Fantasy Football Weekly Waivers will provide a new edition of waivers of every week through week 15 of the NFL regular season.
RB Jaylen Samuels (Pittsburgh Steelers): Starting RB James Conner is officially ruled out for week 14, making Samuels the next man up on the totem pole. Samuels is expected to get the majority of the work as the Steelers look to rebound after a collapse on Sunday Night. Be aware, HC Mike Tomlin did state he plans to utilize a shared committee backfield with Samuels and Stevan Ridley. Steelers fans can only be thinking one thing, “Who art thou LaVeon”? Fantasy owners on the other hand can take advantage of a no-name Oakland defense that could lead to a big day for whoever is in the Pittsburgh backfield.
RB Justin Jackson (Los Angeles Chargers): Jackson took advantage of an opportunity as starting RB Melvin Gordon continues to heal from a lingering knee injury. Gordon is expected to return in week 14, but there’s always a possibility of a setback, in which Jackson would be an enticing playoff fill-in, particularly for current Gordon owners.
RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (San Francisco 49ers): Call this the week of the RB, as this is the third RB that can be confidently claimed off waivers for week 14. Be cautious with this pickup, as while starting RB Matt Brieda has officially been ruled out in week 14, Wilson may only be the featured back for exactly that. The reason it might not be worth it to pull the trigger just yet, SF plays a stout Denver run defense who has yet to allow any RB hit 85 total yards. Wilson is best served as a wait and see bench stash for week 14, with potential upside for the final few weeks.
TE Jonnu Smith (Tennessee Titans): With us going all-in on TE Matt LaCosse last week, we feel we showed cough up a few other TE options to make up for it, the first being Tennessee’s Jonnu Smith as a feast or famine week 14 option. Smith is a TD dependent option, but has found the endzone 3 of the last 5 weeks, so that’s batting .600 for all you owners officially holding out for the fantasy baseball season.
TE Ian Thomas (Carolina Panthers): With Olsen officially done for the year after this week’s injury setback, Ian Thomas will take the responsibility of Carolina’s top TE for the remainder of 2018. Very little can be said based on his actual on-field performance thus far, except for the fact he did haul in all 5 of his targets for 46 yards this past week. Albeit, against Tampa, but it’s still something for owners still trying to find any type of production from the TE spot.
TE Matt LaCosse (Denver Broncos): LaCosse will replace injured Jeff Heuerman for the remainder of the 2018 season. LaCosse hauled in first TD pass last week while hauling in 3 receptions for 34 yards. Expect his volume to increase as the season winds down (fantasy playoffs), and with a shortage of tight ends in 2018, LaCosse is worth grabbing before he has a breakout game against a Cincinnati defense that allows the second most YPG to opposing TEs.
Seattle Seahawks Defense: Seattle’s defense is a sneaky playoff pickup that could help owners through their playoff push. They not only take get to host the 49ers in week 13, but head to San Francisco 2 weeks later for a great late playoff play. Seattle’s defense has been hot and cold throughout the year pending on their matchup, but San Francisco twice in three weeks makes them a must add if they’re available.
RB TJ Yeldon (Jacksonville Jaguars): No Fournette this week for the Jags, so owners who are in a must win situation should take advantage of an ideal fill-in play with TJ Yeldon. He’ll see the bulk of the work, and could see plenty of catches out of the backfield in an offense that will be starting a QB that hasn’t seen the field this season. Yeldon is very simply a one week play, but if you’re team has not yet clinched a playoff spot, he’s worth the add & start this week.
WR Tre’Quan Smith (New Orleans Saints): Smith plays in a high power offense that could lead to a huge payoff for any owner willing to take the risk. The issue with Smith has been his lack of targets on a consistent basis. However, prior to sitting out this past week against Atlanta, Smith finally saw an intriguing volume that fantasy owners should at least take note of. Smith hauled in 10 receptions on 13 targets for 157 yards & a TD. He’s a fantasy risk within an offense that has a plethora of weapons, but great risks bring great rewards. He’s worth at least keeping an eye on for a potential playoff stash.
