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Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups 2021: Fantasy Football Players You Need to Add for Fantasy Playoffs

Max Staley
Week 15 waiver wire pickups 2021: fantasy football players you need to add, like Rashaad Penny.
Week 15 waiver wire pickups 2021: fantasy football players you need to add, like Rashaad Penny. / Tim Warner/GettyImages

If you're still alive in the fantasy playoffs, hopefully you don't need to make too many moves on the waiver wire this week. But if you do, there are a few guys with the potential to make some real noise in the fantasy playoffs.

Fantasy Football Playoffs Advice

Here are the top waiver wire pickups for fantasy football heading into Week 14 (pending Monday Night Football).

Week 15 Waiver Wire

5. Tyler Huntley, QB, Baltimore Ravens

If you're desperate at QB, monitor the Baltimore Ravens situation closely. Lamar Jackson might not be able to go and that would make Tyler Huntley a really interesting option. He threw for 270 yards and a touchdown while adding 45 yards on 6 carries. He'd be a high-ceiling, low-floor option against the Green Bay Packers. But he's got way more upside than someone like Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo. Taysom Hill would be the preferred pickup at QB, but he's rostered in 50% leagues and might not be available in yours.

4. Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Rashod Bateman looked like the first-round stud he was drafted to be in Week 14. He turned 8 targets into 7 receptions for 103 yards, narrowly missing out on a touchdown. He's got the potential to be a difference maker down the stretch, as this was his third 80-yard performance in eight games played. Bateman is a name to look out for in the fantasy playoffs.

3. Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Austin Ekeler got banged up and is facing a short week with a Thursday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. If he's forced to sit, both Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson are excellent pickups. The two essentially split backfield duties when Ekeler went down, with Kelley playing 19 snaps and handling 10 carries and Jackson seeing 20 snaps and 9 carries. Both also caught their lone target. Kelley could have some FLEX appeal against the Chiefs if Ekeler is out.

2. Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Jackson is the preferred pickup of the two, but it's pretty close. Jackson has gotten a little more work than Kelley this year (29 carries compared to 21). But he's clearly been the more efficient back throughout his career, averaging 5.0 yards per carry compared to 3.2 for Kelley. Both backs should be decent RB3 or FLEX options this week if Ekeler doesn't go, but Jackson has much more upside – especially against a Chiefs defense that owns the league's seventh-worst rush defense DVOA rating.

1. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Rashaad Penny is the top pickup of the week and it's not particularly close. Penny dominated the Seattle Seahawks' backfield in Week 14, turning 16 carries into 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also played 57% of the snaps, and you have to think this will be his backfield moving forward. He's more of an RB3 or FLEX option with a tough matchup in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Rams. But he's got a sky-high ceiling after that. He'll face the Chicago Bears in Week 16 before matching up with the Detroit Lions in the fantasy championships. This might be the last league-winning pickup you can make this year, so do whatever it takes to get him.

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