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 Tom Brady, NE
  2. QB Dak Prescott, DAL
  3. QB Andrew Luck, IND
  4. QB Patrick Mahomes, KC
  5. QB Josh Allen, BUF (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. QB Lamar Jackson, BAL (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. QB Carson Wentz, PHI
  8. QB Derek Carr, OAK (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  9. QB Josh Johnson, WAS (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  10. QB Nick Mullens, SF (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  11. QB Ryan Tannehill, MIA (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  12. QB Sam Darnold, NYJ (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)

Quarterback Downgrade

  1. QB Cam Newton, CAR
  2. QB Deshaun Watson, HOU
  3. QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
  4. QB Drew Brees, NO
  5. QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI
  6. QB Jameis Winston, TB
  7. QB Jared Goff, LAR

Quarterback Holding steady

  1. QB Marcus Mariota, TEN
  2. QB Baker Mayfield, CLE
  3. QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  4. QB Matt Ryan, ATL

Running Back Upgrade

  1. RB Derrick Henry, TEN (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. RB Justin Jackson, LAC (waiver wire: 50+%)
  3. RB Jaylen Samuels, PIT (waiver wire: 50+%)
  4. RB Spencer Ware, KC
  5. RB Elijah McGuire, NYJ (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. RB Damien Williams, KC (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. RB Kenneth Dixon, BAL (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  8. RB Jordan Howard, CHI (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  9. RB Chris Ivory, BUF (waiver wire: 1%)
  10. RB Zach Zenner, DET (waiver wire: 1%)

Running Back Downgrade

  1. RB LeGarrette Blount, DET
  2. RB Isaiah Crowell, NYJ
  3. RB LeSean McCoy, BUF
  4. RB Austin Ekeler, LAC
  5. RB James White, NE
  6. RB Nyheim Hines, IND
  7. RB Alvin Kamara, NO
  8. RB Stevan Ridley, PIT
  9. RB Josh Adams, PHI
  10. RB Leonard Fournette, JAX
  11. RB Mark Ingram, NO
  12. RB Dion Lewis, TEN
  13. RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN
  14. RB Ty Montgomery, BAL
  15. RB Todd Gurley, LAR

Running Back Holding steady

  1. RB David Johnson, ARI
  2. RB Sony Michel, NE
  3. RB Lamar Miller, HOU

Wide Receiver Upgrade

  1. WR Amari Cooper, DAL
  2. WR T.Y. Hilton, IND
  3. WR Jarvis Landry, CLE
  4. WR Julian Edelman, NE
  5. WR Robby Anderson, NYJ (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. WR Kenny Stills, MIA (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. WR Dede Westbrook, JAX (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  8. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
  9. WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI
  10. WR Julio Jones, ATL
  11. WR Randall Cobb, GB (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  12. WR Robert Foster, BUF (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  13. WR DaeSean Hamilton, DEN (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  14. WR Dante Pettis, SF (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  15. WR Isaiah McKenzie, BUF (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  16. WR Taywan Taylor, TEN (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  17. WR Donte Moncrief, JAX (waiver wire: 1%)
  18. WR Zach Pascal, IND (waiver wire: 1%)
  19. WR Tim Patrick, DEN (waiver wire: 1%)

Wide Receiver Downgrade

  1. WR Odell Beckham, NYG
  2. WR Chris Godwin, TB
  3. WR Kenny Golladay, DET
  4. WR Zay Jones, BUF
  5. WR DeVante Parker, MIA
  6. WR Courtland Sutton, DEN
  7. WR Antonio Callaway, CLE
  8. WR Devin Funchess, CAR
  9. WR Calvin Ridley, ATL
  10. WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
  11. WR Golden Tate, PHI

Wide Receiver Holding steady

  1. WR Antonio Brown, PIT
  2. WR Brandin Cooks, LAR
  3. WR Corey Davis, TEN
  4. WR Tyreek Hill, KC

Tight End Upgrade

  1. TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
  2. TE George Kittle, SF
  3. TE Ian Thomas, CAR (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  4. TE Jared Cook, OAK
  5. TE Cameron Brate, TB
  6. TE Evan Engram, NYG
  7. TE Dallas Goedert, PHI (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  8. TE Ryan Griffin, HOU (waiver wire: 1%)
  9. TE Jordan Thomas, HOU (waiver wire: 1%)

Tight End Downgrade

  1. TE Jordan Reed, WAS
  2. TE Jonnu Smith, TEN
  3. TE Chris Herndon, NYJ
  4. TE Mark Andrews, BAL
  5. TE Jimmy Graham, GB

Quarterback Upgrade

QB Josh Allen, BUF - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Allen's turnovers contributed to the loss to the Jets, the Bills wouldn't have a chance to win without him either. He had another strong day as a runner and added enough as a passer to be a fantasy QB1 this week. He'll face a Lions defense that is coming on, but still carry QB1 value into Week 15.

