The Waiver Wire: Week 14

Week 14! For most leagues, the playoffs kick off or are in full swing! We’ll provide you with options for your Dynasty or Redraft leagues to help you move on to the next round of the playoffs. Perhaps you just want some players to stash for 2019. We can help you with that too.

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Shane Says

Running Back

John Harbaugh and the Ravens have what can only be described as an unhealthy obsession with Kenneth Dixon. Through injury, suspension and more injury the Ravens have refused to cut ties with Dixon. Now that Alex Collins has been placed the I.R. ending his season Dixon gets yet another chance to show his worth. In his first action since week 1, Dixon handled 8 carries for 37 yards with a 1 reception for 8 yards. If Gus Edwards were to go down to an injury, Dixon would slide into the starting running back role. On a run-first offense like the Ravens (Lamar Jackson only dropped back 23 times Sunday) that’s an extremely valuable role.

Remember last week when I told you to pick up Jeffery Wilson? Not many listened, and Wilson is still largely available on waiver wires. Make sure you add him this week, though I expect there to be more competition for his services. Matt Breida was in and out of Sunday’s game after aggravating his ankle injury in pre-game warmups. In his place, Wilson had himself a monster day. Wilson took 15 carries for 61 yards averaging an okay 4.1 yards per carry. Where Wilson excelled was in the receiving game. Wilson’s 9 targets tied George Kittle for the team lead Sunday. Wilson led the 49ers with 8 receptions and his 73 yards receiving were 2nd behind Dante Pettis‘s 129 yards. Not too bad for the undrafted free agent.

With the release of Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs new starting running back is Spencer Ware. Feel free to check your waivers for him, but he’s not available in any of the dynasty leagues I play in. A player that should be available is Damien Williams. Williams is a versatile back who can play on all three downs. If Ware were to falter or get injured Williams could competently fill in as the starting running back. Williams displayed his versatility against the Raiders with 38 rushing yards on 5 carries and 2 receptions for 7 yards. Not exactly Hunt-like numbers but not bad.

Mitch Says: The chances that Spencer Ware is still on waivers in redraft is really unlikely due to the news of Hunt’s release coming mid-week. So in any leagues with a Free Agency period, he is long gone. But, Damien Williams is likely still available. Williams was more efficient with his touches, and if he can continue that, he’ll be able to turn that into fantasy results. I think the chances of that happening are somewhat unlikely due to Ware’s career numbers compared to Williams’. But regardless, it’s all about who offers the playoff-bound Chiefs the best upside. They’ll run with a hot-hand if it helps them win games.

One thing to keep an eye on. C.J. Anderson is scheduled to meet with the Chiefs on Monday. The expectation that he’ll sign. Anderson has been out of action since being released by the Panthers on November 12th. Anderson is another back that can play all three downs with a history of success (in Denver. Not so much Carolina). After being out of action for the better part of a month, Anderson may need a couple of weeks to get back in game shape.

Tight End

This has been a lost season for Adam Shaheen. First, the Bears signed Trey Burton to a 4 year $32 million contract in the offseason. Then Shaheen started the season on the I.R. due to foot and ankle injuries. After missing the first 10 games of the season, Shaheen made his debut week 11 then promptly missed week 12 with a concussion. Week 13 finally saw something good happen for Shaheen. Shaheen secured his 2 targets for five yards including 1 catch for a touchdown. Though Shaheen’s stats were modest, they were downright boastful compared to Burton’s. Burton put up a donut on 1 target Sunday.

Burton has had an okay season with 38 receptions 448 yards and 5 touchdowns. But considering Burton’s price tag, his stats aren’t overwhelming. The Bears can get out of Burton’s contract after the 2019 season and save themselves a little over $5 million. Shaheen is a super-sized human being that checks in over 270 lbs and 6’6″. He dominated at the college level and is a superb blocker. If you have the roster space stash Shaheen away in anticipation of his 2020 breakout (if not sooner).

With the demise of Greg Olsen if you can add Ian Thomas you need to do so. After breaking his surgically repaired foot earlier this season Olsen suffered a ruptured plantar fascia Sunday. Already flirting with moving to the booth the last offseason it’s highly likely we’ve seen the last of Olsen. Thomas stepped in for Olsen and snagged 5 receptions for 46 yards. Thomas is raw but he’s also 6’4″ 250 plus lbs and a superb athlete. If Thomas can build even 1/2 the rapport that Olsen did with Newton he can become a viable fantasy asset.


Mitch Says:

Wide Receiver

Dante Pettis has now had back-to-back elite level games. While Nick Mullens is a far cry from a top-flight QB option, he is making the best out of Pettis’ skillset. Pettis has scored an incredible 39.9 fantasy points in standard over his last two games. There’s a definite “garbage-time” factor, but considering the state of the 49ers, Garbage Time might just happen in a few more games this season.

Coming from absolutely nowhere to burst back onto the scene, Jordy Nelson caught 10-of-11 targets for 97 yards. The Raiders actually had to play football on Sunday, as they kept it close all game long in the near-upset. Carr spread the ball around, but Nelson was a consistent weapon for the offense. Without Amari Cooper, the Raiders need to get the ball to someone. Jordy Nelson might just be that guy.

Curtis Samuel has now had 3 straight games of fantasy-relevance. The injury to Olsen opens his door even further. The Panthers are in a playoff race, and Newton has seemed to really click with Samuel, sending 11 targets his way on Sunday. He could be a FLEX consideration in the coming weeks.

In the I-Have-To-Mention-Him category is Zay Jones. Josh Allen looked really competent this week. If he keeps the Bills competitive, that will keep Zay a weekly deep-league consideration. He hauled in 2 TDs on Sunday, and two weeks ago he had a huge game. So he’s certainly capable of breaking out. He’ll be a super-shaky start for WR desperate owners, but he could make you look like a genius. I personally don’t trust this offense, or Josh Allen.

Running Backs:

Shane covered just about everyone in the early block, but Sunday Night football had some big-time RB news.

Easily the most important waiver pickup this week, Jaylen Samuels is a must-own heading into the fantasy playoffs. James Conner looked like he went down with a fairly significant injury. Post game it was reported as a contusion, which sounds benign, but can be a multi-week injury depending on the severity. Samuels is a freak athlete who actually qualifies as a TE on Yahoo (and other sites, I’m sure) thanks to that being the position he was listed as at the start of the season. The fact that you could slot in the Steelers’ bellcow as a TIGHT END in a weak TE year like this is an incredible win. I wouldn’t worry too much about Stevan Ridley, Samuels is the no-brainer best bet here.

Justin Jackson showed some truly impressive rushing ability on Sunday night. He utilized a head-fake to open up a huge hole on his TD run, and did it earlier in the game to bust a 12-yard run. Melvin Gordon is apparently on track to start next week. But if he’s not, Jackson would represent a decent FLEX play, as he totally outplayed Ekeler on Sunday Night.

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