It’s probably fitting that there are not a lot of waiver wire pickups this week so you can stick with your playoff caliber team heading into the fantasy semi-finals next week. There were, as usual, a slew of injuries, but not as many waiver implications as there typically are. Here we go:
Felix Jones (Owned in 60% of Yahoo Leagues)
Jones is likely owned in your league, but if he’s available, he’s the clear-cut top pickup this week. DeMarco Murray is tragically out for the year, making Jones the clear featureback for the rest of the season. Jones was weaksauce in the first part of the season, but he looked invigorated against the Giants on Sunday Night. Where has that been all season?? Anyway, he’ll be the lead guy on a solid offense, feasting on the McCoy-less Bucs next week.
James Jones (52%); Donald Driver (14%)
The other big Week 14 injury was to Greg Jennings, who is also lost for the remainder of the regular season. I’m not worried about Aaron Rodgers who still has plenty of receiving options and plenty to play for. James Jones should technically take over Jennings’ role in the lineup, but Jordy Nelson and Donald Driver will surely see an increase in targets too. I have a slight preference for Jones because of his youth and upside. Jones hauled in just 2 catches for 29 yards, while Driver caught 4 balls for 75 yards. Both are worth speculative adds if you could use some WR help.
Keiland Williams (3%)
With Kevin Smith sidelined with that nagging injury, and Maurice Morris dealing with a chest injury, Keiland Williams got a small opportunity as the featureback. Williams ran for 43 yards on 12 carries, and added 2 catches for 17 yards. Morris was able to return and carry the ball, which means he has a good chance at returning next week. But if Morris and Smith cannot play, Williams gets a fantastic opportunity to beat up on the Raiders. Oakland just made a plodding Ryan Grant look like a superstar, so maybe they can do the same for Williams.
Jake Locker (2%)
Matt Hasselbeck suffered a calf injury and is unlikely to play next week. In replacement duty, Jake Locker passed for a solid 281 yards with a TD, and added 36 yards and a rushing TD on the ground. The impressive youngster could help you out if you were using Hasselbeck in deep leagues or 2-QB leagues.
Rex Grossman (13%)
We’ve mentioned Grossman before. He predictably tore up the weak Patriots secondary. And he’ll get a chance to keep it up against two more poor secondaries to close out the season: the Giants and the Vikings.
Demaryius Thomas (14%)
We wrote off Thomas as a fluke last week, but he followed up a solid week 13 with a solid week 14. Against the Bears, Thomas grabbed 7 balls for 78 yards and the TD. I don’t envy anyone who has to choose between Eric Decker and Thomas in their WR3 slot this week, because I don’t know who to start.
Titus Young (6%)
Titus has benefited from all the defensive attention on Calvin Johnson lately. He and Nate Burleson have traded off big games, but Young has been consistently decent this past month. Young caught 4 balls for 87 yards and a score against the Vikings this past week. Pick him up if you’re desperate for some WR production.
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