By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
Well it's week 14 and that means that some fantasy football leagues have
started their playoffs. If your playoffs haven't started yet, then they
will be in the next week or two and that means your team has to be in
win now mode if you haven't clinched a playoff spot already. Even teams
that are not making a playoff push this season may still want to play
for pride or in keeper leagues, start thinking about next season.
Whatever your situation, if you plan on checking out your waiver wire,
here's a list of players that will be available.
Tyler Lockett - Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Not just a return man
anymore, the rookie is getting a chance to shine on offense with the
injury to Jimmy Graham and he appears to be making the most of it. With
seven catches for 90 yards in week 13 and a breakout game three weeks
ago where he scored over 17 fantasy points, Tyler Lockett could be a
sneaky play heading into the playoffs with the Seahawks offense suddenly
looking like the Seahawks offense from the last two seasons.
Ryan Mathews - Running Back- Philadelphia Eagles- After being shelved
the last few weeks with a concussion, Mathews appears to be on track for
a week 14 return which is good news for any fantasy owner that grabs
him off of the waiver wire seeing how DeMarco Murray has been a major
disappointment this season. He has 427 yards and five touchdowns on 76
carries and is averaging over ten fantasy points per game. He's a must
add heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Dorial Green- Beckham- Wide Receiver- Tennessee Titans- With Marcus
Mariota playing above what any fantasy owner imagined in his rookie
season, now may be the time for another rookie to shine with him. Green-
Beckham has been almost a non factor up until this point but with a
breakout game coming in week 13 where he posted almost 18 fantasy
points, now is the time for fantasy owners to jump on him before he has
another big game. The combination of Mariota and Green-Beckham could pay
dividends in the fantasy playoffs.
Detroit D/ST- While fantasy defenses aren't talked about much in this
article, for the sake of the fantasy playoffs, owners may want to stream
week to week and the Detroit Lions defense seems to be playing much
better as of late. They have allowed under 200 passing yards per game in
the last four weeks and get a weak Rams offense in week 14. If you are
playing the matchup with defenses, Detroit should be high on your list.
Johnny Manziel- Quarterback- Cleveland Browns- With news that Johnny
Manziel will be under center for the Browns for the remainder of the
season, owners needing help at the quarterback position may want to take
a look at him. While he doesn't have much to work with in Cleveland, he
could still end up being an asset to owners heading into their
playoffs. He's averaging under 13 fantasy points per game so don't
expect too much but with his dual threat, there's a chance Manziel could
do something for owners from week 14 on.