Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

Week 15 pickups

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1.     Marquess Wilson WR/Chicago Bears

It has been a surprisingly inconsistent year for the Chicago offense that has struggled to find a balance between the running game and the passing game. We started talking about Marquess Wilson as a good waiver wire pickup back in Week 11. With quarterback Jay Cutler chucking the ball around the yard 40+times a game there will always be opportunities for the members of their offenses to be reliable fantasy options. With wide receiver Brandon Marshall is in all likelihood done for the season with a rib and lung injury there is an opportunity for Marquess Wilson to be one of the MVP’s of the fantasy playoffs.

Prior to the start of the season there were reports out of Chicago that Wilson was going to play a major role in the Bears offense, however it has not worked out like many expected. Wilson has totaled just 5 catches on the season in a limited role, but with games coming up against the Saints and Vikings there is reason to believe Wilson could produce low WR2/high flex numbers.

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value: WR3 w/Potential

2.    Donte Moncrief WR/Indianapolis Colts

The battle appears to be over in Indy for the no. 3 wide receiver role as Donte Moncrief out-snapped disheveled veteran Hakeem Nicks 50-18 in Sunday's win at Cleveland. With quarterback Andrew Luck having a surprisingly inconsistent afternoon, the promising rookie was unable to make the most out of his four targets totaling just 33 yards.

Going forward I would not expect Luck to struggle to the extent he did against Cleveland, and if Moncrief is going to continue to see significant playing time he should be able to post WR3 value.

Veteran Reggie Wayne has battled injureis all season and has not looked anywhere near health this year. With games coming up against he Texans and the Titans there is the opportunity for Moncrief to be a reliable fantasy option during the fantasy playoffs run.

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value:WR3 w/Potential

3.    Jordan Cameron TE/Cleveland Browns

It has been a frustrating year for Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. After missing the majority of the season dealing with concussion issues, Cameron was finally able to make his return to the field this weekend against the Colts. However with quarterback Brian Hoyer falling on his face once again Cameron was unable to produce numbers that bring him to fantasy relevancy.

If, and that has been a pretty question mark, is whether or not Hoyer can get the ball to his receivers on consistent basis. After having a TD:INT of 0:7 over his last three games I think the time has come for the Browns to finally see what they have in their first round pick, Johnny Manziel. While there will undoubtedly be some ups and downs when MAnziel enters the starting lineup, but one of the best things for a young quarterback is too have a reliable receiving option at the tight end position.

Cameron is owned in just 36% of ESPN leagues right now, and with matchups against the Bengals and the Panthers approaching Cameron could provide some consistent production in a weak positional group.

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value: Mid/Low TE1

4.    Johnny Manziel QB/Cleveland Browns

I am definitely not a guy that believes that Johnny Manziel has the capaibility to be a franchise quarterback at the NFL level.  However, with Brian Hoyer throwing seven interceptions compared to zero touchdowns I believe the time is now for Johnny Football to be inserted into the Browns starting lineup.

If Browns head coach Mike Pettine does decide to go with the rookie this weekend I would temper your expectations for fantasy production. The Bengals defense is allowing the 7th-fewest amount of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and have given up fewer than double-digit fantasy points three out of the past four weeks. While Manziel’s ability to improvise and pick up yards with his feet there is always the ability for the rookie to put up quality numbers. I would rank Manziel as a QB2 as of now, with the potential to reach QB1 value with big rushing totals.

Recommendation: Add In Deep Leagues

Value: QB2

5.    Latavius Murray RB/Oakland Raiders

After Head Coach Tony Sparano spent all week saying that Latavius Murray was not going to be the feature back in his offense, of course the only logical thing that the Raiders would do is give the second-year running back 25 touches against the 49ers.

All I can say is that it is about time that the Raiders make the switch to Murray as their full-time running back.

Over the last two weeks that Murray has been active he has made the most of his opportunities, averaging 6.96 yards-per-carry and showing much more big-play ability than the veterans. Murray did miss week 13 with a concussion, so the chance of suffering an additional concussion is at an increased risk.

Going forward I would expect Murray to continue to see the bulk of the carries for the Raiders offense, and with a matchup against a Chiefs defense that has allowed 20 or more fantasy points three out of the past four weeks Murray has to be a top-20 option next week.

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value: RB2

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