Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 14

Jaylen Samuels and Jeff Wilson Jr. are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
December 04, 2018 - 11:05 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues.

1. Jaylen Samuels, (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers) – James Conner has been ruled out this week with an ankle sprain that's more serious than first thought. Samuels presents as a threat in both the passing and running game, and he scored a touchdown after Conner left Sunday night. He'll likely mix in with Stevan Ridley but should see the bulk of the work.

2. Jeff Wilson Jr., (RB, San Francisco 49ers) – Matt Breida has already been ruled out for week 14. He's been a beast in battling through a nagging ankle injury all season, but his most recent aggravation had him limited for most of Sunday, so he's now taking a week off. Wilson totaled 134 yards on 23 touches against the Seahawks, doing damage in both the passing and running game. Week 14 is do-or-die from a playoff perspective, and Wilson is a top-two addition because you know he'll be starting this week and getting a full workload in a decent matchup against the Broncos.

3. Justin Jackson, (RB, Los Angeles Chargers) – Jackson had a mini-breakout Sunday night, rushing eight times for over 60 yards and scoring a touchdown. He looked quick and explosive, while Austin Ekeler struggled to get much going. If Melvin Gordon is ruled out, which is more likely than not, Jackson will have a key role in a top offense. 

4. Adam Humphries, (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Humphries continues to bring fantasy goodness to his few owners. He isn't flashy, but he gets the job done. He's scored five touchdowns in his last five games and has double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five. He's become a favorite target for Jameis Winston in the middle of the field, and his value increases in full point-per-reception leagues. I wouldn't bat an eye if those in need of a receiver made Humphries their top waiver choice.

5. Curtis Samuel, (WR, Carolina Panthers) – Samuel led the team in targets this past week with 11 and has now topped 50 yards or scored a touchdown in four of his last five games. He caught six balls for 88 yards and added an eight-yard rush this past week. He's been a big piece of this offense and with Greg Olsen going on injured reserve, there are more targets to go around. Samuel is a big-play threat and can score any time he touches the ball. 

6. Dante Pettis, (WR, San Francisco 49ers) – Pettis seems to have found his stride in the last two games, tallying 206 yards receiving and three touchdowns on nine receptions. He's had at least six targets in all three games since returning from injury and seems to be Nick Mullens' favorite target. He's also ripping off explosive big plays and is worth the addition as a WR3/flex if you're in need of some upside.

7. LeGarrette Blount, (RB, Detroit Lions) – We know the deal with Blount at this point: He's touchdown-or-bust. But he's seeing the volume to be on this list, even though he tallied 61 scoreless yards on 16 touches Sunday. The Lions have a solid schedule and should be in every game, meaning Blount will be heavily involved as long as Kerryon Johnson remains out with a knee injury.

8. Ty Montgomery/Kenneth Dixon, (RB, Baltimore Ravens) – Neither Montgomery nor Dixon seems to be challenging Gus Edwards for early down work. Montgomery totaled 55 yards on eight touches, including five receptions. Dixon looked good in his first game back, racking up 43 yards on nine touches, doing most of his work on the ground. Right now, Montgomery seems to be the player to own in PPR leagues, but if anyone is to emerge down the stretch and really eat into Edward's touches, I think it's Dixon. 

9. Rex Burkhead, (RB, New England Patriots) – If Sony Michel or James White goes down with injury, Burkhead is a RB2. Even with the other two healthy, Burkhead had nine touches. He's a speculative add due to the upside if injury were to strike. We know Michel has battled through injuries on multiple occasions already, so better safe than sorry.

10. Ian Thomas, (TE, Carolina Panthers) – With Greg Olsen heading to injured reserve, Thomas becomes waiver worthy if you're in need of help at the tight end position. He caught all five of his targets for 46 yards last week and may add some stability to a volatile position when you need it most.

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Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​