RB LeGarrette Blount (Detroit Lions): Blount will be the featured back in Detroit for a second consecutive week as the Lions take on what has been a surprisingly subpar defense in the LA Rams. Last week Blount saw 19 touches for 88 yards, but more importantly, was able to capitalize on goalline work and find the endzone twice. The Rams’ defense is currently allowing 5.2 YPC to opposing RBs this year, so Blount is an easy add as long as Kerryon Johnson remains sidelined.
WR Danny Amendola (Miami Dolphins): Tannehill is expected to play in week 12, instantly catapulting Amendola to a viable fantasy option at wideout. Even in Tannehill’s absence Amendola has quietly been one of the more fantasy productive receivers in the NFL, and there’s good reason that should only increase with a QB upgrade of Osweiler to Tannehill. Amendola doesn’t find the endzone much, but he makes up for it with his volume within the Miami offense. The veteran wideout has seen at least 7 targets in 5 of his last 6, including 2 of those where he saw at least 10 targets.
WR Josh Reynolds (Los Angeles Rams): If Kupp remains sidelined following the LA bye week, Reynolds is an intriguing option at wideout. He becomes a ‘must add’ if for some reason Brandon Cooks’ injury on Monday night has any sort of setback, which would increase his volume by default. Cooks owners should follow the Rams’ bye week closely, as if for any reason he isn’t’ able to go at full capacity, Reynolds is the easy replacement choice (even if only for a week or two).
RB Jalen Richard (Oakland Raiders): For owners desperate for any type of HB production, Richard could fit the bill if Doug Martin’s injury lingers into week 12. Richard saw a respectable 14 touches after Martin went down, carrying the ball 11 times for over 60 yards. He isn’t going to light up the scoreboard, but if he can grab a goaline TD while acting as Oakland’s lead back, he’s a decent play for owners in need of RB help.
Dallas Cowboys Defense: Dallas’s defense has been surprisingly good this season. The usual flashy Dallas Cowboys now find themselves relying on their defense more often than not. Dallas also plays a Washington team with Colt McCoy under center in week 12, making them at least a ‘must add’ for their Thanksgiving Day bout.
QB Nick Mullens (San Francisco 49ers): Mullens didn’t find the same success in his second start against the New York Giants, but it’s tough to get any better than one of the worst secondaries in football, the Oakland Raiders. One team who can challenge for that title, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who Mullens will face when he takes center for his third consecutive NFL start. Mullens seems to be completely competent at the position so far, and the Buccaneers are not a team in any position to remove doubts from the Southern Miss product.
RB Rashad Penny (Seattle Seahawks): Penny saw a breakout performance this past Sunday that could lead to him eventually becoming the lead back that the Seahawks thought they drafted. Seattle runs with a 3 man committee, but Penny could end up taking the bulk of the work by season’s end. He’s worth grabbing if there is room on your roster to at least see how the situation plays out over the next few weeks.
WR Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles): All this Golden Tate & Alshon Jeffery talk after Philadelphia’s deal at the deadline, but it was Agholor who lead the Eagles in receptions & receiving yards on Sunday night. Tate is still getting accustomed to a new offense, so expect his role to increase down the stretch, but until then, Agholor could see a slight increase in targets. Agholor is a good fill-in play this week, and while he’s not going to put up huge numbers, he’s been consistent enough to where he’s worth a bench stash for WR depth if needed.
WR Courtland Sutton (Denver Broncos): Sutton will become an interesting fantasy play down the stretch with Denver trading away top wideout, Demaryius Thomas. The past two weeks, Sutton has hauled in 6 of 9 targets thrown his way. The issue with Sutton will be can Denver (aka Case Keenum) get him the ball enough to where he can make a bigger fantasy impact. Sutton’s upside is intriguing enough for owners to take note, and potentially add him in the upcoming weeks.
WR Quincy Enunwa (New York Jets): Yes, the Jets are on a bye this week, but that doesn’t mean Enunwa isn’t someone to consider adding for WR depth. The Jets probably have the worst wide receiving core in football (not an exaggeration), and while Enunwa isn’t a true number 1, he’s the only somewhat reliable option for whoever is under center. Fellow Jets wideout, Robbie Anderson is currently plagued by injury, which makes Enunwa an ideal candidate to see an increased volume. If Darnold ends up under center again, Enunwa is a must add, if McCown remains under center, use your own discretion.
