Featured Pros: Waiver Wire Rankings (Week 14)
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve qualified for your league’s fantasy playoffs. Congratulations on the accomplishment! Of course, the fun is only beginning with the postseason looming. Whether you need reinforcements due to injuries/poor play or you’re merely looking for an insurance policy, you’ll certainly want to pursue bolstering your roster for the stretch run.
This week’s Featured Pros are here to help out with their waiver wire advice. As in previous weeks, the pros ranked a list of top targets (provided by us) based on rest-of-season value. We then combined the waiver wire picks into 1 set of consensus rankings. Read on below to see how the experts rate this week’s targets.
Waiver Wire Rankings (STD Scoring)*
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*List comprised of players with less than 50% ownership in Yahoo! leagues
Week 14 Waiver Wire Advice
We also asked each expert to share some commentary about the targets they like for the fantasy playoffs. Here’s what the pundits had to say.
My top 2 adds for week 14 are a pair of rookie wide receivers that have started to show some consistency in the last 3 weeks. Josh Gordon tops the list after his first career 100-yard performance against Oakland in week 13. Always a threat to make a big play, Gordon is getting the volume (21 targets over the last 3 weeks) to be a consistent WR3. He has very favorable matchups against Kansas City and Washington coming up.
Chris Givens drew a gaudy 14 targets in week 13 against San Francisco and now has 80 yards or a touchdown in 5 of his last 8 contests. Givens is a pure depth add and figures to take a slight hit once Danny Amendola is healthy, but his stretch of @BUF, MIN, and @TB in the fantasy playoffs are all ideal plug and play situations if one of your studs goes down.
The Packers will continue to split carries between Alex Green and James Starks but I look for Starks to be the more valuable fantasy commodity down the stretch. He has the experience of a playoff and Super Bowl run as a primary back and flashed some decent speed in week thirteen.
I love Joique Bell and what he’s done this season but have concerns about his usage heading forward. There’s not a lot of rhyme or reason to the way Detroit seems to be rotating their running backs and that will cap his value to an extent.
Chris Givens and Josh Gordon are both very solid pickups at the wide receiver position. I like Givens as a waiver wire pickup as is and I love him as a selection while Danny Amendola is out because he is obviously Sam Bradford’s favorite target. Gordon has all the tools and skill set to be a big time fantasy producer and is only capped by the limitation of playing with a rookie quarterback.
Tight ends are a hit or miss option in general but Dallas Clark has been coming on and developing a rapport with Josh Freeman. It will be interesting to see if Peyton Manning continues to target Jacob Tamme as frequently as he did on Sunday but it is far from a given that he will.
Finally, don’t waste a pick on Montell Owens hoping he is the second coming of Marcel Reece. He is not. Jacksonville will coach up who they have on the roster and sign someone off the street before turning the RB duties over to Owens.
With the plethora of viable waiver targets available at wide receiver this week, make your needs at other positions a priority. The pickings at running back are slim, with the best options being James Starks and Joique Bell. Yikes. If you need a running back and a wide receiver this week, secure the running back first because the options at wide receiver — Donnie Avery, Chris Givens, Josh Gordon, Golden Tate, Kendall Wright, Andrew Hawkins, Riley Cooper, etc. — are numerous and relatively close in value.
We’ve seen it before, wide receivers taking advantage of their opportunity to get looks from their quarterback. With Danny Amendola out, there is no doubt that Chris Givens has thrived. Givens is one of the few players in the game who has the ability to score on any play he touches the ball. At one point, he even caught a 50 yard pass in four straight games. Expect him to put up low end WR2 production as long as he is getting his chances.
Thanks to our Featured Pros for sharing their advice! For more of the experts’ insight, be sure to follow them on Twitter (click their names above) and visit their respective sites. Best of luck to everyone with your pickups this week!