2012 Fantasy Football: Waiver-Wire Advice for NFL Week 15

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2012

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 9: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  December 9, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Eagles won 23 - 21. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Foles threw for 381 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He plays the Cincinnati Bengals next week so there isn’t much need to add him.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Owens ran for 91 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets. He caught a pass for 11 yards as well. Next week’s game against the Miami Dolphins will be tough, but he can be used if you’re in a pinch.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Powell ran for 78 yards and a touchdown, giving him four solid games in a row. He’s sharing with Shonn Greene so he’s a risky play, but is an option if you need a running back and your pickings are slim.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Robert Turbin, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Turbin ran for 108 yards as the Seahawks destroyed the Arizona Cardinals. They face the Buffalo Bills next week, but I wouldn’t count on him as even a flex play.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants

Wilson got things started with a long kickoff return for a touchdown. He ran for 100 yards and two more touchdowns. He had an amazing day, but it’s hard to say what his role will be next week.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Avant caught seven of 12 targets for 133 yards. That’s two solid games in a row, but he’s not a recommended play against the Bengals next week.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis Rams

Gibson caught six of nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t catch a pass in the previous two games. He’s not a reliable option in the fantasy football playoffs.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

Gordon caught eight of 12 targets for 86 yards. He’s averaging 5.8 receptions for 78.8 yards in his past four games.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Hawkins caught six of 11 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. He’s a marginal option in PPR leagues, but can be left alone in most standard leagues.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Alshon Jeffrey, WR, Chicago Bears

Jeffrey caught three of six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. He’s a high risk guy going forward, but has plenty of upside.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Joe Morgan, WR, New Orleans Saints

Morgan caught both of his targets for 106 yards. He doesn’t do enough to be on a fantasy team.
Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders

Streater caught four of his seven targets for 100 yards, including a 58-yard grab. He caught three passes for 96 yards in Week 13, including a 64-yards catch. He’s a solid deep threat, but a risky fantasy play.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans

Cook caught all three of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown. He has had four decent games in a row, but is a risky play next week.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Anthony McCoy, TE, Seattle Seahawks

McCoy caught all three of his targets for 105 yards. This was not his typical game.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

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