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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 an almost limitless resource when it comes
to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll
highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can
help your squad and may still be available in your league.
McCarron, CIN – McCarron (0 percent owned) threw for
280 yards and two TDs in a loss after Andy Dalton left with a
thumb injury. He sounded cocky after the game, comparing his opportunity
to Tom Brady’s legendary replacement of Drew Bledsoe, and at least
he starts off with a favorable matchup against the 49ers in Week
15. He’s a decent add given the situation and is worth rolling
out as a low-end QB1.
UPDATE:Even if Dalton can
return at some point down the road, McCarron will lead the team
this week into San Francisco, and OC Hue Jackson said the offensive
game plan won’t be limited. Expect McCarron to flirt with
Manziel, CLE – Manziel (10-15 percent owned) has a
terrible matchup in Week 15 (@SEA) but the Browns have nothing
to lose and he could get lots of points in garbage time over the
next few weeks. He’s worth considering in two-QB leagues.
Cousins, WAS – The matchup with Buffalo is not favorable,
but Cousins (40 percent owned) could be useful against the Eagles
in Week 15 when Washington heads to Philly. Stay tuned.
Yates, HOU –UPDATE:With Brian Hoyer (concussion) on the shelf and the Texans
itching to get DeAndre Hopkins the ball some more, I’m not
convinced Yates isn’t a possible QB1 against the Chuck “Jim
Irsay Won’t Eat Me” Pagano’s Colts. Fire him
up if you’ve got problems at QB.
Mariota, TEN – Mariota struggled against a rejuvenated
Jets defense (270-0-1) but added a 41-yard TD reception on a trick
play. He’ll have his hands full against the Patriots in Week 15.
Gabbert, SF – Just when it looks like Gabbert can be
a viable fantasy QB, he turns in a stinker (194-1-0, 19 rushing
yards). Considering the matchup, he should have done much better.
Taylor, BUF – Taylor disappointed a bit, but his 268-1-1
and 53 rushing yards made for a passable fantasy day. He’s a low-end
QB1 next week against Washington.
Winston, TB – There was no bigger disappointment in
Week 14 for plug-n-play QBs than Winston, who managed just 182-1-0
with 24 rushing yards in what was supposed to be a shootout. Instead,
Winston burnt the crabby DFS owners and the brave folks who stole
him off the shelves for a start in their fantasy playoffs.
With T.J. Yeldon's status uncertain, owners
still in the playoff race should target Denard Robinson.
Harris, SEA – After Thomas Rawls went down with a season-ending
ankle injury, the recently promoted Harris (0 percent owned) stepped
in to carry the workload, toting the rock 18 times for 42 yards
(lost fumble). He’s not going to be used in the passing game,
but there’s plenty of value considering how well Russell Wilson
is playing and the fact that the lowly Browns are next on the
schedule. An early lead next week could mean a lot of Harris in
the second half.
UPDATE:DuJuan Harris was released
by Seattle late Tuesday and Bryce Brown has been signed, making
Brown as high-priority add for Week 15. Brown should get the majority
of opportunities on early downs with Fred Jackson getting a series
or two of his own and third-down work.
Jackson, SEA – Jackson also expects to see an increased
workload in the wake of the Rawls injury, primarily on passing
downs and as a change of pace. He’s owned in about 6 percent of
Bolden, NE – Bolden stepped into the power back role
after LeGarrette Blount left Sunday night’s contest with a hip
injury. He’s owned in about 15-25 percent of fantasy leagues but
will see a big spike in usage if Blount is forced to miss additional
UPDATE:Blount was spotted
on crutches, and Josh McDaniels admitted that Bolden will “definitely”
be an option in Week 15. This actually leads me to believe that
Bill Belichick will now give Bolden just a handful of touches
and have Tom Brady throw 75 dumpoffs to White – just because
that’s how these jamokes operate. I’d prefer both
Denard Robinson and Bryce Brown to either New England RB.
Whittaker, CAR – Whittaker spelled the ailing Jonathan
Stewart to the tune of 34 yards and s TD on eight carries in the
blowout win over the Falcons. He could see additional carries
next week if the Panther decide to rest Stewart even more.
Crowell, CLE – Crowell (50-60 percent owned) had a
career day versus the 49ers Sunday rushing for 145 yards and a
pair of TDs on 20 carries (1-9-0 receiving) in a rare victory
for the Browns. He’ll have a more difficult time next week against
the Seahawks, but could be worth a look because of his high volume.
Hightower, NO – Hightower (50-60 percent owned) made
up for his years out of the league with 28 carries against the
Bucs, rushing for 85 yards and a TD and adding one catch for 10
yards. He’s a must-add in all formats given his touches in Week
Robinson, JAC – Robinson filled in for T.J. Yeldon
after the rookie left with ankle and knee injuries. Shoelace had
his best game of the season with 75 rushing yards and a TD on
14 carries, adding 1-12-0 receiving. He’s just 7 percent owned
and will be a popular add this week if Yeldon can’t go in Week
15 vs. Atlanta.
UPDATE:With Yeldon diagnosed
with a sprained knee and all but ruled out this week, the Jaguars
are probably going to ride Robinson against the Falcons although
they did sign the comically itinerant Jonas Gray as insurance.
Grimes, HOU – Grimes (10 percent owned) appears to
be the lead back for Houston and ran the ball seven times for
53 yards in the loss to New England. He’s got a better matchup
in Week 15 vs. the scuffling Colts.
