Fantasy Playoff Waiver Pickups & Streaming Options
If you’ve made it this far and are still alive in your quest to win that fantasy championship trophy, congratulations. As Mike Rigz pointed out in this article last week, it’s not easy getting this far. Only the best of the best are still alive in Week 15. Or maybe the luckiest of the lucky.
Regardless of how or why you got here, the point is to live to fight just one more week. The waiver wire requirements for playoff teams are quite different. Rather than searching for players that you can plug-n-play, you likely already have a good enough roster to advance this far. Most playoff teams are more interested in streaming the less important positions- kickers and defense- to give their squad every edge you can get.
Of course, there were some significant injuries last week, so reviewing your traditional waiver wire options is also important. I’ll take a brief look at some of the players you might need to nab in case you own Matt Forte, Melvin Gordon or Julio Jones and are desperate for reinforcements.
Reaching for the Stars
Before you even start browsing for traditional waiver adds, be sure that superstars like AJ Green, Alshon Jeffery, and Adrian Peterson aren’t available first.
It’s not that uncommon for a frustrated owner to have cut those players to free up a roster spot. It’s quite possible these star players slipped through the cracks and their original owner is now out of the playoffs, leaving the savvy fantasy owners with a chance to add a real difference maker to their lineups just when they need them most.
Can’t hurt to check.
Waiver Wire Adds
Other Targets: Adam Theilen (WR), Dwayne Washington (RB), Cameron Meredith (WR), Trevor Siemian (QB), Robby Anderson (WR), Kenjon Barner (RB)
Streaming Tight Ends
Mike led off this column last week with Pittsburgh’s Ladarius Green and although his ownership crosses my usual threshold, I’m including him again because he’s available in nearly half of fantasy leagues. Green continues to get better as he gets more snaps and has a superb matchup against a Bengals defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends.
After doing next to nothing for the first half of the season, Arizona’s Jermaine Gresham has caught five balls in each of the past three games. Gresham has become a bigger part of the offense due to the Cardinals injured receiving corps, which continues to be a problem. Look for another solid week facing the Saints generous secondary.
Charles Clay is almost completely off the fantasy radar, but the Bills are facing the Browns, who have allowed an NFL-high 11 touchdowns to tight ends.
Streaming Waiver Wire DEF/ST
When streaming fantasy defenses, you’re more concerned with ineptitude on offense. You want to target teams that face offensively-challenged opponents, or teams that tend to turn the ball over frequently. Poor special teams play and offenses led by inexperienced quarterbacks are also big pluses. Lousy weather is also your friend.
A lot of fantasy owners choose to stream kickers all season, which can be a sound strategy if you continue to make the right calls each week. Taking a kicker before the last round is a waste, so many choose to bypass the elite options and go the streaming route.
If you’re streaming, a few of the factors that I like to take advantage of:
- Weather – look for indoor stadiums and avoid locations with wintry conditions
- Matchup – analyze which teams allow the most points to kickers via FGA
- Vegas totals – look for highest perceived scoring from the Vegas line
- Defensive prowess – avoid teams that tend to give up touchdowns. You want those field goals.
Good Luck this week!