2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!

RUNNING BACKS: Raheem Mostert, Benny Snell, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson

WIDE RECEIVERS: AJ Brown, Deebo Samuel, Anthony Miller, Russell Gage, Darius Slayton, Allen Hurns, Isaiah Ford

TIGHT ENDS: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee, OJ Howard, Cameron Brate, Mike Gisecki

QUARTERBACKS: Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mitch Trubisky

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs



RUNNING BACK (RB)

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 23.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Mostert continues to be the hottest running back in San Francisco’s backfield.  He’s scored at least one touchdowns in each of his last three games and had both a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown last week against the Saints.  He had 10 carries to Tevin Coleman’s 3, despite Coleman being the starter.  Mostert’s arrow is clearly pointing up and should be rostered in all formats at this time.  His big-play ability raises his ceiling and certainly helps his case as a fantasy starter despite his low volume.  He gets a Packers front this week that has been susceptible to the run.

Benny Snell Jr, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 40.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Snell took most of the carries again with Jaylen Samuels relegated to a pass catching role.  Unfortunately, Snell rushed for just 41 yards, was kept out of the endzone this week, and was held without a catch.  However, his volume helps keep him in the flex conversation if Conner can’t go again.  Buyer beware: his matchup is far less favorable this week against a formidable Bills front.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 44.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Peterson hit his stride against a familiar foe last week in the Green Bay Packers.  He took 20 totes for 76 yards and a touchdown against a Packers front that has trouble stopping the run.  Derrius Guice’s early departure from the game also helped Peterson’s volume.  Peterson should see even greater volume with Guice already ruled out for week 15, but he’ll be running against a stout Eagles front.  However, he does face a weaker Giants defense if owners can stash him for week 16.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 13.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Thompson could resume a greater past catching and change of pace role with Guice ruled out for week 15.   He could be the lightning to Peterson’s thunder, and he’d be a welcome receiving option for struggling young quarterback Dwayne Haskins.  He didn’t carry the ball at all, but he snagged seven targets for 43 yards in his first game since his week 6 appearance against the Dolphins.  He could be an asset in PPR formats. 

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 31.3% of all ESPN leagues):
There’s no denying that AJ Brown will be a fantasy factor for years to come.  Tannehill’s performance as a passer has boosted the stock of nearly every receiving options for the Titans, especially Brown’s.  He’s a big play threat every time he touches the ball and is arguably the best receiver in this year’s draft.  Yes, that means he’s even better than former teammate and Ole Miss Rebel D.K. Metcalf.  Brown has an extremely low floor thanks to his volume, but he’s a home run threat who catches the short stuff and turns it into huge gains.  He’s a high risk high reward player that’s been more boom than bust in his recent outings.  He has just 12 catches in his last three games, but turned those catches into 333 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He faces a soft Texans secondary this week which could give up some big plays. 

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 47.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuel has proven to be matchup proof with this week’s production against the Saints.  Granted the Saints were without star defensive back Marshon Lattimore, but he’s one player.  Vonn Bell and Eli Apple should’ve stepped up in their place.  Nevertheless, Samuel posted five catches for 76 yards and added 33 yards on 2 carries.  The 49ers offensive line has held their own against the likes of Aaron Donald and Cam Jordan.  That should buy Jimmy G enough time to deliver the ball.  Samuel should continue to produce against a Falcons coverage unit that will focus their efforts on containing Kittle and Sanders. 

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 18.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Miller’s targets dropped last week compared to the 3 weeks before that.  Still, he managed to save his 3 catch 42 yard day with a touchdown.  He’s had at least 9 targets in 3 of his last 4 games which means he could continue to deliver in a divisional showdown at Lambeau.  Mitch seems to be returning to 2018 form which could help Miller’s stats.

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 5.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Gage could get additional targets with Calvin Ridley getting shut down for the rest of the season.  He stepped up in a big way when top targets Julio Jones and Austin Hooper were out.  This proven commodity could be called upon this week against a tough 49ers secondary that’s been one of the worst in the league for opposing wideouts.  Joey Bosa could make it a long day for Matt Ryan, which means Gage’a routes might not have enough time to develop.

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 32.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Slayton has been a pleasant surprise for Big Blue.  He’s scored two touchdowns in 3 of his last 6 games, and has topped 120 receiving yards or more in 2 of his last 6.  Sadly those numbers only mean Slayton is an inconsistent boom or bust streamer this week against a relatively weak Dolphins coverage unit.  He has a struggling Redskins secondary in week 16. 

