NFL Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire: Pick Them Up

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IDecember 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 29:  Quinton Ganther #35 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball as Jeremiah Trotter #54 of the Philadelphia Eagles chases during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 29, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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For those lucky few who are still alive in their fantasy football leagues, or in a lower bracket or consolation final and still willing to reek havoc, then you no doubt have at least a pretty decent squad.

Of course, we're always looking for the edge, and one way to get it is to scour your leagues' free agency list for players who've slipped through the cracks for whatever reason.

Below is a list of guys that should be available in your league and able to help out your team next week. Continue on with the Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire—Pick Them Up . By the way, if you're looking for a running back, you're going to want to read this.

Note: If you're debating about who to drop to pick these guys up, you should be checking out the Bruno Boys' article, Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire—Cut Them Loose , and see if anyone on your roster is a Bruno Boys' recommendation to drop. And, remember you can always visit our FORUMS to have your questions answered about waiver wire candidates, players to drop, or anything at all related to fantasy football.


Chris Redman (Atlanta Falcons)

With the playoff chances for the Atlanta Falcons dwindling, and the injury to quarterback Matt Ryan only slowly getting better, it appears the team is in no rush to get their starter back.

Last week Chris Redman got the start again and played well in a loss to the New Orleans Saints. Not only did he throw for 303 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but he had the Falcons in position to win the game before running back Jason Snelling was stopped short on a 4th-and-2.

To see Redman play well against the Saints only boosts our confidence in him. Should Ryan remain out with his injury, then Redman would make for a good play for those teams searching for a quarterback in a league that plays into Week 17.

The Falcons travel to Tampa to finish the season against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has allowed 24 passing touchdowns over the season's first 13 games.


Quinton Ganther (Washington Redskins)

The Washington Redskins decided to start Quinton Ganther this week and he made good on his time as he rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and caught three passes for 43 yards in a win over the Oakland Raiders.

Meanwhile, Rock Cartwright , who had assumed starting duties at running back with Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts both on injured reserve, got just one carry last week. Expect Ganther to continue on with around 15-20 touches per game, but be advised that he doesn't have any favorable matchups.

The Redskins will play divisional games against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys before closing the season with a game against the San Diego Chargers. Still, Ganther is a healthy body who receives the goal-line carries, and with the Redskins being competitive over the last six games, he could be used as a Flex play.

Chris Jennings (Cleveland Browns)

Feeling lucky? Then how about giving a Cleveland Brown a try? Running back Chris Jennings was originally scheduled to split time last week with Jerome Harrison against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it didn't end up that way.

Jennings had 20 carries to Harrison's seven. Oh yeah, Jennings also had 73 yards and a touchdown to nine and nothing for Harrison. At this point, the Browns will go with whatever works, and right now that is Jennings.

Keep in mind, he's in the weak Browns' offense, so tread lightly should you choose to pick him up. At the very least he is an attractive option in deeper leagues, but in all reality he isn't the player that’s going to propel your fantasy football squad to the Promised Land...

Arian Foster (Houston Texans)

The Houston Texans have been searching for a way to run the ball, and that includes getting guys like Arian Foster and Ryan Moats involved...Steve Slaton is out for the year, Chris Brown has been largely ineffective, and Moats was having a solid game last week until he fumbled, upon which he didn't see another touch on the ball.

In the meantime, Foster rushed 13 times for 34 yards and caught four passes for 54 yards. Moats will probably get a second chance to resume his role in the offense, but expect 15-20 touches from Foster this week against the St. Louis Rams , which is a very favorable matchup.

When considering Foster, make sure it's in the deepest of leagues, because an unknown role in a pass first offense isn't an ideal situation, though Foster played well in Week 14.

Ryan Moats (Houston Texans)

We've already touched on this situation a bit, but let's clarify it for you. Before Moats fumbled last week he had 43 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, which made for a better average per carry total than Foster.

It is alarming that he didn't touch the ball again after the fumble, but the Texans don’t exactly have a lot of choices at the running back position at this point. Expect Moats to get a second chance with a short leash, though Foster will likely see an expanded role in the offense this week. For that reason, like Foster, Moats should only be considered in deeper leagues.

Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs)

As good as Jamaal Charles has been, it amazes us that he is still available in over 20 percent of both Yahoo! and ESPN standard leagues. Without Larry Johnson around the Kansas City Chiefs, Charles has been free to run and not only has he done well, he's actually beginning to emerge as one the better running backs in the league, at least from a fantasy football perspective.

For starters, he is consistent. He's scored a touchdown in each of his last three games and four of his last five. He’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and also a threat in the passing game, hauling in 34 receptions on the season.

There's no reason why this guy shouldn't be on your fantasy football team unless you're stocked at the running back position, and even then you should probably find a way to roster him...

Jason Snelling (Atlanta Falcons)

Similar to the Ryan-Redman situation, the chance of Michael Turner returning from injury to play drops considerably as the Falcons' playoffs chances continue to die. Turner, who's been out with an ankle injury, was listed as questionable this week and was a game-time decision. But considering Turner didn't practice the Thursday before the game, the decision not to play him was likely made well before game time.

In Turner's absence, Jason Snelling rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and caught four passes for 65 yards. Snelling is not going to rush for a ton of yards or have a high average yards per carry, but he is good near the goal line and the Falcons do like to target him in the red zone. If Turner continues to miss time and the Falcons continue to use Snelling in a similar role, it makes him a good Flex play in normal leagues or a solid start in deeper leagues.


Devin Aromashodu (Chicago Bears)

Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester did not play last week in a loss to the Green Bay Packers because of a calf injury, and in his place stepped Devin Aromashodu .

Aromashodu had caught just two passes all season going into the game, but he stepped up with eight receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Considering how inconsistent the rest of the receiving corps has been, we would expect Aromashodu to once again be involved in the offense next week if Hester does not return. Should Hester play next week, Aromashodu will likely take his seat back on the bench, so monitor the situation closely.

Greg Camarillo (Miami Dolphins)

Many people expected Miami Dolphins receiver Greg Camarillo to step up this season with an expanded role in the offense, but the injury to quarterback Chad Pennington , as well as the team's emphasis on the running game, pretty much negated that.

However, in recent weeks the Dolphins have trusted Henne more and more with the ball in his hands, and that's been a boon to Camarillo’s fantasy football value. Last week in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars , Camarillo had his best game of the season as he caught seven passes for 110 yards.

The Dolphins' passing game hasn't been the most consistent in the league, so for now consider Camarillo at best a third-receiver option or a guy to look at in deeper leagues.


Garrett Hartley (New Orleans Saints)

New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley began the season on a four-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance, and though he was eligible to play in week five, he didn’t resume his regular kicking duties until week 13 when the Saints won in overtime over the Washington Redskins.

In the past two weeks, Hartley's hit five extra points as well as connected on six-of-seven field goal attempts. What makes Hartley a good option in any league is that he’s playing behind the Saints offense, where the only danger is kicking too many extra points.





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