Welcome to Wavier Wire Tuesday, week fourteen edition.

Finally, the moment the season builds up to, it's time for week one of the fantasy football playoffs. This is the start of a brand new season and for some of you all you have left is pure consolation.

It's time for win or go home and if you took note of our theme of handcuffing last week then you may have set yourself up in a very good way with a couple of backups who are now in prominent roles with your season on the line.

Now, it's time to see which players I'm targeting this week on your waiver wires, as we've talked about, the waiver wire when used correctly, can be a deadly weapon to the success of your season.

The choice is yours and yours alone. Choose wisely, my friends.

Running Backs:

Jaylen Samuels (PIT at OAK, Owned in 3.4% of ESPN Leagues)

Here is a prime example of the handcuffing importance at this stage of the season. James Conner goes down late in the contest on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers with a leg injury. This week, reports surface that Conner is already ruled out for this week's game against the Oakland Raiders and that rookie Jaylen Samuels will take over the lead back duties. Samuels hasn't gotten much run this year and expectedly so with Conner playing well but now he's going to get an opportunity to do his thing against a bad Raiders team. We know Ben Roethlisberger struggles on the road, I expect Samuels to have a real chance to be a very good play this week. I hope you were one of the few who picked him up last week but if not good luck as everyone dashes to the wire to put a claim in for him.

Giovani Bernard (CIN at LAC, Owned in 26% of ESPN Leagues)

Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon and James Conner all starting running backs who have been injured or cut by their team late in this fantasy football season. The starting back in Cincinnati Joe Mixon has already missed time this season due to injury and if something were to crop up again with him it would be up to Gio Bernard to fill in. I would say get your handcuffing on whether you have Mixon or not just in case.

Justin Jackson (LAC vs. CIN, Owned in 12.2% of ESPN Leagues)

Holy Justin Jackson, he had himself a very solid game last week ripping off big gains and even scoring a touchdown. He certainly didn't look like a rookie seventh round pick last week when he carried eight times for 63 yards and that score. There is a chance Melvin Gordon could be back this week but if he isn't I would consider Jackson if you find yourself in a deeper league or want to add some depth Jackson might be the guy for you. I don't foresee him being used enough to unseat Austin Ekeler while Gordon is out but he showed to be a good complimentary back.

Rod Smith (DAL vs. PHI, Owned in 2% of ESPN Leagues)

The backup for Zek Elliot is basically all you need to know about Rod Smith, if Zek is healthy there is no need to play him but if you own the Cowboys stud back I'd own Smith as well. #handcuffingSZN

Wide Receiver:

Chris Conley (KC vs. BAL, Owned in 13% of ESPN Leagues)

This is not an ideal match-up for Chris Conley going up against a stout Baltimore Ravens secondary but they'll probably be more worried about the likes of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Conley has been good over the last two games as well racking up 10 catches on 15 targets to go along with three touchdowns. This is an explosive offense for the Chiefs and Conley's finally getting in on the fun.

Tight End:

Mark Andrews (BAL at KC, Owned in 1.6% of ESPN Leagues)

The tight end position has been a mess this season outside of a couple key guys who have shown consistency. Mark Andrews has been the most efficient tight end for the Ravens this season and he's only cracked double-digit fantasy points once this year. With that being said, if you're struggling for an option this week he may be able to have a decent week facing a Chiefs defense who ranks 31st against tight ends this season.

Best of luck in week fourteen!

 

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