Fantasy Football Week 14: Waiver Wire

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QB Johnny Manziel, Browns (13%) – Still no word from the Browns on who their starting QB is going to be this week, but my bet is on Manziel. He’s also a tempting fantasy option against a Colts D that has been generous lately. It’s hard not to picture Manziel running for 50 yards and throwing for 200+ in a lopsided loss, but it could also be a disaster… Too risky in the playoffs for my taste, but I get it if you want to roll the dice with Manziel instead of a Cutler, Tannehill type.

RB Charles Sims, Bucs (22%) – The Bucs should use the rest of their wasted season to get a look at their 3rd round pick right?

RB Latavius Murray, Raiders (49%) – He is still stuck in the dreaded (but totally necessary) concussion protocol, but Raiders coaches say that Murray is close to returning. The Raiders have a tough slate of run defenses the rest of the way, but Murray should get most of the carries once he returns. Starting RBs are hard to come by.

RB Carlos Hyde, 49ers (36%) – The Niners are in the unusual position of fighting for a playoff berth, so their usual strategy of resting Frank Gore may be on hold. I still like Hyde as a bench stash though. Gore is 31 and could breakdown at any moment. Or the Niners could decide Hyde gives them a better chance to win down the stretch.

WR Davante Adams, Packers (11%) – His part in the passing game is inconsistent depending on how defenses cover Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but when one of those two is double covered (or if they get hurt) Adams is capable of putting up a similar line (6-121, 11 targets) as he did this week. He probably should have had 2 TDs as well, but was out of bounds on one and flat out dropped the other. Don’t let the drops steer you away from Adams, the 2nd round pick has plenty of talent and is worth a spot on your bench.

WR Stedman Bailey, Rams (2%) – 15 targets over the last two weeks and looks like new QB Shaun Hill’s go-to WR. Not a bad stash in PPR leagues.

Kevin Olgetrees (don’t bother):

RB Doug Martin, Bucs (46%) – He’s averaging 2.9 yards per carry this season and just keeping Charles Sims’ spot warm right now (hopefully, for Bucs fans at least). I seriously don’t know why the Bucs wouldn’t see what Sims (their 3rd round pick) can do, but Lovie Smith has made weird decisions during the last few weeks of a season before. Even if Martin starts the rest of the year, he’s not good and either is the Buc O-line.