Early Waiver Wire Targets and Biggest Riser / Drop in Fantasy Football After NFL Week 15 | Fantasy Football news, rankings and screenings
There are still four games left on the 2021 NFL Week 15 roster, but a lot fantasy football managers will now look to week 16 in their bid to win the championship.
It is important not to overreact to individual stat lines. For example, some players have scored two touchdowns this week but probably won’t do so again this season, while other players have seen the pitch for most of their team’s snaps but couldn’t reach the end zone.
Remember: keep using, not score the box.
Here are a few early waiver wire targets, as well as the biggest lifters and cutters of NFL Week 15. For a more detailed view of the 32 teams of the week, including the number of snaps, see the Fantasy Football week 15 full recap.
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Waiver Thread Targets
RB Ronald jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Fournette suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter and was eliminated very quickly for the remainder of the game. Ronald Jones took over as the start-of-the-descent defenseman, while Ke’Shawn Vaughn served as the third-place defenseman. This will likely be how the Buccaneers use their back if Fournette is missing at any time.
Jones is a quality waiver wire option, and he should dominate carries. He can go straight into the fantastic starting lineups for weeks 16 and 17. Tampa Bay has faced the Panthers and Jets over the past two weeks, which should be a favorable game scenario even with all of the injuries.
RB Craig reynolds, Detroit Lions: The Lions were again without running backs By AndrÃ© Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal williams (COVID-19), leaving Reynolds in the lead for the second week in a row. The game’s script fell in the Lions’ favor this week, which gave Reynolds a lot of groundwork, and he gained 112 yards on 26 carries.
There’s no guarantee that Swift or Williams will be back next week. And with the way Reynolds is playing, they shouldn’t be in a rush.
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions: The Lions rookie wide receiver has been on fire in recent weeks – his 26 receptions since the start of Week 13 are the third among all players this period. He achieved this through a combination of a 30% target share and solid play.
St. Brown tallied eight receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown against the Cardinals in Week 15. He’s not only a waiver wire target, but can get straight into the starting lineups – Detroit has one of. most favorable hours for wide receivers over the past two weeks, with games against the Falcons and Seahawks.
WR Gabriel Davis, Bison tickets: Emmanuel Sanders suffered a knee injury a week ago and was excluded from that game on Friday. Davis took over as the starter every moment, as expected.
The second-year receiver led the Bills receivers in yards, totaling 85 and two touchdowns on five receptions. So it’s worth a waiver thread target in case Sanders misses another game. It also helped his chances of landing a starting job at Buffalo in 2022, as two of the Bills’ three starters are 32 or older.
The biggest elevators
RB Duke Johnson Jr., Miami dolphins: The Dolphins seemed to have trouble getting back in the middle of the week, but they both had Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed COVID-19 list returned on Friday. Miami has always chosen to do Johnson regained the advantage from rushed plays and he put together the most impressive game in a returning Miami this season. He gained 107 yards and two touchdowns while avoiding 10 tackles. It’s a backfield to avoid the rest of the season.
Philippe lindsay remained on the COVID-19 list, but it could be back next week. Malcolm brown is still in the injured reserve, but he’s been training all week and could return for Week 16 as well. Miami could have three of those five full-backs in a tough game against the Saints.
It’s always a bright spot for Johnson. His career seemed to be coming to an end after failing to find a team he could stay with at the start of the season. Now he should have a chance to make a list in 2022.
RB Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco has always used a running back on the first and second downs and another fullback on the third down. Typically it has been Elie Mitchell on the first downs and Wilson when Mitchell came out, as it did on Sunday. On the third try, it was JaMycal Hasty Where Kyle juszczyk.
Wilson played the first two downs as well as the third downs in Week 15. He ran 21 times for 110 yards and one touchdown while catching two assists. This removes any fancy value Hasty had and means Wilson will likely continue to play more once Mitchell is healthy again.
WR Russell gage, Atlanta Falcons: The fourth-year wide receiver has been the focal point of the Falcons’ passing game for the past several weeks. It was his fourth straight game with at least 60 receiving yards, as he finished with eight catches for 91 yards and one touchdown on Sunday. It was also his second time with double-digit goals in the past three weeks. Atlanta has one of the easiest times left for wide receivers.
The biggest slaughterers
RB Devonta Freeman, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens running back had always handled double-digit runs and a clear majority of offensive snaps. This week we saw a similar backfield at the start of the season, where two fullbacks would be very close to each other in races and courses.
Freeman was leading the courses but completed fewer races and was less efficient on his descents. He gained 22 yards on six carries and caught a pass for two yards. The Ravens still have two tough opponents on the calendar so Freeman may not have the chance to hit double-digit lifts again this fantastic season.
WR Chase claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers: Claypool played at least 80% of offensive snaps in October and November. However, his playing time has started to drop by around 60% each of the past three weeks.
The second-year pass catcher recently made headlines for celebrating as the clock ticked late last week, as well as for suggesting the Steelers need to have more fun in practice. It may have also contributed to his decrease in playing time.
Claypool didn’t catch any of his targets yesterday and only played three of 16 snaps in the fourth quarter. James washington played when Claypool was off the field. At this point, it would be hard to trust him unless head coach Mike Tomlin suggests he will come back to over 80% clichÃ©s.
WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys wide receivers have faced injury or COVID issues all season. It was Dallas’ second game in a row with all three receivers healthy the entire game.
Dallas’ strategy around Lamb is back to where he was in 2020, as he was clearly third in offensive snaps for the second game in a row. Lamb had played significantly away from home for most of the season, but he also switched to playing almost exclusively in the slots. It’s all similar to what Dallas did as wide receiver last season. He was clearly a leader in targets, but only gained 50 yards. He’s still a go-to wide receiver every week, but that will limit his potential.