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2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire. Congratulations to everyone who has made it this far!

After a rough few weeks coming out of the bye, Jonathan Taylor is finally looking like the running back many expected him to be.

 

Over his last three games, the rookie is averaging 18.3 carries and 128 total yards per game. Despite missing one game due to being on the COVID list, Taylor’s great run has made him the RB6 in half PPR formats since Week 11.

His current workload also gives him the fifth most carries per game behind Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, and Christian McCaffrey. Taylor is already one of the league’s best young running backs and if he continues to get a heavy workload over the next few weeks, will undoubtedly be a first-round pick in 2021 drafts.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (17% Rostered)

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Hurts took his chance as the Eagles starting quarterback and ran with it. Literally.

The second-rounder rushed 18 times for 106 yards against a formidable Saints defense. The 18 carries were one more than his two running backs, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, had combined. The 18 carries were also more than Lamar Jackson has had in any single game this season.

Hurts has already been named the Week 15 starter and will carry a very high floor into a matchup with the Cardinals. While the rookie’s passing stats leave a bit to be desired (17-30, 167, 1 touchdown in Week 14) managers couldn’t ask for a better debut from a fantasy perspective.

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (11% Rostered)

For the second straight week, the much-maligned Trubisky has looked like a competent quarterback.

He has completed over 70 percent of his passes for exactly 267 yards and no interceptions in each of his last two games. Trubisky has also thrown three touchdown passes and surpassed 20 Fantasy points in two of his last three outings.

He will once again get a nice matchup in Week 15 against the Vikings. Minnesota has allowed 256 passing yards per game, 26 passing touchdowns, and generate pressure on just 18.7 percent of dropbacks. All rank as the seventh-worst marks in the league.

Against a weaker defense, the 26-year-old should be able to continue his good run of games and provide managers a solid streaming option in Week 15.

Running Backs

DeAndre Washington, Miami Dolphins (24% Rostered)

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Injuries have ravaged the Miami backfield, leaving Washington as the last man standing. The former Chief did not have a great game against his old team as he gained just 52 yards from scrimmage.

However, Washington led the team in carries for a second straight week and will do so for a third straight week if Myles Gaskin is not activated from the COVID list. At the moment, Gaskin is not expected to play.

Washington will be the presumed starter against the Patriots, who were just shredded for 171 yards by Cam Akers. Look for him to see an even heavier workload this week, as the Dolphins attack the weaker side of the New England defense.

Peyton Barber, Washington Football Team (9% Rostered)

Despite his inefficiency, Barber will continue to see early-down and goal-line work in the absence of Antonio Gibson.

The former Buccaneer rushed 12 times for 37 yards in Sunday’s win over the 49ers. Barber also caught two passes for one yard.

He will continue to see more carries than J.D. McKissic but won’t get much work in the passing game. However, managers in need of a desperation FLEX option can plug in Barber and hope he finds the endzone.

Other Options: Jeff Wilson (19% Rostered)

Wide Receivers

Tyron Johnson, Los Angeles Chargers (0% Rostered)

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Mike Williams left Sunday’s game early with a back injury, forcing Johnson into a more prominent role.

He responded by catching a career-high six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Johnson was fourth on the team in targets behind Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, and Hunter Henry. He also led all wide receivers and tight ends in receiving yards.

The Chargers have a good matchup against the Raiders, who have allowed an average of 37.5 points over their last four games. If Williams misses time due to his newest injury, look for Johnson (and Jaylen Guyton) to pick up the slack.

KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos (3% Rostered)

Is this the Hamler breakout people have been waiting for? The rookie had the best game of his career on Sunday, catching two passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Hamler flashed his big-play ability, taking only his two catches 37 and 49 yards to the endzone. While the volume leaves much to be desired, it’s encouraging that the second-round pick was able to take advantage of the single coverage he saw.

Hamler won’t be a volume-based option moving forward, but his boom potential is enticing for managers needing a big performance.

Other Options: Tim Patrick (28% Rostered), Gabriel Davis (7% Rostered)

Tight Ends

Dan Arnold, Arizona Cardinals (1% Rostered)

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The third-year tight end has come on of late, catching three touchdowns over his last two games. In fact, four of the last six touchdowns Kyler Murray has thrown have gone to Arnold.

The 25-year-old has had a red zone target in each of the last four games. Arnold and Kenyan Drake are the only Arizona players to do so.

While he is becoming a more consistent red-zone weapon for the Cardinals, Arnold has yet to surpass four targets in a game and has a low floor if he does not catch a touchdown.

Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings (6% Rostered)

The Vikings’ tight ends have swapped places, as Smith was active on Sunday, while Kyle Rudolph sat out with a foot injury. In the veteran’s absence, Smith caught four passes for a team-leading 63 yards and a touchdown.

The 2019 second-round pick now has three touchdowns in his last three games. If Rudolph remains out against Chicago, Smith would be a solid streamer as the No.3 option in the Minnesota passing game.

Deep League Special

Lynn Bowden, WR/RB, Miami Dolphins (1% Rostered)

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The Dolphins are suffering injuries all over their offense as DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with leg injuries.

Bowden stepped up in a big way catching seven passes for 82 yards. The rookie led Miami in targets, receptions, and yards on the day.

If Parker and Grant were to miss Week 15, Bowden would be the Dolphins’ No.2 weapon in the passing game behind Mike Gesicki.



While the New England secondary is tough to attack, Bowden’s versatility should make him a big part of the gameplan for an injury-depleted offense.


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