Ladarius Green and the Week 14 PPR Waiver Wire
Coming off of his best game as a Steeler, Ladarius Green headlines the Week 14 PPR Waiver Wire. The time for adding players as speculative stashes has come to an end. More-so now than in most weeks, the players covered here both now and in recent weeks need to find their way into your starting lineups if you’re planning on acquiring them. Even in the deepest of leagues, there are always going to be players available this late in the season that have the potential to give you a few week-winning performances. This is the time of the year where you can find players that can turn into 2015 Tim Hightower. And he certainly wasn’t winning any fantasy championships for anybody from the bench.
All listed players are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues at the time of publication.
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Though DeMarco Murray struggled in Week 12, Derrick Henry (45% owned) was able to find success behind Tennessee’s top notch offensive line. Despite playing only 14 of 58 snaps, he scored 14 fantasy points by rushing eight times for 60 yards and a TD. Murray, playing through a foot injury, scored 11.4 fantasy points on 51 snaps played. This is far from a reason to panic if you own Murray, but it’s reason enough to stash Henry if you do. In Week 9, we saw a glimpse into his ceiling as he recorded 19.7 fantasy points. Granted it was near the end of a blowout win, but he still saw nine (!!) red zone opportunities. More than Murray has seen in any full game he’s played this year.
Neither Alfred Morris (12% owned) or Lance Dunbar (0% owned) are playing enough snaps to have standalone fantasy value. They should only be rostered if you’re an Ezekiel Elliott owner entering the playoffs. Owning other people’s handcuffs is a better idea earlier in the year when you can use them as trade bait. But we can’t bank on Elliott getting hurt, and a committee would be formed even if that were to happen. But at least we know from their usage patterns and skill-sets that Morris would get the early down work and Dunbar would be the primary pass-catcher.
Jerick McKinnon (44% owned) finally looked to have wrestled control of the Minnesota backfield from Matt Asiata (47% owned). He played 51 of 74 snaps to 21 for Asiata and found the endzone, scoring 16.5 fantasy points in the process. The tough remaining schedule, poor offensive line and general murkiness of this backfield continues to make this a tough one to trust during the playoffs. But McKinnon is still worth a pickup.
Over Houston’s last few games, Lamar Miller has been in and out of the lineup with various nagging injuries. As such, it may be time to start looking at his backups. Jonathan Grimes (0% owned) was the backup who saw the most snaps in Week 13 after Miller (25), and had the best all-around performance of the team’s backs. Of the reserve RBs in Houston, he’s the only one with the athletic and production profile of a potential league-winner if he were to become the starter. Miller owners should pick him up as insurance.
Though neither Kenneth Dixon (46% owned) or Terrance West will reach their fantasy ceiling unless the other one gets hurt, both are still worth owning. Dixon took a backseat to West in Week 13, as the veteran scored two TDs and logged more snaps. But with 16 targets in the last four weeks, he’s seeing enough looks to justify holding him through the playoffs.
Though he only played nine snaps and scored 2.9 fantasy points in Week 11, Damien Williams (3% owned) is still worth holding onto. The leader among qualified RBs with 1.60 Fantasy Points per Opportunity, he’s still the clear backup to Jay Ajayi. Given how much the team’s defense and offensive line has improved over the season, Williams is a player who needs to be stashed in case anything were to happen to Ajayi.
Rex Burkhead (4% owned) may have played 10 fewer snaps than Jeremy Hill in Week 13 against the Eagles. But he saw more targets and was by far the more effective runner. With a skill-set similar to Giovani Bernard, Burkhead should be owned in case he starts earning more playing time in a lost season for Cincinnati. He makes for an intriguing dart throw play against the Browns this week. And he draws the Steelers and Texans in his next two.
Shane Vereen (3% owned) has resumed practicing and could return in Week 14 against Dallas. Rashad Jennings is still technically the lead back, but a 50-percent Snap Share against Cleveland and Pittsburgh in the last two weeks doesn’t exactly scream “bell cow” status. Vereen saw 13 targets in the three games he’s played in this season, and would add a much needed element to the New York backfield. But given the team’s offensive line struggles this year, not a lot should be expected. He’s still stashable ahead of Week 14.
To be clear, Andre Ellington (3% owned) is not particularly good. But as the Arizona RB that’s played the second-most snaps this year behind David Johnson, Ellington is the handcuff for fantasy’s top player at the position. He’s only worth owning if you also own Johnson. Even then, there’s no guarantee this team wouldn’t fall completely fall apart offensively if something were to happen to Johnson. So stash at your own risk.
After being designated as Tampa’s return player from injured reserve, the door has been left open for Charles Sims (13% owned) to return in time for the start of the fantasy playoffs. Even if he’s able to return when eligible in Week 14, he’ll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups against a steadily improving Saints run defense. The play here may be to grab Sims now, see how he’s used in tandem with Doug Martin and/or Jacquizz Rodgers (20% owned) in Week 14, and plan accordingly from there. With Martin hogging the focus of opposing defenses, Sims could reap most of the benefits of a favorable ROS schedule as Tampa’s change-of-pace/third down back.
