Down to the Wire: Week 14

by Chris Foster

Each week we will take a look at players who are more than likely on your waiver wire that can be added to your team and help you this week. One of the biggest complaints with waiver wire add articles is that many of these guys are not available in your league. Using ESPN’s ownership statistics, everyone mentioned in this article has 50% or lower ownership status. This article will be divided into two parts, standard and deep leagues. The players in the deeper league wire are typically guys that you can stash that have upside. If you use a Free Agent Auction Bidding (FAAB) system, in parenthesis will be the percentage of your budget we would use on each player. In those type leagues, know the bidding history of your opponents and adjust accordingly. Players are ranked in order by their position.

Since Down to the Wire only highlights players who are owned by less than half of owners in ESPN leagues, I first want to give you a list of guys who are only owned in 50-75% of leagues that would be premium adds over any other player in most circumstances (depending on your positional needs). (Percentage owned in parentheses)

**As we head into Week 14 it is likely your playoffs! Make sure to get those handcuffs and be ready for your playoff run, they are more important than just about anyone on this list! Check out the Bartering System Article for Week 13 for more info!**


  1. Andy Dalton (59.4%)
  2. Jamies Winston (69.9%)
  3. Tyrod Taylor (60.4%)
  4. Blake Bortles (62.3%)

Running Back

  1. Tim Hightower (72.2%)
  2. James Starks (55.7%)
  3. Dion Lewis (53%)
  4. Ryan Mathews (52.6%)
  5. James White (52.6%)
  6. Chris Ivory (55.4%)
  7. Duke Johnson Jr. (61%)
  8. TJ Yeldon (60.7%)
  9. Jerrick McKinnon (51%)

Wide Receiver

  1. Steve Smith Sr. (74.1%)
  2. Alshon Jeffery (65.9%)
  3. Sammy Watkins (72.6%)
  4. Rishard Matthews (71.7%)
  5. Tyreek Hill (62.8%)
  6. Cole Beasley (61.6%)
  7. Sterling Shepard (72%)
  8. Kenny Britt (62.1%)
  9. DeVante Parker (57.6%)
  10. Allen Hurns (54.2%)
  11. Mike Wallace (74%)

Tight End

  1. Zach Ertz (74.1%)
  2. CJ Fiedorowicz (56.7%)
  3. Cameron Brate (50.6%)
  4. Vernon Davis (53.3%)
  5. Coby Fleener (64.8%)

*** WEEK 14 WAIVER WIRE ADDS***– If you are preparing to make a playoff run, it is imperative that you start grabbing your handcuffs to your top backs. We will have a fill list of handcuffs to own in the playoffs next week! 

*** It is also time to spend that FAAB, no reason to hold onto it, so be aggressive when bidding! If the Bids seem high, it’s because now is the time to spend money, you can’t keep it!!***

Standard League Adds:


Running Backs

RB Mike Gillislee (25.4% owned)(FAAB 30-50%): Obviously, as a LeSean McCoy owner you have to own Mike Gillislee. It was, however, tough to watch him snipe the touchdowns from McCoy. Even though Gillislee is an RB1 if McCoy goes down, he may hold flex value while he’s healthy.

RB Kenneth Dix0n (48.4% owned)(FAAB 25-35%): I don’t understand this situation. Kenneth Dixon has clearly been a better runner that Terrence West, but the Ravens can’t seem to totally commit to him. West was the one that managed to grab the touchdowns this past week, though. Dixon is still pushing his way into flex territory and could help you win a game in the playoffs.  **PPR SPECIAL**

RB Derrick Henry (46.4% owned)(FAAB 20-30%): Henry holds value on his own. He is a desperate flex play. Yet, we all know if Murray goes down that he is an RB1. We have already seen, though, that he can have value with Murray healthy.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers (25.7% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Rodgers had 7 carries 29 yards and 1 catch for 21 yards. He has had good value earlier in the season before going down with an injury. With Doug Martin back it looks like his value could be fleeting. Yet, since Doug Martin is dealing with a leg injury and his status is unknown, Rodgers would step in as his replacement and could be as high as an RB2.

