For most fantasy leagues, this is the last week of the regular season, and the playoffs start next week. It also brings an entirely new level of strategy to the Week 14 waiver wire. Teams typically fall into three categories: Playoff spot clinched, Win and You’re In, or Just Playing Spoiler. There is always some argument around this time of year about whether or not teams with no playoff hopes should be using the waiver wire, but I am all for it. If I’m not winning anything, I want to ruin your season too. So for this week’s article, I will give you the best options tailored to your playoff standing.
As always, start by checking waivers for good players from last week’s teams on bye. The Cardinals and Panthers were off in Week 13, and managers in bad positions might have dropped some of their better players if they needed to fill a hole. After waivers have run, keep an eye on the drop list for players from the Colts, Packers, Bears, Falcons, Saints, and Commanders. With each of them having this important week off, managers might get desperate and drop players they shouldn’t.
Quick Note: All players listed are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues. While not everyone plays on ESPN, studies show most do. So, if they’re available there, they’re likely available on your platform. Pick ‘Em Up!
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Week 14 Waiver Wire
Instead of breaking this down by roster position, I’m breaking it down by your playoff position. So whether you’re planning for Weeks 15-17, need a big win this week, or just want to ruin someone else’s chances, here are the best waiver-wire options for you.
In and Planning For the Future
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
Great schedule over Weeks 14-17 that includes two games against the Broncos.
Los Angeles Chargers D/ST
Their schedule is almost as good as the Chiefs, facing TEN, IND, and LAR to close out the season.
The Jets have the easiest schedule for QBs in the playoffs. Mike White has played well and could be an asset to teams currently streaming QB or that lost Jimmy Garoppolo or Lamar Jackson.
McKinnon continues to be involved in the potent Chiefs’ passing game, and they have one of the best schedules for RBs to end the year.
DPJ kept himself relevant by returning a kickoff or a TD last week, and as Deshaun Watson improves, he will be a solid WR3 with one of the easiest playoff schedules in fantasy.
Dulcich has been hit-or-miss, but what fantasy TE hasn’t? He got more involved last week, and the Broncos play a schedule that favors TEs over Weeks 15-17. His stock rises further if Courtland Sutton misses time.
Need a Week 14 Win
Any manager who lost Lamar Jackson should scramble to land Huntley this week. He leaves something to be desired in the TD department, but his rushing upside makes him a must-add. A Week 14 date with the Steelers, who give up the 9th-most points to fantasy QBs, should help secure a win.
Goff and the Lions’ offense seem to be getting on track, and a Week 14 home game against Minnesota puts him in a favorable spot. Goff plays far better in Detroit than on the road, and we should see more of Jameson Williams this week.
Akers took over as the Rams lead back in Week 13. The Rams are a team in shambles, but a home matchup against the Raiders will help. Las Vegas gives up the 5th-most fantasy points to RBs this season.
Gallup seems to be taking these OBJ rumors personally and found the endzone twice in Week 13. Houston usually doesn’t give up a lot of points to fantasy WRs, but Gallup is playing with purpose, and the Dallas offense is surging.
Houston will be behind for just about every snap of their game against Dallas, and Collins is their only viable WR right now. So look for a lot of targets and a shot at another garbage-time TD.
Engram found the endzone last week and gets another TE-friendly matchup with Tennessee in Week 14. You’ll feel a lot better about this play if Trevor Lawrence is healthy.
Seattle came through as my Stream of the Week last week and has another solid matchup in Week 14. The Panthers give up the 7th-most points to D/ST, plus they will be traveling cross-country. Look for Sam Darnold to return to his turnover-friendly play in his second start.
If Lamar Jackson is out, the Steelers get much more interesting for Week 14. I like Tyler Huntley, but he will turn the ball over. As long as TJ Watt is playing, the Steelers defense is a prize pick against any backup QB. They then get Carolina, Las Vegas, and Baltimore again in the fantasy playoffs.
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Just Playing Spoiler
No guarantee he will take the job from Devin Singletary, but he’s playing more and getting involved in the passing game.
The Jets will continue to use a committee, and the schedule isn’t great, but Knight has looked good and deserves carries.
Scored a TD on his only catch against a tough Eagles’ secondary. He was also concussed on that play, so monitor his health, but he is the only weapon Tennessee has in the passing game.
There is a chance he takes a back seat with DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise Brown healthy, but with Zach Ertz out, Moore should still see enough value as the team’s slot WR.
Slayton is the only real threat in this Giants’ WR corps and is just about a lock for eight targets per game. With his HR-threat style of play, he is a high-ceiling WR3 to close out the year.
The Raiders’ offense seems to be clicking and will be playing from behind plenty to end the year. Renfrow was a non-factor before going to the IR, but he is worth a gamble if you’re just playing spoiler.
As Mike White improves this Jets offense, those around him benefit. Conklin was a top-10 TE to start the year and could rise to that level again to finish out the season.
Bellinger was on the verge of making a name for himself before his terrible eye injury and immediately got involved in his first game back. On a team with no WRs, the young TE could be fantasy relevant down the stretch.
The Cardinals have a decent schedule to end the year, but more importantly, they have a struggling New England offense this week and Denver next week. Teams on the fringe of the playoffs should be scrambling to get them. Why not ruin that?
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