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Week 14 Waiver Wire Rankings

With Week 13 in the books, it’s time for Week 14 Waiver Wire Rankings! Hello to all of you still reading, as that means you’ve most likely entered the fantasy football playoffs. There are some leagues that begin playoffs in Week 15, so you might need some help clinching your spot or leagues that even started playoffs last week. First, congratulations to all of you that made it to post-season. Most of you didn’t make it here by accident, so pat yourself on the back. But, the work isn’t done. Waiver diving represents more of a challenge at this point, as many players wither on the benches of your fallen league mates. I’ll do my best to assist in finding points where you might need them.

As usual, I only rank players that are under 60% owned and if it’s close, I mention the percentage. I want you to at least have a shot at these guys, so mentioning any highly owned players just doesn’t make sense. But first, some impactful news and notes from Week 13.

Both Tyrod Taylor and Matthew Stafford suffered injuries this Sunday, with Taylor costing those who streamed him more severely than Stafford owners. Taylor injured his ankle/knee on the first play of Sunday’s game and struggled throughout the game until he finally exited in the third quarter after a sack. News out of Buffalo emphasizes that Tyrod avoided serious injury but his status for Week 14 likely won’t be clear until later this week. I don’t think even the most desperate fantasy owner would start Nathan Peterman against the Colts should Taylor not be able to go.

Stafford’s right (throwing) hand certainly looked a fright after being stepped on by Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs. The injury occurred on his last throw of the game and resulted in an interception. The Lions reported that the x-rays ruled out a break and his hand is just severely bruised. Expect him to play through the pain in Week 14 against Tampa Bay, but certainly, one to monitor later in the week.

Speaking of injured throwing hands, the Dallas Cowboys got a scare when Dak Prescott‘s hand and linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons collided in Thursday Night Football. X-rays showed no break and Prescott stated that his hand is “fine”. He didn’t even miss snaps after the injury due to Dallas special teams punting the ball away on the next play. Though Stafford’s hand wins for most mangled, Dak’s hand looked pretty swollen. He continued to play and finished with just 102 yards on 11 passes (22 attempted) and two touchdowns. Don’t worry, Dak and the gang get extra rest time due to playing on Thursday and face one of the worst defenses in the league in Week 14: the NY Giants.

Philadephia’s offense certainly missed Zach Ertz after he left in the third quarter with a head injury. Watching the playback, Ertz smacked his helmet off the ground after a tackle. He left the game for further evaluation and didn’t return. He entered the concussion protocol and is questionable to play in Week 14 against the LA Rams. This holds serious implications for fantasy owners who found consistency in Ertz up to this point in the season. You’ll want to read further and snag a streamer just in case.  Remember, it’s win or go home this week for most. Trey Burton also could be a serviceable option, as he caught four passes for 42 yards after Ertz left the game.

The Houston Texans suffered more loss to injury as C.J. Fiedorowicz AND Braxton Miller left Sunday’s tilt with concussions. This could mean the season for Fiedorowicz, as Houston placed him on IR earlier this season already for concussion issues. Stephen Anderson replaced C.J. and flew onto the fantasy radar with a five catch game for 47 yards and a touchdown. If Fiedorowicz missed time as I expect, Anderson represents a great TE streamer in Week 14 against SF. The 49ers defense gave up a TD to the tight end position every game for their last six games (besides Week 13 vs Chicago)

Braxton Miller actually replaced an injured Bruce Ellington, who also left the game after one catch with a hamstring injury. Miller caught four passes for 71 yards before exiting in the third quarter. With no weapons left, the Texans thrust RB Andre Ellington into a receiver role and he caught five for 56 yards. This team is a hot mess of injuries, but whoever suits up (in addition to stud DeAndre Hopkins of course) gains a juicy matchup with a porous San Fran defense in Week 14.

Rob Gronkowski faces a one-game suspension after losing his cool and pile-driving an already down Bills CB Tre’Davious White in Sunday’s game. That’s the second time I’ve been surprised by the aggressive outburst of a usually composed athlete (A.J. Green being the first).  Gronk expressed remorse after the game and is appealing the suspension. If it is enforced, the Patriots face Miami in Week 14 without him and Dwayne Allen takes his place.

