These Waiver Adds Can Plug Fantasy Playoff Holes
Congratulations on having the need to read a waiver wire article for your upcoming Week 15 matchup. That means you’re playing for something this week and not many Fantasy Football players can say that. I’ve got several options for you to consider off the waiver wire but before you add any of them ask yourself one question. Am I willing to put my Fantasy season in the hands of this player that I’m thinking of adding? Can he get me one game closer to a Fantasy Football championship? Some of you might not have a choice and you may have to shake up your lineup. But, if at all possible try to go with what got you to the postseason dance.
Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills, (10% ownership in CBSSports.com leagues)
LeSean McCoy may not be having one of his typical productive seasons, but some of you may have had to keep him in your starting lineup. Unfortunately he’s likely to miss next week’s game due to a hamstring injury. Look for Ivory to carry the ball about 15 times, giving him a fighter’s chance to have a productive Fantasy week.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens, (7%)
Dixon’s role in the Ravens’ backfield is expected to expand, however it may not be big enough to warrant starting him during the Fantasy playoffs. Unfortunately Dixon’s larger role will likely cut into Gus Edwards’ playing time and production. With Ty Montgomery also in the mix, starting either Edwards or Dixon is looking like a risky boom-or-bust situation.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins, (62%)
In Stills’ 10 games before publicly complaining about not being targeted even though he’s been open, he averaged 3.7 targets and two catches per game. In his next two outings he’s averaged 7.5 targets, six catches and he’s scored a TD in each of those games. He’s trending upward but his next three games are against the Jaguars, Vikings and Bills, and they have all been tough on WRs.
Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers, (60%)
With Pierre Garcon headed to the I.R. Pettis remains an important piece of the 49ers pass offense. As we saw in Week 14, QB Nick Mullens looks to TE George Kittle first, but Pettis has scored at least one TD in his last three games. His one drawback is that Pettis has a Week 16 (championship week) matchup against the Bears defense.
DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos, (10%)
First we Fantasy Football players thought Courtland Sutton was going to provide us with a boost in production when Demaryius Thomas was traded five weeks ago but we got nothing. We were hoping for an uptick in his production this week when Emmanuel Sanders was placed on the I.R. and we got…nothing. Hamilton gave us something. He was tied for the team lead with seven catches in Week 14. He posted 47 receiving yards and added a TD as well. Hamilton (pictured above) will continue to be heavily targeted, playing much of his snaps from the slot.
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos, (0%)
Patrick led the Broncos in targets and receiving yards (85), and tied for the team lead in receptions. He will be lining up on the outside for the Broncos for the rest of the season and should continue to be targeted by QB Case Keenum as well. The Broncos have a favorable matchup against the Raiders in Week 16 (championship week). Imagine Patrick or Hamilton helping a team that might have recently lost an A.J. Green or Emmanuel Sanders win a Fantasy championship? It’s certainly been a crazy year in Fantasy Football.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins, (16%)
It may have taken a lot longer than we thought but Jordan Reed’s season is in jeopardy due to injury (toe). With three games with 62 receiving yards or more Davis has been somewhat productive when called upon to replace Reed this season. With the state of the Fantasy Football TE position, you could do a heck of a lot worse.
Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers, (17%)
Has anyone noticed that Thomas caught nine passes on 11 targets for 77 yards in Week 14? That came on the heels of a five catch 46 receiving yard performance in Week 13. With Greg Olsen out for the rest of the season Thomas will continue to be heavily targeted and is a viable option in Fantasy for the rest of the season.