Its Week 14 Waiver Wire. It’s playoff time! Congratulations to those of you who made or advanced in the fantasy football playoffs. To those who didn’t, good luck in the Toilet Bowl and avoiding that last place punishment.
Who should you target on the wire this week?
Doug Martin | RB | Oakland Raiders
Yahoo – 53%
ESPN – 57%
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The Raiders offense looked competent on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. It allowed Martin to have a season his most carries (18) of the season. He also scored his first rushing TD of 2018.
This week the Raiders welcome a Steelers team that has allowed 162 yards to Jacksonville, 127 yards to Denver and 85 yards to the Chargers. They have also allowed a rushing TD in 5 straight games.
Martin is great play this week for teams looking for RB help.
Justin Jackson | RB | LA Chargers
Yahoo – 23%
ESPN – 12%
The Chargers lost Melvin Gordon a week ago and everyone turned to Austin Ekeler who had been getting a bulk of the work even with Gordon playing. However, it looks like Justin Jackson is the name we should have gone after.
Ekeler is a valuable player that will get snaps but as the lead back it seems as though Jackson is a better fit. He tallied 63 yards on 8 carries on Sunday Night and scored a TD. It was the second straight week he put up impressive rushing yards on limited carries.
As long as Gordon remains out, Jackson is a great option, especially with contests against Cincinnati and Kansas City the next two weeks.
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Jaylen Samuels | RB | Pittsburgh Steelers
Yahoo – 9%
ESPN – 3%
This add is much more important for James Conner owners especially with it sounding more likely that Conner may be ok. He left Sunday night’s contest with a foot issue and reportedly has a contusion.
If Conner misses any time, Samuels would likely see the bulk of the carries. Stevan Ridley is still hanging around and would likely get a few touches.
Samuels is a versatile player that can make plays both as a rusher and in the passing game.
Jeff Wilson Jr. | RB | San Francisco 49ers
Yahoo – 4%
ESPN – 1%
With Matt Brieda forced to the leave 49ers game against Seattle, Jeff Wilson Jr. was pushed into the lead back role. As someone who lives in Northern California and watches a ton of 49ers football I had never heard of this guy. TBH it sounds like a create a player name for a 4th outfield in MLB The Show.
That said, we need to get to know him. Not only did he put up 61 yards on 15 carries (4.1 YPC) but he was heavily involved in the passing game. He caught 8 passes for 73 yards.
Brieda has already been ruled out this week against Denver. Wilson Jr. becomes a viable option for RB needy teams immediately, especially in PPR. If Brieda misses more than just this week he could be a difference maker for playoff teams.
Now, he could be a feature back in an anemic offense that doesn’t produce. But, we have all seen the Tim Hightower situations where random RB comes in and becomes a must start and leads teams to the fantasy championship. If I have a need at RB, I’m clicking add and stashing him on my bench.
Courtland Sutton | WR | Denver Broncos
Yahoo – 49%
ESPN – 53%
Courtland Sutton rebounded in a big way on Sunday after his 1 catch performance the week before. He was targeted a team high 7 times, catching 4 for 85 yards and a score.
This was the 3rd time in 4 weeks he saw 5 plus targets and the 4th in 5 weeks he had 3 plus grabs.
The Broncos have a favorable schedule down the stretch. Sutton should be a flex consideration the rest of the way.
Chris Godwin | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yahoo – 46%
ESPN – 47%
Chris Godwin was a stud on Sunday catching 5 of his 6 targets for 101 yards and a TD.
Godwin continued the trend of playing his best football when the the Buccaneers are without DeSean Jackson. Godwin has played three games including Sunday without Jackson over the past two seasons. His stat lines in those three games are 3-98-0, 7-111-1, 5-101-1.
As long as Jackson remains out with his injured thumb, Godwin remains a must start.
Zay Jones | WR | Buffalo Bills
Yahoo – 2%
ESPN – 2%
If you are digging deep in need some WR help this week, Zay Jones should be your target. It seems as though Josh Allen may not be a total train wreck. The biggest benefactor of the rookies success has been Jones.
In two of the last three weeks Jones has combined for 160 yards and 3 TDs. The game against Jacksonville was Josh Allen’s first game back under center post injury.
This week the Bills face the Jets team that Jones torched for 8 catches, 93 yards and a TD. Although it will be Allen and not Matt Barkley who was under center for that game it’s hard to expect the results will be much different.
Jones is a great play with upside this week.