Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

Kenny Stills, WR, Saints- Week 13 Stats- 5 rec, 162 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Kenny is still the Saints receiver I’d trust the most to start as we enter the fantasy football playoffs. He leads the team in yards on the year (691) and has seen a nice uptick in targets since teammate Brandin Cooks went down with a season ending thumb injury in week 11. On Sunday the second year speedster torched veteran Ike Taylor for 162 yards and a score in the Saints 35-32 win over the Steelers. He’s a locked and loaded flex play the rest of the season with WR3 upside. For comparison, I’d feel more comfortable starting him than hit-or-miss guys like Percy Harvin, Mohamed Sanu, Michael Floyd and Michael Crabtree.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans- Week 13 Stats: 24 of 33 for 358 pass yds, 6 TDs, 147.5 passer rating

Ryan Six-Patrick returned from the dead Sunday, filling in for the injured quarterback who stole his job from three weeks ago. The Harvard grad had a near perfect game, throwing a franchise record 6 touchdowns as well as 358 yards in the Texans division win over the Titans. I’d be willing to bet my salary he doesn’t duplicate these numbers at any point over the final four games, but with another plus matchup versus the Jags on Sunday he’s an enticing daily fantasy option.

Stedman Bailey, WR, Rams- Week 13 Stats- 5 rec, 100 rec yds

This is admittedly a DEEP longshot, but Bailey had Steadily produced these past two weeks so it’s worth mentioning that he’s turned 15 targets into 12 catches for 189 yards and a score. You never want to let your fantasy fate rest of the arm of a QB like Austin Davis, but targets don’t lie. One of either Bailey or Kenny Britt are going to have startable fantasy days each week, it just depends how much of a gamble you are willing to take.  

Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts- Week 13 Stats- 3 rec, 134 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Moncrief remains a boom or bust fantasy option, but when he goes off, like he did on Sunday for 134 yards and two scores, take cover. He's clearly the superior talent to an at this point in his career washed up Hakeem Nicks. The only question that remains is whether or not Chuck Pagano and company are ready to go all in on the rookie out of Ole Miss. At this point he's worth owning, but I think I'd need to see an injury to Reggie Wayne or Nicks before starting him with any semblance of confidence. 

Chris Johnson, RB, Jets- Week 13 Stats: 17 car, 105 rush yds

Granted the Jets were coddling quarterback Geno Smith to the fullest, but CJ2.0YPC looked like his old, explosive self in his season high 17 carry, 105 rushing yard performance under the lights at MetLife on Monday. This could be a sign of things to come, as the New York appears content with becoming fully one dimensional if it means minimizing the chances Geno Smith ends up on Sportscenter’s “Not Top 10.” He should see at least 15 touches per game the rest of the way, though the fact that he plays for such an anemic offense would worry to me to no end if I had to actually plug him in my starting lineup. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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