Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15 (Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Dec 9, 2018
Elijah McGuire

The bulk of Week 14 action is in the books and already we have some early waiver wire pickups for fantasy owners to check out to get a jump on the competition for Week 15.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve made it to the second round of the playoffs. Well done! It’s been a crazy year and Weeks 13 and 14 have been some of the most head-scratching weeks of the season. In preparation for a final playoff push, let’s take a look at early suggestions for your waiver wire, including the player’s Yahoo! ownership and upcoming schedule. Players listed here typically have under 30% ownership. Enjoy!

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Running Backs

Damien Williams (RB – KC): 17% owned
Williams had a fairly poor showing in Week 14, totaling only 30 yards on 12 touches but he did score twice. He was outgained 129 – 30 by Spencer Ware, but the latter left briefly with a shoulder injury. The Chiefs face the Chargers on a short week on Thursday Night Football in Week 15 and Williams is certainly worth a pickup as a handcuff with the potential to see an increase in snaps if Ware’s injury is more serious than expected.
Next two weeks: LAC, @SEA

Elijah McGuire (RB – NYJ): 7% owned
McGuire finished Week 14 with 20 touches for 83 yards and a score. The touches were his most of the season after starter Isaiah Crowell left the game with a foot injury. McGuire has looked to be the better play of the two backs but he just hasn’t been given a lot of opportunities. He’s got to be picked up as potentially Gang Green’s lead back in Week 15.
Next two weeks: HOU, GB

Kenneth Dixon (RB – BAL): 8% owned
Dixon only had nine touches but he turned those nine touches into 80 yards and a TD. In just his second game back, Dixon has established himself as the Ravens’ clear number two back and could continue to take work from Gus Edwards. Baltimore gets the Bucs and Chargers in the next two weeks.
Next two weeks: TB, @LAC

Other RBs to consider: Stevan Ridley (RB – PIT) 16% owned, Darren Sproles (RB – PHI) 6% owned, Chris Ivory (RB – BUF) 4% owned

Wide Receivers

Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR): 30% owned
He went 4-80 in Carolina’s loss to the Browns and that marked his fourth game in five of 80 yards or a TD. He was targeted in the end zone on the Panthers’ final drive but Cam Newton made some awful throws and couldn’t connect. Samuel is an electric playmaker and he’s got the Saints and Falcons up next, two prime matchups. He’s a great addition to your roster this week.
Next two weeks: NO, ATL

Robert Foster (WR – BUF): 1% owned
He led Buffalo in receiving in Week 14 with 7-104 and he’s now gone for 90 yards or a TD in three of his last four games. With Kelvin Benjamin off to Kansas City, Foster and Zay Jones are the starting wideouts on a team that needs to throw the ball.
Next two weeks: DET, @NE

Other WRs to consider: Kenny Stills (WR – MIA) 30% owned, DaeSean Hamilton (WR – DEN) 7% owned, 

Quarterbacks

*Despite the numbers (most of which came in garbage time), Josh Johnson is not a viable fantasy option moving forward.*

Josh Allen (QB – BUF): 14% owned
Allen once again led the Bills in rushing, totaling over 100 yards for the second time in his last three games. He’s averaging a buck twelve on the ground and despite his 5-4 TD/INT ratio in those games, he’s a highly startable option because of his running abilities. He should be added
Next two weeks: DET, @NE

Other QBs to consider: Derek Carr (QB – OAK) 19% owned, Ryan Tannehill (QB – MIA) 7% owned

Tight Ends

Ian Thomas (TE – CAR): 14% owned
He caught 9 of 11 targets for 77 yards in Week 14 and he’s totaled 14-121 in his last two games on 16 targets. With Greg Olsen on the IR, Thomas should make for a fine play over the next two weeks against a pair of bad defenses in New Orleans and Atlanta.
Next two weeks: NO, ATL

Other TEs to consider: Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI) 4% owned, Ryan Griffin (TE – HOU) 1% owned

D/STs

Washington: 33% owned
Next two weeks: @JAX, @TEN

Detroit Lions: 19% owned
Next two weeks: @BUF, MIN


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Zachary Hanshew is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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