Waiver Wire Week 15


Playoffs? You want to talk about Playoffs? Well, if you are still reading this article, that means you've made it to the big dance. So congratulations are in order, but let's not celebrate too much because we still have some work to do. Whether you are looking for a replacement for an injured player, or have underperforming stars, Fighting Chance Fantasy has you covered for your Week 15 waiver wire needs. Hopefully, you can find some answers to get you to the semi-finals.

Here at Fighting Chance Fantasy, we will have a collective effort to bring some options to improve your team. Seth Quinn (@SethFQuinn) will cover quarterbacks, Michael Chasco (@ChascoFCF) will cover running backs, Matt Miles (@DirtyAirFC) will cover wide receivers, and Leo Grandio (@smooth1074) will cover the tight ends and defense streamers.

 

Quarterbacks (Seth Quinn)

Geno Smith | Seattle Seahawks

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 60%

With his injury last week, Geno Smith's ownership is down. It's a good time to take advantage of that. In Week 15, he faces the Eagles, who have an elite run defense but a weak pass defense. With D.K. Metcalf playing amazingly lately, Smith should be able to take advantage and help fantasy teams make it to the next round. He gets the Titans and Steelers in the final two weeks, two good but great defenses, so it's possible he could carry the momentum for the rest of the season.

Matthew Stafford | Los Angeles Rams

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 44%

If Matthew Stafford is still on waivers, now is the last time you can probably pick him up. With most fantasy playoffs starting this week, Stafford has juicy matchups for the next three weeks. He gets the Commanders, then the Saints, then the Giants. The Commanders and Giants are especially weak in defending the pass. Combine that with Stafford scoring over 22 points in the last three weeks, and you've got a player primed to help lead fantasy teams to championships. It's honestly surprising he's still available in so many leagues.

Jake Browning | Cincinnati Bengals

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 13%

He doesn't have amazing matchups in the playoffs, but Jake Browning has been great since he's taken over for Joe Burrow. He has taken advantage of his great weapons, putting up 26.66 and 23.7 fantasy points against solid defenses in the Jaguars and Colts. He gets Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City in the last three weeks, but he has momentum and confidence on his side to potentially still play well. He's worth a flier to see how well he does in week 15 to see if he can be viewed as a consistent option for the fantasy playoffs.

 

Running Backs (Michael Chasco)

D'Onta Foreman | Bears

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 39%

D'Onta Foreman returned to the lineup last Sunday and fantasy managers got some clarity on who will serve as the lead in a three-back committee. Foreman finished the game with 13 touches compared to Khalil Herbert (3) and Roschon Johnson (1). It was our first opportunity to see all three backs healthy, and it was Foreman who got the lionshare of the touches. Foreman will still have to share a backfield with running threat Justin Fields, who had 12 carries this past week. Foreman will need to capitalize on his opportunities to become an every-week fantasy starter but should be rostered now he's the clear lead back.     

Ty Chandler | Vikings

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 23%

Ty Chandler will be a popular waiver add for playoff teams after Alexander Mattison left last Sunday with an ankle injury. Chandler has been featured here for the last couple of weeks just in case Mattison were to miss time for any reason. Fantasy managers who added Chandler before last week should reap the reward for being proactive. Keep an eye on Mattison's status leading up to Week 15 action, but it wouldn't be surprising if he were to miss the Cincinnati game. With the increased workload, Chandler could reach RB2 numbers in a lead role in Minnesota's offense.     

Zamir White | Raiders

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 2%

Starter Josh Jacobs left Sunday's contest with an apparent knee injury, which could open the door for more playing time for Zamir White. Jacobs is facing a quick turnaround with the Chargers coming to town on Thursday Night Football. It wouldn't be surprising if Jacobs couldn't suit up on a short week, making White the likely early down back and sharing passing down situations with Ameer Abdullah. The Las Vegas offense is a tough unit to invest in this time of year, but White should land on some benches just in case Jacobs is facing an extended absence.  

Jerick McKinnon | Chiefs

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 41%

With Isiah Pacheco sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Chiefs used a near 50-50 split with Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The touches went to Edwards-Helaire's favor, but it was McKinnon who found the endzone. If Pacheco were to miss the Patriots game next week, McKinnon would be the preferred option with his catching ability in high-scoring situations.  

Wide Receivers (Matt Miles)

Check to see if you can add these wide receivers first: Brandin Cooks 73% Rostered, and Jayden Reed 57% Rostered.

Odell Beckham, Jr | Ravens

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 41%

Since the Baltimore Ravens have lost Mark Andrews, the beneficiary has not been another tight end, but rather Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham registered 10 targets with a 4/97/1 line against a middle-of-the-road Rams defense, and OBJ and the Ravens square off with a struggling Jaguars Secondary, and then a 49ers secondary that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers. OBJ could be a solid piece to your playoff run this year!

Wan'Dale Robinson | Giants

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 9%

Coming off his best game of the season last week, Wan'Dale Robinson is emerging as a solid WR2 out of New York.  Robinson earned touches with a long 32-yard rush and a long 32-yard pass.  Robinson is also a kick returner, which could bolster your score in some leagues.  Robinson is a must-add in any 12-team league playoff contender. 

 

Tight Ends (Leo Grandio)

Check to see if you can add these tight ends first: Darren Waller 60% Rostered, and Isaiah Likely 52% Rostered. 

Logan Thomas | Commanders

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 43%

With the Commanders on a bye last week, Logan Thomas’s rostered percentage dropped under 50%. Logan is one of Sam Howell’s favorite targets and he gets a juicy match-up on Sunday, as he will face the Chargers who allow the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this Fall. Thomas should be added in all 12-team formats.

Logan Thomas injury: Washington TE suffered torn ACL in Week 13 -  DraftKings Network

 

Chigoziem Okonkwo | Titans

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 34%

Since Will Levis has taken over as the Titans' signal caller, Chigoziem Okonkwo has started to be more involved in the offense. Over his last seven games, Okonkwo has averaged five targets per contest. In Okonkwo's last three games, the tight end has scored nearly 10 fantasy points. In Week 15, Okonkwo will go up against the Texans who are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, making him someone to consider adding in 12-team PPR league formats.

 

 

Hunter Henry | Patriots

Yahoo! Roster Ownership

Before Hunter Henry's two-touchdown outburst last Thursday, it had been 12 weeks since Henry reached pay dirt.  Hopefully, the insertion of Bailey Zappe as quarterback will not only open up the offense for the Patriots but lead to Henry having continued success going forward. Henry is another tight end to add in 12-team league formats.

 

 

Dawson Knox | Bills

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 8%

Dawson Knox returned to the lineup after a five-game stint on injured reserve. What makes Knox really appealing is that rookie phenom Dalton Kincaid suffered a shoulder injury and is considered day-to-day and is currently listed as questionable for this week. Kincaid still out-targeted Know eight to three in his return. Should Kincaid miss any time Knox will be a borderline TE1 for fantasy managers. In deeper leagues, Knox should be rostered going forward, especially in tight end premium leagues.

 

 

Defense (Leo Grandio)

Atlanta Falcons Defense 33% Rostered, faces the Panthers who allow the second most fantasy points to opposing defenses.

 

 

Tennessee Titans Defense 6% Rostered just controlled the high-powered Dolphins offense and now goes up against a Texans team without C.J. Stroud, Tank Dell, and Nico Collins.

 

 

What players are you looking to add this week? If you would like to discuss this further or have any questions feel free to reach out to us on X at @FCFantasySports.

 


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