The Green Bay Packers placed Ty Montgomery on the IR for a wrist injury, so that’s it for his season. Aaron Jones returned to health and made the most of his one carry in overtime by running 20 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Jamaal Williams remains the starter and Jones only came in to relieve him after a long run on the previous play. Williams rushed 21 times for 113 yards and one TD and added two catches for ten yards. He held the starting job over Jones earlier in the year but got injured. Now that both are back to healthy, I expect Jones to get some carries but Williams to lead this backfield moving forward. They face Cleveland in Week 14.

In a scrappy divisional rivalry game, two defensive players left Monday Night Football with injuries– Ryan Shazier and Vontaze Burfict. Shazier’s injury looked very serious as he grabbed his back after making a tackle and did not move his legs. Taken to a local hospital immediately, Shazier suffered what they are calling a back contusion and reported he is “getting better” as the swelling recedes. For now, it seems that it looked worse than it is, which is very relieving. I wouldn’t expect to see him in Week 14.

I’m not going to lie to you, as a Steelers fan, Vontaze Burfict isn’t my favorite player. No one can say he doesn’t play with passion, however, and JuJu Smith-Schuster rocked him on a block that sent him to the locker room. Referees called JuJu for both an illegal block and taunting, as he stood over top of Burfict after making the hit. It isn’t a fun game to watch when both sides start taking shots that could seriously injure one another. Let’s just hope both Shazier and Burfict escaped any serious injuries. Sources say Burfict walked under his own power into the locker room after being carried off the field on a backboard similar to Shazier. Both are key players in their defenses, so if either miss time, it could be good fantasy news for upcoming opponents.

News just came out that the NFL suspended JuJu Smith-Schuster one game for the hit, giving Martavis Bryant a bump in targets in Week 14 against Baltimore.

Lastly, the Bills just announced that they placed Jordan Matthews on season-ending IR for a knee injury. This keeps Zay Jones relevant, as Kelvin Benjamin appears set to return in Week 14. With Matthews out, Jones should continue to see targets though the QB situation and the general state of the Buffalo team should be taken into account.

Ok, finally time to dive into Week 14 Waiver Wire Rankings. Let’s do this.

Week 14 Waiver Wire Rankings

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Orange = Streaming Target

Blue = Bench Stash

Purple = Deep League Stash

Quarterback

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  1. Jameis Winston vs Detroit Lions
  2. Josh McCown at Denver Broncos
  3. DeShone Kizer vs Green Bay
  4. Jimmy Garoppolo at Houston Texans
  5. Andy Dalton vs Chicago Bears
  6. Eli Manning vs Dallas Cowboys
  7. Tom Savage vs SF
  8. Blaine Gabbert vs TEN
  9. Brett Hundley at CLE
  10. Jacoby Brissett at BUF
  11. Blake Bortles 

The New York Jets snagged a shootout victory against Kansas City in Week 13 with Josh McCown at the helm. He’s finished the last two weeks as the #3 and #2 fantasy QB, but is still just 42% owned in Yahoo leagues. McCown is actually the #8 overall fantasy QB on the season so far, which may be hard to wrap your head around. His supporting cast (Robby Anderson in particular) certainly helped him finish in the top 11 fantasy QB rankings six times so far this season. However, his fantasy playoffs schedule isn’t an easy one. The Jets face Denver this week, followed by New Orleans and the LA Chargers.

The Broncos defense isn’t the doom-and-gloom matchup that it once was, allowing at least two TDs to the quarterback position for the last five weeks. They didn’t record an INT since Week 6 until facing Jay Cutler last week and snagged two. Two of the last three QBs that faced Denver threw for 230+ passing yards. The Broncos haven’t won a game since Week 4 nor scored more than 17 total points in their last four games. Their opponents scored 117 total points in that span. So, am I scared to tell you to stream McCown against a team that just allowed Miami’s offense to score 35 points? No.

Hold your breath. A Steelers fan is about to tell you it is OK to stream a Cleveland Browns QB if you need to in Week 14. Shhh. Don’t tell my dad. Well, really what I’m saying is that Josh Gordon looks good, the matchup is soft against GB, and DeShone Kizer pads his floor with rushing yards. He completed just 15 passes in Week 14 (an abysmal 46.9 completion percentage) for 215 yards, one TD, and one INT. Kizer ran five times for 46 yards but also lost a fumble. So, for the record, I’m not saying he’s a great QB. However, he faces a Green Bay defense that gave up at least one TD to the QB position each week since Week 2. On top of that, GB just coughed up a combined six TDs to Big Ben and Jameis Winston the last two contests.

Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t wow our socks off on Sunday, but he did lead his team to their second win of the season. He completed 26-out-of-37 passes for 293 yards, zero TDs, and one INT. This week he draws an away game with a Houston team that most QBs manhandled this season, giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to the position.

Let’s bring your attention to Blake Bortles for a second. Alert. He’s included in this list for a bench stash to use in Weeks 15-16 against Houston and San Francisco. Bortles performed well for the second week in a row for streaming fantasy owners, completing 26 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts in Week 13. I wouldn’t feel overly confident playing him against Seattle in Week 14 if you don’t have to, but his Week 15 (Houston) and 16 (San Fran) match-ups represent great streaming options for fantasy playoffs.

 

Running Back

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  1. Mike Davis
  2. Peyton Barber
  3. Matt Forte
  4. Theo Riddick (if Abdullah out)
  5. Gio Bernard (if Mixon out)
  6. Austin Ekeler
  7. Andre Ellington
  8. Kerwynn Williams (if AP out)
  9. Rod Smith
  10. Marlon Mack
  11. Aaron Jones
  12. Devontae Booker
  13. Tarik Cohen
  14. J.D. McKissic
  15. T.J. Yeldon
  16. Danny Woodhead
  17. Damien Williams
  18. James Conner
  19. Charchandrick West
  20. Corey Clement
  21. Tion Green
  22. Matt Brieda
  23. Charles Sims
  24. D.J. Foster
  25. Alfred Blue
  26. DeAndre Washington
  27. Wayne Gallman

I watched Week 13 action hoping to myself that most of my readers capitalized on the must-adds of last week, as Jamaal Williams, Kenyan Drake, Rex Burkhead, and Mike Davis did us all proud! In checking the % ownership, it appears that most of you did with only Mike Davis remaining under 60% ownership. Mike Davis, sure to be this week’s number one RB waiver wire pick-up, rushed 16 times for 64 yards and snagged four targets for 37 yards. In the carousel that is the Seattle backfield, Davis appeared to solidify his starting role, out snapping all other RBs by large margins (78%, McKissic 16%, Lacy 5%, Rawls 5%).

Seattle faces a tough Jags defense in Week 14, but when a player looks to get 20+ touches per game on a good offense, a top waiver claim just makes sense. His schedule eases up in Weeks 15 (LAR) and 16 (DAL). J.D. McKissic may hold some value particularly in PPR or deeper leagues, but his role dwindled in the face of Davis’ success and game script (Seahawks lead for most of the game).

Let me just say this about the Jets backfield. Bilal Powell (62% owned), Matt Forte (37%), or Elijah McGuire (4%) are on your waivers. Maybe all of them are. Now that all the backs are healthy, we’ve got ourselves a three-headed-monster. Is it one to avoid? If you can, yes. The touches between Forte and Powell fall around the same amount the last two weeks, but Forte showed his skills through the air in Week 13. He outgained Powell 91 to 50 in all-purpose yards, but both snagged a TD. Even McGuire, who received just five touches per game, almost scored a TD against Kansas City this week.

So, it’s hard to decipher which back could get you the fantasy points you need, though Forte looked the best in Week 13. With that said,  the Jets face a Denver defense in Week 14 that gave up 10 TDs to RBs over the past five weeks. In Week 13 against Denver, Kenyan Drake ran 23 times for 120 yards and a touchdown and snagged three passes for 21 more yards. McGuire could fall in for a TD, but isn’t rosterable. My money is on Forte since he looked strong and healthy, but I won’t have any skin in the game for this one.

Rod Smith gained the majority of his touches towards the end of the game against Washington, as Dallas ran down the clock with a comfortable lead. He earned 27 yards and a TD on 10 carries and received one target. The reason I’m mentioning him is due to the likelihood that the Cowboys gain a good lead against the Giants in Week 14, opening up another opportunity for Smith. Alfred Morris’ performance locked him into lead back duties, but there’s room for some Smith love should the game script allow.

