The quickest way to fall behind in a fantasy football league is to become complacent and rely on the team you drafted, neglecting the all-important waiver wire. As managers make numerous waiver claims for Week 14, hoping to strengthen their roster, should New York Jets WR Corey Davis be a priority addition off the waiver wire vs. the Bills?
Corey Davis Has His Best Game of the Year vs. Minnesota in Week 13
Typically, fantasy football managers don’t need to stress too much about the waiver wire this late in the year. But that’s not the case in 2022, as the NFL, in their infinite wisdom, decided to schedule six teams on a bye during the final week of the fantasy football regular season. Yikes. If there is any positive from this, there are decent options out there this week, including New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis.
There’s no debating Garrett Wilson is the No. 1 option in this offense. He has exploded thanks to the change at QB to Mike White, but he’s not the only one playing well. Davis looked solid in his second game back from injury and saw his first double-digit target game since the opening week of the year.
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After a one-catch performance in Week 12 against Chicago, Davis played on 81% of the snaps and saw 76% route participation, catching five of his ten targets for 85 yards to finish as the WR27 on the week (13.5 PPR).
His 17.5% target share and 1.84 yards per route run were second on the team only to Wilson. It’s worth noting Elijah Moore ran only one less route than Davis but played on 11 fewer snaps as he is the clear No. 3 and only comes on the field in three-wide sets. And even then, he has yet to be able to build off of his rookie-year success.
The question fantasy managers have to ask themselves is whether or not what we saw on Sunday is something Davis can build upon, or is it simply a trap, waiting to catch a fantasy manager off guard here in Week 14?
Should Corey Davis Be a Top Waiver Wire Priority for Fantasy Managers in Week 14?
Rostered in just 11.3% of leagues, David should be available for the vast majority of fantasy managers, regardless of size. While he might not be the most attractive name based on what he’s done this year and outside of his fifth-year blowup with Tennessee, so long as White is under center, Davis is a viable option off the waiver wire.
They trust White to get into a throwing battle against the other team like they did earlier in the year with Joe Flacco. That was the only time we’ve been able to trust Jets receivers as they went back to a rushing-focused attack when it was Zach Wilson under center. So as long as Robert Saleh doesn’t decide to do something rash and put Wilson at QB, Davis should be good to go for fantasy.
This week obviously won’t be as easy against the Buffalo Bills, but it’s worth noting that since Week 7, they have allowed the 13th most points to opposing perimeter wide receivers. Part of that is because they get in shootouts, but it’s not an auto fade for fantasy.
Not only that, but there is multi-week value here as in Week 15, Davis and the Jets will face the Detroit Lions, followed by a matchup in Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If, for some reason, you would need to start Davis during the fantasy playoffs, at least he has good matchups for you.
He’s one of many options this week, too. At running back, Isiah Pacheco, James Cook, Samaje Perine, and Zonovan Knight are all great options. Even at wide receiver, Davis joins a list of D.J. Chark, Jameson Williams, Jahan Dotson, Nico Collins, and Isaiah McKenzie. Whether you need an upside play for weeks down the line or a stable option for Week 14, you should be able to address your needs on the waiver wire in Week 14.
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