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Erickson: Fantasy football waiver wire targets ahead of NFL Week 15

Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) receives a snapped ball against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Another week of NFL action is in the books. Derrick Henry reminded us why he is going to bring home championships this holiday season, and David Montgomery could end up being a sneaky league winner when it’s all said and done.

Week 14 wasn’t kind in regards to injuries. Replacements may be needed for Mike Gesicki, DeVante Parker, Alex Smith, Deebo Samuel and Mike Williams, who might not be available for Week 15. 

The continuation of the fantasy playoffs means the waiver wire is strictly for adding players to start this week or those to stash because of upcoming favorable matchups.

I’ll break down all of the top waiver-wire targets for Week 15 for fantasy managers looking to emerge victorious, not just this week but over the next two weeks. 

This list of players includes anyone rostered in approximately 50% of Yahoo leagues or less, with deep league options at every position as well. I’ll also share my thoughts on FAB (Free Agent Budget) bids and how much to spend on each player accordingly.

QUARTERBACKS

JALEN HURTS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – 17% ROSTERED – 15% OF FAB

I told y'all to stash Jalen Hurts last week because there was always a chance he would stand out as a runner against the New Orleans Saints. That’s exactly what happened as the rookie rushed for over 100 yards despite the brutal matchup.

He gets the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 — they have allowed the fifth-most rushing yards and rank 27th in explosive run percentage allowed (32.3%) to opposing QBs. He’s a borderline QB1 this week and a firm QB1 next week versus Dallas. 

PHILIP RIVERS, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – 41% ROSTERED – 8% OF FAB

If Hurts isn’t available, fantasy managers can look to Philip Rivers on the waiver wire. He should have no problem delivering a solid fantasy outing in Week 15. The Texans have allowed an average of 300 passing yards over their last four games, and that includes a 21.7 fantasy-point performance from Rivers in Week 13. 

We know that T.Y. Hilton owns the Houston Texans — in 17 career games he has averaged 97 receiving yards against them. So what better way to get exposure to Hilton’s upside than by playing Rivers in what figures to be another high-scoring affair. 

Texans and Colts opened as the highest projected total (52.5) on the entire slate. 

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