We are right smack in the middle of the fantasy football playoffs and you lost a starter! Maybe you are afraid that the guy that brought you to the dance may be the same one that takes you home early? There are a few reasons that you may still be searching the fantasy football free agent and waiver wires in Week 15. Fear not, as there are still a few good options available that can help you win your league and shock your opponents. We may be near the end, but I never stop looking for waiver wire gems.
Remember, with most free agent or fantasy waiver wire pickups that you are entering dangerous territory. These are all going to be high risk/high reward players and you really don’t want to look at the waiver wire at this point unless you really have to. This past week Kevin Smith, Jeremy Maclin, and Bruce Gradkowski owners are going to some need help. Here are just a few dubious names that could help you ease your stress and win you the fantasy football championship.
[adinserter block=”1″]Quinton Ganther, Washington Redskins – I picked up Ganther last week but didn’t trust him to start. I got burnt as Ganther had 21 points last week and was the first Redskin running back to start and get goal line carries in a long time. I learned my lesson, and yet he is still available in most leagues off of the waiver/free agent wire. Ganther has a fantastic matchup this Sunday against the New York Giants. The Philadelphia Eagles ran all over the Giants Sunday night. As a matter of a fact, everyone has run on the Giants this season. I love his matchup, and he is one of the few backs in the entire league to get the ball as both a feature and red zone back.
Arian Foster, Houston Texans – Here we go again with another Houston Texans running back. Foster is the fourth back to be featured by the Texans this season, and the third to start. As predicted here, the Texans have rightfully moved off of Chris Brown. Rather than feature Moats, the Texans will feature Foster to see what they have here for the future. There are a few great upsides to Foster that makes him a must-pick up if you have a spot. For one, he will be starting against the St. Louis Rams this week. Two, he has great hands and will give you those dual threat numbers that Steve Slaton used to get for his owners. Three, there is a good possibility if he does well that he takes Slaton’s job as the starter next year which makes him a potential keeper in dynasty leagues.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants – Nicks has jumped over Mario Manningham on the depth chart and is now a starter for the Giants. In his first start he caught four balls for over 100 yards and a touchdown. He had a few really bad drops, but I love the fact that the Giants stuck with him throughout the game. Look, this is a bad defensive team that will probably be in a couple of more shootouts in the next few weeks. Nicks will get his opportunities, and with Steve Smith getting the #1 defensive back on him, Nicks will have some good opportunities to put up those same numbers down the stretch.
Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins – I was right about Brady Quinn coming out of college, but I was dead wrong about Henne. For a guy that couldn’t win a big game in college, he has looked great this season. Tony Sparano has instituted an offense that works for Henne and while he didn’t have a touchdown against Jacksonville last week, he still put up double digits in most leagues. Henne faces the Tennessee Titans this week who have the 31st ranked pass defense in the NFL. The Titans give up an average of over 258 yards a game and have given up 27 total passing touchdowns this season. Sure, a lot of those TDs came against New England but good quarterbacks can still throw against this team. The Dolphins are still in the hunt for the divisional playoff spot this week and will be looking to do big things against the Titans. I like Henne here and down the stretch.
[adinserter block=”2″]Evan Moore, Cleveland Browns – Buyer beware! I only recommend Moore if you are desperate at tight end. There is a ton of potential upside here, as he has turned into Brady Quinn’s favorite target. Teams will be spending the week defending Josh Cribbs, leaving the underneath open for Moore. Moore had seven targets against the Steelers last week. The Browns play the Kansas City Chiefs who give up almost 60% more fantasy points to tight ends than the average NFL team. I would not recommend picking Moore up and playing him over an established tight end, but if you need some help and are looking for a wing and prayer, Moore could be your man this week.
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