Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs – Quarterback Streamers (Carson Wentz replacements)
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (20%) – It would be nice to see more touchdowns, but Garoppolo does have 293 and 334 passing yards in his two 49ers starts. The 49ers host the Titans in Week 15, a highly exploitable defense, making Garoppolo the first and best Carson Wentz replacements.
Blake Bortles, JAX (34%) – A few weeks ago, I said Bortles might win people championships, and we’re in the middle of that ride. It’s a stomach-turning ride for sure, but Bortles has 22.6, 25.1 and 18.5 in the last three games, which included that win against the Seahawks. He faces the awful Texans secondary this week and heads to San Francisco in Week 16. I know, I know, starting Bortles is an accident waiting to happen.
Tyrod Taylor, BUF (40%) – Taylor was questionable all week, and it sounds as if he could return for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Taylor has one of the best floors in Fantasy and a nice matchup. His only issue now is the injury concern (possible early exit).
Nick Foles, PHI (1%) – Foles knows the Eagles offense and has seen success in the past. Remember that 2013 season? No, Foles isn’t going to play like he did with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions that year, but if the waiver wire is barren, Foles is a fine replacement.
DeShone Kizer, CLE (4%) – Kizer arguably played the best game of his career, but even so, you still saw his flaws (poor decisions, turnovers, etc.) and it was a great matchup. The Browns host the Ravens this week, and without Jimmy Smith, this matchup isn’t as tough for Kizer. He’s a big time boom/bust option at quarterback with your hope lying in Kizer’s rushing ability.
Eli Manning, NYG (34%) – The Giants are a shell of the team we saw last year, and if Manning struggles, they could always look to give Davis Webb snaps. For now, he’s a low ceiling option if you are digging deep and lost Wentz.
Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs
Mike Davis, SEA (38%) – Davis actually had a decent performance given the matchup and how the Seahawks offense struggled throughout the game. While you would like to see more than 66 rushing yards, the matchup is a good one. The Rams struggle to stop the run, and Jay Ajayi just had 15 for 78 against them.
Kerwynn Williams, ARI (11%) – It wasn’t pretty at 3.7 yards per carry, but Williams dominated the Cardinals backfield, and Adrian Peterson is a question mark for Week 15. The Titans are actually somewhat strong against the run, and the Redskins are among the worst. Williams is also tied for eighth with six missed tackles forced in the past two games.
Theo Riddick, DET (41%) – So much for Tion Green. Ameer Abdullah was a healthy scratch in Week 14, which pointed to Green getting Abdullah’s workload, especially after showing some upside in Week 13. Nope. Green saw five carries to Riddick’s 10, and Riddick was used at the goal line!
Jonathan Stewart, CAR (38%) – Stewart is highly touchdown reliant, but he’s fortunately scored in each of the last three games and did manage 110 yards against the Dolphins despite not scoring. The downside is if Stewart doesn’t score while having a typical game, as that Dolphins game was the only one where Stewart topped 48 yards since Week 4. The Packers are middle of the pack against the run, so if picking up Stewart, you are hoping Aaron Rodgers doesn’t return and the Panthers can get up big and grind the clock.
Rod Smith, DAL (13%) – Morris is still the lead option, but if you’re in a bind, the Raiders matchup gives Smith the opportunity to at least repeat half of what he did against the Giants. Smith is a risky play though, but so is an option like Tevin Coleman, who let owners down in Week 14.
Wayne Gallman, NYG (3%) – Not surprisingly, the Giants are looking to 2018, and that includes seeing what they have in Gallman. Orleans Darkwa has sputtered down the stretch, and against the Cowboys, Gallman out-touched and outperformed Darkwa significantly. Gallman had 99 yards on 19 touches (12 carries) while Darkwa had 44 on 12 touches (10 carries, 2.9 YPC). It’s a tough matchup with the Eagles run defense in Week 15 though.
