If you are reading this, congratulations! Your hard work paid off and you are in the fantasy football playoffs. Now isn’t the time to slack off, so check out the waiver wire even if you have a first-round bye.

Below are a handful of waiver wire candidates owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues who you should consider picking up:


Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (10%): Fitzpatrick found some Fitzmagic against the Eagles on Sunday and led the Dolphins to a 37-31 win. He completed 27 of 39 passes in the shootout for 365 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Jets are on deck for Week 14 and their defense has improved in the past few games, though they may now be without star safety Jamal Adams for several weeks. Fitzpatrick had 288 yards and three touchdowns the first time these teams met on Nov. 3.

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (39% owned): Tannehill had his worst start since taking over the starting role from Marcus Mariota in Week 13. He still picked up a pair of touchdowns and should bounce back in Oakland this week. The Titans face Houston and New Orleans in Weeks 15 and 16, which is an attractive fantasy playoffs schedule.

Running backs:

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (31%): Dalvin Cook left with a shoulder injury during Monday night’s loss to the Seahawks and did not return. Mattison took over an every-down role after that and had four rushes for 22 yards and caught four passes for 51 yards. He is a must-own if Cook is out for Week 14, especially against a weak Lions run defense.

Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers (34% owned): Snell has taken on a significant workload in the two games since his three-game injury absence. He had 16 rushes for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Browns after a 21-attempt game in Week 12. With Jaylen Samuels becoming less involved in the ground game and James Conner still out, Snell could have sneaky RB2 value against a soft Cardinals run defense next week.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (13%): Mostert exploded against the Ravens on Sunday and had 19 rushes for 146 yards and a touchdown. This was his best game of the year, as his role has expanded with Matt Breida nursing an ankle injury. It’s clear he was the favorite option out of the backfield in this game since Tevin Coleman had five rushes for six yards. If Breida sits out another game, expect it to be the Raheem Mostert show in New Orleans.

Darwin Thompson, Kansas City Chiefs (5%): Thompson had an expanded role against the Raiders in Week 13 with Damien Williams (ribs) out and Darrel Williams suffering a hamstring injury in the second half. Coach Andy Reid said there is a “good chance” Darrel does not play in Week 14. Thompson posted 11 rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown on the day. He will will have continued involvement alongside LeSean McCoy if both Williams’ miss time and is a valuable add, even with a brutal matchup in New England next week.

Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins (1%): Kalen Ballage had to be carted off the field during the first half of Sunday’s win over the Eagles after suffering a non-contact injury that could mean his season is over. Laird is next up in the backfield and had 10 rushing attempts for five yards and a touchdown, as well as four catches for 43 yards after relieving Ballage. It will likely be a committee between him and Myles Gaskin.

Patrick Laird
Patrick Laird celebrates a touchdown against the Eagles.Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Wide receivers:

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (32%): Beasley broke the 100-yard mark against the Cowboys, his former squad, on Thanksgiving and finished with six catches on seven targets for 110 yards and a touchdown. He has at least six targets in nine of 12 games this year and has scored in five of the past seven weeks. He has consistent flex appeal moving forward.

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (22%): Washington posted his first 100-yard game of the season, caught all four targets and had a touchdown on Sunday. He led the team in receiving and has now scored in two straight games. His role in this offense should continue, especially if JuJu Smith-Schuster misses more games while he recovers from a knee injury.

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (17%): Pascal bounced back after going without a catch in Week 12. He caught seven passes on a season-high 10 targets for 109 yards. T.Y. Hilton has not been healthy since Week 7, and with Chester Rogers possibly missing time, the Colts are down to Pascal, Marcus Johnson and Ashton Dulin. Pascal should continue to be targeted and has upside in Tampa this coming week.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (11%): Julio Jones sat out Week 13, giving way for receivers Gage and Christian Blake to both play a role in the Falcons’ Thanksgiving loss to the Saints. Gage caught five of eight targets for 52 yards and a touchdown and is a flex play with upside if Jones sits out Week 14.

Tight ends:

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (19% owned): Gesicki reeled in his second career touchdown and has now scored in two consecutive games. He finished the day catching five of seven targets for 79 yards in the Dolphins’ upset win over the Eagles. This is Gesicki’s fifth game in a row with at least six targets. His consistent involvement in the Dolphins’ passing game makes him an attractive streaming option. 

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (11%): Higbee got the start on Sunday with Gerald Everett sidelined with a knee injury and exploded against the Cardinals. He caught seven of eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. His stat line has something to do with Arizona’s defense, which has been particularly abysmal all season against tight ends. Higbee is a good fantasy play in Week 14 if Everett misses another game.


Dallas Cowboys D/ST (39% owned): The Dallas defense has been up-and-down all year, and mostly down of late. That said, the Cowboys next square off against Mitch Trubisky, who has four interceptions in the past three games against three weak defensive units.

Houston Texans D/ST (26%): The Texans defense held off the Patriots in Week 13 as they picked up their eighth win of the year. They are up against Drew Lock and the Broncos on Sunday, a matchup which should offer ample opportunities to rack up fantasy points. Houston is worth a look if you are streaming defenses week-to-week.