Malcolm Mitchell | Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

Malcolm Mitchell

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 MitchellMalcolm 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

RavenslogoThere 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

Week 9 Waiver Wire - Deangelo Williams SteelersLadarius 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

WR

RB

TE

QB

B. Lafell (16%) M. Gillislee (23%) C. Fiedorowicz (40%) R. Fitzpatrick (18%)
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!

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21 Comments

  1. If Jordan Reed sits again…is Vernon Davis a better play than Gates in a standard? Gates has a better matchup but is sharing touches.

    1. Have to take Brees this week, he should bounce back against the Bucs.

      I’d take Minnesota this week, Jacksonville is pretty atrocious again this season. FWIW we have MIN #1 and DEN #2 this week, so its very close

  2. Hey and thanks in advance! Love your work.

    I need some help with my wr’s in a full ppr.
    Inman, Snead, E. Sanders, M. Mitchell, S. Watkins, and M.Jones. I need 2 definitely and if all my wr’so are better then Booker then I’ll need 3 to start.

    Thanks!
    (I have Antonio Brown as my keeper :] )

    1. In full PPR I’d take Inman and Mitchell this week. Malcolm is really seeing a lot of targets from one of the best QBs in the league. I’d keep Booker simply based on workload, if there are red zone touches he should see those as well.

  3. Dropping Ravens DEF as I reckon Chiefs can see me through ROS.

    Available on waiver I can get Crowder or Tate – would you take Crowder for ROS? Or Tate and stream the WRs for playoffs?

    QBs: Wilson, Stafford
    RBs: Bell, Murray, Blount, Forte
    WRs: Nelson, Pryor, Hopkins, Watkins
    TE: Reed, Brate
    K: Bryant
    DEF: Chiefs

  4. I have one more add/drop left this season and have Gates as my TE (formerly had Gronk). Would you add Green or stay with Gates in a PPR league.

    Thanks!

  5. How come you have Wentz up there? I am regretting starting him over A Dalton, could have picked up Flacco from free agency as well, sigh!

    I am fighting the “watch your studs go bust” syndrome with Gurley, ARob doing nothing for my team. Can you provide lineup advice for week 14:

    QB: Dalton
    RB1: McCoy
    RB2: Gurley
    WR1: Crowder
    WR2: J Matthews
    Flex: R Kelley

    Bench: Wentz, D Lewis, ARob, S Shepard

    Waiver/FA: Flacco, Osweilier, Bradford, B LaFell, D Inman

    1. Wentz has posted 16, 18 and 20 the last 3 weeks mostly thanks to his horrendous defense. Honestly I wasn’t going to post waiver QBs because your situation should hopefully be semi concrete at that position heading into the playoffs.

      I think your problem with Gurley isn’t so much start your studs as you don’t have a terrific option to bench him for. Mostly just have to roll with Gurley and hope he can find the end zone with the volume he sees.

      Assuming AJ Green remains out, I would start Lafell at WR2 alongside Crowder. Lafell gets the Browns and has seen 16 targets the last 2 weeks. You can drop Wentz for Lafell since you have Dalton

  6. First I want to thank you for writing this up every week. I’ve basically had a rotating door on the TE position all year. Ever since cutting Bennett, I’ve been rolling with Fiedorowicz. On his bye week I went with your recommendation and picked up Hooper who ended up having a pretty decent game.

    However, Fiedorowicz despite getting the targets isn’t turning it into much thanks to Brock. Green is available as a FA and I really don’t know what to do. My gut says pick up Green and run with him in the playoffs but Fiedorowicz is going to give me a floor of 5-6 pts every week (standard). What’s the better option here?

    1. For the playoffs I’d rather have the guy with a 20 point ceiling in Ladarius who can win me my matchup, than just having a 5-6 point floor with Fideorowicz. I’d go with your gut. While there are no certainties in fantasy football, Green should have more upside with the ability to carry you to the finals

  7. In a 10 team PPR, my receivers are currently Hilton, Robinson, Crabtree, Watkins, and Hill.
    Is Mitchell a good add to use my #2 priority?
    I have three QBs(Stafford, Wilson, Cousins) and I plan to drop one to grab Morris to handcuff Zeke. So I don’t really want a 6th receiver(I have 5 good RBs, and I can’t drop them and risk an opponent using them against me (Stewart, Zeke, Kelley, Rawls, Blount) should I drop any of my WRs for Mitchell, and if so, should I spend my priority on him, or only grab him if he clears waivers?

    1. In your situation with Watkins and Hill I’d pass on Mitchell. Think you’ll be just fine with the 5 guys you have, and agree with dropping a QB to handcuff Zeke. Good luck in the playoffs

      1. Thanks for the response. I’m the guy with Watkins and hill(since there are only two comments both by guys named Dan, story of my life) It’s always nice to hear that someone else agrees with my thought process. If you don’t mind offering one more opinion, which QB should I drop? I was leaning Stafford, but his numbers yesterday, combined with Wilson’s underwhelming statline, and Cousin’s brutal schedule, has me reconsidering.

        1. I’d keep Stafford and Wilson. Cousins was solid this year, but that schedule isn’t favorable and if one of your opponents wanted to pick him up to start him during the playoffs I’d take my chances with that

    2. Prescott or dalton whom to pick in week 14, WR- Mactree, Thomas, Boyd. M Mitchell or Adams ( pick 4 out of 5), RB- Eliot, Blount or hightower ( pick2) defense team Cleveland or Detroit, defence player. Kwon Alexander , burfict or L David

      1. Take Dalton against CLE

        WR – Crabtree, Thomas, Mitchell, Adams

        RB – Elliott / Blount

        Defense – Detroit

        Defensive player – Burfict

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