2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!



RUNNING BACK (RB)

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 37.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll was ecstatic about Penny’s performance in week 12 against the Eagles.  He was rewarded on Monday night with plenty of volume.  He ran the ball 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown and added another 33 yards and another touchdown on 4 catches. Yes, Carson is still the lead back on this team (he led the team with 23 totes), but Carroll has shown that he can field two productive fantasy running backs.  Penny is now worth rostering by more than just Chris Carson owners.  His production and big play potential make him a high end flex play.

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 51.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Guice finally showed what he could do at the pro level on Sunday.  He had a couple of big plays that eventually led to Redskins touchdowns and he found the endzone twice last week.  While Washington’s backfield is still a timeshare, Guice displayed his home run ability and made a case for himself as the future of Redskins running backs.  His injuries give him a very low floor, but he’s a high-ceiling big play specialist at the moment who should be added in all formats.

Bo Scarbrough, RB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 46.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Scarbrough had a strong game against the Bears.  He took 21 totes for 83 yards and averaged just under 4 yards per carry.  It looks like he’ll be the Lions’ primary ball carrier moving forward with his workload trending up.  He has some tough matchups to finish the year with the Vikings, Buccaneers and Broncos on the schedule.

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco (currently owned in 14.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Mostert continues to post big numbers for the 49ers and look as explosive as ever.  He received nearly four times as many carries as backfield mate Tevin Coleman and averaged over 7 yards per carry doing it.  He took 19 totes for 146 yards and found the endzone against a tough Ravens defense.  He should continue get see similar volume as long as the 49ers remain cautious with Breida and Coleman continues to struggle.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 22.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Washington is rapidly turning into the wideout the Steelers always thought he was.  He was once awarded for being the best at his position in college football and those skills are finally translating to the NFL level.  After a quiet start to the season, Washington has amassed 20 catches for 417 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last five games.  He’s averaging over six targets, four catches, and over 80 yards per game which puts him in the flex discussion.  They’ll have the Cardinals, Bills, Jets, and Ravens for the rest of the season.  Buyer beware: his productivity could take a hit when Juju Smith-Schuster returns.

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 4.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Gage was a factor once again in a home matchup on Thanksgiving against the Saints.  He caught 5 of his 9 targets for 52 yards and his first touchdown of the season.  He’s been targeted 19 times in the last two games and should continue to see high volume if Hooper and Jones both remain sidelined.  He also has a good matchup this week against the Panthers’ suspect secondary.

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 10.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Miller seems like he’s really coming online.  He still hasn’t reached the endzone yet, but he’s been heavily targeted and he’s been productive.  He’s caught 21 of his 33 targets for 271 yards in his last three games.  That’s an average of 7 catches for 90 yards on 11 targets per game in his last 3 games and it’s only a matter of time before he finds the endzone with that type of volume.  Having Trubisky as a quarterback gives him a low floor, but his ceiling has certainly been raised with his recent usage.  He’s a must-add in all PPR leagues.

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 43.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuel continues to find ways to produce for both fantasy owners and the 49ers despite his low volume.  He’s received just six targets in his last two games but he’s found paydirt in both outings.  Sanders and Kittle draw most of the coverage which leaves the South Carolina speedster to do his thing.  He’ll face a stout Saints defense this week, but he could turn some of his short catches into big gains as he’s been doing.  Lattimore’s possible absence also adds to the upside.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 24% of all ESPN leagues):
Beasley has been targeted 16 times in the last two games.  He’s been productive with his volume as well, catching 12 of those targets for 186 yards and a pair of scores.  His target share has been trending up in the last couple of weeks, but he faces one of the top defenses in the league when the Ravens come to town.  Nevertheless, he should still get plenty of work when his QB comes under pressure from a fierce pass rush.  Beasley should continue to be a good outlet receiver for his young signal caller.  He’s scored touchdowns in five of his last seven outings.

TIGHT END (TE)

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 45.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Colts tight end timeshare has finally come to an end with Eric Ebron ruled out for the rest of the year.  Doyle hauled in 6 of his 11 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in a tough matchup against the Titans.  He’s still one of Brissett’s favorite targets and should continue to produce at a high level for the rest of the year.  Snag him and start him.

Jaeden Graham, TE, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Hooper is on track for a career year this year with Dirk Koetter calling the plays.  It’s no secret that Koetter loves using his tight ends.  Koetter made Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez a top weapon in his system and he’s doing the same with Hooper.  However, Hooper has been hobbled with a sprained MCL since week 10 which gave rookie undrafted free agent Jaeden Graham an opportunity.  The 6’4” 250lb pass catcher snagged all four of his targets for 41 yards and his first NFL touchdown.  He could continue to shine as he gets more comfortable in the system and Koetter gets comfortable calling his number.  He’s a streaming option with decent upside if Hooper remains sidelined.

STREAMING OPTION

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s no secret that the Seahawks have trouble covering tight ends.  He  snagged 7 of his 8 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown last week against a Cardinals team that also struggles to cover tight ends. If Gerald Everett is ruled out again this week, Higbee could repeat his performance this week. 

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 10.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jaguars were quick to bench their big free agent QB acquisition after some perceived struggles in the first half against the worst secondary in the league.  They put in their sixth round draft pick who filled in admirably for a stretch.  That’s right, Minshew mania is back and is the starter in week 14 and perhaps beyond.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Here’s the thing.  Fitzmagic completed 27 of his 39 attempts for 365 yards, three touchdowns and a pick against a good Eagles defense.  Moreover, he’s making DeVante Parker look like the first round pick he should’ve been all those years ago.  Fitz should keep getting better as he gets more comfortable with the play calls and his receiving options.  Finally, he has the Jets, Giants, and Bengals.  He’s worth picking up and could be a sneaky start especially in 2QB leagues.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 55.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Brissett completed just 25 of his 40 attempts for 319 yards, a touchdown and a pair of picks.  Good thing better days are ahead for the young signal caller.  He’ll try to lead his team into the playoffs by picking apart the soft secondaries of the Buccaneers, Saints, and Panthers.  The Colts are technically still in the hunt for a wildcard spot so they have something to play for.  He’s still worth adding and a spot start.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 61.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield continues to get dropped in a lot of leagues due to his slow start this season.  Expectations have not planned out for the sophomore signal caller, but he has a good matchup against a relatively weak Bengals defense this year.  Landry and OBJ continue to be the weapons they are and they could smoke this suspect Cincinnati secondary.  Mayfield is a streaming option this week at the very least.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

STREAMING OPTIONS

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 24% of all ESPN leagues):
The Redskins have struggled to move the ball except for an offensive outburst and three touchdowns scored by their running backs last week.  Nevertheless, they still have an inexperienced signal caller and they travel to Green Bay to face one of the better secondaries and coverage units.  The Packers defense is worth streaming this week.

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 42.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bears were dubbed “teenagers” because they typically fail to score more than 19 or 20 points in any game.  That’s a pretty good bet this week.  The Bears have struggled to get anything going offensively this year and this Cowboys defense is a pretty tough matchup for them even if Vander Esch is sidelined.

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