If you made it through the #InjuryApocalypse from Week 14, congrats. The only issue now is, there were some heavy hitters who went down for the count. Let’s go through those injuries before diving into my Week 15 Waiver Wire Adds.
Week 14 Injuries
- Mike Evans – Hammy. After not being able to finish the game, Arians said Evans’ injury was “not good”. He’s doubtful for Week 15 and his status for the rest of the year is in serious doubt as well.
- Derrius Guice – MCL. Already ruled out for the upcoming week, this one could shelf Guice for the rest of the year.
- Calvin Ridley – abdominal injury. Ridley is out for the year.
- Rashaad Penny – ACL. Done for the year.
- Auden Tate – MCL. There’s no reason for Tate to be rushed back to action and he can be dropped.
- D.J. Chark – Ankle. Deemed week-to-week, but this is also another situation where we may have to wait until 2020 to see Chark again.
- Mark Andrews – knee contusion. Andrews apparently avoided a long-term injury but is questionable with a quick turnaround on Thursday.
- Ryan Griffin – ankle. On the other side of Week 15’s Thursday night tight end matchup is Griffin and his ankle injury who is currently listed as questionable.
- Noah Fant – foot/hip. Although Fant was carted to the locker room, his injury is being called minor and there is hope he’ll be able to suit up Sunday.
- DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson – both with concussions.
- Jared Cook – concussion.
- Josh Jacobs – shoulder fracture. Jacobs’ season may be in jeopardy as he’ll be heading for an MRI for the injury that sidelined him in week 14.
- Patrick Mahomes, Jameis Winston – both have hand injuries.
- Tom Brady – elbow.
*For the purposes of this article, I’m only including players with less than 60% ownership as reported by Yahoo! leagues.
- Ryan Tannehill vs HOU (48%)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick at NYG (23%)
- Gardner Minshew at OAK (15%)
- Mitchell Trubisky at GB (19%)
- Eli Manning vs MIA (3%)
- Kyle Allen vs SEA (19%)
- Jacoby Brissett at NO (37%)
- Drew Lock at KC (2%)
- David Blough vs TB (1%)
Welp. Here we are. Week 15 and Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Fitzpatrick are the two best waiver options at quarterback. Just like we all thought, right? Depending on your scoring, Tanny has been a top-5 play over the last three weeks and now gets a defense that just gave up 309/3 to rookie Drew Lock. The Jaguars will travel to Oakland and although Gardner Minshew will be without D.J. Chark, the matchup is good enough to make him a streaming option for Week 15. Let’s just agree to skip over Mitchell Trubisky and Eli Manning. Good? Good. Hopefully you’re not digging beyond those two, but Kyle Allen has a home date with a Seattle defense giving up the fourth-most passing yards per game. Allen has averaged 17.6 fantasy points per game across his 11 starts, so you could do worse if you’re this desperate.
- Raheem Mostert vs ATL (52%)
- DeAndre Washington vs JAX (7%)
- Patrick Laird at NYG (20%)
- Alexander Mattison at LAC (53%)
- Adrian Peterson vs PHI (40%)
- Duke Johnson at TEN (55%)
- Tony Pollard vs LAR (12%)
- Chris Thompson vs PHI (11%)
- Gus Edwards vs NYJ (12%)
- Peyton Barber at DET (22%)
- Darwin Thompson vs DEN (19%)
I should have put a warning for this list to those with weak stomachs. I hope none of you just threw up on your device of choice while reading this. Raheem Mostert has been the hotness at running back over the past three weeks, totaling 330 yards and 4 touchdowns, with only Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey scoring more points than him over that stretch. Kyle Shanahan is riding the hot hand with Mostert – on Sunday, he led the ‘9ers backfield with 12 opportunities to 7 for Matt Breida and a measly 3 for Tevin Coleman. DeAndre Washington is more likely to be available on your waivers, however, and led the Josh Jacobs-less Raiders backfield with 21 opportunities to Jalen Richard’s 10. Jacksonville’s defense has all but disappeared and their offense isn’t far behind. If Jacobs sits, I’d expect another heavy Washington game. Apparently Patrick Laird is going to be a thing for the remainder of the year. Laird led the Dolphins running back group with 20 opportunities (5 being targets) to Myles Gaskin’s 6, putting up 86 scoreless yards. With Guice likely shelved for the year, Washington’s touch share grows slimmer, so Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson are in play. AP will lead the way early on in games, and Thompson will get his targets once Washington is trailing. Pretty simple.
- A.J. Brown vs HOU (27%)
- Darius Slayton vs MIA (27%)
- Zach Pascal at NO (35%)
- Russell Gage at SF (9%)
- Chris Conley at OAK (20%)
- Anthony Miller at GB (20%)
- Breshad Perriman at DET (1%)
- Marcus Johnson at NO (0%)
- James Washington vs BUF (39%)
- Diontae Johnson vs BUF (12%)
- Greg Ward at WAS (0%)
- Justin Watson at DET (0%)
Darius Slayton led the way for the Giants in targets with 8 against the Eagles, even with old man Eli at the helm. Slayton toasted Philly’s secondary, going 5-154-2, and now gets a very toastable matchup with the Dolphins. Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson will lead the Colts’ receiving group with Parris Campbell hitting IR and T.Y. Hilton unlikely to return in 2019. Pascal and Johnson have seen 19 and 13 targets over the last two weeks, respectively. Calvin Ridley has also been added to the IR, which leaves Russell Gage in an elevated role. After this week’s matchup with San Fran, the Falcons will face the domesticated Jaguars. The Steelers tandem of James Washington and Diontae Johnson drop down this list with the return of JuJu Smith-Schuster this week being likely. Another team with injury problems resides in Philly. Alshon Jeffery just landed on IR and JJ Arcega-Whiteside was unable to finish Monday night’s game due to a hammy injury. That left Greg Ward as the only healthy receiver and Ward finished second on the team in targets with 9, behind Zach Ertz’s 13. Ward showed flexibility at the position as well, nearly splitting his reps in the slot and out-wide 50/50 (39 to 37).
- David Njoku at ARI (37%)
- O.J. Howard at DET (32%)
- Jonnu Smith vs HOU (13%)
- Noah Fant at KC (28%)
- Mike Gesicki at NYG (30%)
- Tyler Higbee at DAL (22%)
- Hayden Hurst vs NYJ (1%)
- Ian Thomas vs SEA (1%)
It’s so typical we had to wait 14 weeks to get a really solid tight end waiver run, but alas. If you’ve been streaming the position all year, this is a much-welcomed sight. David Njoku is probably tough to trust in just his second game back, but he has the holy grail of tight end matchups as the Browns travel west to Arizona. With Odell Beckham Jr. banged up, Njoku may be more involved in Week 15. It goes the same for O.J. Howard with Mike Evans likely out for the rest of the year. Mike Gesicki disappointed given the Dolphins’ situation but gets another solid matchup this week. The last three, Tyler Higbee, Hayden Hurst, and Ian Thomas are all viable options as long as their counterparts miss another week. Gerald Everett is week-to-week, while Mark Andrews and Greg Olsen are questionable for Week 15.