Fantasy Football: Playing the waiver wire in Week 15

Here are some top waiver wire adds heading toward Week 15 and the fantasy football playoffs.
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Isaiah Likely, TE, Baltimore Ravens

A 54-yard touchdown boosted his bottom line (five catches for 83 yards with that score), but Likely was behind Zay Flowers and Odell Beckham Jr. (19 targets each) in the target pecking order in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams with seven. So anyone who expected the second-year man to fully replicate Mark Andrews has been left disappointed.

But on the fantasy tight end landscape, full games with eight and 19.3 PPR points is just fine with high snap shares and high route participation is just fine. A Week 13 bye kept Likely from being added to more fantasy rosters after his first start replacing Andrews, but there's no excuse now.

In Week 15 Likely gets the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have been good against tight ends this season but just allowed 91 yards and two touchdowns to David Njoku in Week 14. Week 16 brings a tougher matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, but there's definitely a path to that game being high-scoring. Week 17 is an easier matchup against the Miami Dolphins, in what could also be a high-scoring game.

Likely is easy to pass off as a borderline must-start fantasy tight end. But he's truly a legit low-end TE1 heading into the fantasy playoffs, and he should not be available in anywhere near half of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.

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