Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries.
Teddy Bridgewater-QB-CAR (ESPN-30.6%) (Yahoo-44%)
Bridgewater bounced back nicely from his 216 yards with zero touchdowns and two picks against the Bears last week. In Week 7 against the Saints, he threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and didn’t throw an interception. Never a quarterback to have massive statistical games, Bridgewater has only thrown for 300 yards twice and doesn’t have more than two scores in a given week. He does offer some groundwork with his legs. He has an excellent offense around him, especially with Christian McCaffrey returning soon.
Others to Consider: Derek Carr (OAK), Jimmy Garoppolo(SF), Tua Tagovailoa (MIA), Kirk Cousins (MIN), Baker Mayfield (CLE).
La’Mical Perine-RB-NYJ (ESPN-11.3%) (Yahoo-16%)
The Jets are not going anywhere this season, and they may want to take a comprehensive look at their rookie Perine. Frank Gore will always offer a roadblock, but Perine produced on Sunday with 11 carries and two receptions for 55 scrimmage yards. He also scored a touchdown and is a good pass receiver out of the backfield for those looking for their PPR leagues. Perine has Kansas City next week, so he could be used quite extensively.
Damien Harris-RB-NE (ESPN-28.9%) (Yahoo-47%)
The Patriots offense looked like it was going against a steel wall. Still, Harris was effective by averaging close to six yards per carry. Without Sony Michel, Harris is the primary ball carrier and may catch a pass or two. The Patriots battle the Bills, and Buffalo’s defense isn’t very strong by allowing the 20th most fantasy points to running backs.
Carlos Hyde-RB-SEA (ESPN-5.0%) (Yahoo-11%)
Unfortunately, Chris Carson went down with an injury, making way for Carlos Hyde. The veteran running back put up 74 yards and a touchdown and will be the ball hog if Carson misses time. Hyde and the Seahawks will face the 49ers next week, and they are a top-five defense against running backs.
Other to Consider: Tevin Coleman (SF), JaMycal Hasty (SF), Wayne Gallman (NYG), Eno Benjamin (ARI), Cam Akers(LAC), Jeremy McNichols (TEN), Devine Ozigbo (Jac).
Tim Patrick-WR-DEN (ESPN-24.6%) (Yahoo-27%)
The Denver Broncos offense will struggle most weeks. Still,Patrick seems legit as a wide-out option to add for most fantasy teams. He came down with three receptions for 44-yards against the Chiefs. Now he and the rest of the Broncos will face the Chargers, but they have the Falcons in two weeks. Patrick is an excellent option for WR4 most weeks and someone that can blow-up a week here and there with his deep route capabilities.
Nelson Agholor-WR-LAS (ESPN-1.8%) (Yahoo-4%)
I don’t remember the last time I wrote that Agholor should be a waiver wire selection, but here he is again. He has now scored for the third straight contest, and he has gone over 100-years in Week 7. The Raiders seem to always be hurting at wide receiver,and Agholor has big-play potential. The Raiders face Cleveland next week and their weak defense (29th) against wide receivers.
Corey Davis-WR-TEN (ESPN-22.0%) (Yahoo-28%)
Davis has been inactive due to being on the Covid list but was playing well before getting on. Now that he is back, he has returned to where he left by catching six balls on a team-leading 10 targets. Davis also scored a touchdown. The schedule does him no favors as he and the Titans face the Bears, Ravens, and the Colts twice in the next four contests. Davis does make a definite grab and stash.
Other to Consider: Denzel Mims (NYJ), Rashard Higgins (CLE), Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE), Cole Beasley (BUF), Brandon Aiyuk (SF), Sterling Shepherd (NYG), Jalen Guyton (LAC), Marcus Johnson (IND), Russell Gage (ATL), Greg Ward (PHI), Allen Lazard (GB), Kendrick Bourne(SF).
Harrison Bryant-TE-CLE (ESPN-0.9%) (Yahoo-1%)
I go out of my way to not have rookie tight ends on my roster, but Bryant is showing nicely. Not only is he playing well, but Austin Hooper is sidelined with an appendectomy. On Sunday, Bryant caught two touchdowns on four catches for 56 yards. Hooper should be back soon, but Bryant makes an exciting waiver wire selection if needing a tight end. Also, watch for the possibility of David Njoku being traded. This will open the door even further for Bryant.
