The fantasy football playoffs have arrived! It’s always incredible how quickly the season goes by, but here we are with the week 14 waiver wire pickups on tap. Malcolm Mitchell of the New England Patriots headlines this week’s article as he has developed some real chemistry with Tom Brady in the absence of Rob Gronkowksi.
The time for speculative adds has mostly come and gone. At this point we are looking for guys who can contribute, and contribute now. You may also be looking to block your opponent from acquiring a player if he is particularly weak at a position. For our week 14 waiver wire pickups I will suggest the top waiver wire add at each position. I’ll then have an easy to read table of the next 4 guys I would consider adding. If you play in a deep enough league where my suggested pickups aren’t available feel free to leave a comment below the article here and I’ll be sure to answer!
Suggested waiver bids appear in green. All players listed are owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Top week 14 waiver wire pickups by position
WR – Malcolm Mitchell – Patriots (29% owned) | 21% FAAB
Malcolm Mitchell was a suggested add last week, and he didn’t disappoint as he finished with 10 targets, 8 receptions, and 82 yards against the Rams. This brings Malcolm Mitchell’s numbers the last 3 weeks to 22 targets, 17 receptions, 222 yards, 3 touchdowns. Why are the last 3 weeks important? Rob Gronkowski’s injury troubles began week 11 against SF, and Malcolm Mitchell’s target share rose in response. Even more telling? Malcolm Mitchell saw more snaps than Julian Edelman (67 to 54).
The Patriots have the Ravens, Broncos and Jets ahead on the schedule, and while those wouldn’t normally be the most favorable fantasy matchups, with Tom Brady at the helm Malcolm Mitchell will remain a WR3 with the upside to carry you to the finals.
RB – Kenneth Dixon – Ravens (46% owned) | 6% FAAB
There aren’t any really terrific running backs available off waivers in most leagues. At this point I’d suggest handcuffing your studs like Ezekiel Elliott with Alfred Morris, or Le’Veon Bell with D’Angelo Williams. If you are looking for a guy who could possibly be a plug and play, Kenneth Dixon continues to split work with Terrence West in Baltimore. While many will be quick to point out that Dixon’s snaps and touches decreased significantly this past Sunday the game was 24-0 at halftime, so there really was no reason for Baltimore to go with the guy who had been slowly winning the starter’s job over the past month. Kenneth isn’t necessarily a player you want to lock in for the playoffs, but if you’re looking for someone with standalone value who isn’t just a handcuff, Dixon will be about as good as it gets.
Playoff schedule – @NE, vs Phi, @Pit
TE – Ladarius Green – Steelers (22% owned) | 6% FAAB
Ladarius Green tantalized us in San Diego, and when he finally made the move to Pittsburgh many couldn’t wait to see what sort of gaudy numbers he could produce. We’ve had to wait most of the season, however Green appears to have finally solidified his role as a TE1 just in time for the fantasy football playoffs. Ladarius saw a massive 11 targets which he converted into 6 receptions for 110 yards and and TD. It looks like he will continue to split snaps with Jesse James, but Green is the more gifted receiver for an offense short on reliable options outside of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. While there are a number of good waiver wire tight ends available, in my eyes the one with the most upside to help you with your playoff matchups is Ladarius Green.
Remaining week 14 waiver wire options to consider
|B. Lafell (16%)||M. Gillislee (23%)||C. Fiedorowicz (40%)|
|A. Thielen (16%)||W. Smallwood (37%)||V. Davis (37%)||C. Wentz (32%)|
|T. Gabriel (38%)||C. Michael (44%)||D. Pitta (33%)||J. Flacco (23%)|
|D. Inman (20%)||D. Williams (21%)||L. Kendricks (28%)||R. Tannehill (26%)|
Thanks for reading today’s article. I really suggest that you add Malcolm Mitchell in all leagues where possible. If you can’t get him, Ladarius Green looks great, followed by Lafell, Fiedorowicz, Vernon Davis and then you can start looking at the running backs.
You will undoubtedly have questions for your particular playoffs situation. Post your lineup, league format, and question in the comments section here on the article and I promise to answer! Good luck and lets win that championship here in 2016!