Week 15 Waiver Wire: Best pickups and targets for fantasy football include Rashaad Penny, K.J. Osborn, and Amon-Ra St. Brown

After an exciting Week 14, who are the top waiver wire pickups and targets ahead of Week 15 of the 2021 fantasy football season?

The fantasy football playoffs are upon us. It’s time to improve our fantasy football rosters through the waiver wire for Week 15. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire targets and pickups for this coming week.

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Week 15 Waiver Wire Targets | Quarterbacks

Which players can help your roster in advance of Week 15? We’ll start with Taysom Hill and Tua Tagovailoa, who are must-adds for Week 15. All roster percentages are from FleaFlicker.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (69% rostered)

Tua Tagovailoa remains rostered in just 32% of Yahoo leagues, likely because the Dolphins were on a bye in Week 14. The fantasy playoffs are here, and I’m sure some of you are streaming quarterbacks.

Tua gets the Jets, Saints, and Titans to close out the fantasy season. He’s averaged 35 pass attempts over his last three starts. Tua is not just a great streamer this week, but he’s a viable starter for all three weeks of the fantasy playoffs.

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (46% rostered)

For some reason, Taysom Hill remains out there in about half of Yahoo leagues. As a starter, he has never not finished as a QB1. Hill always finds a way. He scored 26 fantasy points against the Jets. He is a must-start QB1 every week. Pick him up.

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups | Running Backs

Week 15 has a few handcuffs on the fantasy football waiver wire worth stashing at running back, but the most important add is Rashaad Penny. There are several other running backs worth taking a shot on, such as Royce Freeman, Craig Reynolds, Justin Jackson, and Joshua Kelley.

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (31% rostered)

Rashaad Penny finally looked healthy on Sunday. He dominated with 137 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries. If he is the lead back for the Seahawks going forward, he will have weekly RB2 value. It’s impossible to find that this late in the season. Penny is without question the top waiver add of this week and worth every single bit of firepower you have left.

Royce Freeman, Houston Texans (8% rostered)

David Johnson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday morning, putting his status for Week 15 in doubt. In addition, Rex Burkhead left the game with an injury.

Royce Freeman is the last man standing in the Texans’ backfield. Freeman had a putrid 11 carries for 15 yards on Sunday, but he caught 6 of 8 targets for 51 yards. That type of usage and a potential lead-back role makes him worth a pickup.

Craig Reynolds, Detroit Lions (0% rostered)

I have to be honest. I have no idea who Craig Reynolds is. All week, fantasy managers debated whether it would be Godwin Igwebuike or Jermar Jefferson to replace Jamaal Williams.

This is par for the course for the Lions, though. In years past, the Lions have pushed street signings Bo Scarbrough and Wes Hills over the guys they already had on their roster. It looks like they did it again with Reynolds. Fantasy managers have to take note as Reynolds was the clear lead back with 11 carries for 83 yards. He’s worth a pickup on the chance Williams misses another game.

Justin Jackson (16% rostered) and Joshua Kelley (13% rostered), Los Angeles Chargers

At this point in time, we don’t know how serious Austin Ekeler’s ankle injury is. Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley split snaps behind Ekeler and would form a committee if he were to miss any time. Both are worth speculative adds in the event Ekeler can’t play next week.

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups | Wide Receivers

Here are the wide receivers to target on the Week 15 fantasy football waiver wire. There are no mandatory pickups, but K.J. Osborn, Robby Anderson, Braxton Berrios, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Nico Collins, and Laquon Treadwell are worth a shot.

K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings (40% rostered)

I’m going to chalk up to K.J. Osborn’s low roster rate to it being late in the season and many fantasy managers being checked out. That’s the only explanation I can come up with.

Osborn played 92% of the snaps without Adam Thielen in Week 13 and was the top name on last week’s waiver column. Yet, he remains rostered in just 38% of Yahoo leagues. So here he is again after playing 86% of the snaps Thursday night and catching 3 of 9 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (60% rostered)

Robby Anderson came back to life on Sunday with 7 receptions on 12 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown. We know he’s talented, but the production hasn’t followed the volume this season. Even if this is just a blip, he’s worth a speculative pickup.

Braxton Berrios, New York Jets (8% rostered)

Apparently, the answer to Keelan Cole or Jamison Crowder was Braxton Berrios. He led the Jets with 10 targets, catching 6 of them for 52 yards. Berrios doesn’t come with much of a ceiling, but with Corey Davis done for the season and Elijah Moore out at least two more games (most likely the season), Berrios can be a PPR WR3/4 during the fantasy playoffs.

Laquon Treadwell, Jacksonville Jaguars (5% rostered)

Laquon Treadwell continues to operate as the Jaguars’ WR1. He caught 4 of 6 targets for 68 yards. He has a solid weekly WR4 floor and is worth an add if you need a plug-and-play starter.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (41% rostered)

Amon-Ra St. Brown continues to rack up receptions underneath for the Lions. He caught 8 of 11 targets for 73 yards. The Lions constantly face a negative game script and are without D’Andre Swift.

As a result, St. Brown operates as Jared Goff’s safety blanket. Fantasy managers can certainly do worse than St. Brown’s heavy target share as their WR3.

Nico Collins, Houston Texans (24% rostered)

The Texans’ rookie wide receiver Nico Collins appears to finally be staking his claim to the WR2 spot opposite Brandin Cooks. Collins caught 5 of 10 targets for 69 yards on Sunday. Furthermore, Davis Mills looks infinitely better than Tyrod Taylor and is at least competent enough to make Collins useful. He’s worth a pickup as a WR4 with upside.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here.

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