Waivering: Week 15

2017-12-05 11:00:46
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Davis is starting for Seattle

This is the last week of the regular season in most leagues. Needless to say, it is a crucial week for many, many teams. And the waiver wire could be a busy place for some teams, looking for streaming options at some position that might be underperforming right now. If you need to grab a defense for a week or even a kicker with a better matchup, go for it. In some cases, if you lose, your season is over. You have to make all the moves necessary to get over the top. So go for it if you need to make that move in Week 15. Good luck.

QUARTERBACKS

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers. Garoppolo didn't score a touchdown in his starting debut with the 49ers, but played very well. He led his team to a last-minute victory on the road. He was 26-of-37 for 293 yards with an interception. He showed his big potential in the game. Garoppolo is a great streaming option for Week 15, playing a Texans team that has struggled to stop the pass all season.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars. Bortles had his second 300-yard game of the season last week, throwing for 309 yards and two scores. He has 240-plus passing yards five of his last seven games. He is gaining steam in the Jaguars offense and worth some looks for fantasy teams because of his play lately.

RUNNING BACKS

Peyton Barber, Bucs. Barber excelled as the starter for the Bucs last week, rushing for 102 yards. He also caught four passes for 41 yards, giving him 143 total yards. The Bucs have little to play for the rest of the season, so don't be surprised if Barber gets more chances to start even if Doug Martin is cleared to play going forward.

Jamaal Williams, Packers. Williams isn't available in many leagues but about 12 percent on our site. If you are in one of those few leagues, go grab him. Williams had a 100-yard game last week and touchdowns two straight. He is quickly emerging as the go-to back in this offense.

Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals. Williams started because of an injury to Adrian Peterson last week and did well with his start. He ran 16 times for 97 yards. We aren't sure if Peterson is able to return this week, which could give Williams another start. If that happens, Williams will be worth using for some fantasy teams.

Tion Green, Lions. Raise your hand if you knew who Tion Green was before last week? Yeah, me neither and I do this for a living, so don't feel bad. Green played his first game of the season and his career last week, rushing 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. He made the most of his work and could be getting more chances going forward, especially with Ameer Abdullah banged up.

Mike Davis, Seahawks. Davis returned to the lineup last week for the Seahawks and dominated the work at running back for the team. He was the clear starter and lead back, finishing with 16 carries for 64 yards. Three other backs had just one carry a piece for Seattle. Davis might not produce huge numbers in an offense that centers around Russell Wilson, but he could get some yards and a few score as a starter for the Seahawks.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Jermaine Kearse, Jets. Kearse has two straight 100-yard games. He had season highs last week, catching nine passes for 157 yards. He is getting plenty of work in the Jets pass-first offense. He has some value down the stretch and is available in 32 percent of leagues.

Marquise Goodwin, 49ers. Goodwin just missed out not eh 100-yard mark last week, catching eight passes for 99 yards. His eight receptions were a season high, though. He has 12 receptions his last two games and at least 68 yards five of six games. Goodwin remains available in 49 percent of leagues.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Raiders. Patterson was the No. 1 receiver for the Raiders last week because of injury and suspension. He produced for the Raiders, catching four passes for 97 yards. He has 11 receptions his last three games, getting more involved in the offense. He has a good chance to start the next few games because of injury, which gives him legit fantasy value.

Josh Gordon, Browns. Gordon looked just fine in his first game in a few years. He caught four passes for 85 yards and was targeted a team high 11 times. Gordon looks to be a huge part of this passing game the rest of the way. He was scooped up in many leagues last week, but remains out there in about 18 percent. Go grab him if you are in one of those leagues.

Dede Westbrook, Jaguars. Westbrook just keeps getting better every week. He caught six passes for 78 yards last week. His yardage number have increased each of his first three games as a pro. He is gaining confidence in the offense and becoming a big-time target for the Jaguars. Westbrook remains available in about 58 percent of leagues.

TIGHT ENDS

Hunter Henry, Chargers. It took some time but Henry is finally living up to his preseason hype. He had seven receptions for 81 yards last week and 12 receptions for 157 yards his last two. Henry is available in 15 percent of leagues.

David Njoku, Browns. Njoku had four receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown last week. He has four receptions each of his last two games. He is a big-play threat at tight end and getting more chances on a weekly basis, giving him some fantasy value for the rest of the season.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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