Best fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 14

Last week was a big one for waivers, at least for this late in the season. Hopefully you took advantage because the top Week 14 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds leave a lot to be desired. In fact, several of the best guys are leftover from last week, like Titans RBs Dontrell Hilliard and D’Onta Foreman. Of course, as we’ve seen the past few weeks, more viable pickups will emerge over the next few days. As we look at the landscape on Sunday night, it’s mostly bench WRs (read: free agents), such as Amon-Ra St. Brown, K.J. Osborn, Russell Gage, and DeVante Parker.

Our full free agent list has more potential pickups, like Philadelphia’s handcuff RBs (Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell), Tevin Coleman, and Taysom Hill, but it’s mostly full of potential Week 14 streamers at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST. At this point in the season, you need to plan ahead for all potential lineup situations, including last-minute pivots and handcuffs at both RB and WR. You can find our streamer suggestions the end of this list. 

We would normally say this isn’t the type of week where you want to use a high waiver claim, but if it’s win-or-go-home time for you, then do what you need to do. The Titans RBs could be top pickups, but let’s face it — if they’re still available in your league, chances are you don’t need to use a top waiver claim to get them. The same goes for Coleman or any other RB.

There are enough decent WRs that even if you need one, you don’t necessarily need to use a waiver claim to get a good one, but if there’s a guy you really want, then go get him. The same goes if you really want/need Hill or another QB. 

Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 14

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.

  • Hillard and D’Onta Foreman should both be rostered, and considering a matchup with the Jaguars is coming up, at least one of them should have flex appeal the week. It’s tough to know which one is better to roster, but taking a flier on one is a good idea for late-season value. –Jackson Sparks

  • The Titans were on a bye a week after Foreman and Dontrell Hillard each rushed for over 100 yards against the Patriots, and both are worth rostering, even if we’re not sure how the workload will be split. This Titans offense wants to establish the run, and they should be able to do just that against Jacksonville next week. –JS

  • Once again, Hill reminded us that you don’t have to be a good “real life” quarterback to be a fantasy stud. Against Dallas, Hill passed for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. Awful right? Well, his 11 rushes for 101 yards added 10 points you couldn’t get from a stationary QB. He has the potential to be a QB1 for the rest of the season, and his ownership is about to go through the roof. He’s worth using a valuable waiver claim on, even if it’s just to keep him away from someone else. New Orleans plays the Jets in Week 14, so he’ll be close to a must-start option. –JS

  • Coleman got 14 touches and turned them into 77 yards in Week 13, so it appears he’s the definitive lead back for the Jets while Michael Carter (ankle) is on IR. The Jets are set to face a tough Saints defensive front that just shut down Ezekiel Elliott, though, so it’s best to avoid Coleman if you can help it. He could turn in a decent day in PPR leagues if he’s force-fed targets, though. –JS

  • Against Tampa Bay, Gage caught 11-of-12 targets for 130 yards. Since Calvin Ridley (personal) has been out, Gage has started to become consistent, and he’s clearly the No. 1 option in this offense. Carolina figures to be a tough matchup next week, but his production has been strong enough to at least consider him in the flex. –JS

  • Osborn made some waves early in the season, but it took an Adam Thielen ankle injury early in Week 13for him to rise again. Osborn picked up the slack for Thielen, catching four passes (seven targets) for 47 yards and a score against the Lions. With Thielen likely out for Week 14’s Thursday night game against Pittsburgh, Osborn has some WR3/flex potential. He has an even better outlook for Week 15 against Chicago, so if you think you’ll need a receiver then, grab Osborn now. –Matt Lutovsky

  • St. Brown operated as Jared Goff’s go-to guy in Week 13, catching 10-of-12 targets for 86 yards and a TD against the Vikings. We know St. Brown won’t perform like that every week, but a late-season surge wouldn’t be shocking. Detroit has favorable matchups against Denver in Week 14, Atlanta in Week 16, and Seattle in Week 17, so grab him now as a bench stash for the fantasy playoffs. –ML

  • The long-awaited return for Parker finally happened in Week 14, and he caught all five of his targets for 62 yards. Jaylen Waddle was banged up against the Giants, but it’s unclear how serious the injury is. Either way, Miami heads into a Week 14 bye, but a matchup with the Jets comes in Week 15, and Parker will certainly be an attractive option. –JS

