Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 15

Andy Dalton injury

Waiver Wire Week 15 has more talent than it probably should at this point. An injury to Andy Dalton was bigger than many expected coming into this season. He was a top 10 quarterback all season and was likely a big part of your team’s run to the fantasy football playoffs. After throwing an interception, Dalton added injury to insult, breaking his thumb. It looks like he will miss the rest of the fantasy season and possibly longer. Injuries to other fantasy relevant options like Thomas Rawls, T.J. Yeldon, and Vincent Jackson have created a need. There is hope, however, if you are in need of a substitute this week — especially at quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills
(55% owned on Yahoo!)
Remaining games: at Washington, Dallas, NY Jets

If Tyrod Taylor is available in your league, he should be the first add. Two of his three remaining games will come at home. Sammy Watkins has been producing for Taylor along with Robert Woods, Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy. Both the Redskins and Jets have been middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Taylor can carry you to a fantasy title.

Ryan Fitzpatrick New York Jets
(46% owned on Yahoo!)
Remaining games: at Dallas, New England, at Buffalo

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been on fire the past three weeks and has been solid the majority of the season. He has two elite pass catching options in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Two games being on the road isn’t ideal, but Fitzpatrick should be able to produce. If Taylor isn’t available, I’d grab Fitzpatrick.

Alex Smith
(32% owned on Yahoo!)
Remaining Games: at Baltimore, Cleveland, Oakland

Alex Smith doesn’t have the upside of the previous two quarterbacks, but look at that beautiful schedule. He faces 3 defenses that are 11th or worse in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. 250 yards and 2 touchdowns is likely his ceiling but if you want consistency, Smith is your guy.

Kirk Cousins  Washington Redskins
(21% on Yahoo!)
Remaining Games: Buffalo, at Philadelphia, at Dallas

Kirk Cousins is likely available and can be used if you’re in a pinch. This week he gets a home game against the Buffalo Bills, both of which are appealing. Cousins has been much better at home this season with 400 more passing yards with twice the touchdowns. Only two of his 11 interceptions this season have come at home also. Consider rolling Cousins this week than looking elsewhere if you advance.

A.J. McCarron Cincinnati Bengals
(1% owned on Yahoo!)
Remaining Games: 49ers, at Broncos, Ravens

A.J. McCarron didn’t look awful taking over for Andy Dalton on Sunday. He did make two throws that became turnovers, one of which ended up in the endzone. He completed 22 passes for 280 yards and 2 scores. This was done without Tyler Eifert, who left with a concussion. McCarron has shown the ability to utilize a dominant pass catcher (Amari Cooper) during his time at Alabama and can use A.J. Green the same way. McCarron is worth a look in deep leagues or 2 quarterback/superflex leagues.

Denard Robinson

Should Denard Robinson be on your team after waivers run?(USATSI)

Denard Robinson Jacksonville Jaguars
(5% owned on Yahoo!)

An injury to T.J. Yeldon opens the door for Denard Robinson to be useable in the fantasy football playoffs. Robinson had 14 carries for 75 yards and a score on Sunday. He added 1 catch for 12 yards. The Jaguars face the Falcons (5th in terms of fantasy points to opposing running backs) and Saints (allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs) the next two weeks. Robinson should see work both on the ground and via the pass and be able to produce with it. He would be my number one add for standard leagues.

Tim Hightower New Orleans Saints
(46% owned on Yahoo!)

Tim Hightower looked solid in his first NFL start in some time. He had 28 carries for 85 yards and a score. He doesn’t have the explosiveness he possessed during his time in Washington but showed to be a serviceable option if you need a running back. With games coming against Detroit, Jacksonville and Atlanta, Hightower can be used down the stretch. The Lions were just destroyed by Todd Gurley and the Falcons are top 5 in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs the past 5 weeks. The Saints will need to stay in games to make sure he continues to get work. He is worth an add for any running back needy teams.

Bilal Powell New York Jets
(14% owned on Yahoo!)

Bilal Powell was here a week ago after his 8 catch for 91 yards and touchdown performance against the New York Giants. He backed that performance up with 46 yards on 5 catches. He also found the end zone for the second straight week. Powell is more valuable for PPR leagues but those in standard scoring should look his way as well. The Jets face Dallas, New England, and Buffalo the next three weeks. All have been had via passing game by opposing running back, especially Dallas and Buffalo who are 13th and 11th respectively in terms of receiving yards allowed. Powell should be the number one add in PPR and right behind Robinson in standard leagues.

Tyler Lockett

Can Tyler Lockett remain fantasy relevant? (John Froschauer/Associated Press)

Tyler Lockett Seattle Seahawks
(37% owned on Yahoo!)

Tyler Lockett is having a stellar rookie season. He has shown improvement all season and has exploded the past two weeks with 13 catches for 194 yards and two scores. He is forcing the coaches to give him more work with the offense. The Seahawks offense have become much more productive via the pass thanks to Lockett and Doug Baldwin. He adds value as a return man also. This makes him a player that should be owned in much closer to 100% of leagues.

Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers
(40% owned on Yahoo!)

The Carolina Panthers are proving they belong in the conversation with the NFL’s best offenses. They have averaged 39 points over the past 4 weeks. Ted Ginn has asserted himself as a weapon for Cam Newton. He has 7 catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the past two weeks. He can be very frustrating to own as he will drop multiple deep balls, including touchdowns. He has a big upside on a week to week basis but can underwhelm. If you need a WR3 or flex option with upside Ginn makes a ton of sense.

Zach Miller Chicago Bears
(19% owned on Yahoo!)

Zach Miller is back for a repeat appearance. With Martellus Bennett hitting the IR, there was a spot ready for Miller to step into. He had shown ability in spots and getting another opportunity this past Sunday he excelled again. He caught 5 balls for 85 yards and a touchdown. With games coming against Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Detroit, Miller can continue to produce. The Lions and Vikings are both especially nice as they are in the top 15 in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Add Miller if you need a tight end the rest of the season.


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