead injury (knee) has opened the door for a Gillislee revenge game against his former team. My guess is that he plays and regains his role at the stripe—making him a guy with some upside against a Bills defense that has been giving up big numbers to running backs. They have yielded 17 rushing scores in 15 games so far, and that leads the league. They’ve also given up the most yardage. Gillislee started the year off with three touchdowns. He could actually finish it that way, too. I’d pick him up—even if it’s just to keep him away from my opponent.

Peyton Barber, Bucs, 34 percent

He started last week and could again in Week 16. He’s a good back and could easily do some damage, but his upside is capped by the Panthers’ defense, which is stout versus the run.

Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals, 35 percent

He’s getting the carries and he faces a Giants defense that has been gashed on a regular basis. In standard scoring leagues, Williams is certainly a player to consider if you are in a bind.

Wayne Gallman, Giants, 5 percent

He’s a viable option in PPR formats after catching 13 passes over the last two weeks. The Giants have looked better playing under interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo and they face a Cardinals team that has given up a fair amount of receptions to running backs this season. At the same time they have stuffed the run pretty well so things are set up better for Gallman compared to Orleans Darkwa.

Tion Green, Lions, 3 percent

He’s a guy to monitor this week because Theo Riddick suffered a wrist injury in Week 15 and it could affect his Week 16 availability. Green has been playing ahead of Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington in recent weeks, and the coaching staff has seemingly soured on Ameer Abdullah.


WIDE RECEIVERS

Martavis Bryant, Steelers, 57 percent

On the off chance he is available, you should nab him, because Antonio Brown is out. Bryant looked pretty darn good last week and he’s a lock for targets in Week 16 against a weak Texans secondary. The Steelers are in no position to send messages to Bryant at this point. They are in a must win situation with the Jaguars nipping at their heels for a playoff bye. This could be Bryant’s time to shine.

Keelan Cole, Jaguars, 7 percent

He’s blinking green right now, with scores in three straight games AND with Marqise Lee (ankle) hurt.  Lee is a good bet to miss Week 16 as is Allen Hurns. This makes Cole and Dede Westbrook (44 percent owned) players to add for Week 16. They play a 49ers team that gives up a fair amount of stats to receivers and Blake Bortles is actually functioning right now.

Mike Wallace, Ravens, 41 percent

He’s been playable for over a month and his role is locked in for Week 16 because Jeremy Maclin is almost certainly out for this week’s plus matchup against the Colts. Wallace received 10 targets in Week 15 and he’s seen 34 over the last four weeks. Not bad.

Tyrell Williams, Chargers, 38 percent

He can help you this week after leading the Chargers’ receivers in snaps the last two games. Williams is running really well right now and the Jets do not possess a great cornerback. Throw in the fact that Hunter Henry is out and you have some targets up for grabs. Williams’ role is likely to hold steady or increase. Rookie Mike Williams is not making a surge for playing time as of yet.

Kendall Wright, Bears, 4 percent

His targets have erupted over the last two weeks and he’s a player to seriously consider in PPR formats. Wright had 11 targets in Week 14 and that number grew to 13 last week versus the Lions. He has a nice home matchup this week against the Browns.

Will Fuller, Texans, 41 percent

Health is no longer a concern as Fuller has played 100 percent of the offensive snaps since returning in Week 14. Last week’s matchup with the Jaguars was low output as you’d expect. Fuller should fare a little better this week, at home, against the Steelers, who are not in the Jaguars’ class right now. It’s a Christmas day matchup, so he could be anything from your favorite gift to the coal in your stocking. The bottom line is that he has big game upside.

Geronimo Allison, Packers, 1 percent

He’s a player to monitor or to perhaps add preemptively. Davante Adams took a major blow to the head in Week 15 and that could open the door for Allison this week as he is the clear beneficiary when the Packers lose one of their top three. Complicating matters here is the status of Aaron Rodgers, who may be pulled now that Green Bay is out of the playoffs. Still, in deep formats, this is a situation to watch.

Chris Godwin, Bucs, 1 percent

Keep an eye on him or add him in deeper formats. With DeSean Jackson (ankle) potentially out and with O.J. Howard (in a walking boot) also in jeopardy of sitting, Godwin could end up playing a major role in Week 16. He may not be worth going after in tonight’s bids, but if things break right for him, he could be an add later in the week.

TIGHT ENDS

Antonio Gates, Chargers, 14 percent

Hunter Henry is likely out with a lacerated kidney. While Gates is not what he was, he has a deep connection with Philip Rivers and he scored a touchdown in Week 15. The Chargers face the Jets, who are notorious for giving up tight end production. Gates is a guy to keep tabs on this week.

Eric Ebron, Lions, 43 percent

He’s far from ideal, but he’s been a factor the last two games if you are in need. I’m not in love with this week’s matchup against the Bengals, who do not give up major production to tight ends, but Ebron is an option.

Charles Clay, Bills, 32 percent

He looked good last week against the Dolphins and he travels to play the Patriots this week where he has a mediocre history. Not my top choice but a viable one if you are in need.

Garrett Celek, 49ers, 2 percent

He’s been active with Garoppolo at quarterback and he has scored in consecutive weeks. Celek may not be a star, but he’s a factor on a team with so few legit weapons.

Jesse James, Steelers, 24 percent

Vance McDonald is banged up with an ankle that’s been slow to heal. I would not add James tonight, but if it looks like McDonald will sit again this week, James could be a late week pick up. With Antonio Brown out, there are targets to be had in the Steelers offense.