NFL Waiver Wire – Week 14

December 4, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Josh Allen QB, BUF

Owned in 15% of CBS Leagues

Few could have seen this coming, but Allen has posted 59 fantasy points over the past two weeks since returning from a 5 week absence due to injury. His fantasy success has been in large part to his rushing totals, as he’s posted a whopping 234 yards over the past two games. While that pace isn’t likely to keep up, he should still put up enough numbers on the ground to prop up his overall stat line. His numbers through the air haven’t been overly impressive, but Sunday was one of his better performances, posting 231 yards and 2 touchdowns (and would’ve been better if Charles Clay could’ve hauled in a potential game winning touchdown pass at the end of the game). If he can build on that performance through the air and continue to rack up yards on the ground, he is an intriguing option. Allen does remain an Elevated Injury Risk, but he is still worth a look if you are desperate for a fill in, or are in a 2 QB format.

Jaylen Samuels RB, PIT

Owned in 13% of CBS Leagues

Steelers’ breakout star James Conner went down late in Sunday Night’s loss to the Chargers with what the team is calling a leg contusion. However, the injury looked more like a potential high ankle sprain, which would be much more serious. We will get more information as the week goes on, but we currently have Conner listed as an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance factor. With Conner’s availability for Week 14 looking like a question mark, Samuels would be in line for touches in the Steelers’ backfield. His touches have been limited, but he did score on a catch and run right after Conner left the game. Should Conner not be ready to go Week 14, Samuels becomes an intriguing plug in option in fantasy.

Jeff Wilson RB, SF

Owned in 0% of CBS Leagues

Matt Breida aggravated an ankle injury in warm-ups ahead of Sunday’s game against Seattle, opening door for the little known Wilson to post 134 yards on 23 touches. With Breida (High Injury Risk, Below Average HPF) already ruled out for Week 14, Wilson will be in line for a similar workload this week and potentially moving forward. Given how prolific Kyle Shanahan’s offense can be for just about any running back, Wilson becomes a must add.

Dante Pettis WR, SF

Owned in 6% of CBS Leagues

The Niners also got an encouraging performance from Pettis, the rookie receiver out of Washington, who has now put up big games two weeks in a row, totaling 9 catches on 14 targets for 206 yards and 3 scores. He’s becoming a favorite weapon in Shanahan’s offense, and should continue to see plenty of touches the rest of the way, especially if Marquise Goodwin (personal issues) and Pierre Garcon (knee – High Injury Risk, Below Average HPF) do not return in the short term. With San Francisco likely to be trailing in most of their remaining games, there should be plenty of volume for Pettis to take advantage of. He’s a solid pickup candidate in most formats.

Curtis Samuel WR, CAR

Owned in 13% of CBS Leagues

Greg Olsen is out for the season after rupturing the plantar in his foot, which has been giving him issues all season. In his absence, the Panthers will have to redistribute targets. Samuel could be one of the prime beneficiaries, as evidenced by his season high in targets (11) and receiving yards (88). He’s been a boom or bust player for most of his two seasons in the league, but a consistent uptick in targets could be what he needs to breakout. His occasional involvement in the running game doesn’t hurt either. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues.

Ian Thomas TE, CAR

Owned in 1% of CBS Leagues

Olsen’s injury will also open the door for Thomas, who will take over as the main tight end in Carolina’s offense, one that has always used tight ends effectively. Thomas showed some positive signs, catching 5 passes for 46 yards. There will be targets there for him, which is enough to warrant relevancy in the shallow pool of fantasy tight ends. For those desperate for a fill in, there are worse options.