Jones, WAS – Jones had 18 carries for 62 yards and
added 2-24-0 in the win over Chicago. He’s been a much more effective
back than Alfred Morris, though Morris got the rushing TD in Week
White, NE – White’s ownership is now up to 80 percent,
but he could be in line for more touches given the fluid nature
of the Pats offensive scheme and the Blount injury. He had one
carry for a two-yard TD and caught 4-38-0 on Sunday night.
UPDATE:See my comments above
about “sneaky man” Josh McDaniels. White could be
a surprisingly useful PPR league option this week.
Sproles, PHI – Sproles (70 percent owned) had another
productive fantasy day, rushing for 41 yards and a TD on seven
carries an adding 2-4-0 in the win over Buffalo.
UPDATE:Despite his low-maintenance
timeshare in Doghouse, PA, DeMarco Murray actually got some touches
last week, so it’s entirely possible that Sproles could
take a backseat with the Eagles running Murray into the ground.
It’s not like anybody has any clue what’s going on
in that weird head of Chip Kelly’s. The smart money is on
using Sproles in PPR formats and possibly fading him in standard
formats unless a clearer picture emerges. Maybe they’re
ALL bad ideas at this point in the season.
Abdullah, DET – Despite a promise of more involvement,
Abdullah (70-75 percent owned) carried the ball just seven times
for 23 yards on Sunday, catching two oases for 21 yards on his
only two targets. Perhaps he’ll be utilized more next week in
another meaningless game against the Saints.
UPDATE:Excluding the possibility
that Donald Trump did the playcalling for the Lions on Sunday,
I’m still having a very difficult time understanding why
Abdullah isn’t being fed the ball more. Cross your fingers
and give Abdullah a shot as a medium-upside RB3/flex play in Week
Thompson, DEN – Ronnie Hillman got the start and was
ineffective, and Thompson ran for just 8 yards on his five carries,
adding 4-21-0 receiving. C.J. Anderson (active for Week 14 but
did not play) will probably be good to go in Week 15 facing a
Steelers team in a tough matchup.
UPDATE:Still no update on
C.J. Anderson’s availability in Week 15, which will largely
determine Thompson’s level of offensive involvement. Stay
Wide Receivers / Tight Ends
Colston, NO – Colston (30-40 percent owned) stepped
up with 6-36-2 and was a Top 10 fantasy WR for the first time
since Week 8. He’ll be watched more closely by the Lions secondary
in Week 15 but could be worth a look in deeper formats.
Wilson, KC – Wilson (0-5 percent owned) caught 4-87-1
on six targets in the 10-3 win over the Chargers in Week 14 and
has a favorable matchup against the Ravens in Week 15. He’s a
solid deep-league add as a WR4.
Agholor, PHI – Agholor (10-15 percent owned) had the
best game of his rookie season with 3-62-1 on six targets and
hauled in his first career TD. Perhaps he’ll finally get more
involved as the Eagles look to build on consecutive victories
and face a tough Cards secondary.
UPDATE:Jordan Matthews (back)
isn’t practicing just yet, so there’s some hope for
more Agholor targets this week. Cue the trumpets, football fans.
No seriously, even if Matthews plays, it’s likely he’ll
draw the most coverage and the rookie could get open out of the
Martin, NE – Martin’s 3-23-1 is about what owners (at
least the 8 percent who picked him up) expected out of him with
the Patriots receiving corps so debilitated. Stay tuned to the
health of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski to
get a more accurate assessment of Martin’s value heading into
Butler, BAL – Butler (0 percent owned) surprised with
10 targets and 7-72-0 in the loss to Seattle. He now has 18-187-0
on 23 targets over his last four games and could get even more
action as the Ravens seem to be intent on throwing the ball for
four quarters like the Pats.
Ebron, DET –UPDATE: I neglected to include Ebron (20-50 percent owned) in my
first installment of recommendations, but he’s probably
my favorite waiver add this week as far as partially owned TEs
are concerned. He’s painfully inconsistent but the matchup
against the Saints is just too good to ignore.
Miller, CHI – Miller (50-60 percent owned) had another
solid game for the Bears, hauling in 5-85-1 on six targets from
Jay Cutler He’s a T2 with upside moving forward.
against the Vikings isn’t a great one, but it’s likely
the banged-up Minnesota secondary will have more difficulty keeping
track of Miller than they would have a few weeks ago. He’s
Rudolph, MIN – Rudolph (20-25 percent owned) saw six
targets on Thursday and caught all of them for 67 yards. He hasn’t
been scoring this season but could be a sneaky add facing the
division rival Bears this week.
Ginn Jr., CAR – Once again, I benched Ginn (65 percent
owned) in more than one league favor of better matchups and regretted
it as the speedy WR caught 2-120-2 in the win over Atlanta.
Green-Beckham, TEN – DGB had 3-53-0 in seven targets
Sunday in the loss to the Jets. He’ll actually be a better play
against the Pats in Week 15.
Coleman, NO – Coleman caught just 3-32-0 with all the
other Saints WRs active.
Nelson, ARI – Nelson saw just one target and put up
a goose egg with both John Brown and Michael Floyd active and
involved. Move along, folks!
Hartline, CLE – Hartline was targeted 10 times on Sunday
and caught 8-107-0, but unfortunately broke his collarbone and
will miss the remainder of the season.
Rodgers, GB – Just one catch for 3 yards, but it was
a TD. Rock on, Richard.
Tamme, ATL – Tamme had 4-26-0 on five targets as the
Falcons failed to score against Carolina. Gross.
UPDATE:Somebody let me know
when Matt Ryan has removed his head from his posterior, because
when that happens, I’ll start Tamme. Seriously – what
gives in Atlanta? That team is an absolute mess. It’s almost
like they’re tanking. Wait a minute...