Fantasy Football waiver advice, Week 15: Quarterbacks scarce as season winds down

Thearon W. Henderson

With the 2012 season winding down and fantasy playoffs under way, you need a solid starting quarterback now more than ever. We break down the best prospects available on waivers right now in your league.

Your fantasy season is winding down. If you still care at all, you're likely in the midst of solid playoff run. Kudos, but you aren't done yet. Are you fretting the knee injury that Robert Griffin III suffered Sunday? Are you worried about Eli Manning's matchup on the road against the Atlanta Falcons? Are you giving up on Drew Brees after two shaky performances? (Note: don't do this). Well you're in luck, because there are still a few solid fantasy quarterbacks available on waivers this week.

This week's list will look very similar to last week's. I swear I'm not phoning it in. This late in the year, the haves and have-nots have been pretty well sorted out. As usual, the following five QBs, ranked from worst to first, are owned in 60 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues.

5. Sam Bradford -- Own percent: 21%, Season: 255-for-427 passing, 2,877 yards, 15 TDs, 10 INTs

I had Bradford behind Weeden last week, and Bradford outperformed the rookie despite an "eh" performance. He may outperform Weeden again this week, but my point stands that Bradford can't be expected to do anything of real significance, fantasy-wise. He has just two games with 300-plus yards passing this season, and his one game with more than two touchdown passes came way back in Week 3. His matchup against the Minnesota Vikings this week is good, but not great. If you feel confident about your fantasy matchup and need a QB who will put up steady numbers and not horribly screw things up, Bradford may be for you.

4. Jay Cutler -- Own percent: 53%, Season: 213-for-356 passing, 2,495 yards, 16 TDs, 13 INTs

Cutler has been kind of a cruddy quarterback lately. Over his last four games, he has thrown four touchdowns to five interceptions. He avoided the 49ers due to a concussion in that span, so his numbers could very well have been worse. He should not be considered a reliable fantasy option. That said, every once in a while he is able to pull out an outstanding passing performance. This just may be his week, taking on the Green Bay Packers at home in what could be a shootout. If you're totally desperate, Cutler is worth a look. Maybe.

3. Brandon Weeden -- Own percent: 13%, Season: 264-for-463 passing, 3,037 yards, 13 TDs, 15 INTs

Weeden put up a dud last week in what should have been a prime matchup. Against the Kansas City Chiefs, he went 17-for-30 passing for 217 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. It didn't help that the Cleveland Browns took a big lead early and were able to pound the ball to victory. They likely won't have that luxury this week against the Washington Redskins, meaning Weeden will have to throw against a secondary that has given up more passing touchdowns than any other this season. Weeden hasn't been a particularly good fantasy option by any means, but if there is ever week to use him, this is it.

2. Russell Wilson -- Own percent: 31%, Season: 208-for-330 passing, 2.492 yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs

Wilson was really quiet last week, but that'll happen when you're up 58-0 and Marshawn Lynch is running wild. The Buffalo Bills shouldn't roll over to the same extent at home this week, but they won't provide much resistance in the secondary, either. The Bills have given 22 passing touchdowns with 11 interceptions this season, which is good news for Wilson as he tries to set the NFL's rookie passing touchdown record for a season. As always, keep an eye out for bad late-season weather at Ralph Wilson Stadium before game time.

1. Colin Kaepernick -- Own percent: 52%, Season: 87-for-179 passing, 1,424 total yards (351 rushing), 8 total TDs (5 rushing), 1 INT

Kaepernick needed a 50-yard touchdown run to salvage what would have been an otherwise substandard fantasy performance against the Miami Dolphins last week. It is safe to say he has cooled since putting on a show against the Chicago Bears in Week 11. Still, despite failing to notch a touchdown pass in his last two games, Kaepernick probably has the highest ceiling of any waiver-wire quarterback this week. Rushing yards and touchdowns score better than passing yards and touchdowns in most fantasy leagues, and he has a nice matchup against the New England Patriots, albeit on the road. If you think you're the underdog in your playoff semifinal, Kaepernick could be worth a Hail Mary start.

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