QB Tom Brady, NE - Brady's team lost in the most memorable fashion, but he was still very effective and has his full complement healthy weapons as we head into the semis of most leagues. He also has a terrific matchup against a Steelers defense that couldn't stop Derek Carr.

QB Derek Carr, OAK - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Most of Carr's excellent games have come at home, like his Week 14 effort to beat the Steelers, but he gets a sagging Bengals this week on the road and might merit QB2/Superflex consideration.

QB Sam Darnold, NYJ - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Darnold got off to a slow start, got banged up, and wasn't a fantasy force, but he warmed up as the game went on and ended up doing enough for his team to win on the road. He'll face a vulnerable Texans secondary on Saturday.

QB Lamar Jackson, BAL - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - The Ravens didn't lose because of Jackson thanks to a missed a field goal, but if they had gotten a 4th and 9 stop, that would have never mattered. He is still a work in progress as a passer, but he did enough to give the Ravens and his fantasy teams a strong chance to win. As long as Joe Flacco isn't announced as the Week 15 starter, Jackson will be a QB1 option in Week 15 against Tampa.

QB Josh Johnson, WAS - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Johnson was as good as many Week 14 starters but accomplished his damage in one quarter. He will get a tough Jacksonville defense, but his running ability and invigoration of the offense make him a QB2/Superflex candidate.

QB Andrew Luck, IND - All Andrew Luck needs to be a strong fantasy play is TY Hilton and Eric Ebron. He got some contributions from other receivers, but that duo again did the heavy lifting as the Colts got a road win to keep them alive in the playoff hunt. This week they get a challenge when the Cowboys come to town but it will be hard to bench Luck.

QB Patrick Mahomes, KC - Once again, Patrick Mahomes was slowed down and even solved by an opposing defense for a long stretch and still posted a very strong fantasy day for his teams. This week, he'll get the team he lit up in Week 1 - the Chargers.

QB Nick Mullens, SF - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Mullens lit it up for the second straight week, but this time against a defense that wasn't in garbage time mode. He'll face Seattle this week, but at home where he has been a solid quarterback, and with an emerging Dante Pettis and dominant George Kittle.

QB Dak Prescott, DAL - Prescott to Cooper might end up being the hookup of the fantasy playoffs. Cooper was far and away the #1 receiver and Prescott the #1 quarterback on Sunday. The schedule is going to be favorable for the pass going forward, which is moving Prescott firmly into the QB1 tier.

QB Ryan Tannehill, MIA - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Tannehill is benefiting from playcalling, his teammates, and good old luck, but he's putting together solid fantasy weeks in the process. He'll face a sometimes tough Minnesota defense in Week 15, but is worth a QB2/Superflex look.

QB Carson Wentz, PHI - Welcome back to the QB1 ranks, Mr. Wentz. The Eagles quarterback scratched and clawed in a tough matchup, got his team to overtime, but his defense couldn't make a stop. Wentz had a long touchdown pass overturned by a questionable penalty and put up strong numbers without the help of a big Zach Ertz game. He'll be a boom/bust QB1 at the Rams in a possible shootout this week.


Quarterback Downgrade

QB Drew Brees, NO - Brees had his second floor game in a row in a disturbing trend. He has another vulnerable NFC South defense on the schedule this week, but also plays outdoors. He's not an automatic in the second week of most league's fantasy playoffs.

QB Jared Goff, LAR - Goff had his worst game since the Jeff Fisher days against the Bears. He hasn't looked like a dangerous passer for two weeks now. While he has a great matchup against the Eagles and might still be a quality fantasy option this week, the Week 14 result might have sunk teams looking forward to Week 15.

QB Cam Newton, CAR - Newton wasn't that imposing as a runner or passer at Cleveland and it didn't help that Christian McCaffrey ran in both of the team's scores. With playoff hopes fading, Newton isn't a QB1 against an underrated Saints defense.

