With Week 15 of the NFL season nearly in the books, it’s time for one last waiver cycle in the world of fantasy football.
This is it: in the majority of leagues, it’s championship week. By the time Christmas is over, you or one of your opponents will get to breathe a sigh of relief and lay claim to the ultimate prize, whether that’s a cool trophy, some free booze on New Year’s Eve, or simply bragging rights.
At this point, most of the safe plays are already widely owned, but there are still some intriguing names out there for teams that need help. Below, read up on 10 potentially worthwhile waiver wire pickups as we wrap up the season.
Kerwynn Williams, RB
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Week 15 stats: 61 rushing yards
One thing to know: Williams doesn’t pose a threat as a receiver, making just seven catches on the year, but with 15-plus carries in each of his last three games, he has appeal as a late-season streamer. He went for nearly 100 yards against the Rams earlier this month, and the Giants should be an attractive matchup in Week 16.
Keelan Cole, WR
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 15 stats: 186 receiving yards, 7 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: This undrafted rookie out of Kentucky Wesleyan has been a pleasant surprise for the Jaguars. He has become one of Blake Bortles’ favourite deep threats, with numbers like 607 receiving yards and a league-leading 19.0 yards per reception to prove it. His targets can be sporadic, but after scoring in each of his last three games, he looks like a great play against the 49ers.
Nick Foles, QB
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 15 stats: 237 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
One thing to know: He’s no Carson Wentz, but Foles still did a credible impression on Sunday, hitting a wide variety of targets while leading his team to victory in a high-scoring thriller. The Raiders will present a tougher challenge in Week 16, but it would be unwise to bet against the Eagles’ relentless offence.
Buck Allen, RB
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Week 15 stats: 70 rushing yards, 4 receiving yards, 1 reception
One thing to know: Alex Collins added value with his five receptions, but Allen was Baltimore’s preferred option on the ground on Sunday, averaging 5.38 yards on 13 attempts. The week before, he delivered a pair of touchdowns at the goal line. Those factors could add up to another solid performance, especially with the Colts on tap.
Eli Rogers, WR
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 15 stats: 18 receiving yards, 1 reception, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Antonio Brown’s torn calf will keep him sidelined at least until the playoffs, and Rogers could be the main beneficiary. He made just one catch on Sunday, but it was an important one: an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He’ll need to fight with Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster for targets, but Ben Roethlisberger is prolific enough to hit all three of them.
Chris Ivory, RB
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 15 stats: 42 rushing yards
One thing to know: As has been the case for much of the year, Leonard Fournette’s status for next week is up in the air. If the star rookie is sidelined, then Ivory will become a high-upside play against the San Francisco defence, which has struggled against the run all year.
Charles Clay, TE
Team: Buffalo Bills
Week 15 stats: 68 receiving yards, 5 receptions
One thing to know: Clay was targeted nine times on Sunday, his highest total since Week 1, and the result was his best performance since returning from a knee injury. Expect Tyrod Taylor to stay in his comfort zone as the playoff race continues to heat up.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Week 15 stats: 381 passing yards, -6 receiving yards, 1 reception, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: He’s just getting started, but Garoppolo could be the best quarterback the 49ers have had in a long time. Sunday saw him complete over 72% of his passes for 381 yards, putting him in the thick of the streaming conversation for Week 16. The matchup against Jacksonville is unattractive, but at his best, the Illinois native could be worth the risk.
Dan Bailey, K
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Week 15 stats: 2/2 field goals, 2/2 PATs
One thing to know: Bailey could have been even better on Sunday, but Dak Prescott’s inaccuracy halted the Cowboys’ progress on more than one occasion. At any rate, the Seahawks’ suddenly-average defence should provide a solid matchup.
Week 15 stats: 20 points against, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
One thing to know: The Bears defence has been rock-solid over the past month, and that trend should continue against the Browns – DeShone Kizer was terrible on Sunday, throwing a pair of interceptions. If they can gain some momentum on offence, it could be a highly successful week.
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