Kenneth Farrow and the Week 15 PPR Waiver Wire
Coming off of a 13.8-point PPR fantasy point game, fueled mainly by an injury to Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow headlines the Week 15 PPR Waiver Wire. This right here is the exact reason why handcuffing your star players in the fantasy playoffs is an absolute must. Gordon owners should already have him on their roster, as he’s made it into this piece in each of the last two weeks. If you were able to survive the 0.5 points he accumulated before going down, you don’t want to be caught without a backup plan in case he can’t play this week or next.
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In his first game as a Bronco, Justin Forsett (20% owned) recorded a 64.3-percent Opportunity Share (percentage of team RB carries plus targets). He only turned his six carries and three targets into 5.5 fantasy points. But he played 27 snaps to Devontae Booker‘s 28, with Booker only gaining 11 yards and scoring 3.1 fantasy points. Though the opportunity seems to be there, there’s not a lot else to like. Specifically, a struggling offensive line and upcoming games against New England and Kansas City.
Derrick Henry (46% owned) is still owned in far too few leagues considering how effective Tennessee’s offensive line and run game have been this season. He’s a must-own for DeMarco Murray owners. Tennessee will see the Chiefs and Jaguars in the last two games of the fantasy playoffs.
Matt Asiata (46% owned) again found the endzone in Week 14, while Jerick McKinnon (52% owned) did not. McKinnon still ended with more fantasy points (12.9 to 12.1), and won the Opportunity Share battle 58.8-percent to 38.2-percent. It will still be hard to trust either as anything more than a dart throw streaming play against the Colts and Packers over the next two weeks.
With Melvin Gordon being day to day or week to week (depending on who you ask), Kenneth Farrow (4% owned) is a player who needs to be a priority add this week. He was a near every-down player, recording 16 carries and six targets on 55 snaps played. Gordon owners who survived last week need to pick up Farrow in case he’s the every-down back against the Raiders and Browns over the next two games.
Rob Kelley may have established himself as the new lead back in Washington. But Chris Thompson (22% owned) is still among the most efficient backs in the league, ranking ninth among qualified RBs in Fantasy Points per Opportunity (1.07). He’d be more comfortably startable if he would’ve drawn more than three targets in the last two weeks. But he’s an intriguing punt play in deeper league playoff match-ups with the Panthers and Bears on deck.
Charles Sims (19% owned) only played 15 of 66 snaps in his first in-game action since Week 4. But he touched the ball on seven of them, recording four carries and four targets. If he can have a decent game against Dallas this week, a Week 16 re-match against New Orleans could see him become a sneaky start recommendation.
Bilal Powell (46% owned) had a monstrous Week 14 performance, putting up 34.9 fantasy points when Matt Forte went down with a knee injury. Regardless of whether Forte misses time, Powell needs to be added. Although Forte being out would likely keep Powell’s Opportunity Share at around the 90-percent region that he was hovering near last week. No matter the opponent, you want to be starting any player who’s projected to see that much opportunity.
Though Malcolm Mitchell (50% owned) was the hot waiver pickup last week, Chris Hogan (15% owned) once again proved why he also needs to be owned. Entering Week 14, Hogan placed second among all qualified WRs in Fantasy Points per Target (2.32). His Yards per Target (12.1) and Yards per Reception (17.9) also ranked near the top of the WR position. He then caught five of seven targets for 129 yards and a TD. Both he and Mitchell (4-41-1 on five targets) can probably be benched against Denver this week. But feel free to fire them both up against the Jets in Week 16.
Though Stefon Diggs is back in the fold, Adam Thielen (19% owned) continues to be startable in fantasy. He’s now recorded six consecutive double digit performances. He can be started against the Colts and Packers over the next two weeks.
A player who was picked before Allen Robinson in the NFL Draft once upon a time, Marqise Lee (11% owned) has been Jacksonville’s best receiver this season. Remaining games against the Texans and Titans will keep Lee on the streaming radar for the fantasy playoffs. As will the Jags averaging an NFL-fourth-best 42.2 pass plays per game.
By now, we all know the risk present in starting Kenny Stills (12% owned). Especially in the fantasy playoffs, where a goose egg could cost you the season. Those who took the chance last week were recorded with a season-best 21.7 fantasy points day. But without Ryan Tannehill for the rest of the season, it’ll be even harder to trust Stills. Though upcoming games against the Jets and Bills are enticing.
