Week 14 of the NFL season left many fantasy football owners in defeat in the first-round of the playoffs due to injuries or just poor outings, but those who have survived and advanced may be looking to make some roster moves before either their championship game or conference final. New York Jets running back Bilal Powell and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel are two readily available players that could be set for another strong outing this weekend. Below is a list of some notable waiver wire additions for Week 15.
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell
Jets lead running back Matt Forte crushed fantasy owners hopes in Week 14 with just three carries for eight yards before exiting Sunday’s game against San Francisco with a knee injury. It was Forte’s best fantasy matchup all season, but Powell did not disappoint for the fantasy owners in relief of Forte in the team’s win.
Powell entered Week 14 a risky plug and play option with boom potential against the NFL’s worst rush defense, and exploded for 145 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while adding five receptions for 34 yards. With Forte listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, Powell is an intriguing fantasy waiver wire addition that could see a heavy workload this weekend. Powell is less than 48 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and faces a Miami Dolphins defense that struggles against the run. The Dolphins are allowing the third most rushing yards per game this season, making Powell a legitimate option at the second running back position for flex spot if Forte is officially ruled inactive.
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel
It’s the second time Gabriel has found himself on the waiver wire additions list this season, but Atlanta’s speedy 5-foot-8, 165-pound receiver still remains less than 51 percent owned in most leagues. Gabriel came up big in the team’s blowout win over Los Angeles with three receptions on five targets for 82 yards and scored one touchdown, and has quickly become a vital part of Atlanta’s offense in his first season with the franchise.
Julio Jones fantasy owners or owners in need of a wide receiver in Week 15 may want to add the dynamic speedster to their roster this week, as he has seen a minimum of at least five targets for five consecutive weeks now. Gabriel has scored five touchdowns in the team’s past six games, and should be a legitimate handcuff option for Jones fantasy owners should he miss another week due to turf toe.
Gabriel draws a favorable matchup against the 49ers in Week 15, as San Francisco’s defense has surrendered the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon
Garcon scored just his third touchdown of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles this past weekend, but continues to remain a big part of Washington’s offense as the team tries to make a push toward the postseason. The Redskins veteran receiver is averaging 74 receiving yards per game since the start of November, and is a legitimate starting option for fantasy owners in point per reception leagues.
The risk with the Redskins wide receiver is the multiple options quarterback Kirk Cousins has to throw to in Washington. Despite that Garcon remains an intriguing waiver wire addition for Week 15 with a favorable matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Carolina’s defense has surrendered the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, and Garcon is less than 44 percent owned in most fantasy leagues.
San Diego Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow
Farrow may be the most risky of the four waiver wire additions on this list, but has high upside potential particularly if he remains the lead running back in San Diego against AFC West rival Oakland in Week 15. The Chargers rookie running back carried the ball a career-high 16 times for 55 yards in relief of star running back Melvin Gordon, who left Sunday’s loss with a hip strain and knee strain.
Gordon remains hopeful that he will return this season, but the chances of him playing this weekend against the Raiders looks slim. With Gordon likely out, Farrow could be in line for a bigger workload alongside recently acquired Chargers running back Ronnie Hillman. The Raiders have surrendered the seventh most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and Farrow is less than than five percent owned in most leagues.