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2013 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire – Week 15

Some are calling Sunday the greatest day of football ever played, as there were four early games played in snowy conditions that came down to one score games that were decided on exciting plays.  The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings combined for six touchdowns in the fourth quarter, five of them coming in the final 2:05 of the ball game.  The Ravens emerged victorious 29-26.  The Pittsburgh Steelers almost beat the Miami Dolphins on a lateral drill, but Steelers WR Antonio Brown stepped out at the 13-yard line on his way to the end zone.  The New England Patriots won their third consecutive game when trailing by double-digits, thanks to a pair of touchdowns in the final minute of the game.  Finally, the Packers emerged with a one-point win over the Atlanta Falcons in the snow of Lambeau Field.  The Falcons had a chance to win the game on the final possession, but QB Matt Ryan was intercepted.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins

Tannehill’s strong play over the last five games has put him into the fantasy QB2 discussion.

With all the last minute scoring in some of these games, it is quite possible that fantasy outcomes changed by the flurry of fourth quarter points.  It is also possible that some fantasy waiver wire targets emerged because of their production late in these games.  Here are some players you should be looking at for Week 15.

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill – He only had 200 yards passing this week, but his fantasy production was helped with three touchdown passes.  He has a home game against the New England Patriots next week, who have been struggling on defense.  He is a great injury replacement if you have had to comb the waiver wire.  Tannehill has 1,338 yards passing, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in his last five games.  He is shaping up as a decent QB2 to close the season.

Cleveland Browns QB Jason Campbell – Campbell is a viable option, because WR Josh Gordon is the best football player on the planet the last four weeks.  Gordon set a NFL record with 774 yards receiving in the last four weeks.  Campbell threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns in a moral victory against the New England Patriots.  It was actually a one-point loss, but Campbell put up great fantasy numbers and he faces the Chicago Bears next week.  He then travels to New York to take on the New York Jets the following week.

Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart – The Vikings are not going to know about the availability of All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson for this week, as he left this week’s game with a foot injury.  Gerhart did a good job filling in for Peterson, tallying 15 rushes for 89 yards and one touchdown.  Until we know what Peterson’s availability will be for the rest of the season, Gerhart needs to be owned in all leagues.

Green Bay Packers RB James Starks – The Dallas Cowboys horrible running back defense is on the horizon and starting RB Eddie Lacy suffered an ankle injury.  While he was able to return in the third quarter, he lacked the same explosiveness and it is possible that Starks could earn either a start or at least a bigger share of the carries.  With QB Aaron Rodgers possibly returning this week, Starks could be a sneaky addition for the playoffs.

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell – Many of you will not be able to add him, as he is owned in 63 percent of ESPN.com leagues and 66% of Yahoo.com leagues.  RB Reggie Bush aggravated a calf injury in warm-ups this week and if that injury lingers into this week, Bell would have low RB2 appeal against the Baltimore Ravens.  He is worth an add if you are in need of some running back depth.

Oakland Raiders RB Marcell Reece – Reece ran for 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and he also added 38 yards receiving on just two receptions.  It boggles my mind why Reece had only 45 carries heading into this game, but if RB Rashad Jennings or RB Darren McFadden are able to go this week, Reece probably does not have great value.  He is probably someone to add after the waiver wire period expires, as there are going to be better options available this week and his role for next week is up in the air.

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson – The Vikings passing offense looked competent on Sunday and it is possible backup QB Matt Cassel will earn another start against the Philadelphia Eagles, even if starting QB Christian Ponder is cleared from his concussion.  The promising part of the Vikings passing offense under Cassel is that he has a good rapport with PattersonPatterson thrived with Cassel in the lineup and finished the game with five receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown.  He plays against a poor Philadelphia Eagles secondary this week.

Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter – Hunter’s production can be all over the place, which is the result of playing with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick instead of a franchise quarterback.  Three weeks ago, he had six receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.  He followed that game up with one reception for nine yards.  He had a great rebound game this week, tallying four receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.  He is a boom / bust WR3 play that goes up against the Arizona Cardinals before traveling to Jacksonville in Week 16.

Indianapolis Colts WR Da’Rick Rogers – He caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, but it was somewhat deceptive as the Colts fell behind 21-0, putting the Colts into a lot of three wide receiver sets to close the game.  The problem for the Colts is that they seem to fall behind 21-0 every week, so this has a high probability of playing itself out again next week.   The Colts play the Houston Texans next week, a team that they trailed 21-3 the last time they played them.  Rodgers has some WR4 appeal, but is a very volatile fantasy play.

Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay – When you have an injury as significant as New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski does, usually you will want to target his backup on the waiver wire the following week.  The problem is there is not a viable fantasy option behind Gronk, which means the best option plays on another team.  That option is Clay, who has topped 80 yards receiving in three of his last four games and scored two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Clay is owned in a little more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues and has TE1 potential playing the Patriots this week.



  1. Goaltogo /

    Quick waiver wire question. PPR league…..Would you drop Spiller or Rainey to grab Vereen?

    • Goaltogo /

      Same league……Would you drop Luck or Stafford to grab Rodgers at this point?

      • Derek Lofland /

        Goaltogo – Thanks for the question. I would not. I have both Luck and Stafford ranked ahead of Rodgers this week. Rodgers has a home game against Pittsburgh and a road game against Chicago. Neither secondary is awful and the weather could be horrible each week. I think you stick with those other two players at this point, although my mind may change next week if Rodgers looks unbelievable against Dallas.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Goaltogo – Thanks for the question. Definitely, drop Spiller to pick up Vereen. I think that Rainey has the better matchup next week against the Rams. Spiller has the Dolphins, who he only managed to gain 11 yards on 6 rushes and had 3 receptions for -4 yards. Good luck.

  2. Thanks for the response Derek , I agree with you on the saints not being the same on the road. Do you like the Eagles over the Pats or Pats over the Eagles?

    • Derek Lofland /

      J – Depends on AP, but if Peterson doesn’t play, I like the Eagles better. Patriots D hasn’t done much the last couple weeks. Good luck.

  3. Both Charles Clay and Dennis Pitta available, who should I pick up to replace Gronkowski?

    • Also, Mason Crosby or Justin Tucker?

      • Derek Lofland /

        Rob – On this one, I would go Crosby. Rodgers is on track to be back and the Cowboys D should give the Pack a lot of scoring chances. Good luck.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Rob – Thanks for the question. I haven’t done my weekly rankings, given how well Clay has played the last month, I would lean Clay. Good luck.

  4. Hey there Derek,coming off a round 1 playoff victory, for the waiver this week I’m looking into adding a defense, I have the pats but they aren’t cutting it for me: 1 fantasy pt vs Houston & negative 4 fantasy points vs the browns! I can’t really afford to have bad performances by the pats d this point in the season. Here are some options I’m looking into adding.

    – Eagles (vs Vikings, especially if AP doesn’t play)

    – Saints (vs Rams, look what the Cardinals D did this week)

    – Lions (vs Ravens I can see flacco throwing a costly pick plus it’s in Detroit)

    Those are the too three I’m aiming for, the titans are also available but i like the other three better.

    Thank you & have a great one

    • Derek Lofland /

      J – Thanks for the question. Eagles vs. the Vikings would be my choice. Saints are not the same team on the road and Cardinals are great at home, so not sure if that translates. Flacco could throw a costly pick, but one 4th quarter pick doesn’t make for a good fantasy defense. I think Eagles frustrating the Vikings would be the best bet. Good luck.

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