WEEK 15 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Another receiver in an offense that’s surging at the moment, DJ Chark has returned to be a stud alongside Amon-Ra St Brown in the Lions’ passing game. Operating as the WR2 on the team, Chark is in there on 86% of routes and finished the game with 6-94-1 on seven targets. Ride this hot hand into the fantasy playoffs.
The rookie from Tennessee has worked his way into an offensive threat for a lacking Titans passing attack. Chigoziem Okonkwo (let me check my spelling here), has seen an increased role in the offense and finally hit pay dirt this week with a 6-45-1 line. The Titans have struggled to pass the ball and with Treylon Burks dealing with his concussion, Okonkwo has earned a more prominent role moving forward. You could do worse at the tight end spot.
With the bloodbath that was Monday Night Football currently wrapping up, the Patriots lost Rhamondre Stevenson to an ankle injury that some injury experts say could be a dreaded high-ankle sprain. Rookies Kevin Harris (1% rostered) and Pierre Strong (1%) both looked solid in his place, but it could be Damien Harris’ backfield next week if he returns from his own injury. It appears Harris owners gave up on him as he currently sits on waivers in 50% of leagues, making him a valuable handcuff and potential Week 15 workhorse. If Harris and Stevenson can’t go next week, then Harris and Strong would both have streamability against Josh McDaniels’ Raiders.
Playing his highest percentage of snaps since Week 4, Elijah Moore benefitted from the injury to Corey Davis, which left him on the field as WR2 behind Garrett Wilson. Moore turned that into six catches for 60 yards on a season-high 10 targets. Moore seems to be trending up in New York’s passing game, which has an absolute mouth-watering end to their schedule with the Lions, Jaguars, and Seahawks coming up. Let’s pray Mike White can play those three games.
Gus Edwards took a backseat to JK Dobbins on Sunday, but he still carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards against the Steelers. Even though there’s a gross committee in Baltimore, Edwards is a top handcuff and is still a 1B rather than a true backup. He’s not the worst flex option if you’re looking for a running back flier.
The ultimate boom-or-bust guy. Jameson Williams oozes in upside as shown by his 41-yard touchdown catch this week. However, he only had a 19% snap rate with two total targets. He’s clearly being eased back into this ascending offense after coming off an ACL injury, but he could make some noise over the final few games. His talent and upside are tantalizing.
Chuba Hubbard has 31 carries over his last two games, which is incredible considering D’Onta Foreman looked like he’d be a solid rest-of-season starter in Carolina. Hubbard put up nearly 20 fantasy points in the team’s shootout win over Seattle and gets Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Tampa to close out the fantasy season. I don’t love Hubbard as a talent, but Carolina weirdly appears to be clicking and Hubbard is doing more with his touches right now.
We saw Josh Jacobs deal with an injury Thursday night that sent him to the locker room for a brief time. Zamir White filled in briefly with three carries for nine yards until Jacobs returned and was his true workhorse self. His hand was clearly still bothering him, so White could be a healthy stash for those rostering Jacobs should anything happen moving forward.
Giants receiver Richie James was the Giants’ WR1 this week going for 7-61-1 on nine targets. New York has some great matchups with the Commanders and Vikings secondaries on deck for potential productive days.
Talk about capitalizing on your opportunity. Chris Moore had his chance with both Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins out and responded with 10-124 on 11 targets against the Cowboys. A struggling offense against a top defense, this was a surprising result. If the two Texans receivers remain out again, Moore can play a role with the Chiefs, Titans, and Jaguars to close the year.