QB Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans): How bout them Titans? Tennessee all of a sudden looks like a potential AFC contender after two impressive wins against Dallas & New England. Tennessee has had a solid defense all season, but what has allowed Tennessee too distinguish themselves as a force to be reckoned with is the play of Marcus Mariota. He hasn’t put up career highlights, but the last two weeks he’s been a solid game manager that has thrown for a combined 468 yards & 2 TDs. If anything, he’s worth keeping an eye on the next week or so.
RB Mike Davis (Seattle Seahawks): Carson is battling a new thigh injury that held him to limited work in week 9. It seems clear rookie Rashad Penny has taken a back seat in Seattle’s RB depth chart, as Mike Davis took the bulk of the work when Carson went down. Despite Seattle playing from behind, the Seahawks stuck to their ground game, and Davis was the clear beneficiary as he rushed 15 times for 62 yards, while hauling in 7 receptions for an additional 45 yards. With Carson being another GTD, Davis is a great handcuff option for Carson owners heading into Week 10.
WR Christian Kirk (Arizona Cardinals): It may seem counterproductive to take any individual on the Arizona roster not named David Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, but Kirk is quietly having a nice season out in the desert. Prior to week 9, Kirk has hauled in at least 50 receiving yards in his 3 previous contests, and while he only nabbed 42 receiving yards in week 9, he was able to find the endzone to accumulate another solid fantasy performance. Kirk is not a guy who will light up the boxscore, but he’s a solid depth option at this point, particularly for those in deeper leagues looking for a productive wideout.
RB Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots): Burkhead returned to practice on Thursday morning, which means there’s a more than good chance he’ll be off the IR within the upcoming weeks. While the Patriots offense is already loaded in the backfield with James White & rookie, Sony Michel, if one were to go down Burkhead could make an immediate fantasy impact. He’s worth adding as a handcuff for White and/or Michel owners if there’s room on your roster.
WR Adam Humphries (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Humphries put up a stellar performance in a TB loss this past week while accumulating 82 receiving yards on 8 receptions while finding the endzone twice. You can’t expect consistent performances like this from the veteran WR, but he sees ample opportunity, as the past three weeks he’s seen a combined total of 27 targets. A WR seeing that much volume for three straight weeks begins to get tougher to ignore, and owners looking for a WR add should keep an eye on his production moving forward if anything.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Looking for some Fitz-magic? That seems to be what the 35 year old veteran has delivered fantasy owners in 2018 when he’s been under center. Fitzpatrick started out the season with three straight games throwing for over 400 yards & 3 TDs. He followed with a couple of mediocre performances, and Carolina’s defense has proven to be one of the better ones in 2018. Perhaps Fitzpatrick isn’t the safest start, but if you’re looking for a homerun, Fitzpatrick has proven he can deliver.
WR Jordy Nelson (Oakland Raiders): Nelson has seen just a total of 8 targets in his last two games, but that certainly may be trend that changes in a positive direction in the upcoming weeks with the Raiders dealing top wideout Amari Cooper to Dallas before the trade deadline. Prior, the veteran wide receiver had scored a TD in three straight games, and he’s certainly due for a big game against an ailing San Francisco defense on Thursday night.
WR D.J. Moore (Carolina Panthers): Moore finally had a breakout game in week 8 with 129 yards from scrimmage. Moore is another one of those ‘hit or miss’ options, as Cam Newton has trouble consistently spreading the ball to all of his targets. Newton does find ways to win & there’s no denying that, all owners can do is grab Moore off the waiver wire, and attempt to play matchup on a weekly basis, as Moore is clearly talented enough to put up big numbers when given ample opportunity.
RB Frank Gore (Miami Dolphins): Gore is a goal line scavenger, and has shown no signs of aging down in South Beach. Gore is not going to get ample touches with Kenyon Drake in the lineup, but he consistently has been recieving goal line work, and is a great handicap for Drake owners.
