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Week 15 Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waiver Wire Wonders

by Sigmund Bloom, exclusive to Footballguys.com


The number in red next to a waiver wire gem indicated the percentage of a "blind bid" budget used in some leagues to award free agent pickups. If your league does not use blind bid waivers, consider the number a way to rank the quality of waiver wire additions.


Quarterback Upgrade

  1. QB Dak Prescott, DAL
  2. QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
  3. QB Matthew Stafford, DET
  4. QB Blake Bortles, JAX (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  5. QB Joe Flacco, BAL (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. QB DeShone Kizer, CLE (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  8. QB Nick Foles, PHI (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  9. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  10. QB Philip Rivers, LAC
  11. QB Russell Wilson, SEA
  12. QB Jay Cutler, MIA (waiver wire: 1%)
  13. QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (waiver wire: 1%)
  14. QB Jameis Winston, TB
  15. QB A.J. McCarron, CIN (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  16. QB Bryce Petty, NYJ (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  17. QB Joe Webb, BUF (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  18. QB T.J. Yates, HOU (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)

Quarterback Downgrade

  1. QB Kirk Cousins, WAS
  2. QB Andy Dalton, CIN
  3. QB Josh McCown, NYJ
  4. QB Carson Wentz, PHI
  5. QB Derek Carr, OAK
  6. QB Marcus Mariota, TEN
  7. QB Nathan Peterman, BUF
  8. QB Tom Savage, HOU
  9. QB Blaine Gabbert, ARI
  10. QB Alex Smith, KC

Quarterback Holding steady

  1. QB Tom Brady, NE
  2. QB Brett Hundley, GB (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  3. QB Cam Newton, CAR
  4. QB Matt Ryan, ATL

Running Back Upgrade

  1. RB Peyton Barber, TB (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. RB Alex Collins, BAL
  3. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA
  4. RB Devonta Freeman, ATL
  5. RB Kareem Hunt, KC
  6. RB Jonathan Stewart, CAR (waiver wire: 50+%)
  7. RB Theo Riddick, DET (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  8. RB Jordan Howard, CHI
  9. RB Jamaal Williams, GB
  10. RB C.J. Anderson, DEN (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  11. RB Tarik Cohen, CHI (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  12. RB Isaiah Crowell, CLE (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  13. RB Alfred Morris, DAL
  14. RB Javorius Allen, BAL (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  15. RB Giovani Bernard, CIN (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  16. RB Wayne Gallman, NYG (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  17. RB Frank Gore, IND (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  18. RB Rod Smith, DAL (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  19. RB Kerwynn Williams, ARI (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  20. RB James Conner, PIT (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  21. RB Austin Ekeler, LAC (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  22. RB Charcandrick West, KC (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  23. RB Carlos Hyde, SF
  24. RB Matt Breida, SF (waiver wire: 1%)
  25. RB Malcolm Brown, LAR (waiver wire: 1%)
  26. RB Trey Edmunds, NO (waiver wire: 1%)
  27. RB Chris Ivory, JAX (waiver wire: 1%)
  28. RB Aaron Jones, GB (waiver wire: 1%)
  29. RB Jonathan Williams, NO (waiver wire: 1%)
  30. RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX (waiver wire: 1%)

Running Back Downgrade

  1. RB Tevin Coleman, ATL
  2. RB Matt Forte, NYJ
  3. RB LeGarrette Blount, PHI
  4. RB Marshawn Lynch, OAK
  5. RB Doug Martin, TB
  6. RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN
  7. RB Samaje Perine, WAS
  8. RB Bilal Powell, NYJ
  9. RB Latavius Murray, MIN
  10. RB Danny Woodhead, BAL
  11. RB Tion Green, DET

Running Back Holding steady

  1. RB Jay Ajayi, PHI
  2. RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR

Wide Receiver Upgrade

  1. WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
  2. WR Demaryius Thomas, DEN
  3. WR Dede Westbrook, JAX (waiver wire: 50+%)
  4. WR Marqise Lee, JAX
  5. WR Corey Coleman, CLE (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. WR Marquise Goodwin, SF (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  8. WR Robert Woods, LAR (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  9. WR Devin Funchess, CAR
  10. WR Tyler Lockett, SEA (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  11. WR Paul Richardson, SEA (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  12. WR Tyrell Williams, LAC (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  13. WR Josh Gordon, CLE
  14. WR Golden Tate, DET
  15. WR Chris Godwin, TB (waiver wire: 1%)
  16. WR Kendall Wright, CHI (waiver wire: 1%)

