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2011 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

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James Jones GB | WR

Jones is going to see some extra targets with Jennings out for the rest of the regular season, and this could put Jones back on the fantasy map. He has been extremely inconsistent this year, but with his big play potential he is always just one play away from a big week. He is still a risky play from week to week, but with Jennings out I think he is worth the gamble. (about 55% owned)

Felix Jones DAL | RB

With Murray done for the year Jones has been thrown back into the starting lineup. When healthy Jones does still have the potential to put up solid numbers, and he looked great week 14. The Cowboys play the Bucs next week who give up 140 yards on the ground each game. Jones will get a lot of touches and he should have a solid game. (about 60% owned)

Demaryius Thomas DEN | WR

Thomas is quickly becoming the favorite target of Tim Tebow, and he could have a 3rd straight solid game week 15. It’s going to be hard to put full confidence in the Denver passing game, but the matchup couldn’t be better. New England is by far the worst against the pass in the league, and Tebow should be throwing to Thomas early and often in that game. (about 5% owned)

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Jake Locker TEN | QB

Locker might get his first NFL start next week against the Colts, and he could put up decent numbers. The Colts give up a ton of points and yards on defense, and the Titans should have some success. If you are in a 2 QB league or a really deep league, you should consider Locker as a pickup and play. (about 5% owned)

Donald Driver GB | WR

With Jennings out, there are going to be a lot of receiving yards to go around for the other Packer receivers. I think this will open the door for Driver to have value in PPR leagues, and he could be a decent play if you are desperate week 15. I expect Driver to get pulled early if they get a big lead, but he should be a safe bet for about 4+ catches. (about 15% owned)

Steve Breaston KC | WR

Breaston has been solid lately, and he has two great matchups to end the fantasy season. Breaston has 4 or more catches in each of his last 6 games, and the Chiefs should be passing a ton week 15 against the Packers. I doubt the Chiefs will be able to put up many points, but Breaston is a safe bet for over 10 points in PPR leagues. (about 40% owned)

Toby Gerhart MIN | RB

All signs are pointing to Peterson being back week 15, but it is far from a guarantee. Gerhart has put together two solid games in a row, and with Gerhart playing well that’s just one more reason why the Vikes don’t need to rush back Peterson. If Gerhart does get the start then he could be in line for another solid game. The Vikings play the Saints who give up a decent amount of yards, and I would expect Gerhart to get involved in the passing game as well. (about 50% owned)

Kahlil Bell CHI | RB

Bell got a decent amount of touches against the Broncos, and with Barber all but costing the Bears the game he could get even more against the Seahawks. It’s not the best matchup against Seattle, but if you are desperate in a PPR league Bell could be a decent play. He caught 5 passes last week and ended the game with 14 total touches. (about 5% owned)

Ryan Grant GB | RB

With only 11 touches Grant had his best game of the year week 14 against the Raiders. If Starks is forced to miss another game then look for Grant to continue to have decent value. The only problem with Grant is the Packers are going to pull him once they get a big lead against the Chiefs. (about 45% owned)

Colin McCarthy TEN | LB

The Titans rookie linebacker has played amazing over the last 4 weeks, and at this point he should be owned in all IDP leagues. McCarthy has been filling in for the injured Barrett Ruud, and it looks like the Titans are ready to hand over the middle linebacker job to their impressive rookie. (about 15% owned)

Tennessee TEN | DEF

The Colts continue to be a mess on offense, and the Titans should be able to get some fantasy points against one of the worst offenses in the league. The Colts have scored 10 or less points in 5 of their last 7 games, and they should have a tough time again week 15. Over the last 4 weeks the Titans are a top 12 fantasy D, and I think they could be a top 5 fantasy D this week against the Colts. (about 30% owned)

Seattle SEA | DEF

The Bears don’t have too many weapons left on offense, and they should have a hard time against the Seahawks. The Seahawks are a top 3 fantasy D over the last 4 weeks, but they are still only owned in about half of all leagues. Seattle doesn’t get a ton of sacks, but they do force a decent amount of turnovers. (about 45% owned)

Atlanta ATL | DEF

The Jaguars had a great week 14, but they should have a much harder time against the Falcons. The Falcons have a great run D, but their pass D could be better. Since the Jags don’t have much of a passing game I think they could just stack the box and make sure they stuff MJD. (about 35% owned)

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John Kuhn GB | RB

If the Packers decide to rest Starks one more game then I think that makes Kuhn an interesting guy in deeper leagues. The Chiefs don’t stand a chance against the Packers, so look for Grant to exit that game in the second half. This should give Kuhn a decent amount of touches in the second half, and there is still always the chance of Kuhn finding the endzone. (about 5% owned)


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