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Like my old baseball coach used to tell us when working on turning double-plays at second base, “You gotta get one to get two.” Fantasy football playoff time is finally upon us and you’ve gotta get one win to get two (and then most importantly, three.) Below you’ll find some of the hottest adds of the week to help your team maintain their dominance and get the first “one” in round one of your playoffs.

Let me know what you’re looking at on your waivers in the comment section and I’ll let you know what I think Tuesday evening.

 

Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers, GB, 54.3%: I know this goes against my “avoid recommending anyone owned in over 50% of leagues” rule, but Rodgers is about to serve as the Packers scout team QB and he could be back in week 15. If you are in one of the 45.7% of leagues that someone dropped Rodgers — grab him if you need QB help in the playoffs. He’ll get the Panthers in week 15 as an appetizer warm-up before getting a tough test in the Vikings in week 16.

Josh McCown, NYJ, 39.4%: I can’t keep recommending McCown every week you guys! Get his ownership above 50%! McCown again shined in week 13 scoring the second-highest fantasy point total among QBs. Yes, that was against a Chiefs defense who have allowed the 5th most passing yards. McCown gets the Broncos in week 14, but don’t let them throw you off. They’ve allowed 14 passing TDs in their last 5 weeks. McCown and the should-be Pro Bowl, All-Pro, All-Madden WR Robbie Anderson are in for a great weekend.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, 14.5% owned: Finally out of Tom Brady’s considerable shadow, it’s now time for Guapo-lo to shine! Jimmy beat the Bears in his first start with his new team 15-14. He threw for 293 yards with 0 TDs with a 70% completion percentage. Quite impressive against a defense that was allowing the 9th fewest fantasy points per game. With the first start jitters out of the way I’m thinking Garoppolo has a fantastic game against the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to QBs including 18 to Marcus Mariota in week 13. If you need a QB2 or have a QB with a tough match-up — grab Garopp.

 

Running Backs

Kerwynn Williams, ARI, 5.4%: With Adrian Peterson sitting out with a neck injury in week 13, Kerwynn had a solid 97 yard rushing game. There are already whispers of AP missing week 14 against the Titans, so Kerwynn could be worth FLEXing again this week. The Titans have been pesky against the run (5th fewest fantasy points to RBs) but if he’s getting all the snaps — he’s worth owning. In week 15 he’ll get the Redskins who have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to RBs and then in championship week the Cardinals get the Giants who have allowed the 7th most.

Mike Davis, SEA, 2.9%: For whatever it’s worth, Davis is officially the undisputed RB1 in Seattle. So many have tried and failed before him, but after a 13 fantasy point game on the back of 64 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards, I think Davis is finally a Seattle RB worth grabbing. Davis has a tough week 14 (Jaguars) a sexy matchup in week 15 (Rams — 2nd worst rush defense) and a so-so matchup in your championship game (Cowboys.)

Peyton Barber, TB, 1.5%: Here is what I said last week when I told you to swipe up Barber: “Someone’s gotta run in Tampa Bay and why not Barber? It sure isn’t Doug Martin — he’s averaging 5 fantasy points over his last 6 games including a goose egg in week 9 and 3 fantasy points in week 12. Barber snagged 2 rushing TDs in 5 attempts in week 12 and screw it, maybe he can make an impact.” And screw it, he made an impact! 23 rushing attempts for 102 yards and he even grabbed 4 passes for 41 receiving yards. In week 14 the Lions are coming to town and they’ve allowed the 4th most fantasy points to RBs on the season. Use your #1 waiver claim on Barber even with Doug Martin potentially coming back.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Marquise Goodwin, SF, 15.2%: Alright Marquise, I see you scoring double-digit points in each of your last three games! Chances are if i’m recommending a QB up above — you should be looking at one of his WR as a recommendation as well. Garoppolo and Goodwin are going to hook up early and often in week 14. Don’t tell their girlfriends.

Cordarrelle Patterson, OAK, 5.1%: Dang. I recommended Seth Roberts as the WR to own in Oakland with Michael Crabtree suspended and Amari Cooper out with an injury. Turns out it was Cordarrelle who starred in the passing game: 4 targets/4 receptions for 97 receiving yards. Crabtree will be back in week 14, but Cooper’s status is still up in the air which could lead to Cordarrelle getting more looks again. He’ll have the benefit of facing the Chiefs who allow the second most fantasy points per game to WRs.

Ryan Grant, WAS, 1.2%: What if I told you — the second leading wide receiver for the Redskins was a little 5th round pick out of Tulane University? Over the past three weeks Grant had 1 crappy 1 fantasy point game sandwiched between two great games scoring 14 and 18 points respectively. Week 14 sees Grant and friends heading to LA to meet the Chargers who have been a little stingy on the air game, but Grant still might be worth owning if you’re in a deeper league.

 

Tight Ends

 

Cameron Brate, TB, 57.3%: Bounceback thy name is Brate. After a string of double-digit fantasy points from week 3 to week 8 — Brate disappeared grabbing 4 total receptions over his next 4 games. In week 13, Brate came back in a big way against the Packers with 2 TD receptions leading to a 17 fantasy point day. Week 14 brings the Lions to town who have allowed the 9th most fantasy points the opposing TEs. Not bad if you’re looking for a stupid, dumb, moronic Rob Gronkowski replacement.

Dwayne Allen, NE, 0.5%: #1 TE Rob Gronkowski really couldn’t have picked a better week to get suspended, huh?! Allen only started making catches this year in week 10 (4 receptions on the year) but he’s due for a starting gig with Gronk out. Allen gets a great opponent in the Dolphins who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing TEs.

 

Defense/Special Teams

Chicago Bears D/ST, @ CIN, 40.1%: The Bears have had mixed results the past few weeks, but notched 10 fantasy points in week 13 against the lowly 49ers. Now in week 14, they’ll head to Cincinnati to battle the Bengals. The Bengals have accumulated the fewest total yards of offense on the season and the 8th fewest points per game.

Green Back Packers D/ST, @ CLE, 14.0%: Fresh off a 14 fantasy point game against the Buccaneers in week 13, the Packers defense now get to enjoy the worst NFL offense in the Browns. The Browns have scored the fewest points in 2017 and nothing is going to change that in week 14 — not even Josh Gordon.

 

Kickers

Robbie Gould, SF, 13.3%: Robbie Gould beat the Bears single-handedly in week 13 booting 5 out of 5 field goals en route to a 15-14 victory. All 5 FGs were under 40 yards, but who cares — points is points is points man. Now, Gould and the 49ers head to Houston to throw down against a Texans team that has allowed double-digit fantasy points to kickers in 5 of their last 7 games.

  1. Wide Right says:
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    Week 15 Defense queestion (I have a bye this week)
    Currently I have the Chargers going up against KC.. keep them for now?
    Available on wire to stash: Detroit (vs Chicago)
    New Orleans (vs Jets)

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Wide Right: LAC are @ KC in week 15.

  2. E says:
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    Alright I’ve got the top waiver priority of the playoff teams and a bye week this round.

    Would you use the top waiver on any of Mike Davis, Peyton Barber, or Marquis Goodwin? Maybe put in claims for all of them? Or should I hold tight and see how this weekend plays out?

    12 team PPR, rest of team below

    QB – Jared Goff
    WR – Deandre Hopkins
    WR – Jarvis Landry
    WR – Alshon Jeffrey
    RB – Devonta Freeman
    RB – Demarco Murray
    TE – Jack Doyle
    UTIL – Ameer Abdullah
    BN – Theo Riddick
    BN – Robert Woods
    BN – Derek Carr
    BN – Jacquizz Rodgers
    BN – Aaron Jones

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @E: I’d drop quizz for mike davis

  3. sdub88 says:
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    Who would you play in Week 14 (I am honestly sort of leaning Kizer as crazy as it sounds. Would have to drop Mariota to pick any of the otherguys up)

    Mariota @AZ (he’s been so underwhelming and his pass attempts are usually low)
    Kizer vs. Green Bay
    Garoppolo @ Houston
    McCown @ Denver
    Dalton vs. Chicago
    Keenum @ Carolina

    thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @sdub88: my order:
      mccown, garoppolo, mariota, keenum, kizer, dalton

  4. Iyesha says:
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    I’m #1 on waivers, and I need an RB bc I only have 2 on my roster (Gurley and Ingram). Here are the top RBs on my waiver P.Barber Mike Davis, Kerwin Williams, Bilal Powell, Tarik Cohen, Gio Benard who should I pick up?

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Iyesha: davis probably is safest, as k.will/barber/gio’s roles are completely determined by the conditions of AP/martin/mixon, all of which could play. m.davis’s role is at least safe. that being said later in the week the answer could easily be different. it won’t be cohen no matter what happens though.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Iyesha: I agree with Eli man — davis is the only one with a guaranteed number 1 spot. grab him.

  5. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Who would you start?

    Greg Olsen (if healthy)
    Hunter Henry
    Cameron Brate

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: henry, i wouldn’t start olsen till after i’ve seen him actually
      1. complete a game
      2. do good in that game

  6. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    best standard 12 team dynasty hold, AAron jones, barber, m.davis? also have drake/howard/darkwa/mckinnon/mack (along with jones)

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Kerry Klug: oh yeah of course, i have been, i mean hold jones or grab one of barber or m.davis?

  7. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    14 team PPR, have ASJ and olsen. possibly dropping ASJ for what’s best order of
    -d.allen (only 1 week value): @ MIA (28th vs TE’s through week 12)
    -njoku (on the rise here, and gordon has to open up middle of the field) vs GB (22nd vs TE’s)
    – s.anderson vs SF (who is good at TE’s, but i’m guessing is since they are 25th or worse against EVERY other kind of receiver, and this guy’ll get targets for sure)
    – ASJ @ DEN (28th vs TE’s, but i don’t like the way kearse/anderson’s usage has taken him out of the offense)
    burton @ LAR (4th vs TE’s and no guarantee ertz is even out)

  8. Dave says:
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    Snuck into the playoffs….I’m streaming QB’s….best option of the bunch?

    Winston
    Garroppolo
    McCown
    Dalton
    Gabbert
    Keenum

    Opponent has AJ Green
    I have Theilen, R. Anderson and Cooper….Goodwin is available.

    I’m leaning Garropolo, but that’s also because of my anti-Winston bias. I think Keenum or McCown having good days bodes well for my WR as well, and having Dalton takes away my opponent’s best player. I’m favored by 18 points this week as he lost Gronk.

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