Pick ‘Em Up: Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

You made it…hopefully. It’s the final week of most fantasy regular seasons, and the playoffs start next week. Hopefully, you have already clinched the bye, but if not, a win this week gets you in…right? Or ruins someone else’s playoff hopes? Make this week matter, and that starts with stealing the best players off waivers!

As always, everyone mentioned today will be available in around 50% or more Yahoo leagues. Last week, the Panthers, Browns, Packers, and Titans were on a bye, so be sure to check if any of their better players were dropped out of desperation. On that same note, this week, watch the drop list for any players from the Colts, Dolphins, Patriots, and Eagles, as they are all on bye in Week 14.

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Quarterbacks

Jimmy Garoppolo (68% Available)
While we’ve all been waiting for Trey Lance to take Jimmy G’s job, he’s been busy. Garoppolo has thrown 2 TDs in four of his last five games and has a very favorable schedule for the fantasy playoffs. He’s only the QB20 on the season, but his 18 fantasy points per game are just fine for those streaming the position.

Taylor Heinicke (61% Available)
Heinicke is the QB15 on the year behind his 289 rushing yards, 6th most by any QB. His playoff schedule sets up quite nicely with double dates with both Philly and Dallas.

Teddy Bridgewater (77% Available)
Bridgewater isn’t going to win you many matchups, but he won’t lose them either. He’s as boring as they come, with his only three-TD performance this season being marred but three interceptions in that same game. At this point in the year, it’ all about the schedule, and you may not find better than Teddy Two Gloves.

Running Backs

Ameer Abdullah (94% Available)
Pass catching will be the theme of running backs this week, and probably for the rest of the season. While most chased Chuba Hubbard in free agency last week, savvy managers waited and got Ameer Abdullah for free. Abdullah out-touched and out-played Hubbard over the previous month and will retain a role with CMC on IR. The RB schedule for Carolina is rough, but that should end up hurting Hubbard more and likely benefiting Abdullah on a team that will see A LOT of third downs.

Tevin Coleman (59% Available)
Things are bad at RB, real f***ing bad! So bad that one of your best bets is a one-week rental of a Jets’ running back. Coleman seems to have finally taken over as the lead back and, more importantly, the pass-catching back. He’ll likely lose his job back to Michael Carter in Week 15, but he could see a lot of targets against the Saints in Week 14.

Rex Burkhead (77% Available)
I told you it was bad. The Texans are AWFUL, but Burkhead has pass-catching value. You’re never going to be happy starting him, but if you’ve been riding Jonathan Taylor and Damien Harris at RB this season, you may not have a choice in Week 14.

Wide Receivers

Russell Gage (66% Available)
This is getting ridiculous. A team’s #1 WR should not be available in this many leagues for this many weeks. There are so many managers having Flexual performance issues right now, and Gage can solve all of them. Gage has been targeted 27 times in the last three games and turned that into 22 catches for 241 yards and a TD. Yes, Atlanta is bad, but Gage is the only viable WR on this team.

KJ Osborn (96% Available)
Osborn has already shown flashes of big-play ability this season, and now Adam Thielen is dealing with an ankle sprain. Osborn could end up a league-winner if he sees the TD looks that Thielen did.

Jamison Crowder (79% Available)
He’s nobody’s favorite WR, but Crowder is worth a look for those struggling at WR3 or Flex. Outside of a Week 12 dud, Crowder has seen at least five targets in every game he has played this season. If Zach Wilson can put something together to end the year, and they should be throwing plenty, Crowder could provide a safe fantasy floor.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (80% Available)
I am a notorious hater of Green Bay WR2s. They are not consistent and easily replaced. However, MVS saw season-high usage and performance numbers in Week 12 before the Green Bay bye. Will it carry over? Who knows, but it’s slim pickings on waivers this week.

Tight Ends

Tyler Conklin (70% Available)
The fact that Conklin has been available this long is, frankly, embarrassing. For you, not me. I have him just about everywhere, even if it’s just to keep him away from TE-needy teams. Conklin is the TE6 since coming out of his Week 8 bye…the same week I started telling you to sign him.

James O’Shaughnessy (99% Available)
Same song, second verse. Yes, Dan Arnold is gone, but this offense still loves the TE. He hasn’t done a ton, but O’Shaughnessy has seen 11 targets in two games since returning from the IR. If you’re streaming, you’re chasing volume, and the JAX TE provides that weekly.