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After weeks and weeks of preparation, after weeks of trades and working the waivers, the time has come for Week 14 Waiver Rankings. Oh, that’s not what you’re thinking? That’s right, the fantasy playoffs start this week! I hope you’re still in it and if you aren’t then better luck next year. Hopefully, your league has a toilet bowl and you can win something.  What a season it has been! I know there are still three more weeks, but I figured now would be a good time to give out some regular season hardware.

 

Fantasy MVP:

Do we even need to think about this one? David Johnson has been an absolute monster from the start. Yes, you could make a case for Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarco Murray, or LeSean McCoy, but for me and my money, it’s David Johnson and his 1,700 total yards and 15 touchdowns through 12 games played. He went in the first round, but behind…

Biggest Bust

Todd Gurley went third overall according to FantasyPros, and boy was that a mistake. He’s currently RB20 with 678 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Clearly not what you had in mind once you risked such a high pick. The writing was on the wall for a letdown season, but we as fantasy gamers are stubborn and suffer from recency bias. We fail to zoom out from time to time which ultimately burns us as fantasy gamers. Until the Rams move on from Jeff Fisher or seriously invest in the offensive line, Todd Gurley will play an uphill battle to quality production.

Biggest Draft Day Steal

I really could have went any number of ways at running back there has been DeMarco Murray (RB19) who has bounced back in a big way with 1,400 total yards and 11 total touchdowns. Then there is Melvin Gordon (RB23) who many like myself loved to breakout in 2016 and boy, has he. He currently sits at RB3 with 1,400 total yards and 12 touchdowns. Talk about a turnaround, from 0 touchdowns in ’15 to 12 and counting in 2016.

It seems ridiculous that Larry Fitzgerald was selected as WR28, but he has paid off big time with nearly 900 yards and five touchdowns with four more games to play.  How about Michael Thomas (WR51)? Dude has been one of the biggest gems this season and has been the best rookie not named Zeke Elliott. He currently sits at WR8 with 831 yards and seven touchdowns. Who in the hell could have imagined that Terrelle Pryor (WR68) would come in and produce on the level that he has? He currently sits at WR16 and could easily creep up to a WR1 over the final three weeks of the season.

Overall, for me, I have to give it Melvin Gordon. He has been one of the best values of the season and continues to make fantasy gamers regret passing on him for so many rounds.

As always, if you have any questions concerning your lineup or waiver decisions, then be sure to reach out to me on Twitter: (@FantasyWrath13). Let’s win that championship!

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Handcuffs worth an add

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench stash

Black: PPR Targets

Purple = Deep league stash

Quarterback

Andy Dalton

  1. Andy Dalton
  2. Colin Kaepernick
  3. Joe Flacco
  4. Alex Smith
  5. Jared Goff

Andy Dalton – Last week against the Eagles, Andy Dalton had arguably his best game of the season. He completed 23-of-31 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns. We should have seen this performance coming, the Eagles pass defense has been picked apart in recent weeks which makes this performance by Dalton look more like status quo. The Bengals will take on a Browns defense that is coming close to resembling a college level lineup. Dalton should be a QB1 option with or without AJ Green.

Colin Kaepernick – After four straight weeks of dominating performances, the world came crashing down around him. He was benched in the fourth quarter after completing 1-of-5 passes for four yards. Yes, you read that right. He played three-quarters and only attempted five passes. The weather conditions had some to do with his inability to get anything going, however, it’s hard to blame him with the smallest sample size one could imagine a QB would have in three whole quarters of play.

 

Running Back

DeAngelo Williams

  1. Kenneth Dixon
  2. Dion Lewis
  3. Jerick McKinnon
  4. Alfred Morris
  5. DeAngelo Williams
  6. Derrick Henry
  7. Andre Ellington
  8. Charles Sims
  9. Adrian Peterson
  10. Mike Gillislee
  11. Bilal Powell
  12. Jalen Richard
  13. Wendell Smallwood
  14. Troymaine Pope
  15. Rex Burkhead
  16. Chris Thompson
  17. Charcandrick West
  18. Cameron Artis-Payne
  19. Kenneth Farrow
  20. Denard Robinson
  21. Justin Forsett
  22. Paul Perkins
  23. Jacquizz Rodgers
  24. Ameer Abdullah
  25. Christine Michael
  26. Matt Asiata
  27. Dwayne Washington
  28. Damien Williams
  29. Kenyan Drake
  30. Fozzy Whittaker
  31. Alfred Blue
  32. Knile Davis
  33. Robert Turbin
  34. Matt Jones
  35. Akeem Hunt
  36. Stepfan Taylor
  37. Alex Collins
  38. DuJuan Harris
  39. Daniel Lasco

Kenneth Dixon – He rushed six times for 56 yards and also converted all four of his targets for 21 yards. Although he seemed to take a step back in regards to his snap and touch share he was still highly effective in limited opportunities. Eventually, the Ravens will figure out that Dixon deserves a much higher touch share, but until that time comes he’s locked in as nothing more than a flex play.  

Dion Lewis – As much as I love his athletic profile, he’s hard to trust. With LeGarrette Blount locked in as the power back and splitting touches with James White, Dion Lewis is going to be hard to trust even though he looks like the better option as the pass catching/change-of-pace back. Moving forward, the Patriots will take on a Ravens defense that has been truly elite stopping opponents rushing attacks. I would expect for the Pats to lean more on the pass, which should help Dion Lewis see a higher usage.

Jerick McKinnon – Despite receiving single-digit carries in four of the last six weeks, he has increased his level of production the last few weeks. During the Vikings 17-15 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday, he compiled 41 yards on nine totes and secured all but one of his targets for 14 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings offensive line has been dreadful all season, which will make McKinnon hard to trust. He remains a weekly RB3 over the final three weeks.

