If your fantasy playoffs are starting this week, congratulations on making it this far. While your drafting probably got you to this point, it wouldn’t have been possible with at least a few big additions from waivers. Last week I mentioned it wasn’t a great week for waiver claims but hit it big with my call of Jonathan Stewart. The pickings are still relatively slim, but there are players available that should be able to make an impact. As you’ll see, this is mainly the case with the receiver position for week 15.
Donte Moncrief, WR Colts: I’ve mentioned Moncrief before in this space, and chances are the hype will only grow from here. With an incredible combination of size and speed, the rookie seems to have beaten out Hakeem Nicks for the role of the Colts third receiver. However, this week Moncrief could see extra work as Reggie Wayne is starting to break down. In a high octane passing attack, this is fantastic news for fantasy owners.
The matchup this week is favorable as the Texans defense is vulnerable in pass coverage. If you’re in a deep league or one that starts three wideouts, Moncrief is worth a serious look from here on out.
Charles Johnson, WR Vikings: Johnson is another receiver with ridiculous size/speed talent. While Cordarrelle Patterson was supposed to make a leap this year, issues with his route running have prevented that. As a result, Johnson has gotten his chance and has become one of Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite targets. While this weeks matchup against the Lions isn’t too favorable, Johnson is at least worth an add in most formats.
A player who is his quarterbacks top option with the skills Johnson has is usually a huge fantasy commodity. While the Lions pass rush could limit the overall opportunities for Johnson, he’s still at least worth stashing through this week.
Marquess Wilson, WR Bears: Wilson was extremely productive for his two years at Washington State, but eventually left the team his junior year. This allowed the Bears to snatch him in the 7th round of the 2013 draft. With Brandon Marshall looking likely to miss the rest of the season, Wilson should step in opposite Alshon Jeffery. Another big receiver at 6’4, he provides Jay Cutler another weapon to use as he goes against a reeling Saints secondary.
If you don’t pick up Wilson now, it’s understandable. He hasn’t proven himself even to the extent of the two players mentioned before him here. Just don’t be surprised if this time next week Wilson is a hot waiver commodity.