Waiver Wire and Fantasy Playoff Advice Week 14

Waiver Wire Pickups Week 14

Waiver WireCongratulations! You’ve made the post-season in your Fantasy Football League. You’re now one step closer to raising your league’s Fantasy trophy.

It’s been a long season and no matter if you had your way with your league easily beating your opponents and claiming the top spot overall or were in a dogfight every week to earn wins, you made it. But here’s the thing, from this point on the regular season, it means nothing. You are now in a do-or-die situation, and no matter how ugly the projected total says pre-game, anyone can win at any time. Never count yourself out, and never run your mouth just because you had a strong team throughout the regular season.

It’s anyone’s game now. So bring your best.

Playoff Advice
In the 20+ years I have been playing fantasy football, I have won and lost a lot of playoff games. In that time I can tell you more often than not, someone in your league (hopefully your opponent this week) will overthink their matchup. They’ll bench a player they’ve been using all year; they’ll lose their game and totally regret it. This time of year the overanalyzing of Fantasy starters becomes an obsession. One that I strongly suggest you do your best to avoid. Fantasy Owners start looking at players that they’d never start purely based on matchups. Owners worry too much about injuries or play the “fantasy football match game” (Your QB because it connects to his WR) and it screws them over in the end.

Hey, but I’m not perfect. My dynasty playoffs came a week early, and I had to turn to a Twitter poll to get a second opinion. My choices were between Big Ben and Andrew Luck, 1A and 1B, so it wasn’t too much of an extreme, but I spent more time than I usually do thinking about the defense’s they were about to go up against.

Last week’s Colin Kaepernick matchup is a classic example of what I’m talking about. Kaep was facing the Bears in what looked like a dream scenario. He was a heavily owned Daily Fantasy quarterback and just about every league I was in I saw someone starting Kaepernick over the likes of Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, and even Andrew Luck. In the end, Kaepernick played exactly how a QB should play on a 1-13 team… awful, and he was benched.

Don’t let this happen to you.

At this point in the season, you need to lean on your most talented players. Start the players that got you to where you are. For that reason, I’m NOT going to include any waiver wire pickup suggestions that shouldn’t seriously be considered in week 14. At this point in the season, all you need to look for is Streaming Defences, Kickers and maybe Tight Ends due to injury.

Let’s not get cute people, start your studs this week.

Tight Ends

Steelers Tight Ends Ladarius Green is my top recommendation for those looking to replace Gronk. The Steelers don’t have the best matchup in week 14 as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills, but last week’s game was proof that Big Ben fully trusts Green to make big plays when needed. Green hauled in six receptions for 110 yards and a score against a very tough Giants secondary. He was a reliable target throughout the game, especially on third down.

Rank Team Tight End WK 13 Targets  % Owned OPP.
1
Ladarius Green 11 11.6
2
Cameron Brate 9 50.6
3
C.J. Fiedorowicz 9 52.7
4
Dennis Pitta 11 47.1
5
Jared Cook 4 18.2
6
Vernon Davis 6 53.3
7
Dwayne Allen 4 12.8
8
Trey Burton 9 0.2
9
Jermaine Gresham 6 13.1
10
Hunter Henry 1 31.5

Cameron BrateI own a lot of Cameron Brate stock after picking him on on the waiver wire earlier in the season. The Buc’s Tight End has become very productive since the team’s bye week and is underrated in terms of overall positional targets. Brate ranks 12th in all Tight Ends in Targets for 2016

In a jam, need a deep sleeper? Why not pick up Trey Burton from the Eagles. Yes, I know he’s technically the team’s third Tight End, but he is a favorite target of Carson Wentz. The Eagles wide receivers are awful, and the Ertz and Burton have been busy in the target department as of last.

 

Kickers

This week you need to target Kickers in good weather conditions and against teams with solid RedZone defense or on teams that struggle themselves in the RedZone. After a slow start this season, I like Mike Nugent for the Bengals against the Browns. Nugent hasn’t missed a field goal since week eight and is riding high after their beat down on the Eagles last Sunday. The team now gets to travel to a Cleveland to face a train wreck of a franchise for what looks to be another feel-good game.

Nick Novak (in a dome) and Phil Dawson (Sunny SF) both will have great kicking conditions week 14. Neither team has been sharp executing in the RedZone which could set up a lot of potential opportunities.

Rank Team Tight End  % Owned Matchup
1
Mike Nugent 9.5
2
Nick Novak 23.5
3
Phil Dawson 3.1
4
Sebastian Janikowski 43.6
5
Graham Gano 45.1

Streaming Waiver Wire DEF/ST

One of the best fantasy defense’s over the last couple weeks has been the Detroit Lions. The sacks have cooled off but the interceptions and points allowed have been outstanding. The Lions haven’t allowed more than 20 points in their last 4 games. Detroit is easily my top suggested Waiver waiver claim for anyone looking to stream defenses.

The Colts and Redskins faceoff against quarterbacks in a slump while the Titans off a bye and could be far better than you think despite their matchup.

Rank Team Tight End  % Owned Matchup
1
Lions D/ST 17.4
2
Bengals D/ST 50.7
3
Colts D/ST 5.5
4
Redskins D/ST 6.4
5
Titans D/ST 17.2
6
Buccaneers D/ST 14.3

 

 

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About the author

Mike Rigz

Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn't focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft. Mike has two kids and lives on the West Coast. He's happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.

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