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Through The Wire - Week 15
12/14/15; Updated: 12/15/15 Users...
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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.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


AJ 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 QB1 status.

Johnny 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.

Kirk 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.

T.J. 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.

QB Updates

Marcus 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.

Blaine 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.

Tyrod 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.

Jameis 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.

Denard Robinson

With T.J. Yeldon's status uncertain, owners still in the playoff race should target Denard Robinson.

Running Backs

DuJuan 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.

Fred 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 leagues.

Brandon 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 time.

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.

Fozzy 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.

Isaiah 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.

Tim 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 14.

Denard 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.

Jonathan 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.

RB Updates

Matt 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 14.

James 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.

Darren 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.

Ameer 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 15.

Juwan 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 tuned.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Marques 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.

Albert 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.

Nelson 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 slot.

Keshawn 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 Week 15.

Jeremy 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.

TE Eric 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.

TE Zach 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.

UPDATE: Miller’s matchup 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 worth consideration.

TE Kyle 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.

WR/TE Updates

Ted 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.

Dorial 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.

Brandon Coleman, NO – Coleman caught just 3-32-0 with all the other Saints WRs active.

J.J. 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!

Brian 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.

TE Richard Rodgers, GB – Just one catch for 3 yards, but it was a TD. Rock on, Richard.

TE Jacob 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...

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB – ASJ saw six targets and caught 3-31-0 in a disappointing loss to New Orleans.

TE Charles Clay, BUF – Clay left the game with a back injury after 19-0 on two targets. He’s not a good play in Week 15.

UPDATE: The Bills are still in “wait-and-see” mode with Clay, who’s been relatively quiet this season anyway. There are better, more accessible options at TE.

TE Ryan Griffin, HOU – Griffin dropped a few balls on Sunday night, hauling in just 1-20-0 on six targets.