The first week of the fantasy football playoffs in the books that saw many of the usual big names make their way forward for big performances that came up huge for owners. However, like every other week, there are some options available on the waiver wire that could provide an extra spark to your fantasy team in moving you one step closer to earning that championship. Without further ado, here are a few names that you should take a look into adding before Week 15 action.
5. Seahawks D/ST
ESPN: 34.3% OWNED
The Seahawks have had their issues defensively throughout the season, which has primarily come due to injury. However, Seattle has remained at least serviceable throughout it all, especially in the last four weeks, with at least five points in each outing.
Although the Seahawks were put in a tight spot against the Los Angeles Rams on the road last week, they garnered a pair of interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. Seattle has a potentially favorable matchup in Week 15 against a struggling Carolina Panthers team. The Panthers currently rank 26th against opposing defenses, giving up 8.5 points per game while teams have tallied double-digit points in three out of the last four contests.
4. Tyler Higbee
ESPN: 11.4% OWNED
One of the primary beneficiaries of the Rams’ significant turnaround offensively over the last couple of weeks has been Higbee’s increased involvement in the passing game. Beyond just the injury to Gerald Everett, the veteran tight end has racked up back-to-back career-best games with at least seven catches and 100 receiving yards in each contest.
With Everett still recovering from a hyperextended knee, there should be plenty of opportunities ahead of Higbee to put up more productive outings. The Rams are set to face the Dallas Cowboys, who rank 22nd against opposing tight ends allowing 10.3 points per contest.
3. A.J. Brown
ESPN: 31.3% OWNED
The emergence of Ryan Tannehill for the Titans over the last two games has also opened the door for their promising rookie wideout to put up strong performances. Brown has been a major deep-ball factor over the previous few weeks, which has included topping 100 receiving yards twice in the last three games with three total touchdowns.
The Titans have been a significantly different offense that has greater effectiveness throwing the ball. Brown could be lined up for a strong outing against the Houston Texans, who are 19th in the league giving up 29.0 points per contest to opposing wide receivers.
2. Adrian Peterson
ESPN: 44.1% OWNED
It’s not often that you can find a starting-caliber running back this late in the season, especially in the playoffs. That will be the case for the Washington Redskins, with Derrius Guice expected to miss the rest of the season due to an MCL injury.
All of that means is that Peterson can once again be fired up as a highly dependable fantasy option. He has been quite productive over the last two weeks, even with Guice still in the mix posting back-to-back double-digit fantasy outputs. Peterson has an opportunity to finish the season strong, starting with a heavy workload against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15 action.
1. Ryan Tannehill
ESPN: 40.1% OWNED
At this point, it’s still incredible to see that Tannehill remains this widely available in fantasy football leagues as he was atop this list two weeks ago. He is producing at an elite level playing like a QB1 over the last several games, with six of his seven starts being at least 19 fantasy points.
Tannehill is coming off a strong performance against the Oakland Raiders, where he completed 21-of-27 passes for 391 yards with three touchdowns along with 19 rushing yards. That momentum could easily carry over into Week 15 against the Texans, who are 27th against opposing quarterbacks, allowing 20.9 points per contest. It has seen more than 20 points from quarterbacks notched against them in five out of the last seven games, a trend that could easily continue with Tannehill.