Week 15 Waiver Wire Top Pickups & Adds: Jacoby Brissett & Zach Pascal Up For Grabs

Week 14 had some injuries to break down, and some possible injuries to keep an eye out for next week. Derrick Henry ran wild again but had a tight hamstring. Derrius Guice suffered an MCL sprain against the Packers, and we saw Chris Thompson step into a larger role. Mark Andrews had a leg contusion, which doesn’t seem that bad. Hayden Hurst would get a bump in snaps and targets. Jared Cook suffered a concussion, so tight end might be a position you need to add this week. Mike Evans was the big injury this week, and Bruce Arians confirmed that it did not look good, which means Evans could be out for the rest of the season. Be sure to catch all our Week 15 rankings and fantasy football advice.

Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts

Average Ownership: 51%, FAAB: $3

The Colts offense hasn’t been great of late, although they manage to put up 30+ against the Bucs. Indy should be in line for some pass heavier game scripts over the next few weeks, which bodes well for Jacoby Brissett. He is still around 50% owned, and is a strong option moving forward. Brissett has six total touchdowns over the last four games, and has been adding in a few points on the ground as well, which he usually isn’t known for.

Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans

Average Ownership: 37%, FAAB: $5

Ryan Tannehill has been putting up monster numbers of late, tossing at least two touchdowns in each of the last four games. He will get Houston in two of the next three weeks, who rank 25th in DVOA against the pass, and were just shredded by Drew Lock and the Broncos. With the passing matchup for them the next few weeks, Tannehill is a strong start if you have quarterbacks in tougher matchups.

Raheem MostertRaheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ers

Average Ownership: 24%, FAAB: $10

Back-to-back 20+ fantasy point PPR games, Raheem Mostert has crushed two strong defenses. He will get Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle the rest of the way. San Francisco continues to run multiple bodies out there, but Mostert has easily been the most productive in the last few weeks. He has rushed for three touchdowns in three straight weeks, and has been over 100 all-purpose yards in two of the last three games. He is doing it on the ground and through the air. Mostert is the guy I want moving forward.

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Darwin Thompson  – Kansas City Chiefs

Average Ownership: 8%, FAAB: $7

The Chiefs will face Denver, Chicago, and Los Angeles over the next three games, which are some tougher defenses. With Darrell Williams done, and Damien Williams still missing time, Darwin Thompson is seeing more time on the field. He had just eight touches in Week 14 against New England, but that isn’t a big knock against him moving forward. He is going to see plenty of time in the passing game, and also will get 5-10 rushing attempts per game.

A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans

Average Ownership: 30%, FAAB: $4

AJ Brown is coming off a monster game, and a season high in fantasy points. His upside has been there of late, but also a floor lower than ten fantasy points isn’t ideal. Over the next few weeks he faces Houston twice, and then New Orleans. He has plenty of upside in both matchups. The Texans and Saints are both allowing a ton of fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season. With Ryan Tannehill under center, we continue to see weekly upside from the pass-catching options.

Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers

Average Ownership: 43%, FAAB: $6

It was another strong week for Deebo Samuel, who saw eight targets, and had two carries for 33 yards. He caught five balls for 76 yards, posting another strong week in PPR leagues. Samuel continues to be a strong option, and will get two secondaries worth targeting over the next two weeks, the Rams and the Falcons. For those playing into Week 17, he is on the road against Seattle.

Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts

Average Ownership: 29%, FAAB: $3

I don’t believe we will see T.Y. Hilton the rest of the season, which means Zach Pascal will continue to see ample opportunity. Over the past two weeks he has seen 19 targets, posting 19 and 20 PPR point games. With the Saints and the Panthers on the horizon, both have allowed over 35 PPR points per game to opposing wideouts, and there really are no other Indy wideout options.

oj howardO.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Average Ownership: 39%, FAAB: $4

With Mike Evans likely on the shelf the rest of the way, I would expect this trend of targets going to O.J. Howard to continue. He is coming off back to back 11 PPR point games, and will get Detroit, Houston, and Atlanta the rest of the way. All three are favorable matchups for opposing tight ends. He has seen 11 targets over the past two weeks, which is the most over any two week span for Howard this season.

Ian Thomas  – Carolina Panthers

Average Ownership: 1%, FAAB: $3

With Greg Olsen dealing with a concussion, Ian Thomas asserted himself right into the offense. He posted ten targets, and had a 5-57-1 line, which resulted in 16.7 PPR points. Thomas has Seattle and Indy over the next two weeks, but allowing plenty of fantasy points per game. With some of the tight end injuries going around, Thomas is a strong add.

Other Notable Pickups

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, 14%
  • Benny Snell, RB, 34%
  • Chris Thompson, RB, 13%
  • Ty Montgomery, RB, 2%
  • Robby Anderson, WR, 52%
  • Cole Beasley, WR, 30%
  • Anthony Miller, WR, 18%
  • Dallas Goedert, TE, 43%
  • David Njoku, TE, 21%
  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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