Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 14 (Fantasy Football)

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Last week was brutal for fantasy football with underperforming players and injuries to some big names. On top of that, the Saints, Falcons, Bears, Packers, Colts, and Commanders are on a bye. If you managed to survive, here are some options you may need to pick up to plug some holes in your lineups. Fair warning: these options aren’t great. Good luck.

Wide Receivers

Team Player Roster % Matchups
DAL Michael Gallup 67% HOU / @JAX / PHI
WAS Jahan Dotson 32% BYE / NYG / @SF
NYJ Corey Davis 19% @BUF / DET / JAX
NYG Darius Slayton 64% PHI / @WAS / @MIN
JAX Zay Jones 62% @TEN / DAL / @NYJ
HOU Nico Collins 39% @DAL / KC / @TEN
DET DJ Chark 27% MIN / @NYJ / @CAR
ARI Rondale Moore 65% NE / @DEN / TB
LAC DeAndre Carter 35% MIA / TEN / @IND
MIA Trent Sherfield 2% @LAC / @BUF / GB
NYG Isaiah Hodgins 0% PHI / @WAS / @MIN
DET Jameson Williams 58% MIN / @NYJ / @CAR
BAL Demarcus Robinson 23% @PIT / @CLE / ATL
FA Odell Beckham Jr. 49%
NO Jarvis Landry 39% BYE / ATL / @CLE

The Fantasy Footballers’ number one ranked wide receiver is the Cowboys’ Michael Gallup. He has finally started to come into his own this year and had a season-high eight targets against the Giants in Week 12. Gallup had not scored a touchdown since Week 4 but found the end zone twice last week against the Colts. The upside is that he has two weeks of good matchups against the Texans and the Jaguars until facing their division rivals, the Eagles, in Week 16. He is rostered in 67% of sleeper leagues, but if he’s available, he has the best opportunity out of the list.

Corey Davis and Darius Slayton are also a couple of options if you need a warm body at wide receiver. The Jets face the Bills this week, so Davis’ upside is not only capped because of QB play and too many mouths to feed but also because of the matchup. Their schedule lightens up significantly in Weeks 15 and 16 where they play the Lions and the Jaguars. He is 19% rostered and likely available on your waiver wire.

Slayton is one of those serviceable receivers who can see the volume if Daniel Jones is playing well but has a limited ceiling. He is targeted out of necessity with Sterling Shepard done for the season and a lack of any other options aside from Saquon Barkley. The Giants have a tough game at home against the Eagles, but their schedule lightens up by facing the Commanders and then the Minnesota Vikings.

Running Backs

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Team Player Roster % Matchups
BUF James Cook 31% NYJ / MIA / @CHI
NYJ Zonovan Knight 54% @BUF / DET / JAX
LAR Cam Akers 55% LV / @GB / DEN
KC Jerick McKinnon 51% @DEN / @HOU / SEA
MIN Alexander Mattison 42% @DET / IND / NYG
SF Jordan Mason 14% TB / @SEA / WAS
NYJ Ty Johnson 14% @BUF / DET / JAX
LAR Kyren Williams 56% LV / @GB / DEN
SEA DeeJay Dallas 3% CAR / SF / @KC
LAC Joshua Kelley 5% MIA / TEN / @IND
ATL Tyler Allgeier 50% BYE / @NO / @BAL
SEA Tony Jones Jr. 0% CAR / SF / @KC
PHI Kenneth Gainwell 21% @NYG / @CHI / @DAL
BAL Kenyan Drake 48% @PIT / @CLE / ATL
NYG Matt Breida 6% PHI / @WAS / @MIN

It is bleak on the waiver wire for running backs. While many of these names don’t stand out as reliable options, there are a few backs who could see the opportunity if luck is on your side.

Both Devin Singletary and James Cook had their opportunity against the Patriots on Thursday night with Josh Allen rushing eight times as well. Cook is a high-end insurance policy with rare, stand-alone value. He is somehow available in nearly 70% of sleeper leagues and will be the volume king if anything happens to Singletary.

Zonovan “Bam” Knight racked up 20 touches on 15 carries and five receptions for a total of 118 yards in his second game. Filling in for the injured Michael Carter, Knight led a committee backfield but managed 11.8 in half-PPR scoring. If Carter misses more time, Knight should continue to get work, but he may fade into the background once again if Carter returns. The matchup this week against the Bills has potential. Buffalo has been terrible against the run over the last four weeks, but his upside is limited, even on a good day with that many backs on the field.

Jerick McKinnon is annoyingly involved in the Chiefs’ offense and yet usually has hardly anything to show for it. Although he did not log a single run in Week 12, he had eight attempts for 51 yards and two receptions for nine yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ loss to the Bengals. He is either not-so-bad or a bust, but it’s that time of year when you may need to roll the dice. The matchups are gross until Week 16 when the Chiefs will take on Seattle.

Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Matchups
DEN Greg Dulcich 42% KC / ARI / @LAR
CHI Cole Kmet 73% BYE / PHI / BUF
JAX Evan Engram 47% @TEN / DAL / @NYJ
LV Foster Moreau 61% @LAR / NE / @PIT
NE Hunter Henry 34% @ARI / @LV / CIN
SEA Noah Fant 19% CAR / SF / @KC

If you need a tight end… I am sorry. Per usual, the outlook at the position is not great. If you want to play the waiver wire game at the position, you can try Evan Engram this week against the Titans and either stash him or wait and pick up Greg Dulcich against the Cardinals in Week 15.

The Titans have allowed the sixth-most receptions to tight ends this season and the third-most over the last four weeks. That includes allowing the fourth-most yards during that time. Engram is boom or bust but has proven he can get the job done in favorable matchups.

For Week 15, Dulcich should be the way to go. The Cardinals are dead last in the league against tight ends and should always be picked on when looking to stream tight ends. His ceiling isn’t great, but Russell Wilson looked his way eight times last week. As long as the offense continues to struggle, Dulcich isn’t a high-upside option, but he should have a relatively safe floor against the worst team vs. TE in the NFL.

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Team DEF/ST

Team Roster % Matchups
Las Vegas Raiders 9% @LAR / NE / @PIT
Kansas City Chiefs 44% @DEN / @HOU / SEA
Seattle Seahawks 55% CAR / SF / @KC
Baltimore Ravens 75% @PIT / @CLE / ATL

Quarterbacks

Team Player Roster % Matchups
DET Jared Goff 49% MIN / @NYJ / @CAR
NYJ Mike White 21% @BUF / DET / JAX
BAL Tyler Huntley 3% @PIT / @CLE / ATL
SF Brock Purdy 0% TB / @SEA / WAS
LAR John Wolford 3% LV / @GB / DEN

Good luck with your waiver claims!

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