Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15 (2019 Fantasy Football)
Good evening guys! If you’re reading this, you either made it into the fantasy semifinals with a big win this week, or your league kicks off the fantasy post-season in Week 15 — either way, congrats! We saw some wild finishes in Week 14, featuring a Jameis Winston–Jacoby Brissett duel and an epic Saints-49ers game that could be a preview of the NFC Championship game. Injuries abounded as well, with DeVante Parker and Jared Cook sustaining concussions, Mike Evans leaving early due to his hamstring, Mark Andrews going down with a knee injury, and Josh Jacobs getting held out due to his shoulder. This week’s adds are slim, but there are still guys listed here that can help improve your roster.
Each Sunday night during the season, I’ll be bringing you early waiver wire suggestions to help you get a jump on the competition! Thanks for joining me as we hit the wire with players who can help you out for Week 15 and beyond. Best of luck in your playoff matchups! Now let’s get to it!
Note: All players have less than 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues.
DeAndre Washington (OAK): 4% owned
Josh Jacobs sat out Week 14 with a shoulder injury, and it’s unclear if he’ll be forced to miss time moving forward. If he does, Washington could continue to be a productive fantasy asset. He had a solid performance in Week 14, and he’ll enjoy exploitable matchups moving forward. Add as needed. Note: Jalen Richard (5% owned) can be added in deeper leagues.
Next three weeks: JAC, @LAC, @DEN
Darwin Thompson (KC): 18% owned
With Darrel Williams on the IR and Damien Williams still dealing with a rib injury, rookie Thompson has been a quality play alongside LeSean McCoy, going 11/44/1 in Week 13 and staying involved in Week 14. If Damien continues to deal with injuries, Thompson makes a decent flex play moving forward.
Next three weeks: DEN, @CHI, LAC
Anthony Miller (CHI): 20% owned
After a slow start to the season, Miller has come on strong as of late. He scored his first touchdown of the season on TNF in Week 14 and has accumulated at least 75 yards or a touchdown in three straight contests, averaging just over nine targets per game in his last four. Chicago’s final three matchups of the season against elite offenses could require a pass-heavy game plan, leading to continued opportunities for Miller. He’s a must-add if you need help at wideout.
Next three weeks: @GB, KC, @MIN
Breshad Perriman (TB): 0% owned
Mike Evans left Sunday’s matchup early with a hamstring injury, and it’s unclear if he’ll be healthy for Week 15’s friendly matchup with Detroit. That leaves room for Perriman to play opposite Chris Godwin, giving him plenty of value as a streamer if you need help at wideout for the fantasy semifinals. He piled up 3/70/1 in Week 14’s exciting win over Indianapolis.
Next three weeks: @DET, HOU, ATL
Allen Hurns (MIA): 1% owned
Hurns was solid in Week 14, going 5/68. With DeVante Parker (concussion) and Albert Wilson (concussion) potentially out of the lineup for Week 15, Hurns could find himself the top target for Ryan Fitzpatrick moving forward. Miami has virtually no semblance of a running game, so the volume should be there for Hurns. Note: Isaiah Ford (0% owned) had a better game Sunday going 6/92, but he’s an unknown quantity.
Next three weeks: @NYG, CIN, @NE
Marcus Johnson (IND): 0% owned
Johnson exploded for a STAT game in Week 14, scoring his second touchdown in four weeks and leading the Colts in receiving on the day. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) a longshot to return this season and Parris Campbell dealing with a lingering hand injury, someone’s got to catch passes for the Colts other than Zach Pascal (34% owned). Johnson is more of a deep-league guy, but he’s worth a flier if you’re desperate in 12-team leagues.
Next three weeks: @NO, CAR, @JAC
A.J. Brown (TEN): 24% owned
Brown absolutely shredded Oakland for his second 100-yard/touchdown performance of the last three weeks, racking up a season-high 153 yards and two touchdowns. He’s emerged as the top option in Tennessee’s passing attack, making him a solid addition for the remainder of the fantasy playoffs, where he’ll face Houston twice, sandwiched around a home matchup with New Orleans
Next three weeks: HOU, NO, @HOU
Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA): 23% owned
Fitzmagic flopped in Week 14, though he showed he can still rumble on the ground with an 8/65 rushing line. He’s been a great fantasy option in most of his games this season, and his rest-of-season schedule is very exploitable, including matchups at the Giants and home against Cincinnati in Weeks 15 and 16. Miami’s offense is starting to hum, and Fitzpatrick could be a great streaming option.
Next three weeks: @NYG, CIN, @NE
Ian Thomas (CAR): 1% owned
Greg Olsen sat out Week 14 with a concussion, and Thomas racked up a 5/57/1 receiving line on a healthy 10 targets. Olsen could be cleared ahead of Week 15, but if he’s not, Thomas gets a tasty matchup with Seattle. The Seahawks have allowed the second-most PPR points to tight ends this season, making IT a worthy pickup.
Next three weeks: SEA, @IND, NO
Hayden Hurst (BAL): 1% owned
Last year’s first-round pick had his best game of the season, going 3/73/1 in Baltimore’s win. Mark Andrews left the game early due to a knee injury, and it’s unknown if he’ll miss time moving forward. Hurst is a boom-or-bust option, but he gets the benefit of playing in a loaded offense.
Next three weeks: NYJ, @CLE, PIT