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Early waiver wire adds for Week 15 fantasy football

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Here are the top players to add to your fantasy team this week.

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Welcome to this week’s fantasy football waiver wire!

I’m sorry I’ve got no words of encouragement at the top of this article for those still battling in the fantasy playoffs. I’m writing this right after the Chiefs vs Patriots game and I’m having a hard time not just typing a whole bunch of f bombs in regards to the NFL’s officiating staff. Here are one to three players you should be adding to your fantasy team this week from each major position, all roughly under 50% ownership (I’ll leave kickers to your own personal choice). Ownership via Yahoo leagues.

I need to step away from the computer for a little bit.

Quarterback

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (47% owned)

It may feel gross and weird to find yourself relying on Tannehill in the most important fantasy games of the season, but put some damn respect in Tannehill’s name. The Titans’ best quarterback has been the QB6 since taking over the starting gig, and that’s not taking into account his game this week where he went for 391 yards and three touchdowns against the Raiders. I’m impressed you’ve made it so far with shooty QB play, but if you need a signal caller, there’s no one better than Tannehill out there.

Running back

Bilal Powell, New York Jets (21% owned)

Le’Veon Bell missed Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, and in stepped Powell who dominated the Jets’ backfield in terms of touches, leading the way with 21 total touches for 84 yards. If Bell misses next week vs the Ravens, Powell will be in line for another solid workload against a run defense that gave up over 15 PPR points to Devin Singletary this week.

DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders (4% owned)

Another back who benefited from the starter missing Sunday due to injury, Washington ran the ball 14 times against the Titans for 53 yards and a touchdown. He also added 43 yards on six catches through the air. Who knows what the Raiders will do with Josh Jacob’s injury, but if he doesn’t play in Week 15, Washington will see a heavy workload again against a very favorable Jaguars matchup.

Wide receiver

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (24% owned)

I initially didn’t have Brown on this list because I thought there’s no way he’s under 50% owned. Think again Pete! Brown is under 50% rostered and after this weekend, you can bet that number is going to skyrocket. Brown went off against the Raiders, catching five balls for 153 yards and two touchdowns. This following his Week 12 performance against the Jaguars where he went for 135 and a touchdown on four catches. This Titans passing game is explosive and Brown is the driving force behind it.

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (38% owned)

I’ll be honest, I’ve been waiting for Beasley to eventually fall off the fantasy map, but he has refused to do so. He’s scored at least 14 PPR points and seen at least seven targets over the last three games. The matchup against the Steelers next week is a tough one but it’s clear Beasley has become a go-to receiver for Josh Allen and I’m picking him up and playing him until he proves me otherwise.

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (20% owned)

Miller has been on this list the last two weeks and by jingo he’s going to be on the list again this week! The man has solidified his role as the Bears number two receiver and has scored at least 11 PPR points the last four weeks. I don’t know what more you need to see from the man before adding him to your fantasy team.

Tight end

Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers (1% owned)

With Greg Olsen out, Thomas saw TEN targets, catching five of them for 57 yards and a touchdown. Olsen’s status for Week 15 is still up in the air, but if he misses another game, Thomas is a great streaming option against a Seahawks defense that’s allowing the second most fantasy points to the position.

Defense

Indianapolis Colts (31% owned)

Over the last two weeks the Colts defense has recorded seven sacks and forced five turnovers. The Saints offense won’t be an easy one to stop, but there should be opportunities to get after Drew Brees and create some havoc.