As the season wore on, one name we didn’t expect to hear until maybe 2015 was Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. The rookie replaced Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter and had the chance to lead the Browns to a comeback over Buffalo. The former Texas A&M star and Heisman Trophy winner completed 5-of-8 passes for 63 yards, and rushed twice for 13 yards and one touchdown.
With Cleveland making a playoff push, and Manziel answering the call off the bench so well, he could be the starter for the rest of the season. Owners might pick him just flash Manziel’s patent money sign, but really shouldn’t bid too high. In a two-quarterback league Manziel could be an excellent complement to a star like Atlanta’s Matt Ryan or New England’s Tom Brady, but he shouldn't be considered a QB1 until next season at the earliest.
After the first batch of Sunday’s games, other than Manziel fantasy owners have several players to choose from for Week 14’s waiver wire as they prepare for the first week of the playoffs. Let’s dive into some other players owners should consider adding for Week 14, but remember to always add and drop at your own discretion.
Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams
There have been a few players this season that made owners scratch their heads and wonder (Theo Riddick, Justin Forsett, Matt Asiata), but Bailey might be the most obscure to emerge this year. In nine previous games this year, Bailey totaled 15 catches for 175 yards and one touchdown, half of which came in Week 12 against San Diego. In one half in Week 13 he nearly doubled his production for the season against Oakland. With two straight solid weeks on the books, Bailey might be a strong pick-up for the playoffs.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Owned in 42.9 percent of ESPN and 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Martin could be on the comeback trail even with the Bucs’ playoff hopes dashed. When healthy, and after his performance against Cincinnati it appears that he is, Martin is one of the top all-around backs in the NFL, capable of rushing for 1,000 yards and making catches out of the backfield. He’ll shoot up the waiver wire for sure this week.
Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins
He was sacked five times, but McCoy might have shook off the moniker as “RG3’s replacement” after one game. He threw for 358 yards and three touchdowns and nearly put the Redskins in position for a comeback, but struggled four fumbles (one lost) on the day. In two-quarterback leagues, McCoy seems like an excellent option as a QB2.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Before Week 13, the majority of Moncrief’s 29 targets on the season came in the blowout loss to Pittsburgh. In Week 13 he was targeted only three times, but broke off touchdown receptions of 48 and 79 yards. He might be a reach, but with Reggie Wayne only scoring two touchdowns all season, Moncrief could be a No. 2 or 3 target for Andrew Luck in the coming weeks. In very deep leagues, Moncrief might an excellent addition this week.
Others to watch: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings; Nick Toon, WR, Saints; Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers; Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars