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December 16, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 16

With Championship Week now upon us, your league's title is now within your sights.

For my waiver-wire posts, I have a self-imposed rule of only including players with Yahoo! ownership of 50 percent or less. The goal is to give you suggestions of players that (1) can help your fantasy squad and (2) are widely available in leagues.

With that said, here are some players to consider adding to your fantasy roster(s) (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

QB - Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (31 percent)

For those willing to accept high risk for the potential of high reward, RG3 is an intriguing quarterback play this week. In relief on Sunday, RG3 finished with 236 passing yards and a touchdown plus five rush attempts for 46 yards (and a near touchdown). Griffin is slated to get the start against the Eagles, who have allowed a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 11 of 14 games this season. In fact, the first time they faced Washington, they allowed Kirk Cousins to throw for 427 yards and three touchdowns as Cousins scored the second-most fantasy points among QBs that week.

QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (37 percent)

The team's wideouts still have zero touchdowns, but Smith threw two touchdowns on Sunday and now has multiple touchdown passes in three of his past four games. In addition, Smith has exceeded 290 passing yards in back-to-back games, his two highest totals of the season. Smith's rushing production is down from last year, but his 240 rushing yards ranks eighth at the position this season. Meanwhile, Smith gets a favorable matchup this week against the Steelers, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (nine percent)

This week's matchup against the Dolphins isn't favorable, but Bridgewater now has back-to-back 300-yard passing games against the Jets and Lions. If your league's postseason extends into Week 17, however, the Vikings face the Bears in the final week of the season. Only the Redskins have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year.

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RB - Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys (12 percent)

DeMarco Murray has delivered huge returns to fantasy owners that used their first-round pick on him. Many fantasy owners have advanced to this point of the season in large part to Murray. Unfortunately for those same owners, the timing of Murray's hand injury couldn't be worse. Although he has not yet been ruled out, there is a fairly strong chance that Murray will miss this week's game due to the injury. That would open the door for Randle, who would likely lead the team in touches in Week 16 behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. If Randle is owned, Lance Dunbar deserves a look as well as he would get the change-of-pace opportunities.

RB - Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers (35 percent)

Leaving Sunday's game with back and ankle injuries, the talented rookie ran the ball well when he was on the field as he carried the ball six times for 55 yards against the Seahawks. With Frank Gore suffering a concussion, Hyde could be in store for an expanded role if Gore isn't cleared from his concussion for Week 16. If both Hyde and Gore can't go in Week 16, that would open the door for Alfonso Smith against the Chargers.

RB - Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (38 percent)

Not only does Asiata have double-digit carries in three consecutive games, but he has at least three receptions in six consecutive games. Although he has averaged just 2.84 yards per carry over his past eight games, Asiata has a total of 58 touches over his past three games. After two difficult matchups (Jets and Lions), Asiata closes out the season with more favorable matchups against the Dolphins and Bears.

RB - Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars (33 percent)

Gerhart has been an enormous disappointment this season, but he has a chance for a little bit of redemption for fantasy owners this week. Given how much he has struggled (265 rushing yards, 3.08 YPC), however, it's hard to have a ton of faith in Gerhart this week. That said, he had a team-high 13 carries last week and gets a matchup against one of the league's worst run defenses (Titans) this week. The Titans have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals (18 percent)

It's a brutal two-game slate to close the season as the Cardinals face the Seahawks and 49ers, two of the league's stingiest run defenses. That said, Williams has been productive over the past two games with Andre Ellington being placed on Injured Reserve. Williams has 34 carries for 175 yards in those two games and is worth a look for RB-needy owners.

WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (45 percent)

With the 32nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers in PPR formats, Landry has a minimum of five receptions to go along with 50 yards and/or a touchdown in seven consecutive games. In that seven-game span, Landry has finished as a top-36 fantasy wide receiver in PPR scoring every week. Over that stretch, he has averaged 6.57 catches on 8.57 targets per game including double-digit targets in four of his past six games.

