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Citak: Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Matt Citak
December 04, 2018 - 2:04 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come.

After 13 grueling weeks, we have finally reached the holy land that has come to be known as the fantasy football playoffs.

It does not matter if you clinched your place in the postseason weeks ago or just squeaked out a victory in Week 13 to secure your spot. The start of the postseason represents the beginning of a new season in fantasy, where a few consecutive wins could land you your league championship.

Whether you are looking for a replacement for Kareem Hunt, A.J. Green or Greg Olsen, or just trying to find who might become the darling of the fantasy postseason, you have come to the right place.

Here are the top waiver wire adds for Week 14.

Good luck in the fantasy playoffs!

WR Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Believe it or not, Humphries has been the most consistent and productive receiver for the Buccaneers since Jameis Winston was renamed the team's starting quarterback. The 25-year-old has caught TD passes from Winston in three consecutive games and now has six straight games with over 50 receiving yards. With a likely shootout against the Saints coming up in Week 14, Humphries should not only be on your fantasy roster, but he also deserves a spot in your starting lineup.

RB Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders- Oakland's Week 13 battle against the Chiefs ended up being a lot closer than anyone would have expected, partially because of the success Richard had with the ball in his hands. The third-year back carried the ball just six times, but managed to gain 95 yards on the ground and added three receptions for an additional 31 yards. The Raiders face the Steelers in Week 14, and after his performance this past week, Richard should be in line for a bump in touches.

RB Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers- James Conner's leg injury is bad enough that it will keep him out for the Steelers this week. Up steps Jaylen Samuels, who should have no problem filling in. The rookie out of NC State has averaged just 2.6 yards per carry on 12 rush attempts this season, but has added seven receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns. With a tasty matchup against the Raiders in Week 14, Samuels is a must-start now that Conners is sitting.

RB Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers- It is too early to tell if Melvin Gordon will be able to make it back to the field this week. If he doesn't, Jackson makes for a very interesting play with a matchup against the Bengals on deck. Since Gordon went down with the MCL sprain last week, Jackson has taken 15 rush attempts for 120 yards and a score. Austin Ekeler gained only 21 yards on 13 rush attempts against the Steelers, which could open the door for Jackson to steal some touches. With Gordon likely to be questionable all week, fantasy owners should snag Jackson just in case.

RB Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers- Matt Breida has already been ruled out for San Francisco's Week 14 showdown against the Broncos, meaning Wilson will lead the 49ers in touches yet again. In Week 13, that role led to 15 rushes for 61 yards, with another eight receptions for 73 yards through the air. Running backs in Kyle Shanahan offenses always find a way to produce. If you're looking for an RB or flex for Week 14, Wilson makes for a very sneaky play.  

WR Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers- Staying in San Francisco, Pettis has recently emerged as Nick Mullens' favorite target in the passing game. The rookie receiver has been targeted seven times in each of the last two games, catching nine of them for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Even if Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon return to the field for the Week 14 contest against the Broncos, it's hard to imagine Pettis not continuing to play a large role in SF's offense. 

WR Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs- With Sammy Watkins missing yet another game, Conley stepped up in his absence, catching three of seven targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. The 26-year-old receiver now has three receiving touchdowns in Kansas City's last two games, totaling 10 receptions on 15 targets over that span. If Watkins is forced to miss more time due to a nagging foot injury, Conley should continue to produce as the third option in the Chiefs' passing game. 

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WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers- Samuel has been on quite a roll over the last five weeks. Over that stretch, the second-year WR out of Ohio State has either a touchdown or 96 yards from scrimmage in four games. With Olsen getting hurt and Funchess being eased back into the lineup this past Sunday, Samuel led the team with six catches on 11 targets. His big play capabilities make him a solid upside play against the Browns in Week 14.

TE Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers- As previously mentioned, Olsen suffered a foot injury against the Buccaneers that will force him to miss the remainder of the season. This opens the door for Thomas to reinsert himself as a pass-catching option for Cam Newton in the Panthers' passing game. Filling in for the injured Olsen in Week 13, Thomas caught all five of his targets for 46 yards. Hopefully you aren't still looking for an answer at tight end at this point of the season, but in case you are, you could do a lot worse than Thomas. 

QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills- Allen had easily the best game of his short NFL career in Week 13. The rookie quarterback threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, adding two interceptions while completing just 54.5 percent of his passes. Those passing stats aren't jaw-dropping, but his rushing numbers were. Allen carried the ball nine times for an amazing 135 yards, averaging a whopping 15.0 yards per carry. Allen led all rushers in running yards by a significant margin, and with a matchup against the Jets up next, the rookie could enjoy a repeat performance in Week 14.

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.