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Through The Wire - Week 14
12/2/19; Updated: 12/3/19

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Kirk Cousins, MIN – I’ll update again after Monday night’s contest with Seattle, but the Week 14 matchup with Detroit looks like a good one, and Cousins is just 55-70 percent owned in fantasy leagues. If Carson Wentz (81 percent owned in ESPN leagues) is unavailable, Cousins might be the best free agent QB to add for Week 14.

UPDATE: Cousins completed 22-of-38 passes for 276-2-1 in the Vikings' 37-30, Week 13 loss to the Seahawks. If he can get Thielen back, he could dominate the Lions.

Jacoby Brissett, IND – Nick Foles couldn’t do much against the Bucs, but they still have an awful pass defense. If the Colts can get some offensive players back in Week 14, that only helps Brissett’s cause. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Hilton is still very questionable for Week 14, which reduces my interest in Brissett a bit.

Andy Dalton, CIN – Dalton got the start to inject some new life in the Cincinnati offense, and it worked. The veteran signal caller completed 22 of 37 passes for 243-1-0 in Sunday's 22-6 win over the Jets. The Bengals now travel to Cleveland which presents a much tougher matchup, but a Week 16 game against the Dolphins is looming, so he could have some value in two-QB leagues then.

UPDATE: John Ross was just activated from IR, which helps Dalton too.

Other QBs to consider: Baker Mayfield (hand), Sam Darnold, Devlin Hodges


Jared Goff, LAR – Goff blew up for 424-2-0 against the Cards and had over 300 passing yards at halftime. It’ll be a difficult test against the Seahawks at home next week, but if he can keep up this momentum, he’s worth considering, especially with many of the top QBs in tougher matchups.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI – Trubisky completed 29 of 38 passes for 338 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Bears’ 24-20 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving. It was his first 300-yard passing game this season and his best fantasy performance by far. Dallas probably won’t let him have as much success in Week 14.

Darwin Thompson

Running Backs

Raheem Mostert, SF – We listed him in our RBs to consider for Week 13 and he finished with 19 carries for 146 yards a TD, adding 2-8-0 receiving. Mostert is just 14 percent owned in ESPN leagues but has taken advantage of Matt Breida's (ankle) continued absence, serving as the more effective back in a committee alongside Tevin Coleman He’ll try to follow up his first career 100-yard rushing performance. against the Saints in Week 14.

Peyton Barber, TB – Barber ruined many DFS lineups on Sunday by taking the reins from an ineffective Ronald Jones and rushing for 44 yards and two scores in the Bucs win over the Jags. He’s available in about 50-65 percent of fantasy leagues but isn’t guaranteed these results in a matchup with the Colts in Week 14.

UPDATE: RoJo was benched for missing a pass protection, which is a dubious factor for both backs. Barber is still a possible DFS and deep league play.

Darwin Thompson, KC – It’s pretty slim pickings on the waiver wire for RBs at this point in the season, but Thompson flashed some upside after Darrel Williams went down with a hamstring injury, rushing 11 times for 44 yards and a TD in the Chiefs’ 40-9, Week 13 win over the Raiders. The Chiefs backfield has some question marks heading into Week 14, but Thompson and LeSean McCoy might be the two backs shouldering most of the load if the D-Will Twins aren’t playing.

UPDATE: Damien Williams now has a shot to play this week, which hurts Darwin’s value.

Other RBs to consider: Duke Johnson, Brian Hill, Patrick Laird


Rashaad Penny, SEA – UPDATE: Penny had another big day, rushing for 74 yards and one touchdown on MNF, and he appears to be in a timeshare with Chris Carson. The Seahawks were rotating the two backs pretty evenly in their run-first offense with a lot of success, so they both have value in this scenario, especially with a Week 14 road date with the Rams before great spots in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Panthers and Cardinals.