Another week, another plug for Dontrelle Inman (23% owned). He again led the Chargers receivers in snaps played (61) and fantasy points (19.1). He’s been among the league’s most efficient receivers this season, and has put up double digit point totals in five of the last six weeks. He needs to be started in upcoming match-ups against the Raiders and Browns.
A volatile fantasy play this season, Cameron Meredith (34% owned) had another big fantasy game with 19.2 points in Week 14. His 45 snaps played were the same as Josh Bellamy (0% owned), and four fewer than Deonte Thompson (0% owned), who scored a combined 12.3 points. If you need a plug-and-pray start at WR, you could do worse than Meredith against the Packers. Even though his last game against the Packers netted him a season-low 2.2 fantasy points.
Another week, another TD for Anquan Boldin (34% owned). He was helped by the absence of Theo Riddick, but he has seven scores on the year and three in his last five games. He’ll be a TD-dependent streamer during the fantasy playoffs against the Giants and Cowboys.
Another week, another double digit game for Pierre Garcon (37% owned). That makes it five in his last six games. The play of Kirk Cousins has been a boon for the fantasy production of multiple Washington pass catchers this season. And the team averaging 39.5 pass plays per game also helps. Garcon can be started against the Panthers and Bears over the next two weeks.
If you’re in one of the 52-percent of Yahoo leagues where Taylor Gabriel (48% owned) is still available, then what are you still doing here? His 2.99 Fantasy Points per Target leads all qualified WRs. He has five double digit games and six TDs over the last six weeks. And his QB is on top of his game at the moment. Even with Julio Jones active, Gabriel deserves to be started regardless of opponent through the rest of the fantasy playoffs.
With the Jets turning the offense over to Bryce Petty, Robby Anderson (2% owned) has been the main beneficiary. Over the last two weeks, he’s seen 15 targets and scored 33.2 fantasy points. He’ll be worth a spot start for the rest of the fantasy playoffs with Petty being locked in to his favorite preseason target.
After starting the season with four double digit games in the first five weeks, Terrance Williams (5% owned) went on a cold streak until an 18.6-point game against the Giants in Week 14. With the Bucs and Lions next on the docket, the Dallas passing offense will look to rebound in a big way from last week’s debacle. Williams will be a risky start, as he’s been all season long. But one that could pay off for desperate owners.
In the four games following Baltimore’s Week 8 bye, Dennis Pitta (37% owned) only scored 24.4 fantasy points. He then went off for 29 fantasy points against Miami, catching nine of 11 targets for 90 yards. He also scored two touchdowns, finding the endzone for the first time since December 8, 2013. The 29 fantasy points he scored was always going to be an impossible number to reach against New England. The Eagles and Steelers, his next two opponents, also represent unfavorable match-ups. But his usage will keep him on the streaming radar for the playoffs.
Though Carson Palmer has not been good, Jermaine Gresham (4% owned) has somehow been a consistent fantasy producer over the last few weeks. He was half a point away from a fourth straight double digit fantasy outing. And he’s seen target totals of two, ten, six and seven in that time. He’ll be usable in the next two weeks against the Saints and Seahawks.
Even with Antonio Gates hogging TE targets, Hunter Henry (18% owned) has still scored three TDs in the last four weeks. Tied for the league lead at the position in TDs with six, Henry is second among qualified TEs in Fantasy Points per Target (2.37). He remains in play for the streaming crowd.
Week 13 was a Dwayne Allen (34% owned) game, as he scored three times. Week 14 was a Jack Doyle (22% owned) game, as he again played more snaps than Allen (41-38) and had a double digit game with six targets. Both have been efficient, but neither will be easy to trust against the Vikings and Raiders in the fantasy playoffs. But owners who need a desperation stream could do worse.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (37% owned) remains the most trusted and effective Texans pass catcher. Though he hasn’t found the endzone since Week 8, he’s still playing enough snaps and drawing enough targets to remain startable in the fantasy playoffs. His next two are against the Jaguars and Bengals.
The Eagles don’t want to be a 40-pass-play-per-game team. But for as long as they are, Trey Burton (0% owned) should continue to benefit as he continues to see playing time and looks from Carson Wentz. The Ravens and Giants are two opponents that can easily force the Eagles into more negative game scripts. With 19 targets and 23.8 fantasy points over the last two weeks, Burton has entered the streaming discussion.