Welcome to Wavier Wire Tuesday, week fifteen edition.

So, how did you fare in week one of the fantasy football playoffs? Are you still alive or are you floundering down and out into a consultation matchup? Regardless of where you are right now (hoping you're still alive), I urge you to forge on, keep working the waiver wire and setting that optimal lineup.

We're going to continue with the handcuffing theme but this week I'm going to give you some other interesting names that might be able to help you this week.

Now, it's time to see which players I'm targeting this week on your waiver wires, as we've talked about, the waiver wire when used correctly, can be a deadly weapon to the success of your season.

The choice is yours and yours alone. Choose wisely, my friends.

Quarterback:

Josh Allen (BUF vs. DET, Owned in 17% of ESPN Leagues)

When you think of Josh Allen you don't think of a prolific quarterback but you know one thing he's done really well over his last three games? He's run the ball well which has severely increased his fantasy value. Over those three games, he's averaged over 24 points per game and over 111 rushing yards. This week he takes on the Detroit Lions who give up about 18 points to opposing quarterbacks.

Running Backs:

Elijah McGuire (NYJ vs. Houston, Owned in 11.3% of ESPN Leagues)

The former Ragin' Cajuns running back started the year on the shelf but has come back to the field late this season and now has an opportunity to play a sizable role in this mediocre Jets offense. Starting running back Isaiah Crowell was injured last week and was saw rocking a walking boot at practice Tuesday. You feel for Crowell but if you're in need of a back with opportunity, McGuire could be your guy.

Justin Jackson (THUR-LAC at KC, Owned in 43% of ESPN Leagues)

Injuries, injuries, injuries are doing a number on the running backs for the Los Angeles Chargers. Melvin Gordon has been out for a couple weeks and is most likely not playing on a short week this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. As far as Austin Ekeler goes, he sustained a neck injury towards the end of last week and he's probably going to miss this game as well! It looks like the rookie Justin Jackson will get the run in this crucial match-up at Arrow Head and could have a good opportunity to have a solid day. Fun fact, the Chiefs are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Damien Williams (THUR-KC vs. LAC, Owned in 14% of ESPN Leagues)

Spencer Ware is the clear starter in Kansas City at this point but he's a little bit banged up with a hamstring issue that popped up last week during the game against Baltimore. Damien Williams came in and played well for a reserve as he scored a rushing and a receiving touchdown. Ware didn't practice on Tuesday and the Chiefs play on Thursday against the Chargers, the team may not push him back and that could mean a lot of D-Will.

Rod Smith (DAL at IND, Owned in 2% of ESPN Leagues)

The backup for Zek Elliot is basically all you need to know about Rod Smith, if Zek is healthy there is no need to play him but if you own the Cowboys stud back I'd own Smith as well. #handcuffingSZN

Wide Receivers:

DaeSean Hamilton (DEN vs. CLE, Owned in 5.6% of ESPN Leagues)

With the injury to Emmanuel Sanders the rookie DaeSean Hamilton slid right into his role and was immediately effective as he caught seven of nine targets for 47 yards and a score. It seems there will be plenty of opportunities for Hamilton moving down the stretch here of the fantasy football season, especially going up against the Cleveland Browns who rank 22nd against wide-outs this season.

Tim Patrick (DEN vs. CLE, Owned in 0.6% of ESPN Leagues)

A lot of the same reasons for adding DaeSean Hamilton I'd look to add Tim Patrick, your friendly community accountant aka the number three receiver right now for the Denver Broncos. If you're in a deep league or are flush with injuries this might be a guy you look at.

Tight End:

Ian Thomas (CAR vs. NO, Owned in 25.5% of ESPN Leagues)

With Greg Olson down and out for the season and maybe for his Panthers career, that opens the door for young Ian Thomas, a guy who Carolina likes to take over the tight end role moving forward. Thomas had a nice game last week in an inconsistent Cam Newton led offense with nine catches on 11 targets for 77 yards. In a tight end-starved season he may be a solid guy to take a look at if you're unhappy with your currently rostered tight end.

 

Best of luck in week fifteen!

 

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