Josh Allen’s dual threat is back in Buffalo, and an army of Chiefs look to fill the void left by Hunt. Breakout Live examines the best waiver wire pickups heading into week 14 of the NFL.
Here we go into the final week of most leagues’ regular season or first round of the playoffs, depending on league size. Whether you need a win to get into the playoffs, or you’re trying to ensure you put yourself in the best position to win your league, let’s see who’s left out there who can help in Week 14 and the playoffs (70% or less ownership per Yahoo!). We’re going to cover as much ground as possible as quickly as we can.
Put up 135 yards rushing, good for 2nd in the NFL (only outdone by the Broncos Phillip Lindsay), to go with 231 yards passing and two touchdowns that should’ve been three if Charles Clay would’ve caught Allen’s heave on Buffalo’s final offensive play of the game. Home games with the Jets and Lions followed by a roadie at New England gives Allen an inviting 3-game final stretch for a quarterback who is a bigger dual-threat than Lamar Jackson.
Has to be a late season addition contemplation. Look at his closing schedule. A Panthers team that’s just done comes to the cold in Cleveland, a roadie in Denver where the Steelers just tore them six ways from Sunday, and then a closer at home vs. the Bengals who Mayfield torched with 4 touchdowns in Cincinnati.
Is 3-0 as a starter making it more likely that he keeps the starting job now that Flacco is ready to return for Week 14. However, he has one touchdown pass in those 3 starts and doesn’t offer much upside in the passing game. Yes, he runs and can score, but the best reasoning to add him is his schedule. Jackson goes to Kansas City to face a team that just gave up 33 points to the punchless Raiders and then comes home to face an abysmal Bucs defensive unit that will be totally disinterested in the cold of Baltimore. You may want to ride Jackson the next two weeks, but he closes in Los Angeles vs. the Chargers, so playing him in the title is even a riskier proposition than it already is.
Another quarterback with a favorable closing schedule, and if you’re one of those who just feels better knowing your quarterback isn’t going to have to play in wintry conditions, Prescott might be your guy. Dak has been spotty posting four 20+ point games over his last 7, but the three games he didn’t hit 20+ he’s amazingly hit in the 14s. He played very well against the Saints but produced just a 14-point fantasy outing. Prescott doesn’t see outside for the rest of the fantasy season with a home game vs. the depleted Eagles secondary, followed by a trip to Indy, and then a closer against the dreadful Buccaneers back home.
Put up 22.66 fantasy points on 414 yards passing in Seattle. Mullens plays his final 3 games all at home vs. Denver, Seattle, and Chicago. Mullens might be worth streaming against Seattle as he just put up 22.66 in the unfriendly confines of CenturyLink Stadium against the 12th man.
Spencer Ware, Damien Williams, Darrel Williams C.J. Anderson or Charcandrick West is the question in Kansas City. Ware touched it 15 times, Damien Williams 7 and Darrel Williams didn’t touch it at all. Ware did score a touchdown and looks most likely to be the main guy, but CBS’ Evan Washburn said Andy Reid eventually wanted a three-man committee featuring Ware, Williams and Williams. What does “eventually” mean? Next week? Next season? Who knows how C.J. Anderson or Charcandrick West changes any of that? Beware. Chiefs RBs have home games with Baltimore and San Diego and then a roadie at Seattle. Outside of the Seattle game, the matchups look tough and can you really trust how Andy Reid is going to mete out usage?
Burst onto the scene after Austin Ekeler didn’t do much in place of Melvin Gordon. Jackson got 8 carries on the final 3 Chargers drives, all leading to points, and cashed an 18-yard touchdown on a beautiful shifty scamper inside the red zone. 8-63-1 with a lone 19-yard reception is great work for just 3 drives. If Melvin Gordon is out again — and that’s an unknown — Jackson could be a major boon to your fantasy fortunes. It was hard last week recommending a backup to the backup, but after Jackson’s showing in one of the week’s biggest games, Los Angeles would be crazy to count on Ekeler in place of Gordon after Jackson produced in the game’s biggest moments in Pittsburgh.
Jeff Wilson, Jr.
Just another running back in San Francisco that produced in the Shanahan offense like Breida, Morris and Mostert before him. It’s hard to gauge players in garbage time, but Wilson put up a respectable 14 for 61 on the ground and added an excellent day through the air with 8 for 73 for 134 combined yards with no touchdowns. Wilson did fumble at the Seattle 5 when the game wasn’t out of reach. Like most 49ers backs, Wilson brings injury with his production. He left the game in the first half with a foot injury but returned. He’s a wildcard going forward, as we have no idea if or how San Francisco is going to manage Matt Breida over the last 3 home games with Denver, Seattle and Chicago.
