If you’re reading this, it probably means that you’re still alive in the fantasy playoffs and one step closer to a championship. It could also mean you have an addiction to fantasy football, which is ok too. All that being said, if you are still playing this late into the season, congratulations on a successful season thus far. This week we saw another string of injuries to fantasy players with varying degree of importance, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Forte & Melvin Gordon all went down with injury, among others. Gordon owners were probably relying heavily on him this season, Forte owners are probably going to miss his production too, but the Tannehill injury is a more far reaching concern for fantasy purposes. If you’re still playing, my guess is that you weren’t relying on Ryan Tannehill all season. Tannehill is a decent #2 in a 2 QB league at best. But, he’s a guy whose absence is going to be felt across the board if you own any Miami skill position players. Matt Moore is, in my opinion, the worst quarterback in all of football. Opposing defenses are going to load the box to shut down Jay Ajayi and make Moore beat them, which he can’t, so this will also hurt the owners of Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker, Kenny Stills and Leonte Carroo for the rest of the season. Anyway, hopefully, none of these injuries impact you over the next few weeks of the playoffs. As always I’m (@dibari22) joined by DFF’s very own Shane Manila @DFF_Shane and KJ Hanna @DFF_KJ, we’ll walk you through the waiver wire players we think can help you down the stretch.
There are plenty of garbage heap options still out there. If you’re still playing, odds are you’re set at the position except for the possibility that the Tannehill injury hurt you. Basically, anybody you can grab is of equal value for the next 2 weeks. Matt Barkley and Sam Bradford have decent matchups in week 15 if you’re looking to throw a dart out of necessity.
RB: Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Powell looked good in relief of an injured Matt Forte and should be a top waiver wire target for everyone, not just the Forte owner. Very rarely does a 3 down back magically appear in week 15, he can be this year’s Tim Hightower.
RB: Kenneth Farrow, San Diego Chargers
I suggested picking him up at several points throughout the season only to see him go drastically underused by the Chargers. Now, with the injury to Melvin Gordon, they have no choice but to use him. Early reports have him in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman going forward. Farrow is an unproven commodity but can be a 3 down back if need be. Powell is the top pick up this week, but Farrow isn’t far behind.
RB/WR: Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
Different Sites have him eligible for different positions, but all that matters for our purposes is that he’s getting touches for the Pack. He’s the best running back the Packers have at this point and should be featured more going forward as the Packers have to win every remaining game to stay in the playoff picture.
WR: Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers
Everybody loves Tyrell Williams, but Inman has been the most reliable receiver for Philip Rivers and the Bolts. He’s not doing anything flashy, he’s just a solid receiver. Since their week 11 bye, Inman has been the team’s’ leading WR each week. There’s no reason to expect that to stop.
WR: Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Thielen is really emerged as a PPR fantasy player while Stefon Diggs was injured but even since Diggs returned, Thielen has been getting his targets and receptions. In PPR leagues he’s a must add for the playoff push as the Vikes play the Colts, Packers and Bears to close out the year.
TE: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
I’m not really proud of this, but if you’re streaming TEs, and need an idea of where to look this week, Clay (who is terrible) is facing the (more terrible) Browns defense who have been getting absolutely murdered by TEs this season. You shouldn’t be happy about trotting him out there, but he has a great matchup.
QB: Matt Barkley, Chicago Bears
I told you to add him last week. If you did so and played him over Drew Brees, Russell Wilson or Ben Roethlisberger last week you might have escaped the first round. So there’s that. Funny story, if I had played Barkley over Brees last week I’d be prepping for two additional semi-finals games this week. But I swear I’m not bitter at all.
TE: Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles
Burton has likely flown under the radar with how well Zach Ertz has been playing lately and due to the fact that the Eagles as a team are a flaming trash heap. Even though Ertz has been a target monster the last several weeks Burton has also garnered his fair share of targets as well. Burton has 12 receptions on 19 targets for 118 yards over the last two weeks. Because the Eagles lack any outside threats they largely run their offense from the inside out and use a ton of two TE sets. If you play in any leagues where you must start 2 TEs you could do worse than Burton as that 2nd tight end. As an upcoming Restricted Free Agent, Burton is worth a stash in the hopes he lands on a team next year where he may be utilized more.
