Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14 Pickups



If your playoff-caliber team has suffered season-ending injuries, next man up!

Blaine Gabbert, San Drancisco 49ers (currently owned in 2.4% of all ESPN leagues): Gabbert did well against a decent Bears defense, putting up 196 and a score through the air, and added another 75 and a score on 6 carries.  This week's matchup is even more inviting.  The 49ers will face a struggling Browns team in Cleveland.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 35.8% of all ESPN leagues): Last week, New Orleans gave up 331 yards and 5 scores through the air, 49 yards on the ground, and 37.1 fantasy points  to Cam Newton, even though the Panthers' receivers had multiple key drops that could've resulted in 2 more scores.  With more capable receiving options at his disposal, Winston could see similar numbers this week.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 45.8% of all ESPN leagues): The rookie QB threw for 211 and 3 scores and added another score on the ground against a good Texans defense.  He and a healthy Sammy Watkins look like they're on the same page.  They'll look to put up similar numbers against a similar Eagles defense.

Chris Polk, RB, Houston Texans (currently owned in 2% of all ESPN leagues): Polk ran 12 times for 61 yards, against a stout Bills run defense last week, and caught a pass for 11 yards and a score.  If Blue gets limited touches again this week or can't go for whatever reason, Polk could see an increased workload.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 12.9% of all ESPN leagues): The Jets' change-of-pace back rushed 6 times for 17 yards, but contributed in a huge way through the air, catching 8 passes for 91 yards and a score.  With Ivory seemingly struggling lately, Powell could be appealing in all ppr leagues against an average Titans defense.

Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 47.7% of all ESPN leagues): if Sproles was dropped in your league, pick him up.  He reminded us that speed kills.  He had a special teams touchdown last week and Philly's offensive system fits this dynamic playmaker better.  He'd benefit big time if Philly's backfield situation continues to shift toward a timeshare.

James White, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 26.5% of all ESPN leagues): Honestly any Patriots RB is really a dart throw.  All of them have had up and down seasons, and are extremely streaky.  Still, if you're desperate for ppr production, White could be your guy.  Last week, he caught 10 for 115 and a score.  Some WR1's don't even see those types of numbers!

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 21% of all ESPN leagues): Seems like Parker has surged past Stills on the depth chart in the past 2 weeks.  He has a conbuned 7 catches for 143 yards combined in the last 2 games, and has scored in both of those games.  Landry draws coverage allowing Parker to get open, and they see a horrible Giants' secondary this week.  Parker could put up bug numbers.

Brian Hartline, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 2.5% of all ESPN leagues): Hartline could continue seeing increased usage as the only real wideout in a very depleted Browns receiving corps.  It's been announced that Manziel will start for the remainder of the season, bumping Hartline's value.  With Johnny Football could cause trouble for the 49ers if they allow him to get out of the pocket to extend plays, and allow downfield routes to develop for Hartline.

Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 1.8% of all ESPN leagues): Snead hasn't seen much action in the past 3 games.  Last week he was sidelined with a calf injury.  If Snead can't go, look for Coleman to step up.  He's sure to get his looks this week since the Saints will probably be caught in another shootout.  Brees connected with nine different receivers and will likely need to repeat.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 57.5% of all leagues): For whatever reason, the Seahawks want to take through the air.  Wilson connected with Baldwin for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He could have an even bugger day against an awful Ravens secondary.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 14.3% of all ESPN leagues): Baldwin not available?  Lockett had 2 more catches than Baldwin (7 total) for 90 yards, but no scores.  With the Seahawks looking to shift to pass-first, Lockett could have an even bigger day.

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Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 18% of all ESPN leagues): while he hasn't seen anything like the numbers he had in week 10 against St. Louis, Miller could see an expanded role this week with Martellus Bennett placed on season-ending IR.  Miller and Cutler seemed to be developing some chemistry in the past weeks, and they'll look to build on that against a decent Redskins defense.  Offensive Coordinator Adam Gayes has found ways to get the ball out of Cutler's hands quickly.  Often times that leads to a dumpoff to Miller.

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