Fantasy Football: Week 14 Waiver Wire

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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The fantasy football playoffs are here! Here I’ll detail a number of the top pickups for Week 14. Check out today’s Week 14 Waivers & QB Streamers podcast for the full breakdown or jump straight to the waiver segment on YouTube.

Wide Receivers

Widely Owned (but worth checking)
Sterling Shepard(78% owned)
Nelson Agholor (77% owned)
Cooper Kupp (77% owned)

CLE Josh Gordon (72% owned)
Week 13: 4/85/0 on 11 targets
Remaining Schedule: GB, Bal, @Chi, @Pit

In his first game back since the 2014 season, Josh Gordon showed no signs of rust with an astounding 11 targets. He did only catch 4 of them but racked up decent yardage with 85. The 11 targets is a very good sign that the Browns want Gordon heavily involved in this offense. It was not a good sign for Corey Coleman, however. I don’t expect he will be shut out of every game and he is a lot easier to obtain, only owned in 38% of leagues. Coleman is worth an add if he can get involved alongside Gordon moving forward. They both have a great matchup this week so if you’re lucky enough to be in a league where Gordon is unowned, you need to go get him now.

CLE Corey Coleman (38% owned)
Week 13: Nothing
Remaining Schedule: GB, Bal, @Chi, @Pit

See Josh Gordon above.

JAX Marqise Lee (70% owned)
Week 13: 7/86/1 on 10 targets
Remaining Schedule: Sea, Hou, @SF, @Ten

Marquise Lee is the clear number one option for Blake Bortles in this offense. If he is on your waivers, get him immediately as Lee has the ultimate matchup in championship week at San Fransisco. Dede Westbrook has been a factor since seeing the field in Week 11. His productivity has increased in each of his last 3 games. If you want a receiver in an offense that will have to throw a ton to keep up in games while trending up, Dede Westbrook is your guy.

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JAX Dede Westbrook (28% owned)
Week 13: 6/78/0 on 9 targets
Remaining Schedule: Sea, Hou, @SF, @Ten

See Marqise Lee above.

SF Marquise Goodwin (32% owned)
Week 13: 8/99/0 on 8 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Hou, Ten, Jax, @LAR

Up until last week, Goodwin had been producing in fantasy but doing it at an unsustainable rate given the lack of volume. That was not the case last week as Marquise Goodwin caught all 8 of his targets for 99 yards. This is especially a very good sign as it was his first game with Jimmy Garappolo as the starter. Goodwin had just about 1/3 of Garappolo’s completions in a victory over the Bears which should lead to more targets/opportunities for Goodwin as Garappolo’s go-to receiver. Only owned in 32% of leagues, Goodwin could be a great depth piece or flex on your roster.

NYJ Jermaine Kearse (46% owned)
Week 13: 9/157/0 on 10 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Den, @NO, LAC, @NE

With Robby Anderson getting all the attention with his big-play ability, Jermaine Kearse has quietly strung together back to back performances with 100+ yards on double-digit targets. Josh McCown has been a very good quarterback for fantasy purposes and he has used both Anderson and Kearse as weapons. Under 50% owned, Jermain Kearse needs to be rostered and started as a mid-range WR2 with upside.

NE Danny Amendola (55% owned)
Week 13: 2/34/0 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Mia, @Pit, Buf, NYJ

Danny Amendola has been very quiet in this offense lately but this could all change this week vs the Miami Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for one week after some post-play unnecessary roughness. This stinks for Gronk owners heading into week one of the fantasy playoffs. Amendola should step in nicely as you can expect his target volume to increase against the very beatable Dolphins defense. Of course, this all goes out the window should Chris Hogan make his return Week 14.

