Week 14 Waiver Wire

published 12/03/19 9:26:20 AM EST
by Tom Brolley

Here are this week’s top Waiver Wire options that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. I’ll list any players at the top who are above the 50% threshold (or are household names) but are still somewhat widely available for those who might be in smaller leagues.

Quarterbacks

Higher-Owned Options: Jared Goff (LAR, 68%), Sam Darnold (NYJ, 58%), Philip Rivers (LAC, 58%)

Top Targets

Ryan Tannehill (Ten, 37%) — Tannehill has given this once-anemic passing game under Marcus Mariota some life since he stepped into the lineup over their last seven games. He’s thrown for multiple TDs in each of his six starts this season but he fell below 19 fantasy points for the first time in Week 13. He finished with just 182/2 passing on 22 attempts against the Colts as Derrick Henry continues to dominate on the ground. Tannehill could be susceptible to a dud at any time because of the lack of passing-game volume in this offense as we saw in Week 13 — he’s thrown just 54 passes in his last three games combined. Tannehill is in the high-end QB2 conversation and his schedule isn’t too bad in the upcoming weeks (@Oak, vs. Hou, vs. NO).

Going Deeper

Mitchell Trubisky (Chi, 18%) — Don’t look now but Trubisky has hung 19+ FP in three of his last four games, including a season-best 24.9 FP against the Lions on Thanksgiving. He completed 29/38 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns, and one INT as he engineered a game-winning drive to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Allen Robinson has been dominant all season but Trubisky’s recent improved play has coincided with Anthony Miller’s second-half breakout. Trubisky obviously isn’t easy to trust but he’s back on the radar as a lower-end QB2 down the stretch (vs. Dal, @GB, vs. KC).

Jacoby Brissett (Ind, 46%) — Brissett threw for multiple TD passes in each of his first four games this season but he’s cooled off recently with multiple passing scores in just one of his last six completed games. Brissett has been handcuffed recently with T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Eric Ebron (ankle, IR) missing time and Chester Rogers left Week 13 early with a knee injury. Playing with a shell of a receiving corps, Brissett completed 25/40 passes for 319 yards, one TD, and two INTs against the Titans in Week 13. He gets a dream matchup against the Buccaneers this week but he has little room for error with his current cast at receiver.

Kyle Allen (Car, 19%) — Allen had a brutal stretch between Weeks 8-11, throwing nine INTs to just three TDs in a four-game span. He’s rebounded with 23+ fantasy points in two consecutive games after posting 278 yards, two TDs, and one INT on 27/46 passing (6.0 YPA). It doesn’t hurt that D.J. Moore has been emerging as a WR1 over the last six weeks and, of course, he has Christian McCaffrey making plays in the passing game, as well. Allen has a good playoff schedule (@Atl, vs. Sea, @Ind) so he’s back on the streaming radar after a brutal four-game stretch.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Mia, 10%) — Fitz is going to be a low-end streaming option this week in a good matchup against the Jets and he’s on a nice little roll recently with DeVante Parker dominating. Fitz has topped 25+ fantasy points in two consecutive games after hanging 365/3 passing on the Eagles in Week 13. You know the risks when using Fitz on this bad Dolphins team but he did post 288/3 passing against the Jets back in Week 9.

Running Backs

Higher-Owned Options: Rashaad Penny (Sea, 55%), Matt Breida (SF, 63%), LeSean McCoy (KC, 62%), Derrius Guice/Adrian Peterson (Was, 50%/39%), Bo Scarbrough (Det, 44%), Duke Johnson (Hou, 53%)

Top Targets

Alexander Mattison (Min, 31%) — Dalvin Cook aggravated a chest/shoulder injury in the third quarter of Monday Night Football in Week 13 and he never returned to the game. He initially suffered the injury in Week 11 and he showed up on last week’s injury report with a limited practice on Thursday because of it before practicing in full the rest of the week — the Vikings were on bye in Week 12. Cook said he’ll definitely be ready to play in Week 14 against the Lions but the Vikings could shut him down for a game or two since he’s clearly not 100%. Mattison would see a heavy workload (20+ touches) if Cook missed time the next three weeks (vs. Det, @LAC, vs. GB) with just Ameer Abdullah behind him. Mattison also showed some three-down chops for the first time against the Seahawks, posting 4/51 receiving after tallying just 4/13 in his first 11 games. Even if Cook would play this week, his touches could be limited a bit and he could be pulled at any point because of pain so Mattison would be a low-end RB2 against the Lions.

