Waiver Wire: Kicking the tires on kickers
Are you still playing for something as we look ahead to Week 16? As Jamey Eisenberg writes in his Playing the Waiver Wire, picking up the right kicker or defense could put you over the top.
As long as Mike Nugent stays away, Jay Feely could be a popular Fantasy option over the final two weeks of the season.
Feely, who has kicked for the Jets the past 13 games after Nugent (thigh) got hurt in Week 1, has two favorable matchups for Fantasy owners in the playoffs who still have the option of picking up players. It could be a smart move to add Feely, who is only owned in 24 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, and it appears like he will finish the season ahead of Nugent.
Finding the right kicker is always tricky, and some owners like to play the matchups each week. Feely has struggled the past three weeks with only two field goals against Denver, San Francisco and Buffalo, but prior to that he had made 12-of-13 kicks in four games against Buffalo, St. Louis, New England and Tennessee.
Feely closes the season at Seattle and against Miami, which are two of the worst teams in terms of field goals allowed. The Seahawks are last in the NFL with 34 field goals allowed, and the Dolphins are near the bottom at 27.
Some other kickers who could be available in your Fantasy leagues and have good matchups in Week 16 include Matt Prater (63 percent), Josh Scobee (44 percent), Josh Brown (43 percent) and Joe Nedney (34 percent). Nedney would be the best option playing at St. Louis, while Prater is against Buffalo, Scobee is against Indianapolis and Brown is against San Francisco. All these opponents rank near the bottom of field goals allowed. Garrett Hartley (19 percent) at Jason Hanson (19 percent) should also provide plenty of Fantasy points.
In Week 17, John Kasay (68 percent) and Shaun Suisham (31 percent) would be worth adding based on their matchups. Kasay is at New Orleans, which has allowed 30 field goals this year, while Suisham is at San Francisco, which has allowed 31 field goals.
As for DST options, there are some interesting free agents who could be useful for the final two weeks. If New England (69 percent) is out there, add them now.
The Patriots play Arizona, which has struggled on the East Coast, in Week 16 and then close the season at Buffalo, which could still have J.P. Losman at quarterback. Losman's fumble Sunday against the Jets gave New York the victory and helped many Fantasy owners.
The Texans (19 percent) and Falcons (16 percent) also could play well over the final two weeks. Houston is at Oakland in Week 16 and home to Chicago in the final week, and Atlanta is at Minnesota and home to St. Louis. The Falcons would be a risky play this week, but I'm not sold on Tarvaris Jackson leading the Vikings. But facing the Rams at home to close the season is solid.
Some other good DST options in Week 16 include New Orleans (25 percent) at Detroit and San Francisco (20 percent) at St. Louis. In Week 17, the Patriots, Texans and Falcons are the best available teams.
In case you haven't noticed ... It's time to add Houston quarterback Matt Schaub . Once again Schaub, who is owned in 72 percent of leagues, played well despite a difficult matchup by passing for 284 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee. If he does one thing well, it's getting the ball to his best player, Andre Johnson . The two hooked up 11 times for 207 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully that continues for the final two games because Schaub is worth starting. He gets Oakland in Week 16, and the Raiders pass defense has fallen apart. Then Schaub faces Chicago, and the Bears pass defense is terrible. As long as Schaub continues to find Johnson, Fantasy owners could have a starting option over the final two weeks.
Each Monday we will highlight players who might be available in your league and whether you should consider picking them up off waivers based on their recent performances. The players chosen are based on the percentage of ownership in CBSSports.com leagues.
, RB, Cincinnati
Owned: 50 percent of leagues
Week 15: Had 21 carries for 73 yards and three catches for 88 yards against Washington.
Analysis: Benson has played well the past two weeks with 37 carries for 130 yards against Indianapolis and the Redskins. He has two tremendous matchups to close the season at Cleveland and home against Kansas City. If Benson is available, add him now because he could be a useful flex option against the woeful Browns and Chiefs, who have two of the worst run defenses in the NFL.
, RB, Seattle
Owned: 34 percent of leagues
Week 15: Had 15 carries for 86 yards at St. Louis.
Analysis: Morris didn't do as well as expected against the Rams, but he still ran well and remains the best running back for the Seahawks with Julius Jones a bust. Morris could have a tough time against the Jets in Week 16, but you'll want Morris for Week 17 at Arizona. Morris is a solid receiver and has shown breakaway speed. He could be a good Fantasy option over the final two weeks of the season.
, WR, Jacksonville
Owned: 1 percent of leagues
Week 15: Caught five passes for 127 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay.
Analysis: Someone has to step up with Matt Jones (suspension) and Jerry Porter (groin) out, and Northcutt played well against the Packers. Northcutt hasn't done anything all season, but he could be good for the final two weeks against Indianapolis and Baltimore. They aren't good matchups, but David Garrard has to throw to someone. Don't add Northcutt in standard formats, but in deeper leagues he and Reggie Williams (21 percent) are worth picking up.
, WR, Cincinnati
Owned: 8 percent of leagues
Week 15: Had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown against Washington.
Analysis: I like the matchups the next two games against Cleveland and Kansas City, but you can't count on Henry right now. The Redskins game was his best production of the season, and it's not like the Bengals are going to forget about T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson , although Fantasy owners would like to. Henry may get a chance next year if the Bengals part ways with Houshmandzadeh and Johnson, but ignore Henry at this time.
Johnnie Lee Higgins
, WR, Oakland
Owned: 1 percent of leagues
Week 15: Had three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown against New England.
Analysis: After you get past the fact that it's the Raiders with JaMarcus Russell at quarterback, let's remember the Patriots secondary is terrible, so Higgins took advantage of the matchup. Higgins only had two catches for 22 yards in his previous six games since he spends more time on special teams than playing receiver. Zach Miller remains the only receiving threat for the Raiders worth owning.
, TE, Miami
Owned: 6 percent of leagues
Week 15: Had two catches for 66 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco.
Analysis: This was Martin's first touchdown since Week 1 against the Jets, and the Dolphins have spread the ball around in the passing game. Even someone named Joey Haynos caught a touchdown against the 49ers, with seven different receivers catching passes. Chad Pennington has become a serviceable Fantasy option in deeper leagues, but his targets outside of Davone Bess , Ted Ginn and Anthony Fasano are limited in production.
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