The Waiver Wire 12/5
A look at the Week 14 pickups (updated)
Congratulations! If you are reading this, you are probably playing in the wildcard round of your league’s playoffs. Of course, most playoff teams have solid rosters and most playoff teams have pretty good starting lineups. Still, with all the injuries this season, even good teams can have a hole or two. This week’s priority will be players who can be started this week or at some point during the typical playoff window of NFL weeks 14-16.
I have already had a few questions on Josh Gordon, who has been in this space over the last month. Obviously you should pick him up but he’s not listed here as he is now owned in about three quarters of Yahoo leagues. Aaron Rodgers is another name worth throwing in there. He’s also owned in about 75 percent of leagues now. It’s looking like he will play weeks 15 and 16. The same goes for guys like Marqise Lee, Cooper Kupp, Kenyan Drake and Jamaal Williams. They are all obvious adds for sure, but now too heavily owned to list. Go after them if you can.
I know that every league is different and that many things can account for why a player may or may not be available in a given league. So, in that vein, if you have questions about players not listed here, please feel free to shoot me a question on Twitter. I’ll try to get to all of them this afternoon or this evening. You can find me @Rotobahn.
The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.
Jameis Winston, Bucs, 49 percent
He was rusty last week but that’s part of the deal when you miss time with an injury. Still, Winston is a no-brainer add right now. He’s very playable in any matchup and he’s got the Lions this week. Add him in all leagues.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 34 percent
He is what he is. Bortles was very good in a plus matchup versus the Colts in Week 13, but what gives him value is his stability in terms of role. With all the musical chairs going on league-wide at the position, there’s value in that. He has plus matchups in weeks 15 and 16. Even the Seahawks this week are not as scary with all their missing talent on defense. Bortles makes a nice QB2 for postseason rosters.
Joe Flacco, Ravens, 13 percent
His fantasy numbers are as inconsistent as he is, but, as with Bortles, his job is locked in so he has some value in certain deep formats and obviously in Superflex leagues and the like. Flacco gets the Browns (Week 15) and the Colts (Week 16) during the playoff weeks, so he’s a viable add. He has the Steelers this week. That’s obviously less enticing.
DeShone Kizer, Browns, 4 percent
He’s going to be playable in weeks 14 and 16, but he gets the Ravens in between those two weeks and I am not using him there. If you are in trouble in a deep format or maybe in a Superflex, Kizer has some applications for depth purposes. Obviously getting Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman back on the field makes a huge difference for his fantasy ceiling.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers, 16 percent
His matchups are good save for Jacksonville Week 16. Garoppolo is a very good talent in my estimation, but the 49ers offense as a whole is not ready for prime time. Still, in Week 14 against the Texans (road game) or Week 15 vs. the Titans, he’s playable in some situations. He’s worth an add in deep formats and in 1QB formats like Superflex.
Brett Hundley, Packers, 12 percent
If you are in a tough spot this week, Hundley could conceivably help you. Obviously Aaron Rodgers can’t return until Week 15, so Hundley is a lock to start this week in a plus matchup against the Browns at Cleveland. He’s another guy who is viable in Superflex and the like, but not a guy I want to use in single QB leagues if I can avoid it. The matchup makes him viable for this week.
Mike Davis, Seahawks, 10 percent
Some of you may recall that I really liked Mike Davis when he came out of South Carolina. He’s bounced around a bit but has looked pretty good when given legit opportunities as he did last week versus Philadelphia. He dominated the backfield on every level. Davis played 45 snaps with no other back getting more than 9 and that was passing down specialist J.D. McKissic. Both Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls were afterthoughts. There are no awful matchups on Seattle’s playoff schedule and I really like the matchup with the Cowboys Week 16. Davis could be a real find here, so add him for potential RB or flex help.
Peyton Barber, Bucs, 7 percent
Barber was one of my favorite backs in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he went undrafted. In Week 13 we saw what he can do. This is a player with a legit NFL skill set and he’s big enough to take the pounding and handle a large workload. He’s also more than functional as a receiver. Doug Martin’s status is a concern here, but given the way Barber has played recently, it’s fair to speculate that he will have a role going forward. The Bucs may decide to see what he can do as a lead guy over a few weeks time. He’s definitely a player to add in large leagues and could have some value in smaller ones if they give him more starts. He carried the ball 23 times in Week 13 for 102 yards.
