Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 14 Rankings, Injuries

Pat Mayo and Chris Meaney recap Week 13 and debate Mayo’s Week 14 Waiver Wire Rankings.

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Week 14 Waiver Wire Notes

  • All players must be less than 60 percent owned in leagues
  • Will be updated for breaking injuries and after Monday night game
  • Bye Weeks: NONE

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Show Index

1:19 Week 13 Recap
18:07 RB Waiver Wire
31:50 WR Waiver Wire
39:25 TE Waiver Wire
50:22 QB Waiver Wire
54:43 DST Waiver Wire

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Running Back Rankings

1. Mike Davis
2. Gio Bernard
3. Peyton Barber
4. Matt Forte
5. Kerwynn Williams
6. Austin Ekeler
7. Andre Ellington
8. Danny Woodhead
9. Devontae Booker
10. J.D. McKissic
11. T.J. Yeldon
12. Tion Green
13. James Connor
14. Matt Breida
15. Marlon Mack
16. Rod Smith
17. Elijah McGuire
18. Charcandrick West
19. Corey Clement
20. Travaris Cadet
21. D.J. Foster
22. Tarik Cohen
23. Charles Sims
24. Damien Williams
25. DeAndre Washington
26. Alfred Blue
27. Jacquizz Rodgers
28. Wayne Gallman

UPDATE: Joe Mixon was forced from the Monday nighter with concussion — TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! –leaving Gio Bernard as Cincinnati’s lone running back with Jeremy Hill already on injured reserve. If Mixon is unable to play this Sunday, which would be unlikely with the Bengals on a short week, Gio would be line to inherit almost all the RB snaps. Maybe Brian Hill eats into his snap share a bit, but don’t count on it. In terms of waiver priority, Davis remains the number one add, as there’s no one eventually coming back to TAKE HIS JOBBBBBB!!!!! After that, you need to play the probabilities between Gio and Peyton Barber through the context of who between Doug Martin or Mixon returns first. Yes, this is how we think about fantasy football in 2017. Sad! Since Martin has already skipped a week, and Mixon will only have five days to pass concussion protocol, I’ll lean Gio over Barber as a safer Week 14 plug-and-play at RB. Obviously, anything pertaining to head injuries is never predictable, so this is certainly no guarantee. Now, the case for Barber over Gio would be that Tampa decides they don’t care if Martin plays or sits and uses Barber as its feature back anyway. That seems more like wishful thinking than reality however. FYI, this waiver frenzy could have been avoided and you could have just grabbed Gio for nothing before the game if you watched (or downloaded!) Monday morning’s Pat Mayo Experience. Just saying.

Mike Davis returned from his groin injury and immediately seized the Seahawks’ starting RB job; Davis played 73% of Seattle’s RB snaps. The Eagles presented a tough task on the ground, but Davis churned out a quality game nonetheless. And now he draws a trio of bottom-12 DVOA rush defenses — the Jags, Rams and Cowboys. With no clear-cut RB savior on the waiver wire, Davis is the top option. …

With Doug Martin lurking in the sideline shadows, suffering from a case of the dizzies — TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! — Peyton Barber Carpe diem’d, finishing with 143 yards on 27 touches for the Buccaneers. No word if Martin will be able to play in Week 14 against the Lions, but if he can’t, Barber is in line for another massive work load. Now, if Martin finds his way into uniform, he very well could reclaim the starting gig (or just end up in a timeshare), making Barber a waste of your valuable playoff FAAB. But since we likely won’t know Martin’s status by the time you’ll need to submit waivers, you have to assess how desperately you need a running back for the upcoming week. If you’re in dire straights, the potential volume upside that Barber presents is worth the gamble. …

Adrian Peterson and Ameer Abdullah picked the wrong time for a mid-week Night At The Roxbury dance-off. Both missed Week 13 with neck injuries, making Theo Riddick, Tion Green, Kerwynn Williams, and Elijah Penny all fantasy viable. (I played D.J. Foster!!!) Since both AP and AA were last-second scratches Sunday, chances are they’ll both return to the field in Week 14, rendering most of that quartet inert. Riddick would return to his usual pass-catching role, ditto with Williams, Penny will lose all relevancy, but Green is kind of intriguing. The Lions draw a soft matchup at Tampa Bay, and, frankly, Green looked better on his 11 carries than Abdullah has all season. With Matthew Stafford banged up, and Detroit’s season basically over, the coaching staff might decide to give the rookie an extended look over the final few weeks. …