WR - Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings (32 percent)

One of my favorite sleepers since he entered the league last year, the Vikings are Johnson's third team as he is finally getting an opportunity to showcase his abilities. Last year was wiped out due to injury, but I expected him to have a significant role early in the season with Cleveland given their woes at receiver. In his past five games with the Vikings, however, he has a total of 20 receptions for 355 yards and two touchdowns. That five-game pace extrapolated over a 16-game season would be equivalent to a stat line of 64/1,136/6.

WR - Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons (26 percent)

With Julio Jones (hip) sidelined in Week 15, Douglas stepped up for fantasy owners with 10 catches for 131 yards on 14 targets. When Roddy White sat out Week 13, Douglas had nine catches for 116 yards on 12 targets. If Jones is unable to go again this week, Douglas has demonstrated the ability to rise to the occassion when given a more prominent role in the offense. In addition, the Falcons have two favorable matchups against the Saints and Panthers to close the season.

WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (41 percent)

Shorts has only one touchdown (Week 3) and more than five catches only twice this season. The good news, however, is that Shorts has double-digit targets in back-to-back games and a favorable matchup against the Titans this week. Three of their six 100-yard games allowed to wide receivers have come in the past three weeks to DeAndre Hopkins (238, Week 13), Odell Beckham, Jr. (130, Week 14) and Eric Decker (100, Week 15). I don't know if Shorts (or any Jags' receiver) extends that streak, but Shorts should have a productive outing this week.

WR - Stedman Bailey, St. Louis Rams (14 percent)

Bailey now has five-plus receptions and 74-plus yards in three of his past four games. In those three productive outings, he has finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver.

WR - Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears (29 percent)

Wilson scored his first NFL touchdown last night, but he has three or less receptions and under 20 yards in all five games this season. From a talent perspective, I like Wilson and he has more value in dynasty formats, but it's hard to trust the Bears, their offensive line and Jay Cutler even as Wilson has moved into the team's No. 2 role for the rest of this season. In Week 16, the Bears face the Lions, who rank fifth in the league in sacks (39) and lead the league in scoring defense (17.0 PPG).

WR - Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (five percent)

Given the injuries to the team's receiving corps, Washington had a big game (six catches for 102 yards on 10 targets) in Week 15. If Kendall Wright (hand) is forced to miss a third game in a row, Washington should see a high volume of targets once again.

TE - Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (31 percent)

Cook tends to be inconsistent, but he has two plus matchups against the Giants and Seahawks to close the season. Both teams rank in the top 13 of most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. In his past six games, Cook has finished as a top-three fantasy tight end twice and outside the top-20 fantasy tight ends the other four times. Feelin' lucky?

TE - Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders (26 percent)

Rivera has had seven receptions in back-to-back games and now has six-plus receptions in five of his past eight games. During that eight-game span, Rivera has averaged 8.0 targets per game including a season-high 12 of them last week. That said, this week's matchup against the Bills, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, is horrible.

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December 09, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 15

For most fantasy owners, Week 16 is Championship Week, which means a fantasy title is within your sights. (Assuming that you are reading this, your team is likely still alive in your league's playoffs.)

Of course, a strong fantasy draft is a huge part of the success for almost all owners, but several waiver-wire adds (Justin Forsett, C.J. Anderson, etc., to name a few) have returned huge dividends as well.

For my waiver-wire posts, I have a self-imposed rule of only including players with Yahoo! ownership of 50 percent or less. The goal is to give you suggestions of players that (1) can help your fantasy squad and (2) are widely available in leagues.

With that said, here are some players to consider adding to your fantasy roster(s) (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (36 percent)

Smith is far from the most exciting option at quarterback, but he is generally a consistent fantasy quarterback despite being a low-upside option. In his first matchup against the Raiders in Week 12, Smith finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback that week. And in Week 16, Smith will face the Steelers, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns (23 percent)

With three losses in their past four games, Brian Hoyer and the Browns offense has struggled. In fact, Hoyer has thrown no touchdowns and seven interceptions in his past three games. While the Browns have yet to announce a starter for Week 15, all signs point to a switch to Manziel. Especially given his improvisational scrambling ability, Johnny Football is a high-upside (but risky) option for owners in need of quarterback help. The Week 15 matchup against the Bengals isn't great, but the Browns have a couple of great matchups in Weeks 16 (Panthers) and 17 (Ravens).

