Waiver Wire: Week 14

Cody Wagner @CWagsFantasy

Waiver Wire: Week 14

Bye week teams: None

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • 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 positionsi.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:

Jeff Wilson Jr. – RB | San Francisco 49ers

Breida aggravated his ankle in warmups and was brought it when Wilson got banged up, but then Breida aggravated his ankle again allowing for Wilson to have a huge day on the ground in a losing effort against the Seahawks. It’s uncertain whether Breida will be able to play next week, so Wilson should be picked up in all leagues. Wilson had a combined 133 yards on 15 carries and 8 receptions. Add him up if you got space on your bench or are a Breida owner. Wilson is only 1% owned

Dante Pettis – WR | San Francisco 49ers

Dante had himself a day with 5 catches for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most of those yards came on one play of 75 yards, but with Garcon, and Goodwin both sidelined, Pettis appears to be the front-runner for target share outside of Kittle. Pettis is 2% owned

Adam Humphries – WR | Tampa Bay

Adam led the team in targets this week and has scored 5 touchdowns in the past 5 weeks. Humphries and company will host the New Orleans Saints next week, which surely will be a high scoring affair. Get on this train before it ends and plug this dude into your lineup. Humphries is 50% owned.

Justin Jackson – RB | Los Angeles Chargers

I know I mentioned him last week, but apparently, people didn’t take us seriously when we mentioned this dude could be better than Ekeler. There’s a chance that Gordon could come back sooner than later. Ekeler may be the starter, but clearly, Jackson has just as much value if not more with Gordon being out. Jackson is 21% owned

Depth With Upside:

Ty Montgomery – RB | Baltimore Ravens

Alex Collins went on IR freeing up space in the Ravens backfield. Montgomery has over 50 yards in the past two contests and Gus Edwards isn’t 100% healed dealing with an injury. They are likely going to have some heavy passing in the future as they play against Kansas City this week, Tampa Bay the week after, and the Chargers in week 16. Montgomery is 18% owned

Charcandrick West – RB | Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City signed west today instead of C.J. Andersen. West knows the playbook as he has been with the Chiefs for the past 4 years including most of training camp this year. He likely won’t add much value unless Spencer Ware goes down, but stranger things have happened. West is not owned

Curtis Samuel – WR | Carolina Panthers

Samuel was targeted 11 times on Sunday leading the Panthers in that category. I would expect an uptick in all the receivers targets with the loss of Olsen for the season. Samuel has established his value and should continue to be worthy of a flex or bench spot. Samuel is 17% owned

Hail Mary’s:

Jaylen Samuels – RB | Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner had an incident late in the game on Sunday and was seen clutching his lower leg. Reports are that it is not a major injury and he should be able to suit up for next week. However, shit happens just like we saw with Breida this week that can cause a situation to go south. If you’re a Conner owner, I would make Samuel your priority on waivers this week. In the off chance that something keeps Conner from playing you will want Samuel, especially if you didn’t earn a first-round bye. Samuel is 5% owned

Zay Jones – WR | Buffalo Bills

People always like to jump on players after they have a big week. Jones will be no different. He was targeted 9 times by Josh Allen, who seems to be finding his own groove as well. He’s been very sneaky lately. The once heavily touted receiver could be finding his own path to flex worth play over these final weeks of the season. Jones is only 1% owned

Ian Thomas – TE | Carolina Panthers

Greg Olsen went down and is out for the count this year with another foot injury, rupturing his plantar on his right foot. Ian Thomas is the replacement but isn’t the sexiest of TE’s out there. However, if you are desperate to fill a roster spot, he can be that warm body. Ian Thomas is not owned

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