Jamaal Williams was positioned for a gigantic Week 13, then the Packers announced Aaron Jones would be a surprise active late in the week, and everyone moved off Williams. Then Williams went off. Because that’s how this goes. Jones played just two snaps. Now, one went for the game-winning TD in overtime, so Jones’ week wasn’t a complete dud. Expect the snap split to be a bit closer than 44:2 next week, but Williams will be the Packers RB you can feel comfortable starting in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. Also, T.Y. Montgomery (flea market) was placed on season-ended IR with a wrist injury. …

Almost every skill-position player on the Texans (sans DeAndre Hopkins) went down against the Titans, pushing Andre Ellington into a much larger role in the passing game than expected. Ellington played 59 percent of the Texans’ offensive snaps, with 77 percent of the them as a slot receiver. This lead to 56 yards on five receptions. Obviously, injuries will determine whether he sees that usage against the 49ers in Week 14, but if you’re gutted at RB in a deep league, chances are Ellington can provide a decent floor.


Week 14 Waiver Wire: Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Marquise Goodwin
2. Jermaine Kearse
3. Dede Westbrook
4. Martavis Bryant
5. Josh Doctson
6. Mike Wallace
7. Will Fuller
8. Corey Davis
9. Paul Richardson
10. Josh Reynolds
11. Corey Coleman
12. Trent Taylor
13. Danny Amendola
14. Kenny Golladay
15. Dontrelle Inman
16. Ryan Grant
17. Kenny Stills
18. Tyler Lockett
19. Tavarres King
20. Louis Murphy
21. Allen Hurns
22. Zay Jones
23. Deonte Thompson
24. Eric Decker
25. Donte Moncrief
26. Adam Humphries
27. Terrance Williams
28. Taylor Gabriel
29. Aldrick Robinson
30. Cole Beasley

All of a sudden, the 49ers’ WR corps doesn’t appear so pitiful with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. Assuming Marquise Goodwin will have a 100 percent catch rate every week is pretty foolish, but thinking he’ll challenge double-digit targets in each outing seems rather reasonable. Combine that volume with his breakaway speed and a QB who actually can throw the ball, and you have a top-30 WR. For deeper PPR leagues, have a look at Trent Taylor, who’s running small aDOT routes and could pile up receptions in bulk, and LOUIS MURPHY as an absolute flier. Murphy caught Jimmy G’s TD pass two weeks ago when the QB came in for C.J. Beathard, and he looked his direction six times against the Bears. It only translated to one catch for 16 yards, but there’s a rapport there. …

If you wagered on Raiders WR roulette and covered the board with Cordarrelle Patterson or Johnny Holton, YOU WON!!!!! That game looks like it will be closed now, though. Michael Crabtree will return from his one-game suspension next week, and Amari Cooper should be back from his concussion as well — TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! …

The Rams have stated the expectation for Robert Woods (shoulder) to return is Week 15 at Seattle. But it’s not inconceivable he could suit up this Sunday. If Woods remains sidelined, Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins and widely available Josh Reynolds all could have decent games in a potential shootout against the Eagles. …

Rishard Matthews (hamstring) sat for the second consecutive week. Delanie Walker scored again in Matthews’ absence, while Eric Decker and Corey Davis didn’t do anything again. Matthews is the only Titans WR worth considering right now. You know, assuming he plays. …

Bruce Ellington (hamstring) and Braxton Miller (TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!!) went down for the Texans, and with Will Fuller (ribs) already out, it’s basically DeAndre Hopkins and no one. This is how Andre Ellington got thrust into receiving duties against the Titans. Hopefully, one of these guys will be able to play and take advantage of a solid Week 14 matchup against the 49ers. UPDATE: Bruce Ellington has been placed on season-ending IR.

UPDATE: JuJu Smith-Schuster may receive a suspension for his hit on Vontaze Burfict Monday night. I’ve moved Martavis Bryant in case he gets thrust back into his previous starting gig if JuJu is forced to sit. UPDATE AGAIN: JuJu has been suspended for one game.


