Week #11: The Market
By Michael Nazarek

The weeks are dwindling in the 2015 fantasy season. Those teams scrambling for playoff positioning are likely frantically searching for that fantasy "diamond-in-the-rough". In addition, owners with injured players are also scrambling. Of course, with injuries, come free-agent opportunities. I will continue to discuss player trade possibilities, as well the free agent wire, in order to help out those in need, and sure up those teams on a direct course towards a fantasy championship...

 

THE QUARTERBACKS

 

-- Is Aaron Rodgers Really Struggling? --

 

What is wrong with Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers? Well, HC Mike McCarthy commented on Rodgers... "If Aaron is guilty of anything, it's just that he's trying to do too much," he said. McCarthy said Rodgers needs to "trust his fundamentals." What causes fundamentals to break down? "I think it's trust and trying to do too much." McCarthy commented on the lack of a running game... "Like any good running game, it needs the attempts." It sounds like there could be more carries Sunday in Minnesota. That said, the Vikings are vulnerable against the pass, as they just gave up 302 passing yards and two scores to Raiders QB Derek Carr. In other words, for all his troubles, Rodgers is still averaging nearly 25 fantasy points per game, which is good to be the #6 ranked fantasy QB for the 2015 season. While he's not the #1 guy, QB Tom Brady (29 PPG), Rodgers isn't far off, so unless you also own Brady or a top 5 QB like QB Carson Palmer, it's best to stick with him. Yes, he's playing "ugly" and producing most of his points in the 4th quarter, but with the exception of the flop in Denver, Rodgers remains a solid starting #1 fantasy QB. The Packers aren't winning, but Rodgers is still producing. It's not time to panic here with regard to starting Rodgers!

 

-- Tony Romo Returns This Week! --

 

There is good news for Dallas Cowboys fantasy fans this week. Recent tests indicate Cowboys QB Tony Romo's (collarbone - IRDFR) fractured left collarbone has healed. As for Sunday against the Dolphins, "He will play." Let me rephrase that.... He will start! With WR Dez Bryant also healthy, Romo immediately becomes a solid fantasy starter this week, especially with quality starters like QB Eli Manning and QB Ben Roethlisberger on a BYE and QB Sam Bradford out due to injury. In one FFPC high stakes league, I picked up Romo after he was dropped in week #3 and held him just for this week's game since I also own Manning (BYE) and Bradford (injured). I have no hesitation about starting him as long as he gets through this week's practices without a setback. We will be monitoring him closely, but all signs point to Romo starting and producing a solid game against a very beatable Miami Dolphins defense on the road this week. Dare I say he will likely be ranked as a top 10 fantasy QB when our rankings are released on Wednesday night.

 

-- Jay Cutler Showing Major Improvement --

 

Don't look now, but Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is on quite a run for his fantasy owners. Since returning from injury, Cutler has produced SIX straight 21+ point fantasy games! How is he doing it? Well, OC Adam Gase has gotten Cutler to play within himself, and the talent around him is making big plays. The emergence of RB Jeremy Langford and TE Zach Miller has made a big difference as both scored on 80+ yard plays against a tough St. Louis Rams defense on the road. In addition, WR Alshon Jeffery, until last week, has been productive and healthy. When the team gets RB Matt Forte and WR Eddie Royal back from knee injuries, Cutler will be that much more dangerous. Looking ahead, the Bears have a fair schedule with games against DEN, @GB, vs. SF, and vs. WAS over the next four weeks, giving Cutler a solid chance to continue his run of 21+ point games. If he is your normal starter, there's no reason to bench him, and if he's available on your league waiver wire, pick him up and start him if you need him! Yes, Cutler is no longer a name to avoid in fantasy!