Gio Bernard, Bengals, 12 percent
Joe Mixon suffered a concussion and that can always cause a missed game. His odds of recovery won’t be helped by the short week of preparation. The Bengals played on Monday Night Football last night. This is big. If Mixon is out, Gio would be running unopposed because both Jeremy Hill and Mixon would be unavailable. Gio is a guy who can post big numbers when he’s getting the volume. If running back is a problem for you, this could be a legit opportunity.
Aaron Jones, Packers, 35 percent
Jamaal Williams is going well, but Jones is now healthy and with Ty Montgomery done for 2017, he should be owned for a few reasons. First off, if Williams has any more knee issues, Jones is a full time back, but he could also challenge for time with Williams healthy. Both have looked pretty good when healthy, but Jones, in my estimation, has looked a little better. He scored a 20 yard touchdown on his only Week 13 touch.
Matt Forte, Jets, 37 percent
He’s stuck in a committee for sure as has been the case all season, but his rushing attempts have been solid for three straight weeks and he’s a guy who can make big plays in the passing game as we’ve seen over his career and in recent weeks. The Jets have playable running back matchups throughout the playoffs, so Forte is worth owning. Bilal Powell is far more owned and it really doesn’t make sense to me.
Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals, 3 percent
Adrian Peterson’s status as the lead back has not changed, but we’ve seen, a few times in recent years, that Williams is a capable guy. If Peterson’s neck injury lingers and keeps him out for Week 14, Williams could help RB needy teams. Keep your head on a swivel here. Williams could be a nice late week add or maybe you just add him now and hope for the best.
Josh Doctson, Washington, 47 percent
He’s under the radar a bit and it makes sense because he hasn’t exactly lit it up as many had hoped he would, but I would not be quick to dismiss him as a WR3 in 12-team leagues. Consider a few things. First, he has played 100 percent of the offensive snaps over the last two games and he’s been over 90 percent for five consecutive weeks. Doctson also has five touchdowns on the season and that’s a significant number no matter how you slice it. He’s also scored in each of the last two weeks. I’m stashing this guy in all leagues where I can. And, because he is such a big red zone threat, he’s playable if you need him. He is not JUST a stash guy.
Dede Westbrook, Jaguars, 28 percent
In his three games since returning from IR, Westbrook’s snaps have increased each week. He now has the look of a near full time guy and his targets have been plentiful with 19 over the last two games to go with 12 receptions. This is a player you can use in 12-team PPR leagues right now and he’s no fluke. Westbrook is a legit NFL talent.
Mike Wallace, Ravens, 35 percent
He hasn’t been healthy for much of the season as he’s battled a sore back and a concussion, but he’s clearly healthy these days. Wallace has been active over the last month and he’s been targeted 19 times over the last two games. He has also scored twice over his last four games. So while I am never going to love any of Joe Flacco’s receivers, Wallace is a viable WR3 in 12-team leagues and he has plus matchups in weeks 15 and 16. He’s definitely a guy to add right now.
Marquise Goodwin, 49ers, 33 percent
He’s been a force at times this season, but now that Jimmy Garoppolo is the quarterback, I am thinking he can be a weekly starter in 12-team leagues if you need a receiver. Obviously, Goodwin has world class speed, but at Rotobahn, we’ve always thought he was more than than just a speed guy. Garoppolo targeted him eight times last week and I think it’s a sign of things to come if Goodwin can stay healthy. He’s worth an add right now.
Corey Davis, Titans, 44 percent
He’s a stash, but a very good one. With Eric Decker’s struggles, there is room for another receiver getting big targets and snaps. I’d nab Davis and stick him on my bench just in case he and Marcus Mariota get in synch. Davis is a serious talent who could post some huge games if things break well.
