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Congrats to everyone who made the playoffs or are still in the hunt! Don’t forget about the waiver wire this week, there are still some players out there who could be difference makers in the fantasy playoffs. A few of those players were on last week’s list as well and the ownership needle hasn’t moved much despite strong performances from WR Kenny Stills, RB Boom Herron, and WR Jarvis Landry. I would be fine starting any of the three (preferably at Flex) in the playoffs.
I’ve gone back and forth on owning WR Donte Moncrief in re-draft leagues, but the Colts are involved in enough blow-outs that I think he will get enough snaps to be relevant the next few weeks. The Colts should be heavily favored in three of their four remaining games.
I’m not giving up on RB Charles Sims. The Bucs have nothing to play for the rest of the way so they should give their 3rd round pick a chance to play. There is always the chance the Bucs are tanking for the 1st overall pick, so they may keep giving the ball to Doug Martin and his 2.9 yards per carry.
RB Andre Ellington is probably the biggest injury news from last week as he suffered a hip pointer during the Cards loss to the Falcons and his list of injuries this year is worrisome. The undersized Ellington (5’9, 199) could be breaking down and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Cards sat him for a game or two to rest him for the playoffs. Unfortunately, their is no clear handcuff with an RBBC approach among Stefan Taylor (no thanks), Michael Bush (gross), and Marion Grice (some upside) the probable solution.
RB Rashad Jennings and WR Torrey Smith weren’t on the field at the end of their teams respective games, but no official injury report has been released yet on either.
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Every week on Tuesday, I will be posting my top waiver pick ups for the week. Only players owned in under 50% of Yahoo leagues will qualify. There are all sorts of leagues out there with different levels of competition and varying player pool depths, so I will have a few picks with under 50% ownership, a few under 30%, 15%, and at least one super sleeper under 5%. Most weeks I also be listing a few players that may be popular waiver adds that I think you should pass on (the Kevin Ogletrees) and I’ll give you my reasons why of course. If there are any players you have a specific question about feel free to hit me up in the comments or on Twitter.
Week 14 Waiver Wire:
RB Daniel Herron, Colts (48%) – There shouldn’t be any doubt that Herron is the more talented back in Indy, but Colts GM Ryan Grigson is stubbornly loyal to T-Rich and just won’t admit he made a msitake trading a 1st rounder for him last year. Herron should still get at least half the touches if not more and is a good enough fit for the Colts offense to earn a spot in your starting lineup.
WR Kenny Stills, Saints (42%) – If teams keep doubling teaming Jimmy Graham like the Steelers did last week, Stills could be a beast down the stretch. I doubt he’ll have 162 yards in a game again, but with rookie Brandin Cooks out of the lineup and Marques Colston looking old, Stills could end up being the Saints most productive fantasy WR the rest of the way.
WR Donte Moncrief, Colts (6%) – The Colts played Moncrief on 45% of their total offensive snaps over the last two weeks. Similar to Stills, he’s a big play threat whenever he catches the ball, he just needs the targets. The Colts have a favorable schedule the rest of the way (Cle, Hou, Ten), so Moncrief should see plenty of time in potential blow-outs.
WR Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (41%) – I don’t know what owners have against Jarvis? This guy was considered a first round lock before his 4.7 40-time. He’s a legit talent and should continue to be Ryan Tannehill’s #1 option.