Waiver Wire: Week 15

Waiver Wire: Week 14

Bye week teams: None

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Chris Ivory – RB | Buffalo Bills

McCoy is out with a week to week tag. If he doesn’t play Ivory is a good add and play for your flex. The Bills play the Lions who have not been good lately. Ivory is 4% owned

Elijah McGuire – RB | New York Jets

It looks like McGuire may find himself in the driver seat this Saturday as it is unlikely that Crowell will play after reinjuring himself. McGuire is 7% owned

Vernon Davis – TE | Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed injured his ankle and will likely miss some time. The Redskins play the Jags next week, so it’s not a great matchup, but they have been fairly friendly to the TE position as of late. Davis  is 5% owned

Dede Westbrook – WR | Jacksonville Jaguars

If you need receiver depth, look no further than Dede, he was a target monster this weekend and plays the banged-up Redskins Defense this week. Westbrook is 34% owned

Depth With Upside:

Tim Patrick – WR | Denver Broncos

Patrick showed up in a major way filling in for the injured Emmanuel Sanders. He was targeted a team-high 10 times and caught 7 of them for 85 yards. Courtland Sutton has not been the player we thought he was going to be after the Broncos traded Demaryius Thomas. Parick is not owned

Ito Smith – RB | Atlanta Falcons

Looks like it’s a split backfield in Atlanta, so it’s kind of a toss-up as to who could have a better day weed to week. They play the RB friendly Cardinals next week, so he could be a decent flex play. Smith is 28% owned

Hail Mary’s:

Robby Andersen – WR | New York Jets

Is this the start of a Robby Andersen comeback tour. With a pretty decent schedule for the remainder of the season, Andersen could be that boom or bust guy who could win you a week. If you don’t have confidence in your starters or have injuries, he could be a difference maker. Andersen is 21% owned

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