Waiver Wire Week 14
Here at Fighting Chance Fantasy, we will have a collective effort to bring some options to improve your team. Seth Quinn (@SethFQuinn) will cover quarterbacks, Michael Chasco (@ChascoFCF) will cover running backs, Matt Miles (@DirtyAirFC) will cover wide receivers, and Leo Grandio (@smooth1074) will cover the tight ends and defense streamers.
Quarterbacks (Seth Quinn)
Jordan Love | Packers
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 60%
Jordan Love has now had two stellar games in a row, including against Kansas City's elite defense. He has a very good matchup against the Giants next week, and his fantasy playoff matchups aren't too bad either. Christian Watson has come alive but did leave the game with a hamstring injury, so his health may be a big factor in how Love finishes the season. He is guy who has been boom or bust, but he's been booming lately and that could very well continue as the Packers look to make the playoffs.
Matthew Stafford | Rams
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 42%
Matthew Stafford had a huge game once again, this time against the scary Cleveland Browns defense (missing its best cornerback Denzel Ward but still). The Rams face the Ravens this coming week, another stellar defense, but after that, Stafford should be geared up and ready with all his weapons firing for the fantasy playoffs. With Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp dominating secondaries, Stafford should continue to thrive, especially against weaker defenses like the Commanders (week 15) and the Giants (Week 17).
Jake Browning | Bengals
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 3%
Jake Browning has relatively tough playoff matchups, but with Ja'Marr Chase it seems like Browning can succeed against anybody. Browning put up 27 fantasy points in an overtime win against the Jaguars on Monday Night Football, showcasing he is a capable quarterback and a solid replacement for Joe Burrow. If Browning can get Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd more involved, then really look out.
Running Backs (Michael Chasco)
Ezekiel Elliott | Patriots
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 40%
Rhamondre Stevenson will miss multiple weeks while he recovers from a high-ankle sprain he sustained last Sunday. The New England offense is one of the worst units in fantasy football, but it should now lean on veteran Ezekiel Elliott during the fantasy playoffs. With the increased role, Elliott should be a prime waiver wire option heading into Week 14.
Elliott finished with 92 scrimmage yards on 17 rush attempts and four receptions this past week, filling in for Stevenson. Volume is hard to find this time of the season, so it's hard to ignore Elliott with playoff spots on the line. Zeke should remain in the RB2 territory as long as Stevenson is out of the lineup.
Tyjae Spears | Titans
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 36%
Derrick Henry was having a typical King Henry December game before getting absolutely blasted early in the fourth quarter. Tyjae Spears stepped in and turned in one of his best performances of the season. The Titans used the rookie running back often, and he turned in his career-high in snap share. Spears finished the game with 75 yards on 16 carries and four receptions for 13 yards. Henry sounds like he won't miss any time, but it's a good reminder for fantasy managers to load their rosters with potential high-upside backups just in case the starter misses time for any reason.
Tennessee's next four games will come with teams with winning records (at Miami, Texans x2, vs Seattle). There's a great chance the Titans will experience more negative game scripts, which could work in Spears' favor for more playing time. In a part-time role, Spears has impressed with his 33 receptions in 12 games this season and has 5.8 yards per reception this year. Could the Titans give Spears more opportunities as it drifts farther away from playoff contention? Henry is heading into the offseason as a free agent and his future in Tennessee is far from certain. If Tennessee does give Spears a bigger role down the stretch you could have an every-week flex player waiting in the wings.
Kenneth Gainwell | Eagles
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 27%
One player to keep an eye on this week is D'Andre Swift and whether he can return in time for Week 14. As of this writing, we haven't heard any updates on his availability after taking a big hit late in the loss to San Francisco last Sunday. If Swift were to trend in the wrong direction for next week, Kenneth Gainwell could be in line for lead back duties in Philadelphia's backfield.
