Waiver-Wire Pickups, Week 15
Injuries in the NFL are ramping up at an unparalleled pace which means the waiver-wire is the last hope for fantasy teams struggling to stay afloat. Rob Gronkowski? Gone. Adrian Peterson? Who knows. These fill-ins should immediately help your injury ravaged lineups…
1. Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings – If you are a Ravens/Vikings fan and watched the game this past Sunday, you probably had a near heart attack at least 5 different times. Between the blizzard conditions, AP’s ankle injury, and the back and forth play in the final 2 minutes (5 touchdowns over that span), this game had a little bit of everything. When Peterson went down, Gerhart (a former Heisman trophy finalist) was more than ready to handle the load. The Stanford product amassed 89 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and with the potential for an even heavier workload this weekend, Gerhart hasn’t peaked yet.
2. Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens – The Baltimore tight end suffered a gruesome hip dislocation during the offseason, a similar injury endured by high performance athletes Bo Jackson and Dylan Elder. His season was deemed over almost as soon as it happened, yet he played his first game last week and made an immediate impact with a crucial touchdown catch. The Ravens’ offense looked much more comfortable with Pitta in there, and for those of you mourning the loss of Gronk, picking up Dennis is a must.
3. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins – Tannehill doesn’t get a lot of credit and most certainly gets stuck in the shadows of Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Russell Wilson, but he has been solid all year long and spectacular as of late. Over his past 2 games, the Dolphins’ QB has averaged 22 points and has thrown for 5 touchdowns in the process. With all the distractions last month, it is notable and maybe even remarkable that Miami is still very much alive in the playoff hunt and their quarterback is a huge reason why. With playoff spots being clinched by top tier teams, star quarterbacks will soon be benched and Tannehill is a great player to fill that void.