Week 14 Waiver Wire: Tight End Rankings

1. Cameron Brate
2. Stephen Anderson
3. Trey Burton
4. Jesse James
5. Charles Clay
6. Ricky Seals-Jones
7. Jason Witten
8. David Njoku
9. Ben Watson
10. Eric Ebron
11. Julius Thomas
12. O.J. Howard
13. Austin Hooper
14. George Kittle
15. Austin Traylor
16. Antonio Gates
17. Seth DeValve
18. Adam Shaheen
19. Marcedes Lewis

Rob Gronkowski might be suspended for Week 14 after his cheap shot on Tre’Davious White. It could be a fine, but a suspension still is in play. (UPDATE: Gronk has been suspended for Week 14.) Which screws an awful lot of us. That leaves Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister as the Patriots’ tight ends against the Dolphins. Remember the last time Gronk missed a game and people ran to the waiver wire to snag Allen? How’d that turn out? Not saying they’ll both be useless again, but in a win-or-go-home week, how can you really turn to one of these guys?

Since half this column has been dedicated to Texans injuries, this last one actually might be the solution to your TE woes. C.J. Fiedorowicz also was lifted against the Titans with a concussion, and while he might not go on injured reserve like fellow TE Ryan Griffin before him — TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! — there’s a decent chance he’ll miss Week 14, leaving Stephen Anderson as the last tight end standing in Houston. He absorbed 12 targets against the Titans while the Texans were undermanned, hauling in five catches for 79 yards and a score. UPDATE: Fiedorowicz has been placed on season-ending IR.

Trey Burton also could be a solid option, since Zach Ertz left the Sunday nighter with a head injury and could miss the Eagles Week 14 date with the Rams. With Ertz’ history of the dizzies, and Philly close to locking in a first round bye, making sure Ertz gets himself proper for the playoffs is likely the most important thing. Sans Ertz, Preparation B can be the relief you need from the Gronk pains. …

Much like D/STs, targeting the bottom of DVOA vs. Tight Ends ratings always is a solid strategy, especially when there’s one clear-cut TE who should garner the majority of his team’s targets …

32 — Cleveland (Lance Kendricks/Richard Rodgers)
31 — Detroit (Cameron Brate)
30 — Cincinnati (Dion Sims/ Adam Shaheen)
29 — Indianapolis (Charles Clay)
28 — Baltimore (Jesse James)
27 — Dallas (Evan Engram)
26 — Miami (Potentially Dwayne Allen/Jacob Hollister)
25 — Oakland (Travis Kelce)

… of this group, Brate (now that Jameis Winston is back) is the clear-cut top option. Similar to the Hulkster with Miss Elizabeth, Jameis has lust in his eyes for Brate. DIG IT??? The Green Bay and Chicago situations are too unpredictable to target, Kelce and Engram already are obviously owned, so the next top streamers are Clay and James. But there are issues with both. I’m suspicious of Clay because Nathan Peterman might start at QB for the Bills, and if Vance McDonald returns from his ankle injury, then James gets a serious downgrade. Still, if you’re pressed for options and miss on Brate, and Anderson doesn’t tickle your fancy, you might have to pick your poison between those two. I’d go James. …

Greg Olsen (foot) should return after missing Week 13 against the Saints, but expect him to be on a snap count. Can’t play him.


Week 14 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks

1. Josh McCown at DEN
2. Jimmy Garoppolo at HOU
3. DeShone Kizer vs. GB
4. Andy Dalton vs. CHI
5. Tom Savage vs. SF
6. Blaine Gabbert vs. TEN
7. Brett Hundley at CLE
8. Jacoby Brissett at BUF

Tyrod Taylor (knee) says he avoided major injury after being carted off against New England, but I wouldn’t expect him to be in uniform against the Colts in Week 14. Expect Nathan Peterman. That’s bad. …

Matthew Stafford appears like he avoided serious injury as well. It’s currently being called a bone bruise, and there’s a chance he could start this week. If not, the Lions will start Jake Rudock. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Anyone named Rudock has a better chance to be a fantasy novel villain than a fantasy QB.

Aaron Rodgers (collar bone) looks like he’s on track to come back in Week 15 against Carolina. He’s out there on a ton of leagues. GET HIM NOW!!!!!

The Giants cleaned house and now Eli Manning is the starter again. It was real, Geno PICKS!!!!


Week 14 Waiver Wire: Streaming Defenses

1. CIN vs. CHI
2. CHI at CIN
3. GB at CLE
4. NYJ at DEN
5. BUF vs. IND
6. TB vs. DET
7. IND at BUF

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