Statistically, the season ended for 50-60% of the fantasy world this morning. If you survived, congrats. If you’re reading this, you probably have roster holes to fill. Before we dive into the Week 15 waiver pool, I want to reiterate a point I made last week.
I am 100% in favor of all teams continuing to make transactions, even after they are eliminated. The only concession I make is that playoff teams should get exclusive rights to the waiver players, but once it’s first-come-first-serve, it should be a free-for-all. There can be pride in winning the loser’s bracket or, at the very least, not finishing in last place. The goal should always be to keep the majority of your league involved for as long as possible. This game should be fun. Let them have fun.
As always, start by checking waivers for good players from last week’s bye-week teams. The Colts, Packers, Bears, Falcons, Saints, and Commanders were all off in Week 14, the last bye week of the season. As a result, managers might have gotten desperate and dropped players they shouldn’t have from those teams to fill holes on their rosters.
Quick Note: All players listed are available in around 50% of ESPN leagues. While not everyone plays on ESPN, studies show most do. So, if they’re available there, they’re likely available on your platform. Pick ‘Em Up!
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Week 15 Waiver Wire
Keeping it very simple this week. These are the players I’m looking for, in the order I’m looking for them. Waivers are crazy weak at QB and TE right now. None of them are worth a true waiver claim, but with the playoffs on the line, I’ll give you at least one option at each. Also, I will only mention players I am comfortable with starting with your season on the line.
1. Jerick McKinnon – 65% Available
No team has a better RB schedule in the playoffs than Kansas City, and McKinnon is the passing-down back. He scored two TDs last week and has been featured in this article for three straight weeks. If you don’t already have him, I’m not sure you deserve him.
2. Zonovan Knight – 42% Available
The Jets have a good defense and would prefer to run the football. Knight just had a decent day against a good Buffalo defense and gets Detroit in Week 15. He is a must-start.
3. Damien Harris – 44% Available
Interesting situation here. Harris is a proven talent, and now Rhamondre Stevenson is dealing with an ankle injury. Harris missed Week 14, which let Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris step up. If Damien Harris can go, he’ll be a good play against the Raiders, especially with Stevenson not at 100%. However, if both Harris and Stevenson were to miss, Strong is a sneaky play.
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4. Donovan Peoples-Jones – 55% Available
The Cleveland passing game improved immensely from Week 13 to Week 14, and DPJ has scored 10+ fantasy in six of his last seven games. He is a playable WR3 with legit WR2 upside.
5. Evan Engram – 55% Available
Let me be clear: You are not getting Week 14 Evan Engram again. It was a perfect storm of him heating up and facing a bad defense. Dallas has a much better defense against TEs, but the pickings are slim, and you need to ride the hot hand. The good news is that he faces HOU in Week 17.
6. Broncos D/ST – 66% Available
Just looking at the schedule here. They get the Cardinals with Colt McCoy in Week 15 and the Baker Mayfield-led Rams in Week 16.
7. Steelers D/ST – 47% Available
Their next three games are against the suspect offenses of CAR, LV, and BAL. Never a bad idea to bet on TJ Watt.
8. Daniel Jones – 45% Available
If you’re in the playoffs and need a QB, you are screwed. Jones had a decent Week 14 and gets a porous WAS defense in Week 15. If he is 100% healthy, I would prefer Mike White, but as of now, we don’t know his condition after a rough Week 14. Good luck!
9. Gus Edwards – 63% Available
Somehow, J.K. Dobbins is available in 38% of leagues. That doesn’t meet the threshold of this article, but he should be the first player you’re looking for on waivers. If you’re not that lucky, the backup works too. The Ravens have an excellent schedule for RBs in the playoffs and might be running out a 3rd-string QB. They will be running A LOT.
10. Darius Slayton – 56% Available
The Giants’ WR corps is a true Who’s Who of Who is That Guy? With studs like Richie James and Isaiah Hodgins, how can you not be ecstatic about starting Daniel Jones? Slayton is still the WR1 here, and he beat up on Washington two weeks ago.
11. Parris Campbell – 60% Available
With Matt Ryan back, this Colts’ passing game is viable again. Campbell has shown legit WR1 volume and Top-20 upside with Ryan at QB.
12. Van Jefferson – 75% Available
The Rams have NO ONE at WR. Jefferson scored in Baker’s first game and should have a 50/50 chance to score in each of their remaining games.
13. Treylon Burks – 52% Available
He’s had a rough rookie year health-wise, but he is pretty clearly the best WR on a bad team. If he’s playing, he’s worth a look as your WR3.
If you’re looking for Week 15 Rankings, Ryan and Austin have you covered! We do our first upload early on Tuesday and update them throughout the week!
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