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Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Power Rankings: Gear Up For The Playoffs


Ben Tate

Pat Mayo (@ThePME) & Tim Anderson (@TimAnderson87) recap Week 13, issuing their target report and a full injury update. Then, they go position by position and unleash their waiver wire power rankings for Week 14 with the focus on which available players can help you the most in the Fantasy playoffs. They want the best match ups, not necessarily the best players. They discuss the proper playoff strategy on how to construct your bench, the benefits of sabotaging the other members of your league  and at (32:45) briefly discuss Korea’s biggest pandemic…FAN DEATH!!!


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Waiver Wire Power Rankings
(with suggested winning FAAB Bids & time of Podcast)

RUNNING BACKS (17:30)

  1. Ben Tate ($75)
  2. Bobby Rainey ($55)
  3. Shane Vereen ($54)
  4. Donald Brown ($48)
  5. Jonathan Dwyer ($14)
  6. Jonathan Stewart ($8)
  7. Chris Ivory ($16)
  8. Montee Ball ($4)
  9. LaGarrette Blount ($2)
  10. Mike Tolbert ($2)
  11. Chris Ogbonnaya ($1)
  12. Bilal Powell ($1)
  13. Brandon Bolden ($0)
  14. Stepfan Taylor ($0)
  15. Marcel Reece ($0)
  16. Dennis Johnson ($0)
  17. Benny Cunningham ($0)
  18. Fozzy Whittaker ($0)
  19. Felix Jones ($0)
  20. Roy Helu Jr. ($0)
  21. Brian Leonard ($0)
  22. Shonn Greene ($0)
  23. James Starks ($0)
  24. Mark Ingram ($-46)

While it’s unlikely he’s still available, Ben Tate is the add you need to make if you’re loking for a difference making RB in the Fantasy playoffs. He’s coming off the huge week and benefits from three soft match ups to close the season. Starting this week in Jacksonville… Shane Vereen’s role in the Patriots passing game is the only constant from that backfield. Other than him, it’s far too combustible of a situation to trust. As crazy as it sounds, I do anticipate the return of Stevan Ridley at some point, so if he was dropped out of anger, I’d grab him. If Ridley is again a healthy scratch, give me LaGarrette Blount over Brandon Bolden – Blount gets the goal line work… I’ve preached not giving up on Bobby Rainey. Why? Two horrible match ups in a row. There’s not much room to maneuver against the Lions and Panthers on the ground. He’ll be cut on mass this week, now’s the time to go get him. He’ll be a Top 20 option again, beginning this week against Buffalo… It’s clear the Colts have finally come to their senses and are committed to feeding Donald Brown the ball. Bout time… Of the next tier of pickups, I’ve downgraded Chris Ivory for his disastrous playoff schedule. He’s unplayable against Carolina in Week 15 and Cleveland is no cakewalk in Week 16. Actually, those are both games where the Jets are probably going to be behind, meaning Bilal Powell and his pass catching prowess may be the better option those weeks. More so in PPR leagues… Montee Ball has looked good lately, but can you really trust him in weeks you need to win? Probably not. Not while the awesome Knowshon Moreno is healthy, and overcome with emotion by how good he is… We won’t know Le’Veon Bell’s status until later in the week, but from watching the GIF over and over, and over and over, I’m not filled with optimism he’ll be on the field any time soon. Nothing certain though; concussions are tricky. Bad looking ones may not be the worst and vice versa, add Jonathan Dwyer just in case. He’ll take over at least part of Bell’s workload, maybe Felix Jones gets in the mix too. There is one thing to remember with Steelers RBs however: The offensive line sucks.

