Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15

Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 15

12/11/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Anyone still active of the waiver wire this week likely finds himself in the final four of his fantasy playoffs. While you may think that your championship caliber team is stacked and you don't need any help - think again. There are still players on the waiver wire that can be plugged into the lineups of even the best teams, and I'm going to help you find them:

Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson (SEA): 
If you've made it this far in your fantasy season, you're most likely set at quarterback, but there are a number of owners who fill that spot on a week-by-week basis. I'm still going strong in my playoffs, and my quarterback is Tony Romo - you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm not playing him this week against the Steelers, who give up the least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Excluding last week when the Seahawks never needed to pass the ball, Russell Wilson has thrown 2+ touchdowns in five straight games. He'll face a Bills defense ranked 27th in points this week and will have an opportunity to put up good numbers once again.

Running Backs
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David Wilson (NYG): 
Well, I think Wilson finally made it out of the doghouse. Wilson became the first NFL player in history to have 200+ kick return yards and 100+ rushing yards on Sunday, and the second since 1950 with two rushing touchdowns and a kick return touchdown. With Ahmad Bradshaw having tests done on his knee, Wilson could be the lead back this week against a Falcons defense that struggles to stop the run, making him a possible RB1. If Bradshaw does return, Wilson played well enough to earn enough touches to generate flex appeal in fantasy leagues.

Joique Bell (DET): Now splitting carries about evenly with Mikel Leshoure, and getting much more looks in the passing game, Bell is the running back to own in the Lions' backfield. Bell averages 5.4 yards per carry to Leshoure's 3.7, and was targeted seven times on Sunday compared to Leshoure's zero. Bell should be a top-30 option at running back this week.

Montell Owens (JAX): The Jaguars have yet to address Maurice Jones-Drew's (foot) status for Week 15, but my best guess is that he doesn't play. Rashad Jennings was reportedly not close to returning last week, so it looks like Owens will receive another game as the main man in the backfield. He was very impressive against the Jets on Sunday, running for 91 yards on 6.5 yards per carry with a touchdown and a reception. Just be sure to note that he's facing the Dolphins, who rank 9th in run defense, this week.

Bilal Powell (NYJ): The Jets finally stopped treating Shonn Greene like a legitimate feature back, and as a result we have second year Bilal Powell producing on the field. Over the past four weeks, Powell has 218 yards and four touchdowns. He's worth picking up in deeper leagues.
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