Welcome to this week’s fantasy football waiver wire!
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t forget to set their lineups like someone I know who might or might not have left Derrius Guice, Mark Andrews and Courtland Sutton on their bench. Yes, I am that person. But with important fantasy games from here on out, now is not the time to dwell on your mistakes. Now is the time to constantly improve your team in order to make a deep playoff run.
I’ve got one to three players you should be adding to your fantasy team this week from each major position (I’ll leave kickers to your own personal choice). Ownership via Yahoo leagues.
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (8% owned)
THE MUSTACHE IS BACK! Just as I perfectly predicted in my Week 13 starts & sits article, Nick Foles sucked it up against a very easy Buccaneers defense and Doug Marrone benched him for the rookie phenom. Who knows if Minshew will be the guy moving forward (he should be), but if he is, he jumps right back to where he was before the job went back to Foles. Plus, facing the Chargers, Raiders, Falcons and Colts is a nice final lineup of teams.
Derrius Guice, Washington (50% owned)
How long have I been telling you to go get Guice? It feels like forever. Both he and Adrian Peterson had productive fantasy days against the hapless Panthers run defense, but Guice was the main producer, rushing for 129 yards on 10 carries and scoring two touchdowns. I’m predicting he’ll all but lock up the majority of touches with another strong showing next week against the Packers.
Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers (34% owned)
If you didn’t rush to add Snell last week, you better do it this time because he’s not going to last on waivers much longer. Snell once again with the Steelers most productive running back, carrying the ball 16 times for 63 yards and scoring a touchdown. James Conner isn’t losing his starting job to Snell anytime soon but for as long as he is out, Snell is the back in Pittsburgh and has the potential to be a league winner for those lucky enough to get him.
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (13% owned)
It’s tough to predict exactly which running back will lead the 49ers backfield, but as long as Matt Breida is out, Mostert has proven himself to be the guy. He’s now rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games, coming off easily his best game of the season against the Ravens Sunday. He’s almost certainly available in your league and almost certainly going to get you fantasy points. What more do you need?
Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (14% owned)
Miller was on last week’s waiver wire article and he makes yet another appearance thanks to yet another big game Sunday, catching nine balls for 140 yards. This now marks the third game in a row that Miller has seen at least nine targets and scored upwards of 11 PPR points. With this level of production and volume of targets, Miller belongs on your roster if you need a Flex or high upside WR3.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (11% owned)
Gage has stepped in splendidly for Mohamed Sanu as the Falcons’ third receiver and over the last two weeks has posted 13 catches on 19 targets for 128 yards and a touchdown. With Julio Jones out this week, Gage was heavily involved in the passing attack for Atlanta and if Jones continues to miss time, Gage has a great chance to continue his hot streak. Plus, you can’t hate the Panthers, Jaguars and Buccaneers remaining on Atlanta’s schedule.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (10% owned)
Higbee went off Sunday for 107 yards and a touchdown and was second on the team in targets. Now part of that was because he was playing against the Cardinals and every tight end facing the Cardinals has a huge week. But over the last three weeks he’s become the new number one tight end for LA, even with Gerald Everett healthy. With Everett out, Higbee will only see more work moving forward.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (57% owned)
In the Colts’ first game without Eric Ebron, Doyle saw a huge increase in work, catching six balls on 11 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown. With no more competition at the position, Doyle will now be the tight end for Indianapolis and with a few very favorable matchups on the horizon—most notably Buccaneers next week—he’s a must get for those in tight end need.
Kansas City Chiefs (25% owned)
The Chiefs defense has now put together two double digit PPR performances and have recorded at least two sacks, a forced fumble and two interceptions in each of them. And they have a great stretch of games next: the Patriots who’s offense is currently looking like curdled milk on national television, the Broncos and their rookie quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, and Philip “I’m throwing two interceptions per child” Rivers. Go stream the Chiefs defense for the rest of the year.