Wide Receiver Downgrade

  1. WR Robby Anderson, NYJ
  2. WR Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
  3. WR Amari Cooper, OAK
  4. WR Mike Evans, TB
  5. WR Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
  6. WR Jamison Crowder, WAS
  7. WR Sterling Shepard, NYG
  8. WR Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
  9. WR Kenny Stills, MIA
  10. WR Nelson Agholor, PHI
  11. WR Trent Taylor, SF
  12. WR Martavis Bryant, PIT
  13. WR Dontrelle Inman, CHI
  14. WR Will Fuller, HOU
  15. WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI

Wide Receiver Holding steady

  1. WR Davante Adams, GB
  2. WR Randall Cobb, GB
  3. WR Michael Crabtree, OAK
  4. WR Rishard Matthews, TEN
  5. WR Jordy Nelson, GB
  6. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
  7. WR Michael Thomas, NO
  8. WR Sammy Watkins, LAR

Tight End Upgrade

  1. TE Hunter Henry, LAC
  2. TE Eric Ebron, DET (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  3. TE Jared Cook, OAK (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  4. TE O.J. Howard, TB (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  5. TE Jesse James, PIT (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  6. TE Trey Burton, PHI (waiver wire: 1%)
  7. TE Adam Shaheen, CHI (waiver wire: 1%)

Tight End Downgrade

  1. TE Zach Ertz, PHI
  2. TE Greg Olsen, CAR
  3. TE Stephen Anderson, HOU
  4. TE David Njoku, CLE
  5. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
  6. TE Austin Hooper, ATL
  7. TE Ben Watson, BAL
  8. TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
  9. TE Cameron Brate, TB
  10. TE Jimmy Graham, SEA
  11. TE Tyler Kroft, CIN

Tight End Holding steady

  1. TE Delanie Walker, TEN
  2. TE Jason Witten, DAL

Quarterback Upgrade

QB Blake Bortles, JAX - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Bortles is playing the best football of his career right now and it is showing in his fantasy stats. With Houston and San Francisco left on the schedule, he's a more than adequate replacement for Carson Wentz.

QB Jay Cutler, MIA - (waiver wire: 1%) - Cutler was very effective against a depleted Patriots front seven. He should have had a long touchdown to clinch the game to Jakeem Grant, but Grant dropped it. If the weather cooperates, Cutler could be a viable QB2/Superflex or emergency QB1 at Buffalo this week.

QB Joe Flacco, BAL - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Flacco was solid against the Steelers and should be even better against the weak Browns and Colts defenses the next two weeks. He's a suitable baseline play if you lost Wentz and don't have a backup.

QB Nick Foles, PHI - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Foles is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL and he has a long tenure in the Reid/Pederson system. He is a viable replacement for Carson Wentz in fantasy lineups this week, and possibly a solid QB2/Superflex against the Giants.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Garoppolo had a solid fantasy afternoon against the Texans and he looks very comfortable in the 49ers offense. He'll be a viable Wentz replacement and superflex/QB2 against the Titans this week, but not next week against the Jaguars.

QB DeShone Kizer, CLE - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Kizer is a new man for fantasy football with the addition of Josh Gordon. He has a high ceiling and his floor has come up a lot with Gordon in the lineup. He's a solid replacement for Carson Wentz if you don't have a backup.

QB A.J. McCarron, CIN - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - The Bengals turned to McCarron in the second half of a bad loss to the Bears, and with the season lost, they could turn to him for the last three games of the season, or possibly in Week 16 when they get Detroit, a much better matchup this week's tilt with Minnesota.

QB Bryce Petty, NYJ - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Josh McCown broke his non-throwing hand, so Petty could get the start in the Superdome next week. The Jets offense was dead on arrival with Petty's entry, so he might be the worst quarterback option in the league this week, assuming he gets the start.

