Week 15 Pickups: Wide Receivers You Must Add for Fantasy Playoff Push

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 9:  Danario Alexander #84 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after catching a 15 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 9, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Chargers defeated the Steelers 34-24.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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This is what you've played the entire season for, fantasy football owners. The playoffs are here, and a few key pickups on the waiver-wire could make all the difference in the final weeks.

One position to consider stashing players at is wide receiver. Because you always need more than one quality target, it's nice to have a wide array of guys to choose from. Some guys get hot at the right time and others simply have one really good matchup that you might want to take advantage of.

This is where the big money is made. Knowing your way around the waiver-wire this time of year can give you the little push you need to take home your league's crown.

Let's take a look at three wide receivers you must add for your fantasy playoff push.


Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

According to ESPN, Gordon is owned in just over 37 percent of its standard-scoring leagues. It looks like he's becoming less of an unknown commodity, so you want to jump on this kid quickly.

Gordon is a perfect waiver-wire candidate for this time of year. He's had time to learn the Cleveland Browns' offense, and he's added a rapport with quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Cleveland will play the Steelers in the last game of the season, but its other two games are against Washington and Denver. None of those teams are invulnerable to the big play, making Gordon a dangerous player in the season's final three weeks.

He has 34 catches for 646 yards and five touchdowns this season, and it appears that he's only gaining steam. He has 18 catches on 27 targets in the last three weeks, showing everyone that he's Weeden's top target most of the time.

Don't pencil him in as your No. 1 fantasy target yet, but a matchup against the Redskins in Week 15 is very favorable.


Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams

Givens has been Sam Bradford's favorite target at times this season, even if he didn't do much in Buffalo's cold weather this weekend. 

According to ESPN, Givens is owned in just over 17 percent of standard-scoring leagues, so there's a good chance that you can scoop him up for your playoff run.

The Rams have started looking down the field more, and that's where Givens comes in. He's averaging 17 yards per catch this season, and he's proven himself in a small period of time to be a big-play candidate.

St. Louis plays Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Seattle to close the year. The Seahawks will present a stiff challenge, but don't worry about that until the final week of the season.

Givens didn't have a big week this week, but he did have 11 catches against the 49ers in Week 13.

Sign him and stash him.


Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers

Alexander looked outstanding versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, hauling in seven catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Only 27.2 percent of owners currently have Alexander on their roster in ESPN's standard leagues. After his performance on Sunday, you can bet that he will be the top target of many people, so don't waste time on this one.

The Chargers love to hit big plays down the field, even if they're not winning games. Alexander's rangy 6'5'' frame makes him a perfect candidate in the offense, and he's only gotten better as the year has gone along.

San Diego plays the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders to close the season. That should allow Alexander to make more of an impact in the coming weeks.

Alexander has the ability to go up and get the ball, making him a mismatch for most defensive backs. Look for Philip Rivers to take advantage of that and you should, too.