Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups: Sleepers Available in Majority of Fantasy Leagues

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 15, 2021

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups: Sleepers Available in Majority of Fantasy Leagues

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    Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kendrick Bourne and Brevin Jordan entered the NFL season nowhere close to a majority of fantasy football rosters. 

    The trio of pass-catchers still are not rostered in a ton of Yahoo fantasy leagues, but they could be difference-makers throughout the postseason. 

    St. Brown has become Jared Goff's top target inside the Detroit Lions offense over the last two weeks, Bourne has been a reliable target for Mac Jones all season and Jordan emerged as a red-zone threat in the last few weeks for the Houston Texans. 

    There is still a risk that comes with picking up any of these players, but they are all trending in the right direction as the fantasy season comes to a conclusion.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit

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    Amon-Ra St. Brown received 12 targets from Jared Goff in each of the last two Detroit Lions games. 

    St. Brown produced 18 catches, 159 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos. 

    You are not going to find many wide receivers that produced those numbers with St. Brown's low roster percentage. St. Brown is rostered in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues as of Wednesday morning, per FantasyPros.

    St. Brown has a tough matchup on paper against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15, but they did give up 22 points and 217 passing yards to the Chicago Bears in Week 13. 

    St. Brown had six more targets than any other Detroit pass-catcher in Week 14. Goff could go back to him again on Sunday because of his high catch rate. 

    There is risk involved with picking up any Detroit Lions player at this point of the season, but if you pick up one, St. Brown is the man. 

Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England

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    Kendrick Bourne might be a waiver-wire afterthought heading into Week 15. 

    Bourne did not catch a pass in the run-heavy win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 13 and he is coming off the New England Patriots' Week 14 bye week. 

    Bourne may have been bypassed by St. Brown and other streaky wide receivers because he has not done much recently.

    That should not affect your overall opinion of the Patriots' second-best pass-catcher. He has at least four targets in six of his last seven games. 

    Bourne's fantasy value increased in the last month because of his scoring plays. He found the end zone twice in Week 12 and he also scored in Week 10. 

    On Saturday, Bourne faces an Indianapolis Colts defense that gives up the second-most passing touchdowns in the NFL with 26. 

    That could be the perfect matchup for Bourne, or any of the other New England pass-catchers to thrive in as the team chases the AFC's No. 1 seed. 

Brevin Jordan, TE, Houston

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    Brevin Jordan is the ultimate super sleeper that could come out of nowhere to affect fantasy football playoff matchups. 

    The Houston Texans tight end scored his third touchdown of the season in Week 14. Two of those scores came in the last three weeks. 

    Jordan became a more intriguing deep sleeper after he received seven targets in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He is barely rostered in any Yahoo fantasy league. 

    The rookie tight end, who has only been active since Week 8, brought in four of his seven targets for 26 yards. 

    Jordan might receive a similar, or higher, level of attention from Davis Mills in the coming weeks as both rookies look to impress the coaching staff. 

    Jordan proved he could be a reliable red-zone target, and now if he catches more balls, he could become the biggest waiver-wire steal of the fantasy postseason.