Fantasy football waiver wire: 7 wide receivers to target for Week 15
There were not a lot of breakout receivers, but it was Week 14 and teams’ receiving units are usually set by this late in the season. We break down the fantasy implications.
Well, the “play your studs” strategy took a big hit this past week with tons of elite players falling short. Cleveland Browns‘ receiver Josh Gordon was supposed to be the golden ticket for fantasy owners with Indianapolis Colts‘ cornerback Vontae Davis being ruled out, but it didn’t happen.
If you were able to stay alive last week, there are not too many pickups in the world of receivers. However, fantasy owners are probably not going to want to play Torrey Smith, Keenan Allen or Rueben Randle after their duds Sunday. Here are five guys who can help you this week:
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (owned in 28 percent of leagues) — Yet another rookie receiver could be coming around. Reggie Wayne could miss Week 15 and Hakeem Nicks barely plays. In fact, Moncrief out-snapped Nicks 50-18 in the team’s Week 14 win over the Cleveland Browns, catching three passes for 33 yards. He gets a good matchup against the Houston Texans in Week 15. Fantasy owners can view him as a risky WR3 this week, assuming Wayne is out.
Allen Hurns, Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars — Why three Jaguars? They have a great Week 15 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, who are one of the worst at stopping receivers this season. The Jaguars are starting to move the ball a little bit and they’re going to need these three guys to step up with Allen Robinson out for the season.
- Last week, Hurns led the charge against the Houston Texans with five catches, 36 yards and one score. He was targeted 10 times Sunday and eight times in Week 13, so he looks to be the top guy for the Jaguars.
- Marqise Lee was also targeted eight times Sunday, catching five passes for 67 yards. His numbers seem to be on the way up and he did have a 75-yard, one-score game in Week 13. The Jaguars grabbed him in the second round of the draft and look to be warming up to him.
- Shorts was also targeted 10 times against Houston, but he somehow turned them into just three yards, which has to be some kind of record. His hamstring issues might be the reason why he can’t get any separation.
To be clear, you have to be desperate to start any of these guys, but Hurns looks like the top play.
Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings (owned in 19 percent of leagues) — He has emerged as the top pass-catching option for the Vikings. The 25-year-old wideout caught four of his eight targets for 103 yards and one score in Week 14. He also would have had a second score if he hadn’t fumbled right at the goal line, so his stats could have been a lot better. Johnson does have some horrible matchups coming up, so he’s not really going to be someone most fantasy owners will want to count on. The Vikings are traveling to Michigan to face the Detroit Lions in Week 15 and then to Florida to face the Miami Dolphins.
Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears (owned in 1 percent of leagues) — Brandon Marshall is going to miss the rest of the season and Wilson will take over. Chances are the Bears are just going to lean on Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. Wilson has just five catches this season for 40 yards, so the bar should be set extremely low. On the bright side, he gets a great matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. If you’re desperate in a deep league, give him a look.
Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (owned in 0 percent of leagues) — Torrey Smith didn’t get a single target in Week 14 and it led to Aiken getting six catches, 65 yards and one touchdown. That also came in a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Smith is probably going to be out, and the Ravens get a great matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an early game, so if Smith is out, feel free to give Aiken a look as a WR30-36.