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RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (49 percent)

After missing the previous seven quarters with a concussion, Murray carried the ball a career-high 23 times for 76 yards against the 49ers. Although he averaged only slightly more than three yards per carry against San Francisco's stingy run defense, Murray has shown his high upside with 112 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries (before the concussion) in Week 12 against the Chiefs. Murray gets a re-match against the Chiefs and could end up doing plenty of damage assuming he stays healthy for the entire game.

RB - Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (41 percent)

With DeAngelo Williams sidelined, Stewart ran with his increased opportunity (pun intended). The (biggest) concern with Carolina's committee backfield is always the platoon-limiting workload, but The Daily Show had 20 carries for 155 yards, both of which are season highs, and a touchdown against the Saints last week. Going back to the Week 8 matchup against the Seahawks, Stewart has averaged 5.74 yards per carry on his 74 carries during that span.

RB - Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (38 percent)

While he's far from the most talented running back on the waiver wire, few running backs on the waiver wire will get as much work as Asiata will down the stretch with Jerick McKinnon placed on Injured Reserve. Asiata had 19 carries for only 54 yards against the stout Jets run defense and he faces another tough run defense (Lions) this week. The matchup in Week 16 against the Dolphins, who have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, should at least put him on the flex radar in Week 16 for owners looking ahead.

RB - Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals (three percent)

Coming off a 19-carry, 100-yard performance, it's unlikely that Williams is that productive in any of his remaining games even though Andre Ellington has been placed on season-ending Injured Reserve. Bruce Arians has said that the team will use a committee the rest of the way, but Williams has earned the opportunity to continue to get the largest share of the workload even if he isn't officially the starter.

RB - James Starks, Green Bay Packers (eight percent)

Depending on the status of Eddie Lacy (hip) for Week 15, Starks is certainly worth rostering as one of the league's most talented handcuffs. Lacy admitted that he couldn't finish the game due to his hip injury and Starks racked up a total of 12 touches for 101 yards and a touchdown last night. That said, the Packers have a tough matchup against the Bills in Week 15.

WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (47 percent)

Perhaps Landry underperformed compared to expectations in Week 14 against the Ravens with six catches for 55 yards. That said, the rookie out of LSU now has at least five receptions and 50 yards or a touchdown in six consecutive games. During that span, Landry has double-digit targets in three games and a total of four touchdowns.

WR - Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings (20 percent)

With a great combination of size and speed, Johnson continues to get plenty of run with the Vikings. In his past four games, Johnson has a total of 30 targets that he has converted into 15 receptions for 283 yards and two touchdowns. The matchup against the Lions in Week 15 isn't great, but it's much easier to throw the ball against the Lions than it is to run the ball against them.

WR - Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (four percent)

Of the (healthy) Jaguars receivers, Lee has been the most productive of the group since the team's Week 11 bye. In his past three games, Lee has a minimum of 52 yards in each game and has a total of 14 catches for 194 yards and a touchdown. This week, the Jaguars face the Ravens, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

WR - Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (40 percent)

With Keenan Allen typically drawing the coverage from the opponent's top cornerback, Floyd has had a relatively productive season. Floyd has at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown in 11 of 13 games this season even though he has only one game with more than four receptions this season. On the season, Floyd has 42 catches for 743 yards and five touchdowns and is averaging 17.7 Y/R.

WR - Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (28 percent)

Certainly a better option in dynasty than re-draft formats, Moncrief has played more, many more, snaps than Hakeem Nicks recently, though. As the No. 3 wide receiver in one of the league's best offenses, the talented rookie possesses plenty of upside as we've seen in Week 8 (7/113/1) and Week 13 (3/134/2), but he has seen only four targets in each of the past three games despite his expanded role.

