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Fantasy Football: Week 15 Waiver Wire


Fantasy Football: Week 15 Waiver Wire

Injuries are the worst which means the worst happened to plenty of fantasy football owners in Week 14. Andy Dalton, Thomas Rawls, T.J. Yeldon, Tyler Eifert and LeGarrette Blount were among the players knocked out for some or all of games because the fantasy football gods are cruel like that. That's why adding depth whenever possible never goes out of style. For now, we focus primarily on helpful names for Week 15. Even owners not in need now would be wise to add targeted free agents even if just to stop your opponent from doing the same.


  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Cowboys) - Remarkably consistent; Nine touchdowns over the last three weeks and at least two TDP in seven off last nine games.
  2. Ryan Tannehill (at Chargers) - Remarkably inconsistent, but San Diego's defense is certainly beatable.
  3. Alex Smith (at Ravens) - Remarkably generic, but Baltimore's struggles against in the passing game are legitimate. Jeremy Maclin should go off.
  4. T.J. Yates (at Colts) - DeAndre Hopkins does work regardless of who's throwing him the ball and Indy lets receivers catch plenty of passes. Desperate play for sure, but prefer Yates to A.J. McCarron.

Notes: Interesting that the Broncos still haven't named a starter. Don't get excited if its Peyton Manning, but have a fallback plan if it's not Brock Osweiler. ...Kirk Cousins at the Eagles in Week 16 looks better than the Week 15 version against the Bills.

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 Running backs 

  1. Denard Robinson - Instant offense when given work. Robinson could get plenty in Week 15 against a suspect Falcons defense if Yeldon (knee) cannot go. Top 15 RB if named starter.
  2. Tim Hightower - Props to the ex-Redskins for turning back the clock and to the Saints for giving the veteran enough work (29 touches) so he could out enough production. Upside remains limited and the workload might not be there if the Saints fall behind the Lions on Monday night.
  3. Brandon Bolden - LeGarrette Blount isn't just hurt, but reportedly done for the season. Bolden picked up the primary role when Blount went down Sunday. Everyone knows better than to trust New England's RB plan, but it's also nice having a potential main piece of the potent offense. James White is worth rostering in PPR formats.
  4. Bryce Brown - Not only did Seattle lose Rawls for the season with an ankle injury, but Tuesday the Seahawks cut DuJuan Harris, who had 18 carries Sunday. In comes Brown, who showed promise in previous spots before fading. Still, Seattle's offense is cruising and the matchup with Cleveland screams 30+ points.
  5. Matt Jones - Alfred Morris started against the Bears, but the rookie finished off Chicago with some good work in the fourth quarter.
  6. Cameron Artis-Payne - Jonathan Stewart (foot) joined the injury report and the undefeated Panthers might let him rest if needed. Fozzy Whittaker is another RB option in Carolina, by CAP remains the best bet as the lead back without Stewart.

Others: Brandon Bolden, Charles Sims, Duke Johnson, Fozzy Whittaker and really any handcuff for your starter. 

Wide Receivers

  1. Tyler Lockett - Doug Baldwin is suddenly Jerry Rice. Guess that makes the rookie John Taylor. Lockett turned seven targets against Baltimore into six receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Another great matchup this week against the Browns. If you don't already own a piece of the surging Seattle offense, get on board with this WR3
  2. Ted Ginn - Cam Newton might lose the NFL MVP race to Tom Brady, but he's certainly  entered the same rarified air in one respect: Turning pedestrian wide receivers into playmakers. Ginn always had the blazing speed, but that only translated into 11 touchdowns during his first eight seasons. This year he's found the end zone eight times including twice in each of the last two weeks. Newton will test the Giants secondary deep with Ginn as the likely target.
  3. Dorial Green-Beckham - The boom or bust rookie could be the Week 15 garbage time receiver as the Titans likely get rolled by the Patriots. That's a risky proposition, but the upside is steep.

Notes: Can't say I love many of the other options this week, though DeVante Parker, Jermaine Kearse and Malcom Floyd are potentially helpful.  

Tight ends

  1. Zach Miller - No more Martellus Bennett meant lots more Miller, who finished 5-85-1 against the Redskins. Essentially Chicago's No. 2 target besides Alshon Jeffery, Miller looks like a top 10 TE going forward
  2. Richard Rodgers - Found the end zone last week and now faces a Oakland defense that hasn't stopped tight ends all season.
  3. Eric Ebron - Hold your nose if go with the Lions tight end, but the situation certainly looks promising. Brandon Pettigrew is done for the season which means more playing time. The matchup with the Saints means, in theory, a game plan with the tight end heavily involved. Just hope Ebron doesn't break your heart with a key drop.
  4. Jacob Tamme - Remember when Atlanta's offense was, you know, good? Those were the days. Anyway, the numbers suggest Tamme could help this week against a Jaguars defense that ranks 29th against fantasy tight ends this season  and has allowed the third most receiving yards.

Notes: Add in Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Will Tye and this group offers sincere potential this week for Tyler Eifert owners or those still seeking production from the position after 14 weeks.


  1. Texans (at Colts)
  2. Steelers (vs. Broncos)
  3. Bucs (at Rams)

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?