Waiver Wire Watch: Week 15
By John Paulsen, Contributing Editor
Still reading? Good, that probably means you're still alive in the playoffs, or maybe your playoffs start this week. Either way, you're still playing fantasy football, and that's a good thing.
Week 14 had its fair share of injuries. Greg Jennings may have a torn MCL, Jimmy Graham will have an MRI on his back, and DeMarco Murray will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Jeremy Maclin (hamstring), Deion Branch (groin), Matt Hasselbeck (calf) and Steve Johnson (hand) also suffered/re-aggravated various injuries on Sunday.
Note: For more options, see our classic ReDrafter Cheat Sheet each Tuesday. It's perfect for evaluating free agents and thinking over proposed trades as it offers you our rest of season rankings.
Let's take a look at the top waiver wire pickups for Week 15:
Dalton has made it through the tough part of his schedule relatively unscathed -- averaging 227 yards and 1.2 TDs against the Ravens, Browns, Texans and Steelers (x2) -- and now he has the Rams and the Cardinals to close the fantasy season.
Locker may be the most available QB on this list given his status as a backup for Matt Hasselbeck. Pending the results of Hasselbeck's MRI, Locker is likely to get the start against the Colts in Week 15. Considering he threw for 282 yards and a TD (and rushed for another TD) against the Saints, he should be a solid start against a hapless Indianapolis secondary.
Grossman threw for 252 yards and two TDs against the Patriots, and nearly threw for another TD that was wiped away by Santana Moss's offensive pass interference. This week he has the Giants, who are on the bad side of mediocre against opposing QBs.
Even without Andre Johnson, Yates threw for 300 yards and two TDs against the Bengals and also rushed five times for 36 yards. Given his upcoming schedule (CAR, IND), he should be a serviceable spot start over the next two weeks.
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