Last week was a high-scoring affair, and a successful one for me in daily fantasy football.
I hope you had similar success and I hope you’re starting your playoff journey this week — or next week if you got a first round bye (congrats!) or depending on your league structure.
You’ve made it here. It’s no time to stop harvesting from the waiver wire. There are still fate-changing gems to be found. Hopefully you have the waiver priority or free agent bucks to take advantage of them
Players listed are mostly available in at least 60% of Yahoo leagues. In some cases I’ll add a player in the 61%-85% range just because they shouldn’t be so available.
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Marcus Mariota — Owned in 44% of Yahoo leagues. Ninja, I’ve been touting this guy since Week 1. How is he still available on 56% of waiver wires. Dude’s a beast and he only just now showed us his rushing ability.
Tyrod Taylor — Owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues. Oof! I can’t believe this guy is still available in so many leagues. He has an obvious connection with Sammy Watkins, who appears to be the superstar we expected last season. And Taylor’s rushing ability adds considerable value.
Ryan Fitzpatrick — Owned in 44% of Yahoo leagues. Sure, there’ll be an occasional Chris Ivory game, but for the most part, Fitzpatrick is going to wing it to his superstar wide receivers a lot.
Blake Bortles — Owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues. Here’s our first playing-too-well to not be 90% owned player. Check your wire. If he’s out there scoop him up. If nothing else, do it to keep others from getting him.
Johnny Manziel — Owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues. The Browns have no choice to play Manziel. That may be bad from a discipline perspective, but Manziel proved in his last game that his style of play can equate to fantasy points. The Browns defense will make sure he has to throw a lot. Because they’re bad.
Brian Hoyer — Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues. Houston’s defense and the lack of a sound running game should mean game scripts that force Hoyer to throw to a talented receiving corps more often than he probably should. That means opportunities for big numbers.
Jameis Winston — Owned in 40% of Yahoo leagues. Saw a stat today that was a bit mind-blowing: Winston is second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns behind Cam Newton. So, it’s not Taylor or Russell Wilson, it’s Winston.
Andrew Luck — Luck is available in 76% of Yahoo leagues. That’s not a ton, but he should be owned everywhere. When he returns in Week 15 he could have a huge impact on the fantasy playoff landscape.
Matt Hasselbeck — Week 13 was a dud, but Hasselbeck gets the porous Jaguars defense this week and could provide value if you don’t like your other options.
Javorius Allen — “Buck” is still available in 25% of Yahoo leagues. He shouldn’t be.
Shaun Draughn — Draughn isn’t going to flash Thomas Rawls numbers, but he gets plenty of volume, which is key for running backs. He could get in the end zone again this week against the poor Browns defense.
David Johnson — Another one to file in the way-too-good-and-important-to-his-team-to-be-available-in-24%-of-leagues bin.
Duke Johnson Jr. — Owned in 47% of Yahoo leagues. Johnson has emerged as the clearest RB threat out of the Cleveland backfield, especially in PPR leagues. The return of Johnny Manziel to the lineup should boost his value even more.
Spencer Ware — Owned in 61% of Yahoo leagues. Football Guys reported this morning that Ware appears to be the goal line back for the Chiefs. That has some value, especially considering they’re likely to manage games the rest of the way out with their playoff picture in focus.
Darren Sproles — Owned in 41% of Yahoo leagues. Again, going back to Football guys, they contemplated the roles of Sproles and the ineffective DeMarco Murray. I agree with them that the Eagles may have decided Murray isn’t the right fit and that Sproles can make things happen.
Bilal Powell — Chris Ivory’s backup, but he also hauls in passes, as we saw this week. He’s probably flex help, but if Chris Ivory gets hurt — he’s no stranger to the injury report — Powell becomes an instant must start. If you have the space stash him. He’s available in 92% of Yahoo leagues.
Charles Sims — Like Sproles and Duke Johnson, Sims has extra value in PPR leagues and he’s just flex help. Still, the wire is pretty thin on extreme talent. If Doug Martin got hurt, Sims would be an instant must-start.
James Starks — Despite back-to-back 100-yard games, I don’t trust Eddie Lacy. I own Starks on a deep keeper league and was offered a trade for one of my RBs handcuffs earlier this season. I turned it down because I like Starks’ talent. I hope he gets opportunity.
