by Will Overton
Hopefully week one of the playoffs went well for you, or maybe your just now entering week one of your playoffs. Either way, you have to have the best lineup possible going forward. With that in mind this week’s waiver article is focused primarily towards week 15 only.
The season is winding down and the bye weeks are over, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still need the waiver wire. The injury bug doesn’t take a break and with guys like Adrian Peterson and Rob Gronkowski going down on Sunday you may need replacement players.
Here are five guys who I think could make good pickups this week based on recent performance and upcoming matchups:
Jason Campbell – QB, Cleveland Browns: As I was looking through the schedule for next week this isn’t really the greatest week for plug and play QB’s, so if you need someone to plug in at the position this might be your best bet. Campbell looked fantastic picking the Patriots secondary apart yesterday racking up 391 yards and 3 TD’s. In his last five games Campbell has 9 TD’s and just 3 INT’s. He also has a nice pair to throw the ball too now with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Chicago is a better matchup for the run then pass, but they can be thrown on and the Browns are throwing a lot these days. Rolling with Campbell in the playoffs sounds scary, but it might actually make some sense.
Toby Gerhart – RB, Minnesota Vikings: Watching Adrian Peterson be carted off the field was a scary moment for a lot of fantasy owners yesterday. We’re not sure how bad things are for Peterson, but Toby Gerhart looked awfully good filling in for him. Gerhartpiled up 89 yards on 15 carries off the bench and scored a TD. In the Vikings last four games Gerhart has 255 yards on 32 carries coming off the bench. With numbers like that you have to like the thought of Gerhart getting a start and the Eagles can be run on. If Peterson is out Gerhart is a must own and probably a top 20 back.
Da’Rick Rogers – WR, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have been desperate to find another receiver to pair with T.Y. Hilton ever since Reggie Wayne got hurt. They certainly have to be hopeful after yesterday that they have found their guy. Rogers caught six passes on nine targets for 107 yards and a pair of TD’s. Rogers was a recent pickup by the Colts off waivers and he’s paying dividends so far. The Colts need a tall athletic guy to pair with the undersized Hilton and Rogers fits the bill. This is a big time flier as there is no track record, but having watched him in college I can tell you he has skills and ability, we’ll see if he has the consistency to make this last.
Cordarrelle Patterson – WR, Minnesota Vikings: It’s taken almost a full season, but Patterson is finally bursting onto the scene as a playmaking threat. Patterson caught five balls yesterday for 141 yards including a 79 yard touchdown grab. Patterson is raw, really raw, but he’s super athletic and has big play potential for days. I’m not overly confident in his ability to consistently produce this season, but if you want to make a gamble play Patterson is high risk/high reward. You certainly have to like the idea of Patterson going against the Eagles secondary if you are going to be using him.
Delanie Walker – TE, Tennessee Titans: Despite missing this week’s game I still like Walker for the week ahead. Walker suffered a concussion two weeks ago and has essentially missed the last two weeks. He was close to playing this week, but couldn’t quite get there, I assume he does play this coming week. In the three weeks before the concussion Walker had 19 catches and was averaging nine targets per game. He had also caught a TD in two of his last three games. Walker hasn’t been talked about as much as he should, but he’s been rolling for Tennessee. He also has a fantastic matchup with the Cardinals, whose defense is great, but can’t seem to guard the tight end position. If you just lost Gronkowski or have a tight end underperforming this could be your answer.