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2017 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Waiver Wire Hound; Playoffs Start Now

Who should you be targeting on the fantasy football waiver wire this week?

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The following players are owned in less than 60% of fantasy football leagues and could present a value to your rosters.

With the second half of the season upon us, and thus the games being more important, I am trying to be a little pickier about which options I give on here.

*Availability (% owned) and statistics based on Yahoo! PPR leagues.


QUARTERBACK

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (50%) — Taylor left Sunday’s game with a knee injury but luckily avoided a serious injury. He’s had some tough stretches lately, but he’s got a good schedule remaining. His opponent’s allow an average of 18.8 FPPG.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (49%) — He’s back and it looks like a few games’ worth of rest did him some good. Against the Packers on Sunday, he totaled nearly 300 yards of offense and 2 TD’s.

Josh McCown, New York Jets (42%) — McCown shouldn’t even be a streamer at this point; he’s done enough to be a regular starter. In fact, I have used him for much of the season on a handful of my teams. He is currently fantasy’s QB9. He’s had over 30 fantasy points in each of the last two weeks, which makes five 20-plus-point games this season.

Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins (14%) — Cutler hasn’t been setting the world on fire but he has been a playable streamer. In the last five games that he’s started and finished, he’s averaging 19.8 FPPG. He’s also had multiple TD’s in each of those games.


RUNNING BACK

James White, New England Patriots (58%) — The shoulda-been Super Bowl MVP could be a valuable member of your fantasy bench during the playoffs. If you’re in a PPR league, he’s pretty much always a playable Flex. He averages 7.8 touches for 48.4 YPG

Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens (50%) — Woodhead hasn’t been as productive as I’d hoped he’d be since his return, but he’s pretty similar to White. Woodhead averages 5.8 touches per game for 32.0 YPG.

Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears (46%) — Cohen has lost steam on offense compared to the beginning of the season. However, his punt return for a TD on Sunday shows that he could always sneak an extra six points into your lineup based on big plays.

Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (40%) — Riddick is yet another PPR RB. He averages 7.8 touches for 42.9 YPG.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (38%) — I honestly don’t understand how J-Stew is still owned in this small amount of leagues. He’s only averaging 44.3 rushing YPG, but the Carolina offense has picked up in recent weeks and roles are becoming more defined. Stewart also has rushed for a TD in each of the last two weeks.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (37%) — Melvin Gordon is the main man for the Chargers, without question, but Ekeler is still definitely contributing. Since becoming a more regular part of the offense nine games ago, Ekeler averages 7.1 touches for 49.7 YPG and has scored 5 times.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (35%) — With Ty Montgomery on the shelf for the season, Jones is second fiddle to Jamaal Williams in the Packers’ backfield. We’ve seen how injuries can change things in an instant for this team, so Jones is worth having around. It didn’t take long for the Packers to remember how effective Jones can be, as he took his only carry of the game on Sunday for a game-winning, 20-yard TD in overtime.

J.D. McKissic, Seattle Seahawks (24%) — The Seahawks only have a couple of RB’s doing anything right now and McKissic is the pass-catcher of the two. In nine games this year, he averages 6.2 touches for 36.8 YPG and has scored 3 times.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (23%) — We saw some life from Mack again on Sunday, totaling 54 yards on 7 touches. He has to make the best of his lack of touches, but he should fare a little better the rest of the season with a closer-level schedule for the Colts.

Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (12%) — Regardless of starting Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette’s health, Ivory has contributed all year. And seeing as Fournette’s health has been a question mark this year, Ivory is worth rostering. Ivory averages 9.2 touches for 38.9 YPG.

Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks (8%) — Davis is the other Seahawks RB who is worth a damn in fantasy, surprisingly enough. The Seahawks tend to go with the hot hand at RB, and Davis had 20 touches for 101 yards on Sunday.

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3%) —The Buccaneers’ backfield is always tough to figure out. When Doug Martin is available, he gets fed the ball almost exclusively. When he’s out, the next man up follows suit, and a committee approach still isn’t put into place. While most people thought Jacquizz Rodgers would fill in for Martin on Sunday, it was most definitely Barber. He had 27 touches for 143 yards. The week before, he had two short-yardage TD’s. That’s too much production to abandon.


WIDE RECEIVER

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (55%) — Stills has higher value when Matt Moore is in at QB, but he still produces when Cutler is in there. In his last eight games, he’s averaging 4.8 catches (7.8 targets) for 77.4 yards and has scored 5 TD’s.

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (53%) — Cobb hasn’t lost much value since Brett Hundley became the QB. That seems odd to say considering he wasn’t targeted on Sunday, but he’s averaging 3.9 catches (5.1 targets) for 42.1 YPG. Aaron Rodgers may return in Week 15 if the Packers are still in playoff contention.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (47%) — Washington’s offense has been maddeningly inconsistent lately, but Doctson has still produced. He’s only averaging 2.4 catches (4.4 targets) for 35.4 YPG but he’s scored 5 TD’s, including in each of the last two games.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (45%) — He’s yet to have his big game, but he’s getting attention from his QB. The least the Davis has been targeted this year is 3 times (5.6 avg).

Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (46%) — Kearse has been getting slept-on this fantasy season. He’s had over 100 yards in each of his last two games and has totaled catching 16-of-21 targets for 262 yards and 1 TD in that time.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (38%) — Coleman wasn’t even targeted against the Chargers on Sunday, but that may actually be a good thing going forward. Hue Jackson directed QB DeShone Kizer and the Browns’ offense to run heavily through Josh Gordon. Coleman is too good not to be involved, so assuming they know that, it takes attention away from Coleman where he can win more individual matchups.

Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens (35%) — I’ve tried avoiding anybody from the Ravens offense this year, but Wallace is worth having on the bench. He’s had two 100-yard games, including last week. Overall, he averages 3.1 catches (5.3 targets) for 44.3 YPG and has scored 3 times.

Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers (32%) — Goodwin has been freed in San Francisco and is a real, consistent part of the 49ers offense. He has already set career highs in catches (35), targets (70) and yards (677). Plus, now he has a real QB in Jimmy Garoppolo.

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (28%) — There’s no denying that the rookie Westbrook is a big part of Jacksonville’s offense moving forward. Since making his debut three games ago, he is averaging 5.0 catches (8.3 targets) for 51.3 YPG.

Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills (19%) — It looks like the awfully ineffective Zay Jones that we saw in the first half of the season is gone. He’s been much better in the second half, although his numbers are still pretty pedestrian. In the last five games, he is averaging 3.6 catches (7.2 targets) for 41.6 YPG and has scored twice.

Dontrelle Inman, Chicago Bears (17%) — Mitchell Trubisky and Inman already seem to have a nice rapport. Since Inman was traded to the Bears, he has averaged 3.8 catches (6.0 targets) for 54.0 YPG and scored his first TD on Sunday. He only had 2 catches for 9 yards total with the Chargers earlier this season.

Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (8%) — You may never start him but LaFell gets you a little something every game. He averages 3.4 catches (5.5 targets) for 35.7 YPG.

Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4%) — Ryan Fitzpatrick filling in for Winston tanked everybody’s fantasy value. However, now that Winston is back, guys like Humphries have some value again. He’s a very low-end PPR Flex option now. In games with Winston, Humphries averages 3.9 catches (5.4 targets) for 39.9 YPG.

Ryan Grant, Washington Redskins (2%) — Like the rest of Washington’s pass offense, Grant’s production is inconsistent and matchup-based. Two of his last three games were pretty good games, including TD’s. However, overall, he averages 3.0 catches (4.2 targets) for 34.8 YPG and has scored 4 times.

Roger Lewis, New York Giants (1%) — Eli Manning’s return to the starting lineup definitely helps Lewis’ fantasy stock. In his last three games with Manning, Lewis averages 3.0 catches (5.0 targets) for 38.0 YPG and scored once.

Chester Rogers, Indianapolis Colts (0%) — Rogers has established himself as the Colts’ WR3 in the last few weeks, bordering on their WR2 role. In the last three games, he averaged 4.3 catches (5.3 targets) for 57.7 YPG and scored once, including a 100-yard game against the Steelers. Better upcoming matchups for the Colts will help Rogers’ production as well.


TIGHT END

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (57%) — When you’re in a pinch, Seferian-Jenkins can be an option for you. His fantasy value has trailed off big-time in the last five games, but he’s always a top option for McCown in the red zone. In fact, Seferian-Jenkins has been targeted 8 times inside opponents’ 10-yard line — fifth-most in the league and third among TE’s.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (54%) — Humphries isn’t the only one that has a rise in fortune with Winston’s return. After catching just 1 pass in each of his last four games, Brate still only caught 2 balls on Sunday. Those 2 catches, however, both went for TD’s.

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (42%) — Kroft is pretty similar to Seferian-Jenkins; not a lot of yards, but plenty of looks inside the red zone. Kroft has scored 5 TD’s inside the red zone this year.

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (35%) — As long as Taylor is under center, Clay is a good option. Especially this week against the Colts, who give up the ninth-most FPPG to TE’s (12.8). Clay averages 3.6 catches (4.7 targets) for 42.0 YPG.

Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins (32%) — Thomas hasn’t done much in the way of yardage this season — he’s only had three games with at least 50 yards — but he’s scored in three of the last five games.

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (30%) — Ebron is putting up so-so numbers, but he’s become consistent in doing so. He’s actually running right alongside Clay. Ebron averages 3.2 catches (4.7 targets) for 42.2 YPG.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (28%) — In the last three weeks with Blaine Gabbert at QB, Seals-Jones has taken off. He’s caught 9-of-16 passes 170 yards and 3 TD’s. That includes 8-of-9 catches being 10-plus yards, and 6-of-9 being 15-plus yards.

Benjamin Watson , Baltimore Ravens (12%) — Watson gets very few yards (averages 28.9 per game), but he’s always a target for Joe Flacco in the red zone. All 3 of his TD’s have come inside the opponent’s 10-yard line.

Stephen Anderson, Houston Texans (0%) — C.J. Fiedorowicz left Houston’s game on Sunday with a concussion, and in his absence, Anderson caught 5-of-12 targets for 79 yards and 1 TD.