WR: Robby Anderson, New York Jets
Since the ascension of Bryce Petty to the starting QB role, Robby Anderson has flat out balled. Twenty three targets over the last two weeks shows that Bryce Petty is looking at Anderson as his 1st, 2nd, 3rd and final read. That’s all I have to say about that.
WR: Tanner McEvoy, Seattle Seahawks
This is another stash. If you failed to make it out the first round of the playoffs and no longer have to use a roster spot on a 2nd defense or a 3rd qb it’s time to cut them loose and start filling the bottom of your roster with some lotto tickets. Consider McEvoy a “Scratch n’ Win”. Yeah he might never hit, but you only have to spend a buck on him and the payoff could be immense, or at least as immense as bye week streamer can be considered immense, if it actually hits. The undrafted McEvoy is a former quarterback who converted to safety then back to quarterback who then became a receiver and finally finished his college career converting back to safety during his career at Wisconsin. So if nothing else, he’s versatile. McEvoy, measuring in at 6’6” 220 lbs. averages an impressive 17.7 yards per reception on his less than impressive 7 receptions this season. He’s flashed some big play ability in the small sample size he’s been given, he’s insanely large and relatively fast for his size.
RB: Kenneth Farrow, San Diego Chargers: 0.7% Owned
Melvin Gordon suffered a hip injury and potentially a knee injury in week 14 after carrying the rock just 3 times. Hopefully if you own Gordon you handcuffed him with Farrow and were able to survive week 14. Even if you are not a Gordon owner, it’s time to snag this rookie backup. Of course SD has said that Gordon is day to day but I seriously doubt he plays this week. There is a tiny factor that could dampen Farrow’s upside and that’s journeyman, Ronnie Hillman. He could steal some touches so temper expectations. If you’re in need of an RB, pick up Farrow.
RB: Justin Forsett, Denver Broncos: 17% Owned
We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? Forsett was the ‘lead back’ for the Broncos in week 14, out-touching Booker 9-5. It’s anyone’s guess on who will lead the Denver backfield in week 15 but if you are relying on Booker, you best bet is to handcuff him with Forsett and hope there’s more clear information leading into Sunday.
RB: Bilal Powell, New York Jets: 37% Owned
Forte’s wheels finally fell off as he left Sunday’s game with a knee injury. With the Jets having little to play for, I doubt they will push Forte to play. In his absence, Powell went crazy with 34 touches and racking up 179 total yards and 2 TDs! Sure, this came against the 49ers but volume is volume and Powell will be used in the backfield and passing game, if he is in fact the main RB in NY for week 15. Powell is the RB to add this week and is a start in PPR leagues if Forte sits.
WR: Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars: 7% Owned
What does Lee have to do to be taken seriously?! Lee has averaged 13 PPR pts since week 11 and has led the Jags in targets in that time. Lee is worth an add if you need the FLEX play or to block your competition from having another option. Also, if you make it to the big game, Lee has a juicy matchup in week 16 vs. the Titans.
WR: Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings: 19% Owned
Got a feelin for Thielen. The Vikings offense is putrid but there is one player benefiting (beyond Rudolph) and that is Adam Thielen. Thielen has led the Vikes WRs in targets for wks 12-14 and averaged 80 yds per game in that span. Not to mention he’s averaging 6 catches a game. In a PPR league, that’s 14 pts a game and he has double digit PPR points in every game since week 8. He’s ONLY owned in 19% of leagues and has the Colts then the Packers to play with. Got the room, add Thielen or someone else will.
WR: Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers: 27% Owned
Another week passes and Inman has another good week. What are you waiting for? Inman once again led the Chargers WRs in targets and scored for the 3rd straight game. As I stated last week, he’s taken over for Travis Benjamin and with Twill playing through an injury, Inman is the WR to own and start in SD. Don’t forget, SD plays OAK then CLE in the next 2 weeks. Not sure you can ask for a better setup. Inman could help owners win championships this year.
As the Falcons showed in week 14, defenses can win you a week. These are a few DEFs you can stream this week.
Bills: 53% Owned
Falcons: 53% Owned
Texans – 44% Owned
Dolphins – 40% Owned
Jets – 36% Owned
Good luck in week 15 if you’re still playing and good luck next year if you’re not. Hopefully you’ve avoided the recent injury bug and you’re going into week 2 of the playoffs at full strength. As always, thank you for reading and we’ll see you back here next week with a victory under your belt and another step closer to a fantasy championship.