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Week Fifteen Waiver Wire Advice

We cover some of the hot names on the majority of dynasty league waiver wires each week for our premium content members.  These players will likely be owned in a great minority of dynasty leagues.  We won’t waste your time with bigger names who are likely owned in your league and also don’t cover names we’ve already mentioned in the past.

We’re simply going to cover some players who could be targets this week if you have an open roster spot and are willing to throw a dart and hope to get lucky.

Just remember one very important thing – you’re in a dynasty league, not a re-draft league. Don’t get too enamored by the one hit wonders and drop your young projects in a quest to find lightning in a bottle. Savvy dynasty league owners will tell you the best players on the wire each and every year end up being the ones dropped by impatient owners, not the ones who suddenly break out. Again, we won’t repeat any names here, so check out the names we’ve already mentioned at the bottom of this list.

One caveat if you haven’t been following this column this season.  This is quite honestly the single worst season I can remember on the waiver wire. When you look at the laundry list of names, it’s not exactly an all-pro cast. There have been a few worthy picks (Cecil Shorts, Danario Alexander, Marcel Reece, Daryl Richardson, Andre Brown, Bryce Brown before the season, etc.), but not many players have emerged this year. It’s getting skinnier by the week and is actually down to ONE for this week’s edition, so remember to check out the long laundry list of prior suggestions at the bottom.  We’re simply not going to make a list full of non-worthy players just for fun – you guys are serious players, so we try not to waste your time.

With that being said, here are this week’s picks:

 1.) Kris Durham, WR DET

It was Durham, not Thomas who started the game for the Lions this week, though Thomas did see a bit of action. However, Durham had nine targets in the game, second only to Tony Scheffler and Calvin Johnson. It’s getting late for him to make too much of an impact, but he’s worth monitoring.

2.) Armon Binns, WR MIA

Binns was a hot sleeper for the Bengals earlier this year, but quickly fell out of favor. With Miami, he could find himself with meaningful playing time very quickly.

3.) Brian Hoyer, QB ARI

Just how bad is it in Arizona? Bad enough for the Cardinals to claim Hoyer off waivers and seriously consider him for the starting job this week. It’s worth a shot since Hoyer was once regarded as one of the best backups in the league. He can’t be worse, right?

Prior suggestions from previous weeks this season in order of when they were recommended from latest to earliest. By request, we’re going to bold out the names of players worth keeping in most leagues. Most of the rest are either candidates to drop or only worth keeping in deeper leagues.

Mike Thomas, WR DET
Jeremy Stewart, RB OAK
Graham Harrell, QB GB
Tiquan Underwood, WR TB
Cole Beasley, WR DAL (only if Bryant is out)
Knowshon Moreno, RB DEN
Jalen Parmele, RB JAX
Garrett Graham, TE HOU
Kevin Smith, RB DET
Plaxico Burress, WR FA
Charlie Batch, QB PIT
Jarius Wright, WR MIN
Greg McElroy, QB NYJ
Justin Forsett, RB HOU (if you’re a Foster owner)
Joe Webb, QB MIN
Montell Owens, RB JAX 

Lance Dunbar, RB DAL
Marcel Reece, RB OAK
Taiwan Jones, RB OAK
Travaris Cadet, RB NO
Emmanuel Sanders, WR PIT
Danario Alexander, WR SD
Logan Paulsen, TE WAS
Josh Morgan, WR WAS
Clyde Gates, WR NYJ
Johnny White, RB GB
Ryan Broyles, WR DET
Chris Cooley, TE WAS
Jonas Gray, RB MIA
Vontaze Burfict, LB CIN
Santana Moss, WR WAS
Vincent Brown SD
Brady Quinn, QB KC
LaRod Stephens Howling, RB ARI
Alex Green, RB GB
Shaun Draughn, RB KC
Nick Foles, QB PHI
Jordan Norwood, WR CLE
DJ Williams, TE GB
Kirk Cousins, QB WAS
Montario Hardesty, RB CLE
Cedric Peerman, RB CIN
Felix Jones, RB DAL
Phillip Tanner, RB DAL
Derek Hagan, WR OAK
Marlon Moore, WR MIA
Josh Cooper, WR CLE
Ricky Stanzi, QB KC
Dannell Ellerbe, LB BAL
Brandon Bolden, RB NE
Jackie Battle, RB SD
Chaz Schilens, WR NYJ
William Powell, RB ARI
Jonathan Grimes, RB NYJ
Russell Allen, LB JAX
Domenik Hixon, WR NYG
Joique Bell, RB DET
Ramses Barden, WR NYG
Jordan Cameron, TE CLE
Tashard Choice, RB BUF
LaVon Brazill, IND
Jeremy Kerley, WR NYJ
Kevin Elliott, WR JAX
Shaun Hill, QB DET
Andre Brown, RB NYG
Julian Edelman, WR NE
Brandon Myers, TE OAK
Chad Henne, QB JAX
Jacoby Jones, WR BAL
Damaris Johnson, WR PHI
Ryan Grant, RB FA
Kevin Ogletree, WR DAL
Dexter McCluster, RB/WR KC
TJ Graham, WR BUF
Aldrick Robinson, WR WAS
Daryl Richardson, RB STL
Donald Jones, WR BUF
Andrew Hawkins, WR CIN
Ryan Lindley, QB ARI
Chris Rainey, RB PIT
Cecil Shorts, WR JAX
Colt McCoy, QB CLE
Tarvaris Jackson, QB BUF
Brandon Gibson, WR STL
Anthony Allen, RB BAL

