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Citak: Fantasy Football Week 15 Top Waiver Wire Additions

Matt Citak
December 11, 2018 - 1:52 pm
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If you are reading this, congratulations- it means you survived the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

While that is no easy feat, no one is satisfied with merely an appearance in the fantasy semifinals. We must keep the momentum going in order to secure a spot in the championship next week.

Hopefully your starting lineup is set with the guys that carried you this far. However, if you are one of the unlucky ones to have had one of your key contributors suffer a significant injury over the last week, then this column is for you.

Below are the top waiver wire adds for Week 15, listed in priority order. 

Good luck in the fantasy semifinals!

RB Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers - Melvin Gordon has missed the last two games with an MCL sprain, and after Austin Ekeler also got banged up Sunday, Jackson could be the Chargers' lead back for Thursday's pivotal matchup against the Chiefs. It is possible Gordon returns and/or Ekeler plays, but due to the short week, it is likely that Jackson sees a huge workload on Thursday Night Football. Kansas City's defense has been one of the worst against opposing running backs all season, making Jackson quite the interesting play for the fantasy semifinals. 

RB Elijah McGuire, New York Jets - Ever since Bilal Powell was lost for the season, we have been waiting for McGuire to emerge as the Jets' primary back. It took an injury to Isaiah Crowell, but in Week 14, we finally got to witness the second-year back leading the backfield. McGuire did not disappoint, taking 17 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. If Crowell is forced to miss Week 15, McGuire will see a massive workload against the Texans defense. Despite the tough matchup, McGuire would be a solid flex play if he starts. 

WR Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers - Pettis has been unstoppable over the last three weeks. During that stretch, the rookie out of Washington has caught 12 passes for 255 yards and an amazing four touchdowns. With San Francisco's season long over, the 49ers will likely look to get as much action for their young players as possible, starting with their emerging rookie receiver. His remaining schedule is pretty tough, but Pettis' target share in the SF offense should keep him in the flex discussion for the fantasy playoffs. 

TE Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers - Is it possible? Could we really be adding a solid tight end option this late in the season? Despite the inconsistency shown by everyone at the position not named Kelce, Ertz or Kittle, fantasy owners still searching for an answer at tight end should take a look at Thomas. The rookie thrived in his first action since re-taking the starting TE position from the injured Greg Olsen, catching nine of 11 targets for 77 yards. The Saints have been tough against tight ends all season, but did just give up two touchdowns to Cameron Brate in Week 14. Thomas is worth a gamble in Week 15. 

WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers - Sticking in Carolina, it is impossible to ignore the emergence of second-year receiver Curtis Samuel. After scoring touchdowns in three of four games, Samuel has posted two consecutive performances of at least 80 receiving yards, while catching 10 of 19 total targets. It has become clear that the Panthers plan on featuring Samuel and D.J. Moore more, while veteran Devin Funchess takes more of a back seat in the offense. He is still a risky play, but could be a huge factor in Carolina over the final few weeks. 

WR DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos - The Broncos suffered a giant blow during the week when Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achillies. The injury opened the door for Hamilton to enter Denver's starting lineup, and in his first extended NFL action, the rookie did not disappoint. Hamilton was targeted nine times against the 49ers, catching seven of them for 47 yards and a touchdown. It's never fun having to rely on Case Keenum's arm in the fantasy postseason, but those in search of a WR or flex play should consider the rookie out of Penn State, who is in line for a big role for the final three weeks of the season. 

RB Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs - Similar to Jackson, Williams could be looking at a massive workload for Thursday night's battle between two of the AFC's top teams. Spencer Ware suffered a shoulder injury during the team's win over the Ravens, and while he was able to finish the game, the injury could still lead to him missing the game due to the short week. Even with Ware in there, Williams managed to find the end zone twice against Baltimore. If Ware is forced to sit Week 15, Williams would immediately become a strong fantasy play. 

QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills - You may be doing a double-take when seeing a rookie QB with a completion percentage of 52.4% on the year in this column, but hear me out. Allen has become a serious rushing threat, finishing with at least 99 rushing yards in three consecutive games. Against the Jets in Week 14, the rookie ran for 101 yards and a rushing score to go with his 206 passing yards. He did also throw two interceptions, which highlights the very high risk that comes with starting him, but Allen's legs certainly puts him on the streaming radar. 

RB Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills - It is still unclear if LeSean McCoy will miss Buffalo's Week 15 matchup, but if he does (which is looking like he will), Ivory will receive a full workload for the Bills' game against the Lions. Ivory has found success filling in for McCoy this season, and with a tasty matchup against the Lions' struggling defense, Ivory would make a solid play. The veteran got a little banged up himself in Week 14, so make sure he's healthy before going crazy for him on the waiver wire. If Ivory and McCoy are both out, the same recommendation applies to Marcus Murphy. 

TE Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins - I wouldn't recommend starting anyone in Washington's offense with the mess they have at quarterback. But if you're extremely desperate for a tight end, Davis could be a smart add. Jordan Reed suffered a foot injury against the Giants, and could easily miss some time. Davis has performed well as the team's second tight end this season, and should see even more opportunities if Reed is forced out. I'd look for Ian Thomas first, but if he gets snagged by someone else, Davis is a fine backup plan. 

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.