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Waiver Wire Week 15

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Waiver Wire Week 15

The fantasy playoffs are here and you are reading this because you are in them, so let me be the first to congratulate you on your success up to this point. A few guys who I mentioned in the past few weeks or so that are still worth adding are Amon-Ra St.Brown, KJ Osborn, Rashod Bateman, Devante Parker, Jordan Howard, and Boston Scott (Depending on Miles Sanders news). Now let’s dive into guys who could be useful to you as you try and win your first playoff game. Good luck!

*All rostered percentages are from ESPN and players must be under 50% rostered to qualify.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Quarterback 14% rostered

While Jimmy G hasn’t been a league winner, he has been extremely consistent and gets a cake matchup against the Falcons for the first week of your fantasy playoffs. He has had at least two touchdowns in five of his last six and has been good for about 18 points per week. If you are in a bind and want to play it safer as opposed to riskier, Jimmy G is your guy. He gets the Texans in week 17 as well, so jot that down.

Rashaad Penny

Running Back 6% rostered

Penny is hands down the number one waiver wire priority this week after exploding on the scene with 137 yards and two touchdowns. Alex Collins has been just barely getting bye as the starter and Pete Carrol wisely decided to give his former first-round pick a shot. Penny should remain heavily involved for the remainder of the year and I will feel comfortable firing him up as a flex option next week against the Rams. If it weren’t for the tough matchup, I’d say he could flirt with RB2 numbers and he still might, but I would feel more comfortable with him as a high-end flex.

Justin Jackson

Running Back 2% rostered

Austin Ekeler is dealing with an ankle injury and a short week, as the Chargers play Thursday. Justin Jackson and his teammate Joshua Kelley handled the load in his absence. Jackson is my preferred target as he is the better receiver of the two. Kelley could see the goal-line work as the slightly bigger back but going against eh high-powered Chiefs offense, I’ll take the guy who should be more involved in the passing game.

Royce Freeman

Running Back 1% rostered

Freeman has always been an under-rated back, especially in the passing game and he showed that this week reeling in six of eight targets for 51 yards. He didn’t look good running the ball but gets a much easier matchup next week against the lowly Jaguars. I wouldn’t recommend starting him in anything other than leagues of 14+ teams, but if you got hit hard by the injury bug, he can be a dart throw PPR option in 12 team leagues in the hopes he maintains his receiving role.

Gabriel Davis

Wide Receiver 3% rostered

Emmanuel Sanders is already expected to miss Week 15’s matchup against the Panthers, meaning that Davis should be a near every-down player. Davis was everyone’s Pre-Season favorite to break out and it hasn’t happened due to Beasley and Sanders. But when he has been featured in the past, he has shown that he can be explosive. He is currently riding a two-game touchdown streak and I believe that he has a good chance to make it three next week.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

Wide Receiver 9% rostered

DPJ has been featured here before but is getting mentioned again after posting his highest snap count to date (92%) and producing a 5-90 line because of it. With Kareem Hunt looking to be out again for at least next week, DPJ will be used as a top-two option in the passing game. He is an explosive size-speed athlete with big playability. Next up is the Raiders and what could end up being a shootout.

Quick Hits

  • Tyler Huntley and Davis Mills may be your best available streamers outside of Garoppolo depending on your league size. Huntley should carry a nice floor given his rushing upside, while Mills gets the Jaguars in the 2021 toilet bowl.
  • While he didn’t do much this Sunday, D’Ernest Johnson is worth a speculative add with the latest  Kareem Hunt injury. He will be sprinkled in as relief but the real appeal is as an elite handcuff if Chubb were to go down next week. Always think one step ahead. His teammate Austin Hooper will be worth looking at if Njoku misses again as well.
  • Craig Reynolds will get a lot of attention after his week as the Lions leading rusher, but I would pass on him given the tough matchup against the Cardinals and the possible return of one of Swift or Williams.
  • If Keenan Allen is forced to miss again, it will be once again some combination of Josh Palmer and Jalen Guyton filling in for him. Both guys had great weeks this week and could be flex plays in the right leagues.
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