Working The Waiver Wire: Week 14
Welcome to the fantasy football playoffs! For most of you the second season starts now. Congratulations to those of you reading this article. You have either made the playoffs or you are playing for that right this week. If you need some help to your roster due to injury or suspension, here are the players who can help you survive and advance.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. After missing most of the season with an abdominal injury, Westbrook has returned in the last three weeks. He has 15 catches since then, including six catches in each of the last two weeks. I still think he is in for a humongous breakout game before the season is over, and if he is available in your league I would definitely make the move now to grab the very talented young wide receiver.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers. The season has been marked by inconsistency for Goodwin as he has mixed huge games in with a bunch of mediocrity. However, he has caught fire in the last two weeks, and you have to like what you saw from Jimmy Garoppolo. I think the Niners offense is going to be more consistent down the stretch, and with Pierre Garcon out for the year, Goodwin becomes their best receiver.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets. A veteran of the Seahawks in the past, Kearse has had an up and down season for the Jets. However, in the last two weeks where he has had 16 catches in the last two weeks and has surpassed 100 yards in each of the last two weeks. Austin Seferian-Jenkins has disappeared in the last month, and Kearse seems to be the beneficiary of that. The Jets are often playing from behind and Josh McCown is playing at a high level and against a Denver defense that is very leaky next week, Kearse could be a nice play.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Doug Martin out with a concussion, many (including myself) saw Jacquizz Rodgers to be the beneficiary of carries but oh no! It was Peyton Barber who was the workhorse with 102 rushing yards and 41 receiving yards. Even if Martin is back (and it is iffy), I still think that Barber will lead the team in carries against a subpar Lions rush defense. Barber has some RB2 value this week.
Trent Taylor, WR, San Francisco 49ers. Taylor has shown himself to be a solid target in PPR leagues although he has been inconsistent. Jimmy Garoppolo certainly trusted Taylor and connected on all six targets with his receiver including a slant that got San Francisco in field goal range to win the game. The Niners play the extremely soft Texans defense in Week 14, and there’s a chance that Taylor has 5+ catches again on Sunday.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets. I know that he is has been fantasy viable for much of the season, but he is still owned in less than 40% of leagues. The Jets have had a very up and down season, but McCown has had an amazing season. Week 14 has the Jets playing the Broncos who have a reputation as a great defense, but in honesty they have been allowing a shit ton of touchdowns. McCown looks like a good play again.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Oakland Raiders. I would say that last week’s performance was only because of Amari Cooper missing the game due to injury and Michael Crabtree was suspended, but it was a third straight good game for Patterson. I’m still not the biggest fan of the former top ten pick, but it is getting hard to ignore his production. He gets the pathetic Chiefs defense this week, so even if Cooper does return this week, Patterson still should be in for another good game.