Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB Report for Week 14 pickups, free agents

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Many fantasy football owners splurged with their FAAB bids last week. Good thing because there are very few players worth bidding up this week. The top Week 14 fantasy waiver wire pickups are a random hodgepodge of QBs (Taysom Hill), RBs (Dontrell HilliardD’Onta ForemanJaMycal Hasty), WRs (DeVante ParkerRussell GageJalen Guyton, K.J. Osborn), and TEs (Ricky Seals-Jones, Tyler Conklin), and because of that, projecting bids or how waiver claims will be used is nearly impossible. Anything could happen heading into the last week of the fantasy regular season, so have a plan…then have a contingency plan.

As we’ll do every week this season with the help of our friends at Fantasy Alarm, let’s break down the top pickups and project how much of your FAAB budget you should bid on them. 

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Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Advice: Waiver wire QB pickups, streamers

Taysom Hill (NO). Hill is going to be a popular streaming option at quarterback this week. However, he is dealing with mallet finger, so it may impact his ability to successfully throw the ball against the Jets. But you aren’t playing this guy to throw the ball — you’re hoping he runs the ball and finds the end zone with his legs. Last week he rushed for over 100 yards and still put up over 20 fantasy points despite a series of late interceptions. The upside is there for that every week. Projected FAAB Bid: 8-10% of total FAAB budget

Taylor Heinicke (WFT). Heinicke will never light up the stat sheet with amazing plays. He’ll grind out a solid performance to 15-18 fantasy points, and if you’re streaming the position you’ll take it. It’s not sexy, but he’s been better than some perceived “better” options at the position. With a potential shootout against Dallas looming this week, Heinicke could be a borderline top-12 play, especially with guys like Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones, Jalen Hurts, and Carson Wentz on bye this week. Proj. FAAB Bid: 6-7%

Teddy Bridgewater (DEN). Consider Bridgewater as low as you want to go if you’re looking to stream a quarterback this week. Cam Newton is also an option if he’s available, but with no Christian McCaffrey, it’s fair to wonder how well Carolina can function. At least Bridgewater gets one of the easier matchups for a quarterback against the Lions. We were all expecting better production from Bridgewater, especially in his past two games against division rivals, but the Lions come to town and present a “get right” game for Bridgewater. There’s potential for a top-15 week from him at the position. Proj. FAAB Bid: 4-5%

WEEK 14 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Advice: Waiver wire RB pickups, streamers

D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard (TEN). Neither are necessarily league winners, but the Titans will likely stay tried and true to what works for them — running the ball. Coming off their bye, they’ll get to host the Jaguars, who are not very good against the run. Expect Foreman to lead the backfield in carries. However, Hilliard is probably the preferred PPR target since in the small sample size we’ve seen he’s been more effective in the passing game. The Titans are still beat up in the wide receiver department, so relying on the run game seems to be the way to go this week. The one X factor is how Jeremy McNichols will be folded in now that he’s expected back after two inactive weeks. Projected FAAB Bids: 12-14% of total budget

Rashaad Penny (SEA). It feels like we’ve been waiting many years for Rashaad Penny to finally emerge as the lead back in Seattle. Could it finally be happening before our very eyes? Sure, but some optics don’t have me fully convinced. DeeJay Dallas and Alex Collins have failed to step up to the plate in Chris Carson’s absence. Additionally, the team did go out and sign Adrian Peterson, who found the end zone last week. You have to be playing in a deep league to have any interest in AP. In my opinion, he’s not worth wasting a waiver priority on. Penny looked better overall running the ball (which isn’t saying much), and there was involvement in the passing game late. I’d love to see a larger sample size this week. Luckily the matchup is ripe as Seattle will visit Houston. Proj. FAAB Bid: 10-12%

Kenneth Gainwell and Jordan Howard (PHI). This is a backfield where if you nail the right play, you can reap many rewards. The downside is that there are so many capable options, but the rookie Gainwell got some run on Sunday that should pique our interest. However, Gainwell is not a “must add” at this moment. The Eagles join three other teams for a late Week 14 bye, so you can’t even get any use out of him until the fantasy football playoffs. And even then, the Eagles could be in better shape at the position with either Miles Sanders or Boston Scott healthy and available. If Howard is eligible to return after the team’s week off you have to like his chances for goal-line work. Earlier in the year when Sanders was hurt, it was Howard and Scott handling the workload in his absence. Proj. FAAB Bids: 6-8%

JaMycal Hasty (SF). This one is going to be hard to read. As it stands right now Hasty is currently the lone healthy running back for the 49ers, but it’s early in the week. We have a whole week of practice reports to monitor. Elijah Mitchell, while he did re-enter Sunday’s game in Seattle, reported concussion symptoms Monday morning. Jeff Wilson is dealing with a knee problem, and Trenton Cannon will likely miss some time after a horrific concussion early in Sunday’s game. So, by default, Hasty is an interesting play — yet not one most are overly excited about. Hasty has dealt with his own share of injuries this season, and I’m still holding out hope that Mitchell is active for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati. Hasty has just 13 carries for 43 yards (and one of those attempts went for 21 yards). He’s better suited in PPR formats but still a streamer I’d like to avoid. Proj. FAAB Bid: 5-7%

