Week #14 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Mayfield lit up the stat sheet in Cleveland’s impressive 41-35 victory over Tennessee, throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns for a sick 29.46 fantasy points. The former first overall draft pick could keep it going into the fantasy playoffs with a fairly soft schedule including the hapless New York Jets for Championship week. Baker is rostered in 20.5% of ESPN leagues.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
It’s Hurts time in Philadelphia now that Wentz has finally been benched. Hurts replaced the continuously ineffective Wentz in the second half and ended up with a mixed bag with just five completions on twelve attempts for 109 yards and a touchdown and a pick. One thing that stands out is his elite speed and rushing ability which he displayed on his five carries for 29 yards. He could be very valuable in 2QB or superflex leagues down the stretch. The rookie second round pick is available in nearly all leagues.
Honorable mentions: Philip Rivers IND, Alex Smith WAS, Mitch Trubisky CHI.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
Akers continues to be productive, gaining 94 scrimmage yards on 22 touches, both of which were career highs. The second round rookie also scored his third touchdown in as many weeks. Akers did get banged up and is practicing on a limited basis so that needs to be monitored heading into a Thursday night matchup against New England. Akers could be a league winner and should be picked up in all formats. He’s rostered in 35.7% of ESPN leagues.
Peyton Barber, Washington Football Team
Barber stepped into a larger role on Monday afternoon due to stud rookie Running Back Antonio Gibson going down early in the first quarter with a toe injury. It looks like Gibson will be sidelined for some time and possibly the rest of the season so replacing him should be fantasy owners’ top priority. Barber is not an ideal option but he is an option. He had a rough go of it against Pittsburgh’s stout defensive front gaining just 23 yards on 14 attempts averaging a meager 1.6 yards per carry. On the bright side, he did score a goal line touchdown and was successful against Dallas on Thanksgiving, rumbling for 57 yards on 11 carries for a healthy 5.6 YPC. If you’re desperate, try to scoop him up but if J.D. McKissic is available, he should be your top priority, especially in PPR leagues as he has 56 receptions on the year including 10 yesterday. Barber is rostered in less than 1% of ESPN leagues and McKissic just a bit over 60%.
Ty Johnson, New York Jets
Johnson stepped into a workhorse role when veteran Frank Gore exited the contest early in the first quarter due to a concussion. The former Lion caught both of his targets for 13 yards and carried the rock 22 times for 104 yards including a one yard touchdown plunge. His fellow backup Josh Adams contributed as well with eight carries for 74 yards but if Gore fails to clear concussion protocol before this week’s clash with the Seahawks, Johnson will get another hefty workload. Both are obviously barely rostered.
Honorable mentions: Cordarrelle Patterson CHI, Alfred Morris NYG, Sony Michel NE, Ito Smith ATL, Jeff Wilson JR SF.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans
Coutee stepped up for the depleted Houston offense in a big way, securing eight of nine targets for a career high 141 yards and a whopping 22.1 PPR points. I thought scooping up Coutee last week was a no-brainer due to him being thrust into a huge role as one of Watson’s top two targets. Apparently he was kinda slept on by the fantasy community as he was only added in a little over 10% of ESPN leagues. The good news is you might have another shot at him! If Coutee continues to be Houston’s leading receiver or at least a consistent contributor, he could be a real league winner. Chad Hansen is also an option after showing good chemistry with Watson, hauling in five of seven targets for 101 yards. He was sent back down to the practice squad but after leading all Houston receivers in offensive snaps he’s a lock to be called back up. He’s rostered in 0% of leagues.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
Patrick is currently the WR #36 in PPR formats averaging 11.9 points per game. Patrick has been a model of consistency since week #2, notching double digit points in every game he’s had a QB except one game back in week #7 against KC. Patrick had a good day catching all four of his targets for 44 yards and hauled in his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the season. Patrick is a solid contributor if you’re in need of someone to plug and play. He’s rostered in just 15.4% of ESPN leagues which is mind boggling for a low end WR3 at this point in the season.
Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills
Davis corralled three of four targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Bill’s 34-24 victory over the 49ers Monday night. Davis isn’t getting a lot of balls thrown his way but it was the rookie’s third score in the last four games making the speedster a high upside play with John Brown on Injured Reserve. He’s rostered in just 4.6% of ESPN leagues.
Rahard Higgins, Cleveland Browns
Higgins has himself a day, hauling in six of nine targets for 95 yards and a score for a nice 21.5 PPR points. Higgins is definitely a risky play as he hasn’t been consistently involved in the offensive game plans but is definitely worth a stash in deeper PPR formats. His counterpart Donovan Peoples-Jones put up some wild numbers catching two of three targets for 92 yards and a TD. Both receivers had larger roles due to KhaDarel Hodge missing Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Both are available in almost all ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Greg Ward PHI, Cam Sims WAS, Laviska Shenault JAC, Colin Johnson JAC, Quintez Cephus DET.
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team
I talked about Thomas often earlier in the season and have had him on the top priority list lately but y’all ain’t listening. This guy is the TE #8 right now and he’s continuing to improve, posting double digit PPR points in five of his last seven contests. Bringing in all nine of his targets for 98 yards and a TD against the Pittsburgh Defense who was the worst matchup for Tight Ends this season was undoubtedly his breakout performance with multiple career highs but the former NFL Quarterback has been pretty consistent all season. He’s rostered in 24.9% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mention: Dan Arnold ARI, Gerald Everett LAR, Will Dissly SEA.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Cam Newton NE 59.9%
QB Kirk Cousins MIN 44.4%
WR Brandon Aiyuk SF 63.6%
WR Cole Beasley BUF 58.2%
WR Corey Davis TEN 54.4%
WR T.Y. Hilton IND 47%
WR Michael Pittman IND 42.5%
WR Henry Riggs III 33.2%
RB J.D. McKissic WAS 60.8%
RB Damien Harris NE 57.8%
RB Duke Johnson HOU 57.7%
RB Phillip Lindsay DEN 45.1%
RB Adrian Peterson DET 36.2%
TE Robert Tonyan GB 64.5%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.
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