Hot Pepper Pickups: Waiver Wire Week 14

December 8, 2020

Week 13 has come and gone, and Fantasy Football playoffs are right around the corner. In many situations, teams are trying to find replacements for injured players or players that have been designated to the COVID reserve list. With trade deadlines passing, the wire is the best place to do so. Here are my picks for the wire this week.

Ty Johnson- The Jets carousel continues to turn, this time in the direction of Ty Johnson. In Week 13 Frank Gore suffered a concussion that will most likely force him to miss Week 14. Johnson received a majority of the work taking 22 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown along with 2 catches for 13 yards. Next week Johnson comes up against the Seahawks, who just allowed 135 yards on the ground to Wayne Gallman and two touchdowns to Alfred Morris. Johnson is not the most talented back in the league, but the opportunity is there.

Scoville Units: Siling Labuyo- 95,000

Peyton Barber- The Washington Football Team defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. What did it cost? Antonio Gibson. Gibson suffered a toe injury on his second carry, derailing many fantasy team’s playoff hopes and possibly Washington’s in the process. J.D. McKissic is a high-end receiving back, but for goal-line carries, Washington never calls his name. Usually, it is Gibson, now it should be Barber. Barber is not nearly as talented as Gibson or McKissic, but he has the ability to stumble into the end zone. In Week 13, he took 14 carries for an unimpressive 23 yards and a score. This is only an add if your team is very weak at running back.

Scoville Units: Shishito- 200

Adrian Peterson- Adrian Peterson has turned back the clock in the past two weeks, he may not have the same speed as his MVP year in 2012, but he does still have the strength. In Week 12 and 13, Peterson powered his way into the end zone for four touchdowns. He also eclipsed 15 carries and 55 yards in each of those contests. Deandre Swift is possibly set to return next week, but in the case of Peterson, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Peterson projects to be a touchdown-dependent back from here on out.

Scoville Units: Prairie Fire- 75,000

Collin Johnson- Rookie receiver Collin Johnson made my players to watch list last week, this week he has been upgraded to the meat of the article. The former Texas Longhorn has seen an uptick in snaps, 81% in Week 12 and 54% in Week 13, as well as an uptick in targets. While the quarterback situation is not ideal in Jacksonville and all of the receivers were healthy, Johnson was still productive in Week 13 catching four of six targets for 66 yards. His volume should only go up from here.

Scoville Units: Charleston Hot- 85,000

T.Y. Hilton- T.Y. Hilton has had a disappointing season thus far, but that is not stopping him from sprinting to the finish line. His last two weeks have been huge, in Week 12 he caught four balls for 81 yards and a score and in Week 13 he caught eight balls for 110 yards and a touchdown. This production does not look like it is going anywhere coming up against the Raiders and Texans in the coming weeks. 

Scoville Units: Red Savina Habanero- 225,000

Logan Thomas- The Washington Football Team has taken 13 weeks to integrate Logan Thomas into their offense, but it has officially happened. Thomas caught nine of nine targets for 98 yards and a touchdown against a stingy Steelers defense. If you watched the game, you saw Thomas as an option on every play, this should continue. The Football Team is trending upwards and Logan Thomas should follow. 

Scoville Units: White Bullet Habanero- 275,000

Players to watch: Chad Hansen, Browns receivers, Cam Sims.