 

-- Consider Mark Sanchez, But... --

 

With Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford battling a should injury and a concussion, it's all but certain that backup QB Mark Sanchez will start for the team this week and likely next week as well. Is Sanchez worthy of fantasy consideration? Yes, but he does come with some warts. He can look brilliant on occasion, only to make boneheaded decisions the next. When he replaced Bradford on Sunday, he made an unwise throw to WR Jordan Matthews that nearly got him seriously injured. And then there are the picks. Sanchez threw an interception late on Sunday that lost the Eagles the game. That said, Sanchez averaged more than 21 fantasy points per game when he started in 2014. This week, he faces a very beatable Buccaneers team at home, meaning another 20+ point fantasy game is a very good possibility. Bottom Line: Sanchez is unlikely to blow up on you, but neither was Bradford and desperate fantasy owners have to take what they can get, so consider him accordingly and pick him up and start him if you need him. At least for this week, Sanchez isn't a terrible option!

 

-- Brock Osweiler Set to Start --

 

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (foot/rib cage) may have played his last game as a Bronco on Sunday, after failing miserably to generate any offense while playing hurt. Enter QB Brock Osweiler. In his first extended action, Osweiler completed 14 of 24 passes for 146 yards and a score to WR Andre Caldwell. He didn't look half bad, and will start this week against the Bears on the road. Osweiler is a big guy, listed at 6'8" and 240 lbs. He has a solid arm and also the mobility that Manning no longer has. Of course, he also has quality threats to target in the passing game with WR Demaryius Thomas and WR Emmanuel Sanders along with Caldwell and TE Owen Daniels and new threat TE Vernon Davis. The Bears have far from a shut-down defense, so there is a chance that Osweiler could produce a multiple TD game this week. Fantasy owners in need may want to consider picking him up and starting him. One thing is certain. He can't possibly do any worse than what Manning has been doing lately!

 

-- The Red Rifle Becomes a Red Ryder BB-Gun --

 

It happened again. Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton produced another stinker game in prime time against an inferior opponent. For some reason, this seems to happen at least once every season for a Dalton-led Bengals team. He completed 22 of 38 passes for only 197 yards with ZERO TDs and a pick. He suffered through three drops by TE Tyler Eifert, which didn't help matters. To date, Dalton ranks as the #9 fantasy QB fro the season, but after starting the season with six straight 21+ point fantasy games, Dalton has produced two stinkers in his last three games, scoring 14 and 12 in week #8 and #10. Not good. What's a smart fantasy owner to do? Well, Dalton is no longer match-up proof. In addition, he struggled against a formerly bad Texans defense that actually played well. That means he's a risk to start against good defenses or defenses on the rise moving forward. Cincinnati plays @ARZ this week, followed by a game against SL at home. Danger, Will Robinson! I'm not saying he will flop the next two weeks, but that schedule is certainly not encouraging. If I own Dalton, I'm looking for a better matchup, and would seriously consider sitting him this week for a solid alternative. The Red Rifle played like a Red Ryder BB-Gun on Monday night. Do you want to risk that type of performance again so soon? I think you get my drift here...

 

-- QB Potpourri --

 

Let's take a look at some of the other more notable QB performances from last week... New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for two scores last Thursday night against the Bills. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston rushed for one TD on Sunday against the Cowboys. Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins threw for FOUR scores against the Saints on Sunday. Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel threw for one score against the Steelers on Sunday and has been named the starter moving forward after this week's BYE. Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for three scores against the Jaguars on Sunday. Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater threw for one TD on Sunday against the Raiders. Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith threw for one score against the Broncos on Sunday. Houston Texans QB T.J. Yates threw a game-winning TD pass on Monday night against the Bengals in relief of injured QB Brian Hoyer (concussion).

 

 

THE RUNNING BACKS

 

-- Christine Michael Gone; Rod Smith Moves Up! --

 

Surprise news broke today when it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys have waived RB Christine Michael. Why? Good question. Word from ESPN's Ed Werder was that Michael was "not performing to the standard. Not a bad kid." That said, rumors are starting to circulate that Michael at one time was the only Seahawks player ESPN's Danny O'Neil ever heard of running a dice game on the team plane while coming back from a game. It's also been reported that Michael got out of a ticket by taking a selfie with the police officer a few weeks back. For whatever reason, Michael is now gone, and that leaves former Seahawks and current Cowboys reserve RB Rodney Smith as the new primary backup to injury-plagued RB Darren McFadden. Smith is young and inexperienced, but he also has size, and has a running style that the Cowboys like. They also see him as a potential special teams star, and he loves football. Run DMC owners should immediately ditch Michael for Smith off their waiver wire because Smith is just one big hit away from starting for a Cowboys team that now has a healthy QB Tony Romo under center. In fact, anyone else who has an open roster spot might want to grab and stash Smith just in case. Weirder things have happened!