QB Aaron Rodgers, GB - Rodgers made a few excellent throws, including two for scores, but he didn't help fantasy teams, at least in part because the Falcons got rolled early in this game. The Bears are up in Week 15, meaning Rodgers is a very risky play.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI - Trubisky's accuracy was off badly more than once and he wasn't efficiently moving the offense against the Rams. The Packers defense should be an easier draw in Week 15, but Trubisky might not be your best quarterback option.

QB Deshaun Watson, HOU - Watson wasn't able to keep pace with Andrew Luck in the first loss for the Texans in ten weeks. DeAndre Hopkins was surprisingly held down by the Colts defense and two of the team scores went to running backs. He'll still be a low QB1 against the Jets, but not a clear start in the fantasy semis.

QB Jameis Winston, TB - Winston was on his way to one of the best fantasy performances of Week 14 before he got banged up and struggled to a loss in the second half. He faces the Ravens this week and shouldn't be in start one quarterback lineups.


Quarterback Holding steady

QB Marcus Mariota, TEN - Mariota was a dud in Week 14, but he didn't need to be more against the Jaguars because of Derrick Henry. He has a decent matchup against the Giants and should be in QB2/Superflex consideration.

QB Baker Mayfield, CLE - Mayfield was better than his bottom line looked in Week 14. He'll get a Denver defense that is unpredictable on Saturday, but has firmly put himself in QB2/Superflex consideration.

QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - We'll never understand why Roethlisberger was out for so much of the second half, but he still had a solid fantasy afternoon against the Raiders and should be a strong play at home in Week 15 against a vulnerable Patriots defense assuming his rib injury is as minor as it looked when he returned to the game.

QB Matt Ryan, ATL - Ryan only had a good fantasy day because his team fell out of contention early and gave him the benefit of garbage time. He returns home and projects as a boom/bust QB1 against the Cardinals this week.


Running Back Upgrade

RB Kenneth Dixon, BAL - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Dixon was playing very well against the Chiefs and accounted for the team's rushing score. He is still behind Gus Edwards, but Edwards has been on the injury report and Dixon could earn more work against the Bucs this week, as the team suggested when they said his role should grow.

RB Derrick Henry, TEN - (waiver wire: 50+%) - You didn't have Henry in against the Jaguars, and he might have even been dropped in shallow leagues. He is lethal against tired December defenses and should be considered a high ceiling RB2 play against the Giants.

RB Jordan Howard, CHI - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Howard got a rare 100-yard game against the Rams and might be heating up as we move into the cold weather part of the season. He might be worth a flex play against the Packers.

RB Chris Ivory, BUF - (waiver wire: 1%) - Ivory will likely get the start against the Lions with LeSean McCoy nursing a hamstring injury, but his ceiling is low against a strong run defense, especially considering that Josh Allen appears to be the biggest part of the Bills running game right now.

RB Justin Jackson, LAC - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Jackson was a disappointment in Week 14 after his dazzling fourth quarter in Week 13, but Melvin Gordon isn't a sure thing to be ready for a Thursday night game in Week 15, and Austin Ekeler had a stinger that could make him unavailable on a short week of rest. There's some chance that Jackson is the starting running back for the Chargers this week.

RB Elijah McGuire, NYJ - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - McGuire has a chance to start in Week 15 against the Texans on Saturday after Isaiah Crowell's Week 15 was ended early with a foot injury. His ceiling is low but he could help teams in a jam at running back.

RB Jaylen Samuels, PIT - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Samuels dominated the touches in the Steelers backfield in Week 14 despite talk of a committee. He didn't get the rushing score, but he was a strong presence in the passing game and has a high ceiling against the Patriots with a James Conner return looking like a remote possibility.

RB Spencer Ware, KC - Ware left Week 14 with a shoulder injury, which is worrisome on a short week of rest for Week 15, but he also looked a lot more like the back he was in 2016 against the Ravens. He's a strong but moderately risky Week 15 play as long as he is active.

RB Damien Williams, KC - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Williams wasn't a huge part of the Chiefs offense, but he still scored twice and created some hope as a desperation play when you combine that outcome with Spencer Ware carrying a shoulder issue into Week 15 on a short week of rest, and perhaps more if Ware can't play.

RB Zach Zenner, DET - (waiver wire: 1%) - Zenner could get the lion's share of the Lions carries this week at Buffalo after he replaced a fumbling LeGarrette Blount, but the matchup and setting will be tough.


