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Zach Wilson’s improved game prompts fantasy football relevance

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. Each week, Jets X-Factor dives into the waiver wire to find the must-adds for your fantasy football team.

After a great game against the Eagles in Week 13 (and proving me completely wrong in the start/sit column), Zach Wilson takes center stage this week.

All roster percentages are from Yahoo Sports.

Quarterback

Zach Wilson (6% Rostered)

Zach Wilson looked to have his groove back in Week 13 against the Eagles, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another.

This week the Jets take on a Saints team that has a huge question at quarterback with Taysom Hill’s injury to his throwing hand. While the Saints boast a good defense, the Jets offense should have ample opportunity to see the field, giving Wilson plenty of chances to shine against the team that’s given up the sixth-most points to quarterbacks this season.

Running Back

Dontrell Hillard (41% Rostered)

After back-to-back big fantasy football games, it’s hard to ignore Dontrell Hillard now. The Titans seemed to have found their answer at running back with Derrick Henry out.

This week Tennessee takes on the Jaguars, who are struggling mightily and have given up the fourth-most rushing touchdowns to running backs (12) this year.

In a division game, I expect Hillard to be a focal point for the Titans to assert their dominance.

Adrian Peterson (14% Rostered)

Adrian Peterson plodded his way to a touchdown in his Seahawks debut last week, and it’s hard to ignore his Week 14 matchup against the Houston Texans. They’ve given up the 10th-most fantasy football points to running backs this season.

While the Seahawks are looking like a bad team, they should be able to get right against the Texans – and I expect Peterson to plod his way in for six again. Houston has given up the third-most rushing touchdowns to running backs (13).

Ameer Abdullah (4% Rostered)

In Week 12 (the Panthers had a Week 13 bye), Ameer Abdullah took over all of the passing-game duties at running back in the absence of Christian McCaffrey, running out to catch a pass on 21 plays.

While Chuba Hubbard is expected to see a large workload in the run game, don’t be surprised if Abdullah has PPR relevance for fantasy football.

Wide Receiver

Tre’Quan Smith (6% Rostered)

It’s slim pickings at wide receiver. With Deonte Harris’ suspension taking place, Tre’Quan Smith will see the lion’s share of the work for New Orleans.

While the Saints have a huge problem at quarterback, Smith does see a good target share. He’s had at least five targets in the last four games. If you’re hurting at wide receiver, you could do worse. Smith is a boom-or-bust fantasy football player for the rest of the season.

K.J. Osborn (4% Rostered)

If Adam Thielen can’t play because of his ankle injury, K.J. Osborn is the next man up for the Vikings.

When Thielen left early last week, Osborn scored a touchdown and had seven targets. You can expect that type of production to be there if Thielen can’t go this Thursday on the short week. If you have the roster space in your fantasy football lineup, he’s worth the add.

Tight End

Tyler Conklin (30% Rostered)

Like Osborn listed above, Tyler Conklin benefits in a big way if Thielen is unable to play for Minnesota.

Conklin has been a consistent producer and is someone Cousins looks to in the red zone. With the tight end position bare in fantasy football, you could probably do worse than Conklin.

Ricky Seals-Jones (5% Rostered)

When Logan Thomas returned, Ricky Seals-Jones went back to the dead-zone for fantasy football tight ends.

Unfortunately, Thomas suffered a major knee injury and is out for the remainder of the season.

When Thomas was out previously, RSJ saw a similar workload. He averaged 4.0 catches for 38.4 yards across five starts with one touchdown.

RSJ returned to practice this past week and should get the start in a big Week 14 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, who have allowed the ninth-most receiving yards per game to tight ends this year (61.3).

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Thomas Christopher is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, big fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar@yahoo.com

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