Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Week 15 Fantasy Football WR Waiver Wire Rankings

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 15 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]

1. Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (45%)

With Brandin Cooks inactive in Week 14, it was a surprise that Coutee was targeted only three times against the Chicago Bears. Catching all three of his targets for 24 yards, he (and fantasy managers) was (were) fortunate that one of those catches went for a touchdown.

Two weeks ago in the first game of the season following Will Fuller's PED suspension, Coutee had 8/141 on nine targets against the Indianapolis Colts. Since entering the league, Coutee has faced the Colts four times including a playoff matchup and he has exceeded the 100-yard mark in three of them. In those four games combined, he has accumulated 43 targets, 33 receptions, 385 yards and a touchdown.

2. Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders (36%)

Agholor had five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown on nine targets against the Colts on Sunday. The first-year Raider now has at least nine targets in three of his past four games. During that four-game span, he has turned his 35 targets into 20 catches for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Among wide receivers, he ranks inside the top 15 in half-PPR points scored (14th), targets (11th), receiving yards (15th) and touchdowns (T-13th) over that span.

3. Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (28%)

In Week 12, COVID-19 sidelined the team's entire quarterback room and Kendall Hinton (practice squad wide receiver) was forced to start at quarterback as he completed only one pass (to Noah Fant).

If we exclude that anomaly with Hinton under center, Patrick has at least three receptions in nine consecutive games. In those nine games, he has a stat line of 37/590/6, which is equivalent to a 16-game pace of 66/1,049/11.

4. Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (11%)

Higgins now has 65-plus yards in three of his past four games with back-to-back games of 15-plus fantasy points (half-PPR). In his past two games, he has 6/95/1 on nine targets against the Tennessee Titans and 6/68/1 on 10 targets against the Baltimore Ravens last night. As Baker Mayfield and the Browns passing offense clicks, the team's No. 2 receiver should remain in the WR3 mix the rest of the way.

5. Chad Hansen, Houston Texans (2%)

In his first action of the season, Hansen had five catches for 101 yards on seven targets in Week 13 against the Colts. He followed up that performance with a 7/56 line on seven targets, all of which were team highs, against the Bears on Sunday. Reverting to the practice squad, Hansen should get elevated to the active roster again and he's a viable flex option in Week 15.

6. Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (11%)

Throwing a touchdown to Calvin Ridley, Gage also caught five-of-seven targets for 82 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. If Julio Jones (hamstring) is sidelined again in Week 15, Gage will be in the WR3/flex mix as he now has at least seven targets and 50 receiving yards in three of four games. Over that four-game span, he has 19 receptions for 225 yards and a touchdown on 32 targets in addition to his 39-yard touchdown pass.

7. Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (7%)

Davis had only 19 receiving yards in Week 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he has now scored in three consecutive games and he had his second-most targets (eight) of the season this week. Over the past three weeks, Davis has nine receptions on 16 targets for 166 yards and three touchdowns. If John Brown (ankle) continues to miss more time (even though he's expected to return to practice this week), Davis has some sleeper appeal for managers in deeper leagues.

8. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (20%)

It's difficult to trust any Packers receiver other than Davante Adams, but Valdes-Scantling had six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions. MVS now has six targets in three of the last four games in which he was active and more than 50 receiving yards in four of his past five. In his past five games played, he has 15 catches for 342 yards (22.8 Y/R) and four touchdowns.

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