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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Kenny Britt (TEN): 
Britt was dropped in about half of Yahoo fantasy leagues thanks to a slow start that eventually turned into a slow season. Those of us who drafted him, however, finally saw our preseason expectations come to life this past Sunday - Britt went off for eight catches and 143 yards against the Colts. Previous to Sunday, he hadn't topped four catches since Week 3, and hadn't topped 67 yards all season, so you're going to want to take a wait-and-see approach when he faces the Jets this week. If he can put together a solid performance against the Jets, who give up the second least fantasy points to opposing receivers, you can throw him into your lineup for championship week against the Packers.

Dwayne Harris (DAL): Harris jumped Kyle Ogletree in the receiver rotation, getting nearly three times as many snaps on Sunday. Now, Dez Bryant is facing the possibility of missing the rest of the season with a finger injury, which would likely make Harris Dallas' No. 2 receiver. I don't think I need to explain the value that a No. 2 receiver on the league's 3rd ranked passing offense has. Harris has more than enough talent to get production out of his opportunities.

Kris Durham (DET): If you're thinking "Where have I heard that name?", it was probably when this enormous wide receiver proved to the world that white men CAN jump by hauling in an overthrown pass with one hand against the Packers on Sunday night (
VIDEO). He seems to have jumped Mike Thomas in the receiver rotation, and with Titus Young and Ryan Broyles out of the picture, that makes him the No. 2 opposite Calvin Johnson. Durham was third on the team in targets with nine on Sunday, just one behind Tony Scheffler and four behind Megatron. He should continue to get a good amount of looks, and is worth consideration in deeper leagues.

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta (BAL): 
Pitta was a hot pickup early in the season, but has since been dropped in most leagues. Pitta's production went down when offensive coordinator Cam Cameron reportedly went away from the Ravens' no-huddle, uptempo offense. Well, Cameron has been fired, and new OC Jim Caldwell is expected to go back to the Ravens' early season ways. Back in the uptempo offense, Pitta could return to that low-end TE1 form he was in through the first three weeks of the season.

Defense

Detroit Lions: 
The Lions defense hasn't quite lived up to expectations this season, ranking 26th in points and 23rd in takeaways. This week, however, they'll have a chance to put up big numbers on the fantasy scoreboard against the Cardinals, who just got absolutely demolished by the Seahawks. The Seahawks' defense put up 40+ points in most fantasy leagues last week, and while you shouldn't expect that out of the Lions, it's certainly reasonable to expect an above average fantasy output.
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