2015 Fantasy Football: QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 14

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 14 and the fantasy playoffs (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

QB - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (44 percent)

In a 42-39 shootout with the Jaguars, Mariota completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 268 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. It was the second consecutive game in which Mariota has thrown for three scores and he now has six games (out of 10) with multiple passing touchdowns this season.

But it was Mariota's dual-threat abilities that made Sunday his best fantasy performance of the season. Going into this week's game, Mariota had only 137 total rushing yards, but he had nearly as much against the Jags. Mariota rushed nine times for 112 yards and a score to finish with a season-high 35.92 fantasy points.

Mariota now has a minimum of 18 fantasy points in three consecutive games and in four of his past five. During that five-game span, he has a pair of games with at least 33 fantasy points. His fantasy playoff schedule (NYJ, NE and HOU) isn't great, but Mariota has been playing well and he has tremendous upside especially if he begins to run more often.

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (35 percent)

Taylor completed only 11 pass attempts on Sunday, but he threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns and added 28 rushing yards and a fourth touchdown against the Texans. With three passing touchdowns in back-to-back games, Taylor has scored at least 26.24 fantasy points in each of those games. Due to his dual-threat abilities, Taylor has a solid floor and plenty of upside. On the season, he has 63 rush attempts for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

Perhaps he won't score 26-plus fantasy points for a third consecutive game, but Taylor is set up for the success to continue in Week 14. Only Jameis Winston has a more favorable matchup as the Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points this season. The Eagles have allowed a total of 18 passing touchdowns in their past five games alone.

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40 percent)

Over his past five games, Winston threw five touchdowns against the Eagles in Week 11, but a total of only two touchdowns in his other four games combined. Yet to throw for 300 yards in any game this season, Winston has thrown for less than 200 yards only once this season. And while he isn't nearly as mobile as the quarterbacks listed above him, Winston has five rushing scores this season including four in his past six games.

On the season, Winston has averaged 17.26 fantasy points per game, which is supported by his consistency. Winston has scored at least 12 fantasy points in all 12 games this season. There may be no better streamer on the waiver wire than Winston, who has the most favorable matchup of the week in Week 14.

Not only have the Saints allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but they have allowed nearly five points per game more than the team with the second-most. In their past eight games, the Saints have allowed an average of 317.75 passing yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game. Over their past six games, they have allowed 29.06 fantasy points per game.

QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (31 percent)

Throwing for a mere 162 yards on Sunday, Smith still managed to score 24.78 fantasy points (11th-most) this week. Not only did Smith throw for two touchdowns, but he ran for another score. It was the sixth time in 12 games that Smith has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback this season.

Smith may lack the ceiling of others on this list, but it's rare that he has an awful performance. Smith has finished as the weekly QB19 or better in all but one game. With no turnovers since September (Week 3), Smith's rushing stats (326 yards, 27.17/G) helps to boost his floor.

With the seventh-most favorable fantasy strength of schedule down the stretch, Smith faces the Chargers, Ravens and Browns in Weeks 14 to 16, respectively.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (44 percent)

Fitzpatrick has scored 25-plus fantasy points in back-to-back games as he threw for a season-high 390 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants on Sunday. With the 12th-most fantasy points among quarterbacks this season, Fitzpatrick now has accounted for at least two touchdowns in all but one game that he has finished this season. In Week 14, the Jets will face the Titans, who allowed 652 passing yards and eight touchdowns to Derek Carr and Blake Bortles in their past two games combined.

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