Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs – Quarterback Streamers
Alex Smith, KC (88%) – Smith isn’t a streamer, but he’s here in case anyone benched him during his 37.6-point game against the Jets. It’s been risky trusting Smith, as he had fewer than 14 points in three of the last four games before Week 13. Fortunately, Smith and the Chiefs host the Raiders defense, which is among the worst in the league and the team Smith put up 25.7 on the first time.
Jameis Winston, TB (49%) – Winston barely connected with Mike Evans, but he came back strong enough in Green Bay with 270 yards and two touchdowns (both to Cameron Brate). The Buccaneers host the Lions, a team that struggled to stop anything the Ravens threw their way… literally, at times with Flacco.
Josh McCown, NYJ (41%) – Since going toe-to-toe with Tom Brady in Week 6, McCown has 148.7 points (21.2 per game) and Brady has 129.4 (18.5). Maybe McCown deserves more respect in Fantasy? Yes, it’s the Broncos, but even Jay Cutler had two touchdowns and 13.5 points against them last week.
Both the Vikings and Fantasy owners both need to stop doubting Keenum after another QB1 performance. The Vikings head to Carolina, which isn’t the easiest matchup, but it won’t keep Keenum outside of the Top 15.
Eli Manning, NYG (34%) – Maaaaaybe. Manning could start with Ben McAdoo canned, but even in a favorable matchup against the Cowboys at home, he still only has two legitimate weapons in Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram.
Andy Dalton, CIN (54%) – Dalton was solid against the decent Steelers defense. Yes, “decent.” It’s far from the top-end, worrisome matchup pass defense it used to be. The Bears defense is actually close to on par with the Steelers at this point, but Dalton will be a solid option again.
Blake Bortles, JAX (34%) – Bortles now has 47.7 points in the last two games with two rushing scores against the Cardinals and 309 yards and two passing touchdowns on the Colts. While the Seahawks defense is banged up, it’s more respectable than either of those teams, making Bortles as boom or bust as ever.
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (16%) – Garoppolo’s first start for the 49ers was less than inspiring, but once again, we need to give the Bears the credit they deserve, especially at home. Now Garoppolo and big-play Marquise Goodwin head to Houston to face one of the worst secondaries in the league, especially when it comes to allowing the big play.
I Wouldn’t: Jacoby Brissett, IND (16%) Brett Hundley, GB (12%) and Joe Flacco, BAL (13%) – You can roll the dice if you like, but I would be terrified of trusting any to carry me into/through the playoffs.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs
Giovani Bernard, CIN (11%) – Bernard jumps to the top of the list if Joe Mixon misses Week 14 due to that concussion. Unfortunately, we won’t know by the time most waivers run, and Bernard would fall behind Williams if Mixon plays, and behind Riddick if Mixon plays and Ameer Abdullah is out. Let this be another warning though; make sure you have the clear handcuffs this late in the season.
Mike Davis, SEA (7%) – Once again, I’ll remind you of my praises for Davis during the 2015 draft. “Davis is physical and can power through contact thanks to a good low base. He ran a 4.38 40 [and] you [can] see his speed, as he gets to the edge and makes quick cuts to the hole. Davis will burst through a crease but also show patience in allowing holes to open.” The Seahawks backfield is his, but so is a tough matchup in Jacksonville for Week 14.
Peyton Barber, TB (4%) – How about that for a quick turn of events? Jacquizz Rodgers looked to be the better grab all the way up until around noon on Sunday morning. The Buccaneers had turned to Rodgers with Doug Martin out previously, but they announced Sunday morning that Barber would get the start. He ran with it… literally… pun kind of intended. Barber gets a favorable matchup in Week 14 too, as the Bucs host the Lions. He may be a better start than Kareem Hunt at this point.
Kerwynn Williams, ARI (3%) – This is another case of a backfield shaking out differently than we thought. In Week 12, D.J. Foster saw a good amount of work, especially in the passing game. He appeared to be a decent sleeper even if Adrian Peterson played, but when Peterson sat, Williams ended up being the man. If Peterson is out again, it appears that Williams is the lead dog.
Theo Riddick, DET (40%) – Like Barber and Williams above, Riddick would lose value if the top option returns. In this case, it’s Ameer Abdullah. When Abdullah is healthy, Riddick surprisingly sees limited work, even though he’s the most explosive and dangerous backfield option for the Lions. If Abdullah sits, Riddick would be an RB2 again, even in Non-PPR. Tion Green (0%) is a deep dive if Abdullah is out again. Green was an undrafted free agent from Cincinnati and has a decent power/speed combo.
Rod Smith, DAL (14%) – Smith saw a lower percentage of work this week but still managed to score on his 10 carries. The Cowboys shouldn’t be playing from behind against the Giants, which means another lesser week for Smith.
Matt Forte, NYJ (36%) – When healthy, the Jets use Forte as their top option. A road date with the Broncos isn’t very appealing though.
Javorius Allen, BAL (33%) – Keep an eye on Alex Collins. He’s dealing with migraines, and we already saw those knock Sterling Shepard out for two games. If Collins misses time, the backfield would be a committee with Allen and Danny Woodhead (49%) leading the way and providing deeper value.
