Week 14 Waiver Wire
We have made it to the final week of the fantasy regular season, hopefully, you are in good shape and have a playoff spot secured already but if not you may need some help to get you there. With the last chance to make that playoff push, here are a few guys that you should look at to get you that playoff berth.
*All rostered percentages are from ESPN and players must be under 50% rostered to qualify.
Quarterback 36% rostered
Taysom Hill has always produced fantasy-wise when given the chance and this week was no different. He showed us why he is so valuable, rushing for 101 yards and two passing touchdowns. Sure he had four interceptions but he should still keep the starting job and next week brings a cushy matchup against the Jets who just got dissected by Gardner Minshew. Hill will be a top 10 lock for that matchup.
Running Back 35% rostered
Two weeks ago in my quick hits section, I highlighted Michel as one of the highlights I would make sure I had stashed on my bench and this week he proved me right. With Henderson injured, Michel exploded onto the scene with 121 yards rushing, one touchdown and three receptions. It remains to be seen if Henderson will be ready for Week 14 but Michel is worth the pickup either way as he showed us what he can do when Henderson is out.
Running Back 41% rostered
Coleman again had a decent game sans Michael Carter and looks to be the alpha in the backfield. We have to keep expectations in check for two reasons though. The first being it is a player on the Jets and the second is their brutal matchup against the Saint’s solid defense. If you are in a bind and need to start Coleman, I would feel most comfortable with him in the flex and that is only in leagues with more than 12 teams.
Wide Receiver 25% rostered
Russell Gage has long been a favorite of mine, if you have followed me for a few years you would know this. He killed the Bucs secondary this week and produced his second straight game of over 18 PPR points. While he has been sporadic all season, the productive back-to-back weeks are encouraging and maybe he has finally turned a corner. Gage should be a fine flex play for your teams next week and one can make an argument to plug him in as a solid WR3.
Wide Receiver 7% rostered
After averaging a snap count around the mid 60’s all year, St.Brown has seen his snap count rise to 85-98-96 the past three weeks. In a lost season the Lions are finally realizing that it’s worth seeing what they have in their young receiver, as he saw a healthy 12 targets, catching 10 of them for 86 yards and a touchdown. There is no reason not to believe that this target volume will continue. The Lions do have two negative matchups coming up against the Broncos and Cardinals but St.Brown should still at least be fed targets to close the season.
Wide Receiver 9% rostered
Many people will have forgotten about MVS’s 19 targets in his past two games due to the Packers Week 13 bye. Don’t be one of those people. With a matchup against the lowly Bears on deck, I can see MVS breaking one of his patented deep bomb touchdowns and having his heavy volume continue in this one.
Wide Receiver 33% rostered
Adam Thielen will most likely miss a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, jolting Osborn into a near every-down role. Osborn has produced in stints all year and should take advantage of this opportunity. He already has an established connection with Cousins and has Justin Jefferson on the other side drawing most of the attention.
Tight End 35% rostered
For the same reason, Osborn is relevant, the same can be said for Conklin who should see an uptick of targets with Thielen out for the foreseeable future. Conklin has been more productive than Osborn and should be the preferred red zone target over Osborn. Conklin should be a locked and loaded TE1 in all leagues next week against the Steelers.
- Keep an eye on the statuses of Miles Sanders and Damien Harris throughout the week. With byes this week their injuries may be forgotten about but if we get anything concrete on either this week, their replacements Brandon Bolden, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell are worth looks. Rhamondre Stevenson should already be rostered everywhere.
- Devante Parker is 53% rostered making him unqualified to be featured but if he is available in your league he is 100% worth picking up.
- Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard was producing before going down with his injury. He may be ready to return and as a pure possession receiver who should see nice volume, he could be useful for your fantasy team still.
- Logan Thomas may or may not have a torn ACL, at this time of writing it is still yet to be determined. If we do get news, then Ricky Seals-Jones will again be a streamable TE.
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!