Though many expected D.J. Foster to have a larger role in the absence of Adrian Peterson, Kerwynn Williams dominated touches in Sunday’s game. He gained 97 yards on 16 carries (6.1 YPC) while Foster ran for five yards on two carries and snagged two catches for 20 yards. If Peterson misses Week 14, Williams draws a matchup with a Tenessee defense that just allowed 150 all-purpose yards to the Houston RBs and gave up 110 all-purpose yards and a TD to the Colts in Week 12.

Pending the status of Will Fuller (ribs), Bruce Ellington (hamstring) and Braxton Miller (concussion), Andre Ellington could be used as a WR again in Week 14. The Texans already voiced doubt about Bruce Ellington suiting up in Week 14 and shared no news about Fuller or Miller yet. Andre caught five for 56 yards against Tennessee last week and faces the 49ers this week. Since Hopkins can’t do it completely by himself (though he tries), Andre Ellington should see more opportunity against a team that gave up at least one TD to a WR every game but two so far in 2017. He holds flex appeal in PPR leagues.

 

Wide Receiver

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  1. Marquise Goodwin
  2. Jermaine Kearse
  3. Dede Westbrook
  4. Josh Doctson 
  5. Mike Wallace
  6. Zay Jones
  7. Trent Taylor 
  8. Corey Coleman
  9. Danny Amendola
  10. Keelan Cole
  11. Kenny Golladay
  12. Kenny Stills
  13. Corey Davis
  14. Allen Hurns
  15. Will Fuller
  16. Dontrelle Inman
  17. Roger Lewis 
  18. Ryan Grant
  19. Tyler Lockett
  20. Tavarres King
  21. Josh Reynolds

Before I mention a few guys in more detail, I need to say to at least take a gander for Josh Gordon, Nelson Agholor, Chris Hogan, Robert Woods, and Martavis Bryant (Juju suspension) on your waivers. They’re all 60+% owned, but could still be out there in some leagues.

Marquise Goodwin caught eight-of-eight for 99 yards in Sunday’s bout with Chicago. Receiving 14 targets over the last two weeks, Goodwin represents the most targeted receiver for SF. In Week 14, he draws a juicy matchup against a Houston defense who struggled to contain WRs all season and gave up the 8th most fantasy points to the position. Trent Taylor, who Garoppolo targeted six times in Week 13, could be a sneaky play as he finished with 92 yards and caught all his targets against Chicago as well.

Like so many, I’m in love with Robby Anderson and his fantasy production. However, many overlook his counterpart Jermaine Kearse and his 21 targets over the past two weeks. In two games, Kearse snagged 16 catches for 262 yards and a TD and finished in the top 10 fantasy WRs in both weeks. Does that sound like a player that should be only 46% owned? I didn’t think so either.

Blake Bortles targeted Dede Westbrook second to only Marquise Lee, looking his way nine times in the Jags game against Indy in Week 13. Westbrook converted those to six catches for 78 yards. That’s 12 catches for him over the last two weeks. This week he draws a more difficult matchup with Seattle; however, they just gave up a monster 141 yards and one TD to Nelson Agholor in Week 13. Agholor works from the slot a good bit of the time and Westbrook and Keelan Cole see snaps from the slot for the Jags, giving them some upside in Week 14. Cole caught three for 49 yards and a TD last week.

If you’re looking for a guy with some upside, Kenny Golladay could be your guy. Though he’s recorded only two catches in each of his last four games, Golladay has play-making ability and could break away for a significant gain at any time. He caught a pass for 30+ yards in four straight games and his snap count now stands at 79% (up each week since his return from injury). I can’t say that Matthew Stafford’s mangled hand doesn’t have me a little worried, as he did sub-par last season when playing with an injured finger. Either way, you’ve got to use your extra bench spots for players with good matchups, upside, or handcuffs at this point in the game. Golladay is a talented receiver with a plus matchup against Tampa Bay in Week 14.

He isn’t the sexiest pickup, but without much news about the return of Chris Hogan and the potential suspension of Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola holds some streaming value in Week 14. The only reason I can stomach suggesting him given his recent low production is the lack of other receiving options (besides Cooks) and the matchup with Miami in Week 14. Someone needs to catch the ball from Brady and while I do think that the Patriots rely on their running backs again this week, Amendola gets increased opportunity in a game they should dominate.

