2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire. If you're still reading this column, congratulations on making the playoffs! If you're reading this without having made the playoffs, I admire your dedication.

The news of the week comes out of New York, as the Jets have fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Many are speculating that his dismissal is a direct result of his awful blitz call that directly led to a loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Playing Cover Zero in an obvious deep-pass situation was an objectively terrible call that cost New York it's first win of the season. While the decision could eventually end up with the team drafting Trevor Lawrence, a call that  poor is unforgiveable.

Let's move on to help those are you who will be winning some games in the near future.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire

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Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (38% Rostered)

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It's a very slow week for widely available quarterbacks, so two of the non Josh Allen QBs from the 2018 draft are getting the spotlight.

Mayfield has been very hit or miss this season. After throwing five touchdown passes in a Week 7 win over the Bengals, the former first overall pick went three straight games without one. Baker now seems to be on the rise again after dismantling the Titans secondary for 334 yards and four touchdowns in the Browns fourth straight win.

Kevin Stefanski took the reigns off Mayfield and he responded with one of the best performances of his career. Cleveland will need to ride the wave of momentum into a Week 14 matchup with the Ravens. If you recall, Baltimore walloped the Browns 38-6 in their Week 1 game. Mayfield completed just 54 percent of his passes for 189 yards and one touchdown.

The Ravens are a tough defense but Mayfield should be better prepared for the rematch, having worked almost a full season in Stefanski's offense. The ceiling isn't sky high, but the threat of Nick Chubb on the ground should give Mayfield enough room to feed Jarvis Landry and the suddenly explosive tandem of Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets (8% Rostered)

I know. I know. Before you jump down my throat at least let me try to explain why there is some merit for taking a flier on Darnold this week.

He's playing the Seahawks.

Seattle has one of the league's most generous pass defenses, allowing just under 310 yards per game through the air, most in the NFL. Thanks to their strong offense, the Seahawks' opponents are averaging more than 40 pass attempts per game.

Even without Gregg Williams making mind bogglingly bad decisions, the Jets simply don't have the talent to keep Russell Wilson and Co. in check. As a result, Darnold will be forced to air it out to keep pace. He posted decent Fantasy numbers in Week 13, throwing two touchdowns and running for one himself.

The third overall pick in 2018 has not had a campaign to remember and will be looking for a new team if the Jets end up at the top of the draft. However, he has a great matchup coming up and could produce as a decent QB2 against Seattle.

Other Options: Philip Rivers (40% Rostered), Jalen Hurts (3% Rostered)

Running Backs

Ty Johnson, New York Jets (1% Rostered)

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Frank Gore suffered a concussion on his first carry of the game and did not return. Ty Johnson took over as the Jets' lead back with the veteran out. In his stead, the former Lion rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

If Gore can't clear the concussion protocol by next week, Johnson will once again be the starter against the Seahawks. Seattle has allowed the 15th most Fantasy points to running backs, most recently allowing 135 rushing yards to Wayne Gallman.

The Jets are heavy underdogs on the road, which will limit his ceiling. However, anyone dealing with injuries can use Johnson as a low-end FLEX option.

Peyton Barber, Washington Football Team (1% Rostered)

If Antonio Gibson's foot injury forces him to miss time, Barber and J.D. McKissic will split the work.

Barber had 14 carries in relief on Monday against the Steelers and would be in line for the early-down and goal-line work if Gibson is inactive.

Other Options: Adrian Peterson (48% Rostered), Cam Akers (52% Rostered)

Wide Receivers

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (26% Rostered)

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Over the last two weeks, the Texans have lost Will Fuller, Randall Cobb, and Kenny Stills. Brandin Cooks took over as the No.1 receiver while Coutee moved up to No.2 on the depth chart.

Cooks suffered a concussion this past Sunday and was forced out of the game for a short while, leaving Coutee as the main receiving option. The 23-year-old responded by catching eight passes for a career-high 141 yards.

Coutee should see a steady diet of targets as Deshaun Watson's second option. As long as Watson continues to play well, Coutee should find value as a WR3.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (21% Rostered)

People continue to overlook Patrick but he has been one of, if not the most consistent weapon for the Broncos. In a losing effort to the Chiefs, Patrick caught all four of his targets for 44 yards and two touchdowns.

Over his last eight games, not including the Kendall Hinton game, Patrick has averaged 6.25 targets, and 69 yards per game. Including the QB-less game from Week 12, the 27-year-old has still been the overall WR28 in half PPR leagues.

Denver's offense can be inconsistent but Patrick should continue to find the end zone, as he leads the team in red zone targets and was the only wide receiver to be targeted inside the 20 against Kansas City.

Other Options: T.Y. Hilton (45% Rostered), Nelson Agholor (40% Rostered)

Tight Ends

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (1% Rostered)

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The young second-rounder looks to be taking over from Jimmy Graham as the top tight end target for Chicago. Over the last two weeks, Kmet has out-targeted the veteran 10-5, including a whopping 7-1 advantage this past Sunday. The rookie finished the day with five catches for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Graham has seen just seven targets in his last three games and has become nothing but a touchdown-dependent dart throw. While Kmet is far from established, seven targets tied him with Allen Robinson for the team lead and any TE with volume is worth at least looking at.

The Bears have a great schedule coming up, with matchups against the Texans, Vikings, and Jaguars to finish their season. If Kmet continues to siphon work from Graham he could find himself on the TE1 borderline. For now, he's merely a shot in the dark in deeper leagues.

Drew Sample, Cincinnati Bengals (1% Rostered)

Sample has shown flashes of production but hasn't been able to maintain consistent production. However, with Brandon Allen at the helm, Sample has caught 11 passes for 89 yards across two games. Those numbers are nothing to write home about but Sample seems to be more involved with the offense with a new QB under center.

A matchup at home against the Cowboys is a great opportunity for Sample to build on his recent success. Dallas has one of the worst defenses in the league both teams should have plenty of chances to throw.

Deep League Special

Collin Johnson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (0% Rostered)

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Johnson played well for a second straight week with Mike Glennon at the helm. The rookie caught 4-of-6 passes for 66 yards and converted a 2-point conversion.

Over the last two weeks, Johnson has caught eight passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. He leads the team in targets over the last two weeks and looks to have a solid rapport with his new QB. Glennon is scheduled to start in Week 14, giving Johnson another shot at producing against the Titans suddenly porous defense.

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