Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire Watch
Think just because the fantasy playoffs are starting or have already commenced, that your team is set and can’t be improved? Think again.
Depth chart changes and injuries can and will impact your roster until the season is over, and brutal match-ups can still be avoided by digging deep on the waiver wire and finding some late-season games. There are always some waiting to be discovered, and we did all the work, so all you have to do is decide which guys suit your fancy.
Worried about a receiver or quarterback facing the Panthers, Bills, or Raiders stingy pass defenses? Unsure about Jonathan Stewart going up against the Williams Wall? Read on for this week’s top players on the waiver wire, all still available in at least 50% of leagues:
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers (Available in 59% of all leagues)
The guy is still out there, waiting to prove his worth, and people are still leaving him on the waiver wire. This marks at least the third straight week we’ve screamed to the top of our lungs, “Go out and get this guy!”.
Smith has done nothing but put up decent yardage, as well as at least two scores in his past four contests. His match-up with the Philadelphia Eagles could be tough this week, but after seeing what Eli Manning accomplished on Sunday night, we still like his chances.
Jason Campbell, QB, Washington Redskins (68%)
We were reluctant to attach ourselves to Campbell, but he’s officially turned it on, and quite possibly is making a strong case to remain the Skins’ franchise quarterback.
Campbell has at least 222 passing yards and seven touchdowns through the air in his past three games, and is moving the ball consistently. He has a nice match-up with a vulnerable Giants pass defense on Monday night, so this would be a good week to play him.
Desperate Mention: Brady Quinn, QB, Cleveland Browns
Quinton Ganther, RB, Washington Redskins (63%)
Ganther displayed solid ability and effort last week, as he rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries, and added another 43 yards on three catches. Ganther’s two rushing touchdowns pushed him over the top as an elite RB2 in Week 14, and with a decent match-up against the New York Giants this week, should once again get the touches and production of a RB2.
He’s a solid Flex play at the very worst, and is clearly a big part of the Redskins offense going forward.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans (95%)
Get him while he’s hot. Or to be literal, get him before he gets hot. Foster took over for Ryan Moats in the second half against Seattle last week, and piled on 88 total yards on 17 touches. With Gary Kubiak’s full backing going forward, Foster is primed to finish the season as the Texans’ top back, and could be in for some huge fantasy performances, starting with a tasty match-up with the St. Louis Rams.
Desperate Mention: Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions
Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears (51%)
With Devin Hester dealing with a nagging injury and all of Jay Cutler’s other options struggling to either get open or hold onto the ball, the deep-threat Knox is the only reliable option in Chicago right now.
Knox just recorded 80+ yards and a score against a solid Green Bay Packers secondary last week, so he should find some success again with a match against the Baltimore Ravens weak secondary in Week 15.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans (66%)
How is this guy still available? All Britt has done lately is post decent yardage and score touchdowns, while also carrying the potential of a break-out game. Even with the return of Justin Gage, Britt will remain as the Titans number one receiver, and when Vince Young returns (he should this week), his value will be very solid.
With a touchdown in three of his last four games, Britt can’t be ignored and left on waiver wires. He can serve as a quality WR3, and would be an upgrade over the likes of Malcom Floyd, Roy Williams, Steve Breaston, and Torry Holt.
Desperate Mention: Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants (54%)
There’s no arguing that Boss is inconsistent and is difficult to rely on, but there’s also a lot to like about him. His role in the offense is spotty at times, but when he hauls in 70 yards and a touchdown like he did on Sunday night, he’s worth the risk.
Boss had taken a two week break from being a top fantasy performer, but has otherwise been impressive over the past six weeks. Boss has managed to top 70 yards receiving three times over that span, while bringing in all five of his touchdowns on the season, as well.
He’s not an elite TE1 by any means, but when the Giants start passing more than they run, Boss’s targets and production rise.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers (69%)
Unlike Boss, Finley has a consistent and fairly elite role in his high-powered offense, and his recent success should boost your confidence in him.
Finley has recorded at least five catches and 50+ yards in three of his last four games, making him a reliable threat out of the TE1 spot, and with a two-touchdown catch game in Week 14, he clearly has the explosiveness to put up even bigger numbers.
Desperate Mention: Evan Moore, TE, Cleveland Browns