To all the Fantasy Football quarterfinal winners and bye week overachievers, I salute you! The pessimist in me is always shooting for the semi’s every year, as this at least guarantees a shot at third place. I’m alive in all three of my $ leagues, and thank heavens for that. Imagine having to write a waiver wire piece after being eliminated from the playoffs?! But alas, we are all here and still in the hunt. On to Week 15 waiver wire pickups.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAX
Gross. I know. But if Bortles can put up a tidy stat line against the Seahawks, you certainly have to think he can replicate that production against the Texans league worst secondary. I realize it may be hard to trust Bortles with playoffs on the line, but the matchup is right and he’s on a streak. Wentz owners are scrambling, and to me, Bortles is the safest choice for a 15-point floor at QB.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, ARI
I can’t say his name in my head without the Kermit the frog voice. Anyone else? Anyway, Williams has filled in admirably for Adrian Peterson the last two weeks, going over 88 yards in each contest. The Redskins are a much more favorable matchup, leaving Kerwynn an upside flex play assuming AP sits again.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, SAN
The best thing on Twitter Monday night were the jokes about the Patriots trading away their “real” franchise QB in Jimmy Garropolo. Jimmy G has had a nice start in San Fran, and Goodwin has been the prime beneficiary. Home against the sieve-like secondary of Tennessee, you could do a lot worse at flex or WR3 than the speedster Goodwin.
Chris Hogan, WR, NE
Hogan is back after missing a month due to a shoulder injury, which has tanked his ownership numbers. While he posted a dud Monday in his return, he was immediately reinserted into the starting lineup, and had a red zone catch that was a few inches from being a TD. Pats-Steelers next week should be a shootout with fantasy goodness aplenty.
It’s always all about streaming defenses, and when a playoff bound team has a must-win game at home against the Bryce Petty led Jets, you stream that defense.