Not since Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan switched bodies in Freaky Friday has a reversal been so celebrated. Wait, what’s that? The Friday crowd doesn’t like movie references? Jeesh. Well, hello ready for the weekend people. I am The Joey Wright. Donkey Teeth was gracious enough to fill-in for me at the beginning of the week for my usual Wright on Waivers article. In return, I am here to provide you with your buy-sell players for the week. Hopefully your trade deadline in your league has not passed, but if it has, I am going to include some players I think could have a hot finish to the season who may be found on your waiver wire. When evaluating players to acquire, as you’ll see, I put a great deal of focus on “fantasy points allowed to the position.” It is a statistical category I have found a lot of favor with over the years, and while simple, I hope it can help you as well.
There is no quarterback right now who has a better rest of season schedule than Jalen Hurts. In Week 15 and 17 he faces the Washington Football Team who has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2021. The Eagles are trying to backdoor themselves into the playoffs and Hurts is going to get plenty of work.
After starting the season averaging an interception per game, Tua Tagovailoa has been nothing but accurate and efficient in his play the last three weeks. In those games he has thrown only one pick and is completing a fantastic 84.3% of his passes. His fantasy semifinals and championship week matchups come against teams both allowing 21.7 fantasy points per game, which is tied for third most in the league.
Derek Carr is a player I was touting to have a great finish starting back in Week 9. It took him a few weeks to find his groove due to some player issues and coaching changes, but his performance against Dallas on Thanksgiving is along the lines of what I was expecting. If you are streaming quarterback he has excellent Week 13 and 14 matchups against the two teams giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Football Team.
After his matchup this week against the Denver Broncos, Clyde Edwards-Helaire will not face a defense who has given up less than twenty-five fantasy points per game to running backs through the rest of the season. In his first game back off of the IR, he had twelve carries for sixty-three yards and a touchdown. He should still garner the bulk of the carries and it could be a great finish for the second year back.
If your team is already playoff bound, look to acquire Bears running back David Montgomery. He has my favorite three-week playoff block schedule with teams giving up an average of 28.8 fantasy points per game to running backs. He is handling the bulk of the carries and is the most targeted running back in the Bears passing game.
After last week you might have missed the window on acquiring Jaylen Waddle in your leagues. Waddle caught nine passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. It seems quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has his main target in the offense. Since returning to the starting role, Tagovailoa has targeted Waddle more than eight times per game. Waddle gets his bye in Week 14, which may be your way to target the Waddle manager who may be sitting on the playoff bubble and in need of a win. Waddle will face the Jets, Saints, and Titans to close out the season. Both the Jets and Saints have fallen from their early season place as “dependable pass defenses” to easily exploitable options.
A player who still may be available on your waiver wire is second year wide receiver Van Jefferson. When the Rams signed Odell Beckham Jr. after losing Robert Woods for the season, I was of the belief Jefferson would actually be the WR2 on the team and not Beckham. The jury may still be out, but I love Jefferson’s playoff schedule with what should be a competitive game against the Seahawks. As well as matchups against the Vikings and Ravens who allow the third and sixth most receiving yards to wide receivers this season.
Logan Thomas | Washington Football Team
I am glad Logan Thomas had a game to shake the rust with limited production. He is still available in about 35% of leagues currently and could be a league winner once the playoffs roll around. He has two matchups against the Eagles, including Week 17, which are the most vulnerable team this year to tight ends. The other two matchups are a pair of meetings with the Cowboys and one with the Raiders.
If you have started Mac Jones the past few weeks with success, I hope you enjoyed the ride. The rookie quarterback has run-ins with the Bills in two out of their next three games and face a very stingy Bears pass defense in most leagues championship week. This recommendation is mainly for streamers, but it is time to look elsewhere.
I know Christian McCaffrey fantasy managers have once again lost their stud in 2021, but Chuba Hubbard is not the option to help you down the stretch. If you can move him on his bye week this week, do so. Following a good matchup in Week 14 against the Falcons, Hubbard will face the Bills, Saints, and Buccaneers stout run defenses.
I have loved the production we have gotten out of Michael Pittman this season, but now is the time to move on from the current WR15. This being if you can get anyone inside the current top 24 receivers like Diontae Johnson or Terry McLaurin in exchange. If you cannot move on from Pittman, he still looks to be serviceable, but temper your expectations.
As long as you are not in any sort of dynasty format, you can look to move on from Kyle Pitts. He has only one red zone target since the Falcons’ Week Six bye and his matchups past Week 13 are against some of the stingiest teams against tight ends.
Anyone Not Helping Now | Various NFL Franchises
It’s the final push for the playoffs with most leagues down to three weeks left in the regular season. If you’re a bubble team, don’t sit around waiting on injured players, or guys on a bye week. See if you can shop those players to a team near the top of the standings to improve your lineup for this week.