2016 NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Wildcard Weekend.

Running Back (RB)

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 48.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Although West scored the touchdowns, Dixon did more with his touches once again and should continue to get opportunities.  If the Ravens run the ball more this week to keep Brady and the Patriots off of the field, Dixon should get even more touches.  If the Ravens should find themselves chasing points for whatever reason, Dixon would also see additional work in the passing game as the team's primary short-yardage receiving option.

Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Zenner could see additional work if the Lions' primary early-down back, Dwayne Washington, can't go.  He'll face a mediocre Bears defense that's been depleted at all positions.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 25.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Shady McCoy's handcuff is currently a speculative add in as a goalline touchdown vulture.  As the Bills appear to manage McCoy's minutes, Gillislee could see added usage out of the backfield.  For now, he should only be added to rosters of very desperate players in very deep leagues.

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 60.7% of all leagues):
The good news is he may need to carry the whole load himself if both Ivory (hamstring) and Robinson (ankle) are both unable to go this week.  The bad news is he'll face another tough test against a top Minnesota defense.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 16.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The former Patriot showes what he could do, catching 5 passes for 95 yards and a score.  He should continue to see targets against a leaky Cleveland secondary.  While he's been criticized for having small hands with butter fingers, he's built confidence and now appears to be on the same page with Dalton.  Grab him if he's available in your league.

Kenny Britt, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 60.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Britt, the Rams' WR1, has been productive in recent weeks.  It looks like he's developed a rapport with rookie Jared Goff, and he should continue to have opportunities.  He'll face the Falcons' soft secondary in what could become a shootout.

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 12.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Ginn has suddenly emerged as a fantasy asset.  As teams hone in and lock down Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, Ginn has room to run wild.  He's seen a steady uptick in usage over the past few weeks, as his team has fallen behind early and has needed to throw the ball more.  He's scored in 3 games in a row, and his catches have risen as well.  Grab him if you need some depth.  He still has a couple of nice matchups on schedule.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 36.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Speaking of the Falcons, Gabriel could see additional usage this week if Jones and Sanu are limited.  The dynamic speedster had a quiet week against a solid Chiefs defense.  He should bounce back against a Rams defense that has given up big plays.

Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 19.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Inman has scored 2 weeks in a row now.  As a touchdown or bust player in most fantasy leagues, his chances of scoring seem pretty good in the Chargers' pass-first offense.  He should get additinal looks as most teams continue to try and stop the Chargers' run game first.  He also has a friendly matchup against a struggling Panthers' secondary.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 45% of all ESPN leagues):
Fuller struggled in week 13 in a slushy mess at Lambeau field.  He and his team will face off in a divisional matchup against a struggling Colts secondary.  Fuller does still have big play potential, and will look to build on the success he's had in the first 4 weeks of his rookie season.

Tight End (TE)

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 50.6% of all ESPN leagues):
After 2 quiet weeks, Brate got back on fantasy scoreboards in a big way, catching 6 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.  With fellow tight end Luke Stocker (ankle), and wideouts Adam Humphries (concussion), and Cecil Shorts (knee) all sidelined, Brate could be targeted even more if none of these 3 can get on the field this week.  He'll have a fantasy-friendly match up against a spotty Saints secondary that just gave up 341 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns to Detroit.

Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 11.7% of all ESPN leagues):
This was the breakout game a lot of Steelers fans have been hoping for.  Green caught 6 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown against a normally aggressive Giants secondary.  He finally looks confident in the offense and is seeing targets from Big Ben.  He should have another big couple of weeks against the Bills and Bengals as he moves up the target food chain.

The statuses of Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu should be carefully tracked this week.  Their misfortune could mean your good fortune, if both are sidelined this week.  The Falcons will run on a mediocre Rams rushing defense, but will still need to throw to keep defenses honest.  Their tight ends should see added usage if this is the case.  At a position that has worn paper thin this late in the season, both Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo could produce if the Falcons are low on receiving options.

Quarterback (QB)

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 59.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Red Rifle is who he is.  The absence of A.J. Green looks like it's made Dalton a better quarterback though.  He threw for 332 yards and 2 scores with no picks, and will look to build on his success this week against the winless Browns.  He's this week's streaming option at the position.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 49.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Don't let week 13 fool you.  Kaep was a victim of a snow bowl in Chicago.  Remember that he put up elite or near elite numbers in weeks 9 through 12.  The good news is he'll take on the 22nd ranked Jets pass defense at home, a soft Falcons secondary at the Georgia Dome, and the Rams in sunny Los Angeles.  With weather being a non-factor (unless it rains of course), Kaep could return to mid-season form facing friendly matchups.

Defense/Special Teams (D/ST)

San Diego Chargers D/ST (currently owned in 45.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers defense and special teams has been showing up lately.  Young players Trevor Williams, Casey Hayward, and Joey Bosa are getting comfortable in the Chargers defensive system and making plays.  They'll face a struggling Panthers offense that's missing key players on the offensive line.  The Chargers will face the currently winless Browns in Cleveland in week 16.

1 comment:

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