  • Alex Collins (abdomen) was inactive in Week 13, and Penny turned 11 touches into 62 yards. He looked explosive, so he’s worth stashing and should do well against the pitiful Texans’ defense in Week 14. –JS

  • It’s tough to know how this backfield will shake out when Howard (knee) returns, but Miles Sanders appeared to tweak his ankle against the Jets, and because this is the No. 1 rushing offense in the league, all of the Eagles’ RBs have to be considered. The Eagles go on a bye in Week 14, so you can get ahead of the crowd and grab Howard if you’re RB-needy. –JS

  • This was supposed to be a big week for Scott, but of course, Kenneth Gainwell came out of nowhere and stole his shine. Miles Sanders (ankle) appeared to get banged up late in the fourth quarter though, so Scott could become a factor again in this offense once he’s over the illness that severely limited him last week. It’s tough to know how this backfield will shape up if Sanders, Gainwell, Scott, and Jordan Howard were all healthy, but this is the top rushing offense in the league, so we should take fliers on one of them for the fantasy playoffs –JS

  • Peterson rushed for just 16 yards on 11 carries, but he scored a touchdown and is likely going to dominate goal-line touches for Seattle. Basically, he’s a touchdown-or-bust standard league option, but if you’re in a tough spot at RB, you can roll the dice with him next against Houston. –JS

  • Burkhead totaled 45 yards on just nine touches against the Colts, and those obviously aren’t earth-shattering numbers, but a matchup with Seattle looms in Week 14, and any lead ball-carrier can be considered against their awful run defense. It’s also worth noting David Johnson (thigh, illness) was out in Week 13 and could miss another game. –JS

  • We know — you’ve been tricked by Gainwell before. The truth is, Gainwell probably isn’t the top pickup from the Eagles, but we included him here because he operated as the No. 2 back in Week 13 (87 total yards, TD) and Miles Sanders tweaked his ankle late in the game. Philadelphia has a Week 14 bye, and by the time they play again, it’s possible Gainwell is the fourth-string back. Sanders could be fine, Boston Scott should be over the illness that limited him in Week 13, andJordan Howard (knee) might be back in action. So, again, Gainwell shouldn’t actually be viewed as a top pickup this week, but grabbing him, Scott, or Howard as a handcuff is smart if you have the roster space. –ML

  • Breida doesn’t play until Monday night, and even with a tough matchup on deck against the Patriots, he’s still trending in the right direction and could be a top RB in a high-scoring offense. — ML

  • Apparently, Jared Goff is capable of playing good football sometimes, and Reynolds caught four-of-seven targets for 69 yards against Minnesota. The chemistry is obvious here, as they played four years together in Los Angeles, so he’s likely going to continue to get a decent number of targets. He has especially good matchups in Weeks 16 and 17 (Falcons, Seahawks). –JS

  • Bourne has been New England’s top WR this year, and that alone makes him worth stashing on fantasy rosters. — ML

  • Newton struggled against Miami in Week 12, but he’ll be coming offa bye week and should be even more comfortable in the Panthers’ offense. Atlanta is a bottom-four defense against fantasy QBs, so as long as Cam doesn’t get benched, the overall upside should be strong in this one. –JS

  • Lawrence carries risk into any matchup, but Tennessee hasthe second-most QB-friendy defense in the league. Mac Jones, Trevor Sieman, and Tyrod Taylor hadnice fantasy days against the Titans, so it’s not out of the realm of possibilities for Lawrence to have a QB1 week. Sure,the Rams made him look bad, but did you expect anything different? –JS

  • Dallas is just a middle-of-the-pack defense against QBs, but as we’ve mentioned in recent weeks, Heinicke needs to be considered in neutral matchups based on his body of work this season and his performance against the Raiders.Dallas should score with ease, so expect Heinicke’s pass attempts to be high. –JS

  • There’s a scenario where Denver simply runs the ball at will against Detroit as it did against the Chargers in Week 12, so Bridgewater might not have the volume for a big fantasy day. However, he should be in scoring position often, so two or three touchdowns isn’t that unlikely. –JS