WR - Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears (two percent)

One of my favorite sleepers in the preseason (before he broke his collarbone), Wilson has plenty of talent to flourish as the team's No. 2 wide receiver with Brandon Marshall placed on IR. The Bears will host the Saints on Monday Night Football this week and New Orleans has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (34 percent)

The problem with any of the Seahawks receivers is that they don't throw the ball enough for any of them to consistently have productive outings, but Baldwin is the team's No. 1 receiver and had a strong outing (5/97/1) against a bad Eagles secondary in Week 14. In his previous five games, Baldwin had 45 yards or less and averaged just 29.6 yards per game. So, again, if there's a Seahawks receiver that is likely to have a useful fantasy outing, it's Baldwin, but it's just as likely that he finishes outside of the top-36 fantasy wide receivers in all of his remaining games.

TE - Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (28 percent)

Cook was on last week's list primarily due to his matchups in Weeks 15 to 17, but he ended up having a huge outing in Week 14 (4/61/2) against Washington. Cook's remaining games are against the Cardinals, Giants and Seahawks, who all rank among the top-11 most generous defenses to opposing tight ends.

TE - Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders (24 percent)

Rivera has had some quiet games, but he has the fourth-most fantasy points among tight ends from Weeks 8 to 14 and the fifth-most on a per-game basis. During that seven-game stretch, Rivera has averaged 5.0 catches for 51.9 yards with four touchdowns.

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December 02, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 14

Considering that most leagues begin their playoffs in Week 14, a congratulations is in order if you're reading this week's waiver-wire post.

For my waiver-wire posts, I have a self-imposed rule of only including players with Yahoo! ownership of 50 percent or less. The goal is to give you suggestions of players that (1) can help your fantasy squad and (2) are widely available in leagues.

With that said, here are some players to consider adding to your fantasy roster(s) (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

QB - Colt McCoy, Washington Redskins (six percent)

While his two starts weren't in consecutive games, McCoy has thrown for 299 yards in Dallas and 392 yards in Indianapolis in those starts. On the season, he has a total of four touchdowns and one interception. While McCoy certainly doesn't possess the strongest of arms, the offense has moved the ball well with him under center and he has limited the turnovers. Assuming that McCoy maintains his role as the starter in part by limiting the turnovers, he has great matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Giants and Eagles.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (seven percent)

Bortles has only one touchdown pass over his past three games, but he has a couple of things working in his favor. In his 10 games this season, Bortles is averaging nearly 30 rushing yards (29.6) per game. In addition, the Jags face the Texans, Ravens and Titans in their next three games. The Texans and Ravens both rank in the bottom four in passing yards allowed and the Titans just gave up six touchdowns to The Amish Rifle.

QB - Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans (five percent)

Knocked out of Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, Mettenberger says that he he plans to play in Week 14. Mettenberger had thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in three of his four games prior to Sunday's injury-abbreviated outing. Assuming he plays in Week 14, he gets favorable matchups against the Giants, Jets and Jaguars from Weeks 14 to 16.

QB - Shaun Hill, St. Louis Rams (three percent)

Washington just allowed 370 yards and five touchdowns to Andrew Luck and have allowed a 24-to-four TD-to-INT ratio to opposing quarterbacks in their past 10 games. While Hill is far from the most prolific passer in the league, the matchup this week against Washington and the Giants in Week 16 could be attractive for QB streamers in deeper leagues.

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RB - Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts (47 percent)

With the workload split fairly evenly between Herron and Trent Richardson, it's not a huge shock to most of us that Herron has vastly outperformed T-Rich on a per-touch basis. Herron has 20 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown (compared to 21/54/1 for T-Rich) and seven catches for 39 yards. Going forward, I'd certainly prefer to own Herron over Richardson.

RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (49 percent)

Despite sustaining the concussion on Thursday night of Week 12, Murray wasn't able to get clearance for Week 13. More than likely, Murray will be cleared for this week and although he's "close," he is still in the concussion protocol. With his unique combination of size, speed and power, Murray showed us a glimpse of his upside with 112 yards and two touchdowns on his four carries before leaving early in Week 12. That said, his matchups are far from favorable over the fantasy playoff slate with games against the 49ers, Chiefs and Bills (and even Broncos in Week 17).

