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Week 14 Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waiver Wire Wonders

by Sigmund Bloom, exclusive to Footballguys.com


The number in red next to a waiver wire gem indicated the percentage of a "blind bid" budget used in some leagues to award free agent pickups. If your league does not use blind bid waivers, consider the number a way to rank the quality of waiver wire additions.


Quarterback Upgrade

  1. QB Alex Smith, KC
  2. QB Case Keenum, MIN (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  3. QB Josh McCown, NYJ (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  4. QB Blake Bortles, JAX (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  5. QB Derek Carr, OAK (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  6. QB Jameis Winston, TB (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  7. QB Philip Rivers, LAC
  8. QB Joe Flacco, BAL
  9. QB DeShone Kizer, CLE (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  10. QB Andy Dalton, CIN
  11. QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  12. QB Jay Cutler, MIA (waiver wire: 1%)
  13. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (waiver wire: 1%)
  14. QB Tom Savage, HOU (waiver wire: 1%)
  15. QB Eli Manning, NYG (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  16. QB Nathan Peterman, BUF (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)

Quarterback Downgrade

  1. QB Trevor Siemian, DEN
  2. QB Tyrod Taylor, BUF
  3. QB Kirk Cousins, WAS
  4. QB Blaine Gabbert, ARI (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  5. QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI
  6. QB Brett Hundley, GB (waiver wire: 1%)
  7. QB Matt Ryan, ATL
  8. QB Matthew Stafford, DET

Quarterback Holding steady

  1. QB Tom Brady, NE
  2. QB Jared Goff, LAR
  3. QB Dak Prescott, DAL

Running Back Upgrade

  1. RB Rex Burkhead, NE
  2. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA (waiver wire: 50+%)
  3. RB Jamaal Williams, GB (waiver wire: 50+%)
  4. RB Alex Collins, BAL
  5. RB Peyton Barber, TB (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. RB Mike Davis, SEA (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  7. RB Alfred Morris, DAL (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  8. RB Giovani Bernard, CIN (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  9. RB Matt Forte, NYJ (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  10. RB Devonta Freeman, ATL
  11. RB Bilal Powell, NYJ (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  12. RB Theo Riddick, DET (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  13. RB Derrick Henry, TEN
  14. RB Matt Breida, SF (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  15. RB Andre Ellington, HOU (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  16. RB Chris Ivory, JAX (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  17. RB Aaron Jones, GB (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  18. RB Kerwynn Williams, ARI (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  19. RB Marshawn Lynch, OAK
  20. RB Travaris Cadet, BUF (waiver wire: 1%)
  21. RB Trey Edmunds, NO (waiver wire: 1%)
  22. RB Tion Green, DET (waiver wire: 1%)
  23. RB Byron Marshall, WAS (waiver wire: 1%)
  24. RB Jonathan Williams, NO (waiver wire: 1%)

Running Back Downgrade

  1. RB Jordan Howard, CHI
  2. RB Devontae Booker, DEN
  3. RB Austin Ekeler, LAC
  4. RB Danny Woodhead, BAL
  5. RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  6. RB Joe Mixon, CIN
  7. RB LeSean McCoy, BUF
  8. RB Samaje Perine, WAS
  9. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
  10. RB Doug Martin, TB
  11. RB Tevin Coleman, ATL

Running Back Holding steady

  1. RB Kareem Hunt, KC
  2. RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR
  3. RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN
  4. RB DeMarco Murray, TEN

Wide Receiver Upgrade

  1. WR Martavis Bryant, PIT (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. WR Josh Gordon, CLE (waiver wire: 50+%)
  3. WR Tyreek Hill, KC
  4. WR Nelson Agholor, PHI (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  5. WR Marquise Goodwin, SF (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  6. WR Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  7. WR Marqise Lee, JAX (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  8. WR Mike Wallace, BAL (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  9. WR Dede Westbrook, JAX (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  10. WR T.Y. Hilton, IND
  11. WR Kenny Stills, MIA (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  12. WR Keenan Allen, LAC
  13. WR Robby Anderson, NYJ
  14. WR Keelan Cole, JAX (waiver wire: 1%)
  15. WR Ryan Grant, WAS (waiver wire: 1%)
  16. WR Dontrelle Inman, CHI (waiver wire: 1%)
  17. WR Cordarrelle Patterson, OAK (waiver wire: 1%)
  18. WR Trent Taylor, SF (waiver wire: 1%)

