Fantasy Football: Free Agent Pickups for Week 14
Every week, we compile a list of players that may be worth targeting off the waiver wire.
For players to appear on our list, they need to satisfy two factors:
One: They are owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues.
Two: They did not appear on our previous week's list of potential additions.
Of course, the other criteria is that we believe they could be useful to fantasy teams based on the depth of the league. So I guess there are three factors.
Here are some players potentially worth adding this week:
QB—David Garrard, Jaguars (owned in 43 percent of Yahoo! leagues):
Out of the quarterbacks that are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Garrard is the best option. Typically, fantasy championships are in Week 16, but if your league has its in Week 17, Garrard has two favorable matchups in the last two weeks of the season: Washington and Houston.
While Garrard has failed to throw a touchdown in each of his past two games, he's rushed for a touchdown in both games.
RB—Tashard Choice, Cowboys (12 percent):
Facing one of the league's worst run defenses, Choice finished the day with 100 rushing yards and a touchdown.
With Marion Barber expected to miss two games including Week 13, Choice should have fantasy value for at least one more week even with Felix Jones getting the starting nod.
In his career, Choice has 189 rushing attempts for 959 yards, which is an average of 5.1 yards per carry.
RB—James Starks, Packers (seven percent):
In Sunday's win over the 49ers, Starks got the first carry of his NFL career. And then he got 17 more.
Meanwhile, Brandon Jackson had only four rushing attempts. Starks finished the day with 73 rushing yards, which is a respectable 4.1 yards per carry against the 49ers.
San Francisco is one of eight teams to limit the opposition to under 100 rushing yards per game on average this season.
Next week the Packers face the Lions, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
RB—Rashad Jennings, Jaguars (two percent):
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed for 100-plus yards in five consecutive games. While Jennings is the backup, he's had solid games in back-to-back weeks.
In those two games, Jennings has 17 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns. At a minimum, Jennings should be owned as a handcuff to MJD as the Jaguars have favorable fantasy playoff matchups against the Raiders, Colts and Redskins.
Those three teams all rank in the bottom seven NFL teams against the run.
RB—James Davis, Redskins (two percent):
For a second week in a row, Davis led the Redskins in rushing attempts (nine). Davis finished the game with 40 rushing yards and 41 receiving yards. Davis is worth a look in deeper leagues.
That said, I'd keep all Redskins running backs out of my starting lineup at this point.
WR—Davone Bess, Dolphins (48 percent):
In nine of his 12 games, Bess has five-plus receptions. Bess, who has 12 receptions for 178 yards in his last two games, is on pace to set career-highs in receptions (81), yards (890) and touchdowns (four).
The Dolphins have better matchups in Weeks 15 to 17 (Bills, Lions and Patriots) than they have in Week 14 (Jets).
WR—Roy Williams, Cowboys (47 percent):
With rookie Dez Bryant out for the year with a broken ankle, the other Cowboys receivers should see a boost in their targets and fantasy value.
Since Week 7, Williams has failed to score a touchdown and has only one game with more than 33 receiving yards. But in his first five games, Williams scored five touchdowns and had at least three receptions every week.
His Week 14 matchup (Eagles) isn't as good as Weeks 15 and 16 (Redskins and Cardinals, respectively).
WR—Anthony Armstrong, Redskins (six percent):
Armstrong, who has had nine consecutive games with at least 40 receiving yards, set career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (97) on Sunday while also scoring a touchdown. On the season, Armstrong has 31 receptions for 642 yards.
Only three players have more 40-yard receptions than Armstrong has (five).
WR—Earl Bennett, Bears (seven percent):
For a second straight game, Bennett finished with 50-plus receiving yards. Bennett, who finished with seven receptions for 104 yards in Week 13, has five 50-yard games in his past seven games played.
Bennett ranks second on the team in receptions (39) and yards (457).
WR—Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns (13 percent):
For a third consecutive week and fourth time in the past five weeks, Massaquoi finished with 50-plus receiving yards. In addition, Massaquoi has had four-plus receptions in each of those 50-yard games.
While Massaquoi is the third option in the Browns' passing game behind tight end Ben Watson and running back Peyton Hillis, he's worth a look in deeper leagues.
TE—Ben Watson, Browns (31 percent):
Against the Dolphins on Sunday, Watson finished with 10 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.
While Watson had his best game of the season, it was his fifth game with 60-plus receiving yards and eighth game with 40-plus receiving yards.
With a matchup against the Bills, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, Watson will likely rank in my top 10 fantasy tight ends for Week 14.
Later in the week, we will release our Week 14 fantasy football rankings at TheTipDrill.com, our fantasy section.
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