My name is Daniel Rotter, and I will be forecasting free agents for you to add in fantasy football weekly in season-long leagues this year. Ownership percentages are from ESPN.com and NFL.com. Let’s take a look at who is a hot commodity in fantasy football this week!
Aaron Rodgers, GB QB (54.3% owned ESPN.com) (56.1% owned NFL.com)
Well, if you had told me at the beginning of the season that I would be including the preseason #1 quarterback in my waiver wire finds article, I’d have probably thought you had a screw loose. Alas, here we are in week 14 of a crazy NFL season and Aaron Rodgers could win you a fantasy championship…by adding him off of waivers. Rodgers was on his way to another excellent campaign through his first five games, averaging about 21 fantasy points per game over that span, until he took a big hit during week six against the Vikings and broke his collarbone. Many analysts told us that his season was over, and that it was safe to expel him to waivers. But with the Packers sitting at 6-6, they need their star quarterback now more than ever to make a playoff push and Rodgers is hurrying back with hopes of a week 15 return. He is currently serving as the scout offense quarterback this week in practice to get himself back to speed and he should be owned in 100% of leagues should he return.
Mike Davis, SEA RB (3% ESPN) (0.5% NFL)
Boy, have the Seahawks had quite the interesting year at the running back position. It all started with Chris Carson breaking out and leading the charge in the backfield, until he hurt his ankle and went on the IR. From week five to week 13, we saw some combination of J.D. McKissic, Eddie Lacy, and Thomas Rawls carrying the ball as a committee, oh, and C.J. Prosise was also in the mix before hitting the IR as well. Now, Mike Davis appears to have gained the trust of coach Pete Carroll, as he garnered 20 touches last week against the Eagles. Davis picked up 64 rushing yards (101 total), and figures to be in line for plenty more work this week in Jacksonville. He is definitely worth an add because of how dominant lead backs in Seattle have been in the past.
Peyton Barber, TB RB (1.6% ESPN) (0.4 NFL)
With “Muscle Hamster” Doug Martin sidelined in week 13 due to concussion, he had to watch his teammate Barber take over the run game against the Packers and have a really great performance. Barber rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries and gained an extra 41 through the air, possibly positioning him to take the lead back role away from Martin even if he is healthy this week. Owned in hardly any leagues, the Auburn product should be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week among owners looking for a hot hand in the playoffs.
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR (15.2% ESPN) (4.7% NFL)
Goodwin had very sporadic fantasy value under C.J. Beathard throughout the year, but with Jimmy Garoppolo officially implanted as the 49ers’ quarterback, Goodwin has flex appeal for the remainder of the season. After catching eight passes for 99 yards in his first full game with Garoppolo, it is apparent that Goodwin in the top pass catcher in San Francisco. With a large volume of targets present for him under Garoppolo, Goodwin is worth a grab for depth or flex consideration.
Kenny Stills, MIA WR (45.3% ESPN) (29.6% NFL)
Stills has quietly had a great season under Jay Cutler, as he has scored like a WR2 this season despite having Cutler as a quarterback, Jarvis Landry being the team’s #1, and a rotating running game this season. Stills has 15 catches for 325 yards and two touchdowns over his past three games, and looks on the horizon to a game against New England where the Dolphins will likely trail and need to throw plenty. Stills is only owned in less than half of leagues, which is likely a result of a fear of those around Stills rather than his actual talent. Stills is a fine flex against the Patriots in week 14.
Dwayne Allen, NE TE (0.5% ESPN) (2.4% NFL)
Allen’s season looked to be a bust entering week ten, the Patriots had just signed Martellus Bennett to be the backup tight end and Allen was yet to even catch a pass. Now, Bennett has been on the IR for weeks and star Rob Gronkowski was issued a suspension after a boneheaded decision to bodyslam a defender after the play was over. Dwayne Allen is now positioned to be the starting tight end in week 14 vs Miami, and while he probably isn’t a top ten option he could be an intriguing play in deeper leagues or those that could be missing Gronk, Jordan Reed, or other notable tight ends.
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Daniel Rotter is just your typical high school student in many ways: he is a member of the varsity football team, does his homework, works as an umpire for little league baseball, and is the sports editor for his school newspaper. Daniel is different from most high school students in that he loves all things sports, and is obsessed with statistical, player, and rules knowledge of many sports, but particularly baseball. Still too young to legally participate in DFS, Daniel still spends most of his time on season-long fantasy sports for the time being. Daniel is an avid Baltimore sports fan, and roots hard for his Orioles, Ravens, and Maryland Terrapins.