By: Ken Mahoney TurningTwoSports.com
Burning the Wire
Welcome back to another edition of Burning the Wire, brought to you by Turning Two Sports. We’ll be focusing in on the Week 15 waiver wire prospects for Fantasy Football this week. If you are still playing the wire, that means you have made it to your league’s playoffs, if not final 4. Congratulations! You are in the home stretch. Be wary not to sleep on the assets you can grab off your league’s waiver wire. Each and every week there may be something out there that separates you from the first loser to the ultimate winner!
Blake Bortles – I sympathize with you, Carson Wentz owners. I hope you didn’t bank on him and him alone for your playoff run. If you did, you are inevitably scrambling for answers. In my humble opinion, you should look no further than Blake Bortles. Bortles has now had three straight games with over 20 fantasy points in 6-point passing touchdown leagues. He even did it against the Seahawks last week. This week, he has the Texans who rank 27th against opposing quarterbacks. Then they wrap up the fantasy season with San Fran, who is not any better. In fact, they’re worse. Bortles may be the key to your championship team. Did you ever think you’d be saying that back in Week 1?
Jimmy Garoppolo – While I like Bortles significantly more, I think you can get a nice one week rental out of Jimmy G. He faces off with the Titans, who don’t always play sound defense. San Fran has won two tough road games with Garoppolo took over the quarterback duties, and now he’ll get a chance to make it three in a row with a home game against Tennessee. I would not start Jimmy in week 16 against Jacksonville, but if you need to look ahead to week 16 look no further than our next plug.
Nick Foles – This is by no means a sexy pick, but hear me out. Carson Wentz was an MVP candidate for your team, no doubt about that. Nick Foles is going to step under center and replace him. The Eagles offense is still immensely loaded with talent in the backfield and stretching the field. I think even a QB like Nick Foles can handle back to back matchups against the Giants and the Raiders. I think you could do a whole lot worse. If you were the Wentz owner, don’t jump ship on the Eagles for fantasy purposes just yet.
Theo Riddick – Two straight starts, and two games with a touchdown. Why can’t Abdullah do that? Riddick saw 10 targets out of the backfield against Tampa Bay last week, and even ran for two touchdowns. When Abdullah sits, Riddick is a clear cut RB2 for PPR leagues. This is now back to back huge games for him, and he has upcoming dates with Chicago and Cincinnati. If Abdullah doesn’t return, do NOT leave Riddick out there for your opponents to grab him.
Rod Smith – Smith exploded against the Giants this past week, running for 47 yards and a touchdown as well as catching 5 passes for 113 yards and another touchdown. Those are some delicious numbers for a spell back who plays on passing downs more often than not. He is the perfect one week rental for Zeke owners, but you can’t play Smith for Week 16. But for Week 14 against the Raiders, he’s all systems go.
Jonathan Stewart – JStew has been one of the most disappointing players in fantasy this season. He can’t catch any passes with McCaffrey breathing down his neck, and he’s extremely touchdown dependent on a team whose quarterback loves to keep it himself near the goal line. That was until last week when JStew found the endzone three times against the league’s toughest run defense. Go figure right? Anyways, with upcoming matchups against Green Bay and Tampa Bay, I think it’s safe to flex Stewart if need be. Carolina should be running the ball a lot, and that fits right into JStew’s wheelhouse. Christian McCaffrey continues to be a non-factor running the football.
Dede Westbrook – We like Bortles at Turning Two, so why not like Dede. While Lee was operating as the top wideout, it’s clear that Dede is the future and has immense talent. In his last three games he’s gone for double digit PPR points in all three of them. Last week against Seattle he caught his first career touchdown. He’s also seen no fewer than 8 targets in any of those games. With great upcoming matchups, Dede may be the top priority of the week.
Marquise Goodwin – I hope you listened to the Week 14 Burning the Wire, where we said that Goodwin could be an integral part in a lot of championship squads. He saw another 12 targets and brought down 106 yards against the Texans, and will undoubtedly replicate that success against a porous Titans pass defense this upcoming week. He’s clearly the top target for Jimmy G, and that’s someone you want to make sure is rostered even if you can’t start him.
Robert Woods – Woods is on track to return for Week 15. Before getting injured, he was locked in as a must start WR2. I don’t see any reason to divert off that logic against Seattle and Tennessee moving forward. If he was dropped, make sure you grab him.
Jesse James – Tight End is atrocious this week. There simply are not any guys to roster that contain immense upside. Jesse James is one guy I like as the Steelers will host the Patriots this upcoming weekend. The Pats have not been great against tight ends, and with Vance McDonald going down I expect Jesse James to be on the field a lot. He caught 10 passes on 12 targets in that absurd Baltimore game last week.
Trey Burton – I would easily start Burton again if Ertz is once again ruled out. In his two starts this year, Burton has gone for 2/41/1 and 5/71/2. One would think to stay away with the injury to Wentz, but I think Foles may check down to his tight ends a lot this week to avoid any costly mistakes. The Eagles are still playing for that Lombardi trophy.
There you have it for Burning the Wire Week 15. Get those claims in for your leagues! Thanks you all for reading, and good luck conquering that stretch run.
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