2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds and Waiver Wire Pickups

RUNNING BACKS: Damien Williams, Chris Ivory, Theo Riddick, Elijah McGuire, Marcus Murphy

WIDE RECEIVERS: Dante Pettis, Robert Foster, Curtis Samuel, Daesean Hamilton, Jordy Nelson

TIGHT ENDS: Ian Thomas, C.J. Uzomah, Vernon Davis

QUARTERBACKS: Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Jeff Driskel, Derek Carr

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons



RUNNING BACKS

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
No, Spencer Ware isn't Kareem Hunt, nor is Damien Williams.  However Ware is hurt and Williams picked up the slack against a tough Ravens defense.  Ware left the game for shoulder and hamstring injuries and owners will need to monitor his health.  In the meantime, Williams had 8 carries for 14 yards and a touchdown, and he added 16 yards on 4 catches.  He's worth an add in a high-powered Chiefs offense if Ware can't go.

Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 4.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Football is a contact sport.  With age and usage comes injury.  The Bills called on McCoy to play a big part of their offense and that has resulted in plenty of mileage on his body.  It's the end of the season and McCoy is hurt yet again with a hamstring injury.  Leonard Fournette owners know a hamstring injury is a tricky thing to recover from.  McCoy owners should've handcuffed him when they had the chance.  Chris Ivory could be taking handoffs for the foreseeable future.


Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 36.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Game flow is always tough to predict, but it's what dictates Riddick's usage.  However, the loss of Marvin Jones Jr. for the season helps the case for Theo Riddick.  The Lions don't have many pass catching options, nor do they have a good offensive line.  Riddick has been a reliable safety valve for Matt Stafford and should continue to get usage on short and intermediate routes.  He got involved with the passing game to the tune of 4 catches for 30 yards.  He added another 28 yards on 6 carries. 

Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 11.3% of all ESPN leagues):
McGuire carried the load on Sunday after lead back Isaiah Crowell left the game with a foot injury.  If Crowell can't go, McGuire would be asked to lead the Jets backfield this week against a stout Texans front.  He did well against the Bills though, piling up 60 yards and a score on 17 carries against a stout Bills front.

Marcus Murphy, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Murphy is the handcuff to the handcuff.  Both McCoy (hamstring) and Ivory (shoulder) left the game against the Jets with injuries and both are questionable to start against the Lions next week.  The health of both McCoy and Ivory should be monitored going into next week's game.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 19.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The 49ers young rookie continues to tear it up.  While he only caught 3 passes for 49 yards, he also caught his fourth touchdown in 3 weeks.  He snagged 5 targets for 129 yards and 2 scores against Seattle 2 weeks ago.  Hopefully he can post a similar stat line this week against the Seahawks this week at home.

Robert Foster, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 1.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Foster is developing a bit of a reputation as a boom or bust commodity.  However, his usage more than doubled this past week after the Bills released Kelvin Benjamin.  Foster was targeted 8 times, more than his previous 2 games combined, and he reeled in 7 of those targets for 104 yards.  Looks like he's developing quite a rapport with his fellow rookie Josh Allen.  They'll try to build on last week's success with a decent matchup against a Lions pass rush that may be without Ziggy Ansah again.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 32.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuel has been on a bit of a year lately.  If he scored touchdowns in 3 of 4 games in weeks 9 through 12, and snagged 10 of his 19 targetss for 168 yards in the last 2 weeks.  This unique weapon has plenty of speed to burn unsuspecting secondaries and should continue to see added targets with Olsen out and Funchess underperforming.  He can provide a nice flex floor with WR2 upside if he continues to get this type of volume.  Buyer beware: he does have 2 tough matchups to finish the year against a tough Saints defense and a resurgent Falcons secondary.

Daesean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 5.5% of all ESPN leagues):
It was Hamilton, not Sutton, who delivered on Sunday in the Bronco's first game without Emmanuel Sanders.  He snagged 7 of his 9 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown, making him a PPR gem.  Potential owners may want to wait before adding him, but those in deep leagues who need help at wideout may want to consider him as a dart throw.  He'll see some soft coverages against the Browns and Raiders to close out the year.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 32.7% of all ESPN leagues):
For what he is, Nelson has been a bit of a disappointment this year.  He was supposed to step up and lead the Raiders' receiving corps, but his season has been hampered by injuries and inconsistent QB play.  He's worth an add for those in a pinch, and his remaining schedule helps his upside.  He hasn't found the endzone these past 2 weeks, but he's brought in 16 of his 18 targets for 145 yards during that time. 