Running Back Downgrade

RB Josh Adams, PHI - Adams was still the lead back in Week 14, but he was barely used against the Cowboys. He could be a smaller part of the game plan once again vs. the Rams in Week 15.

RB LeGarrette Blount, DET - Blount fumbled and gave way to Zach Zenner in the win over the Cardinals. He is of no use to us against the Bills this week.

RB Isaiah Crowell, NYJ - Crowell left Week 14 with a foot injury. The Jets play on Saturday, which hurts his chances of being ready for Week 15.

RB Austin Ekeler, LAC - Ekeler suffered another stinger and might have trouble being ready for Week 15 on a short rest for a Thursday game. Melvin Gordon should be back by Week 16, so Ekeler's time as the starter could be over.

RB Leonard Fournette, JAX - Fournette was held in check by the Titans at every turn in Week 14. He is still an RB2 going into a matchup with the fading Washington team, but only a starter on volume, not momentum.

RB Todd Gurley, LAR - It's not like we are going to bench Gurley if we survived his Week 14 dud, but it was dismaying to see him contained so easily by a good defense.

RB Nyheim Hines, IND - Hines wasn't featured in the passing game like he was in Week 13 and in the first matchup with the Jaguars, and was a non-factor for fantasy leagues in Week 14. He's just a desperation play against the Cowboys this week.

RB Mark Ingram, NO - Ingram was able to score to salvage his week, but he isn't breaking off long runs or getting in a groove this year. He's just a flex play against the Panthers.

RB Alvin Kamara, NO - Kamara is still an engine of the Saints offense, but the big plays and touchdown chances are not coming in bunches any more. He's a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues, but his value is waning.

RB Dion Lewis, TEN - Lewis still has some marginal PPR value, but at this time of year, the backfield shifts to Derrick Henry.

RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN - Lindsay was finally slowed down, both by a strong defensive performance and unfavorable game script. The Broncos momentum is slowed as they face Cleveland on Saturday and Lindsay's RB1 status took a hit.

RB LeSean McCoy, BUF - McCoy left Week 14 with a hamstring injury. Even if he is active for Week 15, he'll face a tough Lions run defense and carry injury aggravation risk.

RB Ty Montgomery, BAL - Montgomery has fallen to third-string behind Kenneth Dixon after it appeared that they would share the backup job in Week 13.

RB Stevan Ridley, PIT - Ridley got the rushing touchdown but he wasn't in anything resembling a committee with Jaylen Samuels. He's not an essential handcuff for the rest of the playoffs.

RB James White, NE - White was a smaller part of the Patriots offense in Week 14 and is only a flex PPR play heading into a matchup with the Steelers.


Running Back Holding steady

RB David Johnson, ARI - Johnson at least racked up a lot of short receptions for PPR value in Week 14, and wasn't expected to do much as a runner against Snacks Harrison and company. This week, he'll get an easier matchup at Atlanta.

RB Sony Michel, NE - Tom Brady actually ran into Michel on one of his goal line carries, which led to fullback James Develin vulturing yet another touchdown. Michel should still lead the team in carries against the Steelers and merit a flex play.

RB Lamar Miller, HOU - Miller was held in check by the Colts run defense, but also yielded a rushing score to Alfred Blue and had his highest reception total of the season. He's still an RB2 against the Jets this week.


Wide Receiver Upgrade

WR Robby Anderson, NYJ - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Anderson's talent is rising to the surface just in time to use him against the vulnerable Texans secondary on Saturday. He is a dangerous downfield receiver and he showed some great skill on his touchdown against the Bills.

WR Randall Cobb, GB - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Cobb had a big game in Week 1 against the Bears including a long game-winning score. He had a terrific touchdown catch in Week 14 and could help beef up WR3/Flex options over the next two weeks.

WR Amari Cooper, DAL - Cooper has had a whole season's worth of production for some receivers in two games against the Eagles. He has two remaining matchup against not very imposing secondaries, starting with the Colts this week.

WR Julian Edelman, NE - Edelman had his first high volume since Rob Gronkowski came back with great results. He should be a major piece of the Patriots attack against the Steelers ineffective zone defense.

WR Robert Foster, BUF - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Foster has been productive since securing a big role in the Bills passing game and could be a hit again in Week 15 if he avoids Darius Slay and the weather cooperates.

WR DaeSean Hamilton, DEN - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Hamilton was the leader of the Broncos passing game and should be a key player down the stretch. He has a great opportunity against the Browns this Saturday.

