Fantasy Football's Week 15 Waiver Wire

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IDecember 13, 2010

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Last week saw WR Blair White contributing off the waiver wire with five receptions for 52 yards against the Tennessee Titans. With the Fantasy Playoffs underway, it is essential to have the right players on your team. 

Whether it is to pick up a player and stash him away or simply to keep from other owners, it is always important to review the waiver wire before setting your lineup.


Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

Smith returned as the starter and had his best performance of the year.  He threw for 255 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

In Week 15, the San Francisco 49ers face a tough San Diego Chargers defense. However, in the last two games of the season, the Niners will face the Rams and Cardinals. The Rams rank 19th and Cardinals rank 24th against the pass.

Owned in seven percent of ESPN leagues and 19 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, fantasy owners need to take notice of his matchups, which makes him an advisable start for the last two games of the season.


Running Backs:

Rashard Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars

After only being used very seldom in the first half of the season, Jennings is starting to play very well when given an extended opportunity. He had his best game this year in Week 14, as he rushed five times for 109 yards with a touchdown. His touchdown came on an impressive 74-yard run and he has scored in three straight games.

Next week, the Jaguars will play against a weak Indianapolis Colts defense. Coming into play in Week 14, the Colts are 28th against the run and have allowed opposing running backs 4.8 yards per carry.

Owned in 13 percent of ESPN leagues and seven percent CBS Sportsline leagues, with the Colts inability to stop the run, look for Jennings to get more touches.


Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers

With a dominating performance on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers are only a game away from first place and Dixon is leading the way. He had a team-high 14 carries for 60 yards with one reception for eight yards.

Even though RB Brian Westbrook outperformed him with six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown, he only had 31 yards on 14 carries. Dixon is getting the better production on the ground and is clearly the man near the goal line.

Owned in nine percent of ESPN leagues and 45 percent CBS Sportsline leagues, Fantasy Owners looking for some help should consider Dixon a No. 3 running back for the remainder of the year.


Wide Receivers:

Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs' first round pick this past year has been over shadowed by the play of fellow rookie WR Mike Williams, yet it was Benn who finally outplayed Williams in Week 14; he had his best day as a pro with four receptions for 122 yards.

Next week, the Buccaneers will play against the Detroit Lions. Coming into play in Week 14, the Lions rank 16th against the pass and have allowed 21 passing touchdowns.

Owned in less than one percent of ESPN leagues and three percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, Benn is a valuable flex-option in deeper leagues for Week 15.


Tight Ends:

Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers

The only bright spot on Sunday for the Packers was the play of the rookie, who had his best game of the season with five receptions for 62 yards.

The Packers will travel to New England to take on the Patriots. Coming into play in Week 14, the Patriots ranked 31st against the pass and had allowed 21 passing touchdowns. Starting in place for TE Donald Lee, Quarless should be targeted highly in Week 15.

Owned in less than one percent of ESPN leagues and three percent CBS Sportsline leagues, Quarless should get plenty of opportunities to produce in Week 15.


Defense/Special Teams:

Cleveland Browns

The Browns did well against the Buffalo Bills in Week 14 with two sacks and two forced fumbles. The Browns held QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to 142 passing yards and one touchdown.

The Browns will play against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. Coming into play in Week 14, the Bengals have allowed 25 sacks and QB Carson Palmer has struggled all year long. Over his last five games, he has thrown 10 interceptions.

Look for the Bengals and Palmer to struggle against an improved Cleveland Browns defense.