Peyton Barber, TB (35%) – Doug Martin got the start, but Barber more than doubled his rushing yards on just two more carries (12 total). Unfortunately, Martin scored the only rushing touchdown, and Charles Sims was in the mix some too. This is a true committee, although, Barber still looks to be the best option… if only the Bucs would use him as such.
James Conner, PIT (4%) – You know that sick feeling you had in the pit of your stomach, like you were in the pit of misery, when Bell briefly left the game? Stop ignoring your handcuffs this deep into the season, or the ones with a clear workload and good value if someone were to get hurt!
Javorius Allen, BAL (29%) – The Browns have started to struggle a bit against the run and sit middle of the pack in FPPG and receiving yards for running backs allowed. Allen carries even more risk than Smith and Coleman do, but he’s here in case you need to dig deep.
Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs
Marquise Goodwin, SF (55%) – I don’t know what you are waiting for with Goodwin. Not only was he productive before Garoppolo, he’s been great the past two weeks, and I’ve been telling you to pick him up for weeks on end. No one listens to me…
Dede Westbrook, JAX (30%) – Westbrook is proving the assertion that he’s the most talented Jaguars receiver (outside of the injured Allen Robinson) has merit. Since coming off the IR, Westbrook has 6, 10, 9 and 8 targets, catching 3, 6, 6 and 5 with 78 and 81 yards the past two weeks, including a touchdown against the Seahawks. The Jaguars host the Texans, a team that struggles more than most against the pass.
Robert Woods, LAR (68%) – Don’t forget that Woods could return this week. He was the Rams top option before departing, and while it’s risky to use him in the first game back and in Seattle, if Woods steps back into the No. 1 role, you’ll want him in the championship against the Titans.
Paul Richardson, SEA (54%) – Richardson had somewhat disappeared since Week 8 with more than 56 yards just once, and that was only 70 yards in San Fran. He still has touchdown upside, and the Rams have the offense to match the Seahawks this year, hopefully pushing the score.
Kendall Wright, CHI (4%) – As you can tell, after Woods, the receiver options are a bit nauseating, but that’s the case this late into the season. Mitchell Trubisky decided to make Wright his favorite receiver this past week, and it wasn’t close. He threw the ball Wright’s way 11 times, connecting for 10 receptions and 107 yards. Dontrelle Inman? Catchless. Wright still has talent but a tougher matchup this week in Detroit.
Josh Doctson, WSH (44%) – So, I certainly expected more from Doctson, calling him a Top 35 receiver for the second half of the season. Heading into Week 14, Doctson was 47th since Week 8, and it’s mainly due to touchdowns. Doctson likely draws Patrick Peterson this week, so you can write him off, but the Broncos aren’t as tough as they have been. Still, that’s a tough spot to trust him for your title.
Corey Coleman, CLE (28%) – What do you know; Kizer isn’t blind to Coleman being on the field after all.
Kizer even found Coleman for a touchdown in Week 14. The Browns host the Ravens as mentioned, and head to Chicago in Week 16. I wouldn’t want to trust Coleman in either spot, but you may be needy.
Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs
Trey Burton, PHI (8%) – This assumes Zach Ertz doesn’t return for Week 15. If Ertz is out, Burton is the top option by far, even with Foles at quarterback. If Ertz returns, I’d still risk Burton over the Giants this week over the other options outside of RSJ.
Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI (43%) – Yes, Seals-Jones was a letdown in Week 14, but the Redskins struggle to stop the tight end. RSJ is still Blaine Gabbert’s second favorite option after Larry Fitzgerald, making him a decent gamble for a touchdown.
Ben Watson, BAL (12%) – The Browns are nearly as bad as the Giants at stopping the tight end with the second most touchdowns allowed to them. Watson has gone from decent low-end PPR tight end to pure touchdown prayer, but this is a week where that can pay off.
Charles Clay, BUF (34%) – Even accounting for the blizzard game last week, Clay hasn’t done much since his return. Tyrod Taylor could return though and boost his value, and the matchup with the Dolphins is a positive one.
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