Darwin Thompson (KC, 5%) — Could the rookie Thompson finally be getting his chance to play down the stretch? Damien Williams is week-to-week with his rib injury, Darrel Williams left Week 13 early with a hamstring injury, and LeSean McCoy looks well past his prime. The explosive sixth-round pick finally got a chance to play, albeit late in a blowout victory, and he delivered with 11/44/1 rushing against the Raiders — he had just eight touches before Week 13. If both Damien and Darrel are out of the lineup in Week 14, Thompson would be an upside flex option playing next to Shady. The only problem is they’ll square off against a nasty Patriots defense this week. Thompson is still worth a speculative add just in case he manages a breakout playing in this great offense and just in case the Williams’ are looking at multi-week absences.

Benny Snell (Pit, 34%) — Snell returned to the lineup off his knee injury in Week 12 and he immediately stepped into the lead runner spot with James Conner (shoulder) out of the lineup — Jaylen Samuels has been relegated to just a passing-back role because of his ineffective running. Snell has posted 161/1 rushing over the last two weeks on 37 carries for 4.4 YPC, which includes 10 carries inside the red zone. Snell would lose most of his value when Conner does return to the lineup, but Snell would be an RB2 against the Cardinals if Conner can’t play again this week.

Patrick Laird (Mia, 2%) and Myles Gaskin (Mia, 0%) — Laird’s snaps have risen every week since Mark Walton left the lineup — he played 60% in Week 13 — and he’s now in a position to be the top back in Miami after Kalen Ballage got carted off the field with a leg injury in Week 13. Laird finished with just five rushing yards on 10 carries against the Eagles but he did find the end zone and he added 4/43 receiving on five targets. It's best to avoid this Miami backfield if you can but Laird will have a bigger role down the stretch against a juicy playoff schedule (@NYJ, @NYG, vs. Cin). If you want to bet against Laird, Myles Gaskin could be worth an add, as well, but he had just three touches on 22% of the snaps in Week 13 for 26 yards.

Raheem Mostert (SF, 13%) — Matt Breida (ankle) has a chance to return to the lineup off his ankle injury this week against the Saints — he nearly played last week and Kyle Shanahan is hopeful he’ll play — but Mostert could stay involved with Tevin Coleman underwhelming on the ground. Coleman rode the pine (18% snap share) as he posted just 5/6 rushing against the Ravens in Week 13 while Mostert hung 19/146/1 rushing (5.9 YPC) on 74% of the snaps. Coleman hasn’t topped 40 rushing yards since Week 8 while Mostert has 191 rushing yards and two TDs combined the last two weeks. This backfield could be a mess if Breida does return this week but Mostert could be a flex option if Breida is unable to play again this week. At the very least, it looks like Mostert could have a bigger role going forward while Coleman could see his role reduced.

Going Deeper

Nyheim Hines (Ind, 29%) and Jordan Wilkins (Ind, 3%)— In a surprise move, Wilkins jumped back ahead of Jonathan Williams in Week 13 after Williams reeled off two consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Wilkins managed 11/47 rushing and 2/9 receiving on three targets against the Titans on 44% of the snaps while Williams posted 8/14 rushing on 22% of the snaps. Hines actually out-produced both of them with 4/22/1 rushing and 2/18 receiving on 43% of the snaps. Wilkins stay atop of the Colts’ lead-runner depth chart could be short-lived as Marlon Mack is targeting a Week 14 return off his hand surgery. If Mack can’t play in Week 14, it will be tough to use Wilkins with any confidence against a tough Buccaneers run defense since Frank Reich could use the hot-hand approach with these backs. If anything, Hines could be the best play since they could have limited success running the ball and they may be forced to throw a little more in a potential shootout with the Bucs.

