Waiver Wire Pickups Week 15: 2012 Fantasy Football Lineup Advice
While Nick Foles had a big game against the Buccaneers, I won’t officially recommend a quarterback off of the waiver wire this week. Foles would likely be the top option to pick up at his position, but I’m sure that most of you who are in the playoffs already have a respectable option at quarterback.
RB: David Wilson
The Giants rookie finally received his opportunity to show what he can do, and he blew up against a poor Saints run defense. With Ahmad Bradshaw suffering another injury (knee) against New Orleans, we consider it likely that Wilson will work in a committee with Bradshaw going forward.
Look to Wilson as a high upside flex play to low-end RB2, even if Bradshaw suits up over the final two weeks of the fantasy football season.
RB: Alex Green
The Packers will likely use DeJuan Harris, Ryan Grant and John Kuhn in a committee with Green, but the second-year tailback played well enough to be the feature back last week. Green continued to run tough and did a good job of gaining yards after contract.
For the second week in a row, Green did a much better job in his decision-making process, as he wasn’t hesitant when hitting the hole and used his power to push piles forward. While Harris picked up a 14-yard touchdown last week, Green should see most of the red-zone work going forward as the bigger, more physical running back.
RB: Joique Bell
While Mikel Leshoure figures to remain as the starter in the Lions backfield, it’s probably in name only. Bell is capable of working in the red zone and is the favored option of the two running backs in passing situations. Factor in that all of the Lions' 20-yard-plus runs have come from Bell this year, and it’s easy to see why his role expanded against the Packers last week.
Playing against a Cardinals run defense that has struggled for most of the second half of the season, Bell has a terrific opportunity to deliver RB2 numbers this week.
A long touchdown reception gave Williams a big day against the Falcons last week. More importantly, Williams has been the main option in the running game over the past two weeks with Jonathan Stewart out. Last week, he carried the football 17 times, and if he continues to work like this in the offense, he could be a nice sleeper option for us down the stretch.
While he should have a tough go of it this week in San Diego, Williams has a terrific matchup next week when the Panthers play the Raiders.
RB: Montell Owens
Owens was the feature back for the Jaguars last week, but he only carried the football 14 times. A big touchdown run on a 3rd-and-long play made Owens' day against the Jets, as he ran for close to 100 yards and the score. Unfortunately, Owens plays the Dolphins and Patriots over the next two weeks.
WR: Brandon Lloyd
I had big expectations for Lloyd this summer, and the veteran has struggled for most of the season. Last week, he dominated against a banged-up Johnathan Joseph and finally played up to his offseason expectations. If you’re in need of help at the receiver position, you might find Lloyd on your waiver wire, as many fantasy owners gave up on him weeks ago.
WR: Jason Avant
Last week, I told fantasy owners to keep an eye on Jason Avant and Riley Cooper as options who could break out down the stretch, especially with DeSean Jackson out for the year. Avant had another solid performance against the Buccaneers and now has 212 yards over the past two weeks.
The Eagles should continue to throw the football and have a terrific matchup in Week 16, as they face the Redskins secondary. I have a feeling that the Eagles' matchup against the Redskins this time around will be much different than the blowout loss that they suffered a few weeks back.
WR: Brandon Gibson
It’s hard to trust Rams receivers, as it seems that a new option has a big day each week. Two weeks ago, Chris Givens was a big part of the Rams passing attack, and last week, it was Brandon Gibson. Now, it appears that Danny Amendola has a chance to play, which would take targets away from both Givens and Gibson.
The Rams should have opportunities against the Vikings secondary, so if you need help, Gibson is at least worth throwing in the lineup.
TE: Tony Scheffler
With Nate Burelson and Ryan Broyles done for the year with injuries and Titus Young basically kicked off of the team for his problems, the Lions have turned to Tony Scheffler as the slot option in the passing game.
Last week, Scheffler was targeted 10 times and had a touchdown reception against the Packers. This week, he faces off against a Cardinals team that gave up a 100-yard performance to Anthony McCoy and a 24-yard touchdown to Zach Miller in Seattle last week. Not a bad play this week.
D: Dolphins Defense
The Dolphins should have plenty of opportunities for big plays against the Jaguars if Cecil Shorts is out again because of a concussion. Expect the Dolphins to win and to control the game on the ground.
D: Lions Defense
The Lions' front line should have a field day against Arizona’s offensive line. Expect big things from Detroit’s defense this week.
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