NFL Fantasy: Week 15 Waiver Wire Targets

Forrest KobayashiSenior Analyst IDecember 10, 2007 as I'm a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association of America, you'd think you'd get a quality fantasy article out of me every now and then, right?

Well, to all those who've been waiting, here you go.

In such a crucial week, the right waiver-wire pickups can make or break your season. Let's run it down position by position—with some guys who are for real and some guys who aren't worth your time.

For Real: Sage Rosenfels (Hou)

My dad is a huge Washington Redskins fan, and I used to know Rosenfels when he was the third-string quarterback in D.C., behind then-starter Mark Brunell and backup Jason Campbell.

He's come a long way since then.

The onetime joke out of Iowa State has turned in quite a few quality performances in relief of starting QB Matt Schaub, and faces a below-average Broncos secondary next weekend.

Rosenfels could churn out a pretty decent performance—so take a chance on him if you need a spot starter for Week 15.


Just Playin': Luke McCown (TB)

Luke has had some good games this season, and looks to be a perfect fit in Tampa Bay's system...but QB Jeff Garcia should return next week, and McCown will move to the bench.

Geez—how many McCowns can get relegated to the bench in a single season? I've completely lost count!


Running Back

For Real: Darius Walker (Hou)

What's this? Two "for real" Texans?

Times have changed in Houston.

Darius Walker is the Texans' new starting running back after Ron Dayne got injured again Sunday. Walkers is a worthy waiver-wire pickup, as whoever starts at RB for Houston will get that soft Denver run defense next week.

I'd never have imagined that Walker'd get a starting gig before former teammate Brady Quinn. Whatever happened to that guy, anyway?


Just Playin': Fred Jackson (Buf)

Call it a mulligan if you want.

Jackson was relegated to the bench in favor of Marshawn Lynch shortly before kickoff on Sunday. He responded with a great game in a backup role— 115 yards on 15 carries.

Two things about Jackson's performance:

First, the Bills were facing the Dolphins. Second, Lynch still got the majority of the carries.

Don't expect a timeshare deal in Buffalo, as Lynch will get the ball more in closer matchups. Avoid Jackson—and I'd even go so far as to say he's a safe drop if there's someone else out on the wire.


Wide Receivers
For Real: Anthony Gonzalez (Ind), Jabar Gaffney (NE)

Gonzalez and Gaffney both play in high-powered offenses centered around great quarterbacks. The question isn't whether they're capable of producing—it's simply a matter of when.

Gonzalez is the safer option, seeing that he's the Colts' No. 2 or 3 option with Marvin Harrison out. Gaffney, on the other hand, plays on a stacked NE team that likes to spread the ball around.

Both are worthy pickups, but be prepared for Lee Evans-like spikes in production. In other words, they could post 20 fantasy points one week and two the next.


Just Playin': Jerheme Urban (Ari), Derek Hagan (Mia), Mark Clayton (Bal)

These guys posted great performances this weekend, but I have questions about each of them.

Urban came out of nowhere to produce like Bryant Johnson was supposed to, but is still too risky to use in a regular lineup. Hagan plays for the anemic Miami offense, which makes him an unsafe bet. Clayton was the beneficiary of garbage time touches, as his Ravens got absolutely murdered by the Colts.

Not to mention, most of Clayton's stats came against the Colt's second-team defense.


That's all she wrote for now. Hope this article helps focus your waiver thinking.

If I left anyone out, be sure to respond and get the word out to your fellow owners.

On second thought...maybe you should keep quiet.