Peyton Barber (TB, 21%) — Good luck chasing production in this backfield between Barber, Ronald Jones, and Dare Ogunbowale. It was a Barber game in Week 13 against the Jaguars as he finished with 17/44/2 rushing on 39% of the snaps while Jones managed just 6/8 rushing on 28% of the snaps. HC Bruce Arians has been using a hot-hand approach in this backfield for much of the season so please avoid wasting your FAAB/waiver priority on Barber this week.

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Wayne Gallman (NYG, 4%) — Gallman is the top back behind Saquon Barkley and he’s already had a chance to lead this backfield when Barkley missed some time earlier this season. Saquon hasn’t looked quite right since he returned from his ankle so there’s an outside shot the Giants could shut him down with nothing to play for.

Gus Edwards (Bal, 13%) — Edwards is the top option behind Mark Ingram, ahead of Justice Hill, and he’d be the team’s lead runner if Ingram was forced to miss time down the stretch.

Tony Pollard (Dal, 14%) — Pollard’s complementary role has evaporated a bit with Zeke back to dominating the work in this backfield. Elliott owners would be wise to scoop up Pollard if he’s thrown to the scrapheap if you want to handcuff your top-five pick.

Ryquell Armstead (Jax, 2%) — It might be wise to scoop up Armstead if you’re a Leonard Fournette owner as he’s the clear #2 RB on this depth chart. Fournette doesn’t have the best history of staying healthy for too long.

Giovani Bernard (Cin, 3%) — Gio is a must-own in any week that Mixon is out of the lineup. Bernard is a capable runner and receiver who can take on a big role as we’ve seen in the past when Mixon has missed time.

Rex Burkhead (NE, 6%) — Burkhead is worth a stash if you’re rostering either James White and/or Sony Michel. Burkhead does a little bit of everything as a runner and receiver, which makes him a viable handcuff for both players since his role would be elevated if one of these guys misses a game down the stretch.

Wide Receiver

Higher-Owned Options: Robby Anderson (NYJ, 57%), Sterling Shepard (NYG, 58%)

Top Targets

Anthony Miller (Chi, 14%) — Miller was a popular second-year breakout candidate this summer and he’s on fire in the second half of the year after a disappointing start to the season. He’s now caught 21 passes over his last three games for 271 yards on a healthy 33 targets (26% target share). He’s sure to be a popular waiver wire add this week after he torched the Lions for 9/140 receiving on 13 targets while playing in front of a national TV audience on Thanksgiving. It doesn’t hurt that Mitchell Trubisky is playing his best football over the last couple of weeks, which is obviously correlated with Miller’s excellent play. His fantasy playoff schedule isn’t too bad either against the Cowboys, Packers, and Chiefs and it’s looking like Taylor Gabriel (concussion) could miss again this week.

James Washington (Pit, 20%) — Washington is easily playing the best football of his young career over the last five weeks, recording 20/417/3 receiving on 26 targets in that span. With JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) out of the lineup again in Week 13, Washington posted 4/111/1 receiving on four targets from QB Develin Hodges against the Browns. Washington could disappoint at any time down the stretch as a WR4 because of his shaky QB play and his limited volume, but he’s at least risen above his lousy QBs in recent weeks with 18+ FP in three of his last four games. He also gets valuable downfield targets and he’s taking advantage of them. Washington should be slightly more involved for as long as Smith-Schuster is out of the lineup, as well, and he has a decent schedule coming up (@Ari, vs. Buf, @NYJ).

