2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

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

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Cam Akers, Lynn Bowden, Lesean McCoy, Devontae Booker

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Keke Coutee, T.Y. Hilton, Chad Hansen, Laviska Shenault, Lynn Bowden, Nelson Agholor

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Jordan Reed, Logan Thomas, Dan Arnold

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Jared Goff, Phillip Rivers, Baker Mayfield

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots
RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 52.1% of all ESPN leagues): 
There’s a saying that 1 is an anomaly, 2 is a coincidence, and 3 is a trend.  This is the third week in a row where Cam Akers led the Rams backfield in touches.  He dominated both in touches and posted 171 rushing yards in last Thursday’s game which was more rushing yards than all other ball carriers combined.  He logged 31 touches for 194 total yards with plenty of yardage coming on chunk plays.  It took 14 weeks, but Akers has finally emerged as the definitive lead running back for the Rams.  If Akers is still available, he should be added immediately in all leagues and formats.  He should dominate a Jets team this week that’s leading the Tank for Trevor campaign.

Lynn Bowden, RB/WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Fun fact: Bowden is listed as both a running back and a wide receiver in ESPN leagues.  Therefore, he could be a valuable asset, especially in PPR formats where he posted 7 catches for 82 yards with most of those targets coming late in the game after fellow wideouts DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant and tight end Mike Gesicki were all unavailable due to injuries sustained in the game.  This rookie is a weapon, plain and simple.  Not only did he catch passes and run the ball, but he also played quarterback in addition to amassing over 1400 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground and added another 348 yards and a touchdown on 30 catches during his senior year.  His rapport with Tua was immediate last week as the Dolphins attempted a late comeback against the Chiefs last week.  He’s worth a look at any position especially with all of the injuries to Miami’s skill players.  He’s certainly worth a dynasty league stash especially with Parker and Williams perpetually injured.  Bowden could keep getting plenty of looks, including under center on truck plays, if Miami’s other receiving options stay sidelined.  For more on what he did during his time as a Kentucky Wildcat, check out our Rookies and Redshirts section here

Devontae Booker, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 51.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Booker got just 7 total touches last week against a good Colts defense in a blowout loss.  Game flow didn’t play into his favor.  He’ll have a chance to bounce back against a much softer Chargers defense this week, especially if Josh Jacobs is on a snap count.  Booker had an efficient outing against the Chargers in week 9, logging 68 yards and a touchdown on just 8 carries.  The Raiders have looked more explosive on offense recently which means the Chargers wouldn’t be able to stack the box.  Everything lines up for Booker to be a decent dart throw and streaming option this week. 

Lesean McCoy, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 1.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Fournette was a healthy scratch last week which meant Shady got some work.  The veteran running back averaged 8 yards per carry and will split carries with rookie Keshawn Vaughn and Leonard Fournette now that Ronald Jones will be sidelined after an operation to place a pin in his hand to surgically repair his fractured pinky.  The Buccaneers will have a road matchup against a Falcons defense that’s been good against the run, so Shady should only be in the starting lineup in the deepest of leagues.

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 33.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Cooks was ultimately ruled out last week against the Bears, Stills is no longer with the team, and Fuller and Cobb are likely lost for the year.  Coutee rose rapidly to the top of the receiving options in the last couple of weeks and he’s been productive so far.  He was held to just 3 catches for 24 yards and a touchdown, but he had a pretty good day against the Colts a couple of weeks ago when he posted 8 catches for 141 yards.  Watson should continue to look his way this week when the Texans travel to Indy for a rematch.  

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 59.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Hilton looks like he’s back in mid-season form in his last 3 outings. Owners who were patient enough to hang on to him until now have been handsomely rewarded with 17 catches for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns in his last 3 games.  He and Rivers finally look like they’re on the same page and connecting consistently.  He has a favorable schedule for the rest of the season including a rematch at home against the Texans.  He posted 8 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown a couple of weeks ago against a soft Texans secondary and will build on his success this week. Then he’ll have the Steelers and Jaguars to finish his season. 

Chad Hansen, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 2.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Texans’ other wideout has been a sneaky start these past couple of weeks, especially in PPR leagues.  He’s reeled in 12 of his targets for 157 yards in 2 games so far.  Five of those targets went for 101 yards a couple of weeks ago against the Colts and it’s only a matter of time before he finds the endzone.  The 6’2”, 202lb wideout will look to reproduce his stat line from a couple of weeks ago in a rematch against the Colts.  Watson has to throw it somewhere and Hansen has been a reliable pass catcher.  Hansen should get plenty of looks with the Texans virtually void of wideouts.

Tyron Johnson, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
Johnson is available in literally every ESPN league.  The 6’1”, 193lb undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State could be in line for an expanded workload if Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are both sidelined for a quick turnaround against a soft Raiders defense.  Someone has to catch the ball and it might as well be Tyron Johnson.  This kid has 4.3 wheels and he can track the deep ball and bring it in, but he’s used often on short and intermediate routes where Herbert can hit him in the open field on a quick slant or crossing route.  Then he can turn the ball upfield and shake defenders who aren’t quick enough or strong enough to tackle him in the open field.  A great matchup against the Raiders awaits this week.  Tyron Johnson could also help out if Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are both sidelined in any way with their injuries. 

