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Through The Wire - Week 15
12/9/19; Update: 12/10/19

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – I’m all in on Jimmy G – who’s owned in fewer than 60 percent of ESPN leagues – after that electrifying performance in Week 14 in New Orleans. The Niners aren’t just a run-first team anymore and he’s looking very much like a Top 10 fantasy QB heading into Week 15 vs. the Falcons in what could end up another shootout – or at least a high-scoring affair with the 49ers winning by a touchdown or two.

Ryan Tannehill, TEN – The Titans have been an offensive juggernaut lately, and Tannehill (40-50 percent owned) has been part of that resurgence. He had a monster Week 14 game with 391-3-1 and gets the defensively challenged Houston Texans in Week 15. Giddyup.

Jared Goff, LAR – Goff (58 percent owned in ESPN leagues) is looking like his 2018 self the last couple games. He threw for 293 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Rams' Week 14 win over Seattle, though he really started off on fire – leading the Rams to scoring drives on three of their first four possessions. This week presents a matchup against a Dallas team that has not been able to stop anyone the past couple games, so I’ll take a risk on him as a low-end QB1 or high-end QB2 in deeper formats.

Other QBs to consider: Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick, David Blough, Drew Lock (keeper)


Kirk Cousins, MIN – Cousins notched a win on Sunday and completed 24-of-30 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown, but we expected better numbers in this one. I’m not interested in using him next week against the Chargers.

Jacoby Brissett, IND – Brissett completed 19-of-36 passes for 251-2-0 in the Colts’ thrilling Week 14 loss to the Buccaneers. He’s still without some key offensive cogs so he’s not very efficient right now. He might have some trouble with the Saints in Week 15.

Andy Dalton, CIN – Dalton completed 22-of-38 passes for 262 scoreless yards and one interception in the Bengals' 27-19, Week 14 loss to the Browns, but he’s lost some of the vim of his younger years and just doesn’t have the weapons to compete with some of the younger gunslingers.

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Running Backs

DeAndre Washington, OAK – Washington took lead back duties in Week 14 with Josh Jacobs (shoulder) inactive, logging 40 of 63 offensive snaps to Jalen Richard’s 24. He had 53 rushing yards and a TD on 14 carries, adding 6-43-0 receiving. He’d be a solid RB2 facing the Jags in Week 15 if Jacobs is out again, which he most likely will be.

UPDATE: No official update yet but the odds are that Jacobs will be inactive for Week 15.

Dion Lewis, TEN – It’s no secret I love the guy, and I’ve been stashing him in the FFToday staff league just for this spot! Seriously, though – if Derrick Henry is forced to miss time with the hamstring injury, I’m interested. Obviously, if Henry gets in full practices before the Texans' game, he’d be locked in at RB1 and Lewis won’t make much sense, but Lewis would be plug-n-play if Henry has a setback.

UPDATE: Mike Vrabel said Tuesday the maintenance plan for Derrick Henry during the week will be "the exact same as it was last week" which means limited reps during the week and a game time decision. Remember – Lewis isn’t any kind of lock for significant reps if Henry is active.

Adrian Peterson, WAS – Well, that was fast. Derrius Guice is injured again and AP is back on the fantasy radar. I hate playing him against Philly, but he’s getting all the traditional carries moving forward. Go for it if you need a viable RB3/flex with some TD equity.

Other RBs to consider: Patrick Laird, Ty Montgomery (if Bell and Powell miss), Chris Thompson,(PPR) Boston Scott (PPR)


Raheem Mostert, SF – Mostert rushed 10 times for 69 yards and a TD in the 49ers’ exhilarating Week 14 win over the Saints, adding 2-40-1 on two targets – and he did it against a tough opponent with Matt Breida back in the lineup and Tevin Coleman still healthy. Aren’t you glad we talked about him last week?

Peyton Barber, TB – The Bucs RBs are dead to me. Barber had 34 rushing yards and 2-19-0 on Sunday and I don’t think you can trust either him or Ronald Jones at this point, regardless of opponent.

