Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 14
If you're reading this post, congratulations since you've likely made your league's fantasy playoffs.
With most leagues beginning their postseasons in Week 14, each decision carries with it increased significance.
To help you make some of those decisions, I've compiled a list of players that may be worthy of picking up, if available on your league's waiver wire.
Players that appear on this waiver-wire list need to satisfy two criteria: (1) they are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) they were not on last week's waiver-wire list. And, of course, they are worth adding to your squad(s).
Here are some other players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis):
QB: Sam Bradford, Rams (21 percent)
If you're looking for a backup quarterback for your run to a title, no quarterback has a more favorable three-game fantasy schedule from Weeks 14 to 16 than Bradford.
Based on average fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, Bradford's next three opponents have allowed a cumulative average of 52.2 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Furthermore, all three of his remaining matchups are favorable: Bills (ninth-most fantasy points to QBs), Vikings (seventh-most) and Bucs (sixth-most).
- Note see link below for fantasy strength of schedules for all positions
RB: Montell Owens, Jaguars (two percent)
The Jaguars have suffered a number of injuries to starting running backs this season. Maurice Jones-Drew has not played since Week 7, Jalen Parmele is on injured reserve, and the most recent starter, Rashad Jennings, is expected to miss this week's game after leaving last week's game with a concussion.
Owens is one of the only healthy Jags' running backs, and he finished with seven carries for 29 yards last week in relief of Jennings. With the team's injuries at the position, he will get a chance to start this week against the Jets. Fortunately for Owens (and his fantasy owners), the Jets have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
RB - Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers (47 percent)
On the season, Dwyer has been the most productive Steelers running back although that is not really saying much. In his last four games, Dwyer has 56 carries for 179 yards, which is an average of 3.2 yards per carry, and a touchdown. In addition, he has nine receptions for 47 yards during that span.
That said, Dwyer will get the start again when the Steelers face the Chargers. Fortunately for Dwyer, there is a good chance that the Steelers will have Ben Roethlisberger under center, which should take some pressure off Dwyer and the running game.
RB: Vick Ballard, Colts (38 percent)
Ballard had a seven-game low of nine carries, which was three more than Donald Brown had last week. Ballard finished the game with 41 rushing yards and a touchdown plus three receptions for 21 yards.
Brown left last week's game with an ankle injury. Whether Brown is able to play in Week 14, I would prefer Ballard over Brown.
RB: James Starks and Alex Green, Packers (22 and 19 percent, respectively)
Both Starks and Green had double-digit carries against the Vikings on Sunday. Starks led the team with 15 carries for 66 yards and scored a touchdown and had two receptions for 16 yards.
Green had 12 carries last week for 58 yards, and he now has double-digit carries in back-to-back games after getting none in Week 11.
Since Week 9, Starks has 65 of his 71 carries and he has roughly twice as many carries as Green (33) during that span. That said, I expect the difference in workload between these two backs to be more of a platoon going forward.
WR: Danario Alexander, Chargers (49 percent)
It amazes me that Alexander is not yet owned in half of Yahoo! leagues yet.
In his past four games, Alexander has 23 receptions (on 36 targets) for 406 yards and three touchdowns. By comparison, the team's receiver with the second most is Malcom Floyd, who has 18 receptions (on 25 targets) for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
Although both receivers should be owned in most leagues, I'd prefer Alexander over Floyd, who is owned in 82 percent of leagues.
WR: Davone Bess, Dolphins (39 percent)
Bess is coming off a season-worst performance of one reception for 13 yards against the Patriots. Things may not get much better this week as the Dolphins head to San Francisco to face the 49ers, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to receivers this season.
That said, he has two favorable matchups against the Jaguars and Bills in Weeks 15 and 16, respectively, if you are looking to add some wide receiver depth.
WR: Donny Avery, Colts (21 percent)
Avery is coming off his best performance of the season. Not only did he catch the game-winning touchdown against the Lions, but he had two touchdowns on Sunday. Avery had only five receptions on his season-high 14 targets and finished with 91 yards.
The Colts have the seventh-most favorable fantasy schedule for wide receivers during the fantasy playoffs.
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Bears (nine percent)
Injuries have derailed what could have been a really productive rookie campaign for Jeffery. That said, he is expected back this week and the timing could be perfect considering Earl Bennett and Devin Hester suffered concussions in Week 13.
As a big-bodied receiver (6'3", 217 pounds), Jeffery is a nice red-zone target. In addition, Jeffery has a favorable matchup this week against the Vikings.
TE: Jacob Tamme, Broncos (34 percent)
Tamme had nine receptions, 13 targets and 89 yards, all season highs, last week and he has had three solid games in a row. During that three-game span, Tamme has 17 receptions for 190 yards and one touchdown.
Players on last week's waiver-wire list that are still worth adding: Russell Wilson, Knowshon Moreno, Daniel Thomas, Bilal Powell, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jeremy Kerley, Chris Givens, Mike Thomas, Dallas Clark
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