RB - Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (45 percent)

Martin rushed 18 times for 58 yards, both of which were season highs, and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Bengals. Martin still averaged a pathetic 3.2 yards per carry last week and is averaging just 2.9 YPC on the year, but the workload is certainly positive and Martin had more touches (19) than Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey combined (12).

RB - Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (27 percent)

The Daily Show gained 85 yards on 12 carries on Sunday and added two catches for 25 yards. Although DeAngelo Williams has a broken middle finger, it appears he's likely to play in Week 14. While I'd like Stewart more if Williams were to miss time, Stewart has a favorable fantasy schedule with his remaining matchups against the Saints, Bucs, Browns and Falcons.

RB - Marion Grice, Arizona Cardinals (one percent)

With Andre Ellington leaving Sunday's game with a hip pointer, Grice had eight touches (five carries and three receptions) compared to one touch (a reception) for Stepfan Taylor. Although the team added Michael Bush as well, I'd expect Grice to get the largest share of touches should Ellington to be forced to miss additional time.

WR - Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (41 percent)

Stills racked up 162 yards and a touchdown on his five receptions in Week 13 and has now finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver with a minimum of 9.2 fantasy points in three consecutive games. Even though he has averaged just 6.0 targets per game over the past seven games since the team's bye, Still has averaged a stat line of 4.9/78.6/0.4. With matchups against the Panthers, Bears, Falcons and Bucs left on the schedule, Stills is set up to close the season out strong.

WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (40 percent)

Landry had eight catches for 68 yards on 11 targets in last night's win over the Jets. Although it was only the second time this season that he has exceeded 53 receiving yards, his production and role within the offense continues to expand. Landry has double-digit targets in three of his past four games and has four touchdowns in his past five games.

WR - Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings (18 percent)

After two strong outings (6/87 and 3/52/1) on 18 total targets, Johnson had a relatively quiet day with 2/41 on four targets. With the defense scoring twice, Teddy Bridgewater threw the ball only 21 times for 138 yards. With a rare combination of size and speed, Johnson is even better in dynasty formats but his increased involvement in the offense over the past three weeks gives him some appeal in re-draft formats as well. Johnson has played all but three offensive snaps in the past two games and over the past three games, he has 22 targets vs. 24 for the rest of the team's wideouts combined.

WR - Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (seven percent)

In his past seven games, Woods has a pair of duds, but he also has a minimum of 50 receiving yards in the other five games. During that seven-game span, Woods is averaging 5.0 receptions and 56.3 yards with a total of three touchdowns. And if Sammy Watkins (hip) is unable to play in Week 14, Woods could see more targets thrown his way.

WR - Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (11 percent)

Adams had just four catches for 33 yards in his previous three games combined, but the second-round rookie had the best game of his young career against the Patriots on Sunday. Adams was targeted 11 times and finished with six catches for a career-high 121 yards. With defenses giving their attention to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, there is plenty of value in being Green Bay's No. 3 wideout, especially with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.

WR - Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (five percent)

With the exception of Week 8 against the Steelers, when Moncrief finished with 7/113/1 on 12 targets, Moncrief has played his most snaps over each of the past two games. Targeted four times in each of those games, Moncrief made the most of those targets Sunday by turning them into three receptions for 134 yards and two scores. Not only has Moncrief's playing time increased over the past two weeks, but Hakeem Nicks has since his snaps drop to 36.8 and 32.1 percent of the team's snaps over the past two weeks, respectively. Worth adding for his upside, keep in mind that it's also possible that Moncrief doesn't finish with 134 yards in the next games combined.

TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (50 percent)

Reed was one of my favorite tight ends in the preseason. While there is no denying his talent, he has struggled to stay healthy in both of his first two NFL seasons. That said, Reed finished with nine catches for 123 yards on 11 targets Sunday and hopefully he can stay healthy down the stretch. While he doesn't have a favorable matchup in Week 14, he'll be a top-10 fantasy tight end over the fantasy playoff slate provided he can stay healthy.

TE - Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (30 percent)

Cook recorded a Week 13 goose egg, but he has a favorable schedule down the stretch with games against the Redskins, Cardinals, Giants and Seahawks, all of whom are plus matchups.

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