Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15 December 15, 2015  |  Evan Sandel


 

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Running Backs

 

Denard Robinson (8% Yahoo, 4% ESPN)

When Jags starter TJ Yeldon went down in the middle of their contest against the Colts, former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson took his place as the featured runner and acquitted himself admirably accumulating 75 yards and a score on 14 carries. With Yeldon’s injury looking likely to keep him out at least a week, Robinson is a must own for the end of the fantasy playoffs as he’ll face the porous Falcons and Saints defenses in the final contests of the fake season. If you were hamstrung by the injury to Rawls, this is the best replacement option on the waiver wire.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Tyler Lockett (38% Yahoo, 22% ESPN)
With Seattle’s passing game all of a sudden on fire, Lockett is a high upside WR2 for the fantasy playoffs; he’s averaging 13.3 standard fantasy points over the last four games and will see Cleveland and St. Louis come to town for the last two. Russell Wilson has every reason to keep shelling it out, considering the injury to Rawls. The abysmal Browns defense should prove an easy target for the Seahawks’ wide receivers, as should the Rams, whose once stout defense is in an alarming state of decline. If your league passed on him last week, that won’t happen again after this week’s 104 yard, two score performance. Add in all formats.

 

 Quarterback

 

Alex Smith (32% Yahoo, 43% ESPN)
Jeremy Maclin and Alex Smith have demonstrated considerable chemistry for stretches of the season, and Smith has posted 20+ fantasy points in two of the last three contests. The Chiefs will have plum matchups the next two weeks as they’ll face the injured Ravens and hopeless Browns. This makes Smith an ideal backup for your real quarterback.

 

Tight Ends

 

Zach Miller (21% Yahoo, 19% ESPN)
In the wake of Martellus Bennett’s season ending injury, Miller has emerged as a reliable TE1. The Bears have a run heavy offense, which is very friendly to pass-catching tight ends. Miller has found the end zone five times in six games and will continue to be a significant part of the Bears’ offense for the rest of the year.

 

 Musings

 

Rashad Jennings – Touched the ball 22 times on Monday night, by far a season high; all of a sudden the Giants’ running back situation doesn’t seem to be a committee anymore. While his upside is still limited, Jennings is now worth an add.

Vernon Davis – It took a few weeks to work Davis into the Denver offense following his arrival from San Francisco, but he just saw a season high 9 targets and appears to be locked in.

DuJuan Harris – While it’s tempting to add the next man up in Seattle’s traditionally run-heavy offense, you can pass. He’s a ‘meh’ talent who could lose considerable work to Bryce Brown; with the Seahawks’ passing attack on fire, there’s no need to lean on him.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – Having a great run the last three weeks averaging 26.6 fantasy points, but he’s about to run into tough matchups against Dallas and New England.

Ted Ginn Jr. – It’s bizarre that the no.1 receiver on an undefeated team is, rightly, only 41% owned. He’s a boom or bust receiver who has been booming more often than not of late, with a startling 200 yards and four touchdowns in two games. With good playoff matchups (NYG/ATL) he’s worth a depth add, but it’s not advisable to work him into your starting lineup, unless you’re a big underdog taking a home run swing.

A.J. McCarron – Walked in and looked good; the organization trusts him, letting him make 32 passes. He has a plus matchup against San Francisco next week and a nightmare @DEN matchup in the following contest. He’s a savvy Week 15 DFS option, or 2-QB league streamer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses

  1. dr. niburu says:

    I see you listed the Carolina backs….Fozzy and the “new ironhead Heyward” Tolbert… I expect Cam Artis-Payne to get some work if JStew is held out. Which given his history they just might do. Plus Payne may get more looks to keep Tolbert or Fozzy from nicked up just before playoffs. They have a first round bye locked up. Just saying the rookie could get some run here. Maybe not even a need to put a claim in on him. Chances are you can pick him right up after the waivers go through. I def would stay away from Fjax imo. Waste of waiver claim, would never feel good about starting him never knowing his workload at all.
    Congrats on the playoff berth and gl!

  2. Norman says:

    12 Team PPR, 1st week of playoffs, in 2nd. Winston, Mariota, ODB, Fitz, M Evans, Michael Floyd, VJax, D Parker, DGB, JStew, Rawls, Woody, Gronk, Watson. My RBs have shit the bed just in time for the playoffs! Right now I’m dropping Rawls/DGB for: D Robinson, B Brown, Crowell, FJax, Tolbert, Fozzy. J Hill is on waivers but wouldn’t go through until Thursday so I’m dropping VJax for him. Any thoughts on waiver priority, or am I forgetting anyone? (Bolden is already taken)

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