Workin the Wire for Week 15

11 Dec 2018 - 3:33pm | Roto Coach | Updated: 11 Dec 2018 - 4:50pm | Likes: 29 Like 
Workin the Wire for Week 15


Assuming you’ve managed to advance this far in your fantasy you’re probably locked in at the quarterback position. But just in case...

Josh Allen-Buffalo Bills: Allen continues to offer a solid rushing floor and is now averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game over his last three, and has found the end zone twice in that span. It’s hard to see him becoming any more involved on the ground, but a hamstring injury to LeSean McCoy could solidify his rushing attempts. This week the Bills will host Detroit, who comes into the game with one of the worst run defenses in the league.

Running Backs

Last week there were no shortage of running back options hanging out on the wire, but A) we saw how that worked out for most, and B) this week it gets even more dicey with nearly all of these guys tough to trust in a playoff round.

Elijah McGuire-New York Jets: McGuire has landed here a couple times this season, but the toe injury to Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell landing on IR with a season ending injury months ago, boosts McGuire to the top of the depth chart for as long as Crowell is out. The matchups from here on out are terrible (HOU & GB), but his only competition for carries is rookie change of pace back Trenton Cannon for now. It’s purely a volume play.

Chris Ivory-Buffalo Bills: He’s fairly touchdown dependent, but he’s the next man up in the Bills backfield if Shady misses time, and gets a favorable matchup against the Lions this week. Late in his career and sapped of some of his explosiveness, Ivory still runs very hard. And while there’s nothing statistical to back it up, he’s hardly a guy you want to have to tackle outdoors in Buffalo in December, especially in what is a meaningless football game. It would not be surprising to see him get loose.

Darren Sproles-Philadelphia Eagles: Sproles is another wild card this week, as the Eagles travel to Los Angeles for the Sunday night game and are trying to stay in the playoff mix. Corey Clement could miss this one and Wendell Smallwood hasn’t done anything with his touches in a month. The biggest weakness of the Rams defense is its linebacking corps, who doesn’t handle speed particularly well. Look no further than Terik Cohen’s 89 yards on 13 touches on Monday night. Had they needed it, it certainly could have been much more. Sproles doesn’t have that kind of top end speed anymore, but he’s still a serious weapon if he gets the football in space.

Wide Receivers

Unearthing late season value at receiver continues to be a struggle, but below are some dart throws that can potentially help as a last receiver in or FLEX dart throw.

Curtis Samuel-Carolina Panthers: Samuel has led the Panthers in receiving yards in each of the past two weeks. The target volume still isn’t ideal, but this week’s matchup against New Orleans features one of the NFL’s worst secondaries. Devin Funchess is still playing a limited number of snaps, meaning both D.J. Moore and Samuel are the best positioned of the Carolina receivers to have a big day. Of course both take a back seat to Christian McCaffrey, who will face the league’s last ranked defense at defending running backs in the passing game. Something that could also be a boon to Samuel given the way he’s utilized.

Antonio Callaway-Cleveland Browns: Callaway came up empty against the Panthers, but I’m still a believer that he’ll see opportunities over the next few weeks. Baker Mayfield only attempted 22 passes against Carolina, and 14 of those went to Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and Nick Chubb. They’ll likely need more to get the job done at Denver this week, and the passing game for Cleveland draws a very banged up Broncos secondary.

DaeSean Hamilton-Denver Broncos: To Tom’s credit he was higher on Hamilton on last week’s podcast than I was, and that bore out with the rookie catching 7 of 9 targets for 47 yards and a score against the 49ers. He looks to be locked into the slot role, which with Case Keenum throwing the ball would seem to be a good thing. This week’s matchup against a beatable Cleveland secondary also gives him a bump.

Chris Conley-Kansas City Chiefs: As noted here last week, the matchup against Baltimore was far from ideal. But now it looks like Sammy Watkins is going to miss extended time, meaning the Chiefs may play it a little safer with Tyreek Hill’s foot injury. That could lead to more targets for Conley in a game that could all but lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs for Kansas City.

Tight End

The waiver wire situation for tight ends continues to be a dumpster fire, but here we go…

Vernon Davis-Washington Redskins: Jordan Reed probably misses at least this week, and to the extent you’re comfortable playing a guy who has Josh Johnson throwing him the football, Davis is in play. The matchup against the Jaguars isn’t great, and the Redskins offense is arguably worse. That said, if Josh Doctson sits this week (he’s in the concussion protocol as of Monday) then Davis almost has to see an uptick in his 4 targets from last week.

Ricky Seals-Jones-Arizona Cardinals: With Christian Kirk on IR and a friendly matchup against Atlanta, Seals-Jones isn’t a bad desperation option. A pre-season fantasy darling who burned many an owner this year, it would only be fitting if he made a fantasy playoff comeback wouldn’t it?

Mark Andrews-Baltimore Ravens: He’s still a guy I like despite coming up with neither of his two targets and seeing Maxx Williams catch the touchdown.

As always, this list is made up of players that are 30% owned or less in Yahoo leagues, and if you happen to be looking at a guy that falls above that threshold or can’t figure out why I left a player off the list, feel free to ping me on Twitter @rotocoach with any questions.

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