Andre Ellington, HOU (8%) – The Texans used Ellington heavily in the passing game with six targets, five receptions and 56 yards. He’s only a PPR option, but he could sneak into some deeper lineups as a Flex.
Aaron Jones, GB (35%) – Jamaal Williams remained the workhorse running back with Jones returning, but Jones did score on his only carry. Read that again though… only [one] carry. Jones is a top-end handcuff now.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR (38%) – Stewart is purely a touchdown prayer, but he’s answered said prayer several times this year. The Vikings make it more likely that he hangs up the phone on you this week though.
Austin Ekeler, LAC (37%) – Ekeler continues to be one of the few handcuffs that occasionally has standalone value. The Redskins matchup carries potential.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs
Josh Doctson, WSH (47%) – If Doctson is somehow still available, you need to play in a better league next year. There is no reason for him to be sitting on your waivers with double-digit scores in three straight and a touchdown in the last two.
Kearse now has back-to-back games with 23-plus points. It’s a tougher go this week in Denver, especially with Aqib Talib back.
Marquise Goodwin, SF (32%) – Speaking of allowing big plays, the 49ers play the Texans this week, and Garoppolo’s first start lead to Goodwin posting a season-high eight receptions for 99 yards. Goodwin has crept into the WR3 conversation.
Kenny Stills, MIA (55%) – I am not looking to trust Stills in my Fantasy playoffs. The only Dolphins receiver I trust is Jarvis Landry, but Stills had another big game against the Broncos in Week 13. That gives him the monster outing with Matt Moore, a disappointment in Week 12 and a big game in the last three weeks. The Patriots defense has pulled a 180 though, and Stills can get left out any given game if DeVante Parker shows up.
Mike Wallace, BAL (35%) – That game against the Lions is what Wallace brings – the occasional huge game, making you wish he had any level of consistency. You might be able to use him again against the Steelers this week, as they have been giving up plenty of big plays late in the season.
Dontrelle Inman, CHI (17%) – It was only two catches, but Inman continues to be the Bears top, and only, receiver in Fantasy. He has 42.6 points in the four games since arriving during the Bears bye week.
Cordarrelle Patterson, OAK (14%) – Patterson benefited more than Seth Roberts from Amari Cooper’s and Michael Crabtree’s absences. Cooper isn’t a guarantee to return, which means Patterson could have deep value for one more week, as the Raiders were intent on getting him the ball.
Ryan Grant, WSH (2%) – Grant now has two touchdowns in the last three games, but there is that 1.3-point stinker sandwiched in the middle. He’s boom-or-bust, but Grant could boom this week if Casey Hayward spends his time focused on Doctson and Jamison Crowder.
Trent Taylor, SF (0%) – As mentioned with Goodwin, Garoppolo was an immediate boost to the offense and passing game. Taylor had his best game of the season with six catches for 92 yards. Once again, here’s your reminder that the Texans secondary stinks.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs
Cameron Brate, TB (55%) – If the assumption that Ryan Fitzpatrick simply hates Brate wasn’t something you were buying into, you should have no doubt about it now. Winston is back and so is Brate’s Top 5-7 tight end value.
With the Titans on tap, you can take the risk of trusting Seals-Jones in your Fantasy Football playoffs. After all, 170 yards and three touchdowns in three games is a mighty impressive haul for most any tight end.
Trey Burton, PHI (1%) – This is only if Zach Ertz misses Week 14, but the Eagles offense is still one of the best, even with the Seattle struggles. Burton had 2-41-1 for 12.1 PPR points in Week 9 without Ertz. Let this also be a reminder for you to own a backup quarterback and tight end at playoff time.
Charles Clay, BUF (35%) – Since his return, Clay hasn’t done much and only had three targets against the Patriots last week. However, he does face the Colts in Week 14, but back on the downside of things, Nathan Peterman could be back at quarterback and would move Clay way down the list.
Julius Thomas, MIA (32%) – Thomas has at least seven PPR points in each of the last five games with a touchdown in three of them. It’s hard to trust Thomas, even with this run, as he’s always been a touchdown-reliant tight end, but the Dolphins will need to be aggressive (see: pass more) on Monday night against the Patriots.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (57%) – ASJ has gone ice cold. Even since his touchdown run, Seferian-Jenkins only has one game with more than 28 receiving yards. He’s become even more touchdown-reliant than Thomas, but fortunately, the Broncos are on tap. They’re among the worst at defending tight ends.
Stephen Anderson, HOU (0%) – I compared Anderson’s potential to Jordan Reed when he was drafted, and he flashed that upside against the Titans. That’s a highly-exploitable defense, but the 49ers have their struggles too. I want to give you enough deep options (particularly, Rob Gronkowski owners) in case your waivers are thin, and Anderson would rank higher if two of Will Fuller, Bruce Ellington and/or Braxton Miller missed Week 14.
David Njoku, CLE (5%) – Njoku has four catches in each of the last two games for 47 yards and 74 and a touchdown. The Packers have been solid against tight ends this year, and with Josh Gordon gobbling up the targets already, Njoku is a boom/bust pick.
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