Well Rush Nation, we are now closing upon the final Waiver Wire of the fantasy football regular season. Therefore, if you need to get a win to be in, this will be your most important Waiver Wire of the season. Waiver Wire Week 14 does lack depth. However, there is some real talent on there.
There is just one QB for you this week under 30% and that is Taysom Hill. Hill did throw 4 INTs on Thursday Night Football, and is carry a finger injury. However, Hill is going to play through it. With a high rushing floor (11 rushes for 101 yards on Thursday) he will always be fantasy relevant. Which is why I can’t recommend you pick up Jared Goff of Big Ben.
With Gainwell fully fit, as with most of the backfield, it showed what his role will be moving forward. Therefore, he should be added and owned, even though he is on bye next week. Howard is still banged up and Sanders picked up a couple of knows also. So Gainwell, in a PPR league, catching 5 catches for 33 yards as well as rushing for 52 on the ground, will be a useful flex play in the playoffs.
Even though Peterson got more touches, Penny was the one who flashed on Sunday. He was getting the ball with the game on the line and he is the one who carries the upside. With Penny playing Houston next week, it’s a massive week. If he can establish himself as the man at the top of the depth chart against Houston, he will hold massive value in the playoffs. However, if he concedes that to Peterson, then you can cut him a week later. Given the explosive 27 yard catch late on and the 10 rushes for 35 yards (Peterson had 11 carries for 16 yards), it should be a good chance he has.
Back to back huge games for Russell Gage. After putting up over 18 PPR points in Week 12, he followed that up with a 22 point game in Week 13. With Carolina on the horizon, and some outside playoff hopes, I would expect Gage to be involved heavily in the fantasy playoffs.
After clinching the Lions winning score, winning them their first game of the season, you can see St. Brown ascending to the top of the depth chart. St. Brown was targeted 12 times and ended up with 10 catches for 86 yards and 1 TD. The Lions will try and win games. Therefore, we can expect the offense to try and sling it, especially with Swift out. This could be a high upside play.
Just the one Tight End even worth picking up, and that’s Cole Kmet. Not his finest game. However, with 7 targets, he is still getting looks. That’s all you need from the Tight End position.
Another solid double digit performance for Hopkins on the high scoring Chargers. Therefore, with Badgley on bye and McPherson finally over 30% owned, it’s time to start Hopkins for at least 1 week.
This is not a good defense. However, they play Houston in Week 14 who just benched Tyrod Taylor, just got shutout by the Colts, and are averaging less than 14 points per game. The Texans have one of the worst offenses in the history of the NFL, so fire up the Seahawks against Houston next week.
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– Murf (@Murf_NFL)