2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and fantasy playoff help is here!

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Cam Akers, Peyton Barber, JD McKissic, Frank Gore, Ty Johnson, Adrian Peterson,

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Keke Coutee, Corey Davis, Laviska Shenault, T.Y. Hilton, Henry Ruggs, Cole Beasley

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Jordan Reed, Logan Thomas, Dan Arnold

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Phillip Rivers, Andy Dalton, Mitch Trubisky

Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots

Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 35.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Akers was rewarded for his efficiency against the 49ers when he averaged over 9 yards a carry and found the endzone.  As a result, he carried the ball 21 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. 21 carries was twice as many as Brown and Henderson combined, and the highest number of carries given to any Rams running back this entire season.  McVay had indicated that Cam Akers would have an expanded role in the offense in the second half of the season, so it’s nice to see that materialize. However, he did injure his shoulder against the Cardinals and has yet to practice this week.  This could be a precautionary measure to keep Akers fresh for a quick turnaround against the Patriots on Thursday night.  Akers and the Rams have a pretty decent schedule remaining with the Pats, Jets, and Seahawks for the remaining fantasy schedule.

Peyton Barber, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 0.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Barber was effectively dropped in all ESPN leagues when it became apparent that Antonio Gibson would become the lead back with JD McKissic serving as a complimentary pass catcher.  However, Gibson left last week’s game early with a toe injury, which was officially diagnosed as turf toe.  Barber logged 23 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against a tough Steelers defense as a result.  Barber could get a lot more work moving forward since turf toe injuries can keep players sidelined for extended periods.  If anything, he's a volume play that's worth starting in a pinch.

JD McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 64.7% of all ESPN leagues):
McKissic saw an expanded role as a result of Antonio Gibson’s injury against the Steelers.  Alex Smith dumped it off 10 times for 70 yards as an extension of Washington’s run game.  McKissic could continue to see an uptick in targets against a stout 49ers front if Gibson remains sidelined.  He should be rostered in all PPR leagues, and should continue to catch plenty of passes with Washington’s lack of receiving options, regardless of Gibson’s health.

Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 33.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Gore should already be on most deep league rosters.  He left the game early against the Raiders last week and entered concussion protocol.  He’s available in roughly 2/3 of all ESPN leagues and, if he can clear concussion protocol, he has a friendly matchup if Seahawks DT Carlos Dunlap remains sidelined.  The Seahawks surrendered over 170 yards and a touchdown on the ground to the Giants last week with Seahawks DT Carlos Dunlap out of the lineup.  

Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Frank Gore left the game early last week with a concussion and left most of the Jets carries to Ty Johnson.  Johnson proceeded to log 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 of those carries against a Raiders defense that has struggled to defend the run.  Johnson might be worth getting in the starting lineup against the Seahawks this week if Gore is unable to clear concussion protocol.  The Seahawks surrendered over 170 yards and a touchdown on the ground to the Giants last week with Seahawks DT Carlos Dunlap out of the lineup.  If Dunlap is unable to go, Ty Johnson is worth a start.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 36.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Peterson has 4, yes FOUR touchdowns in his last 2 games.  Although his 31 carries have gone for just 112 yards during that time span, he does get in the endzone.  Rookie DeAndre Swift had cleared concussion protocol earlier in the week, but was sidelined a couple of days after with an illness and ultimately ruled out against the Bears.  If Swift can’t go this week, Peterson is worth a look and a start against a Packers defense that’s given up over 98 yards and nearly 4.6 yards per carry to opposing running backs. 


Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 12.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Coutee warrants rostering in more than just keeper or dynasty leagues.  He brought in 8 of his 9 targets for 141 yards against a tough Colts coverage unit with Fuller and Stills lost for the year, and Cobb still on IR. Cobb is required to miss at least another week which means Coutee should have another heavy workload against a Bears defense that’s looked lost lately.  

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 54.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Davis has a career outing against a soft Browns secondary with AJ Brown drawing most of the coverage and Jonnu Smith hobbled with a knee injury.  The former first round pick brought in 11 of his 12 targets for a monstrous 182 yards and a touchdown.  He’s reeled in 19 of his 22 targets for 365 yards and a score in his last 3 outings.  He should be able to keep things rolling against a soft Jaguars coverage unit and he’ll have the Lions the week after that.  He should be owned and started in all leagues as long as he’s healthy. 

Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 11.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Shenault caught 3 of his passes for 38 yards and took one to the house for his second NFL touchdown.  He also added 30 yards on the ground.  The shifty rookie has struggled with injuries so fr this season, but he’s brought playmaking ability the Jags so desperately need.  The Titans defense will be a favorable matchup at home this week so expect Shenault to take advantage of a soft coverage unit with plenty of gaps to run through.  

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 47% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s hard to believe Hilton was a household name just a few years ago, but he’s owned in just under half of all ESPN leagues these days thanks to his struggles caused by subpar quarterback play, and injuries.  Rivers just hasn’t targeted him much. He hadn’t found the endzone or logged more than 69 receiving yards in a game until 2 weeks ago in Tennessee. He has 12 catches for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last 2 outings against the Titans and Texans.  He has another nice matchup this week against a leaky Raiders secondary and he looks like he’s finally getting on the same page as his quarterback.  He’ll face the Texans again in week 15, so he should have more opportunities to fill the stat sheet.

