Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 15 Waiver Wire Emergency Starts

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2010

Owned in just 8 percent of Yahoo leagues, Javarris James should get the start once again for the Colts and will find the end zone at least one in a key divisional battle against a Jaguars defense that has been spotty against the run.
Owned in just 8 percent of Yahoo leagues, Javarris James should get the start once again for the Colts and will find the end zone at least one in a key divisional battle against a Jaguars defense that has been spotty against the run.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, fantasy football advice is in the ear of the owner. Ask enough people who you should start or sit any given week, and you’re bound to receive a whole slew of different responses.

Fantasy football has gone mainstream, from its own Sirius radio channel to countless websites, magazines, blogs and television segments. Every “expert” has his own opinion, which is good for variety, but not necessarily a welcome thing when sweating over a challenging fantasy playoff sit-start issue.

Factor in injuries, weather conditions and a number of other controllable variables, and you could be reaching for the Alka-Seltzer well before that first bite of grandma’s fruit cake hits your stomach lining.

Struggling with some unforeseen issues and need an emergency start for Week 15? Here are a few that should produce very solid values.



Josh Freeman vs. DET— Still available in 35 percent of Yahoo leagues, Freeman has quietly produced consistent fantasy numbers this season. He doesn’t make a lot of costly mistakes and his weapons are maturing into solid options, especially with Arrelious Benn emerging alongside Mike Williams. Add in a sweet matchup with the Lions, and Freeman should have a merry Week 15.

Jon Kitna vs. WAS— Kitna hasn’t been a bad fantasy option in Tony Romo’s place and has at least one more week to enjoy the spotlight before Romo returns. This week, he draws a Redskins squad that has all but given up on 2010, has a poor pass defense and should be easily scorched through the air. He’s available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment.

Kerry Collins vs. HOU— The Texans have proven time and time again that they are the league’s most savory matchup when it comes to fantasy production for quarterbacks and receivers. This week, Collins gets a chance to shred the Houston secondary, and with the successful return of Kenny Britt, that should be easier than ever. Collins is owned in just 10 percent of Yahoo leagues.



Pierre Thomas vs. BAL— A backfield that could cause some serious heartburn for fantasy owners got a lot more palatable with news that Chris Ivory has been all but ruled out for Week 15. Thomas should get the bulk of the carries and with his pass-catching skills, makes a sneaky-good PPR start. Plus, the Ravens have been surprisingly generous to opposing running backs in 2010.

Mike Goodson vs. ARI— Jonathan Stewart is the real sweet start here, but chances are he’s locked up on someone else’s team in your league. If that is the case and you’re struggling at RB, Goodson could still provide a nice boost, especially in PPR formats. He has morphed into a goal-line option and has produced well in tandem with Stewart the past couple weeks. The matchup with Arizona should provide plenty of RB points this week.

Javarris James vs. JAX— Owned in just eight percent of Yahoo leagues, James will again have fantasy viability thanks to limited availability, again, of Joseph Addai and Mike Hart. At the moment, Donald Brown is James’ only competition, and Brown has played himself into the coaching staff’s dog house. Against Jacksonville in a key divisional game, expect James to find the end zone at least once and provide some sneaky-good stats.



Kenny Britt vs. HOU— Only here because he’s ridiculously still unowned in nearly 40 percent of Yahoo leagues, Britt has come back with a vengeance. He will benefit from a pocket-passing Kerry Collins at the helm and light up a very generous Texans secondary.

Mike Thomas vs. IND— One week of disappearing from the fantasy radar doesn’t erase that Thomas has been the most consistent and productive receiver in Jacksonville this season. This week, the Jags play a key divisional game in what should be a high scoring affair. The only red flag worth noting is the health of QB David Garrard. If Garrard does miss the game, keep Thomas on your bench.

Joe Webb vs. CHI— Yes, Webb is the starting QB for Minnesota on Monday night. However, he has WR eligibility in a number of hosts (including Yahoo) which makes him an intriguing start at receiver, even against a stingy Bears defense in what should be a cold, blustery atmosphere. Even a mediocre QB game typically translates into a decent fantasy WR outing.



Owen Daniels vs. TEN— Time to stop sleeping on Daniels, who finally broke out last week after a long season of recovery. Schaub will be passing often in this game and Daniels should again have a solid outing and is owned in just 44 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment.

Kevin Boss vs. PHI— Boss has emerged as a decent fantasy option the past several weeks with the Giants receivers in flux. This week, Hakeem Nicks is back in action, but Steve Smith has been lost for the season (and possibly beyond), meaning Boss will have an expanded role once again. This time against an Eagles squad that struggles at time vs. tight ends in what should be a shootout game.

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