WR T.Y. Hilton, IND - You wouldn't have known that Hilton was a game-time decision on Sunday. He had yet another massive game in Reliant Stadium to help fantasy teams advance in the playoffs. He'll be a strong WR1 despite the tough matchup against the Cowboys.

WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI - Jeffery's value is back out of the doldrums after he scored and posted his highest reception total since Week 7. He'll have WR3/Flex value in a potentially high-scoring matchup against the Rams.

WR Julio Jones, ATL - Jones bounced back from his worst game of the year with his best. He might tangle with Patrick Peterson frequently in Week 15, but his performance should create confidence.

WR Jarvis Landry, CLE - Landry looked explosive and shifty on his long run and dangerous as a downfield receiver on his long touchdown. He has had two straight strong weeks heading into a matchup with the Chris Harris-less Broncos.

WR Isaiah McKenzie, BUF - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - McKenzie is playing a role in the backfield with LeSean McCoy banged up and he is also a speedy downfield receiver for Josh Allen. Add him to the viable desperation play option list.

WR Donte Moncrief, JAX - (waiver wire: 1%) - Moncrief is a weekly and perennial disappointment, but he's getting plenty of opportunity and easily could have had over 100 yards in Week 14 with Cody Kessler's strong deep ball placement. Washington is running out of gas, so Moncrief could hit as a hail mary.

WR Zach Pascal, IND - (waiver wire: 1%) - Maybe it's just the matchup with the Texans, but Pascal had his second solid game of the year in Week 14. He could be a surprise hit in Week 15 if Byron Jones does a good job on TY Hilton.

WR Tim Patrick, DEN - (waiver wire: 1%) - Patrick, not Courtland Sutton, was the young big receiver catching everything thrown his way in Week 14 with Emmanuel Sanders out. He has some desperation play value against the Browns.

WR Dante Pettis, SF - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Pettis caught a touchdown for the third straight week, and should be in WR3/Flex consideration against the Seahawks defense he lit up two weeks ago.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT - Smith-Schuster did everything could to help the Steelers avoid the loss at Oakland. He is a boom/bust WR1 at this point, and is a must play against the Patriots.

WR Kenny Stills, MIA - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Stills finally had the big game we had been waiting for since Week 1. While he was on benches (if he was even on rosters) there's hope of Week 15 contributions against the Vikings as long Ryan Tannehill is healthy enough to be effective.

WR Taywan Taylor, TEN - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Taylor is back and shining as the Titans main deep threat. He could hit as a desperation play against the Giants this week.

WR Dede Westbrook, JAX - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Westbrook was the Jaguars best player on either side of the ball and showed some great skill in the loss to the Titans. Cody Kessler is throwing reasonably well for a backup and the Washington defense is running on fumes. He could have some value as a WR3/Flex.


Wide Receiver Downgrade

WR Odell Beckham, NYG - Beckham was a shocking scratch in Week 14 with a thigh injury, but there's some hope that he could return against the Titans this week.

WR Antonio Callaway, CLE - Callaway was becoming the #1 deep threat for the Browns, but it was Breshad Perriman who caught the deep ball in Week 14 and Callaway was a non-factor in the offense. He's not really in desperation play consideration against the Broncos this week.

WR Devin Funchess, CAR - Funchess didn't know the ball was coming on a possible score and appears to be fifth in the pecking order for target on the Panthers. He's droppable heading into Week 15.

WR Chris Godwin, TB - Godwin led the Bucs in targets and caught... one of them. This week against the Ravens he'll have a tougher matchup and is slipping out of WR3/Flex rankings.

WR Kenny Golladay, DET - Golladay was easily contained by Patrick Peterson in Arizona this week and he'll draw Tre'Davious White and the Bills in Week 15. He's a boom/bust WR3/Flex and maybe not even that this week.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU - Hopkins was held down by the Colts in one of Week 14's biggest disappointments. He'll have a good matchup against the Jets this week, but might not be a DFS go-to after this down week.

WR Zay Jones, BUF - Jones took a backseat to Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie in the Bills somewhat meager passing game. He's back to the bottom of desperation play rankings with Darius Slay and the Lions up this week.

WR DeVante Parker, MIA - Parker faded back into the background with Kenny Stills putting up his best game since Week 1. He's not even a desperation play against the Vikings.

