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Waiver Wire Rankings (Week 14)

Dec 5, 2016

Malcolm Mitchell should continue to produce with Gronk and Amendola out of the picture

Malcolm Mitchell should continue to produce with Gronk and Amendola out of the picture

Can you believe thirteen weeks are done, gone, complete, finito?! If you’re reading this now, you either REALLY care about the consolation bracket or you’re in the fantasy playoffs. We’ve been waiting all season for this and congratulations to those of you who have had a successful year up to this point.

Now with a look ahead, bye weeks are out of the picture for good, but matchups and injuries will still play a big part in your lineup decisions. This has been a turbulent season for a few “studs” while the waiver wire has been fairly kind (e.g. Davante Adams and Terrelle Pryor, both top 10 WRs). There weren’t any significant fantasy-related injuries from this past week, but we are beginning to see some stable trends with a few waiver wire candidates who are still readily-available. Our featured experts below have ranked which players you should consider picking up ahead of Round 1, as well as named which defense you may want to consider streaming.

Keep in mind, the players ranked below all have under 50% ownership. It’s possible there are some players that may be quality pickups that are available in your league. For more tailored advice, you can always take advantage of our premium waiver wire assistant.

Featured Experts:
Jon CollinsFantasy Sports LR
James HatfieldHatty Waiver Wire Guru
Matt LutovskySporting News
Mike WrightThe Fantasy Footballers
Bobby Sylvester – FantasyPros

*Ownership % derived from a consensus of Yahoo & ESPN leagues

Q1. Give us your thoughts on a waiver wire target (or two) you especially like as a pickup.

“When asked directly about Malcolm Mitchell’s rest of season prospects after his two touchdown game, I suggested he was a better 2017 option. Since then, Gronk went down, and Mitchell has put together another solid outing. With eight receptions on 10 targets, Mitchell has run his three game numbers to 17 on 22 and it seems clear that he has earned the trust of his QB. With Danny Amendola out of the mix as well, the path to targets on a regular basis is clear for Mitchell. I’m ready to plug him into my lineups on a consistent basis, which is something you can’t say about a lot of the targets remaining on the waiver wire.”
Jon Collins (Fantasy Sports LR)

Brandon LaFell continues to lead Cincinnati wide receivers in targets with A.J. Green out, and you have to love this week’s matchup against the Browns. Along with Dontrelle Inman, who has a favorable matchup against the Panthers, there are a couple receivers out there who can make a difference in the fantasy playoffs.”
Matt Lutovsky (Sporting News)

Ladarius Green is my top pickup of the week. The Steelers desperately need another pass catching weapon behind Antonio Brown. They paid him pretty handsomely over the offseason to be that weapon. Mike Tomlin came out last week and said it was time to get Green going, and the results back up that talk. Almost all fantasy players are in need of a high ceiling TE right now, and Green is emerging at the right time.”
Mike Wright (The Fantasy Footballers)

Dennis Pitta is the pick-up of the week; he is starting to look like himself again and is a big red-zone target for Joe Flacco. He is the TE to use for spot-starting in your playoff run.”
James Hatfield (Hatty Waiver Wire Guru)

“With the playoffs in full view, Mike Gillislee has my attention. He is still firmly behind All-Pro, LeSean McCoy, but it is becoming clear how talented Gillislee is when he gets his hands on the football; and the Bills offensive line may just be the best in football. With that being said, Buffalo welcomes Cleveland in what should be a Week 15 blowout which is the perfect script to get Gillislee the 12-15 touches he needs to make an impact in your championship run. I’m nabbing him now before my opponent adds him in Week 15.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Q2. For owners renting a D/ST in Week 14, what readily available option should they target and why?

“The Cincinnati Bengals are getting the Browns this week and they are the streaming defense of the week going against an offense that doesn’t know how to win games.”
James Hatfield (Hatty Waiver Wire Guru)

“Play the chalk! The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off arguably their best defensive performance and now they get to play the Browns. I’m not overthinking on this once, I’m grabbing the Bengals, Bills, and Chargers to get my D/ST lineups ready a championship run.”
Mike Wright (The Fantasy Footballers)

“While it was at least in part snow-aided, it’s hard to ignore the stinker that Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers just put on tape. Kaep had been playing as a consistent QB in recent weeks, but the 49ers have still given up the 9th most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season, and the New York Jets should be able to generate more pressure than they’re used to this season against the struggling 49ers line. Whether it’s Kaepernick or Gabbert under center, I’m not expecting a particularly inspired game from a one win club at this point in the season.”
Jon Collins (Fantasy Sports LR)

Atlanta is the defense to own this week and for the rest of the season. Granted, they will give up their fair share of points, but you can expect the turnovers to flow against Los Angeles and San Francisco in Weeks 14 and 15. The Falcons have young talent on their defense that can flip the fantasy game script in your favor.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

“San Diego (at CAR), Cincinnati (at CLE), Tennessee (vs. DEN), Detroit (vs. CHI), Atlanta (at LA), Washington (at PHI), and the Jets (at SF) are all readily available and all have nice matchups next week.”
Matt Lutovsky (Sporting News)

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