It’s now time for fantasy football owners to look toward Week 15, hopefully with (depending on the situation) a playoff spot secured, a playoff win in-hand or a healthy cumulative consolation bracket score to start off with for Week 14. Waiver wire adds have to be calculated at this point in the season, primarily to exploit matchups or to hone in on guys that are stepping into a prominent role.
With that, here are nine must-adds from your Week 15 fantasy football waiver wire.
Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers
Stepping in for the injured Greg Olsen (foot), Thomas had nine catches (on 11 targets) for 77 yards against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He now has 14 catches on 16 targets over the last two games, with at least five targets in four of the last five games he has gotten a target. Olsen is out for the season, so Thomas’ role is not going away.
Two of Carolina’s final three games come against the New Orleans Saints, who entered Week 14 allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends (ESPN PPR scoring) with just one touchdown allowed to the position all season. But Buccaneers’ tight end Cameron Brate had two touchdowns against them on Sunday, so there’s a path for Thomas to produce.
Thomas remaining matchup is against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. They are a mid-pack defense against tight ends all the way around, but the overall vulnerability of their defense is notable.
In this tight end environment, despite a schedule that doesn’t scream fantasy schedule, Thomas is a legit TE1 from here on out.
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