Week 14 Waiver Wire: Running Backs Galore


The fantasy football playoffs have begun! I’ve had to dust off my waiver chops to get you ready for this week, as this will be my first waiver article of the season. Thanks as always to Jim Day for picking this up for most of the year, and Steve Rapin for pinch hitting as well. However, I know all you care about is who you should pick up for your team, so let’s get right to the players!

Quarterbacks

Mark Sanchez, QB, Washington Redskins. Bahahahahaha, just kidding. Let’s move on. #ButtFumble4Ever

Confidence Meter - Negative 1,000

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills. I mean if you are changing quarterbacks at this point of the season, you are kind of screwed to begin with. However, you could do worse than Allen. He certainly hasn’t been impressive with his accuracy lately, but his rushing and passing stats together net you a pretty decent day. He is one yard away from having two straight 100 yard rushing games, and has four total touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Confidence Meter - 4

Running Backs

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. I don’t know if it matters who is at running back for the Steelers. Le’Veon Bell was awesome last year, and James Conner picked up right where he left off this year when Bell failed to report. Well, Conner suffered an ankle injury which might only sideline him for this coming week’s game against the Raiders (what a juicy matchup). Samuels came in late last week and ran for five yards and had three catches. Ignore Stevan Ridley, I don’t know how his ass is still in the league. Samuels is the play here, and for some dumb reason he has TE eligibility on Yahoo!

Confidence Meter – 7

Jeff Wilson Jr, RB, San Francisco 49ers. Matt Breida has been ruled out for Week 14, and since Alfred Morris has been a healthy scratch two weeks in a row, I don’t see him being a factor. Wilson had 15 carries and eight catches and is clearly going to be a huge part of the offense when Breida is out. The Niners play Denver who has a strong defense, but Wilson is definitely a capable pick down the stretch with definite Flex play value. Likely a better rest of the season play than Samuels and worth an add for sure.

Confidence Meter - 7

Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers. With Melvin Gordon likely not yet ready to return, it was rookie Justin Jackson that looked like the exciting playmaker in his absence, not Austin Ekeler. Jackson had a lot of burst and ran hard for 63 yards and a score on just eight carries. The Chargers face Cincinnati who hasn’t exactly been known for a good defense. This could be a one week option, but Gordon’s injury is still up in the air. Jackson could be an enticing play this week

Confidence Meter - 5

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Playing for the first time since Week 1, Dixon didn’t do half bad with eight carries for 37 yards and a catch for six yards. Gus Edwards is certainly the man in Baltimore, but he also isn’t 100% healthy by any stretch. Dixon has the talent to be a dynamic runner, and can catch passes out of the backfield. Unfortunately, fantasy football isn’t always about talent, but opportunity as well. I’m just not sold that Dixon will get enough opportunity to be overly fantasy relevant without another injury.

Confidence Meter - 4

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans. This was a guy that I had high hopes for in the second half of the year, but his Achilles injury ended up sidelining him much longer than I had thought. He was activated from the PUP list this week, although I can’t promise that he will be used. Lamar Miller actually hasn’t been awful the past two weeks, and Alfred Blue has been a decent second fiddle. I’d grab Foreman if I somehow had a free roster spot as a lottery ticket for the fantasy playoffs, but it might not come through. He is an immensely talented back, I love his talent, I worry about his opportunity.

Confidence Meter - 3

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals. Pissing off fantasy players everywhere, Edmonds vultured two touchdowns from David Johnson, however he had just five carries. Don’t read into the touchdown carries. Johnson is clearly the man in Arizona. A missed block could have contributed to Johnson not getting those red zone carries, but whatever the reason, don’t put your hopes on Edmonds. If you are grabbing him, it would be more as insurance in case Johnson would get hurt down the stretch.

Confidence Meter - 3

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs. Meh, Spencer Ware is the guy here, and I don’t think he will perform up to people’s expectations. That doesn’t leave a lot of sloppy seconds for Williams

Confidence Meter -  2

Wide Receivers

Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers. That’s now two straight very good weeks for the Niners rookie and he clearly has some chemistry with Nate Mullens. Pettis has speed to burn, has shown good hands, and has not been afraid to make tough catches. The Niners play tough defenses to finish the year, but if you are looking for a wide receiver on the waiver wire right now, Pettis is likely the best one available.

Confidence Meter - 7

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys. With your season on the line it might be very difficult to trust the rookie who has only broken 75 yards twice all year. However, the Dallas passing game has certainly been much improved since Amari Cooper came to town, and Gallup could finish strong. They play Philly this week who Mark Sanchez threw for 100 yards on, so Dak could be in for 250. Will enough of that go to Gallup? Hard to say, but if you are getting desperate it’s an explosive player on a hot offense.

Confidence Meter - 4

Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills. Good luck figuring this asshole out. Here are his last five games. Six catches, 55 yards; 4 catches, 18 yards; 8 catches, 93 yards and score; no catches, no yards, one target;  4 catches, 67 yards two scores. Good luck finding out which week the Bills offense is going to score and when Jones will be viable. If good, Jones could help you win a week. Unfortunately, he could just as easy put up a goose egg on you. ‘

Confidence Meter – 4

Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers. A very risky play considering that Devin Funchess will be back to his regular role, Samuel could see increased targets with the season ending injury to Greg Olsen. The Panthers have some nice matchups with some so-so defenses down the stretch, but I still think there has to be someone better out there. Samuel had 11 targets in Week 13, but I can’t see that being a regular thing.

Confidence Meter - 3

Jordy Nelson, WR, Oakland Raiders. Really Jordy? After having five total catches since Week 6, Nelson decided to break out for ten catches and 97 yards in Week 13 against the Chiefs. Don’t let this fool you into trusting a guy who has a name you know. I don’t see this being the start of something good for Nelson. This would be the most desperate of pickups.

Confidence Meter – 2

Tight Ends

Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers. Greg Olsen will now have surgery on that injured foot and will miss the rest of the season. This leaves the starting job to Thomas. He didn’t do too much with earlier opportunities, but he did have a solid outing Sunday with five catches for 46 yards. Is that great? Certainly not. However, if you are looking to stream a tight end in Week 14, Thomas might have to be your guy.

Confidence Meter (as far as tight ends go) – 4

 


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