Waiver Wire: Week 14

We are here with our Week 14 waiver wire adds. We are right on the edge of making the playoffs. Some leagues will already be in the playoffs, some have one more week for their final push. Regardless of where you are, we have you for this week and beyond.

I’m writing this on Monday morning UK time, and will update this after the games tonight. This is to give you some guys to think about ahead of your waiver claims.

Each week I am going to look at players to use that have lower ownership percentages (lower than 50%). I’m going to be using the rostered percentages from Yahoo leagues, as it’s easily publically available. These are players that I’m looking to pick up from the waiver wire for Week 14.

Each of my adds are ordered by their rostered percentages, rather than their priority.

Philip Rivers (IND, 40% rostered)

Rivers seems to have returned to his passing ways from the Chargers. In his past three games, he has passed for a total 868 yards 7 TDs. His schedule coming up is also fantastic, with matchups against the Raiders and Texans before the Steelers in Week 16. Grab him now and make that final push you need.

Andy Dalton (DAL, 13% rostered)

I’m writing this Monday morning, so the Cowboys haven’t yet played. So this could age terribly, but Dalton is a fine add for next week (currently). The Cowboys are due to face Cincinnati, who have struggled on defense. With the weapons he has around him, he could end up putting up a big score against his former team.

Honorable Mentions

  • Teddy Bridgewater (CAR, 33% rostered)
  • Tua Tagovailoa (MIA, 21% rostered)
  • Sam Darnold (NYJ, 8% rostered)
  • Mike Glennon (JAX, 3% rostered)

Benny Snell Jr (PIT, 43% rostered)

Snell might have limited appeal, as he is only the starter for the time that James Conner is out on COVID reserve. The Steelers have a great offense, and if there are any reasons why Conner misses more time, Snell becomes a league-winner.

Jordan Howard (PHI, 15% rostered)

The Eagles backfield is a mess. Wait. No, the Eagles offense is a mess. Despite that mess, there has to be production for someone. After being activated from the practice squad he was given four carries. Not a huge workload, but something to monitor.

Ito Smith (ATL, 5% rostered)

Brian Hill has been used in the place of Todd Gurley throughout the season. But it was Smith that ended up looking the most effective on Sunday. Yes, this was a tough matchup against the best unit against the position so the production wasn’t there, but if Gurley continues to struggle with his knee, Smith is a fine add.

Ty Johnson (NYJ, 1% rostered)

Johnson is worth a speculative add, if there are signs that Frank Gore will not recover from his concussion then he becomes an interesting flex option. The Jets have a tough schedule after Week 14, but if Johnson continues being given the touches out of the backfield he is a must-add in deeper leagues.

Honorable Mentions

  • Carlos Hyde (SEA, 32% rostered)
  • Tony Pollard (DAL, 18% rostered)
  • Samaje Perine (CIN, 2% rostered)

Ito Smith shared carries with Brian Hill last week. This week’s matchup against New Orleans is a tough one, but if Todd Gurley continues to miss time Smith’s role could continue.

T.Y. Hilton (IND, 45% rostered)

Death, taxes, and Hilton destroying the Texans. Hilton hasn’t been at his best this season, but he certainly looked close to it on Sunday, starting out extremely well and ending with 8 receptions for 110 yards and a single TD. As I mentioned with Rivers, the Colts schedule is great for the next two weeks.

Nelson Agholor (LV, 40% rostered)

Agholor remains the receiver that is getting the most targets in this offense, but he is struggling to convert them into production. The Raiders schedule isn’t great for receivers, but it’s not bad and if you need production in a deep league you could do worse than Agholor.

Breshad Perriman (NYJ, 24% rostered)

Perriman didn’t have a good time last time out, but I’m going to put that onto the weather to some degree. Before that, Perriman had put together a few weeks of solid production. This week brings Seattle, who can be beaten through the air. I’d be happy to pick him up as a do-or-die flyer.

Cordarrelle Patterson (CHI, 7% rostered)

Patterson is a WR in alot of platforms, but is used all over the field. Recently, the Bears have opted to use him out of the backfield, but more through nessesity rather than anything else. Equally, I’m not expecting that to be the trend in each game going forward, but if I’m in a deep league there are worse flex plays than Patterson who saw 10 carries for 59 yards and a TD against Detroit.

Honorable Mentions

  • Travis Fulgham (PHI, 44% rostered)
  • Allen Lazard (GB, 41% rostered)
  • Henry Ruggs III (LV, 32% rostered)
  • Laviska Shenault Jr (JAX, 16% rostered)
  • Denzel Mims (NYJ, 11% rostered)
  • Gabriel Davis (BUF, 5% rostered)
  • Greg Ward (PHI, 3% rostered)

Jordan Reed (SF, 25% rostered)

Tight End at this point of the season is definitely void of reliable talent. The 49ers are still without George Kittle, and Reed has stepped up to some degree to fill that role. Reed has had six targets in each of his past two games, which is not to be overlooked, and has shown his ability in the redzone.

Dalton Schultz (DAL, 20% rostered)

Schultz has been a decent streaming option this season, and that’s exactly what we are going to use him for this week. Schultz faces up against Cincinnati, who have struggled against the position all season. If you are in need of a streaming option, then Schultz is one of the best out there.

Honorable Mentions

  • Tyler Higbee (48% rostered)
  • Logan Thomas (WAS, 40% rostered)
  • Kyle Rudolph (MIN, 25% rostered)
  • Anthony Firkser (TEN, 9% rostered)

Honestly, there aren’t too many DST units that fit our 50% available that I would be confident starting. Based on the number of teams that are over 50% owned you probably already have a unit inplace.

Los Angeles Chargers (35% rostered)

The Chargers defense has stuggled at times this season in giving up points to the opposition, but they have managed to record scoring statistics for fantasy. Next up for the Chargers are the Falcons, a team that has struggled to protect it’s QB. This defensive front should be able to get a few sacks, which could lead to a few turnovers too.

Washington Football Team (24% rostered)

Again, I’m writing this on Monday morning so the Steelers game hasn’t been played yet. However, it doesn’t really have an impact in how I view them as an add for this week. Next week this defensive front face the 49ers, a team that have struggled on offense this season.

Stephen Gostkowski (TEN, 22% rostered)

Gostkowski has struggled at times this season as the kicker for Tennessee, but he has started improve his accuracy. Infact, since Week 9 he has only missed one kick (a FG attempt in Week 10). The issue that you could have is that the Titans offense has been ticking nicley, so the only kicks he could end up having are PATs and not FGs.

Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU, 19% rostered)

Fairbairn has had a decent season as part of a Houston offense that has stalled at times. The thing is though, he hasn’t had any big games that have grabbed headlines. A matchup against Chicago’s defense next time out could lead to more stalled drives and FG attempts for Fairbairn.

Honorable Mentions

  • Greg Zuerlein (DAL, 39% rostered)
  • Ryan Succop (TB, 16% rostered)

So those are our waiver wire adds for Week 14. I’d certainly expect a number of them to end up in my start/ sit article later this week, and in my weekly rankings, which will be as soon as I take in the action tonight.

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