If you’re reading this you most likely made the playoffs, so congratulations! If not, then you just love reading about players to stash, either to ruin someone else’s chances or for your long term dynasty roster. Either way, here are some Week 14 waiver wire finds that you might have in your league that are owned in fewer than 25% of non-PPR leagues.
Week 14 fantasy waiver wire finds
Alexander Mattison, MIN RB (18% owned)
This is the obvious choice but is worth mentioning in case he’s still available in your league. Dalvin Cook left the game on Monday night due to a clavicle injury and has a chance to miss Week 14 against the Lions. if that happens, Mattison becomes a top 10 RB in almost every format. Along with other high-value handcuffs like Tony Pollard, Ryquell Armstead, and Benny Snell, Mattison is just one of many names we’ve been screaming about in waiver columns for weeks. Now is definitely the time to grab him if you still can, and is worth every dollar of FAAB you have left.
Patrick Laird, MIA RB (1% owned)
Laird has been on the rise lately and is probably owned in most dynasty leagues at this point. With the injury to starting RB Kalen Ballage, Laird now becomes a viable option in regular redraft leagues as well. Laird has started showing his connection with veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and should see the bulk of the carries for a team that is as hot and cold as they come. However, you aren’t likely to use him unless you absolutely need to. Grab him now and see how it goes. Besides, running back injuries can derail your playoff hopes in a second, so having more on your bench is always a good idea.
Russell Gage, ATL WR (4% owned)
On Thanksgiving night, Russell Gage started for the injured Julio Jones and did pretty well, getting 52 yards and a touchdown. If Jones misses any more time, it is likely that Gage will become fantasy relevant again, making him worth stashing on your bench for the playoffs whether you have Jones or not. He is clearly showing some rapport with QB Matt Ryan and could be a spot start if someone on your roster gets hurt. Definitely worth a look if you’re needy at WR.
James Washington, PIT WR (23% owned)
Washington is starting to show his talents on a weekly basis, regardless of who is throwing the ball for Pittsburgh. This past week, he went off for 111 yards and a touchdown with third-string QB Devlin Hodges, and now he faces a weak Cardinals defense in Week 14. Washington could potentially be a league winner if Smith-Schuster stays on the sideline and keeps getting the volume he’s been getting in the downfield game. Grab him now but see what news we hear about Juju before putting him into your lineup.
Ryan Griffin, NYJ TE (25% owned)
Griffin made our Week 12 mock draft article and comes up again because the TE position is bleak this time of the year. I mean, sure, the Jets looked horrible this week, there’s no sugar-coating it, but Ryan Griffin still got plenty of looks from QB Sam Darnold. With T.J. Hockenson going on IR and TE stalwarts like Evan Engram and George Kittle being on the cusp of missing a week, stashing a guy like Griffin isn’t a bad idea. Not only that, but the Jets face the Dolphins this week, which helps almost any player get right, which includes both Griffin and Darnold. Grab him now and see how the week plays out, you might need him.
David Njoku, CLE TE (21% owned)
We mentioned Njoku last week as a potential late-season stash but his ownership is still relatively low. Grab him and use him based on the matchups. He faces the Bengals, the TE friendly Cardinals, and then a stout Ravens defense in the coming weeks. He might not start for your team, but play defense and hold him on your bench so your opponent can’t use him. At this time of year your bench spots aren’t valuable for bye weeks, so at least use them for something meaningful, and Njoku could be a stud if he’s back to 100% in that offense.
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