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Waiver Wire: Week 15

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Week 14 was a devastating one for injuries. Rob Gronkowski, Reggie Bush, Wes Welker, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Lamar Miller were among the big names to go down. Each is either out or in doubt for Week 15.

It creates a unique scenario as we head to semifinal week of the fantasy playoffs. Owners of highly seeded teams could be scrambling to the wire for plug-n-plays for the most important game of the year. Therefore, this week’s Waiver Wire adds are weighted heavily toward Week 15 matchups with a slight eye on Week 16. It’s all that matters at this point.

On to this week’s assets. Here is how I would rank the top players available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues at each position. Notes and recommendations on each player will follow below.

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Quarterbacks
1. Josh McCown
2. Jason Campbell
3. Ryan Tannehill
4. Matt Flynn

Running backs
1. Toby Gerhart
2. Jordan Todman
3. Daniel Thomas
4. Chris Ogbonnaya
5. James Starks
6. Marcel Reece
* Montee Ball is owned in 61 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 RB add.
* Joique Bell is owned in 66 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 2 RB add (behind Montee Ball).

Wide receivers
1. Da’Rick Rogers
2. Rod Streater
3. Cordarrelle Patterson
4. Kenbrell Thompkins
5. Nate Burleson
6. LaVon Brazill
7. Andre Holmes
* Michael Crabtree is owned in 54 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 add at WR.

Tight Ends
1. Dennis Pitta
2. Jacob Tamme
3. Garrett Graham
4. Delanie Walker
5. Scott Chandler

Defense/Special Teams
1. Jaguars
2. Colts
3. Eagles

Kickers   
1. Adam Vinatieri
2. Nick Novak
3. Alex Henery
4. Matt Bryant

QUARTERBACKS
1. Josh McCown, Bears – Owned in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues
Yes, fantasy’s No. 1 quarterback over the last four weeks is somehow still available in more than half of Yahoo leagues out there. Perhaps it’s due to the assumption that Jay Cutler (ankle) will get his job back once cleared. Don’t buy Marc Trestman’s hollow words on this topic. This new Bears regime clearly doesn’t have a ton of faith in Cutler as they’ve failed to even discuss extending his expiring contract. Moreover, McCown has simply outperformed Cutler at every spot available this season. I’d be shocked if the Bears turned away from a guy with a 109.8 passer rating and 13:1 TD-to-INT ration in seven appearances. McCown will be a mid-range QB1 against the Browns Sunday.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Jason Campbell, Browns – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
Coming off a concussion, Jason Campbell went to New England and flexed. He went 29-of-44 for 391 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions – and also added two scrambles for 27 yards. It would be silly to write that off as a fluke when he has Rob Chudzinski, Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron at his disposal. In four full games this season, Campbell is averaging 298.5 passing yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Now he gets the Bears at home.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

3. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – Owned in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s really started to come together for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense over the last month. During the last four games, the talented second-year quarterback is averaging 277.2 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. The Dolphins have even put some zone read in and encouraged Tannehill to use his underrated athleticism, leading to 13 rushes for 135 yards during that span. This week, he comes home to face a Patriots defense that just got lit up by Jason Campbell. Another multi-touchdown game is a good bet.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

4. Matt Flynn, Packers – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Packers are still alive in the playoff race, which means Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is in play for Week 15. But as of now, A-Rodg still hasn’t been medically cleared. That means it could very well be Flynn starting against the league’s worst defense (Dallas) in Week 15. He predictably bounced back well vs. the Falcons last week, going 24-of-32 for 258 yards with one touchdown and one interception. There’s QB2 appeal here if Flynn starts thanks to the matchup and dome conditions.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

Watch List: Case Keenum, Kirk Cousins, E.J. Manuel, Chad Henne – With Gary Kubiak gone, the Texans will stick with developing Keenum. … Mike Shanahan is threatening to bench Robert Griffin III in favor or Cousins. … Manuel gets to face the Jags, but even the coaches are losing confidence in the rookie’s ability to execute a gameplan. … Henne is home against the Bills. It’s enough to put him on the desperation two-QB league radar.

Editor’s Note: For more waiver thoughts and news from around the league, follow Adam Levitan, Rotoworld Football and our dominant News Page. Keep reading for notes on RB, TE, WR, D and K.


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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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