QB Dak Prescott, DAL - Prescott got back into our good graces just in time for a great matchup with Oakland. He benefited from garbage time production, but was also vicitmized by some drops in the first half. He's a solid QB1 for Week 15.

QB Philip Rivers, LAC - Rivers is rolling and should be treated as a solid QB1 against the Chiefs this week even though their defense has been much better at home this year. Rivers is using his deep set of weapons well and hasn't fallen below 250 passing yards or thrown a pick since he faced the Jaguars in Week 10.

QB Aaron Rodgers, GB - Rodgers has been medically cleared and will return to face the Panthers in Week 15.

QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history with three 500+ yard games. Never bench him in primetime at home. He's at home next week, but playing in the late afternoon against New England.

QB Matthew Stafford, DET - Stafford started 12-for-12 against Tampa. Obviously, his throwing hand is ok. Theo Riddick scored twice on the ground or Stafford would have had a bigger afternoon in Week 14. He's a solid QB1 for Week 15 against Chicago.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Give an assist to the weakened Bengals defense, but know that Trubisky is making strides as a passer considering the short deck of targets he has to work with. With matchups upcoming against Detroit and Cleveland, he could replace Carson Wentz if there aren't any better options on the waiver wire.

QB Joe Webb, BUF - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Nathan Peterman left Week 14 with a concussion and Tyrod Taylor might not be ready for Week 15 because of his knee. Webb is a good runner and could start against the weak Miami defense this week.

QB Russell Wilson, SEA - It was getting bleak against the Jaguars, but Wilson found his receivers open deep for scores three times in the second half to key the fantasy score of the year against the Jaguars. He's arguably the most valuable quarterback in fantasy football heading into a matchup with the Rams.

QB Jameis Winston, TB - Winston threw a couple of picks, but he spread the ball around well and was a solid fantasy play in his second week back from a shoulder injury. He'll be worth a look as a QB2/Flex or Wentz replacement against the Falcons and Panthers the next two weeks.

QB T.J. Yates, HOU - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Yates should start this week after Tom Savage had a scary concussion and apparent seizure on the field. He was better than Savage, but he is also facing Jacksonville, so he's a bottom of the barrel option across formats.


Quarterback Downgrade

QB Derek Carr, OAK - Carr and the Raiders collapsed at Kansas City despite a chance to take the lead in the division after a rough season. Even against the Cowboys this week, we can't treat Carr as more than a low QB2/Superflex.

QB Kirk Cousins, WAS - Washington looks like they ran out of gas, and Cousins isn't going to be enough to revive this offense. He's only a desperation option against the Cardinals and Broncos the next two weeks.

QB Andy Dalton, CIN - Dalton stalled out after one good drive against the Bears. The Bengals turned to AJ McCarron in the second half, and it's possible that McCarron could get more playing time down the stretch. Dalton can't be trusted.

QB Blaine Gabbert, ARI - Gabbert was effective enough to win but couldn't finish drives with touchdowns against the Titans. He has a good matchup at Washington this week, but is just a desperation play.

QB Marcus Mariota, TEN - Mariota's long string of disappointing performances continued against the Cardinals. Even against the poor 49ers defense, he's only a low QB2/Flex, and we need to monitor his knee injury.

QB Josh McCown, NYJ - McCown turned back into a pumpkin in Denver with a poor performance and broken non-throwing hand. We'll see if he can continue his late career renaissance next year.

QB Nathan Peterman, BUF - Peterman left the Week 14 snow bowl with a concussion and may not be ready to face the Dolphins in Week 15.

QB Tom Savage, HOU - Savage left Week 14 after a scary concussion and apparent seizure and is highly unlikely to play in Week 15 at Jacksonville.

QB Alex Smith, KC - Smith's fantasy owners were let down by three near scoring passes to Travis Kelce and an opposing Raiders team that didn't put up enough of a fight to keep the offense opened up for the whole game. He'll be outside the QB1 ranks this week against a tough Chargers defense.

QB Carson Wentz, PHI - Wentz was outstanding against the Rams, but also tore his ACL. We won't see him on a field again this season.


