Fantasy football playoffs have arrived for most leagues, and many fantasy owners this week may be in need of a wide receiver or tight end due to injury. There is no lack of available talent on the waiver wire in Week 14, especially when looking at the tight end and wide receiver positions.
Steelers tight end Ladarius Green, Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, and Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. are just three of some of the notable names that are readily available in most leagues that should be able to continue to play well down the stretch for fantasy owners. Below is a list of the top five waiver wire additions in Week 14 that can have an immediate impact for one’s fantasy team in the coming weeks.
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green
Green worked out well as a plug and play option for Week 13 with six receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown, and will likely be the hottest waiver wire addition this week. The Steelers 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end is less than 25 percent owned in most fantasy leagues.
The Steelers originally signed Green in free agency this offseason with the hope of him filling the void left by Heath Miller’s retirement, and has slowly worked his way into offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s offense after being activated off the physically unable to perform list in Week 10. Green should be in for a big workload down the stretch of the regular season, and could be a huge boost for fantasy owners in need of a tight end.
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell
New England’s rookie wide receiver has seen an increased role since the loss of star tight end Rob Gronkowski, and has seen a minimum of at least five targets in each of the team’s last three games. Mitchell caught a career-high eight passes on 10 targets for 82 yards in the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, and is quickly developing into a playmaker for quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.
Mitchell is less than 30 percent owned in most fantasy leagues and has favorable matchups in three of the team’s final four regular season games. Fantasy owners in need of a wide receiver in Week 14 should look to claim Mitchell off waivers, as he should be able to continue to produce against Baltimore’s defense on Monday Night Football.
Carolina Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn has quickly become one of quarterback Cam Newton’s favorite targets in recent weeks, and has led the team in receptions (9), yards (195), and touchdown receptions (2) over the team’s last two games. The Panthers speedy 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver consistently has the ability to get behind safeties and corners, and has proved himself worthy of a waiver wire addition for fantasy owners.
Ginn is less than 23 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and could be a solid starter at the flex position or second receiver spot in the coming weeks.
Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis
Davis has already proven himself a valuable addition to Washington in his first season with the franchise, and should be an immediate waiver wire addition for Jordan Reed fantasy owners. The Redskins were without their top tight end during Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals due to a shoulder injury, but got solid production from Davis in his absence with five catches for 47 yards.
Washington’s veteran tight end has not been able to reach the end zone since Week 11 against the Vikings, but has recorded over 50 receiving yards in six of the team’s 12 games this season. Davis has high value in point per reception leagues based on his increased targets the past two weeks, but should remain a handcuff for Reed owners in standard leagues moving forward. The 11-year veteran is less than 54 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, but is only worth starting in Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles if Reed is officially ruled out.
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
Seattle’s second-year receiver has not produced the numbers many fantasy analysts projected for him in his sophomore season, but might be hitting his stride at the right time for the franchise, as they look to clinch a playoff spot in the next couple of games. Lockett recorded a season-high five catches for 63 yards, but also added a huge 75-yard touchdown run in the team’s Week 13 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Seattle’s speedy receiver is less than 40 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and is an intriguing waiver wire addition this week, especially given their next two games. The Seahawks travel to Lambeau Field to face the Packers this upcoming Sunday and then host the Los Angeles Rams the following Thursday. Both the Packers and Rams have struggled covering receivers this season, and are both ranked in the top 10 in terms of fantasy points surrendered to the position in 2016.