  • MVS has drawn 19 targets over the past two weeks, and he gets Chicago in Week 14. If nothing else, he’s a streaming option that week in one of the most favorable matchups for wideouts. –JS

  • There’s a chance Julio Jones (hamstring) returns from IR in Week 14, but NWIwould be the No. 2 WR against the Jags, at worst. A.J. Brown (chest) will be out at least another two games after being placed on IR, and the Titans get two WR-friendly matchups against Jacksonville and Pittsburgh before he can return. –JS

  • Crowder rarely falls short of six targets,and he draws New Orleans in Week 14, who is among the top-five worst defenses against fantasy WRs. By virtue of the numbers, he’s in consideration this week. In Week 13 he had a classic Crowder day with just over 10 PPR points. As always, he’s doesn’t have a high ceiling, but he won’t leave you with a goose egg on the scoresheet,either. –JS

  • Treadwell caught four-of-five targets for 62 yards against the Rams, and all of a sudden, he’s the No. 1 WR in Jacksonville. This offense stinks, but at least Treadwell will face the second-worst defense against fantasy WRs in Week 14 (Titans) –JS

  • Despite Shenault’s struggles against the Rams, it was nice to see he drew fivetargets and had three carries, so hopefully, Jacksonville will finally feature him in the offense. A matchup with one of the most WR-friendly defenses against Tennesse makes him a solid streaming option in Week 14. –JS

  • These two teams played just last week, and David Njoku and Harrison Bryant combined for 80 yards and a touchdown against the fourth-worst defense in limiting fantasy TEs. Hooper was shut down, but we don’t expect that to happen again. It’s tough to know whether to start Hooper or Njoku,but flip a coinand hope for the best if you’re in a tough spot at tight end. –JS

  • Engram seemingly draws a top-five TE-friendly matchup every week, and that continues here against the Chargers. Los Angeles is the third-worst defense against fantasy QBs, so we can’t ignore Engram, although he’s clearly not a safe option. He put up 10 PPR points again Miami, so that’s the hope here, too.–JS

  • The Packers aren’t getting abused by TEs like earlier in the season, but Kmet is eighth among tight ends in target share (18.9 percent), so he’s a decent streaming option in neutral matchups. Arizona was a tough matchup from the jump, so we knew he’d likely struggle. –JS

  • If Darren Waller (knee) is out for this matchup, Moreau is on the “must-start” bubble against the seventh-worst TE-stopping defense in Kansas City. He was a bust against Washington, but the matchup wasn’t this favorable.–JS

  • Everett drew more targets than Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf between Weeks 10-12and Houston is a top-six team in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. The numbers alone make Everett a decent streamer — even after the 49ers caused Everett to go quiet. He still drew six targets and almost caught two touchdowns but dropped one and fumbled another.– JS

  • The Saints’ defense has been boom-or-bust this year, but a matchup with Zach Wilson and the Jets is about as favorable as a D/ST can get. –JS

  • The Packers have been turnover machines most of this year, and a matchup against the struggling Bears offense should prove fruitful, regardless of who’s starting for Chicago. — ML

  • The days are gone of Atlanta having a high-powered offense, and it gives up the most FPPG to DSTs. Three-plus sacks, a couple of turnovers, and even a defense touchdown feel very possible in this spot with the Panthers playing at home. –JS

  • The Titans’ defense has mostly been hindered by its struggling offense, but Tennessee should get back in the win column here. Even if Trevor Lawrence has a decent day, he’s usually due for a turnover or two. –JS

  • Denver’s defense isn’t quite the elite unit some expected in the preseason, but it has looked strong in solid matchups. Ina matchup with a sleepwalking Detroit offense,itshould produce plenty of points this week. –JS

  • Whether Daniel Jones or Mike Glennonstarts for the Giants, the Chargers have plenty of talent ondefense to overwhelm a bad offensive line and take advantage of an awful New York offense. –JS

  • Tyrod Taylor, David Johnson, Rex Burkhead, and Nico Collins are key contributors in this Houston offense, so unless Houston is squaring off with a truly terrible defense, we always consider the D/ST that matches up with it. –JS

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