Monday, December 9, 2013

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

Joique Bell- RB, Lions- Week 14 Stats: 23 car, 69 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 4 rec, 58 rec yds

Despite having more fantasy points on the season than heavily owned players like Ray Rice, Le’Veon Bell, Danny Woodhead and Zac Stacy, Bell is still available in close to 35% of all leagues. The undrafted back out of Wayne State got the start Sunday in Philadelphia after teammate Reggie Bush reinjured his calf during warm-ups, and made the most of his golden opportunity- finishing up with 127 total yards and a score. We saw Bell flourish in Bush’s absence earlier in the season, and we could be looking at a repeat performance should Reggie miss any more time. He must be owned in all formats.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings- Week 14 Stats: 15 car, 89 rush yds, 1 rush TD

Perma-handcuff Toby Gerhart once again found himself in the fantasy relevance discussion- and just in time for the playoffs! This, after the league’s reigning MVP, Adrian Peterson, got carted off in the second quarter with what was ultimate diagnosed as a “mid foot sprain.” Gerhart filled in nicely, finishing up with 89 rushing yards and a touchdown run that temporarily gave the Vikes the lead late in the fourth. No timetable has been set for Peterson’s return, but you’ve got to figure that a team eliminated from playoff contention would proceed with caution in regards to the ageing face of their franchise. If he does miss time, Gerhart certainly warrants flex consideration.  

Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens- Week 14 Stats: 6 rec, 48 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Coming off a dislocated hip, Pitta made his presence felt in his 2013 debut, catching six balls for 48 yards and a score the Ravens 29-26, seesaw victory over the Vikings. Flacco made up for lost time by targeting the bruising tight end out of BYU a team high 11 times, including on a 4th and goal pass for a go-ahead score with just over two minutes remaining. He played a big part in Baltimore’s Super Bowl run a year ago, and could play a similar role for your fantasy team this time around. Especially for Gronk owners in need of a serviceable replacement.

Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Colts- Week 14 Stats: 6 rec, 107 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
LaVon Brazil, WR, Colts- Week 14 Stats: 3 rec, 53 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Anomaly or not, Brazil and Rogers each hauled in as many touchdowns (2) as teammate T.Y. Hilton did receptions in the Colts 42-28 loss to the Bengals. Now I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting either in a fantasy playoff game, but desperate times call for desperate measures. If I had to chose one, I’d go with Rogers because he had double the amount of targets (9) than Brazil, and that’s usually the best barometer for future success. I’d only give him the nod if you need you’re projected to lose by a lot and need to swing for the fences. If your week 15 matchup is expected to be competitive, stick to the guys who got you there.

Jason Campbell, QB, Browns- Week 14 Stats: 29 of 44 for 391 pass yds and 3 pass TDs

Here are some fun facts for you- no team has attempted more passes in 2013 than the Cleveland Browns (561). Josh Gordon’s 774 receiving yards in the past four games set the record for the highest total over a four game stretch in NFL history. Chicago is allowing the fourth most ypg and the fifth most ppg to opposing offenses. Guess who Cleveland plays in week 15? That’s right, the Chicago Bears. Heading into this season I never would have thought I would be advising readers to “start your Browns!” come playoff time, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. Aaron Rodgers owners take note. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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