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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 14

Things are getting crazy out there as the NFL season is winding down. Where to begin this week?!? Teams are playing with limited capacity, or zero capacity spectators, but home field has to be worth a little something, right? Especially east coast against west coast, but no. The NFC East is a hot mess with all four teams in the running heading into last week, with 4-7 leading the division. The New York Giants went to Seattle with Colt McCoy at the helm and ran all over Seattle to claim victory and stake its claim as the first place team in the division. Washington quickly called out “hold my beer” (or a vintage Miami champagne, as it were) taking down previously undefeated Pittsburgh in the first of two Monday night contests.

How about Cleveland beating down Tennessee taking a 37-7 lead into halftime to only have to hold on for a 41-35 victory? New England is getting hot again, getting itself back into the “in the picture” column by shutting out the Los Angeles Chargers on the road 45-0. Could the Chargers be any worse on special teams? They turned a long field goal attempt at the end of the half to try and get to 21-3 into a block and touchdown return to go into the break down by 28, game over.

Fights breaking out in the Miami/Cincinnati with players ejected! Scoring was at a premium and there is still a question if Miami is starting its best option at quarterback, but it continues its winning ways and is in the running for the lead in the AFC East. Lastly, instead of firing their defensive coordinator for allowing Las Vegas to get an improbable win on the last play of the game, the New York Jets should have promoted him for keeping them in the driver’s seat for the top overall draft pick. Crazy times.

We have a few options out on waivers this week, including our bringing back our top and hottest category for one player this week. Players like T.Y. Hilton and Marvin Jones are owned in the majority of leagues so they will not get a mention in this story, but take a look to see if your league is in the minority as they are worth a grab as viable fantasy options and they are available in some leagues. The season winds down, but be vigilant if your team is still alive. Depth will be tested each and every week! On to the wonders.

Smokin’ Hot

RB Ty Johnson, New York Jets

As we were highlighting Frank Gore in this space the past few weeks, it seemed like a dream that someone at his age would finish the season as the main ball carrier. Last week against Las Vegas, the bubble burst and Gore left after a single touch and did not return. He will enter the league’s concussion protocol so there is no telling how long he might be on the sideline. The Jets have minimal healthy options at running back, so Johnson steps in immediately as the top and only option. He lit up Las Vegas for 104 yards on 22 carries, including one for a score. He will be the every down back for the Jets and should be the top priority on waivers this week.

Solid Pickups

TE Tyler Eifert, Jacksonville

Jacksonville has been using its tight end a lot of late, with Eifert catching six passes for 45 yards this past week against Minnesota. This comes on the heels of a nice game the previous week against Cleveland where he found the end zone. That’s two weeks in a row of good performances, which is good enough to get him a high listing in this week’s story.

RB Alfred Morris, New York Giants

Playing as the backup to previous “Waiver Wire Wonder” Wayne Gallman, Morris is starting to carve a niche for himself. He got a handful of touches a few weeks ago against Cincinnati, with even more action this week in Seattle. More importantly he was used at the goal line, scoring once on a day where he totaled 39 yards on eight carries. The Giants are down to two ball carriers, so Morris will be involved.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.