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Monday, August 10, 2020

Fantasy Football: Top 5 Add/Drops after Week 14

Every league is now in the Fantasy Football playoffs, and the waiver wire is still alive. With Mark Ingram and Thomas Rawls both going down over the past week, there are once again starting running backs available for pickup.

DSN is here to let you know who to add and who to drop as you make your run at fantasy glory.

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1. Add Tim Hightower

Tim Hightower

If you managed to snag Hightower before this past Sunday’s matchups, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Hightower will, almost without a doubt, he the most added player this week in fantasy leagues regardless of format. With Ingram out for the season and C.J. Spiller still in the doghouse, Hightower is the man to own in the New Orleans Saints’ backfield. Still available in nearly 60% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, if you have the chance, add Hightower.

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 2. Add DuJuan Harris

DuJuan Harris

After Marshawn Lynch went down to injury, Rawls stepped up and proved to be a capable RB1 for many fantasy teams. But those days are over, as Rawls has been ruled out for the season after breaking his ankle against the Baltimore Ravens last week. Enter  Harris, who rushed for 42 yards on 18 carries after the Rawls injury on Sunday. While those numbers don’t jump off the page, Harris received 11 more carries than Fred Jackson, and as of now, he’s in line to be the No. 1 RB for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. While he shouldn’t be considered anything more than a FLEX play this coming weekend, Harris is one of the best options out there on the waiver wire this week.

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3. Add Tyler Lockett

Lockett

Over the last three weeks, the Seahawks’ offense has exploded, scoring at least 35 points in all three contests. Along with Russell Wilson, the two catalysts of that offensive surge have been Doug Baldwin and Lockett. Baldwin has 8 TDs in the last three weeks, and should be picked up in nearly all fantasy leagues at this point. Lockett, on the other hand, is still available in nearly 80% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues despite 13 receptions, 194 yards and 2 TDs over his last two games. There aren’t many WRs out there right now, but of the ones that are available, Lockett is the best of the bunch.

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4. Drop Alfred Blue

Alfred Blue

One of the more curious cases of this past weekend was what happened with the Houston Texans and Blue. After 41 carriers over his past three games, Blue looked to be in line for a decent workload on Sunday night against the New England Patriots. But, inexplicably, Blue received zero carries in the game and played exclusively on special teams. It’s still not known why Blue was demoted, and because of that, he’s safe to drop.

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5. Drop C.J. Spiller

Spiller

With Ingram going down for the season, many fantasy players expected Spiller to take over as lead back for the Saints. That’s not the case. Hightower received the majority of carries for New Orleans on Sunday, and that doesn’t look to change going forward. Spiller managed just two yards on three carries last week, and it’s at the point in the season now where Spiller shouldn’t be owned in any leagues, regardless of format.

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Jake Hirschmann
Jacob is currently a senior at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with the hopes of persuing sports journalism as a career.

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