Wide Receiver Downgrade

  1. WR Corey Coleman, CLE
  2. WR DeSean Jackson, TB
  3. WR Mike Evans, TB
  4. WR Braxton Miller, HOU (waiver wire: 1%)
  5. WR Paul Richardson, SEA
  6. WR Bruce Ellington, HOU
  7. WR Ted Ginn, NO
  8. WR Marvin Jones, DET
  9. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
  10. WR Golden Tate, DET
  11. WR Josh Reynolds, LAR

Wide Receiver Holding steady

  1. WR Davante Adams, GB
  2. WR Randall Cobb, GB
  3. WR Brandin Cooks, NE
  4. WR Stefon Diggs, MIN
  5. WR Julio Jones, ATL
  6. WR Jordy Nelson, GB
  7. WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL
  8. WR Adam Thielen, MIN

Tight End Upgrade

  1. TE Hunter Henry, LAC
  2. TE Evan Engram, NYG
  3. TE Stephen Anderson, HOU (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  4. TE David Njoku, CLE (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  5. TE Cameron Brate, TB (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  6. TE Marcedes Lewis, JAX (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  7. TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  8. TE Julius Thomas, MIA (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  9. TE Trey Burton, PHI (waiver wire: 1%)

Tight End Downgrade

  1. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU
  2. TE Jared Cook, OAK
  3. TE Zach Ertz, PHI
  4. TE Eric Ebron, DET
  5. TE Vernon Davis, WAS
  6. TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
  7. TE Charles Clay, BUF
  8. TE Jack Doyle, IND

Tight End Holding steady

  1. TE Greg Olsen, CAR (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  2. TE Jason Witten, DAL

Quarterback Upgrade

QB Blake Bortles, JAX - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Bortles lit up the Colts for the second time this year. He is working well without the Allens and doing more of the heavy lifting for the offense than the running game. Seattle defense bounced back in Week 14, so you might not play Bortles this week, but the Week 15 and 16 matchups against Houston and San Francisco might induce us to actually trust Bortles in the fantasy playoffs.

QB Derek Carr, OAK - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Carr was surprisingly productive without his starting wide receivers. With Michael Crabtree and possibly Amari Cooper coming back this week, he might be trustworthy in the fantasy playoffs at Kansas City.

QB Jay Cutler, MIA - (waiver wire: 1%) - Cutler had a lot of success throwing to Kenny Stills and put up a viable passing stat line against the once scary Broncos defense. This week against the Patriots could give him a lot of catchup football snaps against prevent defenses and put him in QB2/Superflex consideration.

QB Andy Dalton, CIN - Dalton was good against a Steelers defense that has given him trouble in the past. Were it not for a questionable holding call, he would have had three scores and closer to 300 yards. Dalton has been a low QB1 for four straight weeks and should be treated as one when setting lineups in the playoffs.

QB Joe Flacco, BAL - Flacco had a solid fantasy day against the Lions, and it didn't take an inordinate amount of attempts to accomplish it. He has a tougher matchup against the Steelers this week, but matchups against the Browns and Colts in Weeks 15 and 16 could make Flacco a good QB2/Superflex for the playoffs, and a viable emergency QB1.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF - (waiver wire: 1%) - Garoppolo didn't get any touchdowns, but he did enough for the 49ers to get a road win and gain the confidence of his teammates. He might be worth a look in 2QB/Superflex leagues against the Texans this week.

QB Case Keenum, MIN - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Playing for his job every week seems to suit Keenum well. He was highly efficient, took care of the ball, and made the plays Minnesota needed to get the road win at Atlanta. He's a solid QB1 at Carolina this week.