Lynn Bowden, RB/WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
See above in running backs section. 

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 27.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Agholor brought in 5 of his 9 targets for an even 100 and a score.  He led the team in targets last week and should continue to do so with Jon Gruden getting him more and more involved in the offense.  He’ll face a suspect secondary at home this week and he’ll look to build on the 2 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown that he logged against the Chargers in week 9. 

Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Shenault has been getting more and more involved with the Jaguars passing attack.  He showed a decent rapport with young quarterback Gardner Minshew and pulled in 6 of his targets for 49 yards.  He’ll have plenty of work as a short yardage safety valve for Minshew as they try to neutralize a potent Ravens pass rush, although the Ravens allowed 42 points just last week to Baker Mayfield and company. Nevertheless, Shenault is a dynasty league add and he should continue to trend up as the Jaguars find more and more ways to manufacture touches for him. 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 14.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Somebody has to catch passes with Deebo Samuel doubtful this week and Kittle not even close to returning.  Reed dropped a couple of key passes last week against Washington, but he’s still one of the bigger, more athletic receiving options on the 49ers roster. He’ll have an easier matchup this week against a Cowboys coverage unit that has struggled all season long, but the passing game may take a backseat to the ground game if Kyle Shanahan decides to have Nick Mullens do just enough to keep Dallas’ defense from stacking the box.  

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 43.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas led all receiving options in receptions and receiving yardage last week.  Alex Smith targeted his tight end 7 times with pressure constantly in his face. Thomas does have 19 catches for 161 yards and a pair of scores in his last 3 games, which probably makes him more valuable in PPR formats.  He has a couple of decent matchups coming up against the Seahawks and Panthers, but he could have a downgrade at quarterback if Haskins starts in place of an injured Alex Smith.  

Dan Arnold, TE, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues):
For those who are truly desperate for a boom or bust dart throw, Cardinals tight end Dan Arnold has now scored in 3 of his last 4 games.  He’s reeled in 6 of his targets for 109 yards and four touchdowns in his last 4 outings, which means he truly depends on touchdowns to generate fantasy points.  Kyler seems to know where to find him in the red zone which means there’s a decent chance Arnold finds the endzone again this week against a banged up Eagles coverage unit. 

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 50.2% of all ESPN leagues): 
Goff was limited to just 16 completions on 25 attempts for 137 yards, a touchdown, and a pick.  However, he also reached the endzone on a QB sneak.  He should bounce back against the Jets who are still firmly in the lead in the tank for Trevor campaign.  The Jets are allowing a 71% completion rate, over 290 yards passing and 2 touchdowns per game, and a rating of 105.5 to opposing signal callers.

Phillip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 24.4% of all ESPN leagues): 
Rivers isn’t the gun slinger he once was, but he has a pretty solid floor that’s reliable enough to start in most leagues.  Moreover, he faces a Texans defense this week that just allowed 267 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 picks, and a 126.7 rating to Mitch Trubisky of all quarterbacks.  Rivers will look to build on the 285 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 77% completion rate he posted in week 13 against the Texans.  

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 28.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield has thrown for over 900 yards and 8 touchdowns in his last 3 games and he’s turned the ball over just twice during that time.  He also found the endzone on Monday night in a shootout against the Ravens.  With that said, Mayfield is a low floor, high ceiling fantasy QB that can help his owners get into the championships or let them down.  The Browns are a run-first team that likes to move the ball on the ground especially in bad weather which means Mayfield won’t sling it to win the game if he doesn’t have to.  However, young wideouts Higgins and Peoples-Jones have nothing emerged as viable, big-bodied deep threats that Mayfield can get the ball to for big chunk plays.  The weather at the Meadowlands looks good this weekend, so if the Browns defense gives up big points this week, Mayfield will need to push the ball down the field to keep up. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST):

Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 39.3% of all ESPN leagues):
A 34 point outburst by the Bears offense last week was an indictment of how bad the Texans defense is. The Bears still struggle on offense and the Vikings held them to just 13 points in week 10.  This defensive unit is still worth starting and rostering against one of the worst offenses in the league.  Mitch is back under center which means it’s a matter of when he will turn the ball over, not if.

New England Patriots (currently owned in 46.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Patriots held the Dolphins to just 11 points in week 1 and picked off Fitzmagic 3 times.  Tua will start this week, but a lot of his weapons could be sidelined this week.  The rookie signal callers could be throwing to Lynn Bowden and handing the ball off to DeAndre Washington again.  The Patriots defense are finally getting healthy and playing as a unit.  Coach Belichick should be able to confuse a depleted Dolphins offense into some turnovers. 

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