2016 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Playoff Waiver Wire Pickups and Injury Replacements are here!

Running Back (RB)

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 37.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Powell cme in the game after Forte went down with a knee injury.  He and the Jets will take on the 30th ranked rushing defense of the Dolphins at home.  Keep an eye on the weather.  If it's snowing or raining in New York, the offense could get run-heavy, giving Powell more opportunities.  Obviously, Powell's opportunities will depend on Forte's status.  Continue to monitor Forte's health moving forward.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 45.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Dixon finally got his shot at the lead-back role and he did not disappoint.  He led the team in receptions (8 catches, 42 yards, 1 touchdown)  and carries (11 for 39 yards) and scored his first NFL touchdown against a decent Patriots defense.  He'll look to keep things moving this week against an average Philly front that gave up a rushing score and some decent yardage to fellow rookie Rob Kelley.

Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Melvin Gordon was carted off the field early in the game due to a hip injury.  With fellow back Danny Woodhead on IR, Farrow stepped in and put up unimpressive numbers, running 16 times for 55 yards, catching 6 passes for another 23.  The Panthers' Luke Kuechley was back in the defensive line up, limiting Farrow's production.  He should fair better at home  against a softer Raiders front.  Monitor Gordon's status moving forward.

Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 34.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The 6'0" 216lb Montgomery rushed 9 times for 41 yards and a score, and caught another 3 passes for 45 yards.  He could see added opportunities against the arch rival Chicago Bears, if his quarterback Aaron Rogers keeps limping around the field.  Remember, Montgomery can slot into both running back, wide receiver, or flex spots.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 32% of all ESPN leagues):
Two words: Garbage time.  Gillislee could get a lot of it if the Bills build a big lead against a winless Browns team.  If weather and precipitation are a factor, Gillislee could also see additional carries.  Either way, he's a  speculative add for Forte or Gordon owners, or those in very deep leagues.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 51.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Mitchell has become an integral part of the Pats' passing attack since they lost Amendola and Gronk to injuries.  He's scored 4 touchdowns in 3 of his last 4 games.  He'll face a tough Broncos secondary this week in the mile-high stadium, but great coaching and playcalling might be enough to beat this defense.  Grab him if he's available.  The Pats are a pass-first team so there's plenty of targets to go around.  With Amendola most likely out for multiple weeks, he should also be a good pickup in a week 16 matchup against their division foe New York Jets.

Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 27% of all ESPN leagues):
Inman has emerged as a receiving threat for a struggling Chargers team.  He's scored 14 passes for 239 yards in the past 3 games, and has a touchdown in each of those games.  He could be a key cog in the Chargers' struggling offense, especially if they're without lead running back Melvin Gordon.  He'll face the Raiders and Browns to finish the fantasy season.

Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 13.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Stills is the classic boom-or-bust player.  In his last 5 games, he's had 3 games of 10 points or more in 3, with 2 games of 3 points or less sanwiched in between in standard scoring.  However, he should get some great opportunities downfield if teams continue to stack the box to stop the Dolphins' run game first.  Everyone knows Ajayi and Landry are beasts on the ground and in the intermediate passing game.  That should leave Stills open so he could keep taking the top off of defenses.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 50.7% of all ESPN leagues):
With Jones and Sanu inactive in last Sunday's matchup against the Rams, Gabriel caught 3 passes for 82 yards and a score against an exploitable Rams secondary.  If Jones and Sanu are unable to go again, Gabriel vould have another big day when the Falcons take on the 49ers in Atlanta this week.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 43.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Garcon has been relatively consistent, if anything.  He's caught at least 5 passes in 4 of his last 5 games, and scored touchdowns in 2 of them.  He's a ppr commodity and could play a key role in the Redskins bid for a wildcard spot.  The Panthers are one of the best run-stopping teams in the league.  If Washington wants a win at home, they'll need to do it through the arm of Kirk Cousins, and Garcon's ability to catch the ball.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 19% of all ESPN leagues):
Thielen is still readily available in most leagues, and has emerged as one of the most reliable reveiving options for the Vikings.  He should get plenty of opportunities against the Indianapolis Colts who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

Tight End (TE)

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 9.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The tight end position continues to thin out as the season wears on.  This week, Charles Clay might be the only tight end worth adding to most rosters.  He's a streaming option this week against a Browns defense that has had trouble with this position all season.

Quarterback (QB)

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 26.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Average Joe has come on strong in the past 2 games, throwing for 705 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 2 picks against Miami and New England.  After a primetime loss with playoff implications, he'll look to put up big numbers and lead his team to a W against a decent Eagles pass defense.  He could pick up easy yards and easy scores with his new checkdown option, Kenneth Dixon.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 58.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Talks about Taylor getting benched are not great.  Yes, he struggled in a snowstorm in Pittsburgh.  However, to quote Rex Ryan, "he still gives us the best chance of winning."  Taylor could put up big numbers this week as the Bills take on the Browns in Buffalo.  As always, weather could play a factor since they will be outdoors.  If the field is taken care of, there's no precipitation, and winds are calm, start him.  Even if conditions aren't ideal, he could still have a decent day doing dink and dunk to running backs Shady McCoy and Mike Gillislee.

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