QB DeShone Kizer, CLE - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Kizer had a rough time against the Chargers defense, but he still did enough to be an adequate fantasy play. He could be even more against the Packers this week with the exciting addition of Josh Gordon, who looks like a reasonable facsimile of his old self.

QB Eli Manning, NYG - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Manning could be back in at quarterback this week with Ben McAdoo gone, but he is still a bottom of the barrel option, even in 2QB/Superflex leagues.

QB Josh McCown, NYJ - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - McCown has something good going with his pair of wide receivers, as both Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson went over 100 yards for the second straight week. A once tough Denver defense has been giving up passing touchdowns at an alarming rate, so McCown is worth a QB1 look this week.

QB Nathan Peterman, BUF - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - He will be 32nd ranked out of 32 quarterbacks if he starts, but unless Tyrod Taylor's knee is better by Sunday, Peterman will start vs. the Colts and at least be rosterable in 2QB/Superflex leagues.

QB Philip Rivers, LAC - Rivers had trouble finishing drives, but he was still outstanding against the Browns. His last two weeks have placed him back in the QB1 ranks with Washington coming to town.

QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - Roethlisberger has left the problematic road/home splits behind him to be a good enough weekly fantasy play to be a QB1. He has a tough matchup against Baltimore next week, but it's at home in prime time, and that's good enough to make him a start unless you have a clear QB1 like Wilson, Brady, or Wentz.

QB Tom Savage, HOU - (waiver wire: 1%) - Savage gutted it out while losing two receivers and a tight end. The Titans are an easy matchup through the air, but so are the Week 14 matchup 49ers, so Savage has some QB2/Superflex value.

QB Alex Smith, KC - Smith didn't get the win, but he was excellent passing downfield and also ripped off a 70+ yard run to boost one of the best fantasy lines of Week 13. He'll be worth a QB1 look against Oakland despite his inconsistency this year.

QB Jameis Winston, TB - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Winston was surprisingly efficient and spread the ball around to ten different receivers against Green Bay. He has a good matchup against Detroit this week and could be in playoff lineups.


Quarterback Downgrade

QB Kirk Cousins, WAS - Cousins is continuing to suffer through losses on the offensive line and a changing cast of pass catchers. This week he gets the tough Chargers pass defense and should be on benches around fantasy leagues.

QB Blaine Gabbert, ARI - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Gabbert didn't exactly crater against the Rams, but he was much less effective and inspiring that he was against the Jaguars. He has a good matchup against the Titans this week, but he's only a 2QB/Superflex option

QB Brett Hundley, GB - (waiver wire: 1%) - One week after a breakout game of sorts, the Packers went back to favoring the run and Hundley went back to being hyperconservative, which is terrible for his fantasy value. This week against Cleveland is possibly his last start, making him worth a look in 2QB/Superflex solely because of the matchup.

QB Matt Ryan, ATL - After a recent resurgence, Ryan looked powerless to score touchdowns against the Vikings. The Saints defense is improving after a small hiccup, so even though the Falcons are at home, Ryan is not a clear QB1 for Week 14.

QB Trevor Siemian, DEN - Siemian was a disaster against what looked like one of the worst defenses in the league in recent weeks. It doesn't really matter who is running the offense or calling the plays, the Broncos offense is DOA.

QB Matthew Stafford, DET - Stafford was able to post an adequate fantasy line in Week 13 against a tough defense, but he also emerged with an injured throwing hand. The Tampa defense isn't that imposing, but if Stafford's hand affects his accuracy, we will wish we benched him in the fantasy playoffs. Watch the practice reports closely this week.

QB Tyrod Taylor, BUF - Taylor left the Week 13 loss to the Patriots with a knee injury. It might not be season-ending, but even if he plays, it could limit his running, which is the main source of his fantasy value at this point.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI - If the Bears won't open it up a little bit against the 49ers, Trubisky should and will stay in the bottom 3-4 projected quarterbacks every week.


Quarterback Holding steady

QB Tom Brady, NE - The Patriots scored twice on the ground and the Bills were holding them to field goals while the game was still competitive. Brady came up small, but this was the aberration and he should go back to strong fantasy numbers this week against a Miami defense he just dominated in Week 12.

