Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Odell Beckham Jr., Ty Chandler, Spears, Free-Agent Targets

For most fantasy football leagues, this is the first week of the playoffs. The bye weeks are over and the competition for waiver wire pickups should be less — teams that didn’t make the playoffs shouldn’t be able to make pickups.

Make sure to cut any players that won’t ever make your lineup. Instead of a wide receiver who doesn’t command a lot of targets, put a backup running back who could be an injury away from starting on your roster.

If you’re in a league with FAAB, look at how much money the opponents have remaining. Example: If you have $12 and the next highest team has $4, bid $5 and the player is yours.

Here are the top players to add off the waiver wire in Week 15…

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles RamsStafford is available in some shallow formats and is a good streamer this week against Washington. He has been a Top-8 quarterback the last three games and two came in difficult matchups, against Cleveland and Baltimore. Washington has allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Stafford has at least three touchdown passes in three straight games.

Jake Browning, Cincinnati BengalsMost playoff teams should be set at quarterback, but if you lost Justin Herbert or C.J. Stroud then Browning could be an option. Browning struggled in his first start against the Steelers before looking good the last two games. Against the Jaguars in Week 13, he passed for 354 yards with a touchdown to go with 22 rushing yards and a score. Last week against the Colts, he had 275 passing yards with two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.

Joe Flacco, Cleveland BrownsYeah, I am surprised too. Flacco has helped the Browns’ offense and attempted 44 and 45 passes in his two starts. He has multiple touchdown passes in each game and passed for 311 yards with three touchdowns last week against Jacksonville.

Running Backs

Ty Chandler, Minnesota VikingsAlexander Mattison left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and Chandler has seen touches over the last few games. After Mattison left, Chandler played 83% of the snaps. Chandler had 12 carries for 35 yards and caught three passes for seven yards. He’s a volume-based play for teams hurting at running back if Mattison is out. Chandler gets a good matchup this week against the Bengals, who allow 4.7 yards per carry to running backs.

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D’Onta Foreman, Chicago BearsForeman led the backfield with 56% of the snaps with Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson active. He had the most carries and ran the most routes, gaining 50 yards on 11 carries and catching two passes for 22 yards. He gets a tough matchup this week against the Browns, but gets the Cardinals in Week 16.

Tyjae Spears, Tennessee TitansSpears was used more on offense Monday night and was also on the field the same time as Derrick Henry. Spears played 46 snaps, while Henry played 32. Spears had seven carries for 29 yards and caught six passes for 89 yards. Spears has 14 targets the last two games.

Antonio Gibson, Washington CommandersBrian Robinson left Week 13 early against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury and early reports say he will practice this week (the Commanders had a bye in Week 14). If Robinson can’t play, Gibson is in line for a big role, plus he’s the pass-catching back. Gibson had 10 carries for 35 yards and caught four of five passes for 37 yards in Week 13.

Zamir White, Las Vegas RaidersJosh Jacobs left Sunday’s game with a quad injury and his status is unclear. The Raiders play Thursday night against the Chargers, so it’s unlikely Jacobs plays. While White isn’t an exciting play, the Raiders run the ball often and White is a volume play for those in desperation mode at running back. Ameer Abdullah will mix in on passing downs.

Chase Brown, Cincinnati BengalsBrown is still behind Joe Mixon, but has looked good in the limited opportunities the last two weeks. Those with Mixon should add Brown. The rookie had nine carries for 61 yards against the Jaguars in Week 13 and last week had eight carries for 25 yards and three catches for 80 yards with a touchdown.

Rico Dowdle, Dallas CowboysAnother reminder to add Dowdle, especially if you have Tony Pollard. Dowdle has 12 carries for 46 yards with a touchdown and caught a six-yard pass against the Eagles.

Chris Rodriguez, Washington CommandersRodriguez will see some touches if Brian Robinson is out.

Jordan Mason, San Francisco 49ersElijah Mitchell is the preferred handcuff for Christian McCaffrey, but he missed last week with a knee injury. If Mitchell can’t go this week, add Mason.

Wide Receivers

Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore RavensBeckham is available in some shallow leagues. Beckham has 22 targets the last three games and when Lamar Jackson throws the ball deep, it’s often intended for Beckham. He has receptions of 40, 46 and 51 in the last three games. Beckham has scored three times in the last five games and has four games of at least 12 points in PPR formats in the last five.

Zay Jones, Jacksonville JaguarsChristian Kirk is out for the season and Jones saw 14 targets with Kirk out against the Browns. Jones had a 28.5% target share. While the efficiency wasn’t there (five passes for 29 yards), the targets were great to see and Trevor Lawrence was playing through an ankle injury. Since Kirk went down on the first play of the game two weeks ago, Jones is tied with Calvin Ridley with 19 targets.

Noah Brown, Houston TexansTank Dell is out for the season and Nico Collins injured his calf last week. While Brown didn’t have a catch last week in a difficult matchup against the Jets, but gets an easier matchup this week against the Titans. Though he won’t be appealing if C.J. Stroud’s concussion keeps him out this week.

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Curtis Samuel, Washington CommandersSamuel had a 27% target share in Week 12 and led the team in receiving again in Week 13, catching four of five targets for 65 yards (the Commanders were off last week). Washington will be playing from behind often and relying on the pass.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, New England PatriotsSmith-Schuster can be considered if Demario Douglas and DeVante Parker remain out. Both were out last week and Smith-Schuster had his best game of the season against the Steelers, with four catches for 90 yards versus his former team. He gets the Chiefs this week in another revenge spot.

Tight Ends

Chigoziem Okonkwo, Tennessee TitansHe has 17 targets in the last three games. On Monday against the Dolphins, Okonkwo caught five of six targets for 46 yards. He has 12 receptions over the last three games and gets the Texans twice in the next three weeks, including this week — Houston allows the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Tucker Kraft, Green Bay PackersKraft ran a route on 91% of Jordan Love’s dropbacks on Monday night. He led the Packers in receiving yards, catching all four targets for 64 yards. He has 10 targets over the last two games and gets a Buccaneers defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Hunter Henry, New England PatriotsHenry is coming off a two-touchdown game in which he caught three passes for 40 yards. While that can’t be expected again, the lack of healthy wide receivers opens up more targets for Henry.

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