The fantasy football playoffs are firmly underway, so lets take a look at which players will be flying off waivers heading into week 15, and which players you should be keeping tabs on throughout the week.
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All players appearing in my waiver wire article are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.
Toby Gerhart – Minnesota Vikings – RB (3% owned)
Hopefully Adrian Peterson owners had the foresight to handcuff their first round pick heading into the fantasy playoffs, as their worst fears were realized when Peterson went down awkwardly in the 2nd half against the Ravens in week 14. Toby Gerhart came in to spark the Vikings offense, and did an admirable job against a solid Baltimore run D, as he racked up 89 yards on 15 carries to go with a score. Initial reports have AD diagnosed with a foot sprain, although an MRI followup has been scheduled for Monday to give us more information, and it would be surprising to see Minnesota rush Peterson back to action at the tail end of a lost season.
Oh, did I mention the Vikings get the Eagles in week 15? Looks good on paper…
Update: Adrian Peterson has said that he expects to play in week 15 which puts a serious damper on the situation… stay tuned for more
Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – TE (8% owned)
Ok Gronkowski owners, here we are. My first stop on the tight end waiver wire, as Dennis Pitta returned to action in week 14 and looked healthy against the Vikings (6/48/1). With a potential shootout on tap in week 15 against the Lions, I expect Pitta to be the top TE added for those owners looking to replace an injured starter (Gronk/Walker/Reed)
Rod Streater – Oakland Raiders – WR (19% owned)
Another week without Denarius Moore, another week of solid production for Rod Streater as he hauled in 7 passes for 130 yards and a score against the Jets in week 14. As long as Moore remains out of practice Streater should be considered a viable WR3, even against the Chiefs in week 15.
Deep league players to keep an eye on
Jacob Tamme – Denver Broncos – TE (5% owned)
Ok Gronk owners in deep leagues, here is your sleeper TE to consider. Wes Welker is dealing with another concussion (2 in the last few weeks) making him extremely doubtful for Thursday Night Football against the Chargers. Most would assume that a WR would step up to man the slot for the Broncos, but no, it is the TE Tamme who saw snaps in the slot once Welker went down (4 receptions for 47 yards). If you are looking for a desperation play off the waiver wire at TE or Flex, Tamme could be a gamble that pays off thanks to Denver’s high octane offense.
Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings – WR (26% owned)
I want to believe… I really do…. but, it’s the Vikings, and Cordarrelle only had 1 reception for 4 yards in week 13 against the Bears before busting out with his monster 5 reception, 141 yard, 1 TD game in week 14 against the Ravens. In dyansty/keeper leagues I am very excited about his potential, as it looks like Minnesota plans to use Patterson in a similar manner to Percy Harvin (returns, receiving and running), but I don’t see him as any better than a risky WR4 for week 15 against the Eagles.
Justin Hunter – Tennessee Titans – WR (2% owned)
The reactionary types may head out and pick up Hunter on the heels of his impressive 4/114/1 line in Denver this past Sunday, but you may want to look a little closer before making the same mistake. Hunter has now posted 100 yard games 2 out of the last 3 weeks, but his other effort was good for just 9 yards on one reception, and the matchup with the Arizona Cardinals in week 15 is one of the worst imaginable for the young rookie. Leave Hunter on waivers outside of dynasty/keeper leagues as he is still a work in progress for the Titans.
Marcel Reece – Oakland Raiders – RB (11% owned)
This is a dicey situation here, as many would consider Reece a must add, but with Jennings going through the NFL concussion protocol, and DMC looking to return from his latest injury… Reece is far from guaranteed another start. If you are officially desperate at RB, make the move when waivers open, but be aware there is a healthy chance that Reece will resume his FB role in week 15 against KC.
Da’Rick Rogers – Indianapolis Colts – WR (1% owned)
Well, this one came out of nowhere. Rogers didn’t have a single reception ALL YEAR, and then week 14 rolls around and he goes off for 6/107/2 against the Bengals and suddenly he is a fantasy darling?? Not in my book! The Colts were playing from way behind, and decided to bench DHB in favor of Rogers and LaVon Brazill which led to more looks for both as Andrew Luck was forced to air it out. With a juicy matchup against the Texans on deck in week 15, some owners may be tempted to take a chance on either Rogers or Brazill, but the fact remains they are both still developing and neither is guaranteed to see consistent targets from Luck going forward.