Got Hillis? Chances are, you’re still in contention

In fantasy football, having a successful draft and being active on the waiver wire are vital to fielding a competitive team that has a chance to win a league championship. Want proof? Check out the percentage of fantasy teams that are still in playoff contention heading into Week 15, based on the players those teams own.

All percentages are based on NFL.com’s standard fantasy leagues:

  • Peyton Hillis (69 percent): Two percent of leagues include a team that drafted Hillis. Two percent! That means he was a free agent in 98 percent of leagues! He’s been one of the single-biggest additions off the waiver wire based on our numbers.
  • Michael Vick (64 percent): Vick’s ADP (average draft position) was Round 14, and he was a free agent in most leagues to start the season with Kevin Kolb named the starter for the Eagles. This proves how important it is to be diligent on the waiver wire throughout the season.
  • Arian Foster (53 percent): Believe it or not, but Foster’s ADP was Round 9! Remember, rookie Ben Tate was also in the mix for the Texans before suffering an injured ankle. If you drafted Foster or added him off waivers, you made a brilliant move.
  • Antonio Gates (52 percent): Gates was one of the best draft values of the season, at least until he suffered a foot ailment. Now his owners have to be very concerned.
  • Aaron Rodgers (49 percent): Fantasy owners who have Rodgers could be in major trouble if he is unable to start against the Patriots in Week 15.
  • Adrian Peterson (49 percent): The prospect of Joe Webb starting for the Vikings on Monday night is bad news for Peterson owners.
  • Andre Johnson (43 percent): Johnson’s huge stat line in Week 14 helped countless fantasy owners move into the second round of the fantasy postseason.
  • Darren McFadden (41 percent): McFadden has been on fire the past two weeks, and a favorable schedule down the stretch will help him lead countless owners to a title.
  • Peyton Manning (40 percent): Despite his recent increase in interceptions thrown, Manning has still been an asset for fantasy owners overall.
  • Ray Rice (39 percent): Rice’s ADP was 5.35, so he was a top-five pick in most NFL.com fantasy drafts. Obviously, he hasn’t lived up to that status.
  • Chris Johnson (38 percent): Believe it or not, but 62 percent of leagues include a team that drafted C.J. but have been eliminated from the playoffs.
  • Frank Gore (26 percent): Unfortunately, most fantasy owners who lost Gore a few weeks were not able to recover and make a championship run.
  • Randy Moss (21 percent): Moss, who was the second wide receiver taken on average on NFL.com, has cost most fantasy owners a chance at winning a league title.
  • DeAngelo Williams (16 percent): Williams (28.91 ADP) failed to rush for 100 yards or more in a single game before being lost for the season due to injury.
  • Ryan Grant (15 percent): Owners who drafted Grant (32.44 ADP) obviously had a tough time overcoming his loss, as 85 percent of those teams are out of contention.

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