Week 15 Waiver Wire: David Wilson and Top Playoff Pickups
It's Week 15 of the 2012 NFL season, and if you're still reading fantasy football articles that means one of two things.
Either you've made the playoffs, or you're a masochist.
Congratulations, or um...congratulations?
In any event if your fantasy team is still alive and kicking then it's important that rather than rest on your laurels you keep trying to get better, so whether you're just adding depth or scrambling to plug a hole left by an injury here's a look at the top fantasy waiver-wire pickups for Week 15.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns
Without question the most significant injury in fantasy football last week happened in the nation's capital, where Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin suffered a sprained knee that leaves his Week 15 availability in doubt.
That injury has left many of Griffin's fantasy owners in desperate need of a replacement, and for this week at least that replacement may lie with the Redskins' opponent.
Granted, rookie Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns didn't throw a touchdown pass in last week's blowout win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but this week Weeden and the Browns face a Redskins defense surrendering the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
The New York Giants took it to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and during that 52-27 victory Big Blue got a glimpse of their future at the running back position.
Rookie David Wilson, who the Giants selected with the final pick of the first round of last April's NFL draft, had by far his best game as a pro, setting a franchise record for total yards while adding 100 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on 13 carries.
With starter Ahmad Bradshaw now nursing a knee injury on top of his troublesome foot, Wilson could be set for a larger role on offense moving forward, making the youngster a high priority for fantasy owners hurting in the backfield.
Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Not a lot has gone right for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2012 season, and that most definitely extends to the running back position, where the team started its fourth different tailback of the year in last week's loss to the New York Jets.
That player, converted fullback Montell Owens, had a decent game, picking up 91 yards and scoring a touchdown on 14 carries while chipping in 11 yards on one reception.
Granted, with a poor matchup on tap against a stingy Miami Dolphins run defense, Owens doen't exactly ooze fantasy upside, but in deeper leagues the seventh-year veteran is a viable low-end RB2 or flex play.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
After a disappointing season that has seen Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt score only three touchdowns and top five receptions only twice, many fantasy owners likely cut the fourth-year pro loose, but if last week's performance was any indication it's time to pick Britt up again.
Two of Britt's three touchdowns have come in the last three games and Britt set season highs in both receptions and yardage in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, so fantasy owners with a hole at wide receiver caused by Dez Bryant's injury may want to cast their eyes towards the Music City.
Dwayne Harris, WR, Dallas Cowboys
So, about that Dez Bryant injury.
After emerging as one of the best young wide receivers in the NFL this year it appears that Dez Bryant's 2012 season may be over, as the third-year pro suffered a finger injury in Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that may require season-ending surgery.
Nice Eatman of the team's website reports via USA Today that head coach Jason Garrett said that it's "50-50" right now whether Bryant will play again this year pending the results of Bryant's visit to a hand specialist.
Should Bryant be shut down for the year that would mean a huge increase in targets for second-year pro Dwayne Harris, vaulting him to near the head of the class among available fantasy wideouts this week.