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JBlake
9 years ago

For a 2-TE half-point PPR league, who’s the best injury replacement spot start for next week/RoS/dynasty value:

Jeff Cumberland (Jets)
Will Heller (Lions)
Clay Harbor (Eagles)

JBlake
Reply to  JBlake
9 years ago

With Cook out for the year, I guess you can add Craig Stevens to the list above…

Stan Reed
Reply to  JBlake
9 years ago

I LIKE CLAY HARBOR……

Allen Sarvinas
Reply to  Ken Kelly
9 years ago

How about Thompson behind Cook? The guys was already stealing snaps as a raw Rk.

Sensei John Kreese
9 years ago

Should Roy Helu be rostered in a 12 team league?

Allen Sarvinas
Reply to  Sensei John Kreese
9 years ago

As a #Redskins diehard, next year Helu could play huge role if he’s 100%. Royster I believe is done while Morris runs so hard that he’ll need the rest form time to time. Or, Shanny picks another stud from the late rounds and Helu is cut due to injury history. Lol

JBlake
Reply to  Sensei John Kreese
9 years ago

Another ‘Skins fan here with a slightly different opinion. My observation is that Helu was being pigeonholed into a 3rd down-only role prior to his injury. So in a PPR league, yes, he should definitely be rostered for next year. In a deep standard league, I think I would prefer to stash Royster over Helu. Alfred Morris has obviously locked up the starting gig, but as Allen jokingly pointed out above, watch and see if they draft another late round RB next year.

One other note: Helu’s “season-ending” injury wasn’t that serious, so that means Shanahan thought Helu was expendable for this year. Ouch.

Tyler Shelton
9 years ago

going forward, would you rather hold onto Sanchez, Hoyer, Flynn, or Foles as QB3?

kristopherbanner
9 years ago

Is Andre Brown worth Stashing still?

El Duderino
9 years ago

With Jared Cook out for the year, is Taylor Thompson worth picking up?

JBlake
Reply to  El Duderino
9 years ago

I’d say yes, Thompson is probably already rostered in most deep leagues as a TE3 stash. I’d love to have him on the end of my bench. But if you’re looking for production this year, Craig Stevens will probably get most of the TE targets for the rest of the season.

Tyler Shelton
9 years ago

Which two TE are more stash worthy out of Jordan Cameron, LaDarius Green, Dennis Pitta, and Rob Housler?

Ryan Buzard
9 years ago

Since my season is now over in one league, I am trying to get a jump on the available waiver players before the other teams are eliminated.

With that said, my potential drops are: Beanie (just not a fan), Gerhart (although I have AP), Vereen (I have Ridley), LaMichael James, AJ Jenkins, Rueben Randle, Eagles def.

In no particular order, here are the relevant free agents:

RB- Cadet,
WR- TJ Graham, Brazill, Jarius Wright, Jon Baldwin, Damaris Johnson, Keshawn Martin, Lester Jean
TE- Housler, Fred Davis, Ladarius Green, Virgil Green, DJ Williams

Do you think any of the above listed players are upgrades over what I would be cutting?

Thanks for your input

JBlake
Reply to  Ryan Buzard
9 years ago

My first two cuts would be your DST and Gerhart (but I’m anti-handcuff). Those are some intriguing WRs, but a difference-making TE can be so valuable…I’d take FDavis and LGreen.

JBlake
Reply to  JBlake
9 years ago

And if Beanie has no late-round trade value in your league, drop him to pick up JBaldwin. If Bowe leaves KC, Baldwin has the clearest opportuinity of that group to be his team’s WR1 for next year.

Tyler Shelton
9 years ago

I would pick up Jon Baldwin and Brazil all day!

Ryan Buzard
Reply to  Tyler Shelton
9 years ago

But who would be your cuts for those two?

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