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