 

-- Doug Martin Still Struggling --

 

Once again, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin failed to score on Sunday and rushed for only 63 yards against a beatable Cowboys run defense missing LB Sean Lee due to injury. While he did manage 4-40 stat line in catches, Martin in not a lock to repeat those numbers with RB Charles Sims still seeing significant action. At best, Martin is playing 2/3 of the snaps for the Buccaneers, but since producing a 3-game hot streak in October, he's gone luke warm at best. That means instead of a must fantasy play, his fantasy owners need to consider their options carefully and play the match-ups. The Buccaneers play @PHI and @IND over the next two weeks, which are both beatable match-ups, but we saw that meant little to Martin this past Sunday. Bottom Line: Start Martin with care because even if he's a top 10 ranked RB for the season in PPR leagues, he's playing more like a decent flex option at best these days.

 

-- Reconsider Dexter McCluster --

 

Believe it or not, the one constant in the Tennessee Titans backfield this season has been RB Dexter McCluster. Well, he did it again this past weekend, scoring and adding 4 catches for 27 yards into the mix against the Panthers. He is not the starter, but remains the primary pass-catcher out of the backfield. McCluster played nearly 40% of the snaps on Sunday, something that shouldn't change very much despite either RB Antonio Andrews leading the way or rookie RB David Cobb. Bottom Line: McCluster will continue to see 5-10 touches in any given week, and he has a few TDs to his credit as well. Desperate fantasy owners may want to give him a look this week when the team plays at Jacksonville, a team he could easily score against if given the chance. Over the past five weeks, McCluster has scored 13.2, 12.8, 7.8, 6.7, and 15.2 fantasy points. Not bad for a guy most overlook!

 

-- Matt Jones Blows Up! --

 

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones showed what he can do when given the chance against a terrible defense this past Sunday. Against the Saints, Jones took a screen pass 78 yards to the house for a score. For the game, Jones totaled 186 yards on only 14 touches because he's still a part of a RBBC. That said, the Redskins want to get him into position to make plays, so he should continue to see 10+ touches in any given week as long as he doesn't fumble the football. This role makes Jones a nice #3/Flex fantasy option most weeks. Looking at the Redskins' schedule, they play @CAR this week, followed by games vs NYG, vs. DAL, and @CHI. None of these defenses are scary, and while Carolina may limit the big plays, they do give up passes to the RB, which is more of what Jones is seeing these days. In other words, start him if you need him and cross your fingers the big plays continue to happen!

 

The following piece of advice was given BEFORE any specifics regarding RB Mark Ingram's shoulder injury came to light. If you followed this advice, you got yourself one heck of a fantasy starting RB for the balance of the season before most anyone knew the real inside scoop...

-- Got Mark Ingram? Get Tim Hightower! --

 

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram had a 70-yard run on Sunday that set up a WR Brandin Cooks touchdown early against the Redskins. Surprisingly, he was a non-factor for the rest of the game, with backup RB Tim Hightower and RB C.J. Spiller both playing over him in the second half of a blowout loss to Washington. Ingram has at least 80 total yards in four straight games, but has failed to score in the past three contests. The Saints are on their BYE this week, meaning the team doesn't have to release injury information for consumption. There are rumors circulating that Ingram may have injured himself, but he was not on the post-game injury report. With Hightower rushing for 46 yards on 11 carries in the game and Spiller seeing only 10 touches, fantasy owners of Ingram should quietly grab Hightower to stash him on their roster and play the waiting game to see if Ingram is in fact injured. Hopefully, there is no injury, but if you wait until next week to make this move and news of an Ingram injury emerges, you will wish you had made it this week when his cost will likely be nothing. Hey! I'm just sayin'!