Quarterback Holding steady

QB Tom Brady, NE - Brady was shockingly ineffective against the Dolphins, failing to convert on 11 third downs. He was inaccurate throwing downfield and unable to consistently move the offense. He's still a must start at Pittsburgh against a defense that has been giving up total breakdown scores every week for over a month now.

QB Brett Hundley, GB - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Hundley is making himself millions with solid play, and he can now add a stirring fourth-quarter/overtime comeback and win to his resume. If Aaron Rodgers isn't cleared to play in Week 15, Hundley will be a viable Wentz replacement and QB2/Superflex against the Panthers.

QB Cam Newton, CAR - Newton had a poor performance throwing the ball against the Vikings, but if he had gotten one or two of the short yardage rushing scores that went to Jonathan Stewart, it would have still been a good Week 14 for fantasy. He's a solid QB1 against the Packers this week, with a small bump if Aaron Rodgers is back.

QB Matt Ryan, ATL - Ryan put too much pressure on himself and made some terrible decisions against the Saints. He'll still be a viable Week 15 quarterback against the Bucs, but a Week 16 visit to the Superdome looks foreboding.


Running Back Upgrade

RB Javorius Allen, BAL - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Allen's role in the Baltimore backfield is small now, but it includes red zone work, which he converted into two scores this week. He could do it again against the Browns and Colts, and he has injury upside if Danny Woodhead or Alex Collins go down.

RB C.J. Anderson, DEN - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Anderson wasn't all that efficient on his 22 carries against the Jets, but he was the clear lead back for the team, and they have two very winnable matchups left against the Colts and Washington, so he's good emergency depth with flex potential.

RB Peyton Barber, TB - (waiver wire: 50+%) - For the second straight week, Barber outplayed Doug Martin. The team seemed to move towards Barber as the lead back as the game went on. If he is confirmed as the starter against the Falcons this week, he'll be a flex play and RB2 candidate.

RB Giovani Bernard, CIN - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Bernard was strong against the Bears even though the losing game script denied him a chance at an even bigger game. If Joe Mixon clears concussion protocol, Bernard will go back to being an injury handcuff against Minnesota.

RB Matt Breida, SF - (waiver wire: 1%) - Breida isn't doing much with his increased value, but he'll still have startable value if Carlos Hyde goes down this week. He's a deeper league carry as an injury upside back.

RB Malcolm Brown, LAR - (waiver wire: 1%) - Brown is back and he should be the biggest winner in fantasy if Todd Gurley goes down in Week 15

RB Tarik Cohen, CHI - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - The Bears are showing more will to use Cohen in recent weeks, and they have good matchups against the Lions and Browns left on the schedule. He might work out as a what the heck flex and is at least good depth.

RB Alex Collins, BAL - The Steelers run defense is a lot weaker without Ryan Shazier, and Collins seems to be getting stronger as the season goes on. He'll be a near RB1 play against the Browns this week.

RB James Conner, PIT - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Conner has the most injury upside of any backup. He's behind LeVeon Bell, who has been overworked, and he's in a potent offense.

RB Isaiah Crowell, CLE - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - The matchups against the Ravens and Bears aren't ideal, but the Browns offense is rounding into form and Crowell is talented enough to be worth flex consideration on potential volume alone coming off of a strong game against the Packers.

RB Kenyan Drake, MIA - Drake was unstoppable as a receiver and a runner on Monday night against New England. He is processing the field quickly and loading up terrific moves to elude tacklers in the backfield. His speed and quickness are overwhelming defenses and he is an RB1 going forward, hopefully even when Damien Williams returns.

RB Trey Edmunds, NO - (waiver wire: 1%) - Edmunds is worth carrying in deeper leagues in case Mark Ingram goes down in Week 15, giving him some value in Week 16 against Atlanta at home.

RB Austin Ekeler, LAC - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Ekeler is just a backup to Melvin Gordon after a brief stretch as more, but he's still the back you want to own if Gordon goes down this week.

RB Devonta Freeman, ATL - The Falcons smartly committed to Freeman in Week 14 and won a hard-fought divisional game. He should be the bell cow against the Bucs this week too.