MIA Kenny Stills (55% owned)
Week 13: 5/98/1 on 13 targets
Remaining Schedule: NE, @Buf, @KC, Buf

Kenny Stills is leading all Miami receivers in fantasy points on the season. It turns out he is not just fantasy relevant when Matt Moore is at the helm. Jay Cutler targeted Stills 13 times last week which led to a very productive, 98 receiving yards and a touchdown. Stills has at least 65 yards and/or a touchdown in 6 of his last 8 games. Stills should provide you with a safe floor in the fantasy playoffs.

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WAS Josh Doctson (47% owned)
Week 13: 3/26/1 on 5 targets
Remaining Schedule: @LAC, Ari, Den, @NYG

Josh Doctson continues to be a touchdown-dependent option. He now has 5 on the season including 2 in the last 2 weeks. It’s a scary game to play this time of year, counting on a touchdown or bust. The volume just hasn’t been there for Doctson. There are safer options on waivers.

BAL Mike Wallace (35% owned)
Week 13: 5/116/0 on 8 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Pit, @Cle, Ind, Cin

Mike Wallace has double-digit fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 games. He has a tough schedule the next 2 weeks but will face the Colts in Week 16 (championship week). Only 35% owned, Wallace is worth a stash for championship week as a secret weapon.

CHI Dontrelle Inman (17% owned)
Week 13: 2/21/1 on 2 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Cin, @Det, Cle, @Min

Dontrelle Inman has a whopping 28.5 standard fantasy points on the season which is second best on the team behind Kendall Wright (43). This offense can not be trusted and I certianly would not trust them in the playoffs.

Running Backs

Widely Owned (but worth checking)
Samaje Perine (83% owned)
Isaiah Crowell (81% owned)
Duke Johnson (77% owned)
C.J. Anderson (81% owned)
Alex Collins (76% owned)
Jamaal Williams (71% owned)
Derrick Henry (71% owned)
Alfred Morris (69% owned)
MIA Kenyan Drake (68% owned)
NE Rex Burkhead (68% owned)

SEA Mike Davis (8% owned)
Week 13: 16/64/0 — 4/37/0 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Jax, LAR, @Dal, Ari

Mike Davis has looked like the closest thing to a legit workhorse back for the Seahawks in a while. Davis received the bulk of carries this past week and was involved in the passing game. The Seahawks have desperately needed a run game to help balance their offensive attack and after last week, we could see Davis get another shot at the majority of running back duties. He is worth an add and play at flex with some upside in this high powered offense.

TB Peyton Barber (5% owned)
Week 13: 23/102/0 — 4/41/0 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: Det, Atl, @Car, NO

Peyton Barber may have just earned himself more playing time after his performance against the Packers last week. With the Buccanneers season all but over, they may want to see what they have in the young back. Use caution here as his success may have just been due to matchup. Also, he is likely to be in a split carries situation at best once Doug Martin returns. He is still worth an add as he could take over in this backfield given the Bucs season situation.

DET Theo Riddick (40% owned)
Week 13: 9/21/1 — 5/41/0 on 5 targets
Remaining Schedule: @TB, Chi, @Cin, GB

Riddick hasn’t been the PPR machine he has been in the past. He finally saw some volume with Ameer Abdullah out but Tion Green may have stolen his thunder. Green stepped into his first game with 11 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown. If Abdullah misses some more time, Green could be a great play this week against Tampa Bay. Riddick is worth an add in PPR formats and could provide some production should Abdullah sit next week.

DET Tion Green (0% owned)
Week 13: 11/51/1
Remaining Schedule: @TB, Chi, @Cin, GB

See Theo Riddick above.

NYJ Matt Forte (37% owned)
Week 13: 15/58/0 — 3/33/1 on 3 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Den, @NO, LAC, @NE

Forte was back at full strength last week as he was an impact in this offense. 15 carries and 3 receptions and a touchdown. Forte should be a key force in this offense going forward and should be owned by much more than 37% as he’s owned now. Bilal Powell is still involved which limits Forte’s ceiling but if you are shopping waivers at this point, Forte offers you a nice floor with double-digit fantasy points upside heading into the playoffs.

