Week 15 Waiver Wire: Difference-Makers to Grab for Crucial Playoff Games

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 09:  T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It is crunch time for fantasy football owners around the world. The playoffs are in full swing, and most leagues are playing their conference championships this weekend for the right to play for whatever it is they have at stake (pride, money, trophies, etc.)

In between your constant need to change the roster several hundred times and examining your opponent's roster, the waiver wire is still your best friend and best chance to put yourself over the top this weekend. 

As we inch closer to Week 15 of the NFL season, here are the waiver-wire players you need to grab to ensure you are playing for a championship next week. 

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Owned in 56.1 percent of ESPN leagues

Hilton's rookie season has been filled with incredible highs and the lowest of lows, as well as everything in between, but now is a good time to take advantage of a budding relationship between him and Andrew Luck. 

It also helps that the Colts will take on a Texans defense that suddenly looks a lot more vulnerable than anyone would have imagined when the season started. They have given up at least 31 points in three of the last four games. 

The Colts rank eighth in the NFL in pass yards per game, so they are catching the Texans at exactly the right time. Reggie Wayne might be Luck's favorite target, but Hilton is a budding star and will continue to prove it as the season winds down. 

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

Owned in 59.6 percent of ESPN leagues

Moreno has been an afterthought in fantasy football since the end of his rookie season. Injuries and inconsistent play have made him too much of a risk for owners to invest a roster spot and playing time in. 

When Willis McGahee went down with a knee injury, a door suddenly opened for Moreno and he has taken advantage of it. In three games as the primary running back for the Broncos, he has 273 yards and one touchdown. 

This weekend, Moreno has the good fortune to go up against a Baltimore defense that ranks 25th in rushing yards allowed and has given up 12 rushing touchdowns. The Broncos are playing as well as anyone in the NFL, the running game is starting to click and Moreno is showing no signs of slowing down. 

Finding an impact running back at this point in the fantasy season is incredibly rare, so grab Moreno while you still can. 

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Owned in 3.9 percent of ESPN leagues

Lost in the shuffle of all the Eagles' problems has been the progression of rookie quarterback Nick Foles, since taking over as the starting quarterback. He was dreadful in his first start against Washington, but it has been all uphill since then. 

In his last three games, Foles has gone 70-for-106 with 751 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. That last part is the most important, because we all know how prone rookie quarterbacks are to making mistakes. 

The Eagles will take on the Bengals this week. Cincinnati owns the 10th-ranked pass defense in the NFL, allowing 222.5 yards per game. However, it is also allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete passes at almost a 64-percent rate. 

As long as Foles can avoid that one big mistake, which he has the last three weeks, he could put up huge numbers against a defense that is better at keeping everything in front of them than actually stopping the passing game.