Untangling the Waiver Wire (Fantasy Football 2022 – Week 14)

Untangling the Waiver Wire (Fantasy Football 2022 – Week 14)
Untangling the Waiver Wire (Fantasy Football 2022 – Week 14)

As you go through this week’s column, if you see a team name with a ranking like second or first in parenthesis next to the team name. That is the ranking of that team against the position of the player I am writing about. So, for example, if you read Titans (2nd), the Titans give up the second most fantasy points to that player’s position.

This way, you can see who has perfect schedules for the remainder of the season and the fantasy playoffs.

If you are still with me, you are probably making the playoffs, and this information will help you make it to the finals. At least, it will help you make it deep into the money rounds.

May your Waiver Wire Dreams come true tonight!

NOTE: If you are new here, this column refers to players rostered in under 50% of Yahoo, ESPN, and Sleeper Leagues.

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff

In Week 13, Goff threw 340 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars. However, the Lions will be playing the Vikings in Week 14. The Vikings have given up 300 yards or multiple touchdowns to quarterbacks in 7 straight games. So Goff is your guy if you want a streaming option in Week 14.

50% rostered on Yahoo
29% rostered on ESPN
49% rostered on Sleeper
20% Free Agent Budget

Mike White

I wrote about Mike in last week’s article. In Week 12, he threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 13, he threw for 369 yards and ran for 7 yards and a touchdown. The Jets play the Bills in week 14, so you may not want to think about playing White then, but the Jets’ fantasy playoff schedule is insanely awesome. The Lions in Week 15, the Jaguars in Week 16, and the Seahawks in Week 17.

15% rostered on Yahoo
13% rostered on ESPN
21% rostered on Sleeper
25% Free Agent Budget

Other quarterbacks to consider if you are desperate:

  • Tyler Huntly – Lamar Jackson got hurt; the schedule is excellent.
  • Brock Purdy – 210 yards, 2 TDs; Jimmy Garoppolo is done for the year.

Running Backs

James Cook

The usage for Cook went way up in Week 13. The Bills rookie had 14 carries for 64 yards. He also saw six targets which he turned into six receptions and 41 yards. He will get the time and touches in this offense that appears to be running the ball more now. I will be looking to add him where I can.

23% rostered on Yahoo
25% on ESPN

32% on Sleeper
40% Free Agent Budget

Zonovan Knight

He was in this column last week. I added him to many teams. He filled up the stat sheet in Week 13 with 15 carries and 90 yards rushing, and five receptions for 28 yards receiving. The Jets said they would use him more, and they did. It’s never a wrong time to add a starting running back to your team. The Jets have a tough matchup with the Bills in Week 14, but then they get the Lions, the Jaguars, and the Seahawks in the fantasy playoffs.

47% rostered on Yahoo
39% on ESPN

55% on Sleeper
30% Free Agent Budget

Cam Akers

The Rams tricked me, as I wrote about Kyren Williams here last week, then Cam Akers shows he is the lead back in Week 13. Akers ran with the ball 17 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams’ schedule is very friendly if you are needy at running back. The Raiders, Packers, and Chargers are all on the upcoming slate. The only challenging game is the Bills in Week 16.

46% rostered on Yahoo
53% on ESPN

55% on Sleeper
5% Free Agent Budget

Other running backs to consider if you are desperate:

  • Ty Johnson – 1 carry, 3 yards, TD, seven targets, six receptions, 38 yards.
  • Jerick McKinnon – 8 Carries, 51 yards, two targets, two receptions, 9 yards, TD.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis

You can get Davis here with ten targets, five receptions, and 85 yards. He had an 18% target share that was second on the team behind Garrett Wilson. He looks healthy. He is involved. The schedule is one where the Jets will be throwing, yes, even against the Bills. The Jets need to get wins to get into the playoffs.

13% rostered on Yahoo
11% on ESPN
18% on Sleeper
15% Free Agent Budget

Nico Collins

He has nine or more targets in 3 of the last four games. Double-digit fantasy scores in 3 out of those four games as well. In the other game, he scored nine fantasy points. So he has a nice floor. In Week 13, he saw ten targets which he turned into three receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown. That isn’t great. But the volume and the floor are high. Also, The Texans play the Chiefs (7th) and the Titans (2nd) in the first two rounds of the fantasy playoffs. Then, they play the Jaguars in Week 17. So there is potential for him to help you if you lost a WR to injury.

29% rostered on Yahoo
21% on ESPN
39% on Sleeper
15% Free Agent Budget

Michael Gallup

Gallup finally looked good. It has taken him some time to come back from his injury. In Week 13, he had seven targets which he turned into four receptions for 23 yards and two touchdowns. The schedule is a little challenging until Fantasy Championship week when the Cowboys play the Titans (2nd). But Gallup plays in a good offense with a good quarterback. The Cowboys will be competing for playoff seeding for the rest of the season, so they will be trying to win every game.

53% rostered on Yahoo
44% on ESPN
67% on Sleeper
15% Free Agent Budget

Other wide receivers to consider:

  • Demarcus Robinson – 8 targets, seven receptions, 41 yards.
  • Devin Duvernay – 2 carries, 9 yards, 6 Targets, six receptions, 34 yards.
  • Jahan Dotson – 9 Targets, five receptions, 54 yards, TD.

NOTE: With Lamar Jackson hurt, Huntley took over at QB for the Ravens. There was a lot more pocket passing happening for Robinson and Duvernay. The Ravens also have a very easy schedule the rest of the way. Steelers week 14 (rank 1 in fantasy points for WRs), Browns (14th), Falcons (4th), and Steelers (1st) again.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry

The Cardinals (1st), the Raiders (7th), the Bengals (16th), and the Dolphins (3rd). Where the teams rank in fantasy points allowed to opposing teams’ tight ends is in parenthesis. This schedule is super easy for a tight end. The Patriots will be playing to try and make the playoffs.

35% rostered on Yahoo
26% on ESPN
33% rostered on Sleeper
20% Free Agent Budget

Other tight ends to consider:

Tyler Conklin: 7 targets, two receptions, 9 yards

Greg Dulcich: 8 targets, six receptions, 85 yards

Evan Engram: 7 targets, five receptions, 30 yards, TD

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