Waiver Favors™: 2019 Week 15 Fantasy Football Pickups
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Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 7 years, I’m back to help with some waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors™ article! I’m assuming if you’re a returning reader, you won your fantasy football championship last year, and probably heading towards your fantasy football championship this year, so congratulations!
But we want to keep helping, so I’ll make a couple suggestions after Week 15 of the 2019 fantasy football season. You’re welcome. Again.
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% (with one exception this week) of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening. Keep in mind that at this point of the season, you’re sometimes better off just grabbing backups and handcuffs to your studs instead of taking flyers on pure waiver wire adds, but some of these might be helpful. And don’t forget to check the list at the bottom of the article, which essentially compiles all of those players I’ve recommended over the season who remain relevant by depth of league.
TE – Los Angeles Rams – 67% Owned
I know that Tyler Higbee is owned in a lot of leagues by now, but TE is such a weak position, I just wanted to mention it one more time. With Gerald Everett out yet again, Higbee followed up a 7 of 11 for 116 yard performance in Week 14 with a 12 of 14 for 111 yard performance in Week 15. That’s two weeks in a row where Higbee led the team in yards and targets. Even if Everett returns, I don’t see how Higbee will completely lose his role. Grab him in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Jacksonville Jaguars – 22% Owned
Without D.J. Chark, we all thought that Dede Westbrook would be the main beneficiary. Turns out that wasn’t the case as Chris Conley actually caught 4 of 8 targets for 49 yards and 2 TDs, pacing all pass catchers. It looked like no one would step up up through halftime, but Gardner Minshew manage to do all his damage in the second half including a big time comeback against the Raiders. If Chark remains out, it looks like Conley is the guy to grab in 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Jacksonville Jaguars – 0% Owned
But next to Conley, Keelan Cole also managed to snag 3 of 6 targets for 76 yards in Week 15. Most of that was from the early 55-yard shot from Minshew in the first drive of the game, but the target share is interesting, being Cole’s season high, along with also logging his most snaps (43) since Week 9. I’m not as high on Cole, but I do feel like he’s worth a shot in really deep 16-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Philadelphia Eagles – 1% Owned
There are literally no healthy WRs left in Philly. Or at least so we thought as Greg Ward was the only WR that caught any passes in Week 15, and he took advantage hauling in 7 of 9 targets for 61 yards and a TD. Alshon Jeffery is out for the year, Nelson Agholor is questionable and JJ Acega-Whiteside is completely invisible to Wentz, so Ward is worth your consideration in deep 16-team leagues or deeper.
RB – Minesota Vikings – 1%
Oh boy. Alexander Mattison (39% Owned) is still out with injury and now Delvin Cook re-injured his shoulder and was ruled out immediately for the rest of the game. In stepped Mike Boone, former star of the Vikings preseason games, and he took advantage rushing 13 times for 56 yards and 2 TDs in a half of football. If you’re a Cook owner, and have room, I’d grab both Mattison (which actually you should already have) and Boone. Boone looks to be the guy if both Cook and Mattison remain out, which would make him an interesting potential play in 12-team leagues or deeper.
Steven Sims Jr.
WR – Washington Redskins – 0% Owned
The Redskins are going nowhere, so they had Steven Sims Jr. playing WR and he managed to catch 5 of a whopping 11 targets for 45 yards and a TD in in Week 15. Sure, he also had a bad drop that was ruled not to be defensive pass interference in the 4th quarter, but he’s an interesting play for WR needy teams in 16-team leagues or deeper.
And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look (I’ve identified in RED the ones I want to highlight again for Week 14):
QBs – Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan Tannehill
RBs – Carlos Hyde, Raheem Mostert
WRs – Cole Beasley (PPR), A.J. Brown, John Brown, Marquise Brown, DJ Chark Jr. (Pending Injury), Terry McClaurin, DK Metcalf, DeVante Parker, Breshad Perriman, Deebo Samuel, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate
TE – Jared Cook, Jacob Hollister
QBs – Sam Darnold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mitchell Trubisky
RBs – Ronald Jones II, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Williams
WRs – Jamison Crowder (PPR), Alex Erickson, Diontae Johnson, Anthony Miller, Zach Pascal, Demaryius Thomas, James Washington
TE – Cameron Brate, Noah Fant, O.J. Howard, Kyle Rudolph, Jonnu Smith
QBs – Drew Lock
RB – Patrick Laird, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr.
WR – Randall Cobb, Corey Davis, Phillip Dorsett, Russell Gage, Mecole Hardman, N’Keal Harry, Allen Lazard, Tim Patrick, Hunter Renfrow (PPR), Josh Reynolds, Demarcus Robinson, Mohamed Sanu, Kenny Stills, Auden Tate
TE – Mike Gesicki, Dawson Knox, David Njoku
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