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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 14

We continue to roll on here, looking for some diamonds in the rough as most are in the final stages of the regular season fantasy stretch drive. The NFL drops a bit of coal into everyone’s early December stocking, with six (!) teams on a bye this upcoming weekend. Injuries were a big story of the week, leaving many owners scrambling to generate points from all their starting lineup slots. Trying out a new format this week as we try to navigate the waiver wire waters, hopefully something for everyone! On to the wonders. 

Quarterback Discussion

This past week was a tough one for signal callers around the league, with several going down for varying lengths of time. The big one is Lamar Jackson in Baltimore, with the team being tight-lipped on how long the star will be on the sideline. San Francisco seemingly cannot catch a break this year. First it was Trey Lance, and now comes word that Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season. On a shorter scale, both Tua Tagovailoa in Miami and Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville missed some time, but it looks like they both escaped serious injury. 

Part of the reason for the change in format this week is the difficulty I’m seeing in the road ahead for players like San Francisco’s Brock Purdy and Baltimore’s Tyler Huntley. We have preached in this space that having an upright NFL quarterback on a fantasy roster is a must, but to come out and recommend these guys as waiver wire wonders seems like a stretch. Purdy looks like he will be at the helm the rest of the way for San Francisco, but for a third-string quarterback to come in and have even mild success does not seem likely. Huntley has a cast of support around him, but the unknown of how long Lamar Jackson will be out will limit his fantasy worth. 

For those that have a need at the position, preferred choices would be the New York Jets’ Mike White or Washington’s Taylor Heinicke. White has put up good numbers in consecutive starts for the Jets, throwing for 315 and 369 yards. We liked the two touchdowns to zero interceptions against Chicago but not so much the zero touchdowns to two interceptions against Minnesota. The guillotine is likely to always be hanging over him, with the Jets ready to pull the rug out from under him at any time. 

Washington seems satisfied with Taylor Heinicke at the helm as Washington has been winning games, so it would seem his starting role is safe going forward. His numbers are not earth shattering, but they are on the positive side (and perhaps better than nothing). He’s tossed two touchdowns in each of the last two games against a single interception, throwing for 275 yards this past week against the New York Giants.

Running Back Discussion

The one real bright spot in this week’s story, is the play and rise of James Cook in Buffalo. Of all the names listed in this space, he would be the primary target off waivers this week. Buffalo has once again grown tired of the lack of production from Devin Singletary, and Cook had a fine week against New England on Thursday night. He ran the ball 14 times for 64 yards and was very active in the passing game, hauling in six passes for 41 yards. Look for Buffalo to continue to slide more playing time his way. 

Elsewhere, we talked about the New York Jets’ Ty Johnson in last week’s story. He has solidified himself as the pass catching back for New York, catching six passes for 38 yards this past weekend. Those in points per reception (PPR) leagues may find a little bit more value here than those in regular leagues. 

Seattle continues to have injury issues, trying to cover for the injured Travis Homer. DeeJay Dallas looked good, carrying the ball 10 times for 37 yards, but he also injured his ankle in last week’s game (though he did return). Tony Jones was also in the mix, rushing seven times for 14 yards while catching two passes for 18 yards. Who knows what the future holds for Seattle given the in and out nature of its players. 

Deep and/or dynasty players can look in the direction of Dallas rookie Malik Davis. He picked up some carries in garbage time, turning one into the first touchdown of his career. 

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.