 

Tight End

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  1. Cameron Brate (56% owned) vs Detroit
  2. Stephen Anderson vs SF
  3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (56% owned) at Denver
  4. Charles Clay vs IND (if Tyrod starts)
  5. Ricky Seals-Jones vs TEN
  6. Jason Witten at NY Giants
  7. Trey Burton at LA Rams
  8. Tyler Kroft vs CHI
  9. Marcedes Lewis vs SEA
  10. George Kittle/Garrett Celek at HOU
  11. David Njoku vs GB
  12. Ben Watson at PIT
  13. Dwayne Allen at MIA
  14. Eric Ebron at TB
  15. Jesse James vs BAL
  16. Julius Thomas vs NE

Cameron Brate and Jameis Winston’s bromance didn’t miss a beat in Winston’s return against a Green Bay team typically tough on the tight end position. Winston targeted Brate six times, connecting on two for 39 yards and two touchdowns. Brate draws a matchup with the Lions in Week 14. They gave up 128 yards and four touchdowns to the tight end position over the past three weeks. He’s the best streaming TE option in Week 14.

After the injury to CJ Fiedorowicz, Stephen Anderson took the reigns for Houston. Tom Savage targeted Anderson a whopping 12 times, the most across all tight ends across the league in Week 13. Anderson caught five for 79 yards and a TD. In Week 14, Houston draws SF who gave up a touchdown to a TE in each of their games since Week 7 (except for last week against Chicago). He’s a solid streaming option/waiver add for fantasy owners this week.

The New York Jets face the Broncos in Week 14, who gave up a TD to the tight-end position in three out of their last four games. Austin Seferian-Jenkins received 19 targets over the last three weeks and should see a bounce-back game this week. He receives 18% of the overall target share (behind Anderson and Kearse) and the most red zone targets (27%) on the Jets offense.

Should Zach Ertz miss time with a concussion, Trey Burton received seven targets and reeled in four of them for 42 yards in Week 14. He faces the LA Rams, however, who only gave up one TD to tight ends since Week 6. However, Carson Wentz relied on the TE position consistently, giving Ertz the 2nd most overall targets and the most red zone targets (23% of red zone target share). They’ll need Burton to step up should Ertz miss time.

Ricky Seals-Jones cooled off a bit this week, catching just two passes for 44 yards. However, he still received four targets and faces a Tennessee defense in Week 14 that struggled to defend the position recently. Over their last three tilts, the Titans gave up two TDs and 194 yards to TEs. Though Jermaine Gresham still out snaps him by a large margin (53% to 24%), RSJ receives the majority of targets (16 to 7 over the last three weeks) and is the preferable option to stream.

Jags TE Marcedes Lewis received five targets in Week 13, catching four for 46 yards and a two-point conversion. This week, he faces a Seattle defense that allowed TEs to score doubt-digit PPR points in five out of their last eight contests. It’s no cake walk and he is competing with Marquise Lee and rookie Dede Westbrook for targets, but could serve as a nice safety-valve for Bortles in Week 14.

San Francisco faces a porous Houston secondary this week that allows the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing TEs. The difficult part is which TE to trust between George Kittle and Garrett Celek. Garapollo targeted both similarly in Week 13 (three and four targets respectively) and both caught two passes. Celek out-snapped Kittle 71% to 37%, but Kittle received one more red zone target than Celek. With the new QB situation, it’s going to be difficult to predict who benefits the most from this matchup. I would lean Kittle, but most likely is a streaming situation to avoid even though the match-up is oh-so-tempting. Choose at your own risk.

 

DST

  1. Cincinnati Bengals vs CHI
  2. New York Jets at DEN
  3. Green Bay at CLE
  4. Buffalo vs IND
  5. Tampa Bay vs DET (banged up Stafford)
  6. Chicago at CIN
  7. Indianapolis at BUF
  8. Houston vs SF

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Week 14 Waiver Wire Rankings and that they help you in your quest for the title! For those of you needing this week’s win to clinch a playoff spot, get on those waivers!! As always check out The Fantasy Authority for great weekly content and my waiver rankings every Tuesday! You can follow me on Twitter @FF_Female920 !

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