Going Deeper

Cole Beasley (Buf, 32%) — Josh Allen is going to chuck it deep to John Brown or he’s going throw it underneath to his safety-valve Beasley. He’s never been a prolific scorer in the past but he’s remarkably run off TDs in five of his last seven games, including on Thanksgiving. Beasley led the Bills with 6/110/1 receiving on seven targets against his old team in Week 13. Beasley has scored 9+ FP in 10 of his 12 games this season if you’re looking for a PPR option with a solid floor, and his unexpected TD production is giving him a much higher ceiling. He does have a brutal matchup with Marlon Humphrey out of the slot this week (vs. Bal, @Pit, @NE).

Zach Pascal (Ind, 17%) — The Colts are a dumpster fire at receiver right now with T.Y. Hilton (calf), Eric Ebron (ankle, IR), Chester Rogers (knee, IR), and Parris Campbell (hand) all out of the lineup. After exploding for 18 fantasy points against the Steelers in Week 9, Pascal managed just 4/33 receiving in his next three games. Of course, he went off in Week 13 against the Titans, posting 7/109 receiving on 10 targets. Pascal is back on the radar again this week since he has a juicy matchup against the Buccaneers but he’s proven to be an all-or-nothing option — and it’s been a lot of nothing.

Darius Slayton (NYG, 25%) — Slayton has been the top perimeter for rookie Daniel Jones this season and he’s now posted 10+ fantasy points in four of his last five games. He recorded 6/44 receiving on a team-high nine targets in a blowout loss to the Packers in Week 13. Slayton has a lot of similarities to another breakout youngster in D.J. Chark with his speed and long frame and Slayton definitely has a strong connection with his fellow rookie Jones. Slayton has juicy matchups in the fantasy playoffs against the Dolphins in Week 15 and against the Redskins in Week 16 so there’s a chance this rookie could be on some league-winning teams.

Randall Cobb (Dal, 37%) — With Amari Cooper struggling through a knee injury recently, Cobb has emerged as a key piece for this Cowboys passing attack. After running off 12+ FP in three straight games, Cobb came back to earth a bit with Cooper bouncing back as the veteran slot WR posted 3/53 receiving on three targets against the Bills in Week 13. Cobb is in the WR4 conversation but he does have a tougher schedule in the fantasy playoffs. (@Chi, vs. LAR, @Phi).

Auden Tate (Cin, 10%) and John Ross (Cin, 7%) — Tate has some life again after the Bengals benched the hopeless Ryan Finley and re-inserted Andy Dalton back into the lineup. A.J. Green (ankle) is also still a long shot to play a game this season. Tate had just 8/92 receiving with Finley in the lineup but he’s now topped 9+ FP in his last seven games with Dalton at the helm. Tate led the Bengals in receiving with 4/66 on seven targets against the Jets in Week 13. The Bengals will also activate Ross from the IR this week off his clavicle injury and he should step right back into the lineup next to Tyler Boyd and Tate as the team’s field stretcher. Tate and Ross get good matchups against the Dolphins in Week 16 if you’re looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs and he has a matchup with the Browns this week.

A.J. Brown (Ten, 16%) — Ryan Tannehill is playing at an extremely high level but this offense still revolves around RB Derrick Henry and Tannehill is spreading the ball all around the field when he does throw it — he’s attempted just 54 passes the last three games combined. Brown failed to take advantage of his limited opportunities in Week 13 against the Colts, posting 3/45 receiving on four targets, which were still team-best marks. Brown may have distanced himself a bit from Corey Davis as the top option in this passing attack but Brown is going to post sporadic production because of the lack of passing volume in this offense.

Russell Gage (Atl, 7%) — Gage is the Falcons primary slot WR with Mohamed Sanu out of the picture and Gage should stay a little more involved for as long as Austin Hooper is out of the lineup. He also got a boost in Week 13 with Julio Jones unable to play through a shoulder injury as he posted 5/52/1 receiving on nine targets against the Saints. Julio nearly played last week so he should play this week against the Panthers so Gage should only be considered in deeper PPR formats.