Carlos Hyde (JAC). Hyde could see more run as a forgettable season for Jacksonville comes to a close. James Robinson is pretty beat up — and keeps fumbling — so Hyde could see more run if the Jags ultimately decide to let Robinson rest down the stretch to not risk further injury. Hyde did find the end zone on Sunday but is still averaging just 2.7 yards per carry on 15 carries over his past two games. We know what kind of a player Hyde is at this stage of his career, but running back production is predicated on workload. He’ll certainly see plenty of carries if the Jaguars opt to rest Robinson, but Hyde still isn’t a player you can get excited about starting for fantasy football. Proj. FAAB Bid: 5-6%

WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Advice: Waiver wire WR pickups, streamers

DeVante Parker (MIA). If he’s out there on your waiver wire, Parker might be the best add this week. That said, he’s likely only available in 10-team leagues with a sprinkle of 12-teamers. We know what the upside is with Parker. We saw it last year, and he was one of the best players at his position in 2019. He’s been a little beat up after missing all of November, but in his first five games this season, he saw 43 targets. This week, he only saw five, but a bigger role will likely be carved out for him. Even with Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki getting their respective workload, Parker will see more than the five targets he had in Week 13. Projected FAAB Bid: 12-15% of total FAAB budget

Russell Gage (ATL). If you play in a league that starts three wide receivers, there’s a good chance you could get some use out of Gage. Over the past month, he’s had over a 20-percent target share, including catching 11-of-12 targets for 130 yards against the Buccaneers. Surprisingly, as bad as the Falcons appear to be at times, they are 5-7 and just one game out of a playoff spot. With no clear indication of if/when Calvin Ridley (personal) could re-join the team, Gage is a top-30 play at the position each week. Some pass-happy matchups are on the horizon in the coming weeks against the Panthers, 49ers, and Lions. Proj. FAAB Bid: 6-9%

K.J. Osborn (MIN). Adam Thielen (ankle) left the Vikings’ loss to the Lions after just one catch, and on a short week with Minnesota playing on Thursday, it’s unlikely he’ll be available for the game against the Steelers. Now it’s only Tuesday morning and anything could happen. But Osborn, like Gage, could be a popular option in your three-wide receiver leagues. Osborn caught four of his seven targets and found the end zone last week. The more promising stat is the 96-percent route rate on Kirk Cousins’ dropbacks after Thielen left. Pittsburgh’s defense is a little beat up, and Cousins has been performing as a top-10 quarterback over the past handful of games for Minnesota. Osborn will certainly have some appeal this week. Proj. FAAB Bid: 5-7%

Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET). St. Brown caught the game-winning touchdown for the Lions on Sunday, and he was Jared Goff’s most reliable target. ARSB caught 10-of-12 targets for 86 yards and the previously mentioned score. The Lions have to visit the Broncos this weekend, but if he’s lined up opposite Kyle Fuller for this game, it could be a matchup worth exploiting. Proj. FAAB Bid: 5-6%

Jalen Guyton (LAC). I’m only interested in Guyton if Keenan Allen misses this week’s game after being placed on the reserve/COVID list. Guyton caught all four of his targets and found the end zone against the Bengals last week, but again, there’s only appeal here if Allen were to miss Week 14’s matchup against the Giants. Proj. FAAB Bid: 3-5%

MORE WEEK 14: Top waiver pickups

Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Advice: Waiver wire TE pickups, streamers

Ricky Seals-Jones (WFT). The Football Team avoided a complete disaster, as it doesn’t look as if Logan Thomas tore his ACL and MCL. He’ll be getting a second opinion, but that’s great news for a player that has dealt with injuries throughout his career. Still, Thomas figures to miss time, and Seals-Jones (hip), if healthy, will benefit. As mentioned at the top in Taylor Heinicke’s write-up, the potential for a shootout against Dallas will have many looking to stream RSJ this week. Projected FAAB Bid: 10-12% of total FAAB budget

Tyler Conklin (MIN). Conklin saw nine targets last week, and it’s clear he took advantage of Adam Thielen leaving due to an ankle injury. Similar to Osborn, there’s more appeal with Conklin on a short week with Thielen potentially out of the mix. It is worth mentioning (again) that this is a touchdown-dependent position, and Conklin has just three on the year, with two of those coming in one game against the Chargers where he had three total catches. Thielen’s absence will benefit almost everybody, but you hope there’s enough volume for Conklin in the event he doesn’t score. Proj. FAAB Bid: 6-7%

Jared Cook (LAC). It’s so ugly on waivers this week that I’m only throwing Cook into this mix for the sake of having at least three tight ends written up. I don’t love the play here, but if Allen were to miss this week’s game, there’s potential for six targets and a trip to the end zone for Cook. I don’t have a ton of confidence in him to really go that route, but he’s a fine streamer if Allen is out. Proj. FAAB Bid: 2%

Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Advice: Waiver wire Defense pickups, streamers

As we always caution, you shouldn’t spend more than one percent of your FAAB budget on a D/ST. Here are this week’s potential streaming pickups:

  • Green Bay Packers (vs. Bears)
  • Carolina Panthers (vs. Falcons)
  • Tennessee Titans (vs. Jaguars)
  • Denver Broncos (vs. Lions)
  • New Orleans Saints (@ Jets)
  • Seattle Seahawks (@ Texans)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Giants)



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