WEEK 14 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
While the Broncos’ offense has been historically bad, the silver lining has been rookie tight end Greg Dulcich. With a 6-85 line on eight targets, Dulcich is commanding a significant target share alongside Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy. The rookie ran a route on 81% of dropbacks and played over 70 snaps last week. It’s tough to trust Russ, but Dulcich is a more than capable starting fantasy tight end.
I had fully written him off, but apparently, Cam Akers has decided to become fantasy relevant once again. Releasing Darrel Henderson was a big-time move that opened up a chunk of touches in the Rams backfield and Akers got the nod over Kyren Williams last week. Now with the Rams’ season over while they ride their two shitty backup quarterbacks, the team might as well see what they have in Akers and hopefully knock some rust off in the process. He toted the rock 17 times for 60 yards and two scores against the Seahawks and hopefully he can continue that for the remainder of the season.
Down in the dumps after losing Lamar Jackson for an unknown period of time? Well, Jared Goff is out there in half of leagues and he could be a serviceable plugin moving forward. Goff gets the Vikings, Jets, Panthers, and Bears to finish off the fantasy season. The Lions are all of a sudden getting healthy on offense and Goff could have a solid fantasy finish after scoring over 20 points in back-to-back games.
It’s not sexy, but the guy has been getting it done. Nico Collins had the added benefit of no Brandin Cooks this week, turning that into 3-35-1 on 10 targets. The touchdown really saved the day, but the target share is what sticks out here. He’s been trending up over the last month and is slowly supplanting Cooks as the Texans’ go-to receiver.
What a game from Michael Gallup against the Colts this week. He went 4-23-2 on seven targets and the Cowboys’ offense is humming like no other right now under Dak Prescott. With Gallup finding the end zone twice, he seems to be shaking off the rust. If he can Prescott can get back on the same page, he can make some serious noise as the team’s WR2. With the Texans and Jaguars up next, Gallup could continue feasting against weaker defenses. He’s not the worst streamer if you need one this week.
Jameson Williams made his NFL debut last week and only saw one target on the day. While that was disappointing, he might have the most lethal straight-line speed in the league and he could add another wrinkle to an ascending Lions’ offense. The rookie may not do anything, but he’s good for fantasy locker room morale, and who wouldn’t want this type of talent at the end of their bench?
A slight dip in his numbers from the prior week, but Isaiah McKenzie still turned in a 5-44 line against the Patriots. He’s still operating as the WR3, but McKenzie has outproduced Gabe Davis in terms of volume recently. A slot WR3 on another team wouldn’t be as valuable, but sometimes you just need a piece of this elite offense.
Jahan Dotson saw his snap share jump above 75% for the first time since Week 3 and he delivered. Dotson is running as the WR2 behind Terry McLaurin and provides another player-maker for Taylor Heinicke in the Commanders’ offense. The nine targets were a season-high, so hopefully, this usage keeps up and the shifty rookie can make an impact moving forward.
While the Ravens’ offense had a tough day with the loss of Lamar Jackson, Demarcus Robinson managed to catch seven balls for 41 yards on eight targets. The yardage leaves room for improvement, but the volume and target share was pretty good. The Ravens are lacking quality pass-catchers and Robinson could be that guy.
The Titans have a home matchup against the Jaguars this week. Trevor Lawrence has looked better (and survived an injury scare), but that doesn’t mean all is fixed for Jacksonville’s offense.
Targeting some backup QBs here, the Raiders have a Thursday night matchup against either John Wolford or Bryce Perkins for a Rams team that has all but given up on the 2022 season.