The aim of a waiver-wire column should be to highlight players on the verge of a breakout, making it crucial to pick them up before they become popular. It’s also important to make waiver-wire moves to win the upcoming week, add a high-upside handcuff running back, or prevent opponents from improving their teams. The players below are available in at least 75 percent of ESPN leagues and have a chance to make an impact during the fantasy playoffs:
Fantasy Football Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups:
Quarterbacks: Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns
Flacco has been making an impact since joining the Browns, with impressive passing yards and touchdowns. With upcoming games against the Bears and Texans, he could be a good option for managers dealing with injuries to their current quarterbacks.
Running Backs: Ty Chandler, Minnesota Vikings
With Alexander Mattison potentially missing Week 15 due to an ankle injury, Chandler could see a significant workload. Even though the Vikings backfield doesn’t have much upside, Chandler’s explosiveness could make him a strong option for fantasy teams.
Wide Receivers: Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers
With injuries to key players on the Chargers, Palmer has an opportunity to step up and make an impact. With the potential absence of Keenan Allen, he could see more targets and be a valuable addition to fantasy teams.
Tight Ends: Tanner Hudson, Cincinnati Bengals
Hudson has been consistent in producing fantasy points, making him a reliable option at the weak tight end position. He may not have high upside, but his consistent performance makes him a viable pickup.
These players can provide a much-needed boost to fantasy teams, especially as the playoffs approach. Managers should consider adding them to their rosters to improve their chances of success.