If you’re reading this column, congratulations because you’ve probably advanced to your season-long league’s Fantasy Football playoffs. At this point, you’re working the waiver wire to add depth to your team but at the same time, you may be looking to pick up a player to block your league mates from adding someone who can improve their team. There’s nothing wrong with making a preemptive strike against someone you might eventually meet in the later playoff rounds. Be aggressive with your remaining FAAB. You need to win now! To that end, I’ve identified a few players that you’ll want to consider adding to your roster. Good luck in Week 14, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @joegallina.
Peyton Barber, RB, Bucs
Last week, we warned that Jacquizz Rodgers could potentially be vultured by Barber in the Buccaneers’ backfield committee setup. However, the fact that Barber played 68.4 percent of the teams’ offensive snaps compared to Rodgers’ 6.6 percent was surprising. We’ll have to wait to see if Doug Martin can play in Week 14, but if he’ doesn’t, you should consider adding Barber, who is owned in just 10 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.
Waiver Priority: Moderate to High – This may be one of those moves you make to block an opponent in the must-win Fantasy playoff atmosphere.
FAAB – Be aggressive – There’s no need to be economical with your FAAB at this time of year.
Mike Davis, RB, Seahawks
Davis was previously featured in this column, but after a Week 13 performance in which he rushed for 64 yards and caught four passes for 37 yards against a tough Eagles defense, he’ll be highly coveted. He led Seahawks RBs with 45 snaps played (next closest was J.D. McKissic with nine) and his next three opponents (Jaguars, Rams, and Cowboys) all entered Week 13 giving up an average of 100 rushing yards per game. Davis is owned in just 10 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues.
Waiver Priority: High – If he can stay healthy, Davis is likely to be the Seahawks’ primary back. Finding an RB who can get regular reps this late in the season is Fantasy gold.
FAAB – All of it
Tion Green, RB, Lions
Green took advantage of Ameer Abdullah being inactive in Week 13 and put up 11 carries for 51 yards (4.64 YPC) and a TD. With Abdullah averaging less than 10 carries per game over the past three weeks and just 2.72 YPC over his past five games, Green could be in line for an increased role in the Lions offense. He should be widely available in all leagues.
Waiver Priority: Moderate – Running back depth is always important, but even more so at this point in the season.
FAAB – 10-25 percent
Andre Ellington, RB, Texans
If you’re looking for RB or depth at the flex position in deeper PPR leagues, you should consider picking up Ellington. According to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Ellington played out of the slot receiver position in 38 of his 47 snaps in Week 13. He had just two carries against the Titans. However, he was targeted six times and had five receptions for 56 yards. He is owned in 11 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
Waiver Priority: Moderate – With Will Fuller still recovering from his rib injury, Ellington could continue to get a steady diet of targets in the upcoming weeks. Running backs are always in demand.
FAAB – 15-25 percent
Trent Taylor, WR, 49ers
Taylor is a big time sleeper, but it’s worth noting that in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first game as the 49ers’ QB, he had the second most targets, (six) and caught all of them for 92 yards. Marquise Goodwin (whom we recommended last week) will be the team’s number one receiver going forward. However, the 49ers will likely be playing from behind in most of their remaining games, and will likely rely heavily on their passing game. If you play in a deeper league and have had to deal with the loss of Rishard Matthews or Robert Woods, he could be an option.
Waiver Priority: Low – Taylor could be targeted regularly going forward, however, I wouldn’t rely on him unless I absolutely had to. He’s simply a depth addition if you have a dead spot on your roster.
FAAB – 1 to 3 percent
Stephen Anderson, TE, Texans
With C.J. Fiedorowicz suffering another concussion in Week 13 and Ryan Griffin already on injured reserve, Anderson should be the Texans’ starting TE for the rest of the season. He was targeted 12 times and caught five passes for 79 yards, including a TD in Week 13.
Waiver Priority: Moderate – With Rob Gronkowski facing a potential suspension for his cheap shot against Tre’Davious White, and Vernon Davis posting two straight small weeks your league mates may be looking for a tight end this week.
FAAB – 15 to 20 percent
Trey Burton, TE, Eagles
With Zach Ertz in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Burton may have an opportunity to be the Eagles’ number one TE for at least one week. He was targeted seven times in Week 13 and caught four passes for 42 yards. If he gets the start in Week 14, he should be heavily targeted.
Waiver Priority: Moderate- He could be a one-week plug and play if Ertz is out in Week 14.
FAAB – 10 to 20 percent
Cowboys vs. Giants
At the time this is published, we’re still not sure who the Giants quarterback will be in Week 14. If it’s Geno Smith, the Cowboys become a juicy play as a defensive streamer. No matter who is under center this week, the Giants’ offense is broken. They’ve scored an average of 14 offense points per game over their last six outings.
Patriots at Dolphins
The Patriots’ defense continues to roll in Fantasy, scoring an average of 12.2 Fantasy points per game over the last five weeks. They scored 18 Fantasy points against the Dolphins in their last meeting in Week 12.