Hi folks! This is Seth again. Kyle is wrapping up his vacation and expects to be back for next week’s edition. For now, though, I’ll be your spotter for sniping waiver wire picks in the fantasy semi-finals. Here are some guys that you might not necessary need for this week but might be high Waiver Wire pickups for week 15.
Week 15 Streaming Options
Josh Allen vs DET (13%) – Many people, myself included, thought Allen would easily be the worst starting rookie QB in 2018 due to the lack of any receiving weapons, concerns about his accuracy, and a depleted offensive line. And for the most part, we were right. However, what I didn’t anticipate was the rushing production. Josh Allen is a very athletic guy and has a DGAF attitude on the field (understandably so, given the dumpster fire of an offense he’s on) that has turned into three huge week-winning games this season. Take that upside and pair it with DET at home and @NE the next two weeks and you have yourself a high-risk, high-reward YOLO QB streamer that can win you the fantasy playoffs. It’s a move worthy of Jay Cutler, the DGAF King himself.
Lamar Jackson vs TB (45%) – Speaking of rushing production, Jackson delivered on the promise of rushing yardage but the passing left a lot to be desired. Nevertheless, if you’re at this stage of the playoffs and still looking for QB, Jackson provides a solid floor with only moderate upside. Anyone who plays TB at home is worth considering when rushing TDs and yards are on the table. Just hang on to the ball, kid.
Justin Jackson @ KC (50%) – Jackson looked good in a timeshare and a tough matchup in PIT. That alone definitely worth paying attention to, but possibly of more importance is that Austin Ekeler looked bad. Whether it’s injury or the fact that he’s just too small to take a full workload, Ekeler won’t be dominating touches for the Bolts. I’d start JJ over Ekeler in non-PPR formats. This is all with the caveat that Melvin Gordon is not playing week 15, of course, but there’s no RB with a higher upside in week 15 on the wire.
Steven Ridley vs NE (13%) – Another guy who is reliant on the starter not playing in week 15, but ankle sprains are not to be trifled with and the Steelers need James Conner for the playoffs, so I’ll take that risk. Jaylen Samuels could absolutely blow up in week 14, but if the converted H-back busts then Ridley will definitely have some upside at home vs the Pats.
Tre’Quan Smith @ CAR (42%) – There’s not a single more risky play on this list than Tre’Quon Smith, and I say that from personal experience. That being said, he’s playing for Drew Brees against a Panther defense allowing the 9th most points to WRs and it’s the semi-finals. If you’re playing waiver wire receivers at this point, you need upside and Tre’Quon has it in spades.
Zay Jones vs. DET (13%) – The Bills waived Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes, leaving the Zay Jones alone atop the WR depth chart. This, of course, is not saying much (see “Josh Allen” and “dumpster fire” above), but Jones has shown at least a little chemistry with Allen in recent weeks and the Lions are a very beatable defense.
Chris Herndon vs HOU (13%) & C.J. Uzomah vs OAK (15%) – If you’re streaming TEs in the semis, then you’re basically screwed. That being said, these fine gentlemen are both getting at least four targets a game in their last four games and both have good matchups. This is about as good as it gets, folks.
BUF vs. DET (45%) – I know, I know, I’m pretty high on Buffalo players this week. But they are still available in over half of Yahoo leagues and playing the atrocious Lions offense. Out of the three Bills I’ve listed here, the DST the safest play by far.
WAS @ JAX (33%) – The Jags have 10 days to recover from the nuke that Derrick Henry dropped on them on TNF, but I honestly doubt that they will pull it off. The Jags seem like they don’t want to play anymore, which is a perfect situation for the solid WAS DST.
Week 15 Potential Matchups to Avoid: IND vs. DAL
*All ownership percentages are direct from Yahoo.
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