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Week 15 Waiver Wire

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Looking for Week 15 Waiver Wire Recommendations? We got you covered below! Good luck to all of you heading into Week 15!

Bilal Powell (RB/NYJ)

Forte suffered a knee injury in Week 14, and he is hearing cracking and popping in the knee. While we wait for MRI results today, grab Powell. Even if Forte were to play Week 15, Powell is sure to see more and more carries as Forte won’t be 100 percent. If he sits, Powell has very strong RB3 type value.

Dontrelle Inman (WR/SD)

His past three games: 6/119/1TD, 2/49/1TD and 6/71/1TD. He is a WR3 for Weeks 15 and 16… no question.

Kenneth Farrow (RB/SD)

Melvin Gordon was carted off the field in Week 14 with a hip injury. MRI results will let us know if Gordon is for sure out Weeks 15 and 16 (or longer). Ronnie Hillman also deserves consideration, as he will likely split some carries with Farrow, and a hot hand approach isn’t out of the question. Keep in mind that Hillman is better in pass protection, so he could find himself on the field more than anyone expects. It’s hard to predict this situation, know that if you plan to use either Farrow or Hillman this week.

Justin Forsett (RB/DEN)

Forsett out-touched Booker last week, but Juwan Thompson could also see more work moving forward. This situation is a mess.

More Week 15 Adds

Pierre Garcon (WR/WAS)
Charles Sims (RB/TB)
Robby Anderson (WR/NYJ)
Tyler Boyd (WR/CIN)
Marqise Lee (WR/JAC)

Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 15)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 15. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: Titans WR Kendall Wright is inactive for Week 15.

FANTASY: Need a sneaky start at your WR3? Dorial Green-Beckham!


NEWS: Jaguars RB TJ Yeldon (knee) is inactive for Week 15.

FANTASY: Denard Robinson is a solid play if in need, and he has very good flex upside, if not low-end RB2 upside.


NEWS: According to reports, Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) may only be available in an emergency capacity for Week 15.

FANTASY: Charcandrick West should be set for elite carries/touches in this one, so he is a RB1 play this today.


NEWS: Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) reportedly feels “fine” and will play Week 15.

FANTASY: Unless he suffers a setback in warm-ups, expect Olsen to be a top 1-3TE play in Week 15.


NEWS: Patriots RB Brandon Bolden is thought by many news sources to lead the Patriots in carries in Week 15.

FANTASY: Don’t be shocked if James White sees more carries than anyone expects, but it appears Bolden has sneaky-good RB2 upside in Week 15.


NEWS: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle) is expected to “receive his full workload” Week 15 against the Steelers.

FANTASY: This is a risky play, but with lots of upside. If back in the starting role, which is expected, but not fully guaranteed, he is a low-end RB1. Know there is risk, but big upside.


NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf, illness) is expected to play Week 15 against the Vikings.

FANTASY: He is a top 10WR when on the field, no doubt.


NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) is expected to play Week 15 against the Redskins.

FANTASY: There is lots of risk in counting on Williams as anything but a reach-type flex-play. He can always go nuts if given carries, though, and it’s not crazy to expect a touchdown and some solid yards… that said, it’s the playoffs, now is not the time to gamble if you have a more secure starter. What is secure, though? Get on our forums and ask!


NEWS: Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) is expected to start Week 15 against the Titans.

FANTASY: Nothing to see here… he is always a top 1-5 fantasy QB option!


Week 15 Waiver Wire Adds

Here are a list of Week 15 Waiver Wire Adds as you head into Week 15!

Week 15 Adds

Not Likely Available, But Check!

Tim Hightower
Tyler Lockett

The Rest

Denard Robinson
Dorial Green-Beckham
DuJuan Harris/Fred Jackson/Bryce Brown
Ted Ginn
Willie Snead

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 15)

This Week 15 Sunday News topic will be updated all Sunday long!!!

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News: 12/14 – 49ers RB Carlos Hyde injured his back in Week 15.
Take: This looked like an LCL tear the way it went down. We will keep you posted, as Frank Gore is headed into the league’s concussion protocol for Week 16.


News: 12/14 – Giants RB Rashad Jennings injured his ankle again during Week 15.
Take: This isn’t good news, and we may just see Andre Williams alone in Week 15, which is great for his owners. Stay tuned for updates on Jennings, but we aren’t expecting much out of him next week, if he even plays.


News: 12/14 – Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is officially active for Week 15 against OAK.
Take: Expect top 1-5RB numbers out of the stud this week. There were no real concerns he’d be limited or out with the ankle! Get ready for the Charles show as usual. Denarius Moore is out for OAK in this one.


News: 12/14 – Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) is active for Week 15 at BUF.
Take: He and James Starks are expected to split carries in this one, so the injury mixed with some shared workload makes Lacy a risky RB1 play, but you just can’t bench him if he is playing/starting. He can still have a 100 total yards and a score in a sharing situation in that GB offense.


News: 12/14 – Bengals WR Jermaine Gresham (toe) is inactive for Week 15 against CLE.
Take: Get him out of line-ups!


News: 12/14 – Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) is active for Week 15 against JAC.
Take: Just like we shouted out last week, Steve Smith Sr. is a strong play with Torrey still kinda banged up. It would be tough not to consider Torrey a WR3 this week, but we like Smith Sr. as at least that.


News: 12/14 – According to reports, Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shin) is expected to play in Sunday’s Week 15 contest against NYG.
Take: He is a solid flex play, maybe even WR2 depending on your league size. We just updated the rankings and analyzers given he is a go, so refresh those and rethink your lineups if you need to.


News: 12/14 – Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) is expected to be a go for Week 15 against TEN.
Take: Check back last-minute on this one, but he appears to be a go. Still, he has flex play upside at best given the inconsistent QB play for the Jets. He is a shaky start here in Week 15 when it counts.


News: 12/14 – According to several reports, Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) will not play in Sunday’s Week 15 game against PIT.
Take: Get him out of your lineups, but keep tabs on this through our News Wire and Smart Alerts. As we’ve said all week, Harry Douglas is a fine add and fine start with Julio out.


News: 12/14 – According to several reports, Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) will miss Week 15 against the IND.
Take: Get ready for the DeAndre Hopkins show. Arian Foster will likely get a boatload of production as well.


News: 12/14 – According to several reports, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is “highly doubtful” to play in Week 15 against DEN.
Take: As we have said previously, Donald Brown is a legit plug-and-play this week as a flex.


News: 12/14 – Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) will play Week 15 against MIA; Patriots RB Shane Vereen will also play Week 15; Brandon LaFell will also play Week 15.
Take: Edelman is a WR2/3 in most all formats. Vereen is a shaky flex play at best right now, but LaFell remains a sneaky-good flex/WR3.


News: 12/14 – Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is still very questionable for Week 15 and hasn’t practiced all week.
Take: Donald Brown will start in Mathews’ place if Mathews can’t go. Even if Mathews can play, he isn’t close to healthy, so Brown has some decent ‘desperation’ play to him this week. Stay tuned on Mathews, as we should have an update prior to kickoff!


News: 12/14 – Texans TE Garrett Graham (ankle) has been ruled out of Week 15.
Take: Get him out of your line-up if you are starting him this week. Need an alternative? Check out our Week 15 Power Rankings!


News: 12/14 – Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) remains probable for Week 15.
Take: He practiced in full on Friday and is a top 2-4 fantasy WR this week, and is during any game he plays. Julius Thomas, who was active last week, but didn’t play, is probable and expected to return to action. Note, setbacks happen, even early on in the game, so there is risk in playing him, but all reports right now suggest he won’t be too limited in this one. Check back just before kickoff, though, as anything can change fast.


