2021 NFL Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury and bye week help is here! 

Teams ON BYE this week, week 14:
Indianapolis Colts
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles

RUNNING BACKS (RB): D’onta Foreman, Dontrell Hilliard, Jamycal Hasty, Kenneth Gainwell, Sony Michel, Tevin Coleman, 

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Russell Gage, Van Jefferson, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, Amon-Ra St Brown, Josh Reynolds, 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Tyler Conklin, Cole Kmet

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Taysom Hill, Cam Newton 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Kansas City Chiefs (vs Raiders), Carolina Panthers (vs Falcons), New Orleans Saints (at Jets), Seattle Seahawks (at Texans), Green Bay Packers (vs Bears)

RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

D’onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 32.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Although he didn’t find the endzone, Foreman logged 109 yards on 19 carries and brought in his only target for 3 yards against what was supposed to be a tough matchup against the Patriots before the bye.  He’s the bigger power back of the Titans duo of Foreman and Hilliard so he could handle most of the goal line work as well.  A soft home matchup against the Jaguars awaits this week. 

Dontrell Hilliard, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 35.9% % of all ESPN leagues):
The Titans went run heavy against the Patriots with basically all of their receiving options injured.  That decision paid dividends for Hilliard who took 12 totes for 131 yards and a touchdown and averaged over 10 yards a carry against a stout Patriots front.  He and the Titans ground game should have a pretty good day against a below average Jaguars run defense.  Buyer beware: McNichols has been sidelined in recent weeks and could take carries away from Hilliard if he returns.  

Jamycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues)
Elijah Mitchell (concussion) and Jeff Wilson Jr (knee) could both be sidelined for this week’s matchup which would leave Hasty as the lone remaining back on the 49ers roster.  Hasty would be left with the bull of the carries with fullback Kyle Juszczyk helping in the passing game.  Hasty is a good add who’s available in virtually every ESPN league, but managers will need to monitor Mitchell and Wilson’s statuses before getting him in the starting lineup. A decent matchup against the Bengals awaits. 

Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 60.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Henderson warmed the bench all game last week even though he was never officially ruled out.  Michel took 24 of the 26 handoffs as a result for 121 yards and a touchdown.  He could handle the bulk of the workload against an average Cardinals run defense this week if Henderson is ultimately unable to go again.  

Tevin Coleman, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 42% of all ESPN leagues):
Rookie Michael Carter missed his his second straight game last week after being placed on injured reserve. Coleman carried the load as a result.  Unfortunately he was only handed the ball 11 times for 58 yards and brought in 3 of his 4 targets for just 19 yards.  Coleman’s box score suffered as a result of the Jets trailing for most of the game.  This week’s matchup doesn’t get any easier.  Although the Saints have struggled offensively, their defense has been stout.  Coleman is the lead back again this week but he’ll be a low floor low ceiling desperation play for deep leagues only. 

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 11.2% of all ESPN leagues):
******The Philadelphia Eagles have a BYE WEEK 
Sanders reinjured his ankle last last week against the Jets so he joins Jordan Howard on the sideline.  This leaves Gainwell and Boston Scott as the team’s only healthy tailbacks.  Gainwell might be a good add this week even though the Eagles are off.  He’s clearly a more talented back and offensive weapon than Boston Scott and he’d garner most of the touches.  Gainwell ran for 54 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and brought in all 5 of his targets for another 33 yards against the Jets.  

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 25.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Gage targeted a season high 12 times in a loss to the Buccaneers.  He brought in 11 of those 12 targets for 130 yards with Tampa Bay’s defense shutting down Pitts and Patterson first.  Although Gage didn’t get in the endzone, he did prove he still has a working rapport with quarterback Matt Ryan against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.  Softer matchups against the Panthers, 49ers and Lions are on deck for Gage and the Falcons to finish off the fantasy season.

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 63.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Jefferson is an excellent size-speed combo, but McVay chose to try to use him in open space on underneath routes with OBJ and Kupp serving as the primary outside threats.  He reeled in 6 of his 8 targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in a rout of the Jaguars last week.  He’s averaged basically 8 targets a game for his last 4 contests so the volume is certainly there even with OBJ getting more involved in the offense.  He’ll have 2 divisional matchups against the Cardinals and Seahawks before ending the fantasy season with a tasty matchup against the Vikings.  

Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 9.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Cobb left week 12’s contest against the Rams with a groin injury and sat the second half as a result.  This helped MVS’ target share go through the roof his last 2 contests.  He brought in 8 of his 19 targets for 183 yards and a touchdown during that period and averaged 23 yards per catch.  Although his catch rate is atrocious, the volume certainly has been there and he’s been targeted on most of the dee routes.  He has suffered from drops in the past, but the big target share gives him a better shot at being a boom than a bust.  He’ll face the depleted secondaries of the Bears and Ravens before taking on the Browns at home.  

Amon-Ra St Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 6.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Amon-Ra St Brown played hero last week and caught the game winning touchdown as time expired yo help his Lions to their first victory of the season.  The young playmaker has always had talent, but he certainly had the target share this week as well.  He had most of the short and intermediate routes this week with Josh Reynolds moving working outside and brought in 10 of his 12 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown as a result.  He was a slot receiver during his time at USC so he moved back to a position he knows how to play.  Catching that touchdown winning pass out him on the national stage and helped put the rest of the league on notice.  He could get a lot more looks if game manager Jared Goff needs to dink and dunk his way down the field against the Broncos and Cardinals.  A fantasy-friendly fantasy finale against the Falcons awaits.

Josh Reynolds, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 2.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Lions brought in Reynolds as a familiar face from Goff’s time with the Rams.  He’s averaged 6 targets a game in his last 2 games and trailed only Hockenson and St Brown in his last outing against the Vikings.  He caught 7 of his 12 targets in the last 2 games for 139 yards and a touchdown against the suspect secondaries of the Bears and Vikings.  His target share could continue to increase given his working relationship with Goff and most defenses trying to stop Hockenson and Swift first.  He could also get garbage time stats when the Lions are playing behind.  This is a low floor dart throw for deep leagues only.  

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 34.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Conklin saw additional targets as a result of game flow and an injury to Adam Thielen.  The Vikings and Lions traded blows in Detroit and ultimately the young tight end brought in 7 of his 9 targets for 56 yards in a losing effort.  Conklin will probably get additional looks this week when the Vikings take on the Steelers on Thursday night which probably won’t be enough time for Thielen to recover.  They’ll meet the division rival Bears the following week.

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 13.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Kmet has emerged as a receiving threat for a Bears team that desperately needs one.  Sunday was a soggy slugfest at Soldier Field which limited most receivers’ box scores.  Nevertheless, Kmet has been targeted an average of 9 times a game in his last 2 games with Allen Robinson sidelined.  The stats might not be there, but the volume certainly is.  Kmet is a low floor dart throw that could pan out, especially since the Bears will be playing catch-up with the Packers. 

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 35.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Hill reminded everyone why he should be the starting quarterback ahead of Trevor Siemian.  In his first game back from injury, Hill completed just 19 of his 41 attempts for 264 yards, a pair of scores and 4 picks, but he boosted his fantasy box scores with 101 yards on 11 carries against a good Dallas defense.  Hill is an electric weapon who can throw it and run it.  Hill takes on a Jets unit that’s stone dead last in total defense and bottom 5 in passing and rushing defense so owners can start him with confidence.  He has the Buccaneers the following week, but he’ll take on a suspect Dolphins secondary at home to finish the fantasy season.  

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 34.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Cam gets a chance to redeem himself this week against a soft Falcons secondary after turning in a disappointing outing in Miami prior to the bye.  He’s picked up plenty of points with his legs historically and he’s already logged 65 carries and 3 touchdowns on 16 carries.  He’s worth streaming this week at least and he could get more carries than usual with CMC out for the year.  

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

Kansas City Chiefs, (currently owned in 26.4% of all ESPN leagues):
This Chiefs defensive unit has experienced a resurgence in the last few weeks.  Rookie Nick Bolton has elevated his play, Frank Clark and Chris Jones look fresh, and Melvin Ingram is the shot in the arm they needed ever since coming over from the Steelers.  They’ve held their last 4 opponents to 14 points or less. 2 of those last 4 opponents were high powered Packers and Cowboys offenses.  They’ll face the Raiders, Chargers and Steelers setting up a fantasy friendly finish for this Super Bowl contender. 

STREAMING OPTIONS:

GREEN BAY PACKERS (vs Bears)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (vs Jets)
CAROLINA PANTHERS (vs Falcons)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (at Texans)

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