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Waiver Wire Add/Drop Report – Week 15 – 2018

Waiver Wire Add/Drop Report Week #15 by: Fred Schell

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AddJosh Johnson, Washington Redskins

The Redskins offense was pretty bad with Mark Sanchez. The Giants aren’t a bad team, but I looked up at the ‘out of town scores’ and saw the Giants up 34-0… wow… Moving on from that to the main point however, once Mark Sanchez was relieved by Josh Jackson, the Redskins offense moved the football and looked better then they have since Alex Smith was the starter. Johnson came in late in the third quarter and threw for 195 yards. He also recorded a touchdown through the air and the ground. With the Redskins desperately trying to stay afloat, look for Johnson to play hard against a struggling Jacksonville defense. Johnson is a high risk/reward target for deeper leagues.

Other Players Worth the Add

  • Nick Mullens San Francisco 49ers
  • Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens 
  • Eli Manning New York Giants
  • Josh Allen Buffalo Bills

DropMark Sanchez, Washington Redskins

Sanchez was not a very great idea, regardless of how badly a quarterback was needed, he proved without a doubt that he is not a starting caliber quarterback. With Johnson’s solid relief performance, it is safe to say that Sanchez will not be seeing the field again barring another injury. I really hope that isn’t the case, but we are talking about the Redskins afterall. Even if he gets back in the game, stay far away from Sanchez.

Running Backs:

Add – Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

Williams did not have a great day for efficiency, however the Ravens have a formidable defense so that doesn’t make Williams necessarily ineffective. With Spencer Ware banged up, Williams is in line for decent volume. In addition to being used in the pass game as well as the run game, he also managed to find pay dirt twice. One of which was the overtime game winner. Williams will be a risky yet viable flex start if Ware is out this coming week. If Ware does play, I would suggest picking up Elijah McGuire instead.

Other Players Worth the Add

  • Elijah McGuire New York Jets
  • Kenneth Dixon Baltimore Ravens

Drop – LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

Even before injuring his hamstring, McCoy was completely ineffective against the Jets. Most of the damage done on the ground was done by Josh Allen. Despite this, both Murphy and Ivory were still more effective running Thebes ball than McCoy. I don’t think the Bills have any need to rush him back to the field, and even if they do, he has not been a factor in their offense for most of the season.

Wide Receivers:

AddIsaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills

The Bills have really struggled on offense this year. They were counting on Zay Jones to take a big step forward this season, but he continues dropping passes. The Kelvin Benjamin experiment didn’t pan out either. Despite this however, the Bills managed to get good yardage out of Isaiah McKenzie, who not only caught 47 yards worth of passes but also rushed for an additional 22 yds and a touchdown. With Ivory and McCoy both questionable this coming week, McKenzie would be in line for some carries from Marcus Murphy.

Other Players Worth the Add

  • Dede Westbrook Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kenny Stills Miami Dolphins
  • Dante Pettis San Francisco 49ers 
  • Curtis Samuel Carolina Panthers 
  • DaeSean Hamilton Denver Broncos 

Drop Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens

Well the Ravens are surprising everyone. They did finally break their winning streak this week, but having your first loss in four weeks being an OT loss to the Chiefs, it seems the Ravens new formula is working. The ‘super-run’ time management strategy has been doing very well for the Ravens with Lamar Jackson at the helm. Unfortunately, this means little work for Crabtree and the Ravens receiving corp. Crabtree only had one reception for twelve yards last week, and his ceiling will be incredibly low until Flacco returns, if he does.

Tight Ends:

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AddIan Thomas, Carolina Panthers

So Ian Thomas didn’t do much in his first stint as the Carolina starter, but this time around he is playing much better. Thomas is starting in the place of the injured Greg Olsen. Thomas caught 9 passes on a whopping 11 targets for 77 yards this week. If there is one player to add to your lineups for the playoffs, its Thomas.

Other Players Worth the Add

  • Ryan Griffin Houston Texans
  • Dallas Goedert Philadelphia Eagles 

DropBenjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints

Watson is still a very widely owned TE in fantasy football despite his irrelevance for pretty much the entire second half of the season. With a TE option like Thomas still up for grabs, you don’t want to be toting Watson through the playoffs. This week was his most productive week this half of the season and he still only managed 24 yards. Better options are available.

Defensive Stream of the Week

AddCleveland Browns vs Denver Broncos

The Browns have had some hot and cold weeks on both defense and offense, however they are coming up against a Broncos team with a WR corp that is really struggling without Emmanuel Sanders. With the receivers struggling to open up for Case Keenum, he is going to be under fire from a dangerous Browns pass rush. Not to mention the Browns have been forcing a decent amount of turnovers this season. Look for them to perform against a now one dimensional Broncos offense.