Jay Ajayi — Owned in 17%. He’s not sharing time with Lamar Miller, but the Dolphins’ focus on the running game could mean big things for Ajayi if Miller gets hurt or loses favor with coaches.
James White — Owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues. He had 10 catches last week. Saw some people saying he’s no Dion Lewis, but, then again, what was Dion Lewis before this season started?
Ryan Mathews — Owned in 46% of Yahoo leagues. If the use of Sproles over Murray this week is an indication of the team losing favor with Murray, Mathews stands to be a huge fantasy contributor if he can get on the field.
Doug Baldwin — Owned in 64% of Yahoo leagues. I said last week it was a great spot for Baldwin and that if Russell Wilson could have a big week that he would become a player to consider starting every week again. That all happened. Baldwin has long been my favorite of this group of Seattle receivers. It’s nice to see him putting it all together on the field.
Donte Moncrief — Owned in 65%. These ownerships are a little high, but Moncrief stands to have a big day against Jacksonville this week, then he gets Andrew Luck back the following week.
Anquan Boldin — Disappointed with five catches for 37 yards, but had a whopping 13 targets. He is hugely important to his offense. Here’s what I said about Boldin in last week’s Draft Kings’ sleepers article: “Over his last five games, Boldin has been targeted 12, nine, seven, seven and 11 times. Blaine Gabbert has been surprisingly effective at QB for the 49ers, which has led to production for their top wide receiver. Boldin’s yardage totals over the same stretch: 107, 102, 39, 93, 93.”
Tyler Lockett — Possible the most explosive player on the Seahawks roster, Lockett’s kick return prowess hasn’t exactly transferred over to the passing game, but he caught all seven of his targets for 90 yards last week after having three and five targets the previous two weeks. That five-target game was also a two-touchdown game, so he’s becoming an important part of the Seahawks offense and is still available in 79% of Yahoo leagues.
Cecil Short III — Shorts is the No. 1 wide receiver on an offense that has to throw the ball a ton if they want to compete. He’s also a pretty good playmaker, playing opposite the most talented wide receiver in the game.
Michael Floyd — Owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues. That’s a bit high for our list, but every part of this Cardinals WR corps should probably be at least 80% owned.
Ted Ginn Jr. — Owned in 36%. Had a monster game, but according to Football Guys he could have had 200 yards and another touchdown if not for the dropsies. He’s the second-best receiving option for the Panthers behind Greg Olsen.
Marvin Jones — Caught five of five targets for 55 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t quite the big-play Jones I’ve been calling for, but 5-for-55 out of a No. 2 receiver is good, getting that TD helped some teams win this week.
Willie Snead/Brandon Coleman — This is still a good passing offense, which would be better with Snead on the field. Coleman showed some flashes which reminded us he was a preseason sleeper.
Devante Parker — The Dolphins are a mess, but the rookie was able to get into the end zone and impress for another week. He’s a superstar in the making. Get him now, while he’s only 30% owned.
Dorial Green-Beckham — Got his first 100-yard game and got into the end zone. Green-Beckham was a raw coming out of college, but an elite athlete. Let’s hope this is a stepping stone to greatness and not one to add to a one-game wonders list.
Malcom Floyd — Owned in 23%. He hasn’t done much since returning from injury, but with injuries to Dontrelle Inman and Stevie Johnson, he may be force-fed double-digit targets this week.
Brian Hartline — Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins and Travis Benjamin are all hurt or just coming off injury which has led to back-to-back 8-catch games for Hartline. He hasn’t done a ton with them but 8-for-80s add up fast in PPR leagues.
Richard Rodgers — It seems absurd with the talent on the roster, but Rodgers is the most reliable target in the Packers offense right now. Available in 57% of Yahoo leagues.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins — Finally returned from injury last week and put up a mediocre 3-for-31. However, he was targeted six times, which indicates he has upside like he flashed back in Week 1, when he went 5-110-1 on seven targets.
Charles Clay — Had 4 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. He had eight targets two weeks ago. Remember, early in the season Clay was a beast going 5-82-1 and 9-111 in back-to-back weeks. He’s available in 67% of Yahoo leagues.
Ben Watson — Got in the end zone to salvage a mediocre week last week, but he’s been targeted nine and eight times the last two weeks. That’s a lot of usage, it should turn into fantasy points.
Kickers and defenses
Stream kickers and defenses, but don’t waste waiver priority or free agent bucks on them.