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The Scout Team Waiver Wire: Week 15

The playoffs are upon us and for some teams, you will be advancing to the next round and for others, you will be either looking at a consolation round or focusing on next season.  If you are looking towards next season, you should be doing the basics with your roster.  Dropping kicker and defense, picking up free agents or high upside players, and making moves to stay ahead of the curve. As always if you have any feedback, a specific player you want to know more about, or questions please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @TimNFL.


Quarterback

  • Matt Barkley (REPEAT) – Nice week for Barkley here. Watching the games you can easily see the limitations with him, but you can also see he has a mind to play this game and can fill in for a starter if needed. In Week 15 we will see Barkley also have additional weapons with Alshon set to return from his suspension. I don’t expect Barkley to be a longterm answer with any team, but he is a guy I will watch to see if he lands in a favorable situation.
  • Colin Kaepernick (REPEAT) – Recommending a player who was just benched isn’t my idea of a big buy, but we should all keep in mind Kaepernick’s contract situation going into the offseason. There is a strong chance he lands on a team to be the starting quarterback (Cleveland, Jacksonville, NY Jets or Arizona). If he gets the starting spot he will be a fantasy relevant quarterback and put up numbers.
  • Matt Moore – Even if Ryan Tannehill comes back this season it will be too late for fantasy owners. So we turn to Matt Moore. Probably one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league and should be familiar with the system in Miami and the weapons. I don’t expect too much of a drop off from Tannehill to Moore and in quarterback premium leagues if you play quarterback, you will hold some value.

Running Back

  • Kenneth Farrow – Probably the top Waiver Wire pick-up of the week. It is important to note Farrow is not a game changing running back. He is a grinder who catches the ball well and can be a solid outlet for Philip Rivers. Yes, he does have a massive upside, but he is not an incredibly explosive athlete.
  • Malcolm Brown – This is a name I have mentioned a number of times before and is more of a preemptive pickup looking ahead and if you look back at the film from Week 14 you won’t be interested. As a reminder, Brown is an explosive and tough runner. If he gets a chance in LA or anywhere else he will take off.
  • Jalen Richard (REPEAT) – Someone may have given up on Richard because Latavius Murray just keeps being average. If someone did let Richard slip out there you should definitely scoop him up. There is a built-in value to Richard too. With Murray set to leave Oakland this offseason someone will see a boost in value at some point and it will create a nice cash out window. The same could be said for DeAndre Washington.
  • Brandon Wilds – Take the next guy up. With Matt Forte going down, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for Powell to get injured and for Wilds to have the full workload for the Jets. Buy now before the price goes up!

Wide Receiver

  • Seth Roberts (REPEAT) – It is weird for one of my favorite wide receivers to be the third guy on their team, but Seth Roberts is killing it with the time he is seeing on the field. The plus side is we will find out what the Raiders really think of him since he is an Exclusive Rights Free Agent. If the Raiders make a strong offer we should believe they like him as much as I do.
  • Kenny Stills – There is a chance, in some leagues, that Kenny Stills may have been dropped. In Week 14 Stills had his highest number of targets since Week 11 against the Rams and his most catches all season. I don’t believe it is a fluke that the week Ryan Tannehill goes out Kenny Stills numbers go up. If he is sitting out there you should BUY!


Tight End

  • Ben Koyack – Koyack has been mentioned before and I want to throw this name out there one more time. It is obvious with Julius Thomas on IR that Koyack will see more snaps and should clean up with tight end targets. With little else working in Jacksonville we could see more of an emphasis on the tight end.
  • Tyler Higbee (REPEAT) – People are probably tired of hearing this name, but he has been my guy since the beginning of the draft process and I am only seeing positive things coming from him as the season comes to a close. Don’t be surprised if Higbee is the starter for the Rams in 2017.

Don’t be afraid to make your move.

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About Tim Torch

Age: 30 Birthplace: Dennison, OH Education: Business Administration, University of Mount Union Occupation: HR Specialist Hometown: Warren, OH Family: Amazing wife Years playing fantasy football: 7 Years writing about fantasy football: First year. Favorite NFL team: None, I follow all 32 teams equally. Favorite college team: None, but if I had to say someone then Ohio State. Favorite fan moment: Seeing an empty Browns Stadium at sunrise. Favorite player of all time: Marshall Faulk Favorite movie(s): This is Where I Leave You and Avengers Favorite TV show(s): Big Band Theory, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, New Girl. Least favorite household chore: Scooping cat litter Quote: My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Steve Jobs Dream Car: A car that's paid off Parting thoughts: Don't worry be happy.