Waiver Wire Week 14: Mike Davis, Marquise Goodwin, Julius Thomas

Mike Davis looks to lead Seattle's backfield for the rest of the season

Week 14 brings either the last week of the fantasy regular season or the first week of the playoffs. More than ever, it is important to check the waiver wire to see if anyone has been dropped that should be added. Sort the available players by ownership percentage; it is possible players in your league are available that are over 50 percent owned overall (and therefore, not on this list). An example of this may be Aaron Rodgers, who is likely going to be back under center in Week 15. He's 75 percent owned and should be owned in all leagues.

 

Quarterback

 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

In his first start for the 49ers, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He faced the Bears, in Chicago, which is actually a tough defense to face at home. The 49ers face the Houston Texans in Week 14. The Texans allow the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. While it's going to be tough to risk starting Garoppolo in what may be the first week of the fantasy playoffs, the gamble may just pay off.

 

Running Backs

 

Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (9 percent owned)

It only took 13 weeks, but it seems that the Seahawks have a running back. Davis was clearly the best running back on the field for Seattle in Week 13. He had the most carries (16) and the most rushing yards (64). He also had four targets, and he caught all of them for 37 yards. Davis does have a tough matchup for Week 14 (against the Jaguars) but he is worth adding in all formats for the rest of the season.

 

Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6 percent owned)

In Week 12, when Barber came in after Doug Martin left with a concussion, he scored two touchdowns. It looked like a fluke, however, in Week 13, when he started in place of Martin, he ran for 102 yards. He added four catches for 41 yards. For comparison, Martin has not had more than 75 rushing yards in a game this season. He also did not have more than two receptions or 31 yards in a game. While Martin's status for Week 14 is unknown at this point, Barber should be added. If Martin is out, Barber is a RB2 for Week 14.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (32 percent owned)

Goodwin has been slowly coming onto the fantasy radar this season, but in Week 13, with Jimmy Garoppolo, he caught all eight of his targets for 99 yards. He's clearly someone Garoppolo looks to, and he has a good matchup against Houston in Week 14. He's worth adding for WR3 consideration in Week 14.

 

Dontrelle Inman, WR, Chicago Bears (17 percent owned)

Inman's targets have been eight, five and nine in the previous three games leading into Week 13. While he did only have two targets this past Sunday, he caught them both for 21 yards and a touchdown. It seemed that he was getting more involved in the offense, but the two-target game is a little disappointing. The positive sign is that he did get the touchdown. The Bears are letting Mitchell Trubisky throw the ball more, so Inman may see more targets moving forward. He's an add in deeper leagues only.

 

Tight End

 

Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins (32 percent owned)

With Jay Cutler, Thomas has more value than when Matt Moore was the quarterback. Cutler looks to his tight end often and in the red zone. Thomas has three touchdowns this season, all within the past five games (the three games that Cutler played and finished). Cutler will continue to look for Thomas. For those who may need a Rob Gronkowski replacement for Week 14 (if his one-game suspension holds up on appeal), Thomas is a decent fill-in.

 

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Cincinnati Bengals (34 percent owned)

The Bengals DST has had good games and bad games. However, they face Chicago in Week 14, which is a good matchup. The Bears allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing DSTs. The team isn't known for putting up a lot of points, and while the Bengals don't always get a lot of turnovers from opposing teams, the Bears haven't scored more than 24 points in the past six games.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

 

(Top photo courtesy of @Seahawks)

Event Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 21:32

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