WIDE RECEIVERS (36:20)

  1. Michael Crabtree ($56)
  2. Kendall Wright ($21)
  3. Julian Edelman ($20)
  4. Emmanuel Sanders ($19)
  5. Rod Streater ($19)
  6. Nate Burleson ($3)
  7. Ace Sanders ($5)
  8. Greg Jennings ($7)
  9. Jarrett Boykin ($1)
  10. Andre Holmes ($7)
  11. Doug Baldwin ($0)
  12. Cordarrelle Patterson ($3)
  13. Josh Boyce ($2)
  14. LaVon Brazill ($3)
  15. Lance Moore ($0)
  16. Tavon Austin ($1)
  17. Kenny Stills ($1)
  18. Justin Hunter ($0)
  19. Jerome Simpson
  20. David Nelson ($0)
  21. Chris Givens ($0)
  22. Kris Durham ($0)
  23. Greg Little ($0)
  24. Rishad Matthews ($0)
  25. Aaron Dobson ($0)
  26. The Walls Of Jericho Cotchery ($0)
  27. Marvin Jones ($0)
  28. Mario Manningham ($0)
  29. Mohamed Sanu ($0)
  30. Cole Beasley ($0)
  31. T.J. Graham ($0)
  32. Marquise Goodwin ($0)
  33. Markus Wheaton ($0)
  34. Dexter McCluster ($0)
  35. Nate Washington ($0)
  36. Robert Meachem ($0)
  37. Jermaine Kearse ($0)
  38. Tiquan Underwood ($0)

The top five options aren’t wildly available – as they shouldn’t be in competitive leagues – but they’re on a clear cut tier by themselves… I’m issuing a mulligan for Nate Burleson and his big Thanksgiving goose egg. Still not certain why he was so uninvolved, but he’d piled up at least 6 receptions in every other game he’d played in this season, so I’ll stick with that trend. This was just an aberration… I love me some Jarrett Boykin, but he too posted a big fat nothing on turkey day. That one is a bit easier to figure out – Matt Flynn and his non-existent arm tried getting him the ball. Didn’t work. Hopefully Aaron Rodgers can return and make him a Top 20 option again, so he’s worth the stash, but he can’t appear in your Fantasy playoff lineup with Flynn under center. Unless you’re trying to lose, of course… Ace Sanders seems to have usurped Mike Brown as the secondary option in the Jags offense. That means something in PPR formats… Rod Streater is definitely the safer, more reliable option in Oakland withDenarius Moore gimped up, but if you’re swinging for the fences, Andre Holmes has more upside. The bad news? He could just as easily post a zero… I prefer Cordarrelle Patterson to Tavon Austin. Both aren’t great options, though. They need to score in weird ways – returns, reverses – to be Fantasy relevant. You can’t rely on that, especially at this point of the season… LaVon Brazill showed some life in the Colts offense. Blame that on Darrius Heyward-Bey inability to catch. Brazill led Indy in targets with 8. He’s a deep flyer… Greg Jennings gets a bump ifMatt Cassel continues to start in Minnesota. After being unownable most of the season, Jennings could be a sneaky WR3/PPR FLEX to close the year… Josh Boyce is worth a speculation add based on his new opportunity. IfKenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson remain out, Boyce gets Tom Brady throwing to him. He’ll probably be a nobody, but it’s worth the gamble if you need the WR help… And don’t forget about Doug Baldwin with Percy Harvin’s hip continuing to be a problem. Baldwin excelled for Seattle when it was just him and Golden Tate on the field.

TIGHT ENDS (48:45)

  1. Coby Fleener ($36)
  2. Jordan Reed ($11)
  3. Delaine Walker ($9)
  4. Charles DICE Clay ($7)
  5. Ladarius Green ($7)
  6. Jared Cook ($6)
  7. Mychal Rivera ($0)
  8. Brandon Myers ($0)
  9. Rob Housler ($0)
  10. Tim Wright ($0)
  11. Garrett Graham ($0)
  12. Brandon Pettigrew ($0)
  13. Scott Chandler ($0)
  14. Anthony Fasano ($0)
  15. Zach Ertz ($0)
  16. John Carlson ($0)
  17. Marcedes Lewis ($0)

