StrategyDecember 20, 2011

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Waiver Wire: Week 15

By Marshall Reeves

This week offers some help for the playoffs, unless you happen to need a running back.


Matt Moore, QB, Miami – Assuming Moore stays healthy, he has to be the QB pickup candidate of the week. He has been solid in the second half and faces a New England defense that Chad Henne destroyed when he was running the Miami offense.

Kyle Orton, QB, Kansas City – Orton did everything well in his first start as a Chief… except find the end zone. He is an experienced veteran with a very good matchup (Oakland). If you are in a true pinch, Orton may be the second best QB option widely available.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver – Thomas is surprisingly still widely available after several solid weeks. He is Tim Tebow’s favorite target and should be in line for another solid week against Buffalo.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington – Gaffney is probably not going to have a monster game, but 90 yards and five catches seems reasonable against a soft Minnesota defense. If he happens to find the end zone, that could make for a pretty solid week.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo – This is not a spectacular week to find a RB. Spiller had a huge week and faces an average run defense. Unfortunately, he has not been terribly predictable so far. If you are overmatched and need to swing for the fences, he could be a good choice… if available.

Lance Ball, RB, Denver – Ball is a potential play if Willis McGahee, by chance, has some lingering injury problems. (Unlikely since he returned to Sunday’s game after leaving.)  Worth a pickup if you are in dire need, but probably not worth a start unless McGahee is somehow ruled out before kickoff.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia – Celek has been up and down all year, but had a great game Sunday. Ordinarily, I would avoid a player that is so inconsistent, but he has a good matchup (Dallas) that allowed him a big game earlier in the season. Celek is a solid play as long as you are not expecting a repeat of last week.


Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland – Heyward-Bey is far too inconsistent right now to rely on in a playoff game.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans – Moore’s production pattern over the last seven weeks — good, bad, bad, good, bad, bad, good. Anybody want to guess what may happen next?

Marshall has over ten years fantasy football experience and maintains a fantasy football blog over at Sunday Morning Legend (In My Own Mind).
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