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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 15

Wide Receivers

Week 15 had some receivers put up nice games that we haven’t talked much about his season and Tyler Lockett was one of them.  At 70% available in most leagues, Lockett caught 4 balls for 90 yards and a touchdown this week.  Lockett has had two touchdowns in his last two games as well.

He’s a great talent with electrifying play making ability so you want him in your lineup for sure.. On second thought, maybe you don’t.  Lockett has only had four games over 37 yards this whole season.  Two of them have been the last two.  Seattle seems to be a little off-kilter lately and the play the division leading strong defense of the Rams next week.

All of that adds up to me not being too high on Lockett in Week 15.  If you are looking for help in the wide receiver position then you need to head down to Florida. Jacksonville to be more precise. Keelan Cole is available in 99% of leagues and caught 3 balls for 99 yards and a score last week.  After catching two balls for 49 yards and a score the week before that, he’s looking very interesting. Due to injuries to the wide receivers for the Jags some of the guys down the depth chart in Jacksonville have been getting playing time and doing well with it and Cole happens to be one of these receivers.

In the last 3 games Cole has been 2nd in routes run and 3rd in targets.  He is showing signs of a late season producer and Bortles seems to like the guy.  If you have a need at receiver then Cole could fill it for you in Week 15.

Staying with Jacksonville late season producers let’s talk about Dede Westbrook.  Westbrook is the other part of that Jacksonville low depth chart equation.  He is available in 85% of leagues and seems to also have the eye of Bortles lately.

He went for 81 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches last week.  Much like Cole, Westbrook has also really come on over the last three weeks.   He’s had 17 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown in that time.  Bortles seems to be liking him the same way he seems to be liking Cole lately.  You should really look at these two as late season risers.

Tight Ends

Speaking of late season heroics, Jesse James had quite a game on Sunday.  He is also available in 95% of leagues.

James caught a whopping 10 passes for 97 yards in the Steelers 39-38 win over the Ravens.   He looked great posting career bests in receptions and yardage.  He should be a tight end that you would grab off of waivers if you have the need, right?

On second thought, no.  James did look good on Sunday but he only has three touchdowns this entire season and two of them were in Week 1.  He will be playing against the Patriots next week who are good against the TE and probably not happy that they just lost to Miami. You would be best to stay away from James if you can.  One way that you could stay away from James is to look for Eric Ebron.

Ebron is still able to be picked up in 80% of leagues.  He caught 10 balls for 94 yards in Detroit’s 24-21 win against the Bucs on Sunday. Ebron is typically inconsistent, but has caught 22 balls in his last four games and is going against a mediocre defense against the TE position in the Chicago defense next week. It is as good as a time as any to trust Ebron for a start if you need the help.

Garrett Celek is available in 99% of leagues and had a great game on Sunday.  Celek caught 2 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers 26-16 win over the Texans. There is a new Sheriff in town by the name of Jimmy Garoppolo and it looks like he’s deputized Celek.  He has received more targets and receptions over the past two weeks than the other TE George Kittle who had been the leader for the first 12 games of the season.

Things are looking up for Celek.  He seems to have a good rapport with Garoppolo and the 49ers always need their tight ends as they are always in a tight game or behind.  Celek is a sneaky pick over the next few weeks at the tight end position and could really help you if you are in need.

So there you have it.  Week 15 is quickly approaching and now you should be a little more ready to handle the waivers with confidence.  Play smart and you just may find yourself in the championship.

As always, good luck and thanks for reading.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.