Week #15 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts started his first game in the pros and didn’t disappoint. The rookie second round draft pick threw for 167 yards and a score with just one turnover (lost fumble) against one of the top defenses in the league. He also showed how dangerous he is on the ground scampering for 106 yards on 18 attempts on his way to his first win as a starter. If you’re in need of a QB, Hurts is a viable option especially in 2QB or superflex leagues. He’s rostered in 8.9% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Drew Lock DEN, Mitch Trubisky CHI.
Peyton Barber, Washington Football Team
Barber is not an ideal option by a long shot but if Gibson remains sidelined, Barber will continue to split work with pass catching back J.D. McKissic. Barber and McKissic split the work 50/50 in which Barber received 12 carries and three targets. His results weren’t very good with just 38 yards from scrimmage including just 1 yard on two receptions in Washington’s 23-15 victory over San Francisco. I wouldn’t trust him unless I was really desperate. He’s rostered in 23.2% of ESPN leagues.
Jeff Wilson Jr, San Francisco 49ers
Wilson JR. has been productive in this tandem with Raheem Mostert. Both backs have been receiving a similar workload lately so this has all the makings of a 1A 1B type situation. I’d label Wilson as the 1B as of now but he has made the most of his opportunities, carrying the rock 11 times for 31 yards and a touchdown as well as a catch for 13 yards. He hasn’t been explosive but should be stashed in all formats and could be a great play if Mostert ends up missing time due to the ankle injury he suffered on Sunday. He’s rostered in just 8.4% of ESPN leagues.
Lynn Bowden Jr, Miami Dolphins
Bowden makes for an interesting deeper league pickup since so many of Miami’s weapons are banged up. Bowden led the team in catches and yards with seven for 82 and tied Mack Hollins for the team lead in targets with nine. He seems to have the trust of the coaching staff running the 3rd most routes with 23 last week, turning his four targets into four receptions for 41 yards. He was also allowed to dropback to pass twice against KC. It looks like he has great chemistry with Tua so he’s a playable option if you’re in a jam and especially if Gaskin isn’t able to play again. He’s rostered in just 0.6% of ESPN leagues where he’s listed as a RB/WR.
Honorable mentions: DeAndre Washington MIA, Sony Michel NE, Trayveon Williams CIN, Samaje Perine CIN.
Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders
Agholor caught five of nine targets for a cool 100 yards including a 21-yard touchdown in the Raiders 44-27 loss to the Colts on Sunday. Agholor has been fairly boom or bust in 2020 but has settled in lately averaging 5 catches and 70 yards over the last four games. He’s definitely worth scooping up if available in deeper leagues. He’s rostered in 27.5% of ESPN leagues.
Chad Hansen, Houston Texans
Hansen followed up his big performance in week 13 with another solid outing, leading Houston in receptions and targets. The practice squadee hauled in all seven of his targets for 56 yards in the Texans’ 36-7 loss to the Bears on Sunday. If you’re desperate for options and Coutee is unavailable, Hansen is a good deep dive play with a high volume role. He’s rostered in just 2.8% of ESPN leagues.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
Gage was a hot commodity early in the season but fell off pretty hard. The 24-year-old wideout brought in five of seven targets and tossed a 39 yard touchdown to Calvin Ridley against the Chargers. Gage has been low-key productive as of late, posting double digit fantasy points in three of his last four contests. He’s rostered in 12.1% of ESPN leagues and could be a decent play against Tampa Bay this week.
Honorable mentions: KJ Hamler DEN, Keelan Cole Sr JAC, Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB, Mack Hollins MIA.
Irv Smith Jr, Minnesota Vikings
Smith had a productive afternoon with counterpart Kyle Rudolph sidelined due to a foot injury. The former second round pick secured all four of his targets for 63 yards and a score in the Vikings’ 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers. Smith led Minnesota in receiving yards and tied WR Justin Jefferson in receptions for the day. He’ll look to follow up that performance with another solid outing against the Chicago Defense who has been relatively friendly to opposing Tight Ends. If Rudolph continues to miss time, Smith is definitely one of the better lesser owned TEs.
Honorable mentions: Will Dissly SEA, Cole Kmet CHI, Dan Arnold ARI.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Kirk Cousins MIN 42.4%
QB Teddy Bridgewater CAR 23.3%
WR Brandon Aiyuk SF 69.2% ‼️
WR Cole Beasley BUF 66.1%
WR T.Y. Hilton IND 59.9% ❗️
RB Duke Johnson HOU 60.4%
RB Cam Akers LAR 55% ‼️
RB James White NE 52%
RB Phillip Lindsay DEN 44%%
TE Logan Thomas WAS 43.4%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.
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