Poor Jordan Reed owners, myself included. Things were all peachy when it was unexpectedly announced Sunday morning that he’d been cleared to play. Nice info to receive; now we wouldn’t have to stress all day about it. It’s never fun scrambling for a replacement for a player in the Sunday nighter. Then, during the Redskins’ pre-game warmup, Reed gets a headache and can’t go. Sweet. Thanks Jordan! The prolonged issues with his concussion scare me, as they may potentially persist the remainder of the season, but if Reed is in uniform, I want him starting in my Fantasy lineup. And after another DNP, he’s likely to be dropped in a passel of leagues… Coby Fleener is the safer bet than Reed, but possesses a lower ceiling… Oh, hai Ladarius Green! Turns out you’re pretty good, huh? With Antonio Gates perpetually hobbled, Green has become the vertical stretch option in the middle of the field for the Chargers. And it’s working. He’s a big play guy, and keeps coming through. That’s now 80 yards or a TD in three consecutive contests. Rest of the season, give me Green over Gates… Although he suffered a concussion that forced him out of the game, Delaine Walker still has a primo playoff sched getting the Cards and Jags when it matters most for Fantasy owners. So if he’s dropped and you’re still playing TE roulette, he’s THE add. Just remember to say a few Hail Marys for his health… For one week, and one week only, Jared Cook is being removed from my unplayable list. Probably a mistake, but Cook gets the Cardinals. Every tight end kills Arizona. Even Cook… Just like Zach Ertz did. Ertz was the benefactor of the greatest match up in the history of time; don’t buy into him as a viable long term add…

QUARTERBACKS (54:35)

  1. Jay Cutler ($7)
  2. Josh McCown ($6)
  3. Joe Flacco ($5)
  4. Mike Glennon ($4)
  5. Alex Smith ($4)
  6. Carson Palmer ($0)
  7. Matt McGloin ($0)
  8. Ryan Tannehill ($0)
  9. On the Case Keenum ($0)

It’s still uncertain when Smokin Jay Cutler’s returning, especially with the Bears quickly falling out of the NFC playoff picture – why risk his long term health for nothing – and Josh McCown’s glorious fill in work, but if he does come back, you’ll want to have him. The Bears offense is so explosive it’s likely earned McCown a starting gig with the Jets, Browns or Jags next year. Over the next three weeks, Chicago gets Dallas, Cleveland and Philly – all quality match ups. You’ll want whoever is taking the snaps – Cutler or McCown – I expect Cutler to be the guy when he’s ready… Mike Glennon Dynamite has proved fairly predictable: Soft match up, great game. Tough spot, not so much a time – like Sunday against the Panthers. But that changes in Week 14 against the Bills. Buffalo’s defense is no stranger to being shredded – be it through air or land. If you need a plug in this week, Glennon’s your guy… Well, Glennon or Joe Flacco. Flacco’s stat lines certainly aren’t sponge worthy, but they’re always consistent. Fake Bert has produced at least one passing score in seven straight games, and now inherits the best possible matchup for a Fantasy QB – against the Vikings… Alex Smith too has a respectable match up against the Redskins, just sayin… All you Aaron Rodgers owners that have been riding Carson Palmer the past month owe him a sizeable severance package for all he’s done for your team, but the time has come to kick him out the door. Palmer begins his deadly stretch squaring off with top tier pass defense starting this week with the Rams. And St. Louis is the easiest of those opponents. In Weeks 15 and 16, Arizona draws Tennessee and Seattle – the second and fifth stingiest defenses to Fantasy pivots.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS (58.35)

  1. NE vs CLE ($11)
  2. OAK at NYJ ($9)
  3. ARZ vs STL ($8)
  4. NYJ vs OAK ($7)
  5. STL at ARZ ($0)
  6. BUF at TB ($0)

Apparently, someone named Alex Tanney may be starting for the Browns. I don’t know who that is. Sounds great to stream against however… At this point, any defense playing the Jets is a Top 10 option. Yes, even Oakland…  And the Jets may reek, but it’s not their defense’s fault – that unit is fairly stout. They’ll be able to limit the Raiders.

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