Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 15 (Fantasy Football)

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The playoffs are here! Hopefully you have made it this far and if you’re reading this, you likely have. Congratulations for surviving the Week 14 byes and the plethora of injuries. Luckily, we should all be able to take a breather and rejoice that there are no longer bye weeks to contend with. Here are some Week 15 waiver wire options to consider if you need some help at WR, RB, or TE.

Wide Receivers

Team Player Roster % Matchups
DET DJ Chark 55% @NYJ / @CAR / CHI
JAX Zay Jones 61% DAL / @NYJ / @HOU
NYJ Elijah Moore 31% DET / JAX / @SEA
CLE Donovan Peoples-Jones 67% BAL / NO / @WAS
DET Jameson Williams 50% @NYJ / @CAR / CHI
HOU Chris Moore 5% KC / @TEN / JAX
NE DeVante Parker 29% @LV / CIN / MIA
NYG Richie James 19% @WAS / @MIN / IND
KC Kadarius Toney 48% @HOU / SEA / DEN
TEN Robert Woods 53% @LAC / HOU / DAL
NE Nelson Agholor 5% @LV / CIN / MIA
NE Tyquan Thornton 7% @LV / CIN / MIA
NE Kendrick Bourne 7% @LV / CIN / MIA

There are some interesting options at wide receiver for Week 15 but let’s focus on the Jets and the Lions. The Lions have an explosive offense but leave much to be desired on defense. While they are getting better, the secondary can still allow fantasy points aplenty. Elijah Moore of the New York Jets will face Detroit this week and has the opportunity for points. Moore had 10 targets for six receptions and 60 yards for nine fantasy points in PPR scoring. He will also face the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle through Week 17 and is a viable starter through the playoffs.

Let’s go to the other side of the football. All of the Lions’ wide receivers should be rostered moving forward. D.J. Chark saw seven targets last week against the Vikings for six receptions, 94 yards, and a touchdown. That was in addition to decent performances from Amon-Ra St. Brown and rookie Jameson Williams. The Jets are stout on defense but Dan Campbell and Jared Goff have found a way to circumvent their porous defense by putting massive points on the board. Defenses will be stretched thin among all of the pass-catchers and the running backs that the Lions have to throw at one of the best defenses in the league.

Running Backs

Team Player Roster % Matchups
NYJ Zonovan Knight 57% DET / JAX / @SEA
KC Jerick McKinnon 68% @HOU / SEA / DEN
CAR Chuba Hubbard 39% PIT / DET / @TB
SEA Travis Homer 46% SF / @KC / NYJ
SF Jordan Mason 13% @SEA / WAS / @LV
LAC Joshua Kelley 7% TEN / @IND / LAR
MIN Alexander Mattison 43% IND / NYG / @GB
DEN Marlon Mack 9% ARI / @LAR / @KC
PIT Jaylen Warren 23% @CAR / LV / @BAL
TEN Hassan Haskins 5% @LAC / HOU / DAL
TEN Julius Chestnut 0% @LAC / HOU / DAL
NYG Matt Breida 20% @WAS / @MIN / IND
NYG Gary Brightwell 0% @WAS / @MIN / IND
NE Pierre Strong Jr 2% @LV / CIN / MIA
NE Damien Harris 53% @LV / CIN / MIA
NE Kevin Harris 0% @LV / CIN / MIA

As usual, the running back position is thin, but it’s not a total wasteland as we head into Week 15. If Zonovan Knight or Jerick McKinnon are available, they should be at the top of your waiver priority for the running back position. At 57% and 68% rostered, it’s unlikely, but it never hurts to check.

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It turns out that the Carolina Panthers really like a timeshare backfield between D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard. They each rushed for 74 yards on 21 and 14 carries respectively and Hubbard was the recipient of the touchdown for 17.4 points. Hubbard is only 39% rostered in sleeper leagues and is likely the highest-volume running back on the waiver wire as we head into the playoffs.

You may remember in the offseason that Jason Moore had his eye on backup running back Jordan Mason of the San Francisco 49ers. Turns out, he was right. Mason worked alongside Christian McCaffrey and rushed 11 times for 56 yards. It only netted in 5.6 points in half-PPR scoring, but Mason could see higher volume if anything happens to McCaffrey (God forbid).

Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Matchups
DEN Greg Dulcich 63% ARI / @LAR / @KC
TEN Chigoziem Okonkwo 23% @LAC / HOU / DAL
CLE David Njoku 80% BAL / NO / @WAS
JAX Evan Engram 60% DAL / @NYJ / @HOU
NE Hunter Henry 44% @LV / CIN / MIA

If you don’t have Greg Dulcich on your roster yet, go NOW and see if he is available. We pick on the Arizona Cardinals for a reason. They are deplorable against the tight end position. Even Hunter Henry, who has had just two double-digit outings this season, scored 8.5 points on Monday night. Dulcich can be hit or miss, but he has the best opportunity against the Cardinals and can be serviceable in a pinch.

The most widely available tight end is Chigoziem Okonkwo of the Titans. If you haven’t been watching any Titans games, you may not be familiar with the name. However, he is quickly becoming one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets. He caught all six of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. He will face exploitable matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Chargers and Texans respectively, but his Week 17 matchup for the finals is rough versus Dallas. Still, if you are desperate for a warm body at tight end, he should see targets in the Titans’ offense.

Team DEF/ST

Team Roster % Matchups
Kansas City Chiefs 64% @HOU / SEA / DEN
Pittsburgh Steelers 43% @CAR / LV / @BAL
Cincinnati Bengals 27% @TB / @NE / BUF
Minnesota Vikings 26% IND / NYG / @GB
New York Jets 26% DET / JAX / @SEA
Green Bay Packers 20% LAR / @MIA / MIN
Washington Commanders 18% NYG / @SF / CLE
New Orleans Saints 18% ATL / @CLE / @PHI
Arizona Cardinals 15% @DEN / TB / @ATL
New York Giants 11% @WAS / @MIN / IND
Carolina Panthers 4% PIT / DET / @TB

Quarterbacks

Team Player Roster % Matchups
DET Jared Goff 64% @NYJ / @CAR / CHI
JAX Trevor Lawrence 67% DAL / @NYJ / @HOU
NYJ Mike White 23% DET / JAX / @SEA
SF Brock Purdy 14% @SEA / WAS / @LV
NE Mac Jones 26% @LV / CIN / MIA
TEN Ryan Tannehill 38% @LAC / HOU / DAL

Good luck with your waiver claims!

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