Stoppage Time Sports’ Week 15 Waiver Wire Wonders

Dec 11, 2012


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By: Jordan Hall, Stoppage Time Sports, @jordan_hall23
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Congratulations to you if you are still reading this. Either you have successfully navigated the first round of your playoffs, or you are such a diehard that you read up on fantasy even though you are out of it. Either case deserves a tip of the cap.
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Unfortunately, on a personal note, week 14 claimed two of my three playoff teams. A valiant comeback effort from Arian Foster and Aaron Hernandez failed last night. Still, I will rise from the ashes and carry on to claim the one remaining title available.
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At this point in the season, waiver wire strategy is very interesting. As I wrote about yesterday (click link to see article), I highly advise playing the horses that got you here, if you are still in the playoffs. I would rather go down with my studs than T.Y. Hilton and Chris Givens any day.
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In light of this, my waiver wire focus at this point is on guys that can either help you with a big game against a good matchup this week, or that I think have break out potential in weeks 16 and 17. Also, I have thrown in a couple replacements for Robert Griffin III should he be out.
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Click here for my take on a possible surprising top-20 fantasy running back.
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I doubt that anybody in your league dropped Brandon Lloyd, but if they did, I suggest you put in a claim on him. The guy looked good on Monday night. His woeful season has been a mystery; all of the pieces are there for success, yet he has posted very poor numbers. Monday night went a long way to reassuring me that he is back.
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What impressed me the most, was that Lloyd caught 7 of the 9 passes thrown his way. It’s about time. Targets were never an issue for Lloyd, catching them was. So a big game, going for 89 yards and a touchdown, and a week 16 matchup against the Jaguars, make me think he could be a viable option down the stretch.
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If you need to replace Robert Griffin III, the three obvious names that I would throw out are Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, and Josh Freeman. They are facing the Eagles, Chiefs, and Saints respectively. All three of those defenses are in the top five in fantasy points yielded to opposing quaterbacks. Of the three, I like Freeman the best for this week, but I doubt that you will have your choice. If you have the option to claim one of them, be grateful, and do so.
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Digging a little deeper to replace Griffin, I would suggest taking a look at Sam Bradford and Russell Wilson. Bradford has a very nice matchup against Minnesota. The Vikings give up the seventh most points to opposing fantasy QB’s. They are coming off giving up 324 passing yards and 2 touchdowns to the Bear’s passing duo. I expect Chris Givens to get loose for a deep ball and plenty of work to come Brandon Gibson’s way as well. Bradford should have a very nice game.
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Russell Wilson, the more dynamic of the two, goes up against the Bills who have yielded 13, 14, and 13 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the last three weeks. If you could get 13 points out of Wilson filling in for Griffin, you should be ecstatic. It’s all about surviving this time of year, and that type of performance will help you do just that.
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Daniel Thomas and Bilal Powell are interesting names to take a look at. Thomas and the Dolphins will play the Jaguars this week, who have given up 24 and 26 fantasy points to opposing runners in the last two weeks. He seems to be in a dead time slit with Reggie Bush, so if you figure half of 24 available points go to Thomas, he could turn in a 12 point fantasy day. That’s not too bad from a waiver wire guy.
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Bilal Powell is interesting because he carried the ball 19 times last week. Do I expect that to happen again? Definitely not, but I do think he stays in the 12-15 carry range. He is not overly talented and doesn’t play in a very good offense, but you cannot ignore a guy that is getting that many touches. I doubt you would need to start him but I would prefer taking a chance on him over somebody like DeAngelo Williams or Peyton Hillis.
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Lastly, we come to Ben Tate. Surely the ire of many owners, Tate has had another lost year as he has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness. However, we learned something about the Texans last night, when the score is out of reach, Tate is their guy. He received 8 carries in junk time and posted a respectable 46 yards from them. In the coming weeks, the Texans will face Indianapolis and Minnesota. You can run the ball on both of these teams and I suspect that there will be junk time in the Minnesota game for Tate to get going. I am not advising you to start Tate this week, just monitor what his role is. If he gets double-digit touches, I think we could start thinking about him as a viable flex option once again.
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Good luck on the wire.
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Jordan answers all fantasy questions on Twitter @jordan_hall23 or #stsfantasy
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