If you’re reading this column heading into Week 14 then it’s pretty likely you’re in the playoffs/have a huge matchup with playoff implications this week. Otherwise, maybe you’re on the hunt for keepers or just really want to play spoiler in your league, in which case much respect to you.
The waiver wire is growing pretty thin come December, but here are some options to help your playoff push this week.
10. Mike Gillislee — RB, Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy has been ballin’ out of control lately — averaging 30.75 DKFPs over his last two games. But Buffalo is committed to pounding the ball, which keeps Gillislee somewhat surprisingly in the mix. The backup carried the ball eight times for 49 yards and vultured a pair of TDs away from Shady. Gillislee isn’t going anywhere.
9. Christine Michael — RB, Green Bay Packers
Michael hasn’t done anything of significance yet in Green Bay, but Week 13 suggests he could have a larger role going forward than anticipated. Despite gaining just 19 yards, Michael handled a team-high nine carries, which suggests the coaching staff may prefer him over James Starks (particularly as Michael becomes more comfortable with his new team).
8. Shane Vereen — RB, New York Giants
Vereen has been practicing since last Wednesday and is within his 21-day window to return to the Giants’ backfield from injured reserve. It’s unclear if he’ll suit up this week against Dallas or the following week against Detroit, but the pass catching RB will be back to try and make some late season contributions.
7. Justin Forsett — RB, Denver Broncos
Kapri Bibbs’ high ankle sprain landed him on IR and left Denver in need of help at RB. The Broncos opted to bring in Forsett, making the Broncos his third team this season. He’ll obviously be operating behind Devontae Booker in the pecking order, but Forsett did experience some of his greatest success playing under Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. In 2014 Forsett rushed for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns with Kubiak running the show in Baltimore.
6. Dorial Green-Beckham — WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Last week’s “Next Man Up” had a rough week, catching just four passes for 29 yards and leaving the game early with an oblique contusion. On a positive note, DGB saw 10 targets thrown his way without even playing the whole game and is expected to be back on the field for Week 14. Jordan Matthews should return as well, but DGB has played his best this season when opposite Matthews.
5. Dontrelle Inman — WR, San Diego Chargers
Inman’s scored touchdowns in back-to-back games since San Diego’s bye, just his second and third scores of the season. He’s now caught 8-of-11 targets over the two game span for 168 yards. It appears Inman is picking up the production that we expected to see come from Travis Benjamin this season. Inman is still a lesser option than Tyrell Williams.
4. Chris Hogan — WR, New England Patriots
Let me start by saying if Malcolm Mitchell is somehow still available in your league, then you need to add him. But Hogan should be a solid option down the stretch as well. Gronk is done for the season, Danny Amendola is now going to miss time, and Martellus Bennett is pretty dinged up himself. That leaves three healthy pass catchers in Julian Edelman, Mitchell and Hogan. I’d rank the three clearly in that order, but Hogan’s going to need to be involved for New England these next few weeks.
3. Ted Ginn Jr. — WR, Carolina Panthers
Another week, another TD for Ted Ginn. It’s now three weeks in a row with a score for the speedster, this time corralling 5-of-6 targets for 80 yards and a score. As I’ve said in previous weeks, this guy caught 10 touchdowns last season and has three so far this season (all in the last three weeks). So he has breakout potential to finish the year.
2. Dwayne Allen — TE, Indianapolis Colts
Catch yourself three touchdowns on Monday Night Football and you’re going to get some attention. Allen has been one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets in the past, so if tight end is a weakness on your team, why not take a shot on a guy like this getting hot down the stretch?
1. Ladarius Green — TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
After catching 5-of-9 targets for 97 yards while playing on just 34 snaps in his first three games of the season, Green broke out big time on Sunday. He played 35 total snaps in Week 13 and caught 6-of-11 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown. Green has a chance to carve out a large role in Pittsburgh’s offense moving forward.
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