Week 15: Top waiver claims

BY foxsports • December 15, 2009

However, Seattle has a very favorable matchup next against Tampa Bay’s third-worst pass defense for allowing touchdowns (24).

9. Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago

He emerged as Chicago’s best receiver last game by catching a team-high eight passes for 76 yards and a score. If Devin Hester misses his second straight contest with a calf injury, his absence increases Aromashodu’s chances of serving as Chicago’s No. 1 wideout again.

Baltimore’s sixth-rated run defense is also likely to shut down Chicago’s running game for the next contest, leaving Jay Cutler to throw frequently.

8. Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit

Kevin Smith is out for the season with an injured knee, leaving Morris with the chance to be Detroit’s featured back. Morris has the skills to be an all-around back and serve as a runner or receiver. He owns a slightly higher rushing average than Smith (3.7 to 3.4) as well. His yardage and scoring potential are limited against the quality defenses of Arizona and San Francisco for the next two contests before he finishes with Chicago’s ninth-worst run defense.

7. Earl Doucet, WR, Arizona

If Larry Fitzgerald is out next game with a knee injury, look for Doucet to help replace him. Arizona meets two very favorable defenses of Detroit and St. Louis for the next two contests. The Lions rank as the league’s worst pass defense for yards (272) and scores (29). Both Fitzgerald (eight catches for 87 yards and a score) and Anquan Boldin (eight catches for 103 yards and a score) had solid fantasy games against St. Louis recently in Week 11‘s first meeting.

Doucet led the Cardinals with 41 receiving yards against San Francisco last contest. With more playing time, he could post a respectable fantasy output.

6. Leonard Weaver, RB, Philadelphia

He’s recently emerged as Philadelphia’s most effective fantasy back with Brian Westbrook injured from a concussion. Weaver has scored in two straight contests, totaling 100 yards and a score in Week 13, and collecting 41 yards and a touchdown last game.

Another Eagles player to watch is Kevin Curtis, who has been out since Week 2 with a knee injury. He could return against San Francisco and replace an injured Jeremy Maclin, who may miss the rest of the regular season with a foot injury.

5. Houston D/ST

Rookie quarterback Keith Null made his first NFL start against Tennessee and threw five interceptions, which one was returned for a touchdown. St. Louis has thrown the league’s sixth-most interceptions (17) as a team.

Houston’s defense/special teams had a strong fantasy effort against Seattle last game, allowing only seven points, intercepting one pass, acquiring three sacks, forcing four fumbles and blocking a field goal.

4. Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore

He’s had a six-game scoreless streak sandwiched between seven touchdowns during the first four games and four scores during the past three contests. Even as a backup, this includes running for 76 yards and two scores against Detroit last game.

McGahee meets Chicago’s ninth-worst run defense next before facing struggling Pittsburgh in Week 16 and Oakland’s third-worst run defense in Week 3.

3. Quinton Ganther, RB, Washington

With season-ending injuries to Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts, Ganther served as Washington’s featured back last game and ran for 50 yards and two scores from 14 carries against Oakland. He also had 43 receiving yards from three receptions.

Ganther next meets the Giants’ shaky defense that has allowed the third-most rushing scores (17) this season.

2. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City

After being suspended for the last four contests for violating the league’s drug policy, Bowe may be found on the waiver wire in some leagues. He can serve as a quality No. 2 fantasy wideout for owners looking for an edge at wideout.

Bowe caught six passes for 91 yards for his last contest and next meets Cleveland’s pass defense ranked in the bottom quarter for yards (238). He finishes against the solid defenses of Cincinnati and Denver for the last two contests.

1. Arian Foster, RB, Houston

An undrafted rookie from Tennessee, Foster is expected to receive more carries next contest after his successful debut at running back last game. He ran for 34 yards with 13 handoffs, and had 54 receiving yards from four receptions.

He has an excellent matchup against St. Louis’ sixth-worst for rushing yards (147) and second-worst for rushing touchdowns (19). Then Houston meets Miami’s fifth-worst run defense for touchdowns (15) in Week 16 before finishing with New England.

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