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The New York Giants are somehow only 1.5 games out of a playoff spot heading into Week 15. But they'll be without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. again Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. 

This is obviously a tough blow to the Giants and their slim playoff chances, but it's likely an even bigger blow to the playoff chances of fantasy teams across the nation. In most leagues, this is the semifinal week and if a team had Beckham, chances are that he was their No. 1 wide receiver option. The impact of Beckham missing a game at this stage is massive. 


But you do still have to play this week, without or without your WR1. That means it's time to hit the waiver wire and attempt to find someone to get you to the championship game. There isn't a lot left out there in Week 15, but there are a few guys that might be able to get you double-digit points in Week 15.


Sterling Shepard, New York Giants: Shepard is the most obvious replacement for Beckham. He led the Giants in targets in the absence of OBJ last week and also scored his first touchdown since Week 10. Another plus, the Titans give up the ninth most fantasy points to the WR position this season. Shepard could be in for a big game on Sunday.


Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos: Patrick is the definition of a deep sleeper heading into this week. He had four receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown coming into last week's ​breakout in Week 14. Then he suddenly became quarterback Case Keenum's security blanket, racking up seven receptions for 85 yards on 10 targets. Patrick is almost universally available in fantasy leagues and also has a good matchup against the Browns, a team that gives up the 11th most fantasy points to wide receivers. If you're feeling lucky, roll with Patrick.


Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills: Foster is yet another high-risk play, but his top performances have all come in the past four games. He's racked up 12 points, 16.4 points, 3.2 points and 13.9 points in half-point PPR leagues in those games. Josh Allen loves to throw the ball down the field and Foster has been the recipient of a couple of those in recent weeks. Against the Jets last week, Foster had seven receptions on eight targets, hinting that there may be a bit more sustainability here moving forward.


Obviously, none of these waiver options are going to live up to the level of a healthy Odell, but hopefully they can do enough to get you into the championship game.


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