QB Jared Goff, LAR - Goff didn't have a huge fantasy day at Arizona, but he was adequate, and Russell Wilson helped show some of the cracks in a very good Eagles defense that is coming to Los Angeles this week. Goff is still a viable start in the fantasy playoffs this week, pending your other options.

QB Dak Prescott, DAL - Prescott bounced back with a couple of scoring passes and his offense looked a lot better, but he hurt his throwing hand and probably will remain conservative in Week 14 at the Giants, while he tries to keep the Cowboys playoff hopes alive. He's even on the fringe of QB2/Superflex options.


Running Back Upgrade

RB Peyton Barber, TB - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - The Bucs shouldn't put Barber back on the bench after he ran through and over the Packers for over 100 yards. Even if Doug Martin is out of concussion protocol this week, Barber deserves to be the starter against the weak Lions run defense.

RB Giovani Bernard, CIN - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Bernard was excellent in relief of Joe Mixon, and could get the start in Week 14 with Mixon having one less day to get out of concussion protocol because of Monday night Week 13 start. Even if Mixon is active, Bernard could have a bigger role going forward after his performance against the Steelers.

RB Matt Breida, SF - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - The 49ers offense is functioning much better with Jimmy Garoppolo, which is affording Breida enough touches to have some desperation play value in addition to carrying injury upside if Carlos Hyde goes down.

RB Rex Burkhead, NE - Burkhead has the LeGarrette Blount finisher role, which gives him week RB1 upside. He's an everyweek starter.

RB Travaris Cadet, BUF - (waiver wire: 1%) - Cadet continued to notch solid gains on his touches, including multiple receptions out of the backfield Mike Tolbert could be back this week, but Cadet is the preferred handcuff to LeSean McCoy.

RB Alex Collins, BAL - Collins was able to finish two drives in the easy win for the Ravens. He might not get as many goal line chances against the Steelers, but Weeks 15 and 16 against the Browns and Colts should give him a great outlook.

RB Mike Davis, SEA - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Davis has earned the starter job for the Seahawks in the backfield, and he was reasonably productive as both a runner and a receiver. The Jaguars matchup this week isn't a pushover, but neither were the Eagles, so Davis should have at least flex play value.

RB Kenyan Drake, MIA - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Drake's considerable physical talent appears to have been married to some developing football skills. The game is slowing down for him, and he ran through a Broncos run defense that was one of the best in the league going into Week 13. Damien Williams should be behind Drake going forward, and he probably won't be back for Week 14 against New England.

RB Trey Edmunds, NO - (waiver wire: 1%) - The Saints running game is firing on all cylinders, so any Saints back is worth a roster spot if the benches are deep enough.

RB Andre Ellington, HOU - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Ellington's cross-training at wide receiver came in handy as the Texans lost two of their top three receivers against the Titans. He should have a passing game role going forward and might generate some depth value in PPR leagues.

RB Matt Forte, NYJ - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Forte got a ton of work against the Chiefs and didn't seem to be any worse for the wear. The Jets are remaining competitive despite probably being out of the playoffs, and they should continue to give Forte enough goal line looks and targets out of the backfield to make him a flex consideration and emergency RB2.

RB Devonta Freeman, ATL - Freeman was back and running with great burst and balance in Week 13. The Falcons didn't use him enough (which is nothing new), but he is back in form and worth a boom/bust RB2 start against the Saints on Thursday night.

RB Tion Green, DET - (waiver wire: 1%) - Green was actually a better runner than Theo Riddick, and he presents some value in very deep leagues if Ameer Abdullah has a multi-week injury.

RB Derrick Henry, TEN - Henry finished off a Titans win with a long touchdown run for the second time this year. While Demarco Murray isn't going away, if Henry can maintain this role, he'll present at least enough upside to be a matchup flex play, and there's always the chance that Murray goes down before the end of the season.

RB Chris Ivory, JAX - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Ivory got a handful of carries in the win over the Colts and appears to have re-situated himself as co-backup to Leonard Fournette with TJ Yeldon.

