The fantasy football playoffs start in many leagues after Week 14 — a change in the schedule given the extra week. Fantasy football players don’t have much time to stash for future weeks anymore; the main goal of those in the postseason hunt are to survive this week and advance.
Here’s a list of fantasy football Week 14 pickups to build your lineup for a playoff spot.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14 Tips & Notes
- Fantasy Football Waiver Wire updates are completed Sunday nights, Mondays, and Tuesdays.
- We generally target players with a roster percentage of lower than 50%, but we’ll make exceptions in urgent cases of priority additions.
- Free-Agent Acquisition Budget dollar bid prices for Week 14 are based on a season-long budget of $100.
- Adjust your percentage and scale accordingly for your league’s FAAB structure and your remaining FAAB dollars.
- Roster % is based on Yahoo! Fantasy leagues information as of 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 5.
2021 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14: Top Pickups
Chuba Hubbard & Ameer Abdullah, RBs, Carolina Panthers (75% rostered)
This is of course above and beyond the typical rostered percentage we target. However, this is a necessary reminder from last week that Hubbard, who was on a Week 13 bye, is set to step in as lead back with Christian McCaffrey (ankle) back on Injured Reserve.
Abdullah was heavily involved in the passing game ahead of Hubbard when CMC was hurt in Week 12, but the game script dictated the passing game to dominate Carolina’s playcalling, which favored the veteran. In neutral situations, Hubbard will likely lead the way between the tackles and in goal-line work.
Abdullah is a decent consolation add, but Hubbard should again be the priority.
- Chuba Hubbard Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $32
- Ameer Abdullah Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $7
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Kenneth Gainwell & Boston Scott, RBs, Philadelphia Eagles (12% & 41% rostered)
Miles Sanders carried the Eagles’ backfield Sunday with 27 touches for 142 scrimmage yards, but he sustained a second-half ankle injury that might cloud Philly’s upcoming Week 14 bye.
If Sanders can’t use the off-week to heal up properly, Gainwell (87 offensive yards with a TD in Week 13) should at least act as part of a two-headed split with Boston Scott, who was active but didn’t play after missing practices last week with an illness.
Both backs would be solid flex plays for however long Sanders would be sidelined. A healthier Scott could be favored, but Gainwell boasts more upside if he takes the reins.
- Kenneth Gainwell Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $16
- Boston Scott Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $6
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington Football Team (5% rostered)
Logan Thomas is feared to have at least one significant, season-ending knee injury suffered Sunday. Seals-Jones (hip), who was close to returning for Week 13, would immediately step in as the replacement.
Even before the possible uptick in offensive attention from surprisingly effective Taylor Heinecke, RSJ has been targeted at least four times in each of his past six games played — good enough to put him back on TE-streaming fantasy managers.
To close out the season, Seals-Jones would face some of the softest defenses against the position, which also happen to be in his own division: the Dallas Cowboys (Week 14 and 16), and the Philadelphia Eagles (Weeks 15 and 17).
- Ricky Seals-Jones Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $4
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (6% rostered)
Punctuated by securing the walk-off touchdown in the Lions’ first win of the season, the rookie out of USC gathered 10 of 12 targets for 86 yards in his best pro game.
The priority grab for Detroit’s pass game has seemingly changed by the week, but ARSB becoming more involved (even when injured receiving RB D’Andre Swift returns) seems like a positive for Jared Goff under center; the vet had one of his best games of the season.
St. Brown typically is used best as a midrange possession safety blanket, but PPR players on a team that will have to throw plenty to play catch-up should be useful depth at minimum, especially banking on the first-year player finding his footing late in the season.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $3
NEW – Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings (30% rostered)
After Adam Thielen exited Sunday’s loss to the Lions in the first quarter with a sprained ankle, Kirk Cousins peppered star wideout Justin Jefferson with targets but also had to occasionally look beyond his top option.
His second option quickly became tight end Tyler Conklin, who finished behind only Jefferson with nine targets and hauled in seven receptions for 56 yards. One of those targets he didn’t convert was a red zone fade that was initially ruled a touchdown but was overturned after video review showed his toe grazed the sideline.
Wide receiver K.J. Osborn (4% rostered) will also be a popular pickup this week but given the lack of viable options at the tight end position, I think Conklin is the better add moving forward.
- Tyler Conklin Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $4
NEW – Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints (34% rostered)
Sure, he’s hurt, and he threw four interceptions on Thursday Night Football, but that didn’t stop Taysom Hill from putting up a big-time fantasy performance against the Cowboys.
Hill accounted for 264 passing yards, two touchdown passes and most importantly ran for 101 yards on 11 carries. While his status for Week 14 is uncertain because of a finger injury, it’s been reported that Hill is going to try to play through it.
That certainly makes Hill a riskier start given the potential for re-injury or benching if the turnovers persist, but a matchup against a porous Jets defense makes it worth the risk.
- Taysom Hill Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $5
NEW – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (19% rostered)
The Packers are coming off a bye, which may result in Marquez Valdes-Scantling getting lost in the shuffle a little bit. That may bode well for fantasy users that remember he saw a combined 19 targets from Aaron Rodgers in Weeks 11 and 12.
Earning Rodgers’ trust is a difficult process for most young wideouts, but it finally looks like MVS has done that. Even with Allen Lazard returning in Week 12, Valdes-Scantling saw nine targets to Lazard’s six and out-snapped him 57-53. As the main deep threat in this Green Bay passing attack, Valdes-Scantling is worth a spot in deeper leagues.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $5
2021 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14: One-Week Streamers & Bye Replacements
NEW – Tennessee Titans Defense D/ST (23% rostered)
After a bye week, the Tennessee Titans will look to get things back on track after back-to-back losses to the Texans and Patriots. Mike Vrabel’s squad should be able to do that in Week 14 when it hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC South showdown.
The Jaguars have failed to register 20 or more points since Week 6 and have given the ball away 21 times this season, tied for third most in the NFL. This matchup is a glorious one for a Titans defense that could also get some healthy bodies back in the lineup this week.
- Tennessee D/ST Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $4
NEW – Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (29% rostered)
Clearly, there was a bit of an overreaction to Cam Newton’s return to Carolina and his early touchdowns against Arizona and Washington only perpetuated the narrative.
In Week 12, we saw the version of Cam Newton that played for the Patriots and struggled to throw the ball with any consistency whatsoever. Against the Dolphins, he completed 5-of-21 passes for 92 yards and threw two interceptions.
While he was downright bad in his last outing and Carolina just fired OC Joe Brady, I trust Cam in this bounce-back spot against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons can’t get any pressure whatsoever and just let Tom Brady carve them up for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Newton always has rushing upside and should be better through the air this week.
- Cam Newton Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: $5