Week #14 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Week #14 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Welcome back to the Waiver Watch of Truth! Things got shaken up last week with injuries and guys emerging out of nowhere so let’s take a look at the wire as the regular season comes to a close this week in the majority of fantasy leagues. 

Quarterbacks 
Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens – An unfortunate injury to Lamar Jackson has found Huntley once again thrust into action.  Reports indicate Jackson’s injury is week to week, which means he will most likely miss a game or two at least, if not more.  We have some data and history on Huntley, who started 4 games in Lamar’s absence last year, and played pretty much an entire 5th one, and while it wasn’t prolific, it was productive.  In 5 games last season, Huntley averaged 208 passing yards with 57 rushing yards and threw 3 TDs and ran for 2 more across 5 games.  The TD numbers are a bit discouraging, but the rushing ability gives him a decent floor.   
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions – Goff has been a great streaming option this season, not because he smashes every single week, but it seems pretty easy to predict his good games.  He has taken advantage of soft matchups, and has thrown up stinkers in the tough ones.  This past week was another soft matchup against Jacksonville, and he delivered in a big way, currently the QB4 on the week.  Upcoming in Week 14 he takes on the Minnesota Vikings who have allowed some of the most fantasy points to QBs and WRs, and also have a dynamic offense which should force more passing volume for Goff.  Looking ahead, Goff plays the Jets in Week 15 which I wouldn’t stream him for, but then gets 2 more favorable matchups against Carolina and Chicago.  
Mike White, New York Jets – Although the Jets lost in Week 13, Mike White posted another 300+ passing day, making it two in a row for the Jets’ new starting QB.  He’s been the QB6 and the QB7 each of the last two weeks and you can continue to have confidence in White given the Jets’ weapons on offense.  The schedule upcoming is very favorable for White, taking on the Bills, Jaguars and Lions the next 3 weeks.  All 3 teams have struggled to stop QBs lately and all 3 have offenses that should force the Jets to throw a bit more.  I think I would still trust most of the usual streaming options over White, but with Lamar and Jimmy G going down this past week, the options at QB are starting to get thin.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans - Tannehill is a solid yet uninspiring QB who occasionally finishes inside the Top 10, but most likely gives you something outside the Top 20, just like he has the last two weeks.  Tannehill isn't a strong recommendation but if you're in a deeper league and scrambling for an option after Lamar and Jimmy went down, Tannehill gets a very juicy matchup against Jacksonville, who Jared Goff just lit up for a top 6 QB performance in Week 13.
Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers - Purdy is a deep, deep league stash if you're really desperate.  He was literally the last pick in the 2022 NFL draft and started the year as the 3rd string QB for San Fran.  In relief of Jimmy G, he actually looked decent, playing small ball and taking what the defense gave, on his way to the QB16 in Week 13.  The Niner's offense is loaded with weapons, so Purdy just has to be efficient and avoid turnovers to give you production somewhere around QB15-18 on a weekly basis.
Running Backs 
James Cook, Buffalo Bills - A waiver highlight in last week's article, Cook is now at the top of the list after getting very involved in Week 13.  I mentioned it was a good idea to stash Cook given his production, but the opportunity was very discouraging.  He fell between 17%-25% of snaps in each of the last 5 weeks, but was on the field for 43% in Week 13, by far his highest of the season.  He was rewarded with 20 opportunities and cashed it in for 16.5 PPR points.  20 opportunities a week is tough to bank on but we've seen Cook grow his role in the offense and we always see rookies get better as the year goes on.  If Cook continues to get around 40-50% of the snaps and 15+ opportunities, he'll be a solid flex option in PPR leagues.
