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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 14

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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 14

For many leagues, this is the last week of the regular season and it’s a do-or-die game to get into the playoffs. If you’re on the bubble, don’t leave anything on the table when placing waiver bids this week. Spending $30 for a QB in week 14 is okay if that’s the difference between playing another week or having your season end early. Take the suggested bids with a grain of salt this week and spend whatever it takes to get your guy! That’s the same advice my wife’s mother gave her when she met me and it worked out just fine. If you’re assured a playoff spot, look ahead and grab players now who can help you in weeks 15-17. Mike White, Gus Edwards, Nico Collins, and Tyler Conklin are low-owned players who might be an improvement over your current starters. Pick them up and drop the perennial bench warmer you’re never going to use. Remember, fortune favors the bold!

Quarterback

Mike White, New York Jets- FAAB Bid $10

18% Yahoo, 13% ESPN

In his two starts, White has 684 yards, three passing touchdowns, and one rushing TD. He has a tough matchup against Buffalo in week 14, but faces the easiest playoff schedule of any quarterback. If you lost Jimmy Garoppolo or Lamar Jackson from your starting lineup, it’s worth breaking the bank to get White. 

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions- FAAB Bid $8

30% ESPN

Goff has thrown for 580 yards and four touchdowns the last two weeks. He faces the Vikings next week, who are giving up the most passing yards per game to opponents. He runs into the Jets and Panthers after that, so he’s likely just a one-week streamer. Week 14 is a make-or-break week for many fantasy teams and Goff is a good option if your QB-needy team needs a win to get into the playoffs. 

Minimum Bid QB to Consider

  • Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
  • Taylor Heinicke, Washington Commanders
  • Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens

 

Running Back

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams- FAAB Bid $20

45% Yahoo

Akers carried the ball 17 times and scored two touchdowns in the Rams loss to the Seahawks. He was on the field for a season-high 72% of the snaps. With a prime matchup against the Raiders next, this bodes well for Akers’ fantasy potential. You can start him comfortably next week and hopefully have a surprise bell cow running back throughout the playoffs.

Zonovan Knight, New York Jets- FAAB Bid $15

45% Yahoo, 36% ESPN

Knight has 29 carries and eight receptions while averaging 15.1 PPR fantasy points per game the last two weeks, making him a valuable starter in fantasy lineups. Knight has clearly surpassed James Robinson on the depth chart, but it’s uncertain when Michael Carter will return and what Knight’s role will be once Carter does come back. If you’re in need of a RB2, Knight might be your best bet. Even if he’s regulated to a backup role, he should see enough volume to be relevant in fantasy. He also has league-winning upside if Carter is unable to regain the starter role.

James Cook, Buffalo Bills- FAAB $6

23% Yahoo, 25% ESPN

Cook led the Buffalo backfield in carries and had six receptions. This was the second time in the last three games that Cook had double-digit carries. It’s going to be hard to trust Cook’s usage, and Buffalo has a difficult schedule ahead of them, but Cook is worth an add as a high-value handcuff and possible weekly flex option. 

Minimum Bid RB to Consider

  • Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons
  • Deejay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks
  • Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals

 

Wide Receiver

Darius Slayton, New York Giant- FAAB Bid $10

34% ESPN

Slayton is the WR1 in New York. Over his last four games, he has a 23% target share, ranks 15th in receiving yards and is averaging 22 yards per catch. Looking ahead, the Giants have mostly favorable matchups for wide receivers. Slayton’s high upside makes him an ideal WR2 for fantasy teams.

Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans- FAAB Bid $8

47% ESPN

Burks had an impressive 25 yard touchdown catch on the play that took him out of the game against the Eagles. His status against Jacksonville is uncertain, but Burks had been the top receiver on the team since returning from an earlier injury three weeks ago. When healthy, he’s the Titans top target and provides a safe floor for fantasy owners. 

Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs- FAAB Bid $8

43% Yahoo

Toney is another player with an uncertain status ahead of this week’s games, but he’s worth a stash on your bench, regardless. Toney was becoming an integral part of the Chief’s passing game before his injury. You should be able to get him cheap this week since many owners are scared off by his injury history. Toney has the kind of upside that can make a difference in the outcome of fantasy games. 

Minimum Bid WR to Consider

  • D.J. Chark, Detroit Lions
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns
  • Isaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills
  • Mack Hollins, Las Vegas Raiders

 

Tight End

Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders- FAAB Bid $6

47% ESPN

Moreau has done a fine, if unexciting, job of filling in. He’s the TE-9 since week seven and is 4th in targets in that time. His volume keeps him in play as a starter until Darren Waller returns. Pick him up knowing he might not start, but with the possibility of having a TE1 in your lineup the rest of the season.

Minimum Bid TE to Consider

  • Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos
  • Tyler Conklin, New York Jets
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