Week 15 Waiver Wire: Players Who Won't Help Your Fantasy Team in the Playoffs

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02:   Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It's getting down to crunch time both on the field and online.

As the NFL regular season is winding down, many fantasy football leagues are beginning to enter, or already are in, the playoff phase. Now more than ever selecting just the right players is important for how teams perform.

While searching the waiver wire for a quick pickup, these three players should be avoided.


Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

As soon as Robert Griffin III went down in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, Redskins fans and fantasy owners alike watched on with bated breath. In both cases, his injury heavily weighs on playoff chances.

Rookie Kirk Cousins stepped in and threw the crucial touchdown pass to set up the game-tying two-point conversion. With just two passes and a short run, he has already become a hot topic among football fans.

Fantasy owners might be scrambling to see if Cousins should warrant a pickup, but they needn't bother.

Griffin III's injury doesn't look to be too serious. Even if it does keep him out against the next few weeks, Cousins will struggle to put up big fantasy numbers.

Without his starting quarterback, head coach Mike Shanahan will likely rely on Alfred Morris to set the tone offensively. And the Redskins' passing attack hasn't really been at an elite level this season. Griffin III was such a fantasy monster because of what he could on the ground in addition to through the air.


Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

The roughly 80 percent of fantasy owners will likely regret not picking up Nick Foles going into this week. After four average performances, he threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As a result some owners are likely trying as fast as they can to add him. However, even with the great showing, picking up Foles would be a mistake.

Going into this week, Tampa had the worst defense against the pass. They were giving up an average of 309.4 yards a game. Foles benefited quite a bit from this.

Next week's game presents a much less favorable matchup. The Cincinnati Bengals will be smarting from their one-point loss at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.They have shown that they can get serious pressure on the quarterback and if this happens, Foles will be forced into mistakes.

The Bengals are also fighting for their playoff lives, so they won't let Foles have the kind of surprising performance he did this week.


Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

Brandon Gibson also had a very good week. He had a game-high six receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

It was nothing more than an aberration.

It was only the third time all season that he's received more than seven targets. His season numbers (34 catches, 437 yards and 4 TDs) aren't anything that jump off the page. Two of his four touchdowns came in Week 11 against the New York Jets.

Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins is the only other time in 2012 that Gibson has had over 60 yards receiving. He's a clear third in the Rams' receiving corps. pecking order.

Next week's game against the Minnesota Vikings doesn't present the kind of matchup that would set off Sam Bradford either.