Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire Guide

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Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire Guide

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Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire Guide

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Quarterback

Jared Goff (29.6% rostered on ESPN) vs Minnesota Vikings

Jared Goff and the Lions just keep cooking on offense. Goff scored over 20 points for just the third time this season on Sunday. His ceiling is relatively limited, but few quarterbacks available on waivers have been more consistent than Goff. He is sitting right in the middle of the league average with 15.5 fantasy points per game. His next matchup is with a poor Vikings passing defense that just allowed 31 completions to Mike White. That is enough to make Goff the top streaming option this week.

Mike White ( 13.8% rostered on ESPN) vs Buffalo Bills

The New York Jets are a better team with Mike White under center, plain and simple. The larger impact of the move goes to the playmakers. Notably Garrett Wilson, but White is also an upgrade over Zach Wilson as a fantasy option. White threw the ball a remarkable 57 times against Minnesota and now faces Buffalo in a potential shootout. White is nothing more than a streamer or quarterback two in superflex/two QB formats, but that volume should keep him as a viable starting option.

Mac Jones (6% rostered on ESPN) vs Arizona Cardinals

Arizona is allowing 24 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, including an average of two passing touchdowns. That raises Mac Jones’, a traditional higher-floor option, ceiling quite a bit this week. Jones and the Patriots passing game should have no trouble establishing a rhythm against the Cardinals. Jones has only thrown for multiple touchdowns in one game this season, but this matchup presents a great opportunity to reach that again. At this point in the season, quarterbacks are slim pickens, especially after injuries to multiple starters. You can do a lot worse than Jones as a low-level streamer in week 14. 

Running Back

James Cook (25.3% rostered on ESPN)

It has been a roller coaster debut season for James Cook, but his breakout performance finally came on Thursday against New England. He led Buffalo in carries with 14 in addition to six catches. He crossed 100 combined yards and double-digit fantasy points for the first time all season. If the Bills decide to fully unleash their second-round pick in the final weeks of the regular season, he could make a huge impact on playoff rosters.

Zonovan Knight (39.3% rostered on ESPN)

Rookie Zonovan Knight filled in nicely for Michael Carter, scoring 16.8 PPR fantasy points on 20 touches against a good Vikings run defense. He proved himself as the lead back in this offense when Carter is out. Should Carter miss any more time, Knight is a starting level player. Even if he returns this week, it seems unlikely Knight will be totally cut from the game plan. He should be owned in every league either as a handcuff or high-upside bench running back.

Cam Akers (53.2% rostered on ESPN)

Akers is available in just under half of leagues on ESPN, but if he’s on your waivers he is a must-add. The Rams’ offense is devoid of playmakers, providing  Akers with plenty of touches. Volume is king in fantasy football! He is now totally out of the coaching staff’s doghouse and receiving the most consistent workload on the team. Akers had his best fantasy performance of the season on Sunday, converting his 17 carries into 60 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 13 carries over the last three weeks. If that continues, Akers can be a viable flex play in your playoffs as three of their next four matchups are against bottom-ten rushing defenses.

DeeJay Dallas/Travis Homer (0.6 and 0.2% rostered on ESPN)

Kenneth Walker has been a fantasy superstar this season, but exited Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Walker’s status for Sunday’s game is up in the air, and the next men up are Deejay Dallas and Travis Homer. Dallas was the main contributor in Walker’s absence with 10 carries, although he also exited the Rams game due to injury only to return later in the second-half. Homer did not travel with the team due to an illness, but has served as the Seattle scat-back this season. The Seahawks would likely operate in a committee if Walker misses time, but both backs have the potential to deliver top-20 performances.

That leads me to my next point which is…

Handcuff your starting running backs!

Sometimes it’s important to remind yourself that anything can happen in football. There is not much you can do if your top player all season long gets injured in one of the last weeks of the season, but you should still prepare for the worst. The best way to insure your team is to handcuff your starting running back with their primary backup. Ideally, you already have sufficient depth at this point in the year. 

Picking up other high-upside handcuff running backs is never a bad idea either. As we have seen with players like Samaje Perine and Rachaad White this year, all it takes is one injury to create a new fantasy power-player. Your bench serves two primary purposes. To house depth in case of bye weeks and injuries, and to hold high-upside players. A good handcuff running back does both.

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