WR Calvin Ridley, ATL - Ridley was a mere footnote in the Falcons offense, even during garbage time. He's droppable heading into a matchup with the Cardinals despite the likelihood of avoiding Patrick Peterson.

WR Courtland Sutton, DEN - Sutton got a big opportunity as the Broncos #1 receiver when Emmanuel Sanders went down, but wasn't a big part of the Broncos offense against the 49ers. He's just a desperation play against the Browns this week.

WR Golden Tate, PHI - One week after Tate was successfully integrated into the offense, he was an afterthought against the Cowboys. It will be very difficult to trust him despite the good matchup against the Rams this week.


Wide Receiver Holding steady

WR Antonio Brown, PIT - The air went out of Brown (and his fantasy teams) balloon when Ben Roethlisberger missed most of the second half. He'll still bring his A game against the Patriots and can potentially put fantasy teams on his back in Week 15 if they survived his down game.

WR Brandin Cooks, LAR - Cooks was powerless to get free against a stifling Bears defense, but this week he'll get the Eagles secondary that Amari Cooper torched in Week 14. He should help teams in the semis if he didn't hurt them so badly they lost in Week 14.

WR Corey Davis, TEN - It was reasonable to expect little from Davis against the Jaguars. This week brings a beatable Giants defense and Marcus Mariota is still playing well enough to support WR3/Flex value from Davis.

WR Tyreek Hill, KC - Hill gutted out a foot injury and saved his team (and fantasy teams), and should be able to play in Week 15.


Tight End Upgrade

TE Cameron Brate, TB - Brate to Winston in the red zone was in effect again in Week 14, as Brate caught two passes, both for touchdowns. Baltimore's defense is one of the best in the league, but that could actually induce Jameis Winston to stay safe with the ball and target Brate more in the short passing game.

TE Jared Cook, OAK - Jared Cook reliable fantasy asset? It has been that way for the past month after a mid-season slump. He has a terrific matchup this week and should be considered a strong TE1.

TE Evan Engram, NYG - Engram had the biggest play in the Giants passing game, but the volume stayed low because Washington couldn't put up a fight. He made it through the game without aggravating his hamstring problem and should still be a low TE1 even if Odell Beckham returns.

TE Dallas Goedert, PHI - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Goedert's usage has been maddeningly inconsistent this year, but when he is used, he can come through for fantasy lineups. He should have had two touchdowns and around 100 yards yesterday, but a second score was overturned by a questionable penalty. He has a high ceiling as a streamer against the Rams if the Eagles actually use him.

TE Ryan Griffin, HOU - (waiver wire: 1%) - Griffin hasn't been consistent this year, but he caught all five of his targets and posted his highest yardage total of the season in Week 14. There are worse reasons to pick an emergency streaming tight end against the Jets.

TE Rob Gronkowski, NE - Gronkowski has come full circle this year and returned to Week 1 form despite being remembered for his missed tackle on the final play against Miami. He has lit up the Steelers in the past and should be a strong TE1 this week.

TE George Kittle, SF - Kittle was the best player on the field when the 49ers played the Broncos in Week 14. The Seattle matchup will be tougher, but Kittle could still be a week-winner.

TE Ian Thomas, CAR - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Thomas was the most frequent target for Cam Newton, which is likely due to his shoulder troubles. He should once again be a high volume receiver against the Saints on Monday night.

TE Jordan Thomas, HOU - (waiver wire: 1%) - Thomas caught all four of his targets against the Colts. This despite Ryan Griffin and Jordan Akins also getting seven targets. He's worth a desperation play at tight end against the Jets.


Tight End Downgrade

TE Mark Andrews, BAL - Andrews wasn't able to haul in either of his targets against the Chiefs despite a great matchup. The Bucs have also been vulnerable against tight ends, but Andrews is impossible to trust after the Week 14 dud.

TE Jimmy Graham, GB - Graham's volume dropped back to unusable levels for fantasy football in Week 14. The Bears are up in Week 15, which isn't comforting if you have to rely Graham.

TE Chris Herndon, NYJ - Herndon's run of fantasy relevance is winding down with two straight poor weeks. Robby Anderson is back as the #1 receiver, so Herndon is only a desperation play against the Texans.

TE Jordan Reed, WAS - Reed's foot injury ended his Week 14 prematurely and may do the same for his season.

TE Jonnu Smith, TEN - Smith is likely out for at least Week 15 and possibly longer after suffering a knee injury against the Jaguars.