Others to Consider: Trey Burton (IND), Eric Ebron (PIT), Logan Thomas (WAS), Irv Smith (MIN), David Njoku (CLE), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Drew Sample (CIN), Albert Okwuegbunam (DEN), Richard Rogers (PHI).
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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 14
Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.
Philip Rivers–IND (ESPN-16.5%) (Yahoo-40%)
Rivers has averaged at least 292 passing yards and two touchdowns in his last six games, and he just feels short of theaverage against Houston with 285 yards and two scores. In the next two weeks, the Colts will face Las Vegas, who allows over 20 Fantasy Points Per Game to quarterbacks, and Houston. Getting Rivers will bring you a top streaming signal-caller for two-straight weeks.
Others to Consider: Jalen Hurts (PHI), Mitchell Trubisky(CHI), Sam Darnold (NYJ), Tua Tagovailoa (MIA), Baker Mayfield (CLE).
Cam Akers-LAR (ESPN-35.8%) (Yahoo-53%)
Akers has seen an increase in snaps over the last few weeks, and he may have full ownership after his 21 carries for 72 yards while catching a pass for another 22 yards and a score. Both Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson will have a role, but Akers should be the bell-cow. The Rams tried him at the goal line on several attempts, but he couldn’t punch it in. Rams face the Patriots and Jets in the next few weeks, and both teams he should exploit for good fantasy performances.
Cordarrelle Patterson-CHI (ESPN-4.8%) (Yahoo-7%)
Patterson has become a running back, and he fits the role well. David Montgomery will be the bell-cow when healthy, but Patterson has gotten extensive looks. Against the Lions, Patterson carried the rock 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Patterson has spent his career as a receiver; therefore, catching the ball is no issue. The Bears have Houston this week, and they are horrible against the run.
Ty Johnson-NYJ (ESPN-0.3%) (Yahoo-2%)
The ancient one Frank Gore was the Jets bell-cow until he suffered a concussion. Enter Johnson, who rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a score. Johnson showed promise and someone who deserves more of a look. He will face the Seahawks and Rams next, but he is of good value this late in the season.
Others to Consider: Peyton Barber (WAS), Phillip Lindsay(DEN), Gus Edwards (BAL), Carlos Hyde (SEA), Jeff Wilson(SF), Ito Smith (ATL), Benny Snell (PIT), Adrian Peterson(DET).
T.Y. Hilton-IND (ESPN-47.0%) (Yahoo-45%)
Through 11-weeks, Hilton was sitting on the garbage pile. Then against the Titans, he caught his first touchdown on the season to go along with four receptions for 81 yards. It got even better against the Texans as Hilton brought in 8 balls on 11 targets for 110 yards and a score. He is looking more and more like the stud we drafted him to be. Now the Colts face the Raiders and Texans in back-to-back weeks.
Jalen Guyton-LAC (ESPN-0.3%) (Yahoo-0%)
Guyton was on speed-dial for Justin Herbert. He targeted his receiver seven times, and Guyton brought in two for 38 yards. Fantasy owners may wonder how Guyton can be valuable with Mike Williams, but looking at the numbers and there isn’t much difference. On the season, Guyton has 20-369-3 while Williams stat line 36-572-4 in 11 games. That is just one reception and 18-yards more on average. The Chargers have Atlanta and Las Vegas next, which are prime spots for exploitation.
Rashard Higgins-CLE (ESPN-3.4%) (Yahoo-8%)
Higgins is the one that looks to be the number two receiver, and he lit up the Titans last week for six receptions, 95 yards, and a touchdown. Higgins has deep speed and will make plays downfield. The schedule will be tough next week against Baltimore, but the Giants and Jets could be an easy route for teams in the playoffs and championship.
Others to Consider: Tim Patrick (DEN), Keke Coutee (HOU), Sterling Shepard (NYG), Nelson Agholor (LAS), DenzilMims (NYJ), Breshad Perriman (NYJ), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Allen Lazard (GB).
Logan Thomas-WFT (ESPN-24.9%) (Yahoo-40%)
The Washington Football Team likes to target Thomas, which was prevalent against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Afternoon Football. Thomas brought in nine balls for 98 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Even outside this performance, he is getting at least four targets each game. Thomas has another tough performance next week against San Francisco, but the Seahawks and Panthers are scheduled for Weeks 15 and 16.
Others to Consider: Jordan Reed (SF), Cole Kmet (CHI), Anthony Firsker (TEN), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Kyle Rudolph (MIN), Jacob Hollister (SEA), Jordan Akins(HOU).