Waiver Wire Week 15: Nick Foles, Peyton Barber, Wayne Gallman, Dede Westbrook

Nick Foles is a viable fantasy QB replacement for Carson Wentz

In Week 15, everyone is playing to win when it comes to fantasy football. It's the fantasy playoffs and it's time to put forward the best team possible. While that's not always easy (injuries can be brutal — just ask Eagles fans... or Jets fans), that's the goal. However, when injury strikes your fantasy team, turn to the waiver wire. For those that just lost Carson Wentz, some options are available.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (20 percent owned)

It may be tough to swallow — needing a win and relying on Garoppolo to get it. However, in the past two weeks that he's had the starting job, he threw for 293 and 334 yards. He has one touchdown and two interceptions in that span. The matchup in Week 15 isn't ideal; the Tennessee Titans have given up less than 200 yards in two of their last three games. However, Garoppolo may be the best option on the waiver wire.

 

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (3 percent owned)

Carson Wentz fantasy owners may be stuck with a picked-over waiver wire and their fantasy championship on the line without their stud quarterback heading into Week 15. Foles will be the next man up, and while he's no Wentz, he is familiar with the offense. He should be able to put up decent fantasy numbers against a New York Giants team that is trying to lose.

 

Running Backs

 

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay (35 percent owned)

After Doug Martin fumbled the ball, Barber finally got another opportunity to show he was the back to own in Tampa Bay. For some reason, the Bucs keep turning to Martin, but in Week 15, the team should rely on Barber. Next up is Atlanta, which is a tough matchup, but Barber is still a RB3 for fantasy purposes.

 

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (3 percent owned)

In Week 14, Gallman (above, right) had two more carries than Orleans Darkwa, and managed 30 more yards. It's not clear if the Giants are going to give Gallman more work in the running game, but a stat to look at is receptions. Gallman had nine targets and he caught seven of those for 40 yards. It was the second-most targets on the team. The Giants face the Eagles in Week 15, and Gallman is a RB3 in PPR leagues.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (30 percent owned)

Westbrook was added as he was about to come off of injured reserve, but disappointed in his first few games back. However, in Week 14, he scored his first touchdown and had five receptions for 81 yards. This receptions and yardage totals were similar to the previous week, but the touchdown boosts his fantasy value. He's worth adding back to rosters as a WR3 as his targets are increasing as well.

 

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (28 percent owned)

If Coleman was dropped after his goose egg in Week 13, he is worth adding as a WR3. Both he and Josh Gordon had fantasy value for the Browns in Week 14. They both had six targets, and they each had a touchdown. Coleman caught five of his six targets for 62 yards. The Browns face the Ravens in Week 15. After losing Jimmy Smith, the Ravens allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 506 yards against them in Week 14. Not to say DeShone Kizer is Roethlisberger, but he should find success in the passing game.

 

Tight End

 

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals (43 percent owned)

While it's hard to find tight end streaming options (Stephen Anderson was a giant disappointment), Seals-Jones is still seeing targets. He only had three in Week 14, but Blaine Gabbert only threw the ball 26 times. Seals-Jones finished with one catch for 20 yards, but in Week 15, his matchup is much better. The Cardinals face the Washington Redskins, who are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

 

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

New Orleans Saints (38 percent owned)

The Saints DST were popular at the beginning of the season. However, over the past few weeks, the DST has likely been dropped. They face the New York Jets in Week 15, in New Orleans. The Jets just lost Josh McCown for the rest of the season, and Bryce Petty isn't likely to scare any opposing defenses. With a lack of a running game (the Jets ran for 59 yards as a team in Week 14 against Denver, who allowed Kenyan Drake alone to run for 120 yards the week before), the Saints should fare well as a streaming DST.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

 

(Top photo courtesy of www.philadelphiaeagles.com)

Event Date: 
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 22:15

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