We're in the semi-final round for most fantasy football leagues in Week 15. Every decision you make at this point could be the difference between a championship berth and going home empty-handed.
That means, more than ever, you need to make the most of your waiver wire additions this week. Whether it's filling a hole in your starting lineup, looking ahead to someone you might start later in the finals or blocking your opponent from adding a top player, you need to be on the ball.
With that in mind, here are the top four waiver wire pickups in fantasy football (rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues) heading into Week 15.
1. Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Named the Philadelphia Eagles' starting QB again for Week 15, Jalen Hurts showed exactly why he's such an exciting fantasy football play in his first start. Going 17-of-30 passing for 167 yards and 1 touchdown is nothing to write home about, but he racked up 106 yards on the ground. Getting double-digit fantasy production from his rushing alone is incredibly valuable. He also did that on 18 carries, suggesting that high rushing outputs are going to be the norm for the rookie.
2. Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans
Keke Coutee is a worthwhile add regardless of Brandin Cooks' status, as he erupted for 8 receptions and 141 yards on 9 targets in his first game following Will Fuller's suspension in Week 13. He only saw 3 targets in Week 14, but he did catch all 3 for 24 yards and 1 touchdown. If Cooks sits again, Coutee will continue to be a top-two receiving option in this offense. If you win this week, Coutee also draws a particularly juicy matchup in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
3. Lynn Bowden, RB/WR, Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant both made early exits for the Miami Dolphins in Week 14, and Lynn Bowden led all Dolphins wideouts in routes run. He doesn't offer value if Parker and Grant return, but the rookie RB-turned-WR saw 9 targets on Sunday and could have a solid floor if he's serving as the Dolphins' WR1. He also has dual RB/WR eligibility on some sites, and that flexibility could be especially valuable if you're hurting at RB.
4. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
If you've been streaming the quarterback position and relying on waiver wire options this season, you'd do well to get ahead of the curve this week. Bench space is less valuable at this point in the season, so adding Baker Mayfield to hold on the bench for Week 16 could give you a big edge. We'll see how Baker fares on Monday Night against the Baltimore Ravens, but as of writing he's thrown for 592 yards and 6 touchdowns with no picks over his last two games. The Jets are the best matchup you can ask for, and assuming he doesn't have any major missteps in the meantime, he'll be a solid starting option for the fantasy football championship week.
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