Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 15

by Nicholas Minnix and Tim Heaney on December 16, 2009 @ 10:08:50 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Everyone tells you running backs have lost value nowadays, but as the season wears on, which position are most fantasy football owners scrambling to fill? Last week the Redskins named Quinton Ganther the starter. Who else lurks?

Quinton Ganther, Washington Redskins (72 percent)

In case you didn't know, the 'Skins have their probable starter for the rest of the year; Ganther abused the Oakland Raiders to the tune of 93 total yards, three catches and two ground scores in Week 14. The staff noted he is the best runner of their remaining backs. What are you waiting for?

Arian Foster, Houston Texans (99 percent)

Foster rushed for a mere 2.6 yards per carry on 13 attempts Sunday, but he tacked on four catches for 54 yards. You remain skeptical of his impact against the Seahawks; Ryan Moats averaged 4.3 yards a rush and scored - but also lost a fumble. Such sins have earned Moats and the departed Steve Slaton (shoulder) pine time already. And what's with the hubbub about Chris Brown? He had three carries versus Seattle. Head coach Gary Kubiak: "We're fixing to pick it up big-time for (Foster)." Next up: the Rams.

Chris Jennings, Cleveland Browns (91 percent)

Last week we also recommended the Browns' shiftier option, Jerome Harrison. He still counts for a pickup, but Jennings is pushing this toward a true hot hand situation. His palm was scorching last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers as he gained 73 yards and found the end zone once on 20 carries. Jennings was used 20 times to Harrison's 10.

The weather may have had something to do with the heavy backfield workload, but it seems like the team trusts one or the other to do the dirty work. Though they have flip-flopped red zone duty in the last two weeks, Jennings is better built for goal line work. We'd still recommend playing the reception-friendly Harrison over Jennings. This doesn't discount Jennings; those that missed out on Harrison could salvage some late-season Browns backfield touches if their options are thin.

Maurice Morris and Aaron Brown, Detroit Lions (93 percent, 99 percent)

Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith
Smith replaced by Morris, Brown

Misfortune for owners of Kevin Smith (knee) becomes kibble for the starving; Morris and Brown will see more work in the final three weeks. Morris (3.7 yards per run, 12 receptions, 1 TD) is the backup in name and will be the more popular addition; he'll get first crack. However, Brown (4.8 yards an attempt, six receptions, 1 TD), a rookie, brings a change of pace, and Detroit already knows what they have in Morris. Keep in mind: Run-stuffing Arizona looms in Week 15.

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Mike Hart and Chad Simpson, Indianapolis Colts (99 percent, 99 percent)

Indy has locked up the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC with at least two fantasy playoff games to go. Head coach Jim Caldwell prescribes rest. Donald Brown (chest) remains MIA, so he'll probably use Joseph Addai sparingly. Are you desperate? At this time of year, in deep leagues, that's commonplace. Hart's upward trend in carries and Simpson's flashes of big-play ability qualify as depth. Consider rolling the dice.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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