Week 14 was certainly an exciting one in the world of fake football. Unfortunately, some prominent fantasy forces were injured in the madness of Sunday and Monday’s games, leaving advancing fantasy playoff teams scrambling for answers. If you are in that boat, or are paddling nearby with some flexible roster spots, then dive right in and check out our Week 15 Waiver Wire picks. The one and only @gregsauce is on vacation this week, so while he shoots tequila, enjoys numerous cold ones and enjoys some hard earned relaxation, we will do our best to keep the waiver magic rolling as the fantasy playoffs pick up steam.
While Jason Campbell
doesn’t spark daydreams of fake football titles, he did look mighty sharp in Cleveland’s Week 14 near-almost-
shoulda-woulda loss against New England. Campbell chucked it for 391 yards and three scores, which was quite impressive and is worth a look for QB hungry teams or you crazy folks in those pesky 2QB leagues. After all, he does get to throw to Josh Gordon!
Another deep option if you are desperate for a quarterback filler is the always boring Matt Cassel, who draw the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. Philly has tightened up their defense a bit in the last month or so but is still weak in the secondary and the Vikings will need to throw with Adrian Peterson likely out.
One last option for the most quarterback needy teams is Washington’s Kirk Cousins, who the batty Mike Shanahan has proclaimed potentially start-worthy in Week 15 due to a potential, make believe, possible injury to RGIII. If this nut job is still running the show in D.C. on Sunday, Cousins could very well get the start and would face a very generous Atlanta defense. Keep him on your radar.
Marcel Reece performed admirably in Week 14 as he filled in for Rashad Jennings and the running back formerly known as Darren McFaddden. 161 total yards and a score was quite a nice effort, but with fellow Oakland back Rashad Jennings passing his latest concussion tests, his workload will plummet in Week 15. Reece’s Week 14 stats will look nice when you sort the stats of the available options on your wire but leave him alone.
The most obvious opening for Week 15 waiver wire production is in Minnesota. Fantasy owners were dealt a swift gut punch on Sunday as Adrian Peterson left early with a foot sprain, and the great “All Day” will likely miss Week 15 as well. This opens the door for former Stanford beast Toby Gerhart, but Gerhart’s Week 15 status is sketchy as well as he “tweaked” a hammy on Sunday. I would still make Gerhart my top running back pickup but if both Peterson and Gerhart end up scratched, we could be left with a hope, a prayer, and something called a “Matt Asiata” at running back for the Vikings. Gerhart is still the top add but keep the name Asiata handy in case of emergency.
Another option at running back this week has emerged, as Maurice Jones-Drew is questionable for Sunday, and that is Jordan Todman. The speedy Todman would be next in-line for the Jaguars, as they are light on options behind their cornerstone running back. Todman is worth a shot this week and is also worth grabbing if you are playing an opponent in Week 15 that lost Adrian Peterson or is currently counting on MJD as well. There is no room for hurt feelings in the fake football playoffs!
Not only did Da’Rick Rogers
turn in a fantastic Week 14 performance with 107 receiving yards and two scores, but he began the
much needed process of making Darrius Heyward-Bey an afterthought in Indianapolis. Andrew Luck hit the rookie Rogers six times on Sunday and the youngster looked great all day. Rogers is definitely worth an add, as the Colts are light on options at wide receiver with T.Y. Hilton disappearing and Reggie Wayne injured.
Rod Streater and Cordarrelle Patterson are both likely moving into “universally owned” territory but if they are still gracing the pages of your waiver wire, then make them priority 1 and 1A this week as they both had nice outings in Week 14 and have played well of late. Patterson’s Week 15 matchup with Philadelphia is especially intriguing.
Tennessee rookie Justin Hunter now has two 100+ yard games in the last three weeks and is worth checking out as he has begun to blossom late in the season. His two big outings are wrapped around a one catch, nine yard clunker but he still possesses some nice upside and Ryan Fitzpatrick and his beard seem to like Hunter. I think that means we should too.
Waiver wire target number one this week is Baltimore tight end Dennis Pitta. If you are one of the unfortunate fake footballers who lost Rob Gronkowski on Sunday, then you should be in full-out “Black Friday trampling people in Walmart” form to snag Pitta if he is still on your waiver wire. Pitta was “eased” back into action in Week 14 to the tune of 11 targets, six catches and 48 yards with a touchdown. Joe Flacco loves him some Dennis Pitta and he will be a huge pickup for fantasy playoff squads.
If Pitta is long gone in your league, take a look at Denver’s Jacob Tamme. Anytime additional targets become available in a prolific offense, potential beneficiaries should be immediately identified. In this case, Wes Welker is doubtful for Thursday Night Football with a concussion, so Tamme could be in line for extra work. Four catches for 47 yards was the final tally for Tamme in Week 14, so grab him if you need a tight end replacement.
Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Orangebru.
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