Waiver Worthy: Week 14 Fallout: Blake Bortles, Rod Smith & More

by Will Overton

You should either already be in your playoffs or starting them this week. Either way, unless you are in a dynasty league you should be making waiver wire moves based solely on what is happening for that player this week, without worrying about the future. There is no more long term thinking, it’s win or go home time.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some options you can add that may be able to help you out this week:


Blake Bortles – QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
There may not be much more terrifying of a thought than using Blake Bortles in a playoff matchup, but that may be a reality you need to face. Week 14 saw Carson Wentz and Josh McCown say goodbye to the rest of their seasons and if you are scrambling for a QB, the options owned in less than 50% of leagues isn’t great.

Before you make yourself sick thinking about using Bortles let’s look at what he’s been doing. In his last seven games he has 16 or more fantasy points six times, he has thrown for 250 or more yards in five of his last seven and he only has one multiple interception game in his last seven.  He has new weapons emerging in Keenan Cole and Dede Westbrook and one of the most favorable matchups you can ask for against the Texans. I understand why you may be nervous to use him, but the numbers say he looks like a solid play this week.


Kerwynn Williams – RB, Arizona Cardinals
The status of Adrian Peterson is still unknown this early in the week, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him miss another game, or even be shut down for the season with Arizona having nothing to play for. The last two weeks it’s been Kerwynn Williams getting most of the running back touches and he’s managed to rush for 170 yards. This week he gets to go against the Redskins who look like they have mailed it in already for the season and just gave up 5.0 YPC to the Chargers offense. As long as Peterson isn’t playing Williams makes for a decent play.


Rod Smith – RB, Dallas Cowboys
There is still one week left for Ezekiel Elliot to serve on his six game suspension which means it’s Alfred Morris and Rod Smith that get to capitalize on the attractive Oakland Raiders matchup. Smith was a breakout in Week 14, piling up 47 yards rushing and 113 through the air while running in a TD and catching a TD.

Now there are a couple reasons to take pause, the first being that Morris still out carried Smith by over three times in the last game, and his big game was largely dependent on his 81 yard TD. The positives are that Dak Prescott is on fire right now and starting to throw more, which means more Smith, and Smith does have big play ability. I would rather be using Kerwynn Williams, but if you need to use Smith it’s a good matchup and game script has been shifting more in his favor as of late.


Marquise Goodwin – WR, San Francisco 49ers
Despite the continuous success, Marquise Goodwin is still somehow not even owned in half of ESPN fantasy football leagues. In seven of his last eight games played he has had at least 68 yards receiving or more. In two games with Jimmy Garoppolo as his QB he has 14 catches on 20 targets and 205 yards. Goodwin has only made it into the end zone once this season, but his big play ability, 19.1 YPC, indicate he should be there more and is still a threat to score at any time. The matchup with the Titans is pretty good and Goodwin is a safe bet for another 8 – 12 targets and a potentially big day.


Chris Godwin – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We are going to dig a little bit deeper for this wide receiver play, maybe for teams in 14 team or deeper leagues, or even some 12 team leagues where three WR are used. The rookie from Penn State drew a lot of attention from Jameis Winston this past Sunday, catching five passes for 68 yards. We’ve seen flashes from him this season, but it’s time the struggling Buccaneers really take a look and see what they have in Godwin.

The Falcons will have a lot to play for on Monday Night, but they are susceptible to the pass and if they get ahead early Tampa Bay will be throwing a lot to play catchup. I suspect Godwin sees the field a good bit as they need to take a longer look here and if the game script does go as I expect this could be a coming out party for the rookie. This is a big time gamble, but I believe in the talent and I think the opportunity may finally be here.


Eric Ebron – TE, Detroit Lions
I think just about everyone who plays fantasy football has owned and dropped Ebron at one time or another. The guy is your poster boy for being the talented, athletic player whose production just never quite matches up to the potential. It may be time to give the guy another look if you need a tight end for week 15.

Ebron is coming off his best game of the season where he was targeted 11 times, catching 10 passes for 94 yards. This is also now four weeks in a row with at least four catches and, knock on wood, he isn’t dropping passes right now. The Lions only ran the ball 18 times last Sunday and I don’t expect that number to be much this higher this week either against Chicago. It may not be appealing to you, but Ebron may be your best bet at tight end off the wire.

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  1. Kyle k says:

    I lost Wentz should I roll the dice and start Matt Ryan or try and pick up Bortels, keenem, Flaco, foles or Carr?

  2. Shawn S says:

    Professor, I’m having trouble with my Flex in a Half PPR – RB Davis, WR Diggs, or WR Westbrook? I also have Rivers and Rodgers and am having trouble choosing between them.

  3. Joseph Warkentin says:

    Seriously, bottles or foles…playoffs Prof!

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