Melvin Gordon is one of a number of RBs in fantasy situations where you’re going to want to own their handcuffs in case they get hurt in any of these last few weeks. In San Diego, that player looks to be rookie Kenneth Farrow (0% owned). He hasn’t shown much this year, and has barely seen the field with Gordon playing as well as he has. But he has an interesting enough prospect profile and would see a potentially massive opportunity spike, only needing to stave off Ronnie Hillman (1% owned) for touches. I like those odds.
With Marcus Mariota playing excellent football, all of Tennessee’s primary WRs become and remain fantasy stashes. The time to get Rishard Matthews (80% owned) has already come and gone, but the other players will be easier to acquire since they had down games in Week 12. Tajae Sharpe (13% owned) had scored TDs in two straight before putting up 3.1 PPR fantasy points against the Bears. And even with Kendall Wright (8% owned) getting shut out on only 16 snaps played, he’s been among the league’s most efficient receivers since his return from injury in Week 4. Though you can’t start any of them against Denver this week, they may be able to crack deeper lineups in Weeks 15 and 16 when the Titans play the Chiefs and Jaguars.
If Robert Griffin III ends up getting the start for Cleveland in Week 14, Corey Coleman (46% owned) will be worth a plug-and-play in deeper leagues against the Bengals. A dynamic talent averaging 7.75 targets per game since returning from injury in Week 9, Coleman was the target on two of the four deep balls RG3 attempted in Week 1 against the Eagles when he was last healthy.
Adam Thielen (16% owned) has displayed plus efficiency for most of the season. He’s been a target monster in games where Stefon Diggs being inactive. And even with Diggs playing in Week 13, Thielen recorded his fifth straight double digit game. He remains a hold with the Vikings facing the Jaguars, Colts and Packers in the fantasy playoffs. If the team continues to average close to 40 pass attempts per game as they’ve done recently, both Diggs and Thielen will benefit.
With each passing week, Marqise Lee (11% owned) continues to be more productive and efficient than Allen Hurns. He saw nine targets in Hurns’ absence against Denver last week, though he only converted three for 34 yards, and has seen a target share exceeding 20-percent in each of the last three games. He looks to have overtaken Hurns as the secondary option on a team averaging an NFL fifth-best 42.2 pass plays per game, and is worth a look in deeper leagues against Minnesota this week.
Anquan Boldin (35% owned) continues to make for a great depth stash and dart throw plug-and-play in the right match-ups for WR-needy teams. He only scored eight fantasy points against New Orleans last week in a game where Marvin Jones was inactive, but he did see three all-important red zone targets. He’s hovering at around an 80-percent Snap Share for the season and has a favorable ROS schedule. He’ll make for a sneaky-ish deep-league start against the Bears this week, especially if Jones continues to sit.
Though he’s cooled off considerably since his hot start, Will Fuller (43% owned) should still be owned. Brock Osweiler has to show significant improvement for Fuller to be able to be started comfortably, but Week 13 saw Fuller record his second straight game with six targets and double digit points. His Mike Wallace-esque ability/skill-set ensures that he’ll always be a volatile player for fantasy purposes, but the potential for a few boom weeks during the fantasy playoffs is still there. He’ll see the Colts, Jaguars and Bengals in the fantasy playoffs.
Just like at the RB position, owning the right WR handcuff this late in the season could pay massive dividends. With Tom Brady playing lights out football, that could be either Chris Hogan (15% owned) or Malcolm Mitchell (30% owned). Despite missing Week 11 with a back injury, Hogan is second among all qualified WRs in Fantasy Points per Target (2.32), and is near the top of the position in Yards per Target (12.1) and Yards per Reception (17.9). Rob Gronkowski‘s injury has opened the door for Mitchell, who has benefited greatly from the Pats running more three-wide sets. He’s been nearly as efficient as Hogan this year in fewer games played. He’s also out-targeted Hogan 17-10 over the last two weeks. He’ll be more difficult to acquire in the wake of some recent big weeks, but Hogan makes a great consolation prize.
Breshad Perriman (2% owned) has only played 67 of a possible 195 snaps in the last three weeks. But he’s recorded 37.7 PPR fantasy points in that span. He’s caught six of 10 targets and has scored TDs in all three games. Keep tabs on him, and grab him immediately if his Snap Share begins increasing during the fantasy playoffs.
With Nelson Agholor (2% owned) playing so poorly, the door has been blasted open for Dorial Green-Beckham (8% owned) to finish the season on a strong note. The last three weeks have seen him garner 28 targets and score 37.5 fantasy points. Though Jordan Matthews is set to return this week, DGB should be stashed with Washington, the Ravens and Giants on tap for the fantasy playoffs.
