Waiver Wire Pickups Week 14; Playoff Time

Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups—Playoff time

Jaben Marquez, @jabenFF Director of Audio Content


Bye week teams: No teams on bye.


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For our on-going waiver wire exclusive* we will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses and Kickers:

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positions, i.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Peyton Barber | Running Back | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

            Doug Martin was sidelined this week following the concussion, and I was among the group that thought Jacquizz Rodgers would carry the load as seen before. Week 13 was a different situation; Barber was the only RB for Tampa to have more than 3 carries. 102 yards rushing and 41 added in the receiving game, Peyton Barber could take over this starting job as soon as next week no matter if Martin is injured.


Mike Davis | Running Back | Seattle Seahawks

            It looks as if Seattle is ready to abandon ship on the Eddie Lacy experiment. Mike Davis led the team in carries with 16 and while he was only able to amass 64 rushing yards—he caught all 4 of his targets for 37 yards. J.D. McKissic was the RB for Seattle that found the endzone, but only had two total touches so moving forward Davis should have a safe floor even for PPR purposes.


Marqise Lee | Wide Receiver | Jacksonville Jaguars

As good of a talent as Allen Robinson is, his injury has revealed the best WR for Jacksonville to the world. In 9 of 11 games Lee has played this season, he has had at least 45 yards. Against Indy this week Lee led the team with 10 targets, catching 7 of them for 86 yards and a TD. Seattle, Houston, and San Francisco coming up in the fantasy playoff give me enough confidence to start Lee as a WR2 or FLEX option.

Depth With Upside:

Marquise Goodwin | Wide Receiver | San Francisco 49ers  

Jimmy Garoppolo started his first game for the 9ers and came away with the win despite throwing an interception and no TD. The positive for Jimmy G is that he threw for nearly 300 yards and looks to have a rapport with Goodwin as Goodwin caught all 8 of his targets for 99 yards. The former Olympian will look to carry the WR1 role for San Francisco and matchups with Houston, Tennessee, and Jacksonville are intriguing aside from the Jaguars.


Dontrelle Inman | Wide Receiver | Chicago Bears

Inman’s first game since the bye in week 9 that he does not top 40 yards receiving, but does score his first TD of the season. 21 yards on only 2 catches does not look good for someone that you will look to add to your fantasy team, but when Mitchell Trubisy only throws for 102 yards it is tough for the WRs to gain many yards. Two road games to start the fantasy playoffs should give pause on whether to play Inman or not, but playing the Browns in week 16 could be a nice upside play if you’re desperate or in a deep league.


Travaris Cadet | Running Back | Buffalo Bills

At the beginning of the season Mike Tolbert vultured a TD from LeSean McCoy and I thought it was going to be the same thing as every other year of Tolbert’s career. In the 3 games that Tolbert has missed with a hamstring injury Cadet has been the backup and provided a good change of pace for McCoy. Cadet does most of his work in the passing game, and with the injury to Tyrod Taylor, Nathan Peterman presumptuously will start for Buffalo meaning a lot of check downs to avoid turning the ball over.


Hail Mary’s:

Andre Ellington | Running Back | Houston Texans

Yes that Ellington, he is not in Arizona any more but is still being used mostly for his receiving ability. He only had 2 rushing attempts for -4 yards but caught 5 of his 6 targets for 56 yards. Tom Savage is no Deshaun Watson, meaning he does not throw the ball deep, and Lamar Miller cannot carry the load alone. As more of the receiving corps is getting injured, Ellington will play more of a slot receiver role moving forward.


Rod Smith | Running Back | Dallas Cowboys

Alfred Morris has done everything he can to fill the void left behind by Ezekiel Elliott, but Smith continues to be worked into the backfield. The forgotten Thursday night game by most players Smith did find the endzone on only 10 carries compared to the 27 by Morris. If Smith continues to see opportunity in the red zone that workload could split more evenly moving forward making both players unstable.


  1. Henry John says:

    December 10th, 2017 at 12:03 pm (#)

    I like the calls all around! Peyton Barber should be the Bucs starter, Doug Martin hasn’t done anything all year. Mike Davis is an interesting play this week against the Jaguars defense which is so much better against the pass. Seattle will presumably have to run the ball. I actually have Marquise Goodwin with a stable FLEX floor thanks to Jimmy Garoppolo’s presence. I think Alfred Morris is a cut ahead of Rod Smith in terms of fantasy purposes, but I could see a situation where Smith is the more viable change of pace option once Ezekiel Elliott returns.