Waiver Wire Week 14: Benny Snell, Alexander Mattison, Darwin Thompson, Zach Pascal

If Dalvin Cook needs to miss any time, Mattison is a must-add

For most leagues, Week 14 marks the beginning of the fantasy playoffs. At this point, fantasy owners need to win. The end is in sight, and it's a matter of win and keep going, lose and you're done. Fantasy owners should look at their waiver wire and even if they don't need anyone, if there is someone that you wouldn't want to play against, pick them up. Ahead of Week 13, I picked up Tyler Higbee. Even if I wasn't going to start him, I'd rather his 107 yards and a touchdown be on my bench than in my opponent's starting lineup.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (39 percent owned)

With two touchdowns in each of the past three games, Tannehill has become a solid QB2. He's even looked like a QB1 on occasion. He has a great matchup against Oakland in Week 14 and fantasy owners that are playing quarterback roulette should try to grab Tannehill if he's still available.

 

Devlin Hodges, Pittsburgh Steelers (2 percent owned)

Hodges is on this list because he faces the Cardinals in Week 14. They allow the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and while Hodges is managing the game, he also is finding James Washington. The pair should have plenty of opportunities in Week 14. Hodges threw for 212 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 and is a QB2 for Week 14.

 

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (2 percent owned)

In his first NFL start, Lock threw 28 times for 134 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. It wasn't the best start, but it certainly showed promise. Lock focused on Courtland Sutton (a good strategy) and 74 of his yards came from Sutton. Lock is a low QB2 for desperate fantasy owners in the playoffs.

 

Running Backs

 

Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers (34 percent)

If James Conner misses another game, Snell should still have fantasy value. He is the running back that the Steelers trust, as Jaylen Samuels is used in the passing game (although he only had two receptions in Week 13). Snell is typically used as the goal-line back, and he found the end zone in Week 13. The Steelers face the Cardinals in Week 14, and they just gave up 95 yards and a touchdown to Todd Gurley in Week 13. Snell is a low RB3.

 

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (28 percent owned)

When Dalvin Cook went down on Monday night, fantasy owners all held their breath. He walked into the locker room with what they were calling a shoulder injury, but it didn't seem like he would return to the field. All Cook owners should have Mattison as their handcuff, but for those that don't, grab him immediately. Even non-Cook owners should look to grab Mattison as the Cook injury looks like one that will require him to miss time. Mattison is worth a large FAAB percentage.

 

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (14 percent owned)

In a backfield that has been a mess all year, Mostert emerged in Week 13. However, it's hard to believe this will be his backfield moving forward. Mostert does have a touchdown in each of the past two games and he did look good against a tough Baltimore defense. However, he does face the Saints in Week 14 and Tevin Coleman is still in the picture. At some point, Matt Breida will return, and it will be his backfield. Mostert is an RB3.

 

Darwin Thompson, Kansas City Chiefs (5 percent owned)

Thompson may be a top waiver add for fantasy players looking for someone to help them in the playoffs. Damien Williams is still injured. Darrell Williams went down with a hamstring injury in Week 13. The Chiefs are not giving LeSean McCoy a full workload for some reason (saving him for the playoffs?), which leaves Thompson as the next man up. He had 11 carries in Week 13 for 44 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs face the Patriots in Week 14, which is not a good matchup, but beyond that Thompson could be helpful.

 

Wide Receivers

 

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (23 percent owned)

Washington and Devlin Hodges seem to have a connection, as they hooked up for four receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown in Week 13. The Steelers face the Cardinals in Week 14 and this is a good matchup for opposing wide receivers (Robert Woods just had 13 receptions for 172 yards in Week 13). Washington's value will drop when JuJu Smith-Schuster returns, but it's not clear when that will be.

 

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (17 percent owned)

Pascal has proven to have value when T.Y. Hilton has been out. It doesn't look like Hilton will be ready to return for Week 14, so Pascal should have WR3 value again. He had 10 targets in Week 13 and caught seven of them for 109 yards. He hasn't scored since Week 9, but that may change against Tampa Bay's soft pass defense in Week 14.

 

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (14 percent owned)

On Thanksgiving Day, Miller had 13 targets. He caught nine of them for 140 yards. He had 11 targets in Week 11 and nine targets in Week 12. The target share shows that Mitchell Trubisky is getting Miller more involved in the passing game. He caught six of those targets in the previous two games, but still is barely owned in fantasy. While it's certainly possible the Bears head into a slump again, they face the Cowboys on Thursday night, followed by Green Bay and Kansas City. Miller has WR3 value down the stretch.

 

Tight Ends

 

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (29 percent owned)

After injuring his hand in Week 2, Njoku was put on injured reserve. He was designated as eligible to return and he has been practicing. The team did not activate him for Week 13, but said that he is healthy. It seems that he will see the field again this year, and may be just what fantasy owners need in the playoffs. The Browns face Cincinnati, Arizona, and Baltimore in the fantasy playoffs. That Arizona game is the target game for Njoku and fantasy owners.

 

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (11 percent owned)

Higbee had what will likely be his best game of the season against the team that allows the most fantasy points to tight ends with Gerald Everett sidelined. It's unclear if Everett will return in Week 14 or not, but if he does, Higbee's value is way down. The Rams face the Seahawks in Week 14, which is another good matchup for tight ends. If Everett is out, Higbee will be a low TE1.

 

Defense Special/Teams (DST)

 

Houston Texans DST (26 percent owned)

Houston faces Denver in Week 14. Drew Lock will be at quarterback, and it doesn't seem like the Broncos are going to be able to put a lot of points on the board, which bodes well for DSTs. The Texans' defense had three sacks and an interception against the Patriots, so they certainly can replicate that against the Broncos. Looking beyond Week 14, the Texans take on the Titans in Week 15 and the Buccaneers in Week 16, both decent playoff matchups.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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