For your consideration: 19 fantasy waiver wire pickups

Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers: After close to two years of nonexistent fantasy production, Grant broke through in a big way in Week 14, racking up 98 total yards and two scores against the Oakland Raiders. It’s tough to imagine him maintaining this level of production on a consistent basis moving forward, but it’s rare to find a free agent fantasy running back on such an explosive offense at this point in the season.

Next up: at Kansas City

T.J. Yates, QB, Houston Texans: On the road against a tough defense without his top receiver, the rookie from North Carolina lit up the Cincinnati sky for 300 yards and two scores in a dramatic 20-19 come-from-behind win over the Bengals on Sunday. Yates has gotten better with each appearance and is now worthy of a QB2 spot in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Next up: vs. Carolina

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys: There’s a good chance Jones’ previous owner cut bait after rookie DeMarco Murray took center stage and tore the NFC apart. Alas, Murray’s season is no more after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. Jones, meanwhile, stepped in and rolled up 137 total yards in less than four quarters. He’s a high-priority target heading into Week 15.

Next up: at Tampa Bay

Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay Packers: Old Man River is averaging 11.0 fantasy points per game over his last two outings (standard scoring) and is headed for an increase in playing time and targets now that Greg Jennings will be out of action for the near future due to a knee injury. Consider Driver a solid WR3 with WR2 upside moving forward.

Next up: at Kansas City

Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins: It’s never pretty, but Grossman has amassed 250+ passing yards in three of his last four starts and has tossed two touchdown passes in three of his last four outings as well. There will be some interceptions and head-scratching moments with this guy on your team, but Grossman is proving serviceable down the stretch, which is what you need at this point from your QB2.

Next up: at New York Giants

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: This guy is a straight-up playmaker, as evidenced by his terrific contributions to both the offense and special teams in Monday night’s win over the St. Louis Rams. Baldwin has been targeted eight or more times in two of his last three starts and has recorded 60 or more receiving yards in three of his last four outings. He won’t win you a playoff game single-handedly, but he’s a solid WR3/4 option from here on out.

Next up: at Chicago

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans Saints: His value will plummet once rookie Mark Ingram returns from his turf toe injury, but until that happens, Ivory is worthy of a roster spot in leagues with 12 or more teams. His carried the ball a combined 28 times in the two games he was called into action due to injuries plaguing the New Orleans backfield, so you know the coaching staff loves to feed this guy the rock when the opportunity presents itself.

Next up: at Minnesota

James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers: As we mentioned with Donald Driver above, there’s a healthy dose of targets that needs to be redistributed in Green Bay now that Greg Jennings is out of action with a knee injury. Consider the speedy Jones a respectable WR3 moving forward.

Next up: at Kansas City

Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets: I give this guy a lot of flack, but despite completing only 56.8% of his passes this season, Sanchez has throw seven touchdown passes over his last three starts with just one interception during that same time span. He won’t win you a fantasy championship, but the former USC standout makes for a respectable QB2 who can deliver a solid stat line when a favorable matchup presents itself.

Next up: at Philadelphia

Kahlil Bell, RB, Chicago Bears: Bell averaged 4.4 yards per carry against a tough Denver defense this past Sunday and could be in line for an increase in carries after starting running back Marion Barber melted down in the fourth quarter and overtime and essentially cost the Bears the game. Chicago’s offense has been pitiful since Caleb Hanie took over for Jay Cutler, so don’t expect a whole lot here. Consider Bell an RB4 unless he starts carrying the rock 15 or more times per game.

Next up: vs. Seattle

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: It’s tough to get a grip on the passing situation in Denver. One minute Eric Decker is making plays, the next it’s Demaryius Thomas. Over the last two weeks, Thomas has rolled up the numbers, catching 11 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 20 targets. He’ll be hit or miss depending on what Tim Tebow is feeling from week to week, but Thomas is certainly worth owning as a WR3/4 from here on out.

Next up: vs. New England

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins: Offensive players on the Washington depth chart have been added and dropped this season in much the same way that Jennifer Anniston runs through boyfriends. One minute you like them, the next minute they’re garbage. If Gaffney’s still out there, make a move to acquire him as a WR4 with WR3 upside. In two of his last four starts, this guy has rolled up 15 or more fantasy points.

Next up: at New York Giants

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans: Shows how much I know. The week I decide to recommend sitting Daniels for repeatedly failing to show up in the stats column, the guy goes out and catches a season-high seven passes for 100 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. I’m still not 100% sold on Daniels as a consistent TE1 option, but he just proved in Week 14 that he’s still worth owning.

Next up: vs. Carolina

John Skelton, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Skelton certainly isn’t a sexy acquisition, but the guy just tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 282 yards in relief duty against the stingy San Francisco defense this past Sunday. Week 14 marked the second time the second-year signal-caller out of Fordham recorded three touchdown passes over his last four appearances, so if you’re in a pinch at the QB position, Skelton isn’t a terrible option. Remember, he does have a Pro Bowl receiver in Larry Fitzgerald at his disposal.

vs. Cleveland

Devin Aromashodu, WR, Minnesota Vikings: You can’t roll up fantasy points at the wide receiver position unless you get some looks…and Aromashodu has been getting plenty of those as of late. The former Chicago Bear has been targeted 25 times over his last two starts and is always a candidate to rack up garbage time numbers, considering the fact that Minnesota has been awful this season. Consider the Vikings wideout a WR4 for the remainder of the season.

Next up: vs. New Orleans

Keiland Williams, RB, Detroit Lions: It’s become quite clear that if Kevin Smith can’t play, Maurice Morris will not be getting a lot of carries, as that honor has gone to Williams as of late. The LSU product is recommended as a pickup to add depth to your lineup and nothing more, as Smith will take over the reigns once he gets healthy and is ready to play.

Next up: at Oakland

Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts: From both a fantasy and real world perspective, the situation in Indianapolis h as been a complete and utter disaster this season. However, new quarterback Dan Orlovsky has targeted Garcon 24 times over his two starts and Garcon has turned those opportunities into 14 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Consider him a WR4 with upside, depending on the matchup.

Next up: vs. Tennessee

Seattle Seahawks, D/ST: We’ve been recommending this unit just about every week over the last month and see no reason to stop now, especially when you consider the fact that Seattle is headed for a Week 15 showdown with a Chicago Bears offense that has scored a grand total of 13 points over the last two weeks. Ride the Seahawks with confidence.

Next up: at Chicago

Green Bay Packers, D/ST: Clay Matthews and company haven’t delivered this season like they did in 2010, but no worries, because they make for an excellent situational start in Week 15. Green Bay heads to Kansas City this weekend to take on an offense that A) Just fired their head coach and B) Has scored 10 or fewer points in each of their last six games! That’s just downright sad.

Next up: at Kansas City

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