Week 14 of the NFL season is upon us, and playoffs are here in most fantasy leagues. If you made the playoffs, congratulations and good luck moving forward. If not, there's always still time to try to win matchups. Either way, this late in the season, you've probably needed to lean on the waiver wire to work your way through the season. There are some decent options available in many leagues this week, and I'll list a few below.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos. Osweiler is 3-0 with Denver and will likely start for the remainder of the season, and he faces a notoriously weak Oakland defense that gives up lots of points to opposing passing attacks. Snag him if you need to roll the dice this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. Why aren't people picking up Ryan Fitzpatrick? The guy has been consistently solid this season. With all the injuries occurring this season, some teams in your league likely need an answer at quarterback. If your team is one of those teams, grab Fitzpatrick. Now.
Jameis Winston,QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston faces the Saints this week. Enough said from a matchup perspective. If you need a streaming option this week at QB and Winston is available, stream him.
Jarvorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Allen is still unowned in lots of leagues. HOW? The guy had a monster game in week 13, and should see plenty of touches in week 14. Oh, and he's also the only surefire #1 RB in an offense likely on your league's waiver wire. Add now if he's there.
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers. I still don't trust Draughn as a player, but I do trust his numbers as a fantasy player. He has yet to score fewer than 14 points over the past few games in PPR leagues, and has easy matchups against the Lions and Browns coming up. If you need a RB for a playoff push and the top options are gone, Draughn is certainly flex-worthy.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons. I'm throwing this in there mostly for smaller leagues, but if someone in your league dropped Freeman due to injury, pounce now. He should be coming back.
Juwan Thompson, RB, Denver Broncos. Kubiak loved Thompson in training camp, and with CJ Anderson injured and Hillman not delivering, Thompson could see some looks this week. He's worth a gamble.
James White, RB, New England Patriots. White just played his way into more playing time in New England....we think, since it is impossible to figure out what Bill Belichick thinks. White played brilliantly in week 13, delivering over 100 receiving yards, and should see a good amount of looks against Houston this week.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans. Did you listen to me and grab Green-Beckham before his week 13 breakout game? If not, his price in your league just got a lot higher. He played lights out in his last game, and could continue to put up big numbers moving forward. We knew Green-Beckham was going to be a project going into the season, but now that he's delivering, his production could be here to stay. Grab him now.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins. Another rookie beginning to break out, Parker is starting to score consistently now. This should continue, as Parker was one of the top talents in the 2015 draft at WR. He should be worth a WR2/3 or Flex start moving forward.
Brian Hartline, WR, Cleveland Browns. Remember when Hartline was always a PPR machine? He still is. Hartline is starting to pick up consistency in PPR formats especially, and if you need a WR3 or flex play, Hartline is a great option.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Baldwin is once again the #1 receiving option in Seattle, and will be valuable to have through the fantasy playoffs. With Jimmy Graham injured, Russell Wilson needs to throw elsewhere. This translates into production for Baldwin.
Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots. Gronk's status is uncertain again this week, and if he doesn't play, Chandler immediately becomes a must start. I hyped him last week and he delivered decent numbers. Expect that to continue for as long as Gronk is injured.
Will Tye, TE, New York Giants. The Giants are dealing with a ton of injuries right now, including at tight end. Tye has developed a nice rapport with Eli Manning, and if he starts this week, he should be worth a start.
Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos. With the injury to Vernon Davis, Daniels is once again the top TE in Denver, and he faces a dismal Raiders defense this week. Worth a spot start.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. This is another injury start at TE. Heath Miller is a very good tight end, but he is also dealing with injury issues. James is a huge gamble; he started in Miller's place last week and responded with 30 yards; not much in a standard league. However, if you want to roll the dice and gamble that the rookie will have a better day against the Bengals defense in his second game, it could pay off. I don't trust him this week, but especially if you're out of the playoffs and just want to roll the dice on a few guys, James could be a good pick.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST. This week, the Chiefs face the Chargers in Kansas City. This unit has been consistently solid all season, yet is unowned in far too many leagues. They are absolutely worth a stream start this week.
Detroit Lions D/ST. This week, the Lions face the Rams, who's only offensive weapon is running back Todd Gurley. The Lions have been consistently able to shut down the run, and that could translate to solid fantasy numbers against St. Louis this week.
New York Giants D/ST. The Giants have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. However, they also have a surprisingly consistent fantasy defense. This unit won't turn heads on paper, but they could put up numbers for your team. Always worth a gamble.
Hope this helps, and happy streaming! --Mike B.
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