2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire: Grin and Bear it

by Jonathan Chan
2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire, where we welcome our new Dolphin overlords!

If you happen to miss it this weekend, Miami may have pulled off the greatest trick play in recent memory.

Their punter threw a backhand flip to their kicker. The punter threw it to the kicker. If that doesn't get you going I don't know what will.

Outside of the trick play, the Dolphins completely dominated the Eagles defense. Miami scored a season-high 37 points and, at one point, scored touchdowns on five straight possessions.

For all the non-Dolphins related events from Week 13, check out Noah Spurlock's Trends article.

The 2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players owned in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the "other options" section are between 35 and 50 percent owned.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (10% owned)

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Maybe Fitzpatrick is here because I'm on a Dolphins high. Or maybe he's here because he's been a top quarterback option for the past two weeks.

The veteran still throws plenty of interceptions, but he's been more good than bad, throwing five touchdowns and scoring 52 FPTS over his last two games.

The magic could wear off at any point, but Fitzpatrick will have a matchup against the Jets next week, who he threw three touchdowns (and no picks) against in a Week 9 win.

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (8% owned)

Who says Movember needs to end when the calendar flips to December? Nick Foles was awful in the Jaguars lopsided loss to the Buccaneers. He completed just 50 percent of his passes and turned the ball over on his first three drives.

The $88 million QB was benched at halftime, with Minshew being inserted as the starter. Minshew was decent in relief, completing 16 passes for one touchdown.

The mustachioed rookie looked much better than Foles and should get the start next week when the Jags host the Chargers.

It's a decent matchup for Minshew, as Los Angeles' defense is the graded 20th by Pro Football Focus. He will be a desperation playoff start, but he's shown he can perform well if given the opportunity.

Other Options: Kyle Allen (19% owned), Daniel Jones (26% owned)

Running Backs

Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins (1% owned)

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Kalen Ballage (knee) was forced to leave the game and early reports are saying the injury is potentially serious.

Laird took over the lead role with Ballage out and had a good Fantasy day. While his yards per carry (0.5) was horrid, he managed to find the endzone while catching four passes for 43 yards.

The undrafted rookie out of California doesn't have the pedigree but seems to be Brian Flores' first backfield choice, as he out-touched Myles Gaskin 14-3 on Sunday.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (13% owned)

The 49er running back carousel continued to spin on Sunday, this time landing on Mostert. The third-year veteran was clearly the backfield leader against the Ravens, out-touching Tevin Coleman 22-6.

He did not let his touches go to waste as he averaged nearly eight YPC and racked up 154 total yards and a touchdown.

Matt Breida (ankle) could be back next week in a crucial matchup against the Saints. But if he is still unable to go, Moster has more than proven that he deserves a big share of the San Francisco backfield.

Keep a close eye on Breida's status leading up to the waiver deadline and add as needed.

Other Options: Alex Mattison (30% owned)* If Dalvin Cook is out next week, Mattison becomes a mid-tier RB1.

Wide Receivers

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (14% owned)

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Miller was a favorite sleeper of mine leading up to drafts and obviously he did not pan out. Through his first nine games, Miller only reeled in 17 catches for 218 yards.

Over the last three weeks, Miller has caught 21 passes for 271 yards on 33 targets. His yards per reception has stayed pretty steady throughout the year and based on the numbers, the only variable changing is Miller's opportunity.

The second-year pro is averaging 11 targets per game over his last three and has established himself as the Bears WR2 over Taylor Gabriel.

Having Mitch Trubisky as QB is a cause for concern, but the two seem to finally be developing chemistry as Miller's catch rate and yards per target have increased in each of the last three weeks.

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (22% owned)

All bets are off if JuJu Smith-Schuster returns to the Steelers' lineup in Week 14. For now, Washington has shown enough rapport with Devlin Hodges to be a priority add.

The second-year receiver has caught a touchdown in three of his last four games and has exploded over the last two with "Duck" under center. Since Hodges took over from Mason Rudolph, Washington has caught seven passes for 209 yards and a pair of scores. His big-play ability was on this week against the Browns, leading the team with 100 air yards. For the season, Washington is fifth among receivers with 16 air yards per target.

The Steelers' next matchup is against the Cardinals, who were the first defense to give up a touchdown pass to Jared Goff in over a month.

Other Options: Darius Slayton (27% owned), Cole Beasley (32% owned), A.J. Brown (25% owned)

Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (10% owned)

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Higbee is known more as a blocking TE, as he only averaged 2.3 receptions per game prior to Week 12. However, with Gerald Everett nursing wrist and knee injuries, Higbee has seen more opportunities over the last two weeks.

His blowup game (107 yards, TD) against the Cardinals can be taken with a grain of salt, but to his credit, PFF grades Higbee as the 14th best receiving TE, ahead of Dallas Goedert, Jack Doyle, and Kyle Rudolph.

Higbee is a low-end streamer if Everett misses another game.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (19% owned)

Gesicki finished Week 13 as the No.2 tight end after his 79 yard, one-touchdown performance against the Eagles. He maintained his increased target share (seven), making it five straight weeks in which he has seen at least six targets.

Gesicki is not a very good blocker and the Dolphins know that, deploying him almost exclusively (80%) on passing-down snaps. According to PFF, he is fourth among tight ends in pass snaps, behind Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, and Greg Olsen.

Any player getting this much opportunity is well worth a stream, especially next week against the Jets, he Gesicki dropped 95 yards on in their last meeting.

Other Options: David Njoku (29% owned)

Deep League Special

Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (6% injured)

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Lazard scored his first touchdown since Week 6, catching the 37-yard score on a nice post-route in the snow.

He seems to have become the No.2 receiver in Green Bay and should continue to see plenty of high-value targets moving forward. The rookie has been making the most of his opportunity, as PFF has him graded as the 27th best receiver.

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