Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business,
but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious
selections to help your team from week to week while you strive
to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the
elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While
I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster,
the waiver wire can be a limitless resource when it comes to discovering
fantasy value. Each week, I’ll target both offensive and defensive
players — sometimes breakout stars that eluded your team’s
draft — as well as players who can help your squad that may
be lurking in deeper leagues.
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Off the Top - Includes my premier
recommendations. These are sometimes players available only in more
shallow leagues, and occasionally guys who are more readily but
are thrust into the fantasy spotlight because of opportunity or
Digging Deeper - Covers the next
tier of quality waiver wire specimens, usually players available
in a majority of online leagues. There are a lot of gems in this
range who can be plucked rather easily.
Scouring the Barrel - Chronicles
the deepest of fantasy adds — and sometimes highlights players
being tacked onto fantasy squads who I don’t have much confidence
in. Make sure you read the fine print.
Each week, I’ll also provide a brief update on the 20-30 players
I covered the previous week. It’s the most accurate, comprehensive
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Note: Each player’s
next three matchups are listed in parentheses ()
Off The Top
Joe Flacco, BAL (@DET, NE, @CIN) – While the Ravens built
their reputation as a running offense, today’s version can’t
really move the ball down the field unless they chuck it and while
Flacco hasn’t had a great season from a turnover perspective,
he’s a strong-armed QB with upside in the right matchup
and has 3,238 yards and 18 passing TDs on the season.
Ryan Tannehill, MIA (NE, @BUF, NYJ) – Tannehill is owned
in fewer leagues than Flacco but has thrown for more yards and
TDs – and has fewer interceptions this season (3,315-20-14,
rush TD). He’s thrown five TDs to just two INTs in his last
Scouring The Barrel
Cassel, MIN (PHI, @CIN, DET) – Cassel may not be the long-term
answer in Minnesota, but he’s a capable veteran coming off a solid
game (265-2-0). With Adrian Peterson likely out for Week 15 if
not the duration of the season, Cassel will be throwing the ball
quite a bit.
Cutler, CHI (@CLE, @PHI, GB) – Josh McCown will get the start
on Monday night in place of Cutler, who’s not yet ready to take
Manning, NYG (SEA, @DET, WAS) – Manning managed 259-1-2 in
the loss to the Chargers and is off the fantasy radar for next
week, even in two-QB leagues.
Glennon, TB (SF, @STL, @NO) – The Bucs running game was dominant
enough to let Glennon throw for just 90 yards, but he did pick
up two TD passes and throw two picks – putting him in the bottom
third of fantasy QBs this week.
Manuel, BUF (@JAC, MIA, @NE) – Manuel has his worst game as
a pro, throwing for just 184 yards and tossing four picks in the
loss to Tampa Bay. He could get back on track for Week 15, but
don’t hold your breath.
Off The Top
Bobby Rainey, TB (SF, @STL, @NO) – Rainey is still available
in 12-35 percent of fantasy leagues, and while he doesn’t
have a great matchup in Week 15, he’s a huge part of the
offensive game plan and it’s obvious he’s a grinder
with some upside.
Thomas, MIA (NE, @BUF, NYJ) – Thomas had 105 rushing yards
and a TD despite a questionable tag and ankle injury that some
feared was season-ending just a couple weeks ago. After an impressive
performance against the Steelers, he’s right back on the flex
radar for Week 15.
Ogbonnaya, CLE (CHI, @NYJ, @PIT) – With Willis McGahee nursing
a head injury, Ogbonnaya could get the lion’s share of touches
in Week 15. His production has tailed off but he’s a complete
back with minimal upside.
Scouring The Barrel
Todman, JAC (BUF, TEN, @IND) -
Gerhart, MIN (PHI, @CIN, DET) – If Adrian Peterson misses
time as expected, Gerhart will shoulder the burden and should
be worth an RB3/flex play against the Eagles.
Bell, DET (BAL, NYG, @MIN) – Bell rushed for 69 yards and
a TD and caught 4-58-0, but he lost two fumbles in a sloppy game
that saw multiple ball-handling miscues. Still, it was a fortuitous
opportunity for Bell owners when Reggie Bush went down in pre-game
Brown, IND (HOU, @KC, JAC) – Brown faced a stifling Bengals
run defense and managed just 11 rushing yards and 4-18-0 in the
blowout loss. He’s relevant to the fantasy discussion in Week
15 but I’d be looking for better options.
McGahee, CLE (CHI, NYJ, @PIT) – McGahee had just 33 rushing
yards on 14 carries and caught a pass or no gain. He took a hard
hit and suffered a concussion late in the second half and his
status for Week 15 is unknown.
Dwyer, PIT (CIN, @GB, CLE) – Le’Veon Bell got the start and
Dwyer wasn’t a factor on Sunday.
Davis, KC (@OAK, IND, @SD) – Davis totaled 47 yards from scrimmage
and a TD, enough to reward owners who gave him a shot and put
him on the flex radar for Week 15.
