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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 15

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QB

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Colin Kaepernick (36%)

You never now when head coach Chip Kelly is going to yank him out of the game, but if you need to take a chance on a streaming quarterback, there aren’t many other options out there. He gets the Falcons who give up the most points to opposing quarterbacks.

Sam Bradford (11%)

He’s coming off his most impressive game of the season against a tough Jacksonville defense. He threw a dot to Adam Thielen along the sidelines and another impressive pass down the middle of the field to Stefon Diggs. He gets an easier Colts defense in week 15.

RB

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Bilal Powell (46%)

If Matt Forte can’t go in week 15, then Powell will be worthy of RB2 or flex consideration. However, don’t expect him to do what he did against the 49ers defense to Miami. What you should expect to see is Powell being a three down back, which gives him a good opportunity to have a decent game.

Kenneth Farrow (4%)

The Chargers also have Ronnie Hillman on the team, but Farrow is the guy they went with after Melvin Gordon was carted off the field. Farrow, who went undrafted, carried the ball 16 times for 55 yards to go with six receptions and 23 yards. There is speculation of a platoon with he and Hillman, so if Powell is available, he is the safer bet, despite Farrow getting the juicier matchup against Oakland.

Handcuffs

At this point, it’s just important to stash a handcuff to your running back, especially if you have a guy like Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliot, or David Johnson, which many playoff teams do. The two running backs listed this week help drive that point home.

WR

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Robby Anderson (2%)

It’s shocking to see someone as skinny as Anderson used so much as the number one receiver, but that’s exactly what is happening with Bryce Petty throwing the football. The two have had a connection going back to preseason, so as long as Petty is playing quarterback, Anderson should be getting plenty of looks, making him especially important in PPR leagues.

Adam Thielen (19%)

He’s been more involved in the offense since week 10 and, while he hasn’t had the big week everyone loves in fantasy, he has been extremely consistent. He is going to be on the flex radar next week against the Colt’s poor defense.

Ty Montgomery (36%)

While he should be listed at running back, since that’s the position he plays most these days, you can still start Montgomery at both the RB and WR positions. He’s hard to trust, but he did score on a goal line carry against Seattle, which shows the trust Mike McCarthy has in Montgomery at this point. Or maybe it shows how little trust he has in James Starks and Christine Michael.

TE

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Charles Clay (10%)

If you need a tight end to stream in week 15, Clay might be the guy to call upon. He faces the Browns who give up plenty of touchdowns to tight ends, and he usually sees a steady amount of targets each week (not that he does much with them but at least the ball gets thrown to him).

Jermaine Gresham (4%)

With the Tight End position being a dumpster fire, Jermaine Gresham gets a mention. Over the last three weeks, Gresham has seen a bump in targets, collecting six or more in a game. It’s sad to say it, but Gresham might be one of the safest tight ends to play at this point.

Hunter Henry (18%)

The Chargers were starting him over Gates until getting shaken up on a play in week 14. Even if Gates starts over him moving forward, he is still relevant for fantasy because the Chargers are in need of weapons on offense, and Henry has scored twice in the past three weeks.

DEF

Houston Texans (44%) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants (29%) vs. Detroit Lions

Oakland Raiders (44%) at San Diego Chargers