There are only three main reasons to keep reading an article that tells you which players you should target on your fantasy football waiver wire:
- Your fake football team is still in the playoffs in a head-to-head pool.
- You play in a points league.
- You’re scouting potential players for next year in a dynasty or keeper league.
That’s about it really. If you lost in the first week of your playoffs last week I feel for you. You just gotta keep plugging away and hope that next year is your year. Or just retire from the world of fantasy football if the losing stresses you out too much.
Now, for those of you who fall into one of three above mentioned categories it’s time to look at which players may lead you deeper into your league’s playoffs or help you score more points to win your points pool… Oh, and if you lost because MJD went bonkers for 4 (4!!!!!) touchdowns I feel for you…
Again, quarterback is slim pickings as most quarterbacks worthy to be on a roster, either as a starter or a back-up, have been claimed. There is one name to keep in mind though…
Jake “The Snake” Locker. However, you can only trust him if Titans starting QB Matt Hasselbeck’s injured calf keeps him out of Sunday’s juicy match-up against the pitiful Colts. There’s no word yet about Hasselbeck’s injury and we probably won’t know anything until later on in the week but he’s worth taking a flyer on if you can grab and stash him.
A quarterback playing against the Colts is a wonderful thing to see on your fantasy football schedule. Heck, I imagine even Matt Saracen could put up decent numbers against them. It also doesn’t hurt that Locker has done a pretty decent job in relief of Hasselbeck this season. Against the Saints Locker threw for 282 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as rushing for 36 yards and another touchdown. Not bad numbers.
Matt Flynn. Pick him up if you have Rodgers. You never know what might happen, especially if the Packers lose a game, and if Mike McCarthy starts resting guys you want to have Flynn ready in the wings to step into your lineup.
Felix Jones. When DeMarco Murray emerged to fantasy superstardom after Felix Jones’ injury everybody jumped off the Jones bandwagon and took a seat up front in the Murray one. However, with Murray being put on the IR this week and his season ending, Felix “The Cat” Jones is once again thrust into the fantasy spotlight. And he couldn’t have picked a better time with a Week 15 match-up against the Bucs on the schedule. Recently the Bucs have let Chris Johnson run for 190 yards and gave up 4 touchdowns to MJD. Starting running backs have been averaging 118.3 yards against the Bucs in their last three games and they have also given up 6 rushing TDs during that stretch. Jones is a must start fantasy back who might be on your waivers. If he is, snatch him up and run, baby, run!
Ryan Grant. Dear readers who picked up Brandon Saine over Ryan Grant last week. I apologize! I truly do. I figured Grant was washed up and the Packers would feature Saine over Grant, just like they went with Starks last season. I was wrong. I’m a man. I’ll admit to it. Now, onto Week 15… If Starks is out once again you’re going to want to grab Grant, as his match-up is also nice against a just okay Chiefs rushing defense. If you have other options to start then do so but if you’re looking at the bottom of the fantasy football waiver wire barrel then you could do worse than Grant. I think. At least I hope so!
Demaryius Thomas. This is a guy that I have been hesitant to add to my roster the past couple of weeks. But if I had I would have been looking at 222 yards and 2 touchdowns in the past 2 games. Much better than any of the other WR3s I’ve been starting. If I can get him this week I am not only going to pick him up but start him too, as the Broncos and Tim Tebow go up against the New England Patriots and whatever semblance of a secondary they have left.
James Jones or Donald Driver. With Greg Jennings done for the regular season Jones and Driver will be looked at more often by Rodgers but you never which of the two, if either one, will have a big game. Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley are still around and that eats up potential targets. Regardless, Driver or James could have a big game in the absence of Jennings.
Joel Dreessen. The tight end position is still a decent place to pick up some guys, as most teams by now have settled on one tight end to take them through the rest of the year. If for some reason you’re still searching for someone to plug into your line-up then Dreessen could be your guy. Against the Bengals he scored a touchdown. Against the Falcons before that he scored a touchdown and against the Jaguars before that he scored a touchdown. Three games, three touchdowns. Sure he only has 5 catches for a total of 55 yards in those three games but touchdowns are what get you points.
Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have been putting up points in the world of fantasy football lately and there’s no reason to see why they can’t put up double digit points against the Caleb Hanie and Marion Barber led Chicago Bears this week. In their past two games, the Seahawks have totaled 5 sacks, 6 turnovers, and have scored 2 defensive/special teams touchdowns.
Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals take on the lowly Cleveland Browns, a team that just can’t put up points on the board. The status of starting QB Colt McCoy is up in the air after his concussion suffered during Thursday night’s game but if he’s starting then you mos def want to pick up the Cardinals and roll with them.
The Cardinals defensive unit has only give up a total of 6 touchdowns in their past 6 games and they have the magical return talents of Patrick Peterson on hand and you never know when he might return a punt to the house!