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HOU Andre Ellington (8% owned)
Week 13: 2/-4/0 — 5/56/0 on 6 targets – lined up in slot
Remaining Schedule: SF, @Jax, Pit, @Ind

Andre Ellington has not been consistently involved in this offense. He is not a runner. He can get involved in the pass game on occasion but nothing enough to warrant a roster spot on your teams. Look elsewhere.

ARZ Kerwynn Williams (3% owned)
Week 13: 16/97/0
Remaining Schedule: Ten, @Was, NYG, @Sea

Kerwynn Williams has been fantasy irrelevant all season. He provided a bit of value last week with Adrian Peterson out. Averaging 6.1 yards per carry, he may have earned him some more time but I wouldn’t expect much going forward unless Peterson misses more time.

Tight Ends

TB Cameron Brate (55% owned)
Week 13: 2/39/2 on 6 targets
Remaining Schedule: Det, Atl, @Car, NO

Jameis Winston is back which means, Cameron Brate is back! Brate is a must own in this sea of awful tight end play. He did score on both of his receptions so you can’t expect that going forward. Brate’s target volume is what is most valuable with Winston back at QB. If he’s available in your leagues, get him.

HOU Stephen Anderson (0% owned)
Week 13: 5/79/1 on 12 targets
Remaining Schedule: SF, @Jax, Pit, @Ind

Who? Stephen Anderson is actually the leading fantasy tight end on the Houston Texans offense. Last week was his first game with double-digit fantasy points so don’t get too excited as this is likely an outlier game for him. He may be worth a flyer, if you need one, against the awful 49ers defense this week.

ARZ Ricky Seals-Jones (28% owned)
Week 13: 2/44/0 on 5 targets
Remaining Schedule: Ten, @Was, NYG, @Sea

Seals-Jones has been a decent option at the tight end position since Blaine Gabbert took over in Arizona. Last week was his worst performance in the past 3 weeks with 44 yards receiving. Not a bad floor given the options at tight end this season. I would play the matchups with Ricky Seals-Jones which makes him a great option at the position for the remaining fantasy playoffs.

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PHI Trey Burton (1% owned)
Week 13: 4/42/0 on 7 targets
Remaining Schedule: @LAR, @NYG, Oak, Dal

Burton is the tight end to own should Ertz miss some time. This is all predicated on that previs. The last time Ertz missed time, it was Trey Burton that had 2 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. Ertz went down last week and Burton stepped in with 4 receptions for 42 yards. He is a must own for Ertz owners but could be a decent flyer for those looking for a tight end with a safe floor next week if Ertz is out. You’ll want the starting tight end in this potent Eagles offense.

NYJ Austin Seferian-Jenkins (56% owned)
Week 13: 2/7/0 on 3 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Den, @NO, LAC, @NE

Austin Seferian-Jenkins may be cursed in fantasy football. He has had many touchdowns called back this season and has not had a double-digit fantasy points game all season as a result. I would stay away from any passing option that hasn’t topped 9 fantasy points and has just 7 receiving yards in a game where their offense scores 38 points.

CLE David Njoku (5% owned)
Week 13: 4/74/1 on 6 targets
Remaining Schedule: GB, Bal, @Chi, @Pit

David Njoku showing some life in the past couple of weeks with 8 receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. He does have a decent matchup this week vs Green Bay but is very hard to trust as he has just 2 games with double-digit fantasy points (standard) on the season. The field could open up for him more with Josh Gordon on the field but there are better options to stream than a rookie tight end for the Cleveland Browns.

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Comments from the community:

  1. Drop Hunt. He’s no longer worth starting anymore, even after the Chiefs huge game this past week. I would grab Tate over those three options.

  2. Also, do you have any better options on the waiver wire for TE? I wouldn’t be comfortable starting Burton if I were you even knowing Ertz could be I out due to concussion protocol.

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