Week 15 Waiver Wonders: Hurts, Dolphins, tight ends, more!

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts drops back to pass during a recent game.

As you might expect, the pickings are a little slim on the Waiver Wire for Week 15. So if you need help for your playoffs at this point, well, best of luck. Unlikely to find a difference-making addition. That doesn’t mean that if you have a need, you shouldn’t give it a shot. And as always, we’re here to help.

Apparently, the time HAS arrived…

JALEN HURTS – QB/PHI

Last week, under the little red headline “Has the time arrived already…,” we listed Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Well, he started in Week 14 against the now 10-3 Saints, and led the now 4-8-1 Eagles to a 24-21 upset victory. The Hurts Statue will soon be unveiled outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, replacing the Rocky Statue. Hurts has been named the Eagles’ starter for Week 15, and he deserves it. He was 17 of 30 for 176 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans, and rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries. The Czar feels awful for Carson Wentz, other than on pay day.

Next man up shouldn’t mean an entire offense…

Wow, are the Dolphins in a tough spot. Their Top 3 running backs – Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida (both Covid) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) – missed the loss to the Chiefs. Wide receiver DeVante Parker (leg) and tight end Mike Gesicki (shoulder) left with injuries. So until we know the severity of those injuries, and how much time they may miss…

LYNN BOWDEN JR. – WR/MIA

If Parker misses any time, and with Preston Williams already on IR, Bowden could be in for a lot of targets in the next three games. He caught seven balls for 82 yards in the loss to Kansas City.

MACK HOLLINS – WR/MIA

There was a time in Philadelphia when Hollins looked like he was on his way to a big role with the Eagles. He has some talent. Like Bowden, targets could be on the way. He had five catches for 66 yards against the Chiefs.

ADAM SHAHEEN – TE/MIA

Tue Tagovailoa likes throw to his tight ends. Gesicki’s injury didn’t look good, and you can expect him to miss time. Remember Shaheen? Former 2nd round pick of the Bears from a good Division-2 program at Ashland University, who started out playing D-3 college basketball. He’s 6’7” and can move. Opportunities await, and three of his nine catches have been for touchdowns.

Is this anything???

ITO SMITH – RB/ATL

Remember the old Letterman bit, “Is this anything?” It’s kind of the way The Czar feels about the Falcons’ backfield, and specifically Ito Smith. In Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, Smith led Atlanta with 11 carries for 42 yards. Todd Gurley had six carries for 19 yards. Brian Hill only one carry for three yards. It’s the third straight week that Smith has led the Falcons in rushing yards. As we stated last week, the situation is sticky at best, but perhaps, Smith is emerging as not only the best Falcons’ back for the rest of the season, but perhaps, a good Dynasty League stash for next season. Key word there – “perhaps.”

Control your Enthusiasm…

TRAYVEON WILLIAMS – RB/CIN

Well, with Joe Mixon out, someone has to get carries in Cincinnati. In a loss to Dallas on Sunday, that guy was Williams – 12 rushes for 49 yards. Please have a better option.

BUDDY HOWELL – RB/HOU

Well, with David Johnson out, someone has to get carries in Houston. In a loss to Chicago on Sunday, that guy was Howell – 11 rushes for 42 yards. Please have a better option.

CHAD HANSEN – WR/HOU

Second weeks in a row that Chad Hansen did something with an opportunity – seven receptions for 56 yards in the Texans’ loss to the Bears. Please see the last sentence in our thoughts on Williams and Howell.

Who doesn’t like a Good Tight End…

DAN ARNOLD – TE/ARI

Kyler Murray may be in a bit of a slump, but don’t blame Dan Arnold. He had a couple of catches for 27 yards and a TD in the Cards’ win over Giants. Last week, he had a couple of catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams. See a pattern here? Not many catches, but productivity – four touchdowns in the last 4 games on 6 catches for Arnold.

TROY FUMAGALLI / NICK VANNETT – TEs/DEN

Noah Fant left Sunday’s win over Carolina with an injury. Albert Okwuegbunan was already out with a torn ACL. That leaves Fumagalli and Vannett at tight end for Denver. Each had four catches against the Panthers. Fumagalli had more yardage, Vannett had a touchdown.

IRV SMITH JR. – TE/MIN

He’s back baby! And if Kyle Rudolph misses more time, Smith will be a good play. He has ability, and had four catches for 63 yards and a score in the Vikings’ loss to Tampa Bay.