RB Aaron Jones, GB - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Jones is back and his one carry was a walkoff overtime touchdown. It will take a Jamaal Williams injury for Jones to have value, but we know he can play, and the Packers offense is about to get a boost with the return of Aaron Rodgers in Week 15. He's a high value backup.

RB Marshawn Lynch, OAK - Lynch started off the game with a 51-yard touchdown run and the Raiders appear to be committed to him as a core offensive piece in the gameplan going forward. He's a solid RB2 against the Chiefs this week.

RB Byron Marshall, WAS - (waiver wire: 1%) - Marshall is a far cry from Chris Thompson, but he some PPR desperation play value as he grows into the passing down back role for Washington.

RB Alfred Morris, DAL - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Morris ran hot against Washington, and the offensive line appears to be regaining its form with Tyron Smith back and a ten-day rest coming before the game against the Giants. Morris is a solid RB2 for Week 14.

RB Bilal Powell, NYJ - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Powell got a good piece of the backfield against the Chiefs in a week where the Jets offense dominated time of possession. He appears to be in a 40-40-20ish RBBC with Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire, and the Jets are facing the reeling Broncos this week, so he has some flex appeal. Powell could have another value spike if Matt Forte's knee acts up again.

RB Theo Riddick, DET - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Riddick was able to convert on a goal-line attempt and he also turned his targets into good gains in the passing game. If Ameer Abdullah can't go against the Bucs in Week 14, Riddick will have PPR flex value.

RB Jamaal Williams, GB - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Williams got in a groove against the Bucs run defense and kept the Packers offense on schedule all day. Even with Aaron Jones back, he has proven that he deserves to start in a great matchup against the Browns this week and beyond.

RB Jonathan Williams, NO - (waiver wire: 1%) - The Saints running game is firing on all cylinders, so any Saints back is worth a roster spot if the benches are deep enough. Williams is inactive on gamedays, but he could be the preferred backup if one of the team's top two backs go down.

RB Kerwynn Williams, ARI - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Williams ran well against the Rams, and deserves to get more work going forward even if Adrian Peterson's neck/back is better for the Week 14 showdown with the Titans.


Running Back Downgrade

RB Devontae Booker, DEN - The Broncos appears to be easing Booker into more of a lead role over the past few weeks, but he took a backseat to CJ Anderson in the ugly loss to the Dolphins. The Broncos offense is toxic waste anyway, so we should be moving on from Booker.

RB Tevin Coleman, ATL - Coleman had 11 touches to Devonta Freeman's 13, and was used more in the passing game, but Freeman was much more effective as a runner. If Atlanta has rational coaching, we'll see more Freeman and less Coleman against the Saints on Thursday.

RB Austin Ekeler, LAC - Ekeler went back to being a complement instead of a true committee back against the Browns. He's more handcuff than what the heck flex heading into a matchup with Washington.

RB Jordan Howard, CHI - If Howard can't post a good line against the 49ers, it's probably time for him to sit on our benches unless we have an emergency at running back.

RB Doug Martin, TB - Peyton Barber looked better than Martin has any point this season. There's a chance that Barber will replace him in the starting lineup going forward.

RB LeSean McCoy, BUF - McCoy is leaving it all out there on the field, but a hobbled Tyrod Taylor or Nathan Peterman will make it even easier for defenses to key on him.

RB Joe Mixon, CIN - Mixon was knocked out of the Week 13 loss to the Steelers with a concussion. He will have a shorter time to get through concussion protocol because of the Monday night start, so the odds are against him being available for Week 14 against the Bears.

RB Samaje Perine, WAS - Perine wasn't as featured in Week 13 because Washington fell behind at Dallas. They have a tough matchup at the Chargers this week, pushing Perine down to low ceiling flex status.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers, TB - Rodgers is no longer the backup running back in Tampa and can probably be dropped in even the deepest of leagues.

RB Danny Woodhead, BAL - Woodhead remains part of a three-way committee, and he's not getting goal line looks or a big part of the passing game. He's on the fringe of rosterable in typical leagues.

RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Yeldon appeared to be the backup to Leonard Fournette, but Chris Ivory was back in the mix in the win over the Colts. It's probably RBBC if Fournette goes down.


Running Back Holding steady

RB Kareem Hunt, KC - Hunt didn't post a great fantasy line, but the Chiefs offense came back to life against the Jets. He's back in flex consideration against the Raiders.

RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR - McCaffrey came into Week 13 questionable, but flashed all of the athleticism and burst we expect from him on his receptions. He remains an RB2/Flex with PPR upside against Minnesota this week.

RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN - McKinnon is the less effective runner in Minnesota, but he got the call on one of the scores in Week 13, and remains a flex play going forward.

RB DeMarco Murray, TEN - Murray actually ran well against Houston and the Titans are continuing to use him in the passing game. His ceiling is low, but he can still have emergency start and flex value in PPR leagues.


Wide Receiver Upgrade

WR Nelson Agholor, PHI - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Agholor had his biggest game of 2017 by a good margin in the loss to the Seahawks. His range of outcomes is enhanced and this game should make us give him more consideration in playoff lineups.

WR Keenan Allen, LAC - If it wasn't for someone named Antonio Brown, Allen would be the far and away #1 receiver in fantasy football over the last three weeks. He's still the far and away #2 and might win leagues for folks with the connection between him and Philip Rivers on fire right now.

WR Robby Anderson, NYJ - Anderson continues to post strong WR1 numbers in the second half of the season. The Broncos matchup shouldn't scare us out of playing this newfound must-start receiver in the playoffs.

WR Martavis Bryant, PIT - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Bryant was steadier in Week 13 against the Bengals, and he should start in Week 14 against Baltimore unless Juju Smith-Schuster can appeal and win a favorable ruling to overturn his suspension. Bryant then gets matchups against New England and Houston that include enough ceiling to merit a flex/WR3 start, especially in big play bonus leagues.

WR Keelan Cole, JAX - (waiver wire: 1%) - Cole is #3 in the pecking order, but he is getting high value deep targets and is at least desperation depth for Weeks 15-16 against Houston and San Francisco.

WR Marquise Goodwin, SF - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Goodwin's value came to life with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. He'll have another good matchup this week against Houston that will merit WR3/Flex consideration.

WR Josh Gordon, CLE - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Gordon didn't quite look like his old self against the Chargers, but he looked a lot more like prime Gordon than most expected. He should only get better in an easier matchup against the Packers this week.

WR Ryan Grant, WAS - (waiver wire: 1%) - Grant has had some turns as a top target for Kirk Cousins, and he led the team in receiving in Week 13. He's a hail mary desperation wide receiver depth for the playoffs.

WR Tyreek Hill, KC - Hill got free for two long scores to post the best wide receiver stat line of Week 13. He won't be on any benches during the playoffs, no matter the matchup, but he has a great one against the Raiders this week just in case.

WR T.Y. Hilton, IND - Hilton scored against the Jaguars, something that has been very tough for wide receivers to do this year. Rob Gronkowski's cheap shot concussed Tre'Davious White, so Hilton could avoid him this week against the Bills.

WR Dontrelle Inman, CHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Inman was able to score with Mitchell Trubisky throwing the ball only 15 times. He's the closest thing the team has to a #1 receiver and he can serve as emergency wide receiver depth for the playoffs.

WR Jermaine Kearse, NYJ - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Kearse had his second straight huge week with Josh McCown gunslinging in a shootout. The Broncos pass defense has wilted, so Kearse is a solid WR3/Flex play at worst for Week 14.

WR Marqise Lee, JAX - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - If Lee was dropped after his dud at Arizona, he should snapped back up with a matchup against Seattle this week on tap. He was making all of kinds of contortions to catch the ball and appears to be as healthy as he has been all year.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson, OAK - (waiver wire: 1%) - Patterson has made huge plays after the catch in two straight games. While his playing time was up due to the team's top two receivers being out, and they could both be back this week, there's a chance the team will keep him more involved, and his touchdown on any touch upside makes him deep league desperation depth.