RB Wayne Gallman, NYG - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Gallman outplayed Orleans Darkwa for the second time in the last three weeks, and added a ton of PPR value as a receiver out of the backfield. He could inch into flex/emergency RB2 value against the Eagles and Cardinals if this trend holds and the Giants adjust playing time to match.

RB Frank Gore, IND - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - The Colts showed a willingness to ride Gore in the snow, but it doesn't snow inside in Indianapolis and he has tough matchups against the Broncos and Ravens the next two weeks. He is a more viable desperation volume play, but still a desperation play.

RB Jordan Howard, CHI - Howard was a monster this week against a depleted Bengals defense and he gets a Lions defense that has been struggling against the run lately up next, then the Browns in Week 16. He should stay in our lineups.

RB Kareem Hunt, KC - Just when we thought we were out, Hunt pulls us back in. If you are still alive in Week 15, Hunt returned to early season form and should be in your lineup against the Chargers.

RB Carlos Hyde, SF - Hyde isn't the target of a ton of dumpoffs now that Jimmy Garoppolo can run the offense, but he has a better chance of scoring like he did in Week 14. He's a low ceiling RB2 against Tennessee this week.

RB Chris Ivory, JAX - (waiver wire: 1%) - Ivory would have value for Week 16 against San Francisco if Leonard Fournette goes down next week.

RB Aaron Jones, GB - (waiver wire: 1%) - Jones is still clearly behind Jamaal Williams, but he has injury upside, especially with the possibility of Aaron Rodgers return this week.

RB Alfred Morris, DAL - Morris didn't score, but he's still the clear lead back heading into a very good matchup at Oakland. He only has one more starter week left with Ezekiel Elliott due back in Week 16.

RB Theo Riddick, DET - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Riddick scored twice on goal to go carries and was a mainstay in the passing game, getting the majority of snaps with Ameer Abdullah falling out of favor. He should be a PPR flex at worst against the Bears.

RB Rod Smith, DAL - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Smith's damage was done in garbage time, but he has still scored in three straight weeks and the Cowboys could control the game against the flatlining Raiders this week. Next week when Ezekiel Elliott returns, Smith will be droppable.

RB Jonathan Stewart, CAR - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Stewart scored three times, although two just as easily could have been Cam Newton goal-line carries. He still has a low floor, but against the Packers run defense that just got gashed by Isaiah Crowell and on a three-game scoring streak, Stewart has earned more trust.

RB Charcandrick West, KC - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - The Chiefs running game is revived and West would be the Week 16 starter against Miami if Kareem Hunt goes down next week.

RB Jamaal Williams, GB - Williams remained the Packers starting and primary running back and rewarded the team and fantasy owners with another strong game. He has a tough matchup this week, but that will be offset and keep him in RB2 consideration if Aaron Rodgers is back.

RB Jonathan Williams, NO - (waiver wire: 1%) - Williams is worth carrying in deeper leagues in case Mark Ingram goes down in Week 15, giving him some value in Week 16 against Atlanta at home. He might be preferred by the team over Trey Edmunds even though Edmunds is active on game days because of his special teams prowess.

RB Kerwynn Williams, ARI - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Williams ran strong for the second straight week and has seemed to redeem himself as a backup NFL running back. There's no word on when Adrian Peterson will return, so Williams could be a flex play at Washington and against the Giants the next two weeks.

RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX - (waiver wire: 1%) - Yeldon would have value for Week 16 against San Francisco if Leonard Fournette goes down next week.


Running Back Downgrade

RB LeGarrette Blount, PHI - Blount isn't nearly as imposing without Carson Wentz's deep ball ability and the Eagles ability to create big leads to nurse. He's not an essential hold.

RB Tevin Coleman, ATL - Coleman is more desperation play than what the heck flex if the Falcons running back usage goes forward with the Freeman-heavy plan they had in Week 14.

RB Matt Forte, NYJ - Forte was the lead back for the Jets in Week 14, but their touches have little to no value without Josh McCown.

RB Tion Green, DET - The Lions didn't get Green nearly as many touches in Week 14 even though Ameer Abdullah was out. He's bottom of the barrel, even in injury upside terms.

