Week 15 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
A lot of fantasy leagues are knee-deep in their fantasy playoffs right now, but we know there are still several leagues just entering or another week away from the big dance.
And even if you are in your playoffs, injuries and poor play could still push you to the waiver wire. With that said, here are the top fantasy options available in at least 51% of leagues for week 15:
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans (Available in 98% of all leagues)
Locker has relieved an injured Matt Hasselbeck twice now, and both times he scored two touchdowns in less than a full half of play. He can clearly sling the ball, and he also adds an extra dimension as a runner. If Hasselbeck is out this week or the Titans go for a complete switch, Locker could be a heck of a find for your playoff run. He’s at least worth a stash now, as has been for a couple weeks.
T.J. Yates, QB, Houston Texans (95%)
Yates threw for 300 yards and the game-winning touchdown last week, putting him on the map for desperate fantasy owners. He’s still a rookie and he could make mistakes, but he can clearly play at the highest level. Once Andre Johnson returns, his value could rise quite a bit.
Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins (87%)
Grossman is hit or miss, but overall in the past four weeks, he’s been a pretty nice fantasy option. With Santana Moss healthy and the Redskins running the ball well, he’s a pretty solid option these days if you’re still looking for a reliable option after losing guys like Matt Schaub, Jay Cutler, or Matt Cassel.
Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings (53%)
Adrian Peterson could be back at any time, but until he returns, there is no reason not to trust in Gerhart. He’s not explosive, but he has a monster role and has totaled 100+ yards and a score in each of the past two weeks. As long as he’s starting, he carries solid RB2 value.
SPECIAL – Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys (40%)
He’s not our usual waiver wire add, as he’s owned in 60% of leagues, but we have to make a note on Jones, as he’s the new starter in Dallas with DeMarco Murray going down with a fractured ankle. He looked sharp against the Giants and should have a good role going forward.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (87%)
Broncos receivers are hard to trust, but Thomas is starting to look like he’s worth the risk. Tebow confides in him more than anyone else right now, and he now has 11 catches for three touchdowns in his last two games. If he can stop dropping the ball, he can be a very reliable WR3.
Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans (89%)
As long as Andre Johnson is out, Walter could have solid value. T.J. Yates connected with him six times in week 14 (including the game-winning score), so there is some nice potential here.
Jake Ballard, TE, New York Giants (54%)
Tight end is pretty thin on the waiver wire, but Ballard is probably the most consistent option out there. Eli Manning is tossing the rock with the best of them these days, and he’s making Ballard a quality TE2 that can put up borderline TE1 numbers with the right matchup.
Shaun Suisham, K, Pittsburgh Steelers (87%)
The Steelers are a solid, reliable offense, and Suisham is a solid fantasy kicker. He’s not always lights out, but he gets the job done at a more consistent rate compared to a lot of the other options out there.
Tennessee Titans Team Defense (72%)
The Titans aren’t an elite defense, but they can contain offenses when their offense is taking care of the ball. They held Drew Brees in check until the final quarter this week, and do a solid job at forcing turnovers overall. They’re a more reliable weekly play than most of the units out on the waiver wire right now.
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