Smith, ATL (WAS, @SF, CAR) – Smith didn’t get any touches
on Sunday. He’s still worth grabbing in deep dynasty leagues.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Off The Top
Edelman, NE (@MIA, @BAL, BUF) – Edelman is here to stay and
Tom Brady trusts him as much as he does any other receiver on
the team. On Sunday he posted 6-64-1 with a 2XP and remains a
valuable WR3 with upside.
Marvin Jones, CIN (@PIT, MIN, BAL) – He’s had a few
quiet weeks and is generally a feast-or-famine fantasy producer,
but Jones makes some big catches and benefits from a favorable
matchup in Week 15 in Pittsburgh. Deploy him as a WR3/4 with upside
in 12-team leagues.
Rod Streater, OAK (KC, @SD, DEN) – Streater had 7-130-1 in the
loss to the Jets and now has 50-787-3 on the season – a pretty
productive line for a fantasy afterthought. He should see plenty
of targets in Week 15.
Scouring The Barrel
Tamme, DEN (SD, @HOU, @OAK) – With Wes Welker suffering his
second concussion of the season, he’s probably not going to play
on short rest Thursday night, opening the door for Tamme or Andre
Caldwell to get more looks in the slot. Caldwell has a few drops
this season so it’d be wise to trust Manning’s more familiar target
in the veteran TE.
Hartline, MIA (NE, @BUF, NYJ) – Hartline finished with 5-51-1
in the win over Pittsburgh and remains a solid WR3/4 with upside.
Jennings, MIN (PHI, @CIN, DET) – Jennings had a decent game
with 5-53-0 but it was Cordarrelle Patterson who had the monster
performance, with 5-141-1. Jennings should get more looks in Week
Baldwin, SEA (@NYG, ARI, STL) – The Seahawks didn’t have as
easy a time with the Niners, and Baldwin grabbed 3-36-0 but failed
to find the end zone.
Jones, BAL (@DET, NE, @CIN) – Jones hauled in 4-37-0 but a
77-yard kickoff return TD made him an excellent fantasy play.
He’s worth considered as a Week 15 flex play.
Ginn Jr., CAR (NYJ, NO, @ATL) – Ginn was targeted five times
but caught just two passes for 5 yards as the Saints dominated
on both sides of the ball.
Holmes, OAK (KC, @SD, DEN) – He didn’t score this week, but
Holmes showed he’s worth a look in deeper leagues, catching 3-63-0
in the loss to the Jets.
Hemingway, KC (@OAK, IND) – Hemingway had just one catch for
11 yards. He’s not relevant in redrafts (especially when Donnie
Avery is active), but is a sneaky add in deeper dynasty formats.
Off The Top
LB Bobby Wagner, SEA (@NYG, ARI, STL) – Wagner missed a
couple weeks earlier in the season because of injury but has 49
total tackles in his last five games and is among the better young
MLBs in the game.
DB John Cyprien, JAC (BUF, TEN, @IND) – The rookie DB now
has 87 tackles on the season (73 solos) as well as a sack, an
INT and three PD. He’s not a big–play guy just yet,
but he’s on the field for every snap and he’s a decent
DB2 with upside.
Worrilow, ATL (WAS, @SF, CAR) – Worrilow is for real and he’s
now at 100 total tackles for the season despite playing just nine
games. There’s not a matchup he hasn’t exploited for solid DIO
Selvie, DAL (GB, @WAS, PHI) – Selvie has 29 total tackles
and 6.0 sacks on the season heading into Monday night against
the Bears. He’s a DL2 with upside.
Scouring The Barrel
Griffin, TEN (ARI, @JAC, HOU) – Griffin seems healthy and
posted nine total tackles in Sunday’s loss to Denver. He’s been
steady in recent weeks and could be primed for a big game.
Wootton, CHI (@CLE, @PHI, GB) – He’s used at different spots
on the defensive line and has some upside in deeper formats. Stay
tuned to how he’s used in the Dallas game on Monday night.
DL Jared Allen, MIN (PHI, @CIN, DET) – Allen had two tackles
and a sack in the loss to Baltimore and now has 7.0 sacks on the
LB Nick Roach, OAK (KC, @SD, DEN) – Nine total tackles (eight
solos) and a PD – a decent line for the veteran LB.
Porter, OAK (KC, @SD, DEN) – Porter has just four total tackles
in the loss to the Jets, as Geno Smith turned the ball over just
LB Zach Brown, TEN (ARI, @JAC, HOU) – Brown finished with
five solos in the loss to Denver – disappointing considering
DB Nate Allen, PHI (@MIN, CHI, @DAL) – The Lions passing
game never got off the snow-covered ground, and Allen registered
just one tackle.
Langford, STL (NO, TB, @SEA) – Langford made six tackles against
the Cards but failed to get to Carson Palmer.