RB Marshawn Lynch, OAK - Lynch managed a garbage time touchdown to salvage his Week 14, but the Raiders are swirling down the drain and Week 15 opponent Dallas just got Sean Lee back.

RB Doug Martin, TB - Martin scored in Week 14, but seemed to lose his job to Peyton Barber as the game went on. He can't be trusted even if he starts again in Week 15 against Atlanta.

RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN - McKinnon actually ran better than Latavius Murray, but didn't do enough to justify a spot in our lineups. He has a much better matchup this week, but is only a low ceiling flex.

RB Latavius Murray, MIN - Murray was a dud against the tough Panthers front. This week he gets the Bengals in what should be a much better game script, although we should downgrade his matchup if the Bengals defense can get a little healthier.

RB Samaje Perine, WAS - Perine is the lead back, but in an offense that is one of the most underwhelming in the league heading into the last three weeks of the season. He's only a volume desperation play.

RB Bilal Powell, NYJ - Powell's value evaporated when Josh McCown went down

RB Danny Woodhead, BAL - Woodhead just isn't fitting what is working in the Ravens offense. He's only a small role player who might not even gain much value if a Ravens back goes down.


Running Back Holding steady

RB Jay Ajayi, PHI - Ajayi could end up being a net winner from the Carson Wentz injury if the Eagles go to a more run-heavy gameplan. He led the team in carries in the win over the Rams and has a good matchup against the Giants and another against the Raiders over the next two weeks.

RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR - McCaffrey was quiet against a Vikings defense that matched up well with his strengths. He should at least be a PPR flex against the Packers this week and Bucs in Week 16.


Wide Receiver Upgrade

WR Corey Coleman, CLE - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Coleman is becoming a stronger play with Josh Gordon on the other side to draw coverage and attention. He'll be worth a WR3/Flex look against Baltimore and Chicago the next two weeks.

WR Devin Funchess, CAR - Funchess was able to overcome the bad matchup with Xavier Rhodes to score on a play that Cam Newton extended. With Greg Olsen still not himself, Funchess should be a safe WR2 against Green Bay.

WR Chris Godwin, TB - (waiver wire: 1%) - Godwin was a leading receiver in the new spread it around Bucs passing offense. He's just a desperation play, but his role could grow in the end of this lost season.

WR Marquise Goodwin, SF - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Goodwin's connection with Jimmy Garoppolo is dependable and real. He is a strong WR3/Flex play against Tennessee this week, although you'll need to make other plans in Week 16 when he faces Jacksonville.

WR Josh Gordon, CLE - Damarious Randall did a good job on Gordon for most of the day, but he had two big catches early including a touchdown to make for a solid week and the promise of more against the Ravens secondary that just gave up over 500 passing yards to Ben Roethlisberger.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU - An in-game quarterback change actually increased Hopkins value this week. Apparently only Brock Osweiler can bring him down. We can't bench him despite the matchup against Jacksonville this week.

WR Marqise Lee, JAX - Lee is looking like a future starter, whether in Jacksonville or elsewhere, as he enters free agency next year. In addition, he's looking like a solid WR3/Flex against the Texans and 49ers the next two weeks.

WR Tyler Lockett, SEA - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Lockett was able to get behind the Jaguars defense to score a long touchdown and reminded us of a weekly ceiling that hasn't been in view lately. He's at least emergency depth against the Rams and Cowboys the next two weeks.

WR Paul Richardson, SEA - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Richardson had a long touchdown against the Jaguars to overcome a terrible matchup. He's created a little more confidence as a WR3/Flex upside play for the last two weeks.

WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Sanu came through for his owners when they needed him the most against New Orleans. He has a great matchup this week against Tampa and should be a solid WR3/Flex against the Saints again in Week 16.

WR Golden Tate, DET - Tate was a frequent target and scored in his second straight game with eight receptions. He's a strong WR2 against the Bears and Bengals the next two weeks.

WR Demaryius Thomas, DEN - We might regret trusting Thomas after the season he has had, but he looked like his old self against the Jets. The matchup against the Colts is terrific in Week 15 and worth our attention.

