Last year when this series debuted, I wanted to help shed light on one of my favorite tricks in Fantasy Football, Waiver Wire Sniping. The strategy is simple. Without compromising your roster (of course), look to see if you have an available roster spot or a player that you were holding as a possible fill-in for a week that is no longer needed. Then look a week or two ahead and see if any of your current starters are on a bye or have a matchup you want to avoid.
By picking up a streaming option or high-end stash before the weekend action, you can “snipe” that player for free and before that player is featured on podcasts (such as the Fantasy Football Fellas podcast – shameless plug) and waiver articles across the fantasy football world. “Sniping” allows you to eliminate the grueling wait on Wednesday or Thursday morning, hoping your Waiver Wire pick-up isn’t grabbed by another team with a lower waiver priority or more FAAB dollars. If the chips fall your way, you may have a very valuable piece for the low-low price of NOTHING.
Each week I’ll be giving you potential steaming options for the week ahead, some stash candidates that are widely available in redraft leagues and highlighting the tough matchups and teams on bye in the coming week.
Here are some guys that you might not necessarily need for this week but might be high Waiver Wire pickups for week 14.
Hi folks! This is Seth McKinley (@sethFFfellas), the other half of the Fantasy Football Fellas podcast, and I’ll be your guest author this week. Your normal author, the excellent Kyle August (@kyleFFfellas), is on a well-deserved vacation with his family this week and I’m filling in for him. Don’t worry, Kyle will be back for the week 15 semi-finals to help you get a leg up on your leaguemates. With that said, onwards to victory!
Week 14 Streaming Options
Lamar Jackson @ KC (45%) – The Ravens had a much more balanced game plan in week 13, as Jackson had 6 more passing attempts and 15 fewer rush attempts than he did in week 12. Keeping in mind that he’s played CIN and OAK in his first 2 NFL starts, I think that Jackson has performed admirably as a streaming QB. With ATL, KC, and TB waiting in the wings, Jackson is certainly as safe as any steaming QB can get in the fantasy playoffs (no, I don’t think Flacco comes back this year).
Case Keenum @ SF (20%) – If you listen to the podcast, you’ve probably heard me argue “the Case for Keenum” a few times over the years. Yes, Keenum is not an elite talent. Yes, he turns the ball over. And yes, I would play at least a dozen other QBs ahead of him without a second thought. But boy does he have a plum matchup at the ghost of the Niners’ defense in week 14. Emmanuel Sanders should ball out, and waiver wire wonder Phillip Lindsay is good for a few targets a game. Combine that with the fact that the Broncos are still very much in the playoff hunt and you’ve got a recipe for a great desperation play in week 14.
Spencer Ware vs. BAL (51%) – By now you’ve probably heard about Kareem Hunt’s off-field situation, and as of this writing, no one knows what will happen to him in week 14 and beyond. Even if Hunt plays, though, you need to pick up Spencer Ware. (Editor note: Kareem Hunt has been released by the Chiefs) Ware is possibly the best RB handcuff in fantasy because of the offense he plays in, and we’ve seen him perform well in playoffs past. If the Hunt owner in your league hasn’t picked Ware yet, make them pay!
Justin Jackson vs. CIN (22%) – Not much to say here other than that it’s very unlikely that Ekeler will be given even 80% of Gordon’s carries and JJ is the next man up. Worth it in any form of PPR. Plus, the Chargers are @KC in week 15.
Courtland Sutton @ CIN (49%) – Have I mentioned how much I love Denver right now? Sutton disappointed in week 12 but, based on my Keenum pick above, I think the Denver offense has great upside over the next 4 weeks, and Sutton has the talent to capitalize on his opportunities.
Adam Humphries vs. NO (47%) – Well, my least favorite Buccaneer WR is possibly (probably?) the 2nd passing option in an offense that throws for the 6th most yards per game in the NFL, so by default he should be rostered. The Buccs are also playing the Saints, who are coming off an atrocious loss to DAL in week 13, in what projects to be a high-scoring affair.
Anthony Miller vs. LAR (36%) – Trubisky is resting/recovering again in week 13, and I expect (and as a Bears fan, pray) that Trubisky returns for a big matchup at home against the Rams. When Trubisky is in, Miller always has WR3 potential.
Vance McDonald @ OAK (63%) – I know he’s already highly owned, but just double-check if McDonald is still on your wire. If he is, he’s a top 6 TE in week 14 against the Raiders.
Chris Herndon @ BUF (13%) – OK, here’s a guy most of you can get. Herndon was heavily involved in the (admittedly terrible) Jets offense in week 12 and is one of their most reliable pass catchers. That’s not saying much, but at the TE position, you’ll take what you can get.
BUF vs. NYJ (30%) – Speaking of the Jets, guess who plays them in week 14? In a home game against one of the best 3 defensive matchups (with ARI and OAK) in 2018, I like the underrated Bills DST to have a solid week.
Week 14 Potential Matchups to Avoid: JAX vs. TEN
*All ownership percentages are direct from Yahoo.
Thanks for checking out another week of Waiver Wire Sniping. Be sure to follow me on twitter (@sethFFfellas) and check out The Fantasy Football Fellas podcast 4x a week for even more fantasy football insights.