Charles Sims – Could return as early as this week. He’s worth a stash in PPR formats as he could soak up a heavy dose of targets with injuries to their WR core.

Handcuffs – With the trade deadline long gone, it’s wise to stack your team with your handcuffs. The last thing you want is for your bell-cow back to get hurt only for you to lose out on him and cost you a championship.

For my money, Alfred Morris, DeAngelo Williams, Derrick Henry, and Andre Ellington are must-adds over the final three or four weeks of the season. All four players are more than capable of stepping right in for the starter. There are a few others I would recommend adding in case of emergency. Kenneth Farrow athletically profiles a logical fill-in for Melvin Gordon and would make for a fine RB2 if disaster struck. Charcandrick West has a proven track record of producing when the starter goes down, which leads me to Cameron Artis-Payne. He’s another handcuff who has proven himself as a trusty RB2/3 and when the lead-back is about as sturdy as wet toilet paper, it’s a smart move to handcuff him. Speaking of running backs that can’t stay healthy, Doug Martin left Sunday’s win over the Chargers after being ‘bent back’. It doesn’t seem like he’s going to miss any time, however, if he does Jacquizz Rodgers is back healthy and would make for a solid RB2 in his absence. The Broncos lost Kapri Bibbs for the season. It’s a shame as he was clearly the most explosive running back against the Jaguars. They went out and signed Gary Kubiak’s pal Justin Forsett. Listen, I want nothing to do with the washed up running back who is now playing for his third team of the season. But with Devontae Booker struggling (2.8 YPC over his last five weeks) it wouldn’t surprise me if Forsett carves out a decent workload. 

Wide Receiver

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  1. Brandon LaFell
  2. Tyler Lockett
  3. Malcolm Mitchell
  4. Breshad Perriman
  5. Taylor Gabriel
  6. Quincy Enunwa
  7. Michael Floyd
  8. Will Fuller
  9. Pierre Garcon
  10. Marquess Wilson
  11. Dontrelle Inman
  12. Ted Ginn Jr.
  13. Adam Thielen
  14. Marqise Lee
  15. Anquan Boldin
  16. Freddie Martino
  17. Kenny Stills
  18. Dorial Green-Beckham
  19. Josh Bellamy
  20. Chris Hogan
  21. Tajae Sharpe
  22. Sammie Coates
  23. Cordarrelle Patterson
  24. Devin Funchess
  25. Mohamed Sanu
  26. Jermaine Kearse
  27. Brian Quick
  28. Justin Hunter
  29. Seth Roberts
  30. Brandon Coleman
  31. Phillip Dorsett
  32. Jeremy Kerley
  33. Adam Humphries
  34. Nelson Agholor
  35. Cameron Meredith
  36. Albert Wilson
  37. Braxton Miller
  38. Kamar Aiken
  39. Chris Conley
  40. Andrew Hawkins

Brandon LaFell – He led the team in targets (7), catches (5), yards (95), and also hauled in an eight-yard touchdown. With AJ Green out, LaFell provided the offense a spark it needed to throttle the tail-spinning Eagles. This week the Bengals will take on a Browns defense that has been a doormat for every offense. If Green misses another week, LaFell makes for a solid WR3 against the league’s worst defense.

Tyler Lockett – We have been waiting all season for the young burner to get on track and boy did he against the Panthers on Sunday night. He finished with five receptions on six targets for 63 yards and also busted off a 75 yard run for a touchdown. With matchups against the Packers leaky pass defense (third-most points to WRs) up next, Lockett is in play as a solid flex option this week.

Malcolm Mitchell – With Rob Gronkowski done for the season, it wasn’t hard to envision Mitchell receiving an uptick in snap and target share. He ended up with one less snap than Chris Hogan and 13 more than Julian Edelman. He also hauled in eight of his 10 targets for 82 yards in Sunday’s win over the Rams. Moving forward, he has matchups against the Ravens and Jets who allow the 10th and 15th most fantasy points to wide receivers, but also face the Broncos in-between. With Tom Brady slinging you the rock, Mitchell has the ability to turn in weekly WR3 performances.

Breshad Perriman – It’s a Christmas miracle! Breshad Perriman has, dare I say, become fantasy relevant. He has quietly turned in WR2 numbers over his last three weeks. Even more impressive is he’s done it on just 10 targets. He has scored a touchdown in three of his last four games and is the go-to deep threat for Joe Flacco. He’s going to be hard to trust with such little usage and should be viewed as a boom-or-bust WR4 down the stretch.

Tight End

Ladarius Green

  1. Cameron Brate
  2. Ladarius Green
  3. Vernon Davis
  4. C.J. Fiedorowicz
  5. Vance McDonald
  6. Lance Kendricks
  7. Dennis Pitta
  8. Dion Sims
  9. Will Tye
  10. Austin Hooper

Cameron Brate – I mentioned last week, that he should be owned in all formats because of his upcoming schedule. This past week against the Chargers, he hauled in 6-of-9 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown. He’s clearly Winston’s number two target and now gets to face the Saints this week. He should be viewed as a Weekly TE1 to finish out the season.

Ladarius Green – We waited weeks all for Ladarius Green to finally get on the field with the Steelers. His time came four weeks ago, although it’s been a slow start. He has gotten better every week and blew up against the Giants in their 24-14 win. Green finished with 6 receptions on 11 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown. I’ve tried to temper any expectations for the athletic TE, considering he was coming off injury. However, it’s impossible to not believe into his upside moving forward and should be a borderline TE1 against the Bills.

Vernon Davis – His upside is only as high as Jordan Reeds absence with a separated shoulder. Until then, he should be viewed as a weekly TE1.

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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