Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15
Every Tuesday I will be bringing you the NFL players who have somehow flown under the fantasy radar and are owned in far too few leagues given their production and/or ceiling. Injuries and byes are inevitable, too.
With the first game of the week a mere 48 hours away, here are some players that are on quite a few waiver wires out there that simply shouldn’t be.
Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns (Yahoo 6% owned; ESPN 2.3%) – 3% FAAB
I’ve used this platform to discuss how much the Browns throw the ball (tops in the league in attempts and 42 more than the New Orleans Saints) and the fact that that hasn’t changed with the revolving door at quarterback. Whoever is taking the snaps in Cleveland is worth a fantasy roster spot, and with the inconsistent defenses in the Bears and Jets on the upcoming schedule, the leader of this offense could easily find his way into the top 12 quarterbacks.
Josh Gordon is becoming the type of receiver who can single handedly provide fantasy value to a quarterback, and with Cleveland unable to move the ball on the ground, they are as sure a bet to throw the ball with consistency as there is in the league.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (Yahoo 9% owned; ESPN 13.1%) – 4% FAAB
If your quarterback situation is dependent on who the Texans are going to start, the odds of you still having meaningful fantasy games is slim, but Schaub was impressive against the Jags on Thursday night. In relief of the unproductive Case Keenum, Schaub completed 17 of 29 passes for 198 yards in what has to be considered a step in the right direction for the veteran. He was tearing up the Jacksonville secondary until a late interception sealed the Texans fate (stop me if you’ve heard that before), but at least he looked like Houston’s most competent quarterback.
This isn’t a pretty situation for fantasy purposes, but not every waiver wire quarterback has an elite receiver like Andre Johnson that he can lock in on (21 targets) and a long week to prepare for a divisional opponent that has struggled defensively of late (since beating the Texans, the Colts have surrendered at least 38 points in three of five games).If your starting quarterback has been hit-or-miss this season (Ben Roethlisberger, Colin Kaepernick, etc) or you’re patiently waiting for your typical starter to return from injury (Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers owners), then Schaub at least deserves a look (assuming he gets the starting nod by mid-week).