The 2016 NFL season is 13 weeks old and the time is now to start picking up players from your fantasy football waiver wire to help make a playoff push. Every year a no name blows up in at the start of the season and ends up being a top-20 fantasy football players over the remainder of the season. So, instead of letting your competition beat you to the punch, use your fantasy football waiver wire to find the next big thing.
Let’s get things started by taking at some fantasy football waiver wire Quarterbacks for Week 14.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Owned in 27% of Yahoo Leagues
Smith has now gone five straight games without throwing multiple touchdown passes, but he had another solid effort against the Atlanta Falcons (21-for-25 for 270 yards) and a lack of turnovers continues to give him a solid fantasy floor.
Smith tends to underachieve in favorable matchups, including Week 6 against the Oakland Raiders (224 passing yards, zero touchdowns). But the Raiders are in the bottom-10 of the league against quarterbacks (ESPN scoring) and Smith gets them at home in Week 14.
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Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans is also favorable matchup, as the Titans entered Week 13 having allowed multiple passing touchdowns in seven straight games and they are a bottom-10 defense against quarterbacks thus far (ESPN scoring).
Week 16 brings a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos, but fantasy owners in leagues that use Week 17 should be aware of Smith’s rematch with the San Diego Chargers in Week 17. Smith had his best game of the season against the Chargers way back in Week 1, with 363 passing yards and three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
Smith is an under-appreciated fantasy quarterback. Owners that don’t ignore him can add him as a QB2, and take advantage of a favorable situation to finish the 2016 season. — Brad Berreman
Consider Adding In: 10-team, 12-team & 14-team formats. Especially in two quarterback leagues.