Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions: The Heisman Trophy Candidates For Your Team
It is getting to be that time! Week 14 brings about half of the Fantasy Football leagues around the country into the Fantasy Playoffs, meaning the Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions can make or break your championship hopes.
More than likely you do not need a huge boost to your roster if you are in the playoffs. I just would caution your complacency with your current lineup.
Remember, anyone can get hurt at any time. Even more likely is that there will be a pick-up that decides a championship.
Just last year the late additions of Thomas Rawls and David Johnson carried people to titles. Doug Baldwin was even available in a lot of leagues before he went on a tear at the end of the season.
What I am getting at is to always try to upgrade your roster. No matter if you are undefeated, there is still an area you can probably gain some depth.
For the rankings system for the Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions, I thought I would just use the Heisman Trophy voting system. Lamar Jackson looks like he has it locked up, although Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech has more total touchdowns, more total yards, a higher quarterback rating, and a higher completion percentage.
But I digress, for each of the Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions, they will receive a percentage of Heisman Trophy first-place votes. The higher the percentage, the more resources (FAAB, waiver priority) you should use on the player.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN: 24.7% , Yahoo: 23%)
Flacco is not a sexy name at all to pick up, but he is the leading scorer of the weekend among quarterbacks. It was a down week overall for the position, possibly due to the weather getting colder. Flacco put up 381 yards and four touchdowns against the Dolphins. I caution the enthusiasm though, as it was only his third 300-yard game of the season, and only the third multi-touchdown outing. With a decently tough schedule down the stretch, and a defense-first mentality team, I am staying away from Flacco.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 5%
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans (ESPN: 7.9%, Yahoo: 10%)
Somehow, Osweiler ended up as a Top-5 quarterback this weekend. This is even more fool’s gold than Flacco and I don’t even want to waste much breath on the guy after he has single handedly destroyed DeAndre Hopkins as an elite option.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 1%
Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (ESPN: 25.4%, Yahoo: 23%)
LeSean McCoy had a monster game against Oakland, with 191 total yards. However, it was Gillislee that found the end zone twice. It was no fluke, as Gillislee has four touchdowns in his last four games, and six in his last seven outings, most of which McCoy was playing. With Cleveland and Miami on deck, there will be room for both Bills’ backs to get production. Even more importantly, McCoy is not exactly a health stalwart, and Gillislee would become an elite option should McCoy be out.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 90%
Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN: 48.4%, Yahoo: 46%)
— NFL News (@PlayerlineNFL) December 5, 2016
I keep telling people to pick up Dixon, and he remains available in over half of leagues. Dixon had another double-digit PPR day, catching four passes for the second game in a row. He also increased his rushing output for the fifth consecutive game. He will be a factor in the Ravens’ offense going forward, and with their match-ups they are going to try and pound the ball.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 85%
Troymaine Pope, Seattle Seahawks (ESPN: 0.1%, Yahoo: 0%)
I would say I watch more football than the majority of people both college and pro. Yet I had never heard of Troymaine Pope until he got carries against Carolina. Pope ended up with eight carries and a catch in the game. While that might not make you jump off the couch to the waiver wire, it was easily the second most touches of all Seahawks’ backs. Let us not forget Thomas Rawls’ injury history. I think that should Rawls get hurt, Pope will be a dynamo in deeper leagues. If you have extra Flex spots or are in a 14-team league, he should be added.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 50%
Travaris Cadet, New Orleans Saints (ESPN: 0.4%, Yahoo: 0%)
Only six running backs had more catches than Cadet’s five against Detroit, and he managed to finish with 10.3 PPR Fantasy Points. However, he has just been a non-factor in too many games. There is getting to be too many mouths to feed in the New Orleans backfield, and Cadet is the low man on the totem pole.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 3%
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (ESPN: 25.1%, Yahoo: 37%)
Lockett finally showed the promise that so many had been waiting for since the pre-season, ending the game with 138 total yards, five catches and a score. He ended up as the third-highest PPR scoring receiver. This is following a zero point outing against Tampa Bay the previous week. Which is the outlier and which is the norm? I would lean toward the scoring side of it, just for the upside that Lockett brings.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 60%
Albert Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN: 0.4%, Yahoo: 1%)
I have had Wilson in this space but said that Tyreek Hill was the Chiefs’ receiver to own. Now Wilson had more points this past week, but the majority of them were due to a 55-yard fake punt touchdown. When Jeremy Maclin returns, I think Wilson is the one to take a back seat, and Hill continues to shine.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 15%
Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots (ESPN: 19.8%, Yahoo: 29%)
With the news that Rob Gronkowski is out for the season, there was a sudden void in targets in the Patriots’ offense. Malcolm Mitchell looks to be filling that void, as he had his third straight game with 16 or more PPR Fantasy Points. While Mitchell failed to reach the end zone after back-to-back games with touchdowns, I was even more intrigued by his career high eight catches. That is a much more consistent gauge of Fantasy production going forward.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 99%
Joshua Bellamy, Chicago Bears (ESPN: 0.0%, Yahoo: 0%)
Bellamy only had 23 Fantasy Points all season, before busting out for 105 total yards and four catches against San Francisco. With Alshon Jeffery suspended for the remainder of the Fantasy season, Bellamy is intriguing. I had last week that Marquess Wilson was not worth an add, but I think Bellamy has more staying power. Toss in a friendly match-up with Washington in Week 16, and I like the chances of his prospects.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 44%
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (ESPN: 16.9%, Yahoo: 16%)
Thielen is another guy that I have featured here before, but he is still sparsely owned. After his 7-catch, 86-yard performance against Dallas, Thielen now has five straight games with at least double digit PPR Fantasy Points. He now gets friendly match-ups against Jacksonville and Indianapolis. You can do a lot worse at receiver than the Viking who has at least three catches in six straight games.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 77%
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN: 47%, Yahoo: 33%)
I was quite surprised that Pitta was eligible for the Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions. In every league I am a part of, he is owned, mostly by me. Yes, I know, he had not scored in over a year until Sunday. What he does have is consistent catches each week. Not many tight ends have multiple receptions in every game this season, and Pitta has at least 3 catches in every game but one. If Flacco starts looking his way in the Red Zone, then you have the perfect Gronk replacement.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 68%
— John Perrotto (@JPerrotto) December 5, 2016
Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN: 11.6%, Yahoo: 23%)
Green was a hot name in the pre-season, but there was an injury that threatened his career. He has now been back for three games, and exploded against the Giants on Sunday. His 6-catch, 110-yard, 1-touchdown performance puts him as the top pick up for the Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions. In arguable the league’s most explosive offense, having an athletic tight end to target in the red zone and over the middle is quite the luxury.
Heisman Vote Percentage: 100%
That’s it for the Week 14 Waiver Wire Additions! Make sure to check out our weekly rankings!
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