The fantasy playoffs begin this week in many leagues, and Jon Cope, a member of our fantasy team, highlights a few key names that you might want to consider adding to your roster this week.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions
**Before I start this week’s list, we’ll mention Bryce Brown (owned in 36.2% of NFL.com leagues) for a 3rd consecutive week since he’s still not owned in 50% of NFL.com leagues. Brown, despite 3 fumbles, has looked tremendous filling in for an injured LeSean McCoy. Brown will be a fantasy stud down the stretch and is a must-add.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB Steelers (owned in 22.7 of NFL.com leagues)- Dwyer was announced as the team’s starter last week and rewarded those who started him in fantasy leagues with a solid day- 49 yards and a touchdown. Once Ben Roethlisberger returns, Dwyer might see a few less 8-man fronts, and I love his week 15 matchup against a banged-up Cowboys defense. If you’re in a pinch, he’s a decent play this week against an underrated Chargers run defense.
Golden Tate, WR Seahawks (owned in 14.1% of NFL.com leagues)- Tate recorded 5 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against a tough Bears defense. Tate now has 4 TDs in his last 4 games, and is play-making wide receiving in a Seahawks offense that is trusting quarterback Russell Wilson more and more. I like Tate’s matchups in Week 14 against Arizona as I would expect the Cardinals top corner, Patrick Peterson, to spend most of his time covering Sidney Rice because of Rice’s size. This will allow the smaller, yet dynamic, Tate to thrive against the Cardinals other cornerbacks.
Josh Gordon, WR Browns (owned in 16.9% of NFL.com leagues)- Gordon, the team’s 2nd round pick in the supplemental draft, has stepped up to become the #1 wide receiver in an offense that has been sorely lacking one for some time. Gordon exploited a weak Raiders secondary for 116 yards receiving a touchdown on 7 catches this past Sunday and has been targeted at least 7 times in each of the last 3 games. Gordon seems to be getting better as the year progresses, and has a pair of favorable matchups on deck with each the Chiefs and the Redskins visiting Cleveland.
T.Y. Hilton, WR Colts (owned in 17.6% of NFL.com leagues)- the rookie speedster out of F.I.U had a 6 catch, 100 yard performance against the Lions on Sunday and is becoming a more reliable fantasy option as the season goes on. The Colts are finding ways to get the ball to the dynamic playmaker; he has 3 games with at least 100 receiving yards in the past 5 games, and has 4 touchdowns in the last 5 games. If you’re trying to decide between picking up Hilton or teammate, Donnie Avery, I would give a slight edge to Hilton but both are worth of roster spots with Indy’s high-powered passing attack.
Mike Thomas, WR & Tony Scheffler, TE Lions (each owned in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues)- if you’re in a deep league and are desperate for help at either wide receiver or tight end, I would look to this pair of Lions. Detroit just lost WR Ryan Broyles for the season with an ACL injury, and WR Titus Young has been told to stay away from the team. Mike Thomas is the next man up at wide receiver. Calvin Johnson is having an unbelievable year and TE Brandon Pettigrew is a solid option, but outside of them Matthew Stafford has lost his other top targets in the Lions pass-happy offense (Broyles, Young & Nate Burleson). I would expect the Packers on Sunday (and other teams on Detroit’s schedule) to devote heavy attention to Megatron and allow for opportunities for Thomas and Scheffler to be targeted frequently in the Lions passing game.
Cleveland Browns Defense/Special Teams- (owned in 7.7% of NFL.com leagues)- this may seem like a strange selection, but the Browns defense is a very underrated unit. The Browns have only allowed 16.2 points a game over the last 5 weeks, and forced 8 turnovers in their last home game against the Steelers. Meanwhile Cleveland’s opponent on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs, is the 2nd most generous offense to opposing fantasy defenses and the Chiefs are coming off of a very emotional week where a letdown would be only natural to have the following week. Furthermore, the early forecast calls for rain this weekend in Cleveland.
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