Chargers running back Justin Jackson

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 15

Justin Jackson and Curtis Samuel are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
December 11, 2018 - 10:26 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues.

1. Justin Jackson, (RB, Los Angeles Chargers) – Jackson still isn't owned in enough leagues and leading up to a showdown against the Chiefs on Thursday night, neither Melvin Gordon or Austin Ekeler are practicing. Ekeler is believed to be a long shot to play as he deals with a stinger and is now in concussion protocol as well. Jackson would assume the lead role and receive plenty of work in both the passing and running game, making him the surefire No. 1 addition in a do-or-die week.

2. Curtis Samuel, (WR, Carolina Panthers) – Over his last four games, Samuel has notched either 80 yards or a touchdown in each outing. Along with D.J. Moore, he's emerged as a primary target for Cam Newton. He has averaged seven targets over the last four weeks and has the ability to take any touch to the house. The Panthers host the Saints in a game that they must win to keep their playoff hopes alive. If nothing else, they'll be wanting to play spoiler against their NFC South rivals and going all out to do so. 

3. Dante Pettis, (WR, San Francisco 49ers) – Pettis has been on a tear and, other than George Kittle, has been the focal point of the 49ers' passing attack since returning from injury. He has seen seven targets in each of the last three games and has four touchdowns to go with 85-yard average over that span. He'll now face a Seattle defense that he torched two weeks ago to the tune of five receptions for 129 yards and two scores. Pettis is worth a play as a flex or WR3. 

4. Elijah McGuire, (RB, New York Jets) – In a tough matchup against Buffalo last week, McGuire took the reins at running back after Isaiah Crowell left the game. He scored a touchdown and pile up 83 yards on 20 touches. The key is whether Crowell and quarterback Sam Darnold miss this week, but even then, McGuire will be a desperation flex going up against a Texans defense that ranks second in Football Outsiders' rush DVOA and first in pass DVOA to running backs. 

5. Kenneth Dixon, (RB, Baltimore Ravens) – Dixon has had back-to-back weeks with nine touches popped one to the end zone while totaling 80 yards Sunday. The Ravens expect Dixon's role to grow, coach John Harbaugh said Monday. The Ravens face a Buccaneers squad that ranks 26th in 4for4's schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed and 30th in rush DVOA. 

6. Kenny Stills (WR, Miami Dolphins) – With Ryan Tannehill back in action, Stills is making the most of his targets. He has seen 15 passes thrown his way over the last two weeks, converting them into 172 yards, 12 receptions and two touchdowns. He'll have a tough matchup in facing the Vikings' vaunted pass defense this week, but Stills is a big play waiting to happen and the Dolphins are going to have a ton of confidence coming off of the "Miracle in Miami" win over their rival Patriots.  

7. Damien Williams, (RB, Kansas City Chiefs) – Williams played 50 percent of the snaps and had 12 touches that he turned into 30 yards and two red-zone touchdowns. Spencer Ware played 48 percent of the snaps and left the game for a little bit, which caused a slight inflation of Williams' numbers. While it looks like the Chiefs want to use Williams in the red zone more, he's nothing more than a desperation flex play. 

8. Ian Thomas, (TE, Carolina Panthers) – Thomas led the Panthers with 11 targets last week. Since Greg Olsen's injury, Thomas has had 16 targets in two games and snagged 14 of them for 123 yards receiving. Thomas is on the list because of how thin the tight end position is. If you're in need of a tight end, Thomas is your guy. He does have a tough matchup against New Orleans, but Tampa Bay tight end Cameron Brate did just score two touchdowns on them last week. 

9. Chris Ivory, (RB, Buffalo Bills) – Ivory would be next man up if LeSean McCoy misses time with his hamstring injury that forced him from the game Sunday. Ivory didn't do a whole lot on his 12 totes, but it's the volume you're after. The Bills should be able to hang with the Lions, giving Ivory the chance at 15 to 20 touches and the possibility of falling into the end zone. That's all you can ask for if McCoy misses this one. 

10. DaeSean Hamilton/Tim Patrick, (WR, Denver Broncos) – With the loss of Emmanuel Sanders, it was Hamilton and Patrick that filled the void. Hamilton caught seven of nine targets for 47 yards and got into the end zone. Meanwhile, Patrick led the team with 10 targets, catching seven balls for 85 yards while adding 11 yards on one rushing attempt. Denver plays Cleveland next, which is a difficult matchup, but the targets are promising.

Just missed: John Kelly, Rashaad Penny, Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith, Jamaal Williams, Giovani Bernard, Chase Edmonds, Robert Foster, Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, DeVante Parker, Mohamed Sanu and Vernon Davis.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​