RB Doug Martin (Oakland Raiders): Martin will takeover lead halfback duties for the Oakland Raiders while Lynch is sidelined. Martin will likely perform to satisfactory fantasy caliber by default, as Oakland is running extremely thin when it comes to offensive weapons. Will Martin be one of those weapons? No, he’s simply no longer talented enough. Will he see enough volume to be useful on a fantasy roster? Yes, particularly in 12 or 14 team leagues.
WR Willie Snead IV (Baltimore Ravens): Snead is one of those guys who has the capability to put up big numbers on any given week due to the lack of depth on the Ravens’ wide receiving core. He hasn’t had that big day just yet, but there’s a good chance it will come sooner or later, as he has received at least 7 targets in 5 of 7 games this season. One of the bigger issues with Snead is while Flacco looks to him often, he appears to be lacking as a true red zone threat. The Baltimore wideout has just one TD reception one the year thus far.
WR Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers): Williams is a boom or bust fantasy threat on a weekly basis. While he doesn’t rake in the targets, he hauls in Rivers’ deep balls more often than not, and while he’s not an ideal starting option on a weekly basis, he provides depth that owners can definitely play matchup with.
WR Danny Amendola (Miami Dolphins): Amendola has become one of QB Brock Osweiler’s favorite targets while Miami has dealt with a plethora of injuries. The Dolphins will be without Kenny Stills & Albert Wilson this week, so there’s no reason to think Amendola won’t be able to take advantage, and build off his 6 receptions for 86 yds (TD) performance in week 8 against Detroit.
QB Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys): While on a bye in week 8, Prescott has quietly had a solid fantasy season despite having no consistent threat to throw the ball to. The fact the Cowboys just acquired Amari Cooper from Oakland should really be able to open things up for the Dallas offense, and Prescott’s numbers should easily trend upwards as the rest of the season plays out.
RB D’Onta Foreman (Houston Texans): Foreman has been on the ‘PUP’ list since day one of the 2018 season, and after initially hinting there was a chance he’d be good to go in week 1, Foreman is still on the PUP list 7 weeks in. This is a recommended bench stash for owners who may need RB depth towards the end of season. Lamar Miller owners should be monitoring the situation closely in particular, as Miller has been lackluster as Houston’s premiere back through the first 6 games of the season. When Foreman does return, the shaky backfield play could potentially allow Foreman to become a featured fantasy back as fantasy playoff season arrives.
WR Chris Goodwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Goodwin provides some unnoticed receiving depth out of Tampa Bay for owners who are in need of WR help. Goodwin is starting to show his ability to find the end zone isn’t a fluke, as he’s found pay-dirt 4 out of 5 weeks he’s taken the field. Even better news, his number of targets are on an upward trend, as he’s seen over 30 in the past 3 contests.
WR Robby Anderson (New York Jets): Anderson has had a disappointing start to 2018 to say the least, but there may be a silver lining for the Jet’s wideout, as Quincy Enunwa is out with an ankle industry, leaving plenty of opportunity for Anderson to emerge as a true number one. Is Anderson likely a true number one? No, but with the lack of options on the receiving side, it only makes sense to consider a viable fantasy option with Enunwa to miss the next few weeks.
TE Benjamin Watson (New Orleans Saints): While underwhelming so far, Watson is a desperate TE option in a year that sees the position’s talent pool lacking. Watson hasn’t put up fantasy numbers that would deem him a legit fantasy option, but particularly as a plug-in, or temporary fix, you can’t go wrong by taking the starting TE on one of the best offenses in football. With Drew Brees as his QB, he always brings great upside on most weeks he suits up.
QB Brock Osweiler (Miami Dolphins): Tannehill is officially listed out this week, leaving a second consecutive start on the shoulders of veteran, Brock Osweiler. He threw for 380 yds & 3 TDs in his 2018 debut on Sunday, and while slightly improved, the Lions defense can be described as mediocre at best. You looking for a plug-in QB (talking to you, Aaron Rodgers owners) for week 7? Osweiler might be your guy.