Allen Hurns, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 0.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Hurns hasn’t been a factor since he wore a Jaguars uniform.  However, DeVante Parker’s departure from the game led to Hurns receiving eight targets.  He caught five of those targets for 68 yards.  He could see a decent workload if Parker doesn’t clear the concussion protocol for a week 15 matchup against a soft Giants secondary. 

Isaiah Ford, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
It was Ford who led the team with 9 targets, 6 catches, and 92 yards.  The seventh round draft pick of the 2018 NFL draft has decent speed and elusiveness which should help him fight off members of the Giants secondary.  He could help his quarterback if he can find a way to get open and use his athleticism to bring in some targets.  He could see a decent workload if Parker is sidelined again with a concussion.  The beauty is he’s available in literally every league.

TIGHT END (TE)

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 11.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Higbee has posted a couple of phenomenal outings.  He has 14 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown.  The thing is the Seahawks and Cardinals both struggle to cover tight ends.  He could see a dip in his production this week against a weaker Cowboys secondary, but could see a smaller workload if Woods and Kupp take away some of his targets.  Nevertheless, he’s worth adding by managers dealing with injuries at the position.  Buyer beware: Higbee’s volume could drop again if Gerald Everett returns this week.

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 29.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Fant has flashed greatness at times this year.  This week he posted 4 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.  He’s always been a threat down the seam or the sideline and is a great size speed guy who could be a mismatch nightmare.  The a Broncos don’t have many receiving options, but they could be forced to throw this week to keep up with a high-powered Chiefs offense.  This means Fant could get a larger target share than usual.  He also has the Lions next week.  Buyer beware: Fant sustained a bruised foot and a minor hip injury last week which could also limit his touches. 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
O.J. Howard (currently owned in 39.4% of all ESPN leagues)
Cameron Brate (currently owned in 1.8% of all ESPN leagues)
The tight end position continues to wear thin.  It looks like the Buccaneers will try to recreate Mike Evans in the aggregate by using their tight ends after Evans left last Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.  Howard was targeted five times and Brate got four looks.  The pair combined for 8 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.  This is acceptable in PPR leagues, and a touchdown helped Brate’s stat line.  Neither should qualify for starting status with such low volume, but these numbers could be serviceable with so few options available at the position.

Mike Gisecki, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 29.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Gisecki is one of the few remaining first string receiving options for the Dolphins this year.  He posted eight catches for 107 yards and a pair of scores in his two games against the Browns and Eagles.  He’s also had at least 6 targets in 5 of his last 6 games.  Unfortunately the Jets held him to just one catch for 6 yards last week.  He’ll try to bounce back against a softer Giants defense this week and he’s worth adding especially if Parker remains sidelined with a concussion. 

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 40.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill has posted at least 2 passing touchdowns in 6 of his last 7 games, and he’s thrown 17 touchdowns while committing just 7 turnovers during that time.  His connection with receiving playmaker AJ Brown seems stronger than ever, and Brown accounted for over a third of Tannehill’s passing yards last week against the Raiders.  Tannehill is poised to have another big week against the Texans’ suspect secondary. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 15.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Fitzmagic had to make due with the receiving options he had against a decent Jets defense.  Unfortunately he threw for just 245 yards and a pick.  He tried to make up for it on the ground with 7 carries for 65 yards.  He has a softer coverage unit this week which could give him an opportunity to bounce back. 

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 19.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Trubisky looks like he’s slowly returning to 2018 form.  It appears Nagy has finally stopped trying to turn him into a pocket passer and allow him to do what’s best: make plays on the run.  He’s thrown for 3 touchdowns in 3 of his last five games, and he has two rushing touchdowns during that five game stretch as well.  He’ll face a Packers defense that held him to just 228 passing yards and a pick in the Bears’ season opener at Soldier Field.  However, Trubisky has begun targeting receivers other than Allen Robinson and he’s started using his feet again.  This makes him worth a look in most fantasy formats.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

STREAMING OPTIONS

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 57.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers have a struggling Bears offense, which is one of the worst in the league, at home.  They spoiled the Bears’ home opener and the first game of their centennial season by holding them to just 6 points in a victory.

Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 23.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chiefs held the division rival Broncos to just six points and also scored a defensive touchdown in the process at Mile-High.  Denver’s offense appears to still be struggling and they travel to Arrowhead to take on a surging Chiefs team that’s still in the playoff race.  They’re a strong streaming option this week.

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