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Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 14

Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

Playoffs!? Don’t talk about playoffs! Oh, wait…Week 14 does mean playoffs! The fantasy postseason has finally arrived! It is must win or go home this week.

Hopefully, you read last week’s article that featured Josh McCown, Case Keenum, Rex Burkhead, Peyton Barber and Josh Gordon who all had nice fantasy performances.

Key Tips:

  • The playoffs mean that every matchup is a must-win. Take that into consideration when making your waiver wire pickups. Make sure that you are all set this week with your lineups before addressing next week! Next week is no guarantee unless you are on bye week of course! Win this week!

Coming in hot your waiver wire pickups for Week 14!

Week 14 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks

Jimmy Garoppolo

Quarterback | SF

  • ESPN: Less than 15% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 16% owned

A week after Jimmy Garoppolo was able to throw a TD in less than a minute of game action he failed to throw a touchdown in Week 13, despite throwing for almost 300 yards. Even if his overall stats did not pop off the chart, he passed the eye test for sure. In Week 14, Garoppolo should impress even more against the Houston Texans that have allowed an average of over 18 fantasy points to the QB position over the past five weeks.

Josh McCown

Quarterback | NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 40% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 42% owned

Man, I still love me some Josh McCown. Featured in last week’s article McCown came out firing against the Chiefs for his highest fantasy point total of the season. McCown has now hit at least 16 fantasy points in his last six of seven games. Still, at a low ownership percentage, McCown is a great pickup with a nice schedule ahead of him against Denver and New Orleans.  Denver has allowed an average of 19 fantasy points to the QB over the last five weeks. New Orleans has allowed an average of over 22 fantasy points to the QB over the last three weeks.

Jameis Winston

Quarterback | TB

  • ESPN: Less than 47% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 49% owned

Winston had a nice fantasy day coming back from his injury in Week 13. He scored 18.6 fantasy points against the Packers defense and has an excellent matchup versus the Detroit Lions in Week 14. The Lions have allowed an average of over 20 fantasy points per game to the QB over the last five weeks.

Week 14 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Mike Davis

Running Back | SEA

  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 9% owned

Have the Seattle Seahawks finally found the running back they have been looking for!? Davis in both games that he has been healthy has looked great. Over 100 yards from scrimmage in Week 13, Davis is a must-add for anyone hurting at the RB position. The matchup against the Jaguars is not great but in Week 15 Davis will face the Rams who have allowed an average of over 20 fantasy points to the RB over the past five weeks.

Giovani Bernard

Running Back | CIN

  • ESPN: Less than 23% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 10% owned

Joe Mixon exited the Monday night game against the Steelers with a concussion. Should he miss any extended time, Bernard would be thrust into that starting role right away with the Bengals lacking depth at the RB position. Bernard would serve as the primary runner along as the primary pass-catching back. In Week 14, the Bengals face the Bears who have allowed on average over 16 fantasy points to the RB position over the past five weeks.

Peyton Barber

Running Back | TB

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 6% owned

Doug Martin was not missed for the Buccaneers in Week 13. Barber filled in admirably dominating the carries and snaps in the Tampa Bay backfield. Barber had 23 rushes for 102 yards and four receptions for 41 yards. With the Buccaneers out of any playoff contention, it only makes sense that they will see what they have in Barber instead of going back to a struggling Doug Martin. His next game is an excellent matchup against the Detriot Lions who have allowed an average of 23.86 fantasy points to the RB position over the last five weeks.

Week 14 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers

Marquise Goodwin

Wide Receiver | SF

  • ESPN: Less than 32% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 14% owned

A popular waiver wire pickup throughout the year, Goodwin showed great chemistry with Jimmy G, as he compiled eight receptions for 88 yards. Not to mention Goodwin has now scored double-digit fantasy points in three straight games, he is a great plugin play for Week 14. The 49ers will take on the Houston Texans who have allowed an average of more than 22 fantasy points to the WR position over the past five weeks.

Mike Wallace

Wide Receiver |BAL

  • ESPN: Less than 34% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 35% owned

Mike Wallace has been a force on the Ravens offense over the past four weeks. He has averaged 13.48 fantasy points over that time span.  A player that is always a threat to score on a big play, it is hard to not like him against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14, who have allowed more than an average of 27 fantasy points to the WR over the past five weeks. Available in a lot of leagues, Wallace is a perfect pickup for all you #8 seeds going up against the big dogs.

Dede Westbrook

Wide Receiver | JAX

  • ESPN: Less than 11% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 28%owned

Westbrook has seen 25 targets over his last three games and has seen an increased role each consecutive week. With the rest of the schedule having the Seahawks, Texans, and 49ers on the slate, Westbrook could be surprisingly useful. Combine his big-play ability with the fact that Seahawks have allowed over 23 fantasy points on average over the last three weeks to WR position make Westbrook and high upside WR3 for Week 14.

Jermaine Kearse

Wide Receiver | NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 40% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 46%owned

Entering Week 14, Jermain Kearse ranks as the 22nd best WR in fantasy football. Solidifying himself as a WR2, there is another great chance for him to succeed for the rest of the season. Josh McCown is playing lights out and the matchups favor Kearse.  The Broncos have allowed over 22.5 fantasy points on average to the WR position over the last three weeks. Kearse needs to be owned as McCown continues to perform.

Week 14 Waiver Wire Tight Ends

Cameron Brate

Tight End | TB

  • ESPN: Less than 58% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 55% owned

The Jameis Winston – Cameron Brate connection is too real. Brate all but disappeared with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center but made an immediate impact once Winston returned to the lineup. Brate caught two touchdowns from Winston and I like for that to continue. The Lions have traditionally struggled against the TE position and over the last five games have allowed an averaged of 9.8 fantasy points to them.

Trey Burton

Tight End | PHI

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 1% owned

Zach Ertz is dealing with a concussion, which is something he has dealt with in the past. His replacement Burton has played extremely well in his place when called on. I believe Burton can be an effective addition to any team needing a TE or just looking for an upgrade. The Eagles have a good enough offense that Burton can be productive in considering he plays the full game. In Weeks 15 and 16, the Eagles will also play the Giants/Raiders respectively who are two of the worst teams versus the TE.

Week 14 Waiver Wire Defenses/Special Teams

Green Bay

Next 3 games: Browns, Panthers, Vikings

Los Angeles Chargers

Next 3 games: Redskins, Chiefs, Jets

Cincinnati Bengals

Next 3 games: Bears, Vikings, Lions

Chicago Bears

Next 3 games: Bengals, Lions, Browns

Tennesse Titans

Next 3 games: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams

Washington Redskin

Next 3  games: Chargers, Cardinals, Broncos

 

 

 

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Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via Wordpress.com to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

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