The Week 15 waiver wire is filled with players that may help fantasy owners, but none are must-adds. By this point of the season, if you’re still playing, your roster should be stocked with players you are contemplating starting (or you don’t want your opponent to start against you).
Not many key players suffered injuries in Week 14, so fantasy owners aren’t going to be desperately searching for replacements. At the end of the day, pick the players that you may use because at this point, lose and you’re done.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (19 percent owned)
Carr has been up and down for most of the season, but he looked good in Week 14, throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Over the past four games, he’s produced eight touchdown passes. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15, who are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. While the Raiders truly don’t have anything to play for, neither do the Bengals. Plenty of garbage fantasy points could be awaiting hungry fantasy owners.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (14 percent owned)
While the rushing totals in Week 14 weren’t as high as Week 13’s, he still ran for 101 yards (tied for fifth-most among all players for Week 14). Running quarterbacks are fantasy gold, and Allen should continue to get his opportunities to make things happen with his legs. He didn’t throw a touchdown in Week 14, but he did run one in. The Bills face the Lions in Week 14 and Allen will be a QB2 with upside.
Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (17 percent owned)
Spencer Ware missed some plays with a shoulder injury in Week 14, and the next man up is Williams. Ware owners should be sure to grab Williams, just in case the former misses Week 15. Williams got the touchdown in Week 14, but this is still Ware’s backfield. Williams should be owned as a Ware handcuff, but not as a starting option otherwise.
Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (8 percent owned)
Coming off of injured reserve, Dixon had eight carries, which he turned into 59 yards and a touchdown. He added one reception and has the opportunity to be the best Ravens RB in Week 15. Gus Edwards' owners should be a little nervous, as he got twice as many carries but couldn't distance himself from a yardage standpoint and didn't get the touchdown either. This backfield is going to be hard to predict, but Dixon should be grabbed off waiver wires.
Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers (46 percent owned)
Pettis has four touchdowns in the past three games. Even though it was the George Kittle show in Week 14, Pettis still had three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. He actually has played well with Nick Mullens, regardless of Marquise Goodwin’s status. With Pierre Garcon now on injured reserve, Pettis is a WR3/4 for Week 15 against the Seahawks.
Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (31 percent owned)
With Ryan Tannehill back, Stills is the receiver to own on the Dolphins. In the past two weeks, he has 12 receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins face the Vikings in Week 15, which is a tough matchup. Minnesota allows the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. However, Stills will likely be a WR3 for Week 15.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (0 percent owned)
For those in deep leagues (or dynasty formats), Patrick is someone to add. Everyone thought Courtland Sutton would have a bigger role once Emmanuel Sanders went down, but in Week 14, it was Patrick. He had seven receptions for 85 yards. There is no guarantee he’ll be the receiver to own (vs. DaeSean Hamilton), but for fantasy owners with an extra roster spot, Patrick is not a bad addition.
Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers (8 percent owned)
Filling in for Greg Olsen, Thomas had nine receptions for 77 yards on 11 targets in Week 14. In Week 13, he had five receptions for 46 yards. Cam Newton is clearly banged up, and he’s not throwing the deep ball. This bodes well for his tight end. The matchup in Week 15 against the New Orleans Saints is a tough one (they allow the second-fewest points to opposing tight ends), but Thomas is worth adding.
Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (5 percent owned)
The way the Redskins are playing, it’s hard to recommend starting any player. However, with Jordan Reed exiting Week 14 with a foot injury, Davis will be the next man up. The Week 15 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars is a good one; although that doesn’t mean much if Josh Johnson can’t get him the ball. In Week 14, Davis had four receptions for 31 yards. He’s not a must-add, but he is a solid tight end option for Week 15.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Atlanta Falcons (16 percent owned)
Unfortunately for fantasy owners that are streaming DSTs, Week 15 is tough. The matchups to exploit (Washington Redskins, primarily) are against DSTs that are widely owned. The Falcons DST is not a good one, but the matchup with Arizona is not a bad one. The Cardinals without Christian Kirk struggled in Week 14 and they should continue to on Sunday.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.