As we head into the fantasy playoffs, fantasy managers need to take it week by week. Often in the playoffs, a player pops up like Breshad Perriman last year, who ended up with 24 catches, 285 receiving yards, and four total touchdowns from Week 14-16. A fantasy finish like Perriman had could have helped win weeks as a waiver wire gem. I tend to lean towards the players who carried your team but also don’t discount some trends happening in recent weeks. With that said, it’s time to dive into the 2020 fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire. Although it may not look overly exciting, Keke Coutee, Cam Akers, and Cole Kmet headline each group.
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2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire – Playoff Time
Shallow league adds to consider in Week 14 with difficult matchups – Kirk Cousins at TB, & Derek Carr vs. IND.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
With all that talk about Mitchell Trusbisky and his success against the Lions, he finished as the 19th QB after the first Monday night game. Trubisky completed 26 of 34 attempts for 267 passing yards and one passing touchdown. Unfortunately, for Trubisky’s sake, he fumbled the ball, plus the running backs in David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson scored three rushing touchdowns combined. It made sense for the Bears to attack the ground since the Lions gave up the most fantasy points to running backs. Over the next few weeks, Trubisky faces fantasy-friendly matchups in the Texans, Vikings, and Jaguars. Don’t bench any of your quarterback studs, but it’s worth streaming Trubisky in deeper leagues.
Philip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts
In a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Texans, Philips Rivers tossed 285 passing yards with two touchdowns. Although Rivers has a foot injury that will require offseason surgery, he performed relatively well over the past few weeks. In Week 14, he faces the Raiders, who allow the 9th most fantasy points to the position. These same Raiders allowed Sam Darnold to score 20.04 fantasy points and rank 10th at quarterback heading into Monday night. Then, in Week 15, Rivers faces the Texans once again, so we have a two-game stretch into the playoffs that fantasy managers could stream Rivers.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
For Jalen Hurts, it’s only a recommendation in Superflex leagues since there’s no way any fantasy manager should rely on Hurts in their fantasy playoffs. He entered the game and completed five of 12 passes for 109 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hurts also added 29 rushing yards to rank second on the team in rushing behind Miles Sanders. Even if Hurts started in Week 14, it’s hard to trust him against a Saints defense that’s trending upwards.
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— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 6, 2020
Running Backs – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire
Shallow league adds – Devontae Booker, Nyheim Hines, Wayne Gallman, Sony Michel, & Gus Edwards.
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Rookie Cam Akers handled quite a workload against the Cardinals. Akers totaled 21 carries for 72 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. He also caught one pass for 22 receiving yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Akers logged 52 snaps compared to 17 for Darrell Henderson and 13 for Malcolm Brown, meaning stock up for Akers. During the game, Darrell Henderson left the game with a knee injury then returned. It makes us wonder if it was a perfect storm to allow Akers to finish with career highs in opportunities and total yards. We mentioned Akers several weeks back in Week 9 as a running back to add and stash. Thus, he ranks as the top running back to pick up in Week 14.
Ty Johnson & Josh Adams, RB, New York Jets
After veteran Frank Gore suffered a concussion, Ty Johnson rushed for over 100 yards and one touchdown. The Jets continue to commit to the run since Johnson logged 22 carries and Josh Adams even added eight carries for 74 rushing yards. Johnson also caught both targets for 13 receiving yards. As I mentioned with Frank Gore last week in the Week 13 waiver wire, any running back receiving 15-20 touches holds value this late in the season. With that said, prioritize Ty Johnson, but throw in a backup bid for Josh Adams as well in deep leagues.
Wide Receivers – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire
Shallow league adds – T.Y. Hilton, Tim Patrick, Marvin Jones Jr., Allen Lazard, & Curtis Samuel.
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans
After the announcement of the Will Fuller suspension, the stock went up for Keke Coutee. Kudos to fellow FantraxHQ writer Ahaan Rungta for touting Coutee as a top option to replace Fuller. For more on Ahaan’s breakdown of the Texans’ offense without Fuller, check it out here. With that said, Coutee caught eight of nine targets for 141 receiving yards. He led the Texans in targets and receiving yards in a relatively difficult matchup against the Colts, who allow the 24th most fantasy points to the position. Make sure Coutee isn’t hanging around on waivers because he ranks as the top wide receiver to pick up in the 2020 fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire.
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— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) December 6, 2020
Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons
With such an ineffective running game for the Falcons, the passing volume should remain high. Since Russell Gage is the third or fourth option on the Falcons, it’s hard to rely on him weekly. Over the past four games, Gage caught 16 of 31 targets for 154 receiving yards and one touchdown. Even though he averaged almost eight targets per game, the production looks inefficient with a -22.1 Production Premium (No. 80) on the season. Gage ranks as another deep league player to consider rostering in the 2020 fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire.
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
In a surprisingly one-sided game, particularly in the first half, Rashard Higgins earned a season-high nine targets. Higgins caught six of nine targets for 95 receiving yards and one touchdown. Over his last eight games, he received fewer than five targets in seven of them. On a run-heavy team that ranks 31st with 29.5 team pass plays per game, the pass catchers need to rely on efficiency. Unfortunately, Baker Mayfield holds a -4.9 Production Premium (No. 21), meaning he lacks efficiency. Higgins ranks as a deep-league wide receiver to pick up in the 2020 fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns
After a rough drop, rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones reeled in a 75-yard touchdown from Baker Mayfield. He caught two of three targets for 92 receiving yards and one touchdown. Peoples-Jones hasn’t earned a ton of opportunities on the season but displayed speed and explosiveness in his NFL Draft Profile. He had a 106.7 Speed Score (86th percentile) and a 145.2 Burst Score (99th percentile). At this point, he’s more a dynasty player to add or hold, but worth considering in deep leagues with multiple flex spots. However, in the fantasy playoffs, it’s hard to rely on a player like Peoples-Jones.
Shallow league adds to consider – Logan Thomas & Eric Ebron.
Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears
Rookie Cole Kmet caught five of seven targets for 37 receiving yards and one touchdown. In Week 13, Kmet led Bears’ tight ends with 54 snaps played, and over the past two games, Kmet beat out Jimmy Graham in terms of snap share. Slowly but surely, Kmet’s taking over the lead tight end role for the Bears. Kmet had an intriguing College Prospect Profile with a 106.8 Speed Score (83rd percentile) and 126.3 Burst Score (88th percentile). The advance data tells us that it’s time to add Kmet if you have a tight end needy team. Thus, he ranks as the top tight end to pick up in the 2020 fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire.
Anthony Firkser, TE, Tennessee Titans
With Jonnu Smith ruled out, Anthony Firkser caught five of seven targets for 51 receiving yards. The Titans trailed 38-7 heading into the second half, and thus Ryan Tannehill totaled a season-high 45 pass attempts. This offense runs through Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, and Corey Davis, with the tight end spot next up in the passing game. If Smith misses additional time, then it’s worth picking up Firkser in deep leagues.
Drew Sample, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
More a deep cut here with Drew Sample, but he received 12 targets over the past two games with Brandon Allen at quarterback. With Allen, Sample caught 11 of those 12 targets for 89 receiving yards. Not someone you’re likely relying on, but worth mentioning in PPR leagues, even if Sample provides zero touchdown upside.
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