Fantasy Football: Week Fifteen Waiver Wire Wide Receiver aka The Waiver Wire Is Like 7-11
It is week fifteen, the fantasy playoffs have arrived and the rules have changed. During the regular season, when you work towards building your roster, you are looking to win the lottery. Once the playoffs arrive, your roster is pretty much set. You know where you strengths and weaknesses are. But now, the only week that matters is this week. You need to be doing everything in your power to make sure of two things. First, that you are able to put the best starting lineup out there. Second, you need to do everything in your power to make sure your opponent can’t grab anyone that will help him. It doesn’t matter if you need them to help you win, because if your opponent needs them, then you need them more. So let us figure out which waiver wire wide receiver your opponents will be targeting and how you should respond.
Kendall Wright – Owned in 4% of leagues – Kendall Wright shared this little gem to a Bears beat reporter.
#Bears WR Kendall Wright: “Our group of receivers pride ourselves in getting open. We call ourselves ‘7-Eleven’ because we’re always open.”
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) December 11, 2017
Kendall Wright has caught 67% of the passes thrown his way this season, ranking him 82nd amongst all running backs, tight ends and wide receivers who have caught a pass this season. Only one other Chicago Bear was ranked higher on the list and he wasn’t a wide receiver. What I’m trying to say is just because you’re always open, doesn’t mean someone’s home. What is the point of being at work if you aren’t ever doing your job? Don’t let Kendall Wright’s week fourteen performance fool you. The Cincinnati Bengals defense looked like how the Chicago Bears wide receivers have looked all season. Decimated by injuries and utterly defeated.
Dede Westbrook – Owned in 30% of leagues – Over the past few weeks, Dede Westbrook has emerged as a low end WR2/high end WR3. In week fourteen, he had 5 catches for 81 yards and 1 touchdown. He will also be facing a Houston Texans team that is terrible against the pass. He is definitely a guy worth monitoring. If one of your opponents needs wide receiver help, you should get to Westbrook before he can.
Marquise Goodwin – Owned in 55% of leagues – Over the last four weeks, Marquise Goodwin has been a pretty solid WR2. It honestly came out of nowhere. Never in his career has he put together a stretch of games like he has. He has established himself as the number one option in San Francisco. With the handsome Jimmy Garoppolo looking like he might be a decent quarterback, it is hard to not like Goodwin’s upside.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I need to offer my deepest apologies to one Joshua Gordon. When it first came out that he was being reinstated into the NFL, many were ready to flock to alter of Gordon. I doubted. In his first week back, many were ready to place him in their fantasy football lineups. Still, I doubted. Now, it is too late for me. I must move forward bereft and alone. Lacking a Josh Gordon to bring me comfort.