Waiver Wire Week 14 Pickups
Week 14 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
After being traded to the Titans this past off-season, many fantasy owners were wondering if Ryan Tannehill would ever be a starter again in the NFL. After Marcus Marriott struggled in the early parts of the season, then Tannehill came in towards the end of the game in Week 6 against the Chargers. Tannehill and has been quietly quite great for fantasy purposes. Since Week 7 he is currently the QB6 and he gets the Raiders in Week 14, who give up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. If you’re streaming QBs or drafted someone like Matt Ryan, don’t be afraid to fire up Tannehill in the first round of your fantasy playoffs. Don’t get too ahead of yourself, but he also gets the Texans and Saints after that, who give up the ninth and eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, respectively.
Another option on the waiver wire for those of you who are streaming quarterbacks is Jacoby Brissett. Heading into Tampa Bay in Week 14, the Colts face a Buccaneers defense who give up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. While many owners were burnt last week after starting Nick Foles in this juicy matchup, it’s tough to get away from this matchup. It’s also worth noting that the Buccaneers held Matt Ryan to zero touchdowns with one interception the previous week. I’ll gladly roll Brissett out with my fantasy hopes on the line this week if I need a streaming option.
New York Jets
The last name on this list of quarterbacks is someone who was a massive disappointment in Week 13 against the Bengals. If you were burnt by Darnold, don’t be afraid to go right back to him this week as he gets a home game against the Dolphins where the entire Jets team will be looking to bounce back.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Running Backs
The first name on this list is Derrius Guice of the Washington Redskins. Keep in mind, in most competitive leagues, he should already be owned, but with a 51% ownership on ESPN, he’s worth mentioning. Guice has a nice playoff schedule with the Packers, Eagles, and Giants. If you have any FAAB left or the waiver wire priority, Guice is the guy I’m targeting first.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers backfield has become one of the more frustrating ones to figure out for fantasy football. We’ve seen glimpses of Tevin Coleman giving us hope and Matt Breida as someone who many are hoping eventually takes over this backfield. Raheem Mostert is the only name I’m looking at starting and he’ll be a Flex option at best in PPR leagues. He’s averaging 7.6 YPC over the past two weeks and has 5.86 YPC on the season. We saw him get 19 carries last week against the Ravens and he totaled 146 yards and a touchdown, he also caught two of two passes. This backfield will be one that I’m avoiding if possible, but if you’re desperate for a starter, Mostert is oddly enough the one I’d trust the most this week in a tough matchup against the Saints, who have been great against the run.
Kansas City Chiefs
The next name up is the rookie for the Kansas City Chiefs, Darwin Thompson. Many fantasy owners, especially dynasty owners, were buying into the rookie during pre-season, and his time to shine might finally be here. After Damien Williams was sidelined with a rib injury, we saw Darrell Williams step in and unfortunately leave the game with a non-contact injury. With Williams potentially back in Week 14 and LeSean McCoy always being a bit of a bother, on top of the matchup against the Patriots, Thompson is someone worth picking up, but not starting unless you’re desperate. Stash in Thompson if you’re able to, but he’s a bit of a long shot and you’ll be hoping the Chiefs heavily utilizing him in the future. Either way, the upside of the lead back for this explosive offense is tough to ignore.
Also Consider Bo Scarbrough @ MIN, Peyton Barber vs IND, and Jamaal Williams vs WAS.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Heading into the 2019 season, Anthony Miller was one of my favorite late-round players to draft. Unfortunately, the entire Bears offense has been disappointing, but Miller has finally seen a nice target share to make him a viable option. Miller has seen double-digit targets in two of his last three games and gets the Cowboys this week at home in Chicago. In deeper leagues, you may end up starting him this week as a Flex option.
New York Jets
Robby Anderson has been too inconsistent to trust this year but gets a great matchup this week against the Dolphins. Sam Darnold has targeted Anderson more in recent weeks, with 10 targets being his highest this year, which came last week against the Bengals. He’s also found the end zone twice over the past three games, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he scores this week again. Anderson is owned in just 46.9% of ESPN leagues, and that number should be much higher. Anderson is a great option for Week 14 but gets the Ravens and Steelers in the following two weeks.
Also Consider: James Washington @ ARI, Russell Gage vs CAR, and Darius Slayton @ PHI.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Tight Ends
After losing Eric Ebron to injured reserve, many owners moved towards Jack Doyle last week who came through against the Titans. Doyle gets another juicy matchup this week in Tampa Bay, who has been awful against opposing tight ends. With Ebron out and the uncertainty with TY Hilton, Doyle immediately becomes a TE1 with top-five upside this week. Doyle is owned in 45.9% of ESPN leagues and that number should be much, much higher.
The Eagles tight end not named Zach Ertz has shown glimpses of what he can do, and the Eagles clearly want to get him involved. Dallas Goedert has four touchdowns this year, while Ertz has just three. While the volume isn’t going anywhere for Ertz, it’s clear the Eagles want to use them both, and run two tight end sets heavily. With a tough matchup against the Giants, Goedert is in play in deeper leagues where you’re streaming tight ends and are forced to start someone off the waiver wire.
Also Consider Mick Gesicki @ NYJ and Tyler Higbee vs SEA.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Defense/Special Teams
Green Bay Packers
The Packers are at home in Week 14 against the Washington Redskins and rookie quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. The Packers DST are currently owned in just 24% of ESPN leagues and will be a very popular waiver wire pick up this week as a nice streaming option.
The Houston Texans have a decent matchup this week at home against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos started off hot last week against the Chargers after Drew Lock started off hot, connecting with Courtland Sutton on two passing touchdowns. Ultimately, Lock led the Broncos to a win, but as a rookie quarterback in just his second start goes up against the Texans, who just beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in Houston. With their third straight home game and being owned in just 14.1% of ESPN leagues, the Texans are absolutely in play as a streaming option this week.
The Cleveland Browns have a nice matchup this week as they are at home against the Bengals. While the Bengals did just get their first win of the season last week, this Browns defense has been average, but at this point, you’re just looking for solid matchups to target. If the waiver wire is getting thin, the Browns are a solid DST to target as they’re owned in 61% of leagues and likely won’t cost you your waiver wire priority or much FAAB.