Waiver Wire: Week 14
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Mike White (15.7% rostered)
The Mike White train is still going! While White was not the best on the field QB last week, he still ended with over 350 passing yards and a touchdown (along with two interceptions) that landed him as the QB7. So far this season... Mike White has never landed outside the top 10 QBs in scoring (in only two games, but hey whatever). White faces a broken Buffalo defense, then turns around and plays two great matchups in Detroit and Jacksonville. Mike White is him... for fantasy purposes.
Cam Akers (49.1% rostered)
The Cam Akers distrust is understandable after his early let down this year, but he has found himself making the most of his cleared out backfield. Akers is nowhere near the back he was anticipated to be, but he has seen some steady improvement this back end of the season. Akers bounced back against Seattle, carrying the ball 17 times for 60 yards and scoring 2 TDs on top of it. Akers is likely the only good fantasy option for the Rams after seeing Matt Stafford's season end, and Kupp's expected to as well. Akers will not produce every week, but there are two favorable matchups looking ahead in Weeks 17 and 18 against the Chargers and Seahawks if you want to stash him for the big game.
Darius Slayton (47.4% rostered)
How many times do I have to say it??? Pick Slayton up. Slayton has been heavily targeted and has received over 80 yards in 3 out of the past 4 weeks. Slayton is averaging 7 targets a game since Week 10 and his only a touchdown away from turning his WR25 finish to a top 10 finish. Slayton is a more reliable option than Michael Gallup, MVS, Zay Jones, Curtis Samuel, and more WRs who are owned more than him. Since Week 10, Slayton has scored more than George Pickens, Michael Pittman Jr., Adam Theilen, and Courtland Sutton. Slayton is not going to be a weekly WR1-2 finish, but he is a reliable WR that can fill in with the amount of injuries right now.
Greg Dulich (38.1% rostered)
Dulich talk has died down since his initial boom, but he is still a better option than most TEs available. Dulich has been bad since Week 8, but looking ahead at a favorable schedule may make sense for this TE. Against a bad Baltimore TE defense, Dluich saw 8 targets turn into 6 receptions for 85 yards. Dulich can follow up this performance against notably bad fantasy TE defenses in Kansas City (x2) and Arizona in the upcoming weeks. Weeks 14,15, and 17 are big weeks for fantasy football players, so invest in Dulich early while you can.
Seattle (37.0% rostered)
Seattle landed as a top 10 defense against the brittled Rams offense, and could see another performance like that against Carolina. Week 14 is not the most favorable matchups for streaming defenses, but Seattle could be an early target with a great matchup against Carolina. Carolina has allowed 6.9 points to defenses so far this year, which is in the top 10 points allowed to D/STs. Seattle is likely going to only be usable next week, but anything to give you the edge in these crucial weeks is helpful.