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It was a big week of injuries to the wide receiver position. Calvin Ridley is done for the year, Mike Evans is doubtful to finish out the season, and DJ Chark is listed as week-to-week in a walking boot. We are already dealing with Adam Thielen being out, and the same goes for T.Y. Hilton and JuJu Smith-Schuster. DeVante Parker and Will Fuller are some other names that are in doubt for Week 15. To win those fantasy football leagues, you are going to have to win the waiver wire as well. You can find the top wide receivers to pick up by rank for this upcoming week.
Week 15 WR Waiver Wire Pickups
|Week 15 Opponent
|San Francisco 49ers
|New York Jets
Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers
It was another strong game for Deebo Samuel, despite not finding the end zone. He has been over double-digit fantasy points in six of the last seven games. Against New Orleans he saw eight targets and had two carries, totaling over 100 yards of total offense. Samuel will have an excellent matchup against the Falcons next week, who rank 27th in DVOA against the pass, and are allowing the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. Los Angeles and Seattle will follow, and both are middle of the road in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers this season.
Robby Anderson – New York Jets
It is now back to back games over 100 yards receiving for Robby Anderson, and also 21 targets in his last two games. He has posted 18, 19, and 27 PPR point games in the last three. Of course this has come with a much better schedule of late where he can thrive. Despite a tougher schedule coming up, Anderson is still going to be a dart throw against these defenses, especially if the volume can hold. The Jets are throwing at a high rate, and that should be the base again moving forward.
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A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans
The Titans have two crucial games against Houston moving forward. This bodes well for Ryan Tannehill and the passing attack, as they rank 25th against the pass. The Texans are on par with Oakland in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. A.J. Brown has fluctuated in big games over the last few weeks, posting a 25 PPR point game, 7, and then 35 against Oakland. He will also have New Orleans in between the Houston games, who have allowed the 5th most PPR points per game to opposing wideouts. Brown can continue to post high numbers down the stretch here.
Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts
Zach Pascal produced another solid line, going 5-74-1 against the Buccaneers. He has seen 19 targets over the last two weeks and has posted just a shade over 40 PPR points in that span. T.Y. Hilton isn’t getting any closer to playing, and Pascal will continue to eat up targets. He also has a decent remaining schedule for those in need of a plug in outside of Week 15. The Colts will play the Saints next week, and then the Falcons to follow. New Orleans has allowed the 5th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers, and the Panthers are sitting at the 7th most.
Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons
After back-to-back big weeks, Russell Gage had a down week, but he did see four targets in a game where everyone was healthy. That won’t be the case moving forward now that Calvin Ridley is done for the year. This should give Gage extra snaps and targets moving forward. We saw him bring in 19 targets over the prior two weeks due to injuries. He is not a bad plug and play over the next few weeks. He has already proven he can bring some upside, and he is better suited for PPR leagues.
Allen Hurns – Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker’s concussion would free up a ton of targets for Allen Hurns. He had eight for a 5-68-0 line this past week, and should stick around those target numbers as long as Parker is out. Albert Wilson also had a concussion, so Hurns could be one of the few healthy bodies at the position. Now if these linger into this week and the week after, Hurns has a great matchup against the Giants and Bengals. Both rank inside the bottom three against the pass. New York is also allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.
Chris Conley – Jacksonville Jaguars
With D.J. Chark out the next week or two, Chris Conley will slot right in as a name who can pick up targets. We saw him produce well in Dede Westbrook’s absence, and Chark is a big piece out of the passing game puzzle. Conley also has a mouth watering schedule remaining with Oakland, Atlanta, and Indy on the schedule. The Falcons and Raiders are easy to attack, ranking bottom ten against the pass. All three are also allowing the 11th, 12th, and 13th most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this season.
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