Henry Ruggs, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 33.2% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s good to see Ruggs getting involved in the Raiders offense.  He brought 3 of his 4 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Jets, and he has 6 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown in his last 2 contests.  Next up is a Colts coverage unit that’s been one of the better ones in the league this year.  Ruggs is a big play, boom or bust prospect but he has a very high ceiling.  

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 58.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Beasley might be one of the most frustrating fantasy players to own. He has at least 9 catches or 109 receiving yards in 3 of his last 6 contests, and he’s posted touchdowns in 2 of those games.  However, he has just 7 catches for 88 scores and no touchdowns in the other 3 of those games combined. He’s more boom than bust these days with Smoke (John Brown) sidelined.  The losses of Bud Dupree and Joe Haden should also help Beasley’s stat line this week as the Steelers come to town.  If the weather holds up, Beasley should be able to log plenty of catches.  He‘ll have a critical role as a safety valve for Josh Allen this week.  


Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 15.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Young signal callers love targeting big, reliable, athletic receiving threats.  That’s exactly what Jordan Reed has turned into for Nick Mullens.  Deebo and Aiyuk should help open things up a bit more for the 49ers tight end.  He caught 3 of his 4 targets last week for 32 yards and a touchdown against a stingy Bills secondary.  He’s been targeted 10 times in his last 2 games so there’s serviceable volume there.  Reed just needs to convert it into meaningful production.  Buyer beware, he faces a Washington coverage unit that’s allowed touchdowns in 4 of their games this season, but are allowing nearly 5 catches for over 50 yards.  He’ll have the Cowboys and Cardinals after this week.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 24.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas reeled in 9 of his catches for 98 yards and a touchdown last week against a suffocating Steelers secondary.  He’s logged touchdowns in 2 games in a row now but he’ll need to try to keep things rolling against a 49ers coverage unit that’s gotten a boost since Richard Sherman back.  Thomas may not have a ton of room to work, but he’ll do his best to help his quarterback get the ball out quick and move the chains.  San Fran’s secondary has held opposing tight ends to just under 3.5 catches and roughly 30 yards per game, so be careful about starting Thomas in this one.  

Dan Arnold, TE, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 0.4% if all ESPN leagues):
Arnold is a touchdown dependent boom or but play, but he’s scored in 2 of his last 3 games, and he has 3 touchdowns in as many weeks.  He’ll try to keep things rolling against the Giants this week and a banged up Eagles secondary the week after that.  There’s a decent chance he could post a dud if he doesn’t get in the endzone though, so start with caution.


Phillip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 16.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Rivers threw for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week against one of the worst coverage units in the league.  The matchup against the Raiders this week is just as good and Rivers will take in the Texans again at home next week.  He finally looks like he’s on the same page as Hilton so he should be able to toss plenty of deep passes to the veteran receiver.


Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Four words this week: Andy Dalton revenge game.  The Red Rifle has lots of weapons to unleash against what the Bengals call a defense.  He’s thrown a touchdown in each of his past 3 games, and he looked more comfortable last week against the Ravens.  He should continue to improve as he gets settled in, but this week’s matchup is just too inviting to pass up.  

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 20.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, it’s Mitch Trubisky and one of the worst offenses in the league, but this matchup is just too good to pass up.  The Texans are allowing a completion rate of nearly 70%, 270 yards, and nearly 2 touchdowns per game to opposing signal callers, and a QB rating of nearly 106.8.  Sure, Mitch has been pretty awful in the past, but he has a decent chance to post a nice stat line this week. 


Denver Broncos (currently owned in 21.4% of all ESPN leagues): 
Even with the possible return of Christian McCaffrey this week, the Broncos defense is still worth a look.  Covid could keep Panthers playmakers Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore sidelined, which means Vic Fangio will need to focus on containing Robby Anderson and either Mike Davis or Christian McCaffery.  Denver’s defense held an explosive Chiefs offense to just 9 points in the first half partially thanks to an unchallenged touchdown catch.  Nick Chubb and company got plenty of pressure on Patrick Mahomes, and they should be able to pressure Teddy Bridgewater into some mistakes as well. 

Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 7% of all ESPN leagues):
Hard hitting Jeremy Chinn took a couple of fumbles to the house and made history by being the first player to return 2 fumbles for touchdowns in a single game.  The Panthers are coming off a bye week and have had plenty of time to prep for the Broncos.  They’ll line up opposite mistake-prone Drew Lock and will try to take advantage of any miscues or opportunities that present themselves.  Lock has thrown 7 picks in his last 3 outings, including 4 against a woeful Raiders defense, so the mistakes should be there

New England Patriots (currently owned in 42.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Patriots just shut down rookie Justin Herbert and a high flying Chargers offense.  This defensive unit has always had Goff’s number, and Sunday brings a chance for history to repeat itself.  In 2 games against the Patriots, Goff has thrown just one touchdown to 3 interceptions for a 50.9 passer rating.  He’s completed less than 50% of his passes and he’s been sacked 8 times.  The numbers look woeful for the Rams signal caller which means the Patriots should have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of mistakes.  

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