This might be one of the juiciest waiver wire periods of the year, and just in time too, as we are now engaged in the introductory round of the fantasy football playoffs.
Not to be cliché but it’s put-up or shut-up time so I won’t mince words and get right in to the adds for Week 14.
% owned is based on Yahoo Fantasy Football
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 57% owned
Penny appeared on this list last week but it’s important to bring his name to the forefront once again. He’s now had 2 consecutive games of over 100 yards and at least 1 touchdown, while carrying the ball 29 times. It’s tough to predict how the Seahawks will split the load between Penny and Chris Carson moving forward, but they seem to want to involve their former first round pick more and more as we approach the conclusion of the regular season. This is a situation worth investing in – pick up Penny if he’s available.
Derrius Guice, RB, Washington – 51% owned
I am hoping you stashed Guice when I told you to, back in week 9, but if you didn’t get the chance to do that, here’s your reminder. Guice didn’t play a lot, but when he was in he was all in. He finished his day with 10 carries for 129 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns, along with 3 targets, 2 catches and 8 receiving yards. He hasn’t usurped Adrian Peterson for the starting job but he’s showing off his effectiveness and is the future at the position on a team that has nothing left to play for. I expect Guice to receive notable volume for the remainder of the year.
Intermediate and Deep Leagues
Benny Snell Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers – 34% owned
It’s never too late right? Snell was a popular pick up last week that is still widely available across Yahoo leagues. He has now carried the ball 37 times in his last 2 outings and has finished with a respectable 161 yards and 1 touchdown in that time span. Snell is the lead 2-down back in Pittsburgh and it’s time to draft him to your roster.
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings – 32% owned
This is why I have mentioned picking up handcuffs in the past, with Mattison being one of the premium commodities in that area. Starter Dalvin Cook went down with a re-aggravation of his chest injury, which he claims will be fine for Sunday, but we all know that’s no certainty until we are given that knowledge from a medical professional. Whether or not Cook is able to suit up for their date with Detroit, Mattison is worth picking up. At worst, you have a noteworthy handcuff of a player that has been struggling with an injury the last few weeks and at best, you have a potential RB1 for the post-season.
Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears – 14% owned
The wide receiver position has been confusing as of late and I am sure there are those of us who are scrambling to find replacements for players that have disappointed in the last month or just need an overall jolt to the heart at that spot. Miller has Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback, true, but he has been a highly targeted individual in the past 3 weeks. Miller has seen 33 targets in his last 3 appearances, 13 of which came last week against the Lions, resulting in 9 catches for 140 yards. Miller is a talented athlete and a player that could continue his production – make sure he’s doing that for you not against you.
Darwin Thompson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – 5% owned
This one is a tougher pill to swallow than the rest. It’s quite the risk taking on Thompson for multiple reasons. The first being his possible playing time reduction with the return of Darrel and Damien Williams. However, if they are both unable to go this Sunday, Thompson will have the chance to prove his worth further, after posting 11 carries for 44 yards and 1 touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. Not only will we need to monitor the availability of the Williams’ but also be cautious with an upcoming matchup against the staunch New England Patriots’ defense. It’s not an ideal matchup for a rookie running back who is just starting to get his feet under him, but the Chiefs offense is more than capable of putting up points, even against one of the better defenses in the league, and Thompson can benefit from that. Thompson is not a must-add but an interesting possibility depending on how the rest of your roster looks like.
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