Week #14 Waiver Watch of Truth
Week 14 Waiver Watch of Truth
Welcome back everyone, we have just one week left before the fantasy football playoffs start for most leagues so hopefully these adds will help you prepare for that final push to the playoffs or help you spoil someone else’s chances if you are out of contention. I unfortunately was working yesterday, (the fun never stops at the Post Office), and so I didn’t get to watch much football and was very tired so fell asleep in the second half of the Chiefs-Broncos game. It will also be obvious that this article and the next couple might be a bit rushed since I will be busy but I will still try to give you the best options to win your games and leagues, so let’s get started.
Taysom Hill, 41% rostered on Sleeper
This should be a surprise to literally no one, unless you have been living under a rock the last two years. Against a talented Dallas secondary we got to see Taysom Hill’s floor in terms of fantasy points, his floor was still above 20 fantasy points in most leagues. He ‘only’ completed 19 of 41 attempts for 264 yards and 2 TDs while also rushing for 101 yards on 11 attempts. He also gets to play the Jets this coming week and is almost an automatic start because of that. He also threw 4 interceptions but that rushing upside and somewhat rough around the edges as a passer make him a fantasy goldmine to end the fantasy football season, especially since he proved he could play without Kamara and Thomas around to distract defenses.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 37% rostered on Sleeper
This add has less to do with Jimmy G’s somewhat mistake-filled game where he threw two picks and got tackled for a safety but he has an extremely favorable schedule to end the season against either very weak teams or where the 49ers will have to throw to keep pace. He gets the Bengals in week 14 followed by the Falcons, Titans, and Texans in week17, when most fantasy playoffs end. He also did okay outside of that bad 3rd quarter, completing 20 of 30 attempts for 299 yards and 2 TDs. If you stream quarterbacks or have been struggling of late Jimmy G should help get you through the playoffs.
QB Honorable Mentions
Taylor Heinicke, (40% rostered)
Tua Tagovailoa (49% rostered)
Tevin Coleman, 47% rostered on Sleeper
I know this isn’t a ‘sexy’ pick and that Jordan Thomas, one of the TSF founders, has absolutely zero trust in Coleman but the wire is pretty thin and the other options either have bye weeks or difficult to predict snap share percentage, none of which is a concern for Coleman until Carter returns from IR. This is also a Jets team with a rookie QB at the helm and they are not an efficient offense so temper your expectations accordingly. He did rush for 58 yards on 11 attempts and was targeted 4 times in the passing game and caught 3 for an extra 19 yards. It doesn’t get easier for him because he has to face the Saints this week but he basically is the top dog in the Jets running back room which alone is basically a guarantee of about 8 or 9 points if he doesn’t score a TD and about 15 if he does, one could do a lot worse among waiver pick-ups.
Boston Scott, 46% rostered on Sleeper and Kenneth Gainwell, 23% rostered on Sleeper
This is a complicated one for several reasons, among them is the Eagles have a bye in week 14, Sanders re-injured the same ankle that got him put on IR in October, and the Eagles coaching staff seem to vastly prefer Scott and Jordan Howard to Gainwell, at least when Scott isn’t sick for most of the week leading up to a game. Scott burned plenty of people, myself included by being active but not playing but I guess I should have realized that. This all depends largely on if Sanders is healthy by week 15, if he is, Scott is the one to add. If he isn’t Gainwell will be, although it will also depend upon Howard’s health as well. It’s a situation we will all have to monitor closely but if you have space, one or both of these guy’s should be added and then one dropped as the situation clarifies itself over the next two weeks.
RB Honorable Mentions
Matt Breida, (40% rostered)
Mike Davis (51% rostered)
Dontrell Hilliard (48% rostered)-DO NOT FORGET TO ADD HIM IF YOU DIDN’T LAST WEEK
K.J. Osborn, 8% rostered on Sleeper
This is an obvious choice, Thielen has already been ruled out on the quick turnaround for a Thursday night game and so while Osborn won’t necessarily step into Thielen’s role, he will definitely see an uptick in playing time and should see more passes coming his way. This week against the Lions he caught 4 passes on 7 targets for 47 yards and a TD, so he should be more involved at least for one week, so if you need a wide receiver for a bye week or lost Thielen this is a pretty good choice as a fill in against the Steelers in what will probably be a relatively high scoring affair.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, 21% rostered on Sleeper
Now we get to the player I want to talk about and one of the only games I watched highlights of yesterday to see how the Lions pulled out a win against the Vikings. Amon-Ra was clutch in this game and his stat line reflects that catching 10 passes on 12 targets for 86 yards and a TD, he also ran for two yards and most importantly he caught the game winning pass. I knew this young man was good coming out of college and he had suffered mightily under Goff’s substandard play but he finally showed off his talents and was key to the Lions win. You probably don’t want to risk starting him just yet but if he continues to play like this he could quickly find himself starting in a lot of fantasy lineups next year.
WR Honorable Mentions
Jamison Crowder, (34% rostered)
Josh Reynolds, (10% rostered)
Russell Gage, (54% rostered)
Tyler Conklin, 31% rostered on Sleeper
I feel like I mention Conklin every single week and every single week people ignore him. I am starting to think people are allergic to waiver wire tight ends but oftentimes these players are league winners in close games. Mark Andrews was a waiver wire pick-up a few years ago and is now one of the best tight ends in the game. I’m not going to crown Conklin that way, especially with Irv Smith Jr. around next season but for the moment Conklin is a key addition in fantasy. In Thielen’s absence, Conklin received more targets than Osborn, with 9 and caught 7 of them for 56 yards. Thielen is already ruled out, as mentioned above, so Conklin is an obvious add ahead of a Thursday night game and he should be heavily involved in the Vikings passing game.
TE Honorable Mentions
Cole Kmet, (32% rostered)-He didn’t have a great game but still 7 targets, 3 receptions and Graham continues to be the red zone target, unfortunately, and not having Fields on the field definitely hurts his value.
That’s all I have for this week, good luck and Stay True
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