WR Waiver Gems – Week 15

Playoff semifinals (or first round, if your league stupidly includes week 17) are upon us; let’s see what is out there on the waiver wires:

Steve Breaston, KC, 37% (GB): With Kyle Orton back behind center and Green Bay’s ultra friendly passing D (288 yards/game, 23 TDs) on tap, Breaston could be a nice sleeper as a flex/WR3. Yea, Orton is not going to remind people of Joe Montana – or even Steve DeBerg – but he should fare better than Tyler Palko did, which means more targets for Breaston throughout the game, with KC probably down by 21 before the 1st quarter is over: 85 yards.

Demaryius Thomas, DEN, 31% (NE): Back to the well with D.T. Featured here last week, he performed great for the second straight week. Tim Tebow seems to looks his way often – when he is actually interested in passing the ball – and the Pats’ secondary is a mess, as everyone is no doubt aware (308 yard/game, 21 TDs). Is it three WR1 games is a row for Thomas? I say affirmative: 80 yards, TD.

Jacoby Jones, HOU, 26%, (CAR): Jones gets the start in place of the injured Andre Johnson, so there’s one plus. Another is that T.J. Yates seems like a competent QB who can heave the ball downfield from time to time. A third is that Carolina’s defense is terrible across the board (236 passing yards/game, 22 TDs), and will have no choice but to focus on containing the Texans’ vaunted rushing attack, leaving holes throughout the secondary for Jones to run through. I don’t love him for a huge day, but a couple of deep balls should find his hands, leading to a serviceable day: 70 yards.

Deep League Special:

Devin Aromashodu: Michael Jenkins is hurt, giving Mr. A a start against the sieve-like Saints passing D (268 yards/game, 20 TDs). More of a possession guy than a vertical threat, he should be able to haul in 6-7 passes from Christian Ponder playing from behind, on his way to a Wes Welker-lite kind of day: 75 yards.

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