Could improbably find himself in position as the Steelers lead back heading into Week 14. James Conner limped off late in the game with early speculation of achilles injury or high ankle sprain, but officially listed as a lower leg contusion. Conner may not play for weeks, leaving Samuels and Stevan Ridley in the cupboard. Pittsburgh is surely going to add someone to that mix, and that addition might be the guy to grab depending on who it is. Monitor the Conner injury closely and you could find a league winner comes out of it.
Kenneth Dixon and Ty Montgomery
Both are behind Gus Edwards as the Ravens lead back. Dixon returned from IR with 8 carries for 37 yards and a single reception for 6 yards. Montgomery has gone over 50 yards in consecutive weeks as a change of pace back and receiving threat. Great closing schedule for both, but impossible to ascertain what happens in Baltimore if Flacco regains the starting job. Even Gus Edwards is a gamble if Flacco returns. I have a feeling the Ravens would like to ride Dixon as he gets back up to speed off his IR stint, but the Ravens backfield is too muddled to trust with your season on the line.
Returned in Week 13 and complicated matters in the Patriots backfield. I own Michel in two leagues and I don’t trust him anymore with White and Burkhead now there to take pieces of the pie, but if you want to trust Burkhead…
Punched in two touchdowns vs. a Packers team that quit on their head coach. The bigger question is why is Chase Edmonds scoring touchdowns in place of David Johnson? BTW, that was Edmonds’ first and second touchdown of the season, so I wouldn’t pin my hopes on him.
Ripped off a nice touchdown run, but Carson had a dislocated finger and that backfield is crowded with Carson as the lead and Davis there in Penny’s way to get touches.
Had a big day against a Chiefs team still in shock over the loss of one of its star players. 95 yards on the ground on only 6 carries was a season high, and he chipped in 31 via the air, but are you really going to trust a Raiders running back with everything to lose? No.
Started in place of the injured DeSean Jackson, who the Bucs might decide to just shut down with a broken thumb. Godwin delivered a touchdown and 101 yards. Godwin gets the Saints at home next in a very enticing matchup, but closes with two tough games at Baltimore and Dallas.
The 49ers best WR at this point in the season. 125 yards and 2 TDs in Seattle was nice in garbage time. Pettis finishes with 3 home games against DEN, SEA and CHI, so you might find him useful over the next two weeks but not vs. Chicago.
Has scores over his last 3 games to his name. See closing schedule for caution in trusting him going forward.
Scored twice vs. Miami and is growing with Josh Allen. A great closing schedule of home games against the Jets and Lions makes the gamble more palatable, and then a closer in New England becomes a little too rich for my blood. But over the next two weeks it wouldn’t be crazy.
Led the team in targets and yards vs. Tampa. He’s been trending in the right direction over the last several weeks. With the loss of Greg Olsen, Samuel may be the benefactor as he’s a threat to take a shorty the distance every time he gets it in his hands. Cam Newton’s arm strength appears to be an issue as he was pulled for a Hail Mary attempt in both halves. Cam attempted one at the end of the game that came up 15 yards short and should’ve raised more eyebrows across the league. Guys like CMC and Samuel stand to gain if Cam can’t throw it down the field.
Had a bizarre game. He ended with 84 yards but he scored on a 76-yard TD pass that was called back on a holding penalty. Two plays later he fumbled at the goal line after rumbling for 71 yards. He offers big strike ability like Tyreek Hill. He gets a done Panthers team next, at Denver, and then home vs. done Cincinnati.
Went 4-85-1 with an incredible catch in the end zone on a 50-50 ball. At SF, home against CLE and then a close in Oakland. If he were only more consistent, then it would be a no brainer. But then again, he wouldn’t be on the wire.
This position is a total dart throw. At this point with your season on the line, I’m not comfortable suggesting anyone, but we need a name, or three.
In the Saints offense is as reasonable as anyone out there. Only 20 yards last time out but is someone Brees looks to now when he gets in the red zone.
Was targeted 7 times vs. the Chargers but produced just 30 yards. Always a threat to posterize a DB en route to the end zone. He travels to woeful Oakland next, who just got brutalized by Travis Kelce. A home game with the Patriots might be a spot for him as Belichick will take away what you like to do best and that isn’t Vance McDonald, leaving him room to operate and make a killing underneath. A closer in New Orleans should be an aerial affair with points aplenty. Based on matchups alone, McDonald is a good pony to bet on.
Takes over for the IR’ed Greg Olsen and did post a season high 46 yards in his absence. The rookie sees at CLE with two home games vs. NO and ATL to close it out. Cam can’t throw it down the field due to his limited arm strength and may need Thomas to be what Olsen was for him down the stretch.