TIGHT ENDS

Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 25.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Last week proved that Cam still loves throwing to his tight end, and that Ian Thomas could be a capable fill-in for Greg Olsen.  His targets jumped from 5 in week 13 to 11 in week 14.  He brought in 9 of those 11 targets for 77 yards.  While he didn't get in the endzone, that jump in targets proves that the opportunity will at least be there, if he continues to see such high volume.  He could have a rough road ahead of him though.  The Saints and Falcons have both been pretty tough on tight ends this year, though it should be noted that the Saints allowed 2 scores to Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate last week.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 4.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The cupboard is pretty bare at this point for this position, which is why Vernon Davis lands in this column.  While Mark Sanchez is the one throwing him passes, the 2 did connect 4 times for 31 yards.  Jordan Reed could miss the rest of the year and the Jaguars have struggled against tight ends this season.  This could open a door of opportunity for Davis.  He's a low floor dart throw who's proven he can still make plays when his number gets called.  Naturally, Jordan Reed's health will need to be monitored before starting Davis.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 30.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The fact that Uzomah was able to muster 37 yards on 3 catches helps prove that the Bengals tight end can still post some decent numbers even against a tough Chargers secondary.  Jeff Driskel hasn't been horrible, and the Bengals will have an easier matchup this week against a suspect Raiders secondary.

QUARTERBACKS

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 48.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield has been hot and cold all season, but he's finally learned a new offense and figured out what his pass catchers can and can't do.  While Von Miller and Bradley Chubb can try to force the rookie into some mistakes, the Broncos secondary could be hard-pressed to take advantage of them.  Denver's secondary already looked porous, and then Chris Harris went down for the season.  Baker could post a surprising stat line this week and is a good add.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 16.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bills' rookie QB continues to hurt teams with his legs.  He's big, fast, and tough to bring down.  He's rushed for 99 yards or more in the last 3 weeks and has carried the rock into the endzone twice during that time span.  While last week's output wasn't as lofty as weeks 12 and 13, it's still a respectable stat line.  Yes, he turned it over 3 times against a tough Jets defense, but he's learning, and getting on the same page as his receivers.  Allen is worth adding, especially in 2QB or keeper leagues. 

Jeff Driskel, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 4.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Driskel will throw to a capable group of receivers against a pass defense that's average at best.  He'll have a chance to post a decent stat line after facing the pass rushes and secondaries of the Browns, Broncos, and Chargers.  Boyd, Ross, and even Uzomah could all have big days.  He's normally a low-end QB2, but the matchup definitely provides upside.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues)
Cincinnati's defensive backfield has been kind to opposing wideouts.  Carr topped 300 yards for just the 4th time this season, and will try to finish the year strong with a couple of friendly matchups in Cincinnati and then at home against division rival Denver. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

Washington Redskins (currently owned in 59.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jags have struggled all season thanks to a perfect storm of injuries to their offensive line, and stars AJ Bouye and Leonard Fournette.  Cody Kessler has done what he could to take care of the ball, but that's a tough task when he gets knocked down or pressured every other play.  This week is no different.  While the Redskins look inept on offense, their defense is stout.  Josh Norman and Haha Clinton-Dix are still a formidable defensive duo.  till aDefenses, so they're a decent streaming option in a road matchup this week.  Buyer beware: the Redskins' fantasy scoring could take a hit if the Jaguars' defense post points.

Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 5.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Falcons coverage has come on strong recently.  This unit has limited opposing QB's to 216 passing yards or less since week 10.  They'll try to take advantage of turnover-prone Josh Rosen, who's thrown six picks in his last 5 games.  Buyer beware: the Falcons have struggled at times against the run, and they'll be facing one of the best in David Johnson.  Nevertheless, they'll face a Cardinals offensive unit that's topped 20 points just 3 times, making them a sneaky streaming option this week.

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