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Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 5 Players Available on the Waiver Wire

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystDecember 12, 2011

Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 5 Players Available on the Waiver Wire

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    The fantasy playoffs have arrived, so as many teams and fantasy owners across the land pack it in for the year, those owners who led their teams to playoff berths must now buckle down more than ever if they're to take the next step from playoff team to league champion.

    This late in the season fantasy waiver wires are generally pretty threadbare, but there are still a few gems out there to be had, so here's a look at a handful of players who might be worth a look from playoff squads looking to bolster their rosters for one last push.

1. Rex Grossman: QB, Washington Redskins

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    2011 Stats: 202 of 348, 2,426 Yards, 12 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 1 rushing touchdown

    The ninth-year veteran has played fairly well since being re-inserted as the starting quarterback in the nation's capital, and with a matchup on tap with a New York Giants team that Grossman threw for 305 yards against in Week 1, Grossman is worth a gamble from teams desperate for quarterback help or those in two QB fantasy leagues.

2. Felix Jones: RB, Dallas Cowboys

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    2011 Stats: 90 carries, 413 yards, 1 touchdown, 23 receptions, 151 yards

    After getting hurt and losing the starting job at tailback to rookie DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys was likely cut loose in many fantasy football leagues, but with Murray now lost for the season, Jones is back in the saddle and should be scooped back up just as quickly.

3. Donald Driver: WR, Green Bay Packers

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    2011 Stats: 31 receptions, 357 yards, 4 touchdowns

    The 13-year veteran had been a forgotten man in the Green Bay offense until the past two games, where Driver made eight catches for 109 yards and two scores, and with top wideout Greg Jennings now shelved with a knee injury, Driver should be in line for quite a few more targets over the next few games.

4. Demaryius Thomas: WR, Denver Broncos

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    2011 Stats: 18 receptions, 325 yards, 4 touchdowns

    Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos has exploded over his past two games, hauling in 11 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns, and Tim Tebow's new favorite target in the Denver passing game has a very favorable matchup with the atrocious New England pass defense this week.

5. Dennis Pitta: TE, Baltimore Ravens

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    2011 Stats: 31 receptions, 318 yards, 2 touchdowns

    Tight end Dennis Pitta of the Baltimore Ravens hasn't been a huge part of the offense this season, but with scores in two of the past three games, Pitta has made the most of the targets he's received, making him worth a look from fantasy teams in desperate need of TE help.

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