Waiver Wire: Week 15

Tyler Orginski @FFTylerO


It’s the fantasy playoffs! Congratulations if you are still in it to win it. Players are in order in which I would prioritize them. 

 

Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick

I will admit I will be a lot more interested in FitzMagic if Davante Parker is cleared. However, it is still the Giants, and Fitz is playing great ball. He has led the Dolphins in rushing two of the last three weeks and now gets the Giants who surrendered the 7th most points to QBs on the year. 

David Blough

David Blough is going to have a week. Stay with me. If you have watched him play (I do not blame you if you haven’t), he is a competent passer. While he hasn’t put up a lot of points thus far, he has had two tough matchups against the Bears and Vikings. In those two games, he averaged 39 attempts. The Lions draw the Bucs this week who have something to play for and they will keep their foot on the gas; I expect this to be a bit of a shootout. Both pass defenses are in the bottom nine, and the Bucs run defense is elite; the Lions will be passing early and often. Blough has also made it easier for himself by heavily targetting Golladay and Marvin Jones; the Bucs likely cannot cover either with success. He’s a top 15 play. 

Mitch Trubisky

I can’t believe I am recommending this man, but I am. Mitch has had at least 21 fantasy points in his past three games and is coming out of a dominant performance against the Cowboys, where he posted 35 points and was QB3 on the week. The key to Mitch, as of late, is his rushing. He has more rushing attempts in the past three weeks than in weeks 1-11. It’s like the Bears just discovered he could be a threat with his legs. I wouldn’t start him unless you are in a pinch, but you could do much worse. 

Eli Manning

Again, I cannot believe I just typed his name out in the 2019 fantasy playoffs, but here we are. Eli looked decent on Monday night vs. the Eagles with a 203/2 line. This one is all about the matchup and he draws the Dolphins, who give up the 4th most fantasy points to QBs. Eli is better suited in Superflex leagues. 

 

Runningback

If Raheem Mostert is available, pick him up first. 

DeAndre Washington 

Josh Jacobs has a broken shoulder and was inactive last week. It would be wise to shut him down, but the Raiders aren’t mathematically eliminated, so we cannot be too sure. Nevertheless, Washington is a top add this week as he was the clear lead back last week. Washington had a 63% snap rate, 14/22 carries, 7/10 RB targets, and two goal-line carries. Now he gets the Jags who give up the 3rd most points to RBs on the year and look to have completely given up. He has some low-end RB2 appeal. 

Patrick Laird

Only a PPR play, he should be able to provide you with a solid floor. Not only do the Dolphins draw a soft matchup with the Giants this week, but Laird also received 82% of the RB snaps, ran 32 routes, and garnered 71% of the RB targets. Laird is a borderline bellcow. A lot of dominos have fallen for us to get to a place to start Patrick Laird, but he’s a fine flex play in week 15. 

 

Wide Receiver

Zach Pascal

With TY Hilton’s injury looking to be season-ending and Parris Campbell hitting IR, Pascal continues to be in an excellent spot for production. Pascal is the clear #1 WR for the Colts and has delivered in back to back weeks. This week he gets the Saints who do not look so scary after giving up five passing touchdowns to Jimmy G and 49ers. The Saints are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to WRs on the year; he’s a top 30 option this week. 

Darius Slayton

This man just won people their weeks on Monday. While he disappeared in the 2nd half, he went for 5/154/2 in the first. A dominant performance from the rookie. While the Eagles have been gashed all year, the Dolphins aren’t much better, giving up the league most 23 TDs to WRs on the year. There was some concern that Tate and Shepard would overshadow Slayton, but that is not the case. Slayton offers something to the Giants that no other player on the roster can, a genuine deep threat. 

AJ Brown

It was only two weeks ago that Brown set a career-high 135-yard performance to only smash it last week with 153 yards and 2 TDs. AJ Brown is a baller, and Ryan Tannehill might be #good. Corey Davis, who? His ceiling is undeniable as he is elite after the catch. The floor is there, but the Titans draw the Texans this week who Drew Lock just torched for 300 yards and three TDs. 

Anthony Miller

Miller has been on a bit of a heater, scoring at least 11 fantasy points over the last four weeks while averaging 9.25 targets a game during this time. He has been a top 24 option over the previous month. I still worry with Trubisky as his QB, but he’s the clear #2 option on the Bears and can be deployed as a safe WR3 this week. 

Breshad Perriman/Justin Watson

Shoot your shot here. I referenced it above that I expect it to be a bit of a shootout between the Lions and Bucs, and with Mike Evans out, one of these guys will turn out a top 30 week. Obviously, Godwin will get his, but there is plenty of meat on the bone for one of these two. Perriman out-snapped Watson 83% to 55%, but Watson saw eight targets to Perriman’s five. I am not sure which way to go here but grab one and let some more news come our way. 

 

Tight End

Tyler Higbee

Higbee has seen 19 targets over the past two weeks to produce a 14/223/1 line. With the Rams getting wise to Goff’s woes under pressure, they have elected to keep their TEs on the field to block. Higbee as out-snapped and out-targeted both Kupp and Cooks over the past two weeks. He is emerging as the #2 option on the Rams, how wild is that? Gerald Everett’s return would slow down this hype, but Higbee is a top 10 play vs. the Cowboys if Everett sits. 

Noah Fant

We are unsure if he will suit up this week, but if he does, he is precisely the kind of TE streamer you want in the fantasy playoffs, a guy with a huge upside. Chiefs defense gives up the 5th most points to TEs, and he is the clear #2 option in the passing game behind Sutton. It helps that Lock doesn’t look half bad. 

 

 

 




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