Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 15 Fantasy Playoffs
By Max Staley
If you're still alive in your league, now is not the time to take your foot off the gas. The fantasy football playoffs are here, meaning just one start/sit mistake can end your season. And sometimes, you can find a real gem on the waiver wire.
Here are three of the best waiver wire sleepers to target in Week 15.
Waiver Wire Sleepers Week 15
Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 20% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are in consideration for this list.
3. Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears (19% Rostered)
Starting Justin Fields in the fantasy playoffs is obviously a risk. But it's not as risky as you might think. Fields has finished with at least 18 points in each of his last three healthy outings, including a 25-point outburst in Week 8. It's not like he played a cupcake schedule, either. He faced the 49ers, Steelers and Packers. Now he draws a Minnesota Vikings' defense that surrenders the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Fields' rushing volume should give both a high floor and ceiling against a beatable defense, as he's turning 7.6 carries into 74.0 rushing yards per game during that span. If you need to shake things up at QB this week, Fields is an excellent outside-the-box option.
2. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (12% Rostered)
Amon-Ra St. Brown was featured in this list last week. He delivered. With studs like D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams out of the lineup, St. Brown turned 12 targets into 8 receptions for 73 yards. It was his second straight week with 12 targets. Swift does not look likely to return this week, meaning St. Brown should be in line for another huge volume day. He doesn't draw an ideal matchup, facing the Arizona Cardinals, but you're not going to find that type of volume anywhere else on the waiver wire. He's a great WR3 or FLEX option if you're in a PPR league.
1. D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (13% Rostered)
With Kareem Hunt likely to miss Week 15, D'Ernest Johnson slides into the RB2 role for the Browns. He's got some FLEX appeal against the Raiders this week. Las Vegas surrenders the third-most PPR points to opposing RBs, and he looks poised to soak up most of Hunt's 13.13 opportunities (targets plus carries). But he's got way more upside than that. If anything should happen to Nick Chubb, Johnson would immediately vault into the RB1 conversation. Johnson has shined in that role this season, averaging 162.5 yards from scrimmage on a whopping 25.0 touches per game in his two starts. There aren't many other waiver wire adds with that kind of upside. He should be rostered in way more than 13% of leagues.
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