2017 NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

2017 NFL Week 14 Injury Replacements, Streamers, and Fliers


RUNNING BACK (RB)

Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 0.9% of all ESPN leagues)
It was Barber, not Rodgers who received most of the work with Doug Martin out.  This wasn't some committee approach where touches were evenly split either.  Barber received 23 carries and caught 4 passes for 143 total yards while Rodgers was limited to just 25 yards on 3 carries.  Barber is clearly the guy to own in the Bucs' backfield.
 
Andre Ellington, RB, Houston Texans (currently owned in 8.4% of all ESPN leagues)
Those needing a boost in PPR leagues thanks to injuries in the Texans receiving corps can add the former Cardinals pass catcher.  Ellington caught 5 passes for 56 yards and could continue seeing added work with injuries decimating the Texans' receiving threats.  He'll face San Francisco and Jacksonville in the next 2 weeks.  The return of Will Fuller, Bruce Ellington, Braxton Miller, and C.J. Fiedorowicz affect Ellington's productivity, so those are the injuries to keep any eye on.
 
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Williams got the most work he has all season thanks to Peterson hurting his hand.  Williams could still be in line to receive carries as long as Peterson sits, so this injury situation will be one to monitor.  He took 16 totes for 97 yards against the Rams, and will face the Titans at home next week.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 15.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Goodwin caught a season-high 8 passes for 99 yards against the Bears, and has caught 13 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown in his last 3 games.  He's gotten more work and could be a fantasy playoff difference maker with Jimmy G throwing to him.
 
Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 33.6% of all ESPN leagues)
Wallace brought in 5 targets for 116 yards against a tough Lions defense.  He'll have his work cut out for him this week against a tough Steelers defense.  Nevertheless, he's caught 4 or more passes in his last 4 games, and reached the end zone in 2 of them.  
 
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 10.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The rookie and former Sooner has seen a spike in usage.  Hurns has been banged up so the Jaguars put out a call for someone to step up.  Westbrook has answered by catching 15 of his 25 targets for 154 yards in his last 3 games.  Most defenses still commit to stopping Jacksonville's ground game first, which should continue to open things up for the young wideout.  Westbrook has yet to find the end zone, but it's only a matter of time with the usage he's getting, as long as Allen Hurns isn't able to go.  He'll face the Seahawks, Texans, and 49ers for the remainder of the fantasy season.  For more on Westbrook's NCAA career and other 2017 NFL rookie wideouts, check out our post here.
 
STREAMING OPTION
 
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 5.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Patterson caught 4 passes for 97 yards with Crabtree and Cooper both out.  He'll be a streaming option this week as Crabtree serves the last game of his suspension for fighting on the field.  Cooper could be matched up with the Chiefs' Marcus Peters so Patterson could get more work again.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 21.9% of all ESPN leagues):
They said he wasn't fast enough or good enough to play wideout.  So, the undrafted rookie and former Texas A&M Aggie transitioned to tight end and has caught 9 passes for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns over the past 3 weeks.  He's become a favorite target of Cardinals third-string QB Blaine Gabbert since Gabbert took over for Stanton, accounting for roughly a quarter of all targets over the last 3 weeks.  While he doesn't have the easiest schedule, teams could be busy covering Fitz and speedsters Brown and Nelson.  This could things up for the Cardinals' shiny new offensive weapon.
 
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 57.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Brate caught just 4 passes in the 4 games Fitzpatrick was under center, and his fantasy stock took a heavy hit as a result.  He didn't fare much better this week catching just 2 passes, but they were both for touchdowns now that Winston is taking snaps again.  It's important to note that he scored touchdowns in 4 straight games and was targeted 4 or more times per game through that stretch.  He'll be a good fantasy asset if he's available.  He has the Lions, Falcons, and Panthers in the remaining weeks.
 
STREAMING OPTION
 
Stephen Anderson, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Anderson did an admirable job of stepping up for the Texans at tight end after Fiedorowicz left the game with an injury.  Anderson caught 5 passes for 79 yards and a score.  He could continue to get looks with all of the injuries at wideout and Fiedorowicz in concussion protocol.  He has the 49ers at home next week.
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 39.4% of all ESPN leagues):
In the past 3 weeks, this quarterback has thrown for 900 yards, 5 touchdowns, and turned the ball over just twice, and added another 2 scores and 47 yards on 9 carries.  McCown has been getting it done with his feet and has shown gritty resolve to power his offense.  McCown's regression may not come, and he's looked better and better these past few weeks.  He's definitely worth a pickup in 2QB formats and worth a look in most others.
 
Case Keenum, QB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 57.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Keenum hasn't thrown a pick in 3 weeks.  In that time, he's thrown for over 700 yards, thrown for 5 touchdowns, and rushed for another one.  While he hasn't been the most productive QB, he's shown an ability to make plays with the ball and produce even in tough matchups.  He should be owned in all leagues, especially by those who've been burned by Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Dak Prescott.
 
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers: (currently owned in 14.5% of all ESPN leagues)
Jimmy G looked good against the Bears and could get even better.  Coach Shanahan has been drip-feeding his new QB the playbook and Garoppolo's numbers should continue improving.  He threw for 296 yards and a pick (which was ripped out of his receiver's hands after the catch) against the Bears who have one of the better pass defenses in the league.  He'll travel to Houston to take on a struggling Texans defense. 
 
STREAMING OPTION
 
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 38.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Dalton has thrown at least 2 touchdowns in 6 of his last 7 games and has turned the ball over just 4 times during that stretch.  He's been a model of consistency, logging 18 fantasy points in his last 3 games, and 20 points just before that.  He'll take on a struggling Bears defense that has succumbed to multiple injuries.
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 14% of all ESPN leagues):
Because it's the Browns.
 
Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 46.5% of all ESPN leagues)
The Bears have struggled to move the ball on offense which could mean a big day for the Bengals' defense.  The lynch pin seems to be Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long.  Long story short (pun intended) the unit up front looks completely different with Long than without him.  If Long is out or forced to miss time, the Bengals' defense is a go.
 
New York Jets (currently owned in 2.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Like the Bears, the Broncos struggled to move the ball on offense, and mustered a mere 3 offensive points and made a sorry Dolphins defense look like superstars.  Siemian was picked off 3 times, once for a pick 6.  The Jets have struggled to get pressure on the question and haven't forced a turnover in 2 weeks, but they could come up big against the Broncos.

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