Waiver Wire - Week 15

By 5 Yard Rush

Hey everyone, the eliminations are coming thick and fast. If you are reading this Waiver Wire column with interest and excitement, then congratulations for either making your Fantasy Football Playoff Semi Finals or for just being a Fantasy Football addict like Stocks, myself and all the team here at 5 Yard Rush. 

For everybody, the end of the Fantasy Football regular season has occurred and it’s now a case of winning and advancing. I am sure you all want to win your league. However I am sure we have just as many readers wanted to avoid their respective toilet bowls. Either way, we are here to help.

Whether you are chasing the title, or avoiding last place, you should be picking up Waivers of the Waiver Wire. Don’t let the league winner be crowned by default. So without further ado, here are your Week Fifteen targets:

QUARTERBACKS

RYAN FITZPATRICK – 14.4% OWNED

Week 14- 21/37 245 Yards, 1INT, 7 Carries, 65 Yards, 

Not the strongest game from Fitzmagic on Sunday. Jason Sanders kicked all of Miami’s points in a final second defeat to the Jets. However, Fitz does seem to be running with the ball more and keeping Miami in games. He lost his number 1 target, Devante Parker, to concussion early in Sunday’s game. This week, Fitz has the Giants which is a great matchup to exploit between two bad teams. Expect points galore and fire up Fitz off of your Waiver Wire this week.

GARDNER MINSHEW II- 12.8% OWNED

Week 14- 24/37 162 Yds, 1 TD,  6 Carries, 31 Yards

The man with the tash came back this week as the starter once more for the Jaguars. However, he failed to produce a spark for a team that, for the second week in a row, were already putting up another L in the right hand column by Half-Time. As a result, Minshew came out and was more free in the second half and started to make some plays. It wasn’t what we all expected, but then again, he did sit for over a month since that horror show in London against the Texans. The Jaguars face the Raiders this week, who are on a skid themselves. Expect points this Sunday, which makes Minshew a reasonable streamer option this week off of the Waiver Wire.

RUNNING BACKS

RAHEEM MOSTERT– 24.1% OWNED

Week 14- 69 Yds Rushing, TD  2 Rec, 40 Yards Receiving, TD

Raheem Mostert was the big hit of the week from last weeks Waiver Wire column. He seems to have won the job as the main back away from Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. Even though all three were available, Mostert got the most work and made the big plays. I will break this down further on the Look Ahead Podcasts this week, however Mostert seems to be the back to own in San Fransisco. Therefore he is a high priority add this week off of the Waiver Wire, despite having limited volume.

DEANDRE WASHINGTON – 0.9% OWNED

Week 14- 53 Yards Rushing, TD 6 Rec 43 Yards

It appears Josh Jacobs has a fractured shoulder. That could be curtains on his Rookie season. The Raiders are 1 game from being eliminated from playoff contention as it stands, so they won’t feel the need to rush Jacobs back with little to play for. Another factor might be the play of DeAndre Washington, who got 96 scrimmage yards and a Touchdown on Sunday. He is worth an add off of thew Waiver Wire at this late stage as he will get plenty of work in that Oakland backfield.

WIDE RECEIVERS

ALLEN HURNS – 0.7% OWNED

Week 14- 5 Rec, 68 Yards

Allen Hurns might be a very sneaky add this week. With DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson Jr. both suffering concussions in the Week Fourteen loss to the NY Jets, it seems Allen Hurns could potentially be the number one Wide Receiver in Miami on Sunday, against the New York Giants. Hurns got 8 targets on Sunday and I have no doubt this number could go north of 10 on Sunday if there is no Parker or Wilson. 

ANTHONY MILLER – 18.5% OWNED

Week 14- 3 Rec, 42 Yds, TD

Miller is back in the Waiver Wire column again after finally catching a Touchdown pass. However, Miller has kicked on in the last few weeks and is finally the threat we all expected him to be when he was taken inside the first nine rounds of Fantasy Football Drafts. Therefore, you can feel safe with Miller’s floor and potential upside, which we saw on Thanksgiving against the Lions. I would have no problem rolling out Miller for the final couple of games of the season.

TIGHT END

DAVID NJOUKU– 21.6% OWNED

Week 14- 1 Rec, 4 Yards

Njouku has been injured for most of the season. However, he was activated on Sunday to take his place on the Gridiron for the first time since Week Two. Njouku will be a useful weapon to Baker Mayfield over the coming weeks. The big key to this is that Cleveland have Arizona next, who are abysmal against Tight Ends. This is a real punt. However, the options are so limited under 30% ownership that I felt why not gamble. If Noah Fant, Jack Doyle or Dallas Goedert are free then I would add them before Njouku. If Everett is out again, you can add Higbee. But with what I know right this second, on Sunday night, I’m going with Njouku off the Waiver Wire.

KICKER

JASON SANDERS – 0.5% OWNED

Week 14- 7/8 FGs

Yes I am jumping on the bandwagon with this pickup. Sanders drilled 7 of 8 Field Goals on Sunday and scored 24 Fantasy Points. Will he do this again on Sunday? No! However, chase the hot hand with Kickers. Sanders will be full of confidence going into this weekend. Especially as he has been the feature for 2 weeks in a row in that Miami team. Not to mention he is facing the terrible Giants defensive. Sanders will have plenty of opportunities to get a double digit game under his belt.

D/ST

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS– 6.2% OWNED

Playing @ Detriot Lions Next

I know what you are all thinking! Homer Pick! But hear me out. The Bucs Defense on the road have been making plays. They have the leading sack man in the NFL on their team in Shaquil Barrett and they are forcing turnovers. And yes, they give up a lot of points, but they don’t really matter to fantasy scoring as much as sacks and turnovers. The Bucs in their last 2 road games have recorded 16 and 24 fantasy points as a D/ST. This week they take on David Blough and the Lions who are struggling on offense. Blough completed 4 passes in the first half on Sunday. 4! Expect the Bucs to attack Blough and force the ball in his hands more by taking away the run game.

That’s it for this week. We hope you get a lot out of this article and are seeing some success. You can listen to the audio show on your favourite podcast app. We also answer questions on Twitter @5yardrush so do get in touch there. However, until next week, Keep Rushing.

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