2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2021 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start-Sit

It’s playoff time!

Congratulations to the managers who made the Fantasy Football Playoffs in the majority of leagues whose playoffs start this week.

If you’re in one of those leagues with a Week 14 playoff start date, you might want to get that changed for next season. Having players on bye during the Fantasy playoffs should be outlawed!

Another pair of top QB’s suffered injuries this week, as Lamar Jackson was carted off with a sprained ankle, while Josh Allen is currently dealing with turf toe. Allen was able to play through his ailment and isn’t likely to miss time as the Bills have lost two in a row.

Baltimore Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh said that the plan was to have Jackson play against the Packers but his practice situation should be monitored closely throughout the week.

Good luck to everyone this week!

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (33% rostered)

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Tagovailoa and the red-hot Dolphins look to extend their winning streak to six games with a matchup against the New York Jets in Week 15.

The Jets allow plenty of points to the quarterback position, having surrendered at least two passing touchdowns in eight of their past nine games. The only exception was this past week against the New Orleans Saints, when Taysom Hill ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns himself. 

Tagovailoa had a solid game against the Jets in their last matchup, throwing for 273 and two scores in Week 11. He has thrown at least 31 passes in each of his past three games and is in the streaming conversation for the first week of the Fantasy playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (22% rostered)

Roethlisberger has had a tumultuous season but has come on strong over the past couple of weeks. In games against the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings, Big Ben has combined for 544 yards and five touchdowns through the air.

The Steelers will face the Tennessee Titans in Week 15, who have allowed the third-most points to quarterbacks this season. 

As we’ve seen this season, Roethlisberger doesn’t have the best floor, but he’s been productive in three of his past four starts and has the chance to put up numbers once again with a decent matchup on tap.

Running Backs

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (21% rostered)

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The Seahawks backfield is one of the messiest in the league but Penny looks to be emerging from the group.

The former first-round pick had one of the best games of his career in Week 14, torching the Texans for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Alex Collins gained just 16 yards on seven carries and is no longer Fantasy relevant.

As long as he stays healthy, Penny should get all the opportunities he can handle down the stretch. A tough Rams defense is next on the schedule but Penny should see the majority of the carries for the Seahawks, making him a decent FLEX play next week.

Royce Freeman, Houston Texans (0% rostered)

We’re in desperation mode heading into the Fantasy playoffs. Freeman now finds himself on the Texans roster after a short stint with the Panthers. In his second game with the team, he tied Rex Burkhead for the team lead in carries (11) and was third on the team with 51 receiving yards on eight targets.

If David Johnson stays in the COVID protocol for Week 15, Freeman could be a decent dart throw against the imploding Jacksonville Jaguars. His floor will be extremely low but the Jaguars are one of the only teams that could give the Texans a positive game script to work with. When the teams matched up in Week 1, the Texans went ground heavy, giving Mark Ingram 26 carries in a 37-21 win

Wide Receivers

K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings (38% rostered)

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Fantasy managers didn’t quite jump on Osborn en masse after Adam Thielen injured his ankle in Week 13, as he remains available in more than 60% of Yahoo leagues. However, after putting up 83 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers, expect Osborn to be one of the most added wide receivers when waivers clear.

While most of his production came on a 62-yard touchdown, Osborn’s nine targets were second on the team behind Justin Jefferson. Tight end Tyler Conklin saw just two targets and seems to be the clear No. 3 option behind the WR duo.

Until Thielen returns from his high-ankle sprain, Osborn will be a big part of the Vikings' passing attack and will be worth playing as a WR3 against the Bears. 

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (12% rostered)

While T.J. Hockenson deals with a hand injury, St. Brown has become the focal point of the Lions’ offense. The rookie has seen 12 targets in each of the past two games, turning them into 18 receptions for 159 yards and one game-winning touchdown.

It will be tough to trust the Lions' offense but, more often than not, the team plays from behind and St. Brown should continue to see a heavy target share without Hockenson in the lineup.

Head coach Dan Campbell is “hopeful” that Hockenson and running back D’Andre Swift can return in Week 15 but until they start practicing, St. Brown should be one of this week’s top WR adds.

Tight Ends

Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks (31% rostered)

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Everett saw just two targets on Sunday but still finished in the top-12 among TE’s thanks to a short touchdown.

He’s now scored twice over his past two games and is in the streaming conversation against his former team, the Los Angeles Rams. Prior to the two-target game in the blowout win against the Texans, Everett was averaging nearly seven targets per game in four games after the Seahawks bye.

Seattle will likely need to throw to keep up with the Rams offense, so Everett should see more opportunities than he did in Week 14.


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2021 Fantasy Football Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down - Fantasy Six Pack December 15, 2021 - 10:31 am

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