Week 15 fantasy football waiver wire: Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown

Congratulations to the fantasy owners reading this who have weathered the first round of the fantasy playoffs. Below are a handful of waiver wire candidates owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues who you should consider picking up:

Quarterbacks:

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (48% owned): Tannehill bounced back Sunday against the Raiders after a weak fantasy performance in Week 13. He completed 21 of 27 passes for 391 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Titans have now won six of their past seven games with Tannehill at the helm and he has been a solid fantasy option in all but one of those weeks. He has mid-tier QB1 appeal in Week 15 against a Texans defense that just allowed Drew Lock and the Broncos to score 38 points.

Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears (19%): Trubisky exploded in an impressive four-touchdown performance on Thursday against the Cowboys to lead the Bears to their third straight win. This was easily Trubisky’s best game all year, and he finished completing 23 of 31 attempts for 244 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and added 10 carries for 63 yards and a rushing touchdown. He will look to keep the hot streak rolling into the team’s Week 15 matchup against a formidable Packers defense.

Running backs:

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40% owned): Peterson saw an expanded role during Sunday’s game against the Packers after Derrius Guice left the game in the first half with a leg injury. He had 20 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Thompson (11% owned) had more involvement in the passing game. It was announced this week that Guice suffered an MCL sprain and will miss at least Week 15, and likely the remainder of the season. Peterson will be the workhorse back for Washington moving forward.

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22%): Barber split carries with counterpart Ronald Jones during last week’s win over the Colts. The pair put up almost identical stat lines, and while it’s been a frustrating season trying to predict which one will produce from week-to-week, Barber does have some flex appeal against Detroit’s weak run defense.

Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins (21%): Laird led the team in rushing attempts with 15 carries for 48 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Jets. He also picked up four catches for 38 yards and appears to be an upgrade from inefficient running back Kalen Ballage. His workload alone keeps his floor high and has flex appeal in the next two mouth-watering matchups against the Giants and Bengals.

DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders (8%): Josh Jacobs was a late scratch from Sunday’s game against the Titans with a shoulder injury, leaving the Raiders to lean on a committee of Washington and Jalen Richard. Washington had 14 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 43 yards over Richard’s seven carries and two catches for 46 total yards. Jacobs will have an MRI exam to assess the damage of the fracture, meaning Washington could take on a feature role in this offense for Week 15. If Jacobs is out, Washington has low-end RB2 appeal.

Wide receivers:

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (38% owned): Beasley had another nice day for fantasy on Sunday during the Bills’ loss to the Ravens. He caught four of seven passes for 29 yards, a touchdown while adding a two-point conversion, making it his third straight game with a trip to the end zone. His Week 15 matchup against the Steelers is less than ideal, but he’s still worth an add as a low-end WR3.

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (35%): It’s been up and down, but it finally looks like Pascal has emerged as the No. 1 receiver in Indianapolis. T.Y. Hilton remains sidelined with a calf injury, and Parris Campbell is headed for injured reserve after breaking his foot in Week 14. Pascal reeled in five of nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, and caught a two-point conversion in Sunday’s loss in Tampa. He has WR3/flex value next week agains the Saints.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27%): Brown put up his best game of the year during Sunday’s win in Oakland. He caught five of seven passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 91-yard pass from Tannehill early in the second quarter. Brown seems to be benefitting from the Titans’ switch from Marcus Mariota and has high-end WR2 value against Houston this week.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans
Titans receiver A.J. Brown celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Raiders.Getty Images

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (< 1%): The big news coming out of Sunday’s game is that star wideout Mike Evans left early with a hamstring injury. Perriman caught three of five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Chris Godwin will be the biggest beneficiary of Evans’ absence, but Perriman should also see additional targets. He has some upside for Week 15 against a leaky Lions defense.

Tight ends:

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37% owned): Njoku was activated from injured reserve for Week 14 against the Bengals and caught one of three targets for four yards. It wasn’t exactly the return fantasy owners had hoped for, but he gets a cupcake Week 15 matchup in Arizona, which has given up the most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32%): Howard had another strong performance on Sunday and caught four of five targets for 73 yards. He is taking advantage of quarterback Jameis Winston’s pass-happy offense and should benefit if Evans misses time. Howard draws TE1 value in a favorable matchup in Detroit next week.

Defenses:

Seattle Seahawks D/ST (42% owned): Seattle’s defense had two interceptions and converted one for a touchdown during Sunday’s Week 14 loss to the Rams. They are a solid streaming option for Week 15 against a hemorrhaging Panthers team which has now lost five straight games.

Kansas City Chiefs D/ST (32%): Drew Lock played well against the Texans in Week 14, but now he will have to travel to Arrowhead for his next matchup. Meanwhile, the Chiefs defense held the Patriots to 16 points on Sunday and served up their third loss this season. They have high-end streaming value this week.

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