Week 15 is here and the stakes couldn’t be any higher. It’s win or go home and many fantasy owners are in need of a replacement for Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker for the second round of the playoffs.
It’s never easy to replace fantasy studs like Gronkowski and Welker, but there are a few players out there that can help owners salvage their season. Dennis Pitta, Rod Streater and Da’Rick Rogers lead the crop of Week 15 waiver wire pickups.
Dennis Pitta (TE – BAL)
Dennis Pitta made his 2013 debut on Sunday and did not disappoint. He hauled in 6 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Pitta has been Flacco’s security blanket the last few years and has been very productive in the red zone and on third down. Fantasy owners looking for a replacement for Gronkowski or a boost at the tight end position should look no further than Dennis Pitta. He’s sure to get plenty of targets at Detroit in Week 15 which will be in a dome so the weather won’t be a factor.
Rod Streater (WR – OAK)
Rod Streater had a solid game on Sunday racking up 7 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. He’s proven to be very valuable to fantasy owners and the Raiders offense in the absence of the injured Denarius Moore.
Moving forward it looks like Streater will be the number one option at receiver for the Raiders and there appears to be no timetable for Denarius Moore’s return. Owners in need of a replacement for Welker shouldn’t feel great starting Streater in his absence but he does have double-digit points in two of his last four games and will get some one on one chances against the Chiefs in Oakland in Week 15
Da’Rick Rogers (WR – IND)
Da’Rick Rogers was targeted a team high nine times in Indy’s loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He caught six of those nine targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Rogers’ six catches were the first of his career and it appears he has plenty more to come in his young career.Rogers benefited from lots of single coverage on Sunday while fellow receiver T.Y. Hilton was drawing double and even sometimes triple coverage throughout the day.
Rogers was on the field for 68% of Indy’s snaps and he has a lot of upside this week playing at home against Houston against a team that has all but given up on the season. Owners looking for a player with a lot of upside should look no further than Rogers as he is a rare athlete standing 6’3″ and 215 pounds.