Waiver Wire Week 15: Mitchell Trubisky, Gus Edwards, Tony Pollard

Edwards looked good on Monday night and should be considered for Week 15

Fantasy owners that have won in Week 14 get to continue playing into Week 15. They need to check their rosters to make sure they have the best players available. Be sure that you have a handcuff to your running back and it’s the time of year that it may be beneficial to even carry a second defense/special teams (DST) if you want to stream among your team.

 

Hopefully none of your starters were injured or will be out, but if they are, it’s also necessary to have a decent bench. There are no more bye weeks, so fill your roster with players that either you might want to start – or players that you wouldn’t want your opponent playing against you.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (18 percent owned)

Hurts rushed for 108 yards in Week 14, second only to Lamar Jackson for total rushing yards by a quarterback for the week. Hurts didn’t do anything spectacular through the air, only throwing for 167 yards and a touchdown, but the fact that he could run the ball makes him a fantasy option. He faces the Cardinals in Week 15 and will be a QB2 option.

 

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (11 percent owned)

Trubisky may not look like a great quarterback, but he has managed to put up good fantasy numbers. He’s thrown three touchdowns in two of the past three games. More importantly, he’s only thrown two interceptions in the past three games as well. Trubisky loves Allen Robinson and will continue to try to get him the ball. Robinson is a very good wide receiver and has helped make Trubisky look good. The Bears have a decent matchup against the Vikings in Week 15 and an even better matchup against the Jaguars in Week 16.

 

Running Backs

 

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (33 percent owned)

In Week 14, the Ravens relied on Edwards and J.K. Dobbins, as Mark Ingram has fallen out of all fantasy relevance. Both Edwards and Dobbins will see work as the Ravens love to run the ball (32 att., 231 yds. 5 TDs in Monday night win over Cleveland). Dobbins is owned in 83 percent of leagues, but Edwards is only owned in about a third of fantasy leagues. He scored twice in Week 14 and had a 100-yard game in Week 13. It’s about time fantasy owners pick him up. If he’s available, he should be the top waiver priority this week.

 

DeAndre Washington, RB, Miami Dolphins (24 percent owned)

When both Matt Breida and Myles Gaskin were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, it was down to Washington to be the lead back for the Dolphins in Week 13. His stat line wasn’t great: 35 rushing yards on 13 carries, two receptions for 17 yards. Based on the timeline, it seems that Gaskin will end up missing Week 14, but if something happens and Gaskin is active, Washington should be dropped from fantasy rosters. If Gaskin is out again, Washington is an RB3 against the New England Patriots in Week 15.

 

Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys (21 percent owned)

Fantasy owners of Ezekiel Elliott don’t want to hear it, but Pollard has been getting more and more work – and he looks good while doing it. In Week 14, he had 11 carries for 39 yards and two receptions for nine yards and a touchdown. That stat line is nearly equal to Elliott’s: 12 carries for 48 yards and two receptions for 11 yards. Elliott is missing the touchdown, but fantasy owners need to be aware that Elliott is banged up and it is costing him playing time. Elliott’s owners should be sure they own Pollard.

 

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (4 percent owned)

Penny is still on injured reserve and it may be tough to trust him for the fantasy semi-finals or playoffs, but it also may be worth it to grab him for your bench if you have an extra spot. The team has indicated that he is close to returning, and if that is in Week 15, he may not be worth starting, but it would be good to see what he can do and what his role might be on the team. Also, he would then be on your roster ahead of Week 16. Chris Carson will still be the main running back in Seattle, but look for Penny to step up as the No. 2.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (24 percent owned)

With Gardner Minshew back in the lineup, Cole’s value is higher. He saw 12 targets in Week 14 (a season high) and caught seven of them for 67 yards and a touchdown. Cole hasn’t been very fantasy-relevant this season, and the Jaguars do face the Ravens in Week 15, which is a tough matchup. However, for fantasy owners looking for someone that may have some upside looking to fill a roster spot, Cole is available in three-quarters of leagues.

 

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (11 percent owned)

If Julio Jones misses another game (something certainly possible given the way his hamstring has been this season), fantasy owners can look at Gage. He’s had opportunities to succeed when Jones has been out before, and he hasn’t done so. In Week 14, Gage’s fantasy success came on him actually throwing a touchdown (much to the annoyance of Matt Ryan owners). He only caught five passes, but they were for 82 yards. He’s a desperation option only, and only if Jones is out.

 

Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers (3 percent owned)

Deebo Samuel injured his hamstring in Week 14 and it doesn’t look good for him to play in Week 15 (or perhaps Week 16). With Samuel out, Bourne steps in as he did in Week 13. He had seven targets and he caught three of them for 42 yards. In Week 15, the 49ers face the Cowboys, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Bourne is a sneaky WR3 for this week.

 

Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Miami Dolphins (1 percent owned)

In Week 14, Bowden had the most targets on the team (seven), the most receiving yards (82) and was tied for the most targets (nine). This is a case of a player stepping up when the guys ahead of him on the field suffered injuries. DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant both were injured in Week 14, giving Bowden the opportunity. He isn’t someone to rush out and grab off the waiver wire, but someone to monitor as the week goes on. If Parker and/or Grant were to miss Week 15, Bowden will then have fantasy value.

 

Tight Ends

 

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (6 percent owned)

Jimmy Graham may have had the touchdown in Week 14, but it was Kmet that still had more targets. He’s seen seven targets in each of the past two weeks. He may not be as big as Graham, which is important in the red zone, but he’s clearly the tight end that the team wants to get more involved. Kmet did score in Week 13, and he should be considered a TE2 for Week 15.

 

Dan Arnold, TE, Arizona Cardinals (1 percent owned)

In deeper leagues, Arnold is likely available and may provide a boost at tight end. He may also put up a one reception for 10 yards kind of game. However, he’s scored a touchdown in three of the past four games. However, he only has a handful of receptions for a game. Luckily for him, those receptions have been for touchdowns. He’s a touchdown-dependent option for desperate fantasy owners.

 

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Tennessee Titans (37 percent owned)

The Titans haven’t recorded a sack in either of the past two games, but it is possible they will be facing Chase Daniel in Week 14. The Titans face the Lions, and Matthew Stafford is banged up. He had been dealing with a thumb injury, and he injured his ribs in Week 14. He left the game and Daniel filled in for him. The team has already indicated that Stafford is doubtful for Week 15. While Daniel wasn’t in for every long, he threw six passes in Week 14. He completed three of them for 29 yards. The Lions’ offense is going to suffer with Daniel at quarterback and the Titans should be able to take advantage.

 

— 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.

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