Allen Lazard (GB, 5%) — The Packers WR corps behind Davante Adams has been a fantasy wasteland for much of the year but Lazard has been the best of the bunch since he got his chance to play in Week 6 on Monday Night Football against the Lions. He exploded for 3/103/1 receiving on three targets against the Giants in Week 13, catching a 37-yard TD and adding a 43-yard reception. Lazard had just 4/34 receiving in two games since Week 9 so he’s hardly a guy to trust, but he does get a juicy matchup against the Redskins this week if you’re digging deep for help.

Tight Ends

Higher-Owned Options: Jack Doyle (Ind, 58%), Ryan Griffin (NYJ, 56%), Dallas Goedert (Phi, 64%), Kyle Rudolph (Min, 57%) Jacob Hollister (Sea, 57%), Jason Witten (Dal, 50%)

Top Targets

Mike Gesicki (Mia, 19%) — Gesicki has been emerging a bit since their Week 5 bye and he’s now scored touchdowns and seen seven targets in two consecutive games. He posted 5/79/1 receiving on seven targets in Week 13 as he soared above an Eagles defender for his red-zone TD. With Preston Williams (knee) done for the season, Gesicki is competing with Allen Hurn’s to be the team’s #2 receiver for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Gesicki has mostly disappointed this season but he has shown some signs of life recently while playing more snaps. Gesicki blew up the Combine two years ago and there’s a chance he could emerge down the stretch with his bigger role in the passing game.

Tyler Higbee (LAR, 10%) — Gerald Everett (knee) missed Week 13, which opened the door for Higbee against the league’s friendliest matchup for TEs. Higbee exploded for 7/107/1 receiving on eight targets the Cardinals, and he could be worth a look again this week in another friendly matchup against the Seahawks. However, Higbee is probably only worth considering if Everett is out of the lineup again this week.

Going Deeper

David Njoku (Cle, 30%) — Njoku (wrist) has been close to a return off the injured reserve but the Browns have yet to activate him and there’s certainly no guarantee that he plays again this season. Njoku is an intriguing option off the waiver wire since he has TE1 upside and the Browns get some solid TE matchups down the stretch (vs. Cin, @Ari, vs. Bal).

O.J. Howard (TB, 32%) — Howard has had a miserable first season under HC Bruce Arians but he’s coming off a season-best 5/61 receiving on six targets against the Jaguars in Week 13. Howard finished with two or fewer fantasy points in four of his previous five games so I don’t blame you if you don’t even consider Howard, but he’s still as talented as any TE in the league and there’s an outside chance he catches fire to end the year. The Bucs get a decent TE matchup with the Colts this week.

Ian Thomas (Car, 0%) — Greg Olsen left Week 13 in the second half with a nasty concussion. Talented second-year TE Thomas stepped into the lineup for Olsen and caught all four of his targets for 24 yards against the Redskins. If Olsen is looking at an extended absence, Thomas does have a solid schedule for the next three weeks (@Atl, vs. Sea, @Ind) but he isn’t the easiest TE streamer to trust since he had just a single catch heading into Week 13.

Kaden Smith (NYG, 1%) — Smith could be worth a look at the end of the week if it looks like Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are going to miss yet another game. Smith has posted 11/87/1 receiving on 14 targets over the last two weeks with both Engram and Ellison out of the lineup. The Eagles — the Giants opponent this week — just allowed 5/79/1 receiving to Mike Gesicki last week.

D/ST Streamers

Minnesota Vikings (vs. Det, 62%), Houston Texans (vs. Den, 26%), Green Bay Packers (vs. Was, 47%), Indianapolis Colts (@TB, 27%), Cleveland Browns (vs. Cin, 65%), New York Jets (vs. Mia, 65%)

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Tom Brolley
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Tom Brolley is the better half of The Fantasy Free Agents Podcast with his partner Joe Dolan. Brolley owned a 53.8% winning percentage picking every game against the spread for his old site over the last two seasons.