Fantasy Football: Week 14 Waiver Wire

Dorial Green-Beckham

Week 14 Waiver Wire is not the most plentiful, but has options for those in need. In most leagues it is playoff time, which means it’s time to lock in those lineups for the final push. It also means it is time to protect your studs at all positions. Most think about handcuffs for running backs but all positions can be backed up in many cases. Let’s scour the Waiver Wire and find the players that can contribute to a Fantasy Football Championship.

DeVante Parker Miami Dolphins
(30% owned on Yahoo!)

Ever since the injury to Rishard Matthews, DeVante Parker has been able to grab meaningful snaps for the Miami Dolphins. The last two weeks have seen Parker garner 7 catches on 15 targets. He has produced with the work gaining 143 yards and two touchdowns in two weeks. Parker was able to produce even with the Dolphins showing more commitment to the run game this week. Parker is a player you can rely on in the fantasy playoffs.

Dorial Green-Beckham Tennessee Titans
(14% owned on Yahoo!)

Dorial Green-Beckham has been growing as a receiver since getting serious playing time. He is immensely talented but sitting out his final year in college set him back. The past three weeks have seen DGB become a bigger factor in the offense. He has 17 targets over that span. He had his best game on Sunday, catching 5 balls for 119 yards and a touchdown. He can be a real difference maker in the playoffs for your fantasy football team. He’s a WR3 with WR2 upside.

Markus Wheaton Pittsburgh Steelers
(26% owned on Yahoo!)

When Ben Roethlisberger is under center, this offense can be among the best in the NFL. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant continue to be studs but Markus Wheaton has also emerged as a viable option in this offense. He has 12 catches on 19 targets over the past two weeks, finding the endzone in each game. We have seen offenses in past seasons facilitate three legit pass catchers for fantasy purposes. With Heath Miller out especially, Wheaton can contribute the rest of the way.

J.J. Nelson Arizona Cardinals
(6% owned on Yahoo!)

The fact that J.J. Nelson can be mentioned in a late season waiver wire article is surprising to say the least. It is a testament to how good the Arizona Cardinals passing game has been all season. He has 8 catches on 14 targets over the past three weeks. He scored a touchdown in two of those games. Nelson is great add if you are a Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd or John Brown owner. Nelson could see even more work if any miss time down the stretch, especially Floyd and Brown who have missed time as of late. The Waiver Wire is a great place to grab insurance policies for the stretch run. Drop those players that haven’t been used all season and back up your studs!

James White Patriots

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James White New England Patriots
(27% owned on Yahoo!)

It seems like ever since Dion Lewis went down both the Patriots and Fantasy Football owners have been trying to figure out who could fill that role in the offense. It looks like James White could be that guy. He was impressive against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He is much more of a passing threat than a threat in the run game. He had 10 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. In PPR leagues he will be even more valuable. If you need an running back for the stretch run. I wouldn’t expect to see a 10 catch performance each week but 4 to 7 catches a game seems very reasonable.

Bilal Powell New York Jets
(7% owned on Yahoo!)

Bilal Powell is not the top option if you need a pass catching running back but he is not a bad fall back plan. The New York Jets passing game has been strong this season and Powell could be a useful piece down the stretch. Like Lewis, Powell’s value won’t come in the running game. His 8 catches for 91 yards is very useful, especially in PPR leagues. He is a great complement to Chris Ivory’s power run style. Powell’s use may annoy the Ivory owner but Powell is worth an add this week.

Chris Polk Houston Texans
(3% owned on Yahoo!)

Its seems Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans have finally realized what many of us have known for some time. Alfred Blue is not very good and they should look elsewhere. I wish they would have said something prior to this week when I recommended using Blue in DFS. Chris Polk got the most work on Sunday and was productive with it. He had 12 carries for 61 yards. He also got involved in the passing game and found the end zone. Polk is probably more of a desperation play if you need a body at running back but he’s got a nice schedule coming and could do well, assuming he gets work.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(36% owned on Yahoo!)

After many weeks of looking like a return could be coming and then not suiting up on game day, Austin Seferian-Jenkins finally took the field for the Buccaneers. He produced 3 catches for 31 yards on his 6 targets on Sunday. It was to be expected while he was worked back into the fold. Going forward ASJ has a nice schedule including New Orleans who allows the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and St. Louis who is 13th in that category. If you have been streaming tight ends or didn’t land one after a Gronk or Jimmy Graham injury, he could be a strong option down the stretch.

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