Several of the top Week 15 fantasy waiver wire pickups are guys we told you to add last week. Handcuff RBs Theo Riddick, Peyton Barber, Mike Davis, and Kerwynn Williams are all owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, yet all led their respective teams in carries, be it because of injury or simply because they're taking over. Rod Smith made his case for more touches in Dallas, and with a favorable matchup next week, he could also be a free agent difference-maker in fantasy football playoffs.
Of course, with fewer teams still active in fantasy leagues, perhaps there's a reason these backup RBs remain on the wire. Finding the right TE and D/ST streamer might be more important, and our full waiver list is loaded with options at both positions. Don't get bounced from championship contention because you're playing it too safe.
It's win-or-go-home time for most fantasy owners, so don't be afraid to use your waiver claim. And if you don't need anyone for Week 15, look ahead to Week 16 and find some favorable matchups.
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 15
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Theo Riddick, RB, Lions. Riddick was all over the field for the Lions against the Bucs, leading the team in carries and rushing yards (10 rushes for 29 yards), finishing second in targets (10), and scoring twice (four-yard run, 18-yard run). Tion Green only had five carries for 15 yards. Even when Ameer Abdullah (neck) returns, Riddick should be heavily involved in the Lions' game plan.
Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers. Doug Martin got the start and dominated early carries for the Bucs, even scoring a one-yard TD, but Barber took over later in the game after Martin lost a fumble, leading the team in carries (12) and rushing yards (58). If Martin's healthy, it seems unlikely he'll be relegated to the bench full-time while Barber racks up 20-plus carries, but after another disappointing performance from Martin (10 carries, 26 yards), Barber could easily be the lead back in this platoon going forward.
Rod Smith, RB, Cowboys. Make no mistake, Alfred Morris was the Cowboys lead back again in Week 14, rushing 19 times for 62 yards compared to Smith's six carries for 47 yards, but Smith made the big plays, scoring on an 81-yard pass and a 15-yard run. Smith has now scored in three straight games, and although some of his TDs can be considered "fluky" or "garbage," he's still getting the job done and proving to be a valuable piece of Dallas's Ezekiel Elliott-less backfield. He can have value next week against the Raiders' porous run defense.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers. Garoppolo turned in another solid performance in Week 14, completing 20 of 33 passes for 334 yards and a score. He's averaged 313.5 yards in his two starts, and he gets another plus matchup in Week 15 at home against Tennessee. It's unlikely you'll need to turn to Garoppolo if you're still competing at this point in the season, but he's not a bad option if you don't like your QB's matchup.
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Mike Davis, RB, Seahawks. Davis continued to cement himself as Seattle's lead back, running 15-plus times for the second straight week. Davis has averaged at least four yards per carry each game, and while he doesn't have any TDs, next week's matchup against the Rams should yield bigger rushing numbers and a better chance at a touchdown. As long as his rib injury isn't too serious, Davis looks like a solid option.
Trey Burton, TE, Eagles. With Zach Ertz (concussion) on the sidelines against the Rams, Burton stepped up, catching five of six targets for 71 yards and two TDs. Burton's Week 15 value will depend on a couple things, mostly notably Ertz's status. Carson Wentz's status is also up in the air for next week, and if he's out, that would also hurt Burton. Still, with a matchup against the Giants, who allow the most fantasy points to TEs, Burton could pay off regardless of other circumstances.
For even more potential waiver and free agent pickups for Week 15, check out our full list.