Benny Snell, PIT – Snell rushed 16 times for 63 yards and a TD in Pittsburgh’s Week 13 win over the Browns, despite Jaylen Samuels getting the start. Snell’s skill set and traditional running style has carved out a role in this offense and he could return RB3 value against the Cardinals in Week 14 if James Conner (shoulder) isn't cleared to play.

UPDATE: Connor is still questionable, so Snell is in play for now.

Derrius Guice, WAS – This is what we’ve been waiting for from Guice, who rushed just 10 times but amassed 129 yards and two TDs in the Redskins’ Week 13 win over the Panthers. The Panthers suspect run defense allowed him to create some big plays, and he’s clearly the most capable back in the committee. Guice will be a solid flex play in Green Bay next week with some upside because of his goal line role.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Alshon Jeffery, PHI – He’s 80 percent owned in ESPN leagues, so it’s possible he wasn’t rostered in your league for Week 13, when he went off for 9-137-1 on 16 targets. He’s the top add if available and faces the Giants in Week 14.

Zach Pascal, IND – Pascal (25 percent owned in ESPN leagues) caught 7-109-0 on 10 targets in Week 13 and is back on my radar for Week 14 in a favorable matchup against the Bucs – especially if T.Y. Hilton can’t play. Chester Rogers also went down with a knee injury and will miss the rest of 2019.

UPDATE: Pascal could get 10 or more looks again on Sunday with so many Colts WRs out of commission.

TE Mike Gesicki, MIA – I’ve talked about him before but’s time to add the guy. He’s scored in back-to-back weeks after posting 5-79-1 on seven targets in Week 13, and he’s just 10-20 percent owned.

Allen Lazard, GB – Lazard (2-5 percent owned) caught 3-103-1 on Sunday and looks comfortable working with Aaron Rodgers. He’s a passable WR4 moving forward.

UPDATE: Lazard is likely a boom-or-bust play so I might restrict my use to deeper leagues, especially with so many other viable options on the Packers.

Breshad Perriman, TB – The other WR on Tampa Bay, Perriman caught five of six targets for 87 yards in the Bucs’' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He’s a longshot play but has been more involved in the offense since Week 8.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Dede Westbrook, Kendrick Bourne, TE Kaden Smith, Auden Tate


Will Fuller, HOU – It looked like we might have vintage Fuller back after he caught 7-of-11 targets for 140 yards in the Texans' Week 12 win over the Colts, but he sputtered on Sunday night with just one catch on two targets for 8 yards in Week 13 against the Patriots. The home matchup with Denver in Week 14 is a better one.

A.J. Brown, TEN – Brown followed up a scintillating, career-best performance in Week 12 (4-135-1 on five targets) with a relatively quiet outing in Indy as the Titans cruised to victory, hauling in 3-45-0 on four targets. He’s a boom-or-bust WR3 every week, but the matchup with Oakland in Week 14 is a good one.

James Washington, PIT – This is more like it! Washington hauled in all four of his targets for 111 yards and a TD in Pittsburgh’s Week 13 comeback win over the Browns – making his first career 100-yard game and third TD in his last four contests. He could have another big day against the Cards in Week 14 if JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) isn’t ready to return.

UPDATE: JuJu still has the Q, so Washington is worth adding in all formats.

Robby Anderson, NYJ – Now we’re rolling. Anderson caught 7-101-0 on 10 targets in the Jets’ Week 13 loss to the Bengals and has another favorable matchup vs. the Dolphins in Week 14.

TE Jack Doyle, IND – Doyle was an obvious add after Eric Ebron went on IR, but he really delivered on Sunday with six catches for 73 yards and a TD on 11 targets in the loss to Tennessee. Fire him up as a TE1 against the Bucs in Week 14.

Anthony Miller, CHI – Miller is still just 10 percent owned in ESPN leagues, so I’m going to take some credit for including him in this column after his big day on Thanksgiving, when he saw a whopping 13 targets and finished with 9-140-0 in the win over the Lions. He’s probably not a great play in Week 14 facing the Cowboys.