Week #15 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Week #15 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Hopefully you made it to your league’s playoffs and if you did now is the time to get those lineups perfect! Let’s check the wire for some valuable pieces that could help lead you to championship glory. 

Quarterbacks 

Mike White, New York Jets - We have a 3 game sample now of Mike White looking productive for the Jets. His first two starts were much better than this last one, which was a downpour against the Bills. The Jets have one of the best QB schedules upcoming, playing the Lions, Jaguars and Seahawks the next three weeks, and even get the Dolphins in Week 18 if your league goes that far. The only hesitation with White is his injury status. He left the game two separate times against the Bills and had to be checked out at the hospital once it was over. Monitor the situation but if he’s good to go this week, I think he’ll put up Top 10 numbers over the next several weeks.

Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers - Another QB who is on the fence injury wise, Purdy was given an MRI Monday after his game so keep an eye on that situation, but he’s shown flashes in his early career filling in nicely last week when Jimmy G went down, and then finishing as the QB8 this past week against a tough Bucs defense. Even with Deebo going down for a few weeks, the San Fran offense is still littered with talent and the 49ers play Seattle, Washington, Las Vegas and Arizona the next 4 games.

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans - I much prefer White or Purdy to Tannehill, but if you’re stuck I think Tanny makes a decent stream for one week this week against the Chargers. The Chargers defense is hit or miss, underperforming more often than not so it’s a decent matchup to target. Tannehill hasn’t shown much of a ceiling this year, but has been inside the Top 12 in 5 games. Again, he isn’t exciting or a priority add but if you’re desperate I think he sneaks just inside the Top 12 this week.


Running Backs 

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers - With Donta Foreman banged up this week, Hubbard turned in his best performance of the season with over 17 PPR points on 17 opportunities. Hubbard has shown some juice before in past seasons when CMC missed time so hot a surprise to see him finally show up this year. He’s been dealing with some injuries of his own this year, but now he might get more opportunity if he’s healthy and Foreman is nicked up. He’s absolutely worth adding if you need help at RB.

Zamir White/Ameer Abdullah, Las Vegas Raiders - It’s tough to predict how this backfield will shake out so I wouldn’t go crazy to add either guy, but we saw Jacobs suffer a painful injury that he was able to play through last week, but who knows how it will progress this coming week. If you own Jacobs, White and/or Abdullah are must adds. If Jacobs misses, I imagine we would see something similar to the KC backfield, where White would be the primary running downs back and Abdullah would be featured in the passing game, so I would favor Abdullah a bit in PPR.

Eno Benjamin/Rex Burkhead/Dare Ogunbawale, Houston Texans - This one’s a complete crapshoot but we saw Dameon Pierce leave this week’s game early with an ankle injury. If he misses time, I imagine it will be an ugly committee and odds are none of these guys will be useful, but desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures and if you’re in the playoffs with nothing at RB these are a few guys who should at least get a few opportunities. It’s tough to pin point the priority add here, because odds are one of them will be inactive on Sunday, we just don’t know who yet. Benjamin has been the inactive one so far, so I would prioritize Burkhead in PPR leagues given his usage in the passing game. The Texans’ offense limits the ceiling of their RBs so again, don’t go crazy spending up on these guys.

Wide Receivers 

DJ Chark, Detroit Lions - I highlighted Chark last week as a solid flex with a high floor but he demonstrated a nice ceiling this week with 6 catches for 94 yards and a TD. Everyone knew this game was going to be high scoring, and the Lions offense is very dynamic at home. The Lions don’t have much at WR behind Amon Ra St. Brown and Chark seems to be implanted as the #2 option. If you’re struggling for a flex play heading into the playoffs, Chark could fill in nicely in PPR leagues who will most times give you a solid floor with the occasional blow up if he scores. Next week the Lions travel to play the Jets which is a tough matchup, and the Lions are considerably worse on the road, so I would temper expectations right away for Chark, but the Lions play the Panthers and Bears the following two games which are great matchups.

Elijah Moore, New York Jets - In 3 games since Mike White has taken over, Moore has been more involved each week, seeing his targets increase each game, and getting 10 this past week. Corey Davis suffered an injury in the game which could lead to more opportunities for Moore if he misses time. It would be tough to rely on Moore in a playoff game but if you’re desperate, the Jets play the porous Lions’ passing defense this week at home with Corey Davis possibly missing the game.

Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions - As mentioned, the Lions don’t have much behind Amon Ra St Brown and we saw a flash of the rookie WR with a 41 yard touchdown catch this week. His snaps and targets have gone up very marginally, but still a positive sign that he’s getting a bit more involved and he could benefit from those juicy matchups in Weeks 16 and 17 against Carolina and Chicago.

Ben Skowronek/Tutu Atwell, Los Angeles Rams - In only his second day with the team, Baker Mayfield showed up in style with an electric comeback victory Thursday against the Raiders, leading a 98 yard drive under a minute to score at the end of the game. We’ve seen this story before with Mayfield, flashes of brilliance with a lot of head scratching, but he at least injects some life into the Rams offense that hasn’t been there in weeks. Skowronek and Atwell have been productive lately, and this past week they both saw over 8 targets. They probably don’t offer much ceiling but you could do worse than a WR option that gets around 8 targets.

Tight Ends 

Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars - Engram produced a monster game this past week and he’s been featured in this column almost weekly. The TE pool is tough to choose from and everyone is typically staring at the same streaming options each week. Engram showed a monster ceiling this week and while he most certainly won’t repeat that, he’s been involved more often than not and given a decent baseline of production most weeks. If he’s still out there he has to be added.

Chig Okwonko, Tennessee Titans - Chig was getting more involved 2 weeks ago already and the absence from injury to Treylon Burks forced him into a bigger role. He’s seen 5+ targets in 3 straight games and has the athletic ability to turn those into huge production. He’s a high risk high reward play but in the TE wasteland it’s worth rolling the dice on ceiling and athletic ability.

 

Good luck all and as always, stay true! 


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