WR Kenny Stills, MIA - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Stills had his first big game with Jay Cutler in a sign that he and Cutler might finally be developing enough chemistry in the passing game for Cutler to favor him over Devante Parker. Stills will be a boom/bust WR3/Flex at Foxboro this week.

WR Trent Taylor, SF - (waiver wire: 1%) - A more controlled passing game for the 49ers under Jimmy Garoppolo led to a big game for Taylor, who looks like the #2 target behind Marquise Goodwin. He could even establish himself as a solid play in time for another great matchup in Week 15 against Tennessee.

WR Mike Wallace, BAL - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Wallace has had three solid-to-good fantasy weeks in a row heading into a matchup with one of his old teams - the Pittsburgh Steelers. He'll be an even better play in Weeks 15 and 16 against Cleveland and Indianapolis.

WR Dede Westbrook, JAX - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - The rookie has quickly ascended the depth chart to #2 since his return from injured reserve. He has had six catches in two consecutive games, and after Seattle this week, good matchup against Houston and San Francisco are on tap.


Wide Receiver Downgrade

WR Corey Coleman, CLE - The Browns' gain is Coleman's loss, as he turned into an afterthought in the passing game with Josh Gordon's return.

WR Bruce Ellington, HOU - Ellington was establishing himself as the #2 receiver while Will Fuller was out, but he left the Week 13 game with a hamstring injury, and has generally been a slow healer from soft tissue injuries so far in his career.

WR Mike Evans, TB - Evans has failed to get over 15 PPR points in five games (not including the one he was suspended for), and he was just a part of a cast of characters that included ten passcatchers against the Packers in Week 13.

WR Ted Ginn, NO - The Saints being able to control a game with their defense and backfield is bad for Ginn's fantasy floor and ceiling. He'll be a what the heck flex level play at Atlanta this Thursday.

WR DeSean Jackson, TB - Jameis Winston spread the ball around to ten different receivers against the Packers, which kept Jackson down. He's only emergency depth for the stretch run.

WR Marvin Jones, DET - Jones was solid in the blowout loss to the Ravens, but Matthew Stafford injured his throwing hand, which could cause more of the targets for Jones to go awry.

WR Braxton Miller, HOU - (waiver wire: 1%) - Miller was starting to come on after Bruce Ellington left with a hamstring injury, but he left with a concussion and will have to get out of concussion protocol to be able to take advantage of the matchup with the 49ers this week.

WR Josh Reynolds, LAR - Reynolds might only have one more week as the Rams #3 receiver, and he failed to turn that role into points in Week 13 against the Cardinals.

WR Paul Richardson, SEA - Richardson appeared to be emerging as a top two target for Russell Wilson, but he blended into the background against the Eagles, and this week he tangles with the Jaguars secondary.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT - Smith-Schuster was back for Week 13 and didn't seem to be affected by the hamstring that sidelined him in Week 12, but he was used in the short range almost exclusively and didn't seem to be more prominent than Martavis Bryant in the game plan. He's suspended for this week, so unless he wins on appeal, you need to get him out of your lineup.

WR Golden Tate, DET - Tate was solid in the blowout loss to the Ravens, but Matthew Stafford injured his throwing hand, which could cause more of the targets for Tate to go awry.


Wide Receiver Holding steady

WR Davante Adams, GB - Aaron Rodgers should be coming back in a week and Cleveland is up in Week 14. Don't despair.

WR Randall Cobb, GB - Cobb should get a shot in the arm for value when Aaron Rodgers is likely to return in Week 15.

WR Brandin Cooks, NE - Cooks had a rare down week because the Patriots didn't have to overexert themselves on offense to win. He should be back in your lineup against the Dolphins weak secondary this week.

WR Stefon Diggs, MIN - The Vikings didn't rely heavily on downfield passing to win at Atlanta in Week 13. Diggs is still healthy and a threat to post top five numbers on the week against Carolina this Sunday.

WR Julio Jones, ATL - Jones was no help to fantasy teams one week after being a single-handed week winner in Week 12. Even if Marshon Lattimore is back this week, Jones should be in our lineups.

