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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 15 Waiver Wire

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Week 15 Waiver Wire

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Since you are reading this, I assume you are either advancing to Week 2 of your fantasy playoffs or are starting them on Sunday. Either way, congratulations are in order! It is not easy to make the fantasy playoffs so be proud. But, not too proud.

There is still some work to be done as you continue on to your quest for fantasy gold. As I’m sure I have reiterated, the waiver wire is the key to winning fantasy football leagues. Personally, I don’t care if you have the most stacked roster in the history of mankind, surfing the free agent list is crucial. If you aren’t in need of a certain player, try to grab him anyway to block your opposition form adding them. Depth is always important when it comes to a fantasy roster.

It’s crunch time on the virtual field and we are in a must win situation. Targeting the right players is more crucial than ever, so pay close attention. The following players should be added in the majority of deeper fantasy leagues. Does this mean you have to start them next week? Not at all. However, it would be wise to stash them on your bench for future references.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some significant waiver wire targets for Week 15 action.

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Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

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Over the past couple of weeks, Powell has proven that he is the more talented running back between he and Shonn Greene. On Sunday, that did not change. Powell finished the game with 19 carries for 78 yards and a score. Greene also ran for 77 yards and a score, but if you watched the game, you could tell who the better runner was. Powell has now scored four touchdowns in his last four contests and continues to see a ton of touches. Another good game could be in store, as the Titans are up next, a very enticing matchup.

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DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers

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With Jonathan Stewart still nursing an ankle injury, Williams continues to get all of the work. On Sunday, he saw a healthy 19 touches, totaling 112 yards and a receiving touchdown. While he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry, the touches are there, giving him a shot at good fantasy production each week. Obviously Williams’ fantasy value will decrease once Stewart comes back, however, his play over the last few weeks should be rewarded with more touches. In weeks 16 and 17, Williams faces the Raiders and Saints, two of the worst defenses in football. In deeper leagues, he could be a sneaky play to help you win your leagues.

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David Wilson, RB, New York Giants

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Giants fans, as well as coaching staff, have been waiting all season long to see what this kid can do. They were aware of his talent, and boy did he ever show it on Sunday. Wilson went absolutely bonkers, totaling 327 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. He ran in two scores on 13 carries, as well as running back a 97-yard kickoff for a score. Wilson spelled Ahmad Bradshaw, who left the game with a knee injury, but returned later on. Assuming Bradshaw is fine, he will get the majority of the carries. However, we all know how capable he is of experiencing a setback, so I'd stash Wilson so you have him. The guy has too much talent to be sitting on the waiver wire.

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Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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I have always said that Jason Avant is one of the most underrated possession receivers in all of football. On Sunday, he proved me right, catching seven balls for 133 yards. Some of the catches he made were head scratching, especially a beautiful one handed grab towards the sideline. With Nick Foles under center, it appears the two have developed a bit of chemistry. Again, Avant is worth an add in very deep leagues, but with DeSean Jackson on IR, he will get plenty of opportunities to make plays.

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Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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With Mohamed Sanu (foot) on injured reserve, and the team recently cutting Armon Binns, Hawkins is now the main guy opposite A.J. Green. On Sunday, Hawkins was the Bengals leading receiver, catching six passes for 44 yards and a score. He has the speed and agility to make big plays for an offense, and with Green drawing all of the attention, many defenses may have trouble defending Hawkins. On Thursday night, these cats face an atrocious secondary in the Eagles, so look for Hawkins to have a solid night.

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Kenny Birtt, WR, Tennessee Titans

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Britt has been coming on a bit as of late, scoring two touchdowns over hi last three contests. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he couldn't find the end zone on Sunday, however, he did manage to catch eight balls on nine targets for 143 yards. Britt has been targeted 22 times during the last three games and quarterback Jake Locker is playing better and better each week. Ever since new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains joined the team, Britt has been getting the looks required to be a legitimate fantasy wideout.