 

-- C.J. Anderson Fading Away --

 

Things went from disappointing to downright UGLY for fantasy owners of Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson this past Sunday. Despite playing 38% of the offensive snaps against the Chiefs, Anderson had only two carries for 9 yards and failed to catch his only target. Of course, the poor game by QB Peyton Manning didn't give the offense much of a chance to do anything, but RB Ronnie Hillman still managed to score and total 51 yards of offense on 13 touches. Granted, the change at QB to QB Brock Osweiler could change things, but during this final and critical BYE week, fantasy owners can ill afford to take a chance Anderson will not only see more touches, but get goal line chances to score ahead of Hillman. Bottom Line: Possible free agent fantasy pickups like Titans RB Dexter McCluster or even Ravens FB Kyle Juszczyk offer a bigger chance for at least 5 fantasy points this coming week. As John Holler said in A Holler from the Cheap Seats about Anderson... "Most people have long since benched Anderson because, for the price he came with, he has been a huge disappointment. He has played every week and has rushed for more than 43 yards just once – and nobody was likely playing him against Green Bay when he had his only 100-yard game and his only touchdown. He’s been so bad for so long, you don’t have to arm-twist to convince owners to let him ride pine."

 

-- RB Potpourri --

 

Let's take a look at some of the other more notable RB performances from last week... Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims saw 7 touches on Sunday against the Cowboys. Carolina Panthers RB Mike Tolbert saw 4 touches last week against the Titans. Chicago Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey saw 14 carries against the Rams on Sunday. St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason saw 7 touches on Sunday against the Bears. New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller saw 10 touches on Sunday against the Redskins. Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson saw 3 touches on Sunday against the Saints. Miami Dolphins rookie RB Jay Ajayi saw 6 carries against the Eagles on Sunday. Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles saw 8 touches last weekend against the Dolphins. Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius Allen saw 5 touches last weekend against the Jaguars. Baltimore Ravens FB Jyle Juszczyk caught five passes last weekend against the Jaguars. Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata saw 4 touches on Sunday against the Raiders. Oakland Raiders RB Jamize Olawale saw 8 touches last weekend against the Vikings. New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa saw 5 carries on Sunday against the Patriots. Finally, Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes saw 7 touches on Monday night against the Bengals.

 

 

THE WIDE RECEIVERS

 

-- Arrow Up on D. Adams & R. Rodgers; Arrow Down on J. Jones --

 

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers may appear to be struggling, but one thing is certain, over the past two weeks, he is leaning more on a healthy WR Davante Adams than any other receiver in the team's corps, including WR Randall Cobb. During these two games, Adams has received a whopping 31 targets, including 20 on Sunday. Despite those numbers, Adams has yet to score, totaling 7-93 and 10-79 stat lines during that period. It may only be a matter of time before Adams hit paydirt, since Rodgers is concentrating on getting him the football. Over that period of time, TE Richard Rodgers has also been heavily targets, getting 14 targets, and totaling 5-19-2 and 5-32-1 stat lines. In actuality, Rodgers is producing the most from this attention when compared to Adams. Cobb has seen 22 targets in the past two weeks, but WR James Jones seems to be the odd man out, as he's only seen 8 total targets, catching just 2 passes over both games! The Packers may need to run more, but whether they will do so remains in doubt, but if I own Jones, he's the player to sit this week, while Adams and Rodgers are must fantasy plays. Cobb also remains a good play, but he's been unable to shake coverage for big plays. Oh, do the Packers miss WR Jordy Nelson (torn ACL)!