Darwin Thompson, KC – Thompson was as bust on Sunday, compiling just 7 rushing yards on four carries while nabbing four catches for an additional 36 yards (five targets). This backfield belongs to either LeSean McCoy or Damien Williams (ribs) moving forward.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Diontae Johnson, PIT – Johnson broke out for 6-60-1 on eight targets Sunday, leading the team in looks. He’s got a tougher matchup facing the Bills in Week 15, but there will be a need for a possession receiver in that offense to complement James Washington’s big-play ability.

Justin Watson, TB – UPDATE: The athletic Watson caught 5-of-8 targets for 59 yards and a TD in the Buccaneers’ Week 14 win over the Colts and has stepped into a featured role with Mike Evans (hamstring) likely done for the rest of the season. He’s a priority add this week at WR.

A.J. Brown, TEN – Brown is a better player with Adam Humphries off the field, and he caught 5-of-7 targets for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans’ Week 14 win over the Raiders. Despite not getting a ton of targets, he’s carved out a nice role as an every-week WR3/4, and the Titans face a beatable Texans secondary in Week 15.

Anthony Miller, CHI – UPDATE: I didn’t mean to leave Miller out of this space, as he’s been a popular target for Mitchell Trubisky the past few weeks and is a tough receiver the Bears QB can lean on. He has at least nine targets and six catches in three of his last four games, and the Packers present a challenge that may only be solved by getting him the ball. He’s a viable WR3 in PPR.

Robby Anderson, NYJ – Anderson is showing similar upside to last season down the stretch. He caught 7-of-11 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Jets’ Week 14 win over the Dolphins – his second straight 100-yard effort. The Ravens will make it tough on him in Week 15, but we just saw Cole Beasley have an okay game, didn’t we?

Allen Hurns, MIA – UPDATE: I’m tempting fate adding another Miami WR here, because they keep going down like flies, but Hurns has at least 11 PPR points in two of his past three contests, and he’s coming off a 5-68-0 (eight targets) performance against the Jets in Week 14 when DeVante Parker (concussion) got hurt.

TE Ian Thomas, CAR – With Greg Olsen out, Thomas went nuts, hauling in 5-57-1 on 10 targets. He’s worth a look if Olsen misses the Seattle game in Week 15.

TE Noah Fant, DEN – We mentioned Drew Lock as a possible keeper add, even though he’ll be tough to use in Week 15 facing the Chiefs, but Fant (foot) has been a godsend for the Broncos. The rookie from Iowa had his second 100-yard game in his last five, catching 4-113-1 in a solid showing that included a highlight-reel 48-yard reception and a 14-yard score.

UPDATE: No update on the foot injury yet, so stay tuned to the injury report as the week progresses.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Danny Amendola, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, John Ross, Alex Erickson, Marcus Johnson


Alshon Jeffery, PHI – UPDATE: Jeffery injured his foot in a non-contact move on Monday night and finished without a catch. He’s done for the year. If Nelson Agholor returns in Week 15 he’d be a great addition, and while I mentioned both JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward above, but neither looks great working in this offense, which will likely flow through Agholor, the TEs and RBs moving forward.

Zach Pascal, IND – Pascal caught 5-of-9 targets for 74 yards and a TD vs. the Buccaneers on Sunday, with a much tougher matchup against the Saints in Week 15.

TE Mike Gesicki, MIA – No! My dude Gesicki busted out on Sunday with just one catch for 6 yards on five targets. The Giants have been decent vs. TEs but I like him better next week in a possible rebound game.

Allen Lazard, GB – Another dud. Lazard took a step back in Week 14 with just 2-19-0 on three targets.

Breshad Perriman, TB – Yes! Perhaps his usage went up after the Mike Evans exit, but Perriman caught 3-of-5 targets for 70 yards and a TD in the Buccaneers’ Week 14 win over the Colts. He’s a solid Week 15 play and could get more looks if Evans misses.