With A.J. Green sidelined by a torn hamstring and Giovani Bernard being lost to a torn ACL, both Tyler Boyd (53% owned) and Brandon LaFell (18% owned) have seen their offensive involvement increase in the last two weeks. Against the Eagles last week, LaFell led the team in targets (7) and fantasy points (20.5). He will likely need Green to remain sidelined in order to be usable for the remainder of the year. Boyd has remained consistent, with three straight double digit games, and should also be owned while Green is out.
Before a 9.4-point outing against Kansas City last week, Taylor Gabriel (38% owned) had scored 75.2 PPR fantasy points and five TDs in his last three games. It’s a good sign that this past week saw him draw the most targets (6) that he’s seen in that span. Though targets will usually be hard to come by with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu around, Gabriel’s big-play ability has made him startable in deeper leagues. That and the fact that he draws the Rams, 49ers and Panthers over the next three weeks.
Despite only scoring two TDs, Pierre Garcon (32% owned) has hit double digit points in eight of 12 games. His performance has shown that he needs to be owned in fantasy and started in most weeks. At least for as long as the rising tide that is Kirk Cousins continues to lift the proverbial boats that are the Washington pass-catchers. An NFL sixth-best 40.9 pass plays per game, combined with the seventh-most favorable upcoming fantasy strength of schedule at the WR position per Player Profiler metrics, makes Garcon a priority add.
For the 11th time in 12 games, Dontrelle Inman (20% owned) led the Chargers WRs in snaps played. For only the third time this season, Inman was the higher scoring fantasy player as he recorded 12.9 PPR fantasy points to 12.7 for Tyrell Williams. when everything starts to align at the right time for a player like Inman, incuding four straight games with a 20-plus percent Target Share, that player needs to owned everywhere and started in deeper leagues. Especially when they’re fantasy pllayoff schedule includes games against the Panthers, Raiders and Browns.
Since Week 6, Ted Ginn (23% owned) has become a steady PPR fantasy contributor. He’s turned it on even more recently, as his three TDs this season have come in the past three weeks. Good to see last year’s version of Ginn finally show up. Hopefully he stays for the fantasy playoffs.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (40% owned) is a player who should be owned in far more than 40-percent of Yahoo leagues. He’s playing the majority of Houston’s snaps at the TE position, though he again had a TD vultured by Ryan Griffin (0% owned), who played 17 snaps to CJF’s 46. Still, his rest-of-season schedule projects to be favorable (as he’ll see the Colts, Jaguars and BEngals in the fantasy playoffs), and he’s managed to remain a top-20 fantasy point-per-game scorer despite Brock Osweiler‘s struggles. He hasn’t found the endzone since Week 8, which should make him easier to acquire, but is still seeing enough targets and playing time to be started confidently.
The last time Dennis Pitta (34% owned) scored a TD before last week was December 8, 2013. And then he exploded for 29 fantasy points on nine catches for 90 yards and two scores. He had only managed 24.4 points in the four games following Baltimore’s bye. Fourth among TEs in targets (87) and second in receptions (61), He’ll be a usage-dependent streamer for the playoffs.
Though Jesse James (7% owned) again played more snaps, the game that Ladarius Green (24% owned) had against the Giants in Week 13 may have finally earned him a bigger role. Just in time for a fantasy playoff schedule that includes games against the Bills, Bengals and Ravens. Green scored 23.0 fantasy points against a Giants defense that has improved against the TE position this season. And he has the athletic ability to finally cash in on his tantalizing upside and be a major weapon in a Ben Roethlisberger-led offense. You know what to do.
Since New York’s Week 8 bye, Will Tye (3% owned) has been the team’s primary TE. Although it’s not showing up on the fantasy stat sheet the way it was at this time last season. He has one double digit game and has only scored once. But he does have a favorable projected ROS schedule, and his short history of production with Eli Manning under center keeps him in the weekly streaming conversation.
Vernon Davis (36% owned) still needs to be owned with Jordan Reed still dealing with a Grade 3 AC joint separation. He was 0.3 fantasy points away from a double digit game, which would’ve been the sixth in his last seven. And Kirk Cousins has been able to support multiple fantasy-relevant pass-catchers per week. Add in the fact that his current efficiency metrics rank near the top of the TE position and you have a recipe for a potential late-season league winner.
Though Antonio Gates has dominated San Diego’s TE production since Week 7, aside from a Week 12 goose egg, Hunter Henry (17% owned) is still seeing a healthy share of snaps and red zone targets. He’s now seen at least one red zone target in eight straight games. He’s also been at or near the top of a number of Player Profiler TE efficiency metrics for most of the season. All of this continues to make Henry a streaming candidate in deeper leagues. His playoff schedule includes games against Carolina, Oakland and Cleveland.
While and Though it was Jack Doyle (24% owned) who recorded more snaps in Week 13 against the Jets, it was Dwayne Allen (29% owned) who took Doyle’s lunch money and had a three-TD night. Given the up-and-down nature of this year’s Colts squad, Allen is just as likely to record a goose egg next week as he is to repeat his performance. Regardless, Luck has shown a willingness to feed Allen when healthy, and that’s good enough for a stashing recommendation.