2022 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Best Pickups For Week 14
The fantasy football waiver wire will be crucial heading into Week 14. Not only are the fantasy football playoffs a week away, but there are six teams on bye in Week 14 and a handful of players got injured in Week 13. Thankfully, there are a lot of solid options on the waiver wire this week.
Before we get started, make sure to check out last week’s waiver wire post, too. A couple of players that were included in that post had productive games in Week 13 and are still available in a lot of leagues, notably Michael Gallup and Darius Slayton.
*All of these players are available in more than half of ESPN leagues.*
Zonovan Knight — 39.3%
New York Jets running back Zonovan Knight is a solid waiver wire add for Week 14. Last week, Knight became the Jets’ lead back in the absence of Michael Carter. More importantly, he seized the opportunity, finishing with 15 carries for 90 yards and five receptions for 28 yards.
The key with Knight is that he got way more touches than James Robinson who finished with four carries for 10 yards. Since Knight is clearly ahead of Robinson on the depth chart, he is obviously a player to add.
Knight will be a solid start as long as Carter is out. If Knight can continue to produce, the Jets may opt to ride the hot hand even when Carter is back. Regardless, Knight is a player that you want to roster.
If you need further convincing, Knight got a stamp of approval from Trey as a waiver wire add. All signs are green for Knight.
James Cook — 25.5%
Buffalo Bills running back James Cook has finally been given the opportunity to shine.
For the first 12 weeks of the 2022 NFL season, Cook was underwhelming. That is not an indictment of his skill, rather the Bills were slowly working him into the offense. In Week 14 though, the handcuffs came off. Cook totaled 14 carries for 64 yards and six receptions for 41 yards.
If Cook continues to get that many touches, he will be a great player to have. That type of performance is not even Cook’s ceiling. He could easily add touchdown production in this Bills offense. Plus, his receiving abilities will not phase him out of the Bills’ pass-heavy attack.
Cook is heating up just in time for the fantasy football playoffs. If he is still on your league’s waiver wire, he is worth your waiver wire add.
Jared Goff — 29.6%
The quarterback position took a hit in Week 13. Jimmy Garoppolo will be out for the remainder of the year and Lamar Jackson‘s status for Week 14 is up in the air. Plus, a handful of quarterbacks have bye weeks this week. If you are looking for a waiver wire streamer or maybe even a long-term replacement, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is the way to go.
The Lions’ offensive is coming off one of their best performances of 2022 as they hung 40 points on the Jaguars. Overall, the Offense has been productive in Detroit. The issue has been the defense. Now, the offense has not been great because of Goff. Still, he can provide fantasy value. After all, Goff just needs to be better than other streaming options to provide value.
Nico Collins — 21.1%
Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins has stacked a couple of decent fantasy performances in recent outings. In his last four games, he has had a low of 9.8 points and a high of 15.9 points, in PPR formats. During this time, he has scored two touchdowns.
Collins has largely been a benefactor of a lot of targets. In the last four weeks has seen between seven and ten targets in each game. In turn, his value will be far higher in PPR leagues.
Do not expect too much from Collins as he is on a poor Texans offense. In all honesty, he would not receive many targets on a better offense. Still, if the Texans continue to feed Collins you may as well try and get some fantasy points out of it.
Jordan Mason- 3.2%
San Francisco 49ers running back Jordan Mason is one of the premier handcuffs in fantasy football. The 49ers running back room has gone through a lot of change, we will not recap it all here, but it is important to know that Mason is now the backup in San Francisco. The role previously belonged to Elijah Mitchell who has been placed on IR.
Christian McCaffrey is still starting, so there is no reason to get too excited about Mason though. With that being said, that means we are one McCaffrey injury from Mason being the lead back in an effective run-first offense.
Even if Mason is regulated to the backup role he will be productive. In week 13 he tallied eight carries for 51 yards. That is fairly productive for a backup. At a minimum, Mason will be a player to keep an eye on and is certainly a good waiver wire target.