Well folks, this is it. Through some combination of skill, perseverance and blind luck you’ve made it to the semi finals (in most leagues). As I mentioned last week, the time for speculative adds has come and gone in most leagues. I’ll highlight the top waiver wire pickups at each position like Bilal Powell, and then point out a few other interesting candidates you may consider acquiring.
Remember, even if you don’t need a starter, you may want to look at your opponents lineup and pick up a player to block them at a position of need!
Players listed are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.
Bilal Powell headlines week 15 waiver wire pickups
Top Week 15 Waiver Wire Adds by position
Bilal Powell – New York Jets (45% owned) | FAAB Bid = All of it
It was a tough day for Matt Forte owners, as he carried the ball just 3 times for 8 yards against the 49ers before departing with a knee injury. Bilal Powell took over as the unquestioned workhorse, racking up 29 carries for 145 yards and 2 TDs, while adding 5 receptions for 34 yards. This is a guy I actually drafted, and haven’t started all season long, but the long wait will finally pay off as Bilal Powell should see around 20 touches in week 15 against the Miami Dolphins. If you play in a league with FAAB and are wondering how much to spend, the answer is all of it. We’re at the “win or go home” portion of the season, and if you can land a workhorse like Bilal Powell, even if it is just to block your opponent from picking him up, you do it.
Whether or not you actually start Bilal Powell in week 15 will depend on who else you have available, but he should be priority #1 off the week 15 waiver wire for 2016 fantasy football.
If Bilal Powell is owned in your league, keep an eye on the Melvin Gordon injury news. If Melvin is out, Kenneth Farrow should be in line to take over as the lead back for the Chargers.
Robby Anderson – New York Jets (2% owned)
If you had told me the two biggest waiver wire pickups for week 15 would be New York Jets I probably would’ve scoffed at the notion. But.. here we are. The Jets have named Bryce Petty starter, and it appears Petty doesn’t realize he has any other wide receivers on the team outside of Robby Anderson. Over his last 2 weeks, Robby Anderson has compiled an amazing 23 targets which he has converted into 10 receptions for 160 yards and a TD. If you play in PPR and need a wide receiver off waivers, Robby Anderson will likely be your best bet simply based on the volume he is seeing for the New York passing attack.
C.J. Fiedorowicz – Houston Texans (38% owned)
Update: Fiedorowicz suffered a concussion in week 14 and is in the league’s concussion protocol. There are basically no good waiver wire TE’s at this point, but if Ladarius Green is out there you can nab him.
I’m going to hope no one needs a tight end this week. Pickings are extremely slim off the week 15 waiver wire, and the only option I remotely trust to add to my squad is C.J. Fiedorowicz of the Texans. C.J. has gone under 50 receiving yards 3 straight weeks, which isn’t exactly what owners will be looking for, but he has seen 22 targets over that timeframe (7 per week). The Texans get the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 15 which should give Fiedorowicz some room to operate. Basically, if you’re a TE needy owner and have no other options left, grab C.J. off waivers. Chances are whoever you have made it to week 15 with is a safer option though.
Best of the Rest – Week 15 Waiver Wire (RB/WR)
|1 – Bilal Powell||1 – Robby Anderson|
|2 – Kenneth Farrow||2 – Corey Coleman (11 targets from RG3)|
|3 – Paul Perkins||3 – Dontrelle Inman|
|4 – Grab your favorite handcuff||4 – Adam Thielen (solid schedule vs IND, @GB)|
Thanks again for all your support this season. This was my 4th straight year covering the weekly waiver wire pickups, and I really appreciate all the positive comments. Just like last week, if you have any questions about your particular waiver wire situation, feel free to post them below the article here!
Good luck acquiring Bilal Powell off the week 15 waiver wire, and I’ll see you next week for the championship!