 

-- Reconsider Terrance Williams --

 

Everyone knows that the fantasy value of WR Dez Bryant goes up with the return of QB Tony Romo to the field of play for the Dallas Cowboys. But don't forget that there will be other beneficiaries of Romo's return, namely WR Terrance Williams. Over the first two weeks when Romo was healthy, Williams scored once and caught 9 passes for 144 yards. Looking at week #3 moving forward, Williams has scored just one more time and totaled just 16 catches for 229 yards. That is an average of just 2.3 catches for 33 yards in any given week with the sorry Cowboys backup QBs starting. With Romo on the field, Williams could score on a deep route at any time. Yes, he's always been inconsistent in his production, but he is a significant deep threat, and goes from an afterthought to a realistic flex option with upside against a beatable Dolphins secondary this week. In case you forgot, Williams finished 2014 as the #36 ranked WR with EIGHT scores! If you are desperate and he's on your waiver wire, picking up and starting Williams is far from a bad idea this week. It's just something to cosndier...

 

-- Wes Welker Debuts --

 

St. Louis Rams WR Wes Welker was signed late last week, and debuted on Sunday against the Bears at home. He played mostly on third downs, but did draw a surprising 6 targets, which was good for second on the team. He finished with a mediocre 3-32 stat line, but did make a few nice catches. With the benching of QB Nick Foles for QB Case Keenum, targets and game planning is up in the air, which may be good or bad for Welker. That said, it's pretty clear that WR Tavon Austin remains the primary threat in the passing game, although he didn't do much on Sunday seeing only 4 targets. Bottom Line: The Rams remains a run-heavy team that relies of RB Todd Gurley to get the job done. They made the switch to try to jump start their passing game, but it remains to be seen whether that will heavily include Welker or not. Fantasy owners may want to grab and stash him if they have room on their roster, but at this point, it would be a big surprise if his role grew to one worthy of real fantasy consideration. In other words, the days of the slot machine named Welker are likely far over.

 

-- Willie Snead Shut Out --

 

Fantasy owners of New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead got a rude ZERO for stating him this past Sunday. What happened? Well, he was limited in practice much of the week leading up to the game, sitting out on Thursday. Apparently, he wasn't deemed healthy enough to be a real part of the passing game on Sunday, so HC Sean Payton used him mostly as a decoy against the Redskins. He caught one pass, but it was wiped out on a penalty. Snead finished the game with one official target that fell incomplete despite playing 67% of the team's offensive snaps. The good news here is that Snead apparently didn't make his injury any worse, and gets this week's BYE to rest up and heal so he can be a productive pass-catching in week #12. At least that is the hope at this time, so sit him this week, and we'll revisit his situation come next Wednesday when the Saints return to practice.

 

-- Consider Chris Givens --

 

New Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Givens has surprisingly integrated himself quite well into his new home. With WR Steve Smith (torn Achilles) lost for the season, Givens has worked his way into a starting job opposite WR Kamar Aiken ahead of WR Marlon Brown. Givens is creating separation, and making plays. He finished Sunday's game with a 4-37-1 stat line, catching a late 14-yard TD pass from QB Joe Flacco. Givens has speed, so he's definitely a deep threat too. That makes him an attractive fantasy free agent pickup for owners in need. The Ravens are not pounding the rock these days, so Givens should continue to see a solid amount of targets in the 6-10 range (he saw 6 on Sunday, second only to Aiken's 14). Grab him and start him if you need him this week against a struggling St. Louis Rams defense at home!

 

-- Michael Floyd Scores Twice! --

 

Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd blew up for two shocking scores on Sunday night in Seattle! With WR John Brown still nursing a hamstring injury, Floyd saw a solid 9 targets in the game, finishing with a stunning 7-113-2 stat line. It's clear that Floyd's dislocated fingers have healed, making him a serious deep threat for the Cardinals when he is featured. QB Carson Palmer is very hot right now when he gets the time to throw, thanks to RB Chris Johnson for his blitz pick-ups. Once Brown is healthy, the wealth will be spread around, but if he's limited again in practice this week, watch out for another big game by Floyd at home against the bumbling Bengals! In other words, if you own Floyd, he goes from a solid flex option to a quality #2 fantasy WR this week if Brown is still a bit gimpy. Watch the practice reports and start him accordingly.

