Week 15 Fantasy Football: Some Waiver Wire Options for the Playoffs
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If it weren't for rules (in fact, rules that I created), he'd be the first player listed as a player to add to your fantasy team for Week 15 and 16.
Of course, I'm speaking about Cowboys running back Felix Jones, who is currently owned in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
With DeMarco Murray (ankle) likely out for the rest of the season, Murray is safe to drop in redraft leagues and Jones is certainly worth adding if he's available in your league(s).
Jones, who rushed for 106 yards against the Giants on Sunday, gets two favorable matchups for his fantasy owners in the remaining two weeks of the fantasy playoffs.
This week, the Cowboys face the Bucs, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. The following week, he faces the Eagles, who have allowed back-to-back 100-yard rushers in Marshawn Lynch and Reggie Bush. In fact, the Eagles have allowed six 100-yard rushers in their 13 games this season.
For those of you not familiar with the rules I mentioned earlier, there are two criteria for a player to appear on our waiver-wire list in a given week (aside from talent and/or opportunity): (1) the player was not mentioned on the previous waiver-wire list and (2) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less.
Here are some waiver-wire options that may be able to help your team (Yahoo! ownership percentage):
QB - Rex Grossman, Redskins (owned in 13 percent of Yahoo! leagues): With several quarterbacks suffering season-ending or multiple-game injuries, Grossman may be the guy to help you fill the void. With the exception of Week 13 against the Jets, Grossman has thrown two touchdowns in three of his past four games. During that four-game span, Grossman has 1,079 passing yards (nearly 270 yards per game).
RB - Ryan Grant, Packers (44 percent): With the status of James Starks uncertain for Week 15, Grant is worth a look, especially if you are weak at running back. Grant ran the ball well last week against the Raiders as he rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns. While this week's matchup isn't as favorable, the Chiefs have allowed the 26th-most rushing yards (132.5 per game) and only five teams have allowed more rushing touchdowns (13).
RB - Kahlil Bell, Bears (four percent): With Matt Forte out for this week and probably a few more games with his knee injury, Bell will be the primary backup to Marion Barber. Last week, Bell had nine carries for 40 yards and he had five receptions for 24 yards (or 11 fantasy points in point-per-reception leagues). If it weren't for a pair of mistakes by Barber (going out of bounds and a fumble), the Bears would have beaten the Broncos last week. Perhaps that will help Bell get more work than he otherwise would. Either way, he should be involved enough to help owners, especially in PPR leagues.
WR - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders (25 percent): For no logical reason, Heyward-Bey had no receptions and barely no targets in Weeks 9 and 10. In his past eight games (excluding those two weeks), DHB has 38 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns.
WR - Damian Williams, Titans (25 percent): Williams has back-to-back games with exactly 62 receiving yards. Before those two games, Williams scored in three of four games and he now has at least six fantasy points in six of his past seven games. This week, Williams faces the Colts, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
WR - Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (28 percent): In last night's Monday Night Football matchup against the Rams, Baldwin had seven receptions for 93 yards and a score. The undrafted rookie out of Stanford has eight games with at least 50 receiving yards this season.
WR - Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (14 percent): With Tim Tebow under center, it would only be natural to worry about any Broncos receiver. If you need receiver depth, however, Thomas has strong back-to-back performances although his numbers could be even better if it weren't for dropped passes. Thomas, who has scored in back-to-back games, now has 11 receptions for 222 yards and three touchdowns in his past two games and the Broncos face the league's most generous pass defense this week.
WR - Titus Young, Lions (six percent): Young has back-to-back games with 60-plus yards and he's had four of them in his past six games. During that span, Young has scored three touchdowns and has the big-play ability to get you 10 points in one play (i.e., a 40-yard touchdown). This week, the Lions face the Raiders, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
WR - Brad Smith, Bills (five percent): Smith has back-to-back games with 70-plus yards. In those two games, Smith has 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown or a total of 20 fantasy points.
[Note: Green Bay's James Jones is owned in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but he is worth adding with Greg Jennings' injury.]
TE - Jake Ballard, Giants (46 percent): Ballard has three straight games with at least 47 receiving yards and last week he had 52 yards and a touchdown. Ballard has seven games with at least five fantasy points this season and this week he faces the Redskins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
For our (very) early Week 15 fantasy football rankings, click here. Our full rankings (including point-per-reception (PPR) and flex rankings) will be available by Wednesday morning at TheTipDrill.com, our fantasy section.
This morning, we also updated our Week 15 NFL Consensus Power Rankings.
Good luck in Week 15!