Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 Week 15 Waiver Wire Adds
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 15 Waiver Wire Report
December 10, 2013
Week 15 Waiver Moves
The injury bug has been quiet for several weeks now, and that must have been due to a grand scheme to take out the NFL's best running back and tight end in the same week. Just when fantasy teams needed their studs the most, Gronk and AP provide very little for their owners thanks to the injury bug. The following list is of the top waiver adds this week, except for the tight ends. Since Gronk was such a fantasy force without a handcuff, it was necessary to do a breakdown of possible replacements. Click here for the tight end waiver wire breakdown.
1. Toby Gerhart - Gerhart is an easy choice to top the week 15 waiver wire, unless you were a Gronk owner. Gerhart has played very well since he has been given the opportunity to share time with AP this year. Gerhart is averaging 7.9 yards per carry this season, and while that number may be a bit skewed since he only has 39 carries on the year, Gerhart has a career 4.7 yards per carry average. There is no doubt that Gerhart will be ready to take full advantage his opportunity to start because he will be a free agent after this season. There is a slight chance AP plays this weekend and there is also a chance Gerhart is limited due to a hamstring strain, but fantasy owners should still take a chance on Gerhart and snatch him off the waiver wire. Gerhart is a solid play this week against the Eagles if he is given the opportunity to start at running back for the Vikings.
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2. Cordarrelle Patterson - Things must be getting crazy if two Minnesota Vikings are atop a waiver wire add list, but that is the case for week 15 of the 2013 season. Patterson is getting better and better each week, and now he has had that breakout game that was needed to get the attention of fantasy footballers. Patterson broke out in the snow against the Ravens for 141 yards and a touchdowns on five catches. Patterson's big play was a 79 yard touchdown catch and run with 45 seconds left in the game. One play can change a game, and one play can change a player's fantasy value. The Vikings are going to keep giving Patterson the chance to make plays, and now fantasy owners know what he is capable of. Patterson has a good matchup this weekend and he is worth an add and start for anyone who needs an upgrade or a replacement wide receiver.
3. Rod Streater - Streater has emerged a decent fantasy option since McGloin has taken over as the QB for the Raiders. Streater had a breakout performance last week against the jets where he caught 7 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Streater is the top target now in Oakland and that means he has a chance to produce more big games this year. The Raiders have a tough matchup this weekend when Kansas City travels to Oakland, but the Chiefs have not been afraid to give up fantasy points to wide receivers. Streater is another solid option on the waiver wire that could produce good games as the season comes to a close.
4. Justin Hunter - Hunter is having a very strong finish to his rookie season. Hunter has gone for 100+ receiving yards and a touchdown in two of his last three games. The problem is that he only had 1 catch for 9 yards in the game between his two big performances. The Titans are a risky team to invest in at the moment, but Hunter is definitely in their future plans. Hunter is getting more and more opportunities as the season comes to end, so there is reason to believe he could continue to produce solid numbers the rest of the year.
5. Daniel Thomas - Thomas was literally written off just two weeks ago as the reports were saying his ankle injury was going to knock him out for the season. Well those reports were totally wrong and Thomas ran for over 100 yards against the Steelers on Sunday. One reason Thomas had the opportunity for such a big day is because Lamar Miller had to leave the game with a concussion. Thomas is still a risky add and play because Miller should be back in the mix this week, and Thomas has not been a reliable option all year. That said, Thomas is still worth a speculative pick up in the event that Lamar Miller does not play and he gets the Miami backfield all to himself.
Other Players to Note
Colts WRs: Da'Rick Rogers/ LaVon Brazill - Finally someone stepped up for the Colts, but it was not enough for them to beat the Bengals. Rogers and Brazill both had good fantasy scores last week, but they do not make for reliable options at this point in the season. The Colts will need at least one of them to step up sooner than later, but there is not enough evidence to endorse picking one of them up and starting them in the fantasy playoffs. If you must take one though, at this point Rogers would appear to be the receiver to gamble on.
Marcel Reece - Reece had a huge game on Sunday against the Jets. The surprising part of this game was the fact that someone finally ran on the Jets, and not the fact that Reece had a good game. Reece played very well last year when McFadden was hurt, and he just did the same thing this year. Reece would be worth adding if not for the fact that Rashad Jennings should be back in the mix this week.
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