Kenny Golladay, Lions, 10 percent
In deeper formats he has some real value and he’s worth a stash just about anywhere because he can score touchdowns in bunches given the opportunity. Detroit is clearly getting him involved now that he is healthy. His snap totals have risen each week since his Week 10 return from a serious hamstring pull. He played 79 percent of the snaps in Week 13 and that bodes well for the fantasy playoffs. The Lions have solid matchups during the playoff weeks and it’s worth noting that Golladay will rarely draw top corners, if ever.
Jermaine Kearse, Jets, 46 percent
Boy did I blow it on this guy last week. I told a texter to not play Kearse based on his play over the last month. Well, now he’s on a legit two game bender and I am thinking he has a shot to play well during the playoff weeks. He can be helpful in bigger formats if you need options at receiver. He clearly has the trust of Josh McCown and is one of the Jets lead receivers along with Robby Anderson as long as he is healthy. The downside is that the Jets have tough playoff matchups. I’d call him a WR4 in 12-team leagues going forward. I’d avoid him this week at Denver.
Corey Coleman, Browns, 37 percent
He did nothing last week against a very tough Chargers defense, but he is clearly the starter opposite Josh Gordon and he should draw the weaker cornerbacks on a consistent basis, because Gordon’s a monster. Coleman is a legit big play threat in his own right and the playoff matchups are solid. He should be owned in all 12-team leagues.
Trent Taylor, 49ers, 0 percent
He’s played good ball most of the year and his target total rose dramatically with Garoppolo at QB. I’m thinking he’s a good pickup in 12-team PPR leagues. In 14 and 16 team formats he could be a real find. He’s a slot machine and Garoppolo comes from a system that targets the slot often. I think it’s a fit.
Stephen Anderson, Texans, 0 percent
CJ Fiedorowicz left Week 13 with a concussion. Anderson played well in his stead and that’s no big surprise. The Texans have a nice matchup this week with the 49ers, so this is a situation to stay on top of. The Texans also have a lot of injuries at receiver, so the tight ends could see some extra looks. It’s also worth noting that this was Fiedorowicz’s third concussion on the season. A multi week absence would seem possible. ***UPDATE*** CJ Fiedorowicz has been placed on IR. This is Anderson's gig now. He should be a priority add at the position.
Cameron Brate, Bucs, 56 percent
He’s far more effective when Jameis Winston plays and Winston should be the QB for the playoff weeks. If you need a tight end, Brate can help. He’s always a strong bet to score touchdowns with Jameis at the helm. The schedule for weeks 14-16 is also a plus.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals, 29 percent
His lack of snaps is a definite concern, but it’s hard to ignore his production. In deep formats, he’s a player to roster and play if need be. He’s clearly a player they target when he is in the game. His good play could also lead to increased reps so he makes a good stash even if you are not inclined to play him under the current paradigm.
Trey Burton, Eagles, 1 percent
Zach Ertz suffered a concussion against the Seahawks and it could affect his availability for Week 14. Burton is a very good player and would step into Ertz’s role in the passing game. I have a lot of Ertz shares in my dynasty leagues, and I have Burton rostered in all those leagues as well. That’s how much I think of him. He’s a potentially solid late week add and if you own Ertz, nabbing Burton now is a way to protect yourself. The Eagles have strong tight end matchups in the playoffs. It’d be a shame to waste them.
David Njoku, Browns, 6 percent
His snaps have been at 60 percent or better in three out of the last four weeks. It’s also worth considering that Josh Gordon’s presence has a great effect on how defenses will deploy their safeties. There could be a lot more room to work for Njoku, who has already flashed plenty of big play upside despite his somewhat inconsistent playing time. Njoku is going to be a star someday if he stays healthy, but he’s worth a stash right now if tight end is a problem position for you. He could be startable in weeks 15 and 16 if his playing time stays high and if Gordon continues to shake up defenses.
Julius Thomas, Dolphins, 32 percent
He’s nothing special but he’s been solid since Week 7 and he can be had in some deeper formats. Thomas is worthy of consideration depending on your needs. He has decent matchups the rest of the way. Nothing too scary.
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