News: 12/14 – There is no update yet on Julio Jones (hip), but as we reported earlier, he could barely run yesterday and is expected, by many, to be a decoy in Week 15 (if he even plays).
Take: This can change, and change fast, so stay on top of both our News Wire and your Smart Alerts. Harry Douglas is a fine plug-and-play this week, make sure he isn’t sitting on waivers! Of course, Roddy White also sees an uptick in production with Julio out, but we actually like Douglas even more of the two (if Julio does sit). Check back with us on this one, anything can happen, good or bad, during warm-ups.


News: 12/14 – The Browns have released K Billy Cundiff (knee).
Take: Cundiff actually hurt his right knee in practice on Thursday, but was struggling anyway. Garrett Hartley will take over as the Browns kicker. Get rid of Cundiff if you have him. Obviously, Hartley is a solid pick-up if you need a kicker quick.


News: 12/14 – Bears K Robbie Gould (quad) is questionable for Week 15.
Take: Jay Feely will kick for the Bears in this one if Gould can’t go, so either pick up Feely and make a last-minute move, or grab a safer kicker.


News: 12/14 – Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will likely be shadowed by Darrelle Revis in Week 15.
Take: While this isn’t fantastic news, and no one should be starting Landry as anything close to a WR2, he still has sneaky WR3 ability given how consistent he has been for the past six weeks. Here are his reception totals over than span: 5, 7, 5, 7, 8, 6. In PPR, that’s very solid, and even though he has been without a touchdown for two straight weeks, he had three in the two weeks prior. Again, he isn’t a great start given the coverage situation, but he isn’t a for sure ‘avoid’, it just depends on your situation (get on our forums to get advice!!!).


News: 12/14 – There is some speculation on news wires that there will be a 50-50 split in carries between Eddie Lacy (hip, probable) and James Starks in Week 15 against the Bills.
Take: As we reported earlier on this topic, Lacy all of the sudden becomes more of a RB2 play this week. He would be tough to bench unless your roster was just loaded at RB, but he isn’t locked into anything close to RB1 numbers if he is truly dialed in for just 50 percent of the action. If you have a dilemma, get on our forums and get some advice!


News: 12/14 – Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly told ESPN that he has considered retirement. “I love playing football, don’t get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that,” Peterson said. “For me, it’s like, Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do?”
Take: Some reports suggest that Peterson could look into running the 200- and 400-meter dashes in the Olympics.


News: 12/14 – 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) has been ruled out of Week 15.
Take: Harry Douglas is a fine plug-and-play receiver this week if Julio Jones ends up sitting. Keep tabs on that situation if you need a receiver.


News: 12/14 – Broncos WR Cody Latimer (ribs) has been ruled out of Week 15.
Take: He shouldn’t be started, or even owned, in redraft leagues.


More Start Bench, Trade, Waiver Wire help to come!

ARTICLE: Strength of Schedule: Weeks 15, 16 and 17

smitty staff

Folks, here is the Strength Of Schedule For Weeks 15-17. Both Passing and Rushing stats are included, along with average. I hope this helps you all take home your league’s championship. Good luck!

How To Read The Below Table: Everything is by ‘yards allowed’… the 3rd column are the three remaining matchups for each team listed in column 2. The Blue Columns are the ranks of those three opponents against the run… The Yellow Colums are the ranks of those three opponents against the pass… The final three columns are averages.

Examples: Pittsburgh has the easiest rushing schedule in Weeks 15-16 (avg. rank facing is 26th against the run); The Saints have the easiest passing schedule in Weeks 15-16 (avg. rank facing is 31st against the pass); Finally, the Saints have the easiest overall Weeks 15-16 schedule which can be seen by the last column (their average overall opponent rank for both weeks is 24.75).

Launch Wks 15-17 SOS

ARTICLE: Week 15 Waiver Wire Grabs

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Looking for Week 15 Waiver Wire Adds? Here you go!

Week 15 Waiver Wire Adds

RADIO: Week 15 Radio Show | Take a listen to our Tuesday show! (1st Show of the week)

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk Week 15 fantasy football on Russ’ Tuesday radio show! This is his FIRST show of the week!

Wk 15: TUES Show