Waiver Wire Week 15: Jackson's Value Soars


We are now in the fantasy playoffs, so if you are leaning on the waiver wire too much right now, may God be with you and your team. However, sometimes a guy you pick up later can help you win. The waiver wire is pretty bare right now, and I implore you to look at last week’s article and make sure those guys aren’t still available. I did repeat some this week that I think can help you, so let’s get right to the Week 15 waiver wire!

Running Backs

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers. Jackson didn’t do anything to stand out last week, but with the injury news not being good for Melvin Gordon or Austin Ekeler, this should thrust Jackson to the be the guy who gets the most work. He has proven to at least have some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which gives him some extra value. I don’t expect him to have a huge game against the Chiefs but I think he will definitely have flex play consideration.

Confidence Meter  -  6

Elijah McGuire, New York Jets. He missed practice Tuesday, but so did Isaiah Crowell who is still in a walking boot. If Crowell is forced to miss the game again, that would make McGuire the lead back for the Jets against the Texans. He is somewhat involved in the passing game, and as long he is able to play you could do worse than McGuire in your flex.

Confidence Meter  -  6

Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens. A fourth round pick a few years ago, Dixon has had trouble staying healthy in his career. Dixon didn’t touch the ball a lot, but he was successful on his eight carries, and he does often catch the ball out of the backfield. Let’s be honest, Gus Edwards isn’t anything special. It would be a bit of a long shot to play Dixon this week, but going against a shitty defense in Tampa, he could pay off for you.

Confidence Meter  -  4

Wide Receivers

Tim Patrick and DeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos. After trading Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders being injured, there isn’t much depth in the Bronco receiving group anymore. After Courtland Sutton this just leaves fourth round pick Hamilton, and undrafted free agent Patrick. Patrick had one more target and more yards, but Hamilton was the one who got in the end zone. I think either is rosterable at this point, and I think Hamilton is someone you can start in your fourth receiver or flex. Patrick is a little riskier play, but I don’t think it would be out of the realm of possibility to trust Patrick either.

Confidence Meter  -  Hamilton 6; Patrick 5

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins. Stills injury certainly must be contributing to his 25% ownership, but he has been solid the last two weeks. Stills and Tannehill have an undeniable chemistry, and right now they are playing well. He exploded for eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. If you are looking for a receiver on the waiver wire, he could be your best option.

Confidence Meter  -  5

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars. I have loved Dede since August, but the passing game (and the season) has spiraled out of control and not in a good way. Westbrook is so hard to trust right now, but he showed his talent with his 7/88/1 line on Thursday night. However, Cody Kessler sucks so bad, so you are really taking your fantasy life into your own hands if you trust Westbrook in your lineups.

Confidence Meter  -  4

Trent Sherfield, Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals offense is pretty crappy, but with Christian Kirk out someone has to be the second receiver for Arizona right? Last week it was Sherfield who was the number two, and I have no confidence in J.J. Nelson so in the most desperate of situations Sherfield could be a surprise producer for you against the Falcons crappy defense.

Confidence Meter  -  3

Tight End

Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers. I included him in the article last week and he went out and had a solid game and led the team with nine catches on 11 targets. His 77 yards were second on the team. So, if you are still out there looking for a tight end in Week 14, he definitely should be your guy.

Confidence Metter  - 6

 


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