WR Jordy Nelson, GB - Nelson's value has bottomed out with Brett Hundley, but Aaron Rodgers is likely due back in Week 15, so don't drop him.

WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL - Sanu was the leading receiver for the Falcons despite his meager line. He'll be a better play against the Saints this Thursday.

WR Adam Thielen, MIN - Thielen was quieter in a week when the banged up Falcons secondary overachieved. He's still a must start against the Panthers this week.


Tight End Upgrade

TE Stephen Anderson, HOU - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Anderson was basically the #2 target for Tom Savage after Savage lost two wideouts and CJ Fiedorowicz. He should be a core part of the Texans passing game against the 49ers this week. He's an excellent pickup for snakebit Gronk owners.

TE Cameron Brate, TB - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Brate caught Jameis Winston's eye twice in the red zone as Winston's return fueled a return to relevance for him. He's a suitable pickup for snakebit Gronk owners.

TE Trey Burton, PHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Burton could be an option for Zach Ertz or Rob Gronkowski owners if Ertz isn't out of concussion protocol by Sunday. He would start and be a viable streaming tight end option.

TE Evan Engram, NYG - Engram made multiple spectacular plays and returned to form after a rough stretch. Whether it's Eli Manning or Geno Smith against the Cowboys, Engram is in the TE1 ranks.

TE Hunter Henry, LAC - Henry has pulled us back in before, but he has two straight top weeks and he's facing a Washington defense that is soft against tight ends. He's worth a TE1 start this week.

TE Marcedes Lewis, JAX - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Lewis was an adequate PPR tight end in Week 13, he's always a threat to score, and he faces a Seattle defense that is vulnerable against the tight end this week.

TE David Njoku, CLE - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Njoku is blossoming as a big play threat at tight end. Josh Gordon is going to open up the middle of the field for him. He's an excellent pickup for snakebit Gronk owners.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Seals-Jones didn't score this week, but he did catch two more 15+ yard receptions, and isn't going away as part of the Cardinals pass offense. He's a fine waiver wire play for Gronk owners against the Titans this week.

TE Julius Thomas, MIA - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Thomas scored against his old team and posted his third touchdown in five weeks. He's a suitable pickup for snakebit Gronk owners facing Gronk's Patriots this week.


Tight End Downgrade

TE Charles Clay, BUF - Clay has failed to go over three catches for 27 yards in three of his four games since returning from injury. He's only a bottom of the barrel desperation option, especially with Tyrod Taylor's status up in the air.

TE Jared Cook, OAK - Cook saw his role as the #1 tight end in Oakland usurped by Clive Walford against the Giants. If he can't come through in that matchup, it's impossible to trust him going forward.

TE Vernon Davis, WAS - After reviving his fantasy value this year, Davis appears to have fallen behind Niles Paul in the pecking order.

TE Jack Doyle, IND - After a soaring mid-season stretch as a strong PPR TE1, Doyle has been up and down on a Colts team that is going nowhere this year. He is facing a Bills defense that just allowed Rob Gronkowski to go off, but he's not a sure start this week.

TE Eric Ebron, DET - Ebron was in streaming tight end rotations lately, but if Matthew Stafford's throwing hand is less than 100%, we will look to other options.

TE Zach Ertz, PHI - Ertz left Week 13 with a concussion. He might not be available for Week 14 against the Rams and possibly beyond.

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU - Fiedorowicz suffered his third concussion of the year and is almost certainly done for the season.

TE Rob Gronkowski, NE - Gronkowski was dominant against the Bills, but he also laid a cheap shot on Tre'Davious White after an interception and was suspended for Week 14.


Tight End Holding steady

TE Greg Olsen, CAR - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - It sounds like Olsen was held out of Week 13 as a precaution to avoid playing him on turf. The next three games are on the home grass in Charlotte, so Olsen is still worth a roster spot.

TE Jason Witten, DAL - Witten scored against Washington, but didn't do anything else. He has had one catch in three of five games and his floor is too low to tolerate except in games where he has a high ceiling, like this week against the Giants.