The NFL heads into the final game of Week 13 with a Monday Night Football matchup pitting the Seahawks against the Vikings. We’ll keep an eye on that game to see what possible waiver wire wonders might emerge, but until then, let’s take a look at the best waiver options going into Week 14.
The fantasy playoffs loom, so If you’re anywhere in the mix in your leagues, be sure to prepare your team for Week 14. Here are eleven of the best players available in at least 50 percent of fantasy leagues, per ESPN ownership rates.
Derrius Guice, RB, Washington (51.7 percent)
Guice is over our ownership percentage threshold, but it’s too close not to put him in here after a big game against the Panthers. Guice rushed ten times for 129 yards and caught two passes for eight yards. He’s still sharing work with Adrian Peterson, so it will be difficult for him to reach significant numbers consistently, but he’s shown enough ability to get more work and put up good numbers with that work.
Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs (5 percent)
Thompson rushed 11 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in mop-up duty against the Raiders in Week 13. But he may be needed for more than mop-up duty if Darrel Williams, and Damien Williams can’t go next week against Patriots. Both Williams’ are hurting, and Thompson is a long touchdown run waiting to happen.
Jack Doyle, TE, Colts (45.9 percent)
Doyle caught 6-of-11 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown, leading the team in targets. With Eric Ebron on I.R., it looks like Doyle will be the lead tight end, which is an excellent spot to be in Indianapolis.
Robby Anderson, WR, Jets (46.9 percent)
Anderson is finally back in the fold, as he caught 7-of-10 targets for 101 yards this week. Anderson’s target number have been down for a while now, but a touchdown in each of his last two games and now his most receptions and targets in a game this week, gives us hope that he’s back as a significant part of the offense.
Anthony Miller, WR, Bears (10.3 percent)
Miller has disappointed after a strong rookie campaign, but it looks like he’s back, as he’s seen 11, 9, and 13 targets over his last three. On Thanksgiving, he caught 9-of-13 targets for 140 yards, and as long as those targets are there, he’s bound to get into the end zone sooner than later
James Washington, WR, Steelers (22.6 percent)
Devlin Hodges was sent here to save James Washington. Since Hodges showed up last week, Washington has back-to-back big games. This week he caught all four of his targets for 111 yards and a touchdown. The degree of difficulty on a couple of those receptions, including the touchdown catch, was high, and he should continue to get deep chances.
Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers (14.1 percent)
Figuring out the 49ers backfield is a pain in the behind, but Mostert ran the ball 19 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore, adding two receptions for eight yards to his resume. Those are numbers you can’t wave away quickly. Matt Breida should be back next week, but Mostert proved himself enough to earn more work.
Cole Beasley, WR, Bills (24 percent)
Beasley now has five touchdowns in his last seven games and has topped 74 yards in three of his previous four. If his schedule weren’t so difficult, with the Ravens, Steelers, and Patriots next, he’d be a must-add. As it is, his ability to get open underneath should come in handy against these strong defenses.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins (10.3 percent)
Gesicki teased us with a big game in Week 9 and then had two down games. Now he’s scored a touchdown in his last two and caught 5-of-7 targets for 73 yards to go along with his touchdown in Week 13. With matchups against the Jets, Giants, and Bengals next, he has fantasy appeal.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Dolphins (5.4 percent)
Fitzpatrick has back-to-back big fantasy games, as he’s started to connect with DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki along with having no run game. To finish out the fantasy season, he’ll face the Jets, Giants, and Bengals. Those are great teams to stream a quarterback against if your starter is facing a tough matchup this week.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans (21.4 percent)
Tannehill’s number this week won’t have you running to the waiver wire, but he had another strong showing, as he completed 17-of-22 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, this week, his rushing numbers took a hit from his recent production. He’ll get a weak Raiders defense next week and is streamable in that matchup.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams (.6 percent)
Higbee was running ahead of Gerald Everett before his injury in Week 12, so we could see Higbee taking over the tight end job, even once Everett returns. It helps that Higbee had a great game in Arizona this week, catching 7-of-8 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown.