The Waiver Wire Roundup
Week 15 of the NFL season is just about wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. At this point, you're either fighting for a championship, or trying not to be the bottom of the barrel in your Fantasy league. Fortunately, I've already done the hard work for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Marcus Mariota (1% rostered)
Marcus Mariota put on a performance in Week 14 that fans have been waiting on for years. He had great touch on his passes, and was a legitimate dual-threat QB in the RPO that was run by Gruden and the Raiders after taking over for Derek Carr who looked to severely injure his groin. The likelihood of Carr playing this week is very slim, which means Mariota 'should' get the start once again against the Dolphins. Miami has agreat defense this year, but Gruden is an elite play-caller on the offensive side of the ball. I wouldn't be shocked to see Mariota put up a QB2 performance pending Carr's injury.
Tony Pollard (46% rostered)
With Ezekiel Elliot missing Sunday's game with a calf injury, Pollard shined in the lead role for the Cowboys. He scored two rushing TDs and managed over 60 yards on six receptions. He had burst that Zeke seems to be lacking this season, and it showed on a 40 yard run that sealed the game for Dallas. With Pollard looking this good it would be nonsensical for Mike McCarthy not to use him even if Zeke is back next week. Pollard is an RB1 with Zeke out and a low-end FLEX option if Zeke comes back.
Benny Snell Jr (27% rostered)
Snell has been up-and-down consistency-wise for the Steelers this season, but overall their run-game has been pretty poor this year; which is shocking to say about a Steelers' offense. Snell added to his night after filling in for an injured James Conner with a GL plunge into the EZ. He still managed over 100 scrimmage yards despite the Steelers offense looking inept against a bad Bengals team. If Conner can't go again this week, Snell is a RB2 against a pretty stout Colts' defense.
Salvon Ahmed (34% rostered)
After coming back from injury and stepping into the lead role while Myles Gaskin is out, Ahmed became the first Dolphins' RB to reach 100 rushing yards since 2018. Ahmed was gashing the Patriots on the regular, and provided great relief to rookie Tua Tagovailoa. He isn't utilized in the pass-game often, and Gaskin could return which would hinder his status. Ahmed is an easy RB1 with Gaskin out and a FLEX option if Gaskin can play against a Raiders defense that has been terrible against the run this year.
Dare Ogunbowale (0% rostered)
Another player who will step up due to injury, Ogunbowale seems to be next in line for touches after getting the call when James Robinson went down late last week against the Ravens. It wouldn't make much sense for the Jaguars to rush Robinson back when their season has been this abysmal. With Gardner Minshew at QB, there's an increased tendency to dump it off in the flat when there aren't openings downfield. With the Jaguars likely playing from behind against the Bears on Sunday, Ogunbowale could provide FLEX-appeal as a pass-catcher.
Ito Smith (3% rostered)
Smith isn't going to necessarily win anyone's league this week, but given the lead role from his HC says a lot about his possible usage down the stretch. If you're looking at Smith you're probably pretty desperate at the RB position, but he has had an average of four yards per carry since getting a larger role in the offense. Atlanta's pass-happy approach will limit his upside - especially against the Chiefs - but we've seen stranger things happen this year. Smith is a RB3 and low-end FLEX option.
Darnell Mooney (10% rostered)
At this point I'm going to keep Mooney on these lists until Fantasy players come to their senses. Mooney has flashed all season long and has been open on nearly every route despite his QBs not being able to get the ball to him. It seems as if the Bears have finally come to their senses as they try to make a run for the playoffs, as his role has increased significantly from the start of the season. He's scored TDs in back-to-back games and has been utilized in the run-game as well. He faces a terrible Jaguars team in a game where I see him putting up WR3 numbers at least.
Jalen Reagor (21% rostered)
Pending his injury, Reagar will have a great opportunity against a horrible Dallas secondary this week. HC Doug Pederson has been scripting plays for the rookie more often as this season ends up as a lost cause, and Reagor was having a great game until he went down with an ankle injury. It's worth monitoring how he responds this week in practice, but if he's good to go he should easily be a WR3 in a great matchup.
Cam Sims (1% rostered)
Usually a player has to have a big week to be on this list, but Cam Sims has been seeing increased opportunity in the second half of this season. This past week he played the second-most snaps on offense and was the clear WR2 on Washington. McLaurin, Logan Thomas, and the RBs may hinder into his production, but Sims has real potential to eat underneath as well. In two out of the last three games he's had at least 8 targets, and with Washington making a run for the playoffs expect them to get more creative with their options.
Dan Arnold (2% rostered)
I never expected to put a Cardinals' TE on this list, but Dan Arnold has seen an increasing role in the past couple of weeks. He's had at least 50 yards or a TD in three straight games, and looks to be the #2 option for Arizona behind Nuk. QB Kyler Murray seems to trust him more than his other options, and it's led to multiple break-out games now for a TE who was nearly non-existent to start the season off. With how bad TE has been in FF this year, Arnold has potential to hit as a high-end TE1 in a divisional showdown against the 49ers.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Kendrick Bourne, Dalton Schultz, Mecole Hardman, Greg Ward, Tyler Higbee, Sony Michel, Allen Lazard, Jordan Reed, Jalen Guyton.
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.