Your Monday Morning Waiver Wire Report for Week 14

Here are the players I am targeting on the waiver wire after Week 13.

Over the course of the season, either 14 Team Mocker or I will provide our reactions every Monday morning to what happened in the NFL that week.

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Wide Receivers

Malcolm Mitchell

The future is now for the unheralded rookie wide receiver. Mitchell is owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues. He needs owned in every single league.

Ten targets, eight receptions, 82 yards versus Los Angeles.

That’s now 22 targets, 17 receptions, 222 yards and three touchdowns in the last three weeks.

In a series of unfortunate events on Sunday, rookie defensive back Cyrus Jones muffed a punt in the first half. Danny Amendola took over punt return duties and suffered a high ankle sprain on one of his second half returns. Early reports are that he could miss the final four games in order to be fully healthy for the NFL playoffs. With Rob Gronkowski on IR and now Amendola on the shelf, there are about 8-10 targets per game that have been freed up.

In a game that was never in doubt, Tom Brady still attempted 46 passes. I believe Mitchell is a lock for a minimum of six targets per game. The Patriots have plus home matchups in Week 14 versus the Ravens and Week 16 versus the Jets. The Week 15 game at Denver is less than ideal but we know Brady is still going to come out chucking.

Brandon LaFell

I’m not a big LaFell believer but in A.J. Green’s absence he’s seen 9, 9 and 7 targets. Week 13 was the first week he did anything substantial with them, compiling five receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati faces the O-fer Browns in Week 14. Looking at this week’s matchups, I could see myself starting LaFell over any Titans or Jaguars receiver. I’d start LaFell this week over any wide receiver not named Terrelle Pryor on the Browns, Stefon Diggs on the Vikings or Jordan Matthews (if healthy) on the Eagles.

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If you didn’t pick up Taylor Gabriel last week, grab him if he’s still available. Both Mohamed Sanu (Groin) and Julio Jones (“Lower Body Injury”) were in and out of the lineup as yesterday’s game wound down. Gabriel was the second most targeted Falcon after Jones. With matchups against the Rams, 49ers and Panthers in the playoffs, Gabriel could be a major contributor especially if either Sanu or Jones are limited.

Running Backs

With no major RB injuries this week, Mocker gave you some evergreen fantasy playoff advice last week that I’ll carry over to this week.

Handcuff running backs are as important as they will ever be, with Derrick HenryAlfred MorrisKenneth FarrowTim Hightower, DeAngelo Williams, and Rex Burkhead topping the list.

If you have secured a bye week already, and you don’t have running backs with clear handcuffs, it’s worth stockpiling any you can get that could potentially block the other strongest teams in the league. The number of teams still using waivers will dwindle in a lot of leagues either through disinterest or the rules, so it’s very important to realize who you are competing with, and who they may need.

Tight Ends

I’m sure Ladarius Green is unavailable in most competitive leagues despite his 22 percent ownership number on Yahoo. With 11 targets in Week 13, Green has asserted himself as a reliable target for Ben Roethlisberger, especially in the red zone.

Don’t look now but Jermaine Gresham has actually strung together a decent three game stretch. If you’re in dire straits at the position, Arizona’s Week 14 opponent, the Dolphins, gave up 9 receptions, 90 yards and two touchdowns to Dennis Pitta this weekend.

Quarterbacks

Hopefully you’ve locked up a quarterback for the playoff run. The waiver wire is a pretty scary place right now. I finally decided to trust Colin Kaepernick in a few of my leagues this week with apocalyptic results.

The only likely available player I can stomach is Ryan Fitzpatrick, with Alex Smith as a distant second. I think I’m still rolling out Kaepernick over the likes of Matt Barkley, Brock Osweiler and Sam Bradford.

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Defenses

Dave Caban took a look at the fantasy playoffs and potential defensive combos to own. It’s a very informative read and I highly suggest looking it over. After reading his article, I picked up the Bengals in advance of their Week 14 matchup with Cleveland.

Now is the time to stash an extra defense with a good upcoming matchup. Your bench should consist of handcuff running backs, a defense and maybe a quarterback. It’s good to remind yourself that the competition for waiver wire players has shrunk and will continue to shrink.

Closing Out Week 13

The Jets and Colts are two of the shallowest offensive depth charts so I don’t think there are any potential stashes in advance of tonight’s game. Let’s hope everyone comes out of the final Week 13 contest healthy. Good luck in the playoffs!

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