Monday, January 24

Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB Report for Week 15 Pickups, Free Agents

If you’re reading this, we’ll assume you made your fantasy football playoffs. Congratulations. Now is the time to win, and that starts with looking at Week 15’s top waiver cable pickups and finding the right guys for your team. Because all that matters at this point is surviving and moving forward, you can almost rule out the FAAB offerings projected below. If you need a RB, please bid what you have to do to get Rashaad Penny or Justin jackson or Joshua Kelley. You don’t want to spend as much on a WR as KJ Osborn or Gabriel Davis, but you can certainly splurge on them too. The same goes for a quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa or Jimmy Garoppolo. Sure, you’ll want part of your budget or a high exemption claim if you advance to the next round, but you need to get there first.

As we will do every week this season with the help of our friends from Fancy alarmLet’s analyze the best pickups and project how much of your FAAB budget should bid for them.

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Week 15 Fantasy Football FAAB Tips: Waiver Cable QB Pickups, Streamers

Tua Tagovailoa (MIA). Tua won’t break the slate in any way, but it does provide a decent floor most weeks. The Dolphins host the Jets after their break, so they’ll be well rested. About 250 passing yards and a couple of touchdowns are within reach for Tagovailoa, especially when you factor in the number of running backs that are on Miami’s reserve / COVID list. It’s hard to imagine him coming up short in this matchup, so he’s probably the best streamer if you’re trying to make a backup plan in case Lamar Jackson (ankle) or another quarterback doesn’t play this week. Projected FAAB offer: 6-8% of the total FAAB budget

Jimmy Garoppolo (SF). If you’re not sold on Tagovailoa, definitely go with Jimmy G this week. Garoppolo has multiple touchdown passes in five of his last six games, and has flirted with 300 passing yards in each of his last two. Provide a safety net similar to Tua’s, and the 49ers will have a favorable showdown against the Falcons. Atlanta’s defense is nothing noteworthy, and given the weapons at Jimmy G’s disposal, he can certainly divide them and help him reach the semi-finals of his league (s). Proj. FAAB offer: 5-6%

Justin Fields (CHI). I have to say, I had no interest in broadcasting this guy last week, but if you were smarter and played him, congratulations. Passing numbers remain concerning as his accuracy hasn’t been great, but he runs enough to potentially make up for passing deficiencies. He threw multiple touchdowns against Green Bay for the first time in his career and added 74 rushing yards. I don’t trust him as much as I do Tagovailoa or Garoppolo, but a showdown against Minnesota is in the offing. The Vikings have a decent passing career, but they’re also prone to bleeding yards and points. Proj. FAAB offer: 4%

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Week 15 Fantasy Football FAAB Tips: Waiver Wire RB Pickups, Streamers

Rashaad Penny (SEA). Penny is probably the most wanted player in the waivers this week. In Week 13 against the 49ers, he got more involved late in the game. That carried over to Week 14. He was only on the field for 35 plays, but that was more than Alex Collins (14) and DeeJay Dallas (11). Penny ran for more than 130 yards and found the end zone twice. Seattle has a tough matchup in Week 15 against the Rams, but if you can survive that matchup, Penny’s schedule ends well in Weeks 16 and 17 against the Bears and Lions. Projected FAAB offer: 40% of the FAAB’s total budget

Malcolm Brown (MIA). As it stands Tuesday morning, Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Phillip Lindsay are all on the reserve / COVID list. Lindsay landed there on Monday afternoon, while Gaskin and Ahmed tested positive last week. Brown (quadruple) returned to practice this week and is a player worth saving, but don’t spend a ton of FAAB on him because the Dolphins may well get Gaskin back this week. In the off chance that none of the aforementioned brokers are available, then Brown could be in line for a good workload if he came back. Duke Johnson Jr. was called up to the active list and is also an option in deeper formats. Proj. FAAB offer: 5-8%

D’Ernest Johnson (CLE). Kareem Hunt (knee) is unlikely to play next week against the Raiders, so it will be Nick Chubb’s show against Las Vegas. The Raiders allow running backs more than 120 yards rushing and allowed three rushing touchdowns Sunday against the Chiefs. If Cleveland can comfortably save this game, Johnson could see more touches in the second half. We know Cleveland likes to give Chubb a break after longer runs, and we’ve seen vulture touchdowns from Chubb many times. Johnson is not a player to lock up in your lineup unless you’re desperate or playing in a deeper league. Proj. FAAB offer: 5-7%

Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley (LAC). If you are an Ekeler owner, you should probably look for one of these guys. We don’t have much information on Ekeler’s ankle injury, but we do know that the Bolts play the Chiefs on Thursday. I wouldn’t expect any of these guys to sniff out the kind of work or production load that Ekeler typically provides. Not to mention, the Chiefs defense has been playing a lot better over the past month. However, if they still have potential value and should be saved Proj. FAAB offer: 5%

Craig Reynolds (DET). We all had a collective blanket over our eyes Sunday when Detroit didn’t lean on Jermar Jefferson (three snapshots) or Godwin Igwebuike (28). We knew this was not a desirable backfield, especially with D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (reserve / COVID) inactive, but Reynolds came out of nowhere and played 29 plays, rushing for 83 yards on 11 carries. I don’t love next week’s showdown against Arizona, but if Detroit is back gun free in abundance, then Reynolds could be on the 10-12 touch line. Proj. FAAB offer: 3-4%

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Week 15 Fantasy Football FAAB Tips: Waiver Wire WR Pickups, Streamers

Russell Gage (ATL). Gage has become WR1 on this offense as Calvin Ridley has wasted time addressing his mental health issues and apparently Kyle Pitts is only leaving in London. Gage is a good flexible option in PPR formats, although it is not the best candidate for finding the end zone. He has 33 goals in his last four games, so there is a decent floor here. Projected FAAB offer: 7-9% of the total FAAB budget

KJ Osborn (MIN). With Adam Thielen (ankle) out, Osborn found the end zone for the second game in a row, and in that span he now has 16 goals. He only caught seven, but the important thing is that he scored in consecutive games. If Thielen misses this week’s game against Chicago, Osborn deserves flexible consideration, especially if he can take advantage of the volume and catch maybe 70 percent of his goals. Proj. FAAB offer: 7-9%

Gabriel Davis (BUF). Davis was a player on my radar to start the year, and it took until December for him to finally stop making me look like an idiot. He had great camp and showed chemistry with Josh Allen, and now he’s scored in each of his last two games. If Emmanuel Sanders loses time due to his knee injury, Davis is in line for more plays. Proj. FAAB offer: 7-8%

Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET). With the absences of TJ Hockenson (hand), D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (reserve / COVID), ARSB has quickly become one of Jared Goff’s most reliable targets in the past two weeks. The Lions will probably always play from behind against Arizona, so the passing volume is there for the receivers. Josh Reynolds can see five to six goals in every game, but St. Brown is getting a lot more looks. Proj. FAAB offer: 7-8%

Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE). In the absence of Odell Beckham Jr., we’ve seen DPJ take more routes, but production hadn’t been there until Sunday. Against the Ravens, DPJ caught five of seven goals for 90 yards, running a route on more than 95 percent of Baker Mayfield’s dropbacks. Say what you want about Mayfield’s talent, but if a wide receiver is going to run that many routes on offense without too many reliable pass-catching options, then maybe he’ll catch fire and become a WR2 / WR3 option down the stretch. Proj. FAAB offer: 5-6%

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Fantasy Football FAAB Tips From Week 15: TE Trucks, Waiver Wire Streamers

Austin Hooper (CLE). Hooper passed last week, catching five of seven goals for 30 yards and finding the end zone. While Travis Kelce may have had a quiet game against the Raiders last week, Las Vegas has still allowed nine touchdowns to tight ends, so don’t be surprised if Hooper finds the end zone again this week. Projected FAAB offer: 5-6% of the total FAAB budget

Brevin Jordan (HOU). Not great when you have to watch the Texans in Week 15, but Jordan did hit seven goals last week despite splitting plays with Jordan Akins. Jordan also scored. The Texans will face the Jaguars in Week 15, and while the game could be very ugly, there are decent broadcast options in this matchup, especially Jordan at tight end. Proj. FAAB offer: 3-4%

James O’Shaughnessy (JAC). O’Shaughnessy has 17 goals in his last three games, but couldn’t find the end zone, converting those goals into just nine catches for 63 yards. But as mentioned in the Jordan section, this game features two terrible defenses, so there could be some fantasy production here. Proj. FAAB offer: 3%

Week 15 Fantasy Football FAAB Tip: Waiver Wire Defense Vans, Streamers

As we always caution, you shouldn’t spend more than one percent of your FAAB budget on a D / ST. Here are the possible streaming pickups for this week:

  • Miami Dolphins (vs. Jets)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Washington)
  • San Francisco 49ers (vs. Falcons)
  • Minnesota Vikings (@ Bears)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (@ Broncos)
  • Houston Texans (@ Jaguars)

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