WR Dede Westbrook, JAX - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Westbrook looks like the WR1 for the Jaguars down the stretch, and against good matchups vs Houston and San Francisco. He has been getting a ton of targets and he has the speed and quickness to break long plays with Blake Bortles throwing the ball well.

WR Tyrell Williams, LAC - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Williams had his biggest game of the year just in time for a matchup with the weak Chiefs secondary. He could get some WR3/Flex consideration if you're looking for ceiling.

WR Robert Woods, LAR - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Woods has a chance to return for the matchup with Seattle this week, and Week 16 brings a great matchup against Tennessee. He shouldn't be on the waiver wire.

WR Kendall Wright, CHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Wright had a frequent connection with Mitchell Trubisky this week, to the tune of ten receptions. If the team continues to allow Trubisky to pass more than 15 times against the Lions and Browns, Wright could be a suitable PPR emergency play.


Wide Receiver Downgrade

WR Nelson Agholor, PHI - Agholor is just emergency depth with Nick Foles at quarterback.

WR Robby Anderson, NYJ - Anderson has little to no hope of generating fantasy value without Josh McCown the next two weeks.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, BUF - Benjamin scored in the snow bowl, but he also re-injured his knee. He won't be of any use to us for the rest of the season.

WR Martavis Bryant, PIT - With no Juju Smith-Schuster and Ben Roethlisberger throwing for over 500 yards, surely Bryant had a big night? Nope, he wasn't on the same page as the quarterback on too many plays and he should return to a WR3 role when Smith-Schuster returns this week.

WR Amari Cooper, OAK - Cooper re-injured his ankle while blocking and probably won't be of any use to us for the rest of the season.

WR Jamison Crowder, WAS - Crowder was feeble in a feeble Washington offense. He probably won't face Patrick Peterson this week, but it's still hard to trust any part of this offense in the fantasy playoffs.

WR Mike Evans, TB - Evans hasn't been a strong fantasy factor in over a month, and he has been a liability the last two weeks. It's understandable to bench him against Atlanta this week.

WR Will Fuller, HOU - Fuller was back in Week 14, but TJ Yates only had eyes for DeAndre Hopkins. He's a true hail mary desperation play against Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.

WR Dontrelle Inman, CHI - Inman's tenure as the #1 receiver for Chicago may have been short. He fell off of the stat sheet in a good passing day for Mitchell Trubisky against the Bengals.

WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI - Jeffery goes from strong WR2 to boom/bust WR3/Flex with a smaller boom now that Carson Wentz is out.

WR Jermaine Kearse, NYJ - We will want no part of Kearse in our lineups the next two weeks with Josh McCown sidelined.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, DEN - Sanders is far outside of our playoff circle of trust with only one catch in Week 14 and no more than three catches of 16 receiving yards in any of the last four weeks.

WR Sterling Shepard, NYG - Shepard's high volume high floor PPR profile was busted in Week 14 against the Cowboys. He's only emergency depth at best and might not even be the best Giants wideout to play if you need one unless he gets off of the injury report.

WR Kenny Stills, MIA - One week after Stills appeared to move into the #2 receiver role in Jay Cutler's pecking order, he was an afterthought on a good passing night against New England. He's just bottom of the barrel emergency depth right now.

WR Trent Taylor, SF - Taylor could not maintain his PPR value from Week 13 to Week 14 and blended back into the background in the 49ers offense. He's droppable.


Wide Receiver Holding steady

WR Davante Adams, GB - Adams had a massive Week 14, but his value is holding steady because if Aaron Rodgers returns this week, he won't favor Adams the way Brett Hundley has.

WR Randall Cobb, GB - Cobb actually got enough targets to be relevant in PPR leagues this week, and if Aaron Rodgers returns, he might even add a score or two.

WR Michael Crabtree, OAK - Crabtree didn't have the hoped for outburst against the Chiefs, but he did enough in garbage time to salvage a decent game. With Amari Cooper hurt, he should be the clear #1 against the Cowboys and Eagles the next two weeks.

WR Rishard Matthews, TEN - We can't get too down on Matthews for being quiet against Patrick Peterson. This week against San Francisco presents a matchup that is WR3/Flexworthy.

