Published: Dec. 8, 2014 at 12:18 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 at 07:49 p.m.

Fantasy Waiver Wire - Week 15

The waiver wire is one of the most important keys to finding success in the world of fantasy football. Each week, I'll offer up 10 players you need to target off the free-agent market as you look to reach your ultimate goal -- winning a league championship! And if you play in a deeper, or highly competitive league and all 10 of these players are already owned, be sure to check out our weekly deep dive waiver wire targets for some high upside players to aim for heading into Week 15.

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  • Murray has clearly emerged into the top running back in Oakland, as he led the team in carries (23) and rushing yards (76) in a shocking win over the San Francisco 49ers. The talented youngster needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues, especially with a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs next on the slate. He torched them for two touchdowns on four carries in Week 12. 10

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    1. Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders (18.0 percent owned)

    Murray has clearly emerged into the top running back in Oakland, as he led the team in carries (23) and rushing yards (76) in a shocking win over the San Francisco 49ers. The talented youngster needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues, especially with a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs next on the slate. He torched them for two touchdowns on four carries in Week 12.

  • Stewart went off against the New Orleans Saints, rushing for 155 yards and one touchdown to finish with a solid 21.5 fantasy points. While it was his first eye-popping stat line of the season, he does figure to be the top back in Carolina while DeAngelo Williams is on the sidelines. He's worth an add heading into what should be a favorable matchup versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 9

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    2. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers (15.7 percent owned)

    Stewart went off against the New Orleans Saints, rushing for 155 yards and one touchdown to finish with a solid 21.5 fantasy points. While it was his first eye-popping stat line of the season, he does figure to be the top back in Carolina while DeAngelo Williams is on the sidelines. He's worth an add heading into what should be a favorable matchup versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • When Rashad Jennings returned from an injured knee a few weeks back, a lot of fantasy owners dropped Williams. Well, that proved to be a mistake. The rookie went for 131 yards, one touchdown and recorded 20.7 fantasy points in a win over the Tennessee Titans. Even if Jennings (ankle) is ready to roll for Week 15, Williams now needs to be added as a valuable fantasy handcuff. 8

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    3. Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants (46.1 percent owned)

    When Rashad Jennings returned from an injured knee a few weeks back, a lot of fantasy owners dropped Williams. Well, that proved to be a mistake. The rookie went for 131 yards, one touchdown and recorded 20.7 fantasy points in a win over the Tennessee Titans. Even if Jennings (ankle) is ready to roll for Week 15, Williams now needs to be added as a valuable fantasy handcuff.

  • Bryant was dropped in a lot of leagues after scoring a combined 3.4 fantasy points in his previous two games heading into Week 14. Well, the rookie out of Clemson bounced back in a big way with 109 yards, one touchdown and 16.9 fantasy points in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Bryant has a great matchup next against the Atlanta Falcons, so check the wire to see if he's a free agent. 7

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    4. Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (44.2 percent owned)

    Bryant was dropped in a lot of leagues after scoring a combined 3.4 fantasy points in his previous two games heading into Week 14. Well, the rookie out of Clemson bounced back in a big way with 109 yards, one touchdown and 16.9 fantasy points in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Bryant has a great matchup next against the Atlanta Falcons, so check the wire to see if he's a free agent.

  • Sanchez had a much-expected stinker against the Seattle Seahawks last week, but he can be a valuable asset when the matchup is favorable. That's the case in Week 15, as he faces a Dallas Cowboys defense that he torched for over 20 fantasy points in Week 13. Sanchez also has another tremendous matchup in Week 16 versus a Washington defense that has been awful against the pass. 6

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    5. Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (17.9 percent owned)

    Sanchez had a much-expected stinker against the Seattle Seahawks last week, but he can be a valuable asset when the matchup is favorable. That's the case in Week 15, as he faces a Dallas Cowboys defense that he torched for over 20 fantasy points in Week 13. Sanchez also has another tremendous matchup in Week 16 versus a Washington defense that has been awful against the pass.

  • Andre Ellington (hernia) is done of the season, and it now looks like Williams is next in line for work. He led the Cardinals in carries (19) and rushing yards (100) against the Kansas City Chiefs, which was a surprise to everyone when you consider Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice were projected to see most of the work. Williams faces the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night next. 5

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    6. Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals (0.0 percent owned)

    Andre Ellington (hernia) is done of the season, and it now looks like Williams is next in line for work. He led the Cardinals in carries (19) and rushing yards (100) against the Kansas City Chiefs, which was a surprise to everyone when you consider Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice were projected to see most of the work. Williams faces the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night next.

  • Johnson has developed into Minnesota's top wideout, posting more than 13 fantasy points in two of his last three games. That includes a 103-yard, one-touchdown performance in a win over the New York Jets. While an upcoming matchup against the Detroit Lions is bad on paper, their defense did give up double-digit fantasy points to both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans in Week 14. 4

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    7. Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (0.8 percent owned)

    Johnson has developed into Minnesota's top wideout, posting more than 13 fantasy points in two of his last three games. That includes a 103-yard, one-touchdown performance in a win over the New York Jets. While an upcoming matchup against the Detroit Lions is bad on paper, their defense did give up double-digit fantasy points to both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans in Week 14.

  • Cook is about as reliable as one of those tires on the old man's car in "A Christmas Story," but things are tough on these fantasy streets at the tight end position. So, the South Carolina product is back on the radar after recording 61 yards, two touchdowns and 18.1 fantasy points versus the Washington Redskins. An upcoming matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is favorable as well. 3

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    8. Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis (5.5 percent owned)

    Cook is about as reliable as one of those tires on the old man's car in "A Christmas Story," but things are tough on these fantasy streets at the tight end position. So, the South Carolina product is back on the radar after recording 61 yards, two touchdowns and 18.1 fantasy points versus the Washington Redskins. An upcoming matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is favorable as well.

  • The Ravens defense has been inconsistent overall, but this unit has scored double-digit fantasy points in two of its last three games. And with an upcoming home matchup against rookie quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars next, this purple and black unit could produce a nice stat line. Consider the Ravens one of the weekend's best streaming options in all leagues. 2

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    9. Baltimore Ravens defense (40.4 percent owned)

    The Ravens defense has been inconsistent overall, but this unit has scored double-digit fantasy points in two of its last three games. And with an upcoming home matchup against rookie quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars next, this purple and black unit could produce a nice stat line. Consider the Ravens one of the weekend's best streaming options in all leagues.

  • The Browns might have stuck with Brian Hoyer at quarterback in Week 14, but will Manziel have his named called in Week 15? Hoyer was dreadful in the stat sheets again, completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes while throwing two interceptions in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. At some point, you would think that head coach Mike Pettine would give Johnny Football a chance to shine. 1

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    10. Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns (18.9 percent owned)

    The Browns might have stuck with Brian Hoyer at quarterback in Week 14, but will Manziel have his named called in Week 15? Hoyer was dreadful in the stat sheets again, completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes while throwing two interceptions in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. At some point, you would think that head coach Mike Pettine would give Johnny Football a chance to shine.