Fantasy football Waiver Wire: Patterson, Gerhart suddenly in limelight
Making the proper roster decisions is obviously crucial at this point in the game, because a loss means the end of the season. Luckily, young talent continues to emerge down the stretch that could help fantasy owners survive another week. Here are the top finds likely on the waiver wire this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (owned in 21 percent of CBS leagues, 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues and five percent of ESPN leagues) -- Patterson should have landed on fantasy radars when he saw 11 targets in Week 12. His 141 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 14 should convince owners that he's legitimate.
LaVon Brazill, Indianapolis Colts (one percent, one percent, zero percent) -- Brazill received some premature hype when Reggie Wayne was injured. Now, the Colts are utilizing their most talented wide receivers, as opposed to those who make the most money. Brazill Is a better football player than Darrius Heyward-Bey and he should continue to see his targets increase.
Da'Rick Rogers, Indianapolis Colts (one percent, two percent, zero percent) -- Rogers is another young and talented Colts receiver who should surpass Heyward-Bey for targets going forward. He caught six balls for 107 yards with two touchdowns in his Week 14.
Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings (18 percent, nine percent, one percent) -- Gerhart could receive the majority of the carries this weekend with Adrian Peterson possibly watching from the sidelines. This situation exemplifies why it's crucial to own the handcuff of your top running back. Adrian Peterson owners could be without their best player in the fantasy postseason and Gerhart is talented enough to produce in his absence. He's only carried the ball 36 times this season (15 times on Sunday), but he's averaging 7.9 yards per carry.
Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins (25 percent, 12 percent, five percent) -- Nobody anticipated a career game from Thomas in Week 14, but he turned hot, and the Dolphins rode him to 105 rushing yards and a touchdown. He has a chance to get double-digit carries again in Week 15, making him an option for desperate fantasy owners.
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders (15 percent, 12 percent, three percent) -- Reece altered some fantasy results Week 14 when he unexpectedly took 19 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. Reece seems to produce whenever's he's given the chance, but unfortunately his chances might be slim in Week 15. He's only worth using in fantasy leagues if both Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (18 percent, 13 percent, one percent) -- Pitta missed the first 13 weeks of the season with a hip injury but returned in time to make an impact in fantasy leagues. Pitta made his season debut on Sunday and was targeted 11 times for six catches, 48 yards and a touchdown. He'll continue to see ample targets going forward and is a big part of the Ravens' offense.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (46 percent, 26 percent, 14 percent) -- The young Dolphins quarterback has quietly been producing among the top-tier quarterbacks over the past two weeks. Tannehill is a lock for a decent performance on Sunday against New England. He might not throw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, but he also won't get benched. Tannehill is consistent and steady, if mediocre, but sometimes a low floor is better than a high ceiling.
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