WR Jordy Nelson, GB - Nelson continues to be of little use to us, but if Aaron Rodgers can return this week, he has to be in our lineups against Carolina.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT - Smith-Schuster was suspended for Week 14, but he'll be back to face the Patriots in what could be a shootout, and Martavis Bryant did nothing to take away his role as 2A in the pecking order while Smith-Schuster was out.

WR Michael Thomas, NO - Thomas is a hold steady and not an upgrade because a lot of his extra targets likely came because Alvin Kamara was out and Kamara should return for Week 15.

WR Sammy Watkins, LAR - Watkins scored against the Eagles to post an adequate week. He has good matchups against the Seahawks and Titans left and should stay in our lineups despite a lower ceiling this year.


Tight End Upgrade

TE Trey Burton, PHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Burton was the #1 tight end of Week 14 and he might even start in Week 15 if Zach Ertz is out of concussion protocol, but it's hard to like him as much with Nick Foles at quarterback.

TE Jared Cook, OAK - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Cook had a good week in a complete disaster of a trip to Arrowhead for the Raiders. That should keep him strong in streamer consideration this week against the Cowboys.

TE Eric Ebron, DET - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - It seems crazy that Ebron was one of the hits of Week 14 after the season he has had, but here we are. It's difficult to argue against him as a streamer this week against Chicago.

TE Hunter Henry, LAC - Henry's third straight strong week should give us confidence to play him as a strong TE1 against the Chiefs this week.

TE O.J. Howard, TB - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Forget about Cameron Brate's connection with Jameis Winston, it was Howard who ruled the Bucs tight end group in Week 14. He's back in streamer consideration going forward.

TE Jesse James, PIT - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - James wasn't breaking any big gains, but he was very sure-handed for Ben Roethlisberger in Week 14. His ceiling won't be as high when Roethlisberger isn't throwing for 500 yards, but he's worth a streamer look on momentum alone.

TE Adam Shaheen, CHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Shaheen had his second solid fantasy day in the last month, and he's facing a Lions defense that is very soft against the tight end this week and a similar Browns defense next week. He's worth a desperation play.


Tight End Downgrade

TE Stephen Anderson, HOU - Anderson was one of many Week 14 tight end busts as Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins got most of the targets for the Texans.

TE Cameron Brate, TB - Brate's return to relevance was short as he squandered a great matchup against the Lions and appeared to be behind rookie OJ Howard in the pecking order.

TE Zach Ertz, PHI - Ertz still had a headache on Sunday, so he might not be available this week, and even if he is, he has a lot less appeal with Nick Foles at quarterback.

TE Jimmy Graham, SEA - After everything Graham did for us, he was worthless against the Jaguars. If you survived his goose egg, we'll probably go back to him against the Rams this week.

TE Austin Hooper, ATL - Week 1's outburst is very small in the rear view mirror now and Hooper is causing too many interceptions for Matt Ryan to trust him at Tampa this week.

TE Tyler Kroft, CIN - Kroft joined the cavalcade of Week 14 tight end duds as the Bengals couldn't sustain drives against the Bears.

TE David Njoku, CLE - Njoku was quiet despite a nice passing day for DeShone Kizer against the Packers. Back to the waiver wire.

TE Greg Olsen, CAR - Olsen didn't look like he trusted his foot and shouldn't be played against the Packers this week, although you could hold him to see if things get better in time for Week 16.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI - Seals-Jones magical two-game stretch has dissipated into one or two catch games for two weeks now. He's only a deep desperation play against Washington.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ - Like the rest of the Jets, we don't want Seferian-Jenkins near our lineup with Josh McCown sidelined.

TE Ben Watson, BAL - Watson lost all streamer appeal with his zero in Week 14. He has good matchups against the Browns and Colts the next two weeks, but can't be trusted.


Tight End Holding steady

TE Delanie Walker, TEN - Walker seemed banged up at the end of the loss to Arizona, but if he's ready to go against the 49ers this week, he's one of the few sure TE1 plays in Week 15.

TE Jason Witten, DAL - Witten got a score against the Giants even though it was his only catch. He's a viable streamer in a good matchup against the Raiders this week.