Waiver Wire Hot List

Tim Hightower, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Stop traffic. Second-year running back Beanie Wells suffered yet another injury on Sunday, which opened the door for Hightower to rack up 148 rushing yards and two scores on just 18 carries. Even if Wells gets healthy, Hightower has clearly demonstrated this season that he is the more productive running back. He’ll have a nice opportunity to produce a respectable stat line in Week 15 vs. Carolina.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After scoring a couple of touchdowns in the middle of November, Been had been quiet until Week 14, when he caught four passes for 122 yards at Washington. This Sunday he’ll face a Detroit Lions team that ranks 14th in the league in pass defense (220.2 yds/gm).

Jason Campbell, QB, Oakland Raiders: Campbell tore up the Jaguars secondary on Sunday for 324 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-31 loss. The Raiders need to keep their foot on the gas if they want to finish strong and put themselves in position to earn a postseason berth. Look for Campbell to have another solid outing in Week 15 vs. a Denver Broncos team that ranks 19th in the NFL in pass defense (226.8 yds/gm).

Ryan Torain, RB, Washington Redskins: If he’s available, make a move ASAP. Torain rushed for 172 yards on a whopping 24 carries Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, demonstrating that he is clearly head coach Mike Shanahan’s favorite option at the running back position. With enough carries, Torain could do some damage next Sunday against a Dallas defense that ranks 17th in the league against the run (112.7 yds/gm).

Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Be careful how you evaluate Smith’s 255-yard, three-touchdown performance against a lousy Seattle pass defense. Yes, it was impressive, but Week 15 offers a much tougher matchup when the Niners travel to San Diego to face the league’s top-ranked pass defense (173.4 yds/gm).

Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Look who finally showed up! Winslow found the end zone for the second time in three games on Sunday as part of a two-catch, 52-yard performance at Washington. The Pro Bowl tight end will have an opportunity to stay hot this weekend when the Buccaneers play host to the Detroit Lions.

Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Yes, Brown has been a big disappointment this season, but he touched the ball 18 times for 62 yards in last Thursday’s win at Tennessee. He’s not the most reliable flex option for Week 15, but he does have a favorable matchup against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that currently ranks 18th in the league in run defense (112.8 yds/gm).

Matt Flynn, QB, Green Bay Packers: If starting signal-caller Aaron Rodgers is ruled out for Week 15 due to a concussion he suffered this past Sunday, Flynn will get the nod for the Pack. Be cautious in your evaluations, as Green Bay travels to New England Sunday night to take on a Patriots team that is giving up just 21.2 points per game this season (17th in NFL) and has been red-hot as of late.

Dallas Cowboys, D/ST: This unit has been very shaky in 2010, but Week 15 offers up a favorable matchup against a Washington Redskins team that has scored 19 or fewer points in each of their last four games. When these two teams met back in Week 1, the Redskins managed just 13 points against this defense.

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