Waiver Wire Watch: Week 15

It’s playoff time in the world of fantasy football, so let’s take a look at a few players that could potentially help owners in need over the next couple of weeks. Remember, to be eligible, a player has to be available in at least 50% of ESPN’s fantasy leagues. I’ll list the player’s percentage-owned in parenthesis.

* Alex Smith (36.8) has been very solid of late and in Week 15, he has a pretty good matchup against an Eagles defense that has struggled to stop the pass in recent weeks. Eli Manning threw for 391 yards and three TDs in Week 14.

* Vince Young (27.9) left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, so keep an eye on his status this week. If he’s able to go, he has a nice matchup with a pretty suspect Miami secondary.

* Jason Campbell (23.6) doesn’t have the greatest matchup (NYG), but it isn’t bad and he has been as hot as a pistol over the last few weeks, averaging 273 yards and 2.3 TDs during that span.

* Brady Quinn (3.4) was quiet against the Steelers, but a Week 15 matchup with the Chiefs is pretty favorable and he has shown signs of growth over the past month.

* In the middle of last week, Quinton Ganther (32.2) was named the starter in Washington and he responded with a big fantasy day (18 touches, 93 yards, 2 TD) against the Raiders. His matchup in Week 15 isn’t nearly as tasty (NYG), but it isn’t terrible either.

* Arian Foster (0.2) looks like he will be the starter for the remainder of the season for the Texans. Ryan Moats lost a fumble, so the coaching staff wants to give Foster a look. He has a great matchup with the Rams this week.

* Chris Jennings (1.2) saw a big increase in touches from Week 13 to Week 14, and Browns writer Terry Pluto thinks it’s because Jennings’ shoulder was still sore in Week 13. With a great matchup against the Chiefs in Week 15, Jennings has the potential to be a sneaky good play.

* Austin Collie (30.3) has posted 7-57-2 over the last two weeks. The catches and yards aren’t all that impressive, but the two TDs are.

* With Devin Hester out Johnny Knox (39.5) posted 5-83-1 against a pretty good Packer defense. His matchup (BAL) is bad, but he should get a number of targets as the Bears try to stay in the game.

* Kenny Britt (28.1) probably isn’t a good play if Vince Young is out, but if Young can go, Britt isn’t a bad WR3/flex. He has a nice matchup with Miami.

* Davone Bess (6.9) hurt his ankle, so he didn’t do much in a great matchup with the Jags. If he practices this week, he is startable in PPR leagues given another nice matchup (TEN).

* Jermichael Finley (20.3) has 22 catches over the last four weeks and has proven to be an integral part of the Packer passing game. Since the Steelers are without Troy Polamalu, he has a decent matchup this week.

* Fred Davis (6.8) has settled into the starting TE role in WAS and has posted 12-146-4 over the last three weeks. The Giants have struggled to stop opposing tight ends this season, so Davis is very startable in Week 15.

* Kevin Boss (46.3) doesn’t have a good matchup this week, but he has been pretty involved in the Giants’ passing game for the last seven weeks, so he can be used in a pinch.

* Bo Scaife (8.3) has at least four catches in each of the last four games. He is borderline starter-caliber in PPR leagues.

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