RB Adrian Peterson (44.8% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Peterson was seen running at practice. His return is inching closer. It is possible he could be back as a flex play by week 15 or 16.

Wide Receivers

WR Malcolm Mitchell (19.8% owned)(FAAB 50+%): When Tom Brady returned I predicted that Malcolm Mitchell would become one of his favorite targets. I was wrong, for a couple of weeks. Yet, the last 3 weeks, Brady has begun to feed the rookie out of Georgia. Over the last 3 weeks, he has 17 receptions for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns. Those stats make him the 4th best WR in the league over the past 3 weeks. Mitchell is moving into solid flex territory with upside!

WR Taylor Gabriel (36.5% owned)(FAAB 30-40%): Gabriel was not able to produce the way he did in previous weeks in week 13 despite receiving his most targets. He was targeted 6 times and caught 5 of them for 44 yards. It seems clear that Matt Ryan will continue to look his way, especially with Julio Jones, not 100%.

Adam Thielen (16.9% owned)(FAAB 25-35%): Thielen continues to be a target monster for the Vikings. Last week he had 9 targets that he turned into 7 receptions for 86 yards. He has posted flex numbers the last 4 weeks.

WR Tyler Lockett (25.1% 0wned)(FAAB 25-35%): It looks like they are finally going to get the young speedster involved in the offense. We thought earlier in the season that Lockett could have a breakout year, but have been severely disappointed! It looks like now, he could be poised for a great stretch run!

WR Pierre Garcon (44.5% owned)(FAAB 20-30%): Pierre Garcon has had more than 6 points in .5 PPR leagues in ever game except 1 since week 5. He has also had 5 games scoring in double digits during that same time as well. He is reminding me a little bit of Kenny Britt from earlier in the season. His ceiling may not be super high, but he is very solid and consistent flex play.

WR Tyler Boyd (32.9% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Andy Dalton looked pretty good on Sunday, but unfortunately most of his production went to Brandon LaFell. It is likely that one of these two will have pretty big games each week. It is just figuring out which one, which week.

WR Brandon LaFell (16.9% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Read Tyler Boyd.

WR Travis Benjamin (48.4% owned)(FAAB 15-20%): Benjamin is a part of a very good passing offense which makes him valuable. If he can stay healthy he can be a flex play. He even dropped a long bomb that would have been a touchdown on Sunday. Keep an eye on Benjamin.

WR Will Fuller V (45% owned)(FAAB 15-20%): We saw how dynamic Fuller could be at the beginning of the season. In the last two weeks, he has had 9 receptions for 120 yards. He has one of the best schedules in football remaining and could be a flex play.

Tedd Ginn (12.2% owned)(FAAB 15-20%): He has scored in 3 straight games and has over 80+ yards receiving in 2 of the 3 games. You know what you are getting in Ginn, he is a boom/bust flex play.


Tight Ends

TE Ladarious Green  (11.6% owned)(FAAB 50+%): I have been touting Green for the last several weeks in this article. He will likely be highly sought after this week after being targeted 11 times and hauling in 6 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully, you already grabbed him!!

TE Dennis Pitta (47% owned) (FAAB 10-20%): Pitta finally found the end zone this past week, in fact, he did it twice! Their offense looked really good, but they have a tough schedule ahead!


Deep League Adds

Running Backs

RB Charles Sims (8.7% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Sims has been back at practice and it is only a matter of time before the Bucs activate him from the IR.

RB Justin Forsett (4.6% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Forsett was picked up this week by the Denver Broncos. He will immediately become their #2 back after Kapri Bibbs ankle injury. There is a pathway to playing time, so keep an eye on him.

Wide Receivers

WR Dontrelle Inman (19.8% owned) (FAAB 20-30%): Inman is a boom/bust flex play that has paid off in the last 2 weeks. He hasn’t had a ton of targets, but he has cashed in on what he has gotten. With a great schedule approaching, I wouldn’t blame you for riding him in your flex.

WR Marquess Wilson (9.9% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): He had an outstanding week in week 12, but had a groin injury early in the game in week 13 and was unable to continue. His status is worth monitoring as the week continues.


As always, if you have any questions about your lineup or waiver wire adds, contact us @No_HuddleFFB on twitter!


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