 

-- WR Potpourri --

 

The following wideouts caught at least two passes or scored this past weekend and deserve fantasy consideration: Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore (3-29-1), Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis (4-57), Carolina Panthers WR Ted Ginn (4-45), Tennessee Titans WR Harry Douglas (3-26), Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (4-60-1), Miami Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (5-93), Philadelphia Eagles WR Josh Huff (3-23-1), Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (6-77), Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes (1-34-1), Denver Broncos WR Andre Caldwell (2-13-1), New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (10-79), New York Giants WR Dwayne Harris (6-82-1), Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (7-134-1), Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (4-44), and Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts (3-16).

 

 

THE TIGHT ENDS

 

-- Zach Miller Blows Up! --

 

Looks like the Chicago Bears have a new STUD TE, eh? Injury prone TE Zach Miller has hit the big time in the past two weeks, scoring THREE TIMES in the past two games. What was once thought to be TE Martellus Bennett's time to shine with RB Matt Forte (knee) out and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin) slowed, it has been Miller whom has stepped up his play and made the big plays. And it has not gone unnoticed. Miller is a talented player whom hasn't had a chance to really show what he can do due to assorted injuries. Well, he's healthy now, and you can't ignore what he's done. That means Miller is worthy of fantasy free-agent consideration, while Bennett's fantasy value take a big hit. Fantasy owners in need may want to grab and start Miller, but expecting big games every week is likely asking for too much. Likewise, Bennett's value has slipped, but he's still a decent fantasy option if you have no one better. However, if you also own another player like TE Antonio Gates, the option is clear here to bench Bennett, at least until he starts to produce again. Apparently, the Black Unicorn has some real competition in Chicago!

 

-- A Closer Look: Julius Thomas --

 

What is wrong with Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas? Well, let's take a closer look. Over the pat month of play, Thomas is not even hit 5 points per game in PPR leagues. He is averaging only 6 targets per game over that period. He also is dealing with an abdomen injury. It's clear the Jaguars are not making it a priority to get him involved in the passing game. While he is seeing a few red zone targets, things must change for Thomas to make an impact. And that is exactly what might happen if WR Alen Hurns (abdomen) is out for any real length of time. The problem is that this is no lock to happen even if Hurns sits. WR Marqise Lee is finally getting healthy, and so is WR Rashad Greene. Bottom Line: If I own Thomas, I'm not giving up on him yet, but I'd try to sit him if possible, at least until his production improves. Right now, he is killing his fantasy owners, and it's not pretty. The schedule looks good, so all you can do is pray that he begins to make an impact again.

 

-- Reconsider Crockett Gillmore --

 

The Baltimore Ravens are searching for quality targets in their passing game due to the loss of veteran WR Steve Smith (Achilles). As a result, TE Crockett Gillmore has seen some quality looks, one of which resulted in a score this past Sunday. Gillmore has scored in two straight games, and has the talent to continue to be a factor throughout the rest of the season. That said, he is not Greg Olsen. In other words, most weeks, if you star Gillmore, it's a fairly decent risk to whether he scores or gets you many points. Desperate fantasy owners may want to take a chance on him, though. He has good rapport with QB Joe Flacco, so most weeks, he's a solid top 20 fantasy TE. According to average fantasy points per game, Gillmore ranks #16 with a decent 10.9 PPG for fantasy owners in PPR leagues. Consider him accordingly and pick him and start him with fingers crossed. There's no reason to believe he can't score for a third game in a row, but he is certainly no lock to do so.

 

-- TE Potpourri --

 

The following tight ends caught at least two passes this past weekend or scored and deserve fantasy consideration: Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers (5-32-1), Green Bay Packers TE Justin Perillo (5-58-1), Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson (3-21-1), Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (7-68), Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek (4-134), Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (4-40), Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams (4-40-1), Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (2-18-1), Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (2-18-1), Oakland Raiders TE Mychal Rivera (6-46), and Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (2-26-1).

