Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 15 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston TB | QB

Coming into this season, it was no secret the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had high expectations. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to materialize the way they envisioned. A sprained AC joint to Jameis Winston’s throwing shoulder was among the team’s biggest obstacles, which relegated him to the sideline for a few weeks. While Winston has shown rust over his return from injury across the past two weeks, he still offers upside to fantasy owners, based off volume and garbage time. This week the Bucs host the division-rival Falcons on Monday Night Football in what will be a meaningless game in a lost season for Tampa Bay. It’s difficult to expect the Bucs to keep it close after losing their defensive leader Gerald McCoy to a biceps injury, last week. With that said, Tampa Bay should expect to throw the ball at a steep clip to keep pace with the Falcons offense on Monday Night. Winston has a solid chance for multiple touchdowns and should eclipse the 250 yards passing plateau. He’ll be a low-end QB1 this week. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Blake Bortles JAC | QB

The Jaguars have one of the brightest futures of any team in football. That said, they’re proving their future is now, as they sit atop the AFC South division. While a large part of that is contingent with the stellar play from their young defense, quarterback Blake Bortles has bounced back a bit from an underwhelming 2016 campaign. Bortles has posted double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive contests and gets a beatable Houston secondary at home this weekend. With defenses scheming to stop Leonard Fournette, Marquise Lee and Dede Westbrook have had their ways with opposing secondaries. Bortles and the Jags passing attack will look to continue the hot streak this weekend at home, as Bortles will be a solid streaming option for fantasy owners. (about 36% owned) Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Jonathan Stewart CAR | RB

After the Panthers drafted Christian McCaffrey in last year’s draft, the team indicated he would immediately claim stake to a significant role within the offense. Fantasy owners entered the season with the Stanford product high on their draft boards, as Run CMC was consistently picked around the fourth round of drafts. Naturally, this caused Jonathan Stewart to be left for dead across fantasy leagues this season. Yet, entering Week 15 it’s clear that the veteran running back is still the top dog in the Carolina backfield. Stewart is coming off one of the best games in his ten year career. Last week against the Vikings, Stewart racked up 103 rushing yards and three touchdowns en route to a victory. This week, fantasy owners can expect Stewart to continue his domination in carries over the rookie.
(about 39% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Wide Receivers

Dede Westbrook JAC | WR

When the Jaguars snagged Dede Westbrook in the fourth-round of this year’s NFL draft, a lot of people thought Jacksonville got a steal. The reason for Westbrook’s slide was attributed to character questions, after legal issues during his time at the University of Oklahoma. That said, it was always abundantly clear that the rookie’s talent on the field was never in doubt. Westbrook began his rookie season on I.R. with a designation for return. Making his debut in Week 11 against the Browns, the former Sooner turned in his best performance in this weekend’s victory over the Colts, tallying six receptions for 78 yards. With Allen Hurns still battling an ankle injury, Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense have thrown the rookie receiver into the fire and he’s responded accordingly. Westbrook has a matchup at home this weekend against a vulnerable Texans secondary. Westbrook is starting to show the NFL why he was a Heisman finalist last year at Oklahoma and will be a flex option for owners in the fantasy playoffs this week.
(about 31% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

Vernon Davis WAS | TE

Despite the inconsistent usage and targets over the past few weeks, Washington Tight End Vernon Davis remains a legitimate TE1 for owners in the semi-finals of the fantasy playoffs. After incumbent starter Jordan Reed was placed on season-ending I.R. on Tuesday afternoon, it’ll solidify Davis’ role in the offense moving forward. Davis is coming off a 2-26-1 line in last week’s blowout loss to the Chargers, but owners should rest assured that Head Coach Jay Gruden will look to get him more involved at home this week against the Cardinals. While Arizona has yet to allow more than 42 receiving yards to an opposing tight end since Week 6, Davis should still turn in a solid performance as the Washington receivers have struggled to get anything going. Look for Davis to finish as a top seven option at the position this week.
(about 49% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Minnesota Vikings MIN | DEF

Last week, the Minnesota Vikings had their eight-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Panthers in one of the games of the week. Week 15 should be easier sledding for the Vikings when they welcome Andy Dalton and the Bengals to town. With A.J. Green likely to be shadowed by Pro Bowl corner Xavier Rhodes, it’ll be extremely difficult for Dalton and the Cincy offense to get anything going against one of the most stout defenses in football. I fully expect Minnesota to bounce back and limit the Bengals offense this week, while racking up sacks and turnovers in the process. This defense will be a top five unit during the playoff semi-finals. (about 75% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 15 streamer option