Week 14 Waiver Wire Deep Dive
Below I have dug into some important data from the week to help you find some players who could help you in the coming weeks and potentially beyond. I have listed the players at each position in order of priority.
Brock Purdy, 49ers
I would add Purdy if I were desperate at QB. With Jimmy Garoppolo going down with a foot injury on Sunday, Purdy entered and looked very effective off the bench. He finished 25-of-37 for 210 yards and 2 scores. With the offensive weapons around him, he could be a very effective option down the stretch. He would be my first add if I had Garoppolo or Lamar Jackson and have a major need.
Tyler Huntley, Ravens
Huntley could also be a fine addition, particularly for those who roster Jackson. He has proven he can run the offense, even if he isn’t as dynamic as Jackson. He is also a very effective runner, and rushed it 10 times for 41 yards and a score in relief on Sunday. He has also shown a nice connection with Mark Andrews when he has played, which could help keep him out of unfavorable situations.
Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs
McKinnon has been mentioned several times in this article, so he is unlikely to be on your wire. But someone may have dropped him, as he certainly has uneven production. If he is available, I’d recommend adding him as my top RB add. He has been very effective all season for the Chiefs, grabbing whatever opportunities he gets by the horns. He ran for 6.4 yards per carry on Sunday (8-51), and also caught both of his targets for 9 yards and a score. I think he could get more work down the stretch, making him worth rostering everywhere.
Deejay Dallas, Tony Jones & Travis Homer, Seahawks
Dallas is not a particularly exciting talent, but with Rashaad Penny gone for the season and now Ken Walker suffering an ankle injury, Dallas is the next man up and could have value over the next few weeks.But he also injured his ankle in this past week’s game. He returned, which makes it more likely that he is available for Week 14. If not, Tony Jones would likely get most of the early-down work and would have some value.RB Travis Homer is also on the roster but missed Week 13 with a knee issue. Keep an eye on the practice reports, but for now both players are worth adding, just in case, since it’s so hard to find backs who could help at this stage.
Mark Ingram, Saints
I’m not sure why the Saints coaching staff is moving away from Alvin Kamara, but it seems like that is what’s happening. On Monday night, Ingram played on 42% of snaps (Kamara at 59%), and got 12 touches to Kamara’s 14. If you are in deep leagues and just need a player who will be on the field and get touches, you can consider adding Ingram this week.
Boston Scott & Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles
I think as we get into the colder weather, the Eagles will run the football more. They have shown they want all 3 backs involved, making both Scott & Gainwell worth adding if they are on your wire. While they won’t have major value unless Miles Sanders gets injured, they will still get on the field either way, and it’s hard to find backs in good offenses who will get touches at this point in the season. On Sunday they played on 27% (Gainwell) and 23% (Scott) and got 7 touches (Scott) and 6 touches (Gainwell).
Jahan Dotson, Commanders
Dotson was back in early-season form this past week. He played on 79% of snaps, second most among skill players behind only Terry McLaurin, and got 9 targets. That was a 22% target share, making him a potential starter for your playoff run if things fall right. He caught 5 of his 9 targets for 54 yards and a score. Taylor Heinecke is not a great QB, but he is playing effectively and could make Dotson very relevant.
Corey Davis, Jets
Just when we thought perhaps Elijah Moore would finally have a role in the offense with a new QB, it was instead Corey Davis, returning from injury, who had a big game. He played on 81% of snaps (Moore on 68%) and got 10 targets, catching 5 for 85 yards. Perhaps Mike White is just most comfortable throwing outside the numbers, while Moore plays in the slot. Either way, Davis could be a very nice add for your stretch run, since it looks like this offense could be more pass-heavy under White.
Alec Pierce, Colts
Pierce has been mentioned several times here, but it’s likely he’s on the wire in many leagues due to his uneven production. He again flashed on Sunday, catching 4 of his 8 targets for 86 yards and a score. His 8 targets were a 22% target share. Though his targets will go up and down week to week, he has shown a nice connection with Matt Ryan and is worth rostering if you need help at WR.
Rashid Shaheed, Saints
Shaheed continues to work into a larger role with the Saints as the weeks roll on.On Monday night he played on 61% of snaps and got 4 targets (14% target share). He caught them all for 75 yards, and seems to be the team’s primary option for a deep threat, aside from Chris Olave. The Saints are not a good offense, but if the team believes he is a part of their future, he may play a good-sized role down the stretch.
Kendall Hinton, Broncos
It is hard to suggest any Broncos player with how bad they’ve been on offense.But with Courtland Sutton possibly out a while, Hinton should be a starter and should play almost every snap. That could be worth rostering in very deep leagues, an emergency play of sorts. He did lead the WRs in snaps on Sunday, with 77%. But he only got 1 target — because the Broncos are a mess.
Isaiah Hodgins, Giants
There is a chance Kenny Golladay may stay on the bench, with his season-long ineffectiveness and with how well Hodgins played on Sunday in his place. Hodgins played on 80% of snaps and got 6 targets (a 19% target share), catching 5 for 44 yards and a TD. I don’t think he’s a special player, but in very deep leagues I’d keep my eye on him to see if the production continues. He could be worth a speculative add if you’re very needy at WR.
Daniel Bellinger, Giants
Bellinger returned from his eye injury and played on 97% of snaps. The Giants coaching staff seems to love this guy, and Daniel Jones is comfortable targeting him. Bellinger caught all 5 of his targets, a 16% target share, for 24 yards. If you are hurting at TE, Bellinger would be my top add at the position.
Chigoziem Okonkwo, Titans
I mention Okonkwo for the second straight week, as he led in snaps among Titans TEs (58% on Sunday, while Austin Hooper was at 49%). More importantly, he led in production for the second week in a row, catching 4 of 5 targets for 68 yards. That was amazingly a 23% target share and led the team. That may not have been the case if Treylon Burks had not been injured early, but it’s still worth noting. Okonkwo is very athletic and is great after the catch, making him an intriguing option.
Kevin Scott is a fantasy pro who has been playing in high-stakes redraft and dynasty leagues for over 15 years. He has won over $100,000 playing fantasy football. He has written for Sports Illustrated, 4for4, Fansided, FFToday, and Chiefs Wire. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinscottff, or check out his podcast called Grinding the Data.