Zonovan Knight, New York Jets - Knight was pretty much the unanimous #1 waiver wire target last week, but a chance he might still be available in your league, and if so, you should double check.  With Michael Carter sidelined, Knight was given another heavy workload and produced solid numbers, going over 100 total yards.  If Carter continues to miss time, Knight seems locked in as a low-end RB2/high-end FLEX who should see the majority of the work in the Jets' backfield.  Even if Carter comes back soon, I think at minimum Knight is still part of a committee which you can use as a decent flex in a pinch.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams - The dead have seemingly risen, as Cam Akers was pretty much written off so far this season.  He was a popular mid-round sleeper pick in drafts, and had produced next to nothing so far this season.  Rumors of a trade and some tension even surfaced around the trade deadline, but Akers remained with the Rams, teammate Darrell Henderson was in fact released, and at least for this week, Akers seems like he might be back to his old self.   Akers played 72% of the snaps, by far his highest of the season, and turned in 19 PPR fantasy points, again his highest of the season.  It's hard to trust anyone in the Rams' offense right now, especially with Stafford shelved for the rest of the season, but John Walford has looked capable in his few starts and if Akers continues to dominate the workload, he could be a serviceable RB2 moving forward.
Deejay Dallas/Travis Homer, Seattle Seahawks - It's tough to gauge so far how much time Ken Walker will miss, if any, given he suffered an ankle injury this past week and reports have been unclear so far.  If you have an extra bench space available, it's worth adding Dallas or Homer to see how the week shakes out for Walker.  Dallas is seemingly the running downs back while Homer looks like the pass-catcher, so maybe a slight tilt towards Homer in PPR leagues.  I wouldn't go crazy to get these guys on the bench as we've seen them pretty much obsolete with Walker on the field.  If you are the Walker owner however, and I've mentioned this now for weeks, it's time to start handcuffing your RBs.  
Wide Receivers 
Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions - The star rookie WR was activated for the first time this past week and was very eased in, seeing only 11% of the snaps and only 1 target.  I wouldn't mad rush to add Williams, but we could see a situation where he becomes more involved as the season goes on and the Lions' offense has proven to be in the top half of the NFL.  Williams was a very high draft pick for a reason and has been slowly coming back from his ACL injury, and while I wouldn't expect him to become significantly involved this coming week, the talent alone is worth adding to the bench if you have a space to see how the rest of the season develops.
DJ Chark, Detroit Lions - While most of the buzz has been around Jameson Williams returning to the line-up, DJ Chark has been quietly productive since returning from injury.  He's played 2 full games since coming back and has been on the field for 73% and 84% of the snaps respectively.  He's gotten 5+ targets in each game and has been at 9 and 14 PPR points.  He's not a flashy player who will win you a week, but until Williams is fully healthy, Chark looks to be the #2 option in the Lions' passing attack and has some very favorable matchups upcoming.  He can be a solid floor type FLEX if you're in a pinch.
Corey Davis, New York Jets - You can tell the WR options are rough this week when Corey Davis gets highlighted, but here we are.  Davis has missed some time due to injury this year, but logged a full workload in Week 13, playing 81% of the snaps for New York.  With Mike White under center, the opportunity for the Jets' passing attack is much higher than with Wilson, and Mike White has thrown over 300 yards in both his starts this year.  If White  continues to be efficient throwing, Davis could benefit as he did this past week, seeing 10 targets and turning in 13.5 PPR points.  It won't win you a week, but Davis looks like a decent WR3 who should see a good dose of targets each week.
Tight Ends 
Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos - Another player seemingly left for dead was rookie Greg Dulcich, who burst on the scene a few weeks ago with a string of breakout games, only to disappear, like most TEs, the last several weeks.  Dulcich was most likely dropped in most leagues as managers try to play the TE roulette game, and he showed out this past week against Baltimore with 8 targets and 14.5 PPR points.  I can almost guarantee Dulcich will put up a few more clunkers along the way, but great matchups against Kansas City and Arizona upcoming make Dulcich a decent bet in the TE wasteland.
Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars - Engram capitalized on a nice matchup and got back involved, turning in 14 PPR points.  Like most TEs, Engram has been up and down this season, but Jacksonville has been getting better on offense and Trevor Lawrence seems to have taken a step forward.  It's a crapshoot with TE every week outside of Kelce, and Engram has 6 games this year with 9 or more points.  
Hunter Henry, New England Patriots - Henry isn't a major option at TE this season, eclipsing double digit fantasy points in only 2 games this year.  The only reason I would look Henry's way is the juicy matchup this week against Arizona.  The Cardinals bleed points to the tight end position and seemingly every TE who plays them has a productive day.  If you need a spot start, I think Henry has a high probability of giving you a Top 10 week upcoming.  

Good luck all and as always, stay true! 

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