Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 14
RULES: These picks will be for players that are UNDER 40% rostered (ESPN Rankings) in standard leagues. These selections will not only be starting caliber players, but will also provide bench depth for the comings weeks. Reminder, these players will not always be for the respective week, we plan to look ahead a bit to beat the mass pickup as the player gains notoriety or favorable matchup. Any future projections will be noted in the body of the analysis.
Ryan Fitzpatrick- 0.0pts
Jordan Wilkins- 3.8pts
Brian Hill (Cut)- 1.8pts
Breshad Perriman- 3.2pts
Keke Coutee- 22.1pts
Trey Burton- 2.1pts
Raiders DST- 5.0pts
This was overall not a good week. With Fitzpatrick being a game time benching for the rookie Tagovailoa, Perriman only seeing 1 catchable target, and Burton being non-existent, this week didn’t chalk up to much production. Brian Hill was a good cut target, and Keke Coutee ended up going against the Colts, and the Raiders DST did alright, nothing spectacular there. Lets roll into Week 14’s picks and hope to change our luck a bit for what could be Week 1/2 of your fantasy playoff season.
QB: Jalen Hurts- PHI (1.4%)
Carson Wentz has been abysmal this season, and Doug Pederson finally made the announcement that rookie Jalen Hurts will be under center after playing well against Green Bay in Week 13. Against the Packers, Hurts was able to complete 5 passes for 109 yards and a TD, as well as 5 rushing attempts for 29 total yards. Although their Week 14 matchup vs. New Orleans will definitely be a test for the rookies first official start, but New Orleans has been banged up in the secondary, so Hurts can move the ball through the air effectively. If Hurts can put together a decent showing, he has a favorable upcoming schedule facing ARI, DAL and WAS to end the season. I was high on Hurts in the draft process and hope he can prove himself in this prime position.
RB: Ty Johnson- NYJ (0.3%)
On Sunday vs. the Las Vegas Raiders, Frank Gore left early in the competition with a head injury, which later on we find out to be a concussion. In Gore’s absence, Ty Johnson saw 22 carriers for 104 yards and a TD and 2 receptions for 14 yards. Although it is unsure how long Gore will be out with his concussion, there is a good chance that he will miss the Week 14 competition vs. Seattle. The Seahawks rank in the bottom half of the NFL against opposing RB’s and allow an average of 17.7 fantasy points per game. If Gore misses time, Johnson is a very solid pickup who can obviously produce under pressure. The only major concern in this situation is Adam Gase, who seems to figure out what ISN’T working, and sticks with that… Keep updated on twitter @WholeNineSports and @AJAudet80 for any potential pivots if Gore clears the concussion protocol, forcing Johnson back to the bench.
RB: Cam Akers- LAR (35.7%)
Although to this point in the 2020 campaign the running back room in Los Angeles has been a revolving committee situation, Akers, the rookie out of Florida State has been able to push himself ahead of Malcolm Brown to share primary snap responsibilities with Darrell Henderson. Over the last two weeks, Akers has been able to post 156 yards and 2TD (33.3 fantasy points) while sharing the running back responsibilities. Regardless of a split back situation in Las Angeles, the Rams are going on to face the Patriots (13th), Jets (16th), Seahawks (t-17th), and Cardinals (t-17th), who are averaging 17.3 points per game allowed to the opposing RB. With Akers seeing the field on 62% of snaps in Week 13, and both Brown and Henderson healthy, Akers should see an increase in touches over the coming weeks.
WR: Tim Patrick- DEN (15.5%)
Although Patrick is not a fancy name, or someone anyone has heard of prior to the 2020 season, he is ranked 36th overall in fantasy points per game, which is ahead of DJ Chark, Chris Godwin, Michael Gallup, Henry Ruggs, and the list goes on… Patrick went 4/4 for 44 yards and 2TD’s against a difficult Chiefs defense, and going into Week 14, Patrick will face a Panthers secondary who allows 21.7 fantasy points per game to the opposing WR core. Patrick saw 90% of offensive snaps in Week 13, and will look to continue that production against a weaker defense in Carolina. Although his target share in any given week has not been outstanding, he will still look to be a notable name against the Panthers average defense.
WR: Allen Lazard- GB (29.8%)
Having missed 6 games during the opening portion of the season, Lazard is slowly working his way back into the Packers lineup. After suffering a core injury that sidelined him from Week 4 through Week 10, Lazard has seen an increase in offensive snap percentage over the last 3 weeks, and in Week 13, saw the field on 69% of offensive attempts. Based on his 6’5″ frame, height differential over the secondary, and his ability to win the jump ball, Lazard s a fan favorite of Aaron Rodgers who has been playing exceptionally well over the last few weeks. Green Bay has favorable matchups in the coming weeks vs. Detroit (27th), Carolina (11th), and Tennessee (23rd) who allow an average of 24 points per game to opposing wide receivers. As Lazard feels more comfortable in the offense post-injury, he will become more and more involved in the high powered attack.
TE: Cole Kmet- CHI (0.5%)
Kmet, the highly sought after 2020 TE prospect out of Notre Dame was unfortunately drafted into a TE room that at the beginning of the season, 7+ players deep. Competing against names like Jimmy Graham and…. well, only Graham, has been difficult to this point in the season, but in Week 13, Kmet was involved in the offense to the tune of 5 receptions for 37 yards (12.2 pts.). With Graham falling off the radar over the last few weeks, look for Trubisky to get Kmet more involved in the offense so Matt Nagy can see what he has to work with. With a solid 6’6″ frame, and the ability to catch in traffic, Kmet will be highly sought after in an easy matchup vs. Houston who allows 7.0 fantasy points per game to opposing TE’s.
DEF: Dallas Cowboys (9.8%) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
While the Dallas Cowboys have been somewhat irrelevant this season and their defense has just been above average, in Week 14, they are taking on a Cincinnati Bengals team that had their season derailed by the loss of Joe Burrow to a serious knee injury. Brandon Allen is set to line up under center, and in the last two weeks as the primary Bengals play caller, he has given up 2 interceptions, 1 fumble and 7 sacks, and has only been able to throw for a COMBINED 289 yards. While this pick isn’t pro cowboys defense, this is just targeting a weaker offense (see Jets as well) and taking advantage of a team that wont be able to get the ball moving in positive territory.