 

The following is the 10th in-season free agent player rankings list for the 2015 NFL season. If you're looking for a free agent off your leagues' waiver wire to fill a need (maybe depth), these are the players to consider...

 

FREE AGENT PLAYER RANKINGS

 

Rank

Quarterbacks

Rank

Tight Ends

1

Tony Romo, DAL

1

Zach Miller, CHI

2

Joe Flacco, BAL

2

Richard Rodgers, GB

3

Marcus Mariota, TEN ®

3

Zach Ertz, PHI

4

Mark Sanchez, PHI

4

Crockett Gillmore, BAL

5

Kirk Cousins, WAS

5

Heath Miller, PIT (BYE)

6

Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ (INJ)

6

Clive Walford, OAK ®

7

Brock Osweiler, DEN

7

Justin Perillo, GB

8

Alex Smith, KC

8

Brent Celek, PHI

9

Matt Hasselbeck, IND

9

Jermaine Gresham, ARZ

10

Jameis Winston, TB ®

10

Maxx Williams, BAL ®

11

Teddy Bridgewater, MIN

11

Mychal Rivera, OAK

12

Johnny Manziel, CLE (BYE)

12

Vernon Davis, DEN

13

Case Keenum, SL

13

Ed Dickson, CAR

14

Blaine Gabbert, SF

14

Rhett Ellison, MIN

15

T.J. Yates, HOU *

   
     

* - Could Start Due to Injury

 

* - Could Start Due to Injury

   
       

Rank

Running Backs

Rank

Wide Recievers

1

Darren Sproles, PHI

1

Danny Amendola, NE

2

Dexter McCluster, TEN

2

Rishard Matthews, MIA

3

Charles Sims, TB

3

Doug Baldwin, SEA

4

Jay Ajayi, MIA ®

4

Jamison Crowder, WAS ®

5

Denard Robinson, JAX *

5

Dwayne Harris, NYG (BYE)

6

Kyle Juszczyk, BAL

6

Chris Givens, BAL

7

Jamize Olawale, OAK

7

Marvin Jones, CIN

8

Ahmad Bradshaw, IND

8

Terrance Williams, DAL

9

C.J. Spiller, NO (BYE)

9

Ted Ginn, CAR

10

Tim Hightower, NO (BYE)

10

Harry Douglas, TEN *

11

Joique Bell, DET

11

Dontrelle Inman, SD *

12

Bilal Powell, NYJ (INJ)

12

Cecil Shorts, HOU

13

Rod Smith, DAL

13

Lance Moore, DET

14

Mike Tolbert, CAR

14

Bryan Walters, JAX (INJ)

15

Ka'Deem Carey, CHI

15

Brian Hartline, CLE (BYE)

16

Javious Allen, BAL ®

16

Jared Abbrederis, GB ®

17

Jonathan Grimes, HOU

17

Devin Funchess, CAR ®

18

Chris Polk, HOU

18

Josh Huff, PHI

19

Chris Thompson, WAS

19

D. Green-Beckham, TEN ®

20

Matt Asiata, MIN

20

Wes Welker, SL

21

Toby Gerhart, JAX (INJ)

21

Andre Holmes, OAK

22

Tre Mason, SL

22

Andre Caldwell, DEN

23

O. Darkwa, NYG (BYE)

23

Hakeem Nicks, NYG (BYE)

       
 

* - Could Start Due to Injury

 

* - Could Start Due to Injury

       

Rank

Place Kickers

Rank

Team Defenses

1

Cairo Santos, KC

1

Kansas City Chiefs @SD

2

Blair Walsh, MIN

2

New England Patriots vs. BUF

3

Graham Gano, CAR

3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @PHI

4

Robbie Gould, CHI

4

Houston Texans vs. NYJ

5

Chandler Catanzaro, ARZ

5

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. TEN

6

Dan Bailey, DAL

   

7

Mike Nugent, CIN

   

8

Jason Myers, JAX ®

   

9

Adam Vinatieri, IND

   

10

Andrew Franks, MIA ®

   

 

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