Roschon Johnson | Bears
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 21%
If we were being honest, Chicago has been a huge headache for fantasy managers this season. The Bears finally gave Roschon Johnson a chance to take the lead-back role ahead of Khalil Herbert in Week 12, but that was without D'Onta Foreman in the lineup. Foreman has experienced somewhat of a resurgence in his career and is expected to return to the lineup after the bye. Most likely, this backfield will continue to be a full-blown committee, which makes it harder to predict. At the same time, you shouldn't completely ignore this situation, in case Chicago wants to continue to expand Johnson's role down the stretch.
DeeJay Dallas | Seahawks
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 1%
With Zach Charbonnet and Kenneth Walker both injured, there's an outside chance DeeJay Dallas will play an expanded role in Seattle's offense this week. Dallas, who has mainly played on special teams, would be a desperation flex play at best if Charbonnet and Walker were to miss this week.
Wide Receivers (Matt Miles)
Check to see if you can add these wide receivers first: Jaxson Smith-Njigba 58% Rostered, Brandin Cooks 63% Rostered, and Jayden Reed 57% Rostered.
Joshua Palmer | Chargers
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 29%
Joshua Palmer is a tricky call, but there were some signifigant events that have put the Chargers into the AFC Wild Card consideration. The Browns, Bengals, and Jaguars are all down their starting quarterbacks. Kansas City and Denver both lost this week, while The Chargers kicked their way to a win in New England. The Raiders bye lifted San Diego into 3rd in the AFC West. Palmer has been the only wideout to peel double coverage off of Keenan Allen, and could potentially be a solid WR2 play if he returns.
Zay Jones | Jacksonville Jaguars
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 21%
Christian Kirk's non-contact groin injury looked pretty bad on Monday night, and with Trevor Lawrence nursing a high ankle sprain, mobility, and deep shots are going to be capped. Fellow Fighting Chance writer Brian Drake @DrakeFantasy has been a big fan of Zay Jones for over a year now, and I can definitely see why. Jones was sought by Lawrence before his injury and subsequently by backup QB CJ Bethard. Only Calvin Ridley ran more routes than Jones on Monday Night. Jones has the potential to be a league winner in the playoff stretch.
Tight Ends (Leo Grandio)
Check if you can add these tight ends first: Logan Thomas 64% Rostered and Darren Waller 59% Rostered.
Isaiah Likely | Baltimore Ravens
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 36%
Before last week’s bye, Isaiah Likely was over 50% rostered. Now Likely is possibly available in your league and he should be your number one priority if you are hurting at tight end. He was targeted six times in his last appearance and he should continue seeing at least that amount of targets for the rest of the season. Likely should be rostered in all league formats.https://twitter.com/G0dGiven_/status/1729231881416446286?s=20
Kylen Granson | Indianapolis Colts
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 1%
One of the pleasant surprises in Week 13 has to be Kylen Granson's involvement in the Colts offense. Before last week Granson had only seen two targets since Week 6. Now with gunslinger Gardner Minshew entrenched as the starter, he has targeted anyone that is open. The tight end position has been the missing link for the Colts' offense this season and hopefully, this will be a sign of things to come. Granson also faces the Bengals who are allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Fantasy managers should consider adding Granson in deeper league formats, especially in tight end premium leagues.
Brevin Jordan | Houston Texans
Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 15%Well, well, well, look who has finally made some plays in the NFL. No other than Brevin Jordan. The once-upon-a-time athletic tight end from the "U" finally got a shot to play in Week 13. For those fantasy managers that were desperate last week at tight end after losing Dallas Goedert or even Dalton Schultz, took a chance on Jordan and he delivered a respectable line. Jordan brought in three of his four targets for 64 yards. With Tank Dell done for the season and Dalton Schultz possibly missing another game, and having C.J. Stroud throwing you the ball for the rest of the season sounds like a promising situation. Jordan is another tight end to add in deeper league formats.
Other tight ends to consider adding this week are Hunter Henry, Gerald Everett, Tyler Conklin, and Harrison Bryant.
Defense (Leo Grandio)
Houston Texans Defense 16% Rostered plays against the Jets this week, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Come in a little close, because I have a secret for you, if you pick up the Texans' Defense now you can use them for the rest of the season because they have a favorable schedule for the rest of the season. You’re welcome.
New Orleans Saints Defense 44% Rostered face off against the Panthers who allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
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