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Best available fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 14

Teddy Ricketson gives you their top players to add off the waiver wire for Week 14 in the 2023 NFL season.

Noah Brown #85 of the Houston Texans against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

We are heading into Week 14 of the NFL season. For many fantasy football leagues, this is the final week of the regular season. Whether you are locked into a playoff spot or dreading going into the consolation bracket, you still have time to make some important additions to your roster. With that in mind, here are the top waiver wire options heading into Week 14 of the NFL season.

Week 14 Fantasy football waiver wire pickups

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

Rostership: 32% on ESPN

Stafford looked like himself in a big win over the Cleveland Browns. It was a closer game than the final score shows, but Stafford played well. He finished 22-of-37 for 279 yards with three touchdowns. The Rams have the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Commanders and the New Orleans Saints coming up. Those defenses allow the second-fewest, most and 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Even if it wouldn’t be this week, Stafford has upside in Week 15, making him worth an early add.

Joshua Dobbs, Minnesota Vikings

Rostership: 46.2% on ESPN

Dobbs may not be the starting quarterback of the Vikings this week as they are exploring other options on the roster. Still, Dobbs presents as the best option on the roster, meaning until we hear otherwise, he is the Viking to pick up off waivers. He will draw the Las Vegas Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions defenses, who allow the 11th-fewest, 12th-most and sixth-most points per game to opposing quarterbacks. respectively.

Running backs

Antonio Gibson, Washington Commanders

Rostership: 44.7% on ESPN

Starting running back Brian Robinson Jr. suffered a hamstring injury that sidelined him during the team’s Week 13 blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins. Gibson finished the game with 10 carries for 35 yards and 37 yards on four receptions. If Robinson Jr, ends up missing time due to the injury, Gibson could be in line to take back over as the starter.

Ezekiel Elliott, New England Patriots

Rostership: 34% on ESPN

Starting running back Rhamondre Stevenson suffered an injury in Week 13 and wasn’t able to return to the game. He is dealing with a sprained ankle and could be out due to a short week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Elliott has the Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos coming up, who allow the 15th-most, 19th-most and most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles

Rostership: 14.1% on ESPN

Eagles starting running back D’Andre Swift took a big hit late in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. We will get more on the injury, but he was forced into the locker room before the rest of his team. If Swift misses any time, Gainwell figures to be first in line for an expanded role. His next three games will be against the Dallas Cowboys (fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing RBs), Seattle Seahawks (fourth-most) and New York Giants (eighth-most).

Wide receivers

Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens

Rostership: 48.9% on ESPN

Beckham Jr. benefitted from tight end Mark Andrews’s injury and has seen more targets in the offense. He will still be behind Zay Flowers in the wide receiver pecking order, but since Andrews’ injury, OBJ has brought in seven of his 12 targets for 150 yards.

It could be slim pickings at this point in the year, but Beckham Jr. at least has decent matchups coming up against the Los Angeles Rams (21st-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs), Jacksonville Jaguars (seventh-most) and San Francisco 49ers (12th-most).

Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers

Rostership: 42.6% on ESPN

Reed is seeing more and more consistent work in the Packers’ offense. Quarterback Jordan Love has been playing really well recently, and Reed has at least double-digit fantasy points in four of his last six games. Green Bay will play the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers in its next three games. Their defenses allow the fifth-most, fourth-most and 28th-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, respectively.

Noah Brown, Houston Texans

Rostership: 34.5% on ESPN

Houston lost rookie wide receiver Tank Dell for the season after he broke his leg in his last game. Brown has huge games in Week 9 and 10, but missed two weeks due to injury. He should see an uptick in targets moving forward. Brown doesn’t have good matchups moving forward against the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns in two of the next three weeks, but the target share should give him value.

Tight ends

Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens

Rostership: 23.2% on ESPN

Likely is coming off his bye week and is finally going to get his chance to take over for Mark Andrews, who is out for the rest of the year. He was a big waiver wire add a few weeks ago but is still only rostered in barely 20% of leagues. Likely will have a great matchup to prove he is worth playing, taking on Los Angeles in Week 14, which allows the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers

Rostership: 25.6% on ESPN

It feels like Everett should be having a better season than he is. Justin Herbert is his quarterback in an offense with injuries to two of their top three wide receivers. Still, Everett has underperformed but has at least 6.4 fantasy points per game in back-to-back games. He will have a great test this week against the Denver Broncos who allow the most fantasy points per game.

D/ST

Packers D/ST

Rostership: 24.5% on ESPN

Green Bay has a great matchup this week as they face the New York Giants. The Giants give up the most points to opposing D/ST units in fantasy football. The Packers D/ST had 10 points in Week 12 against the Detroit Lions and five points against the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

Texans D/ST

Rostership: 14.6% on ESPN

Houston’s defense rebounded from a -1 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars and put up 12 fantasy points in a matchup with the Denver Broncos. They will now go on the road to face the New York Jets, who can’t figure out which quarterback to start.

Kickers

Matt Ammendola, Houston Texans

Rostership: 2.7% on ESPN

Ammendola has struggled with his consistency this season when filling in for Ka’imi Fairbairn. He will have a revenge game against the New York Jets this week, and they are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers. New York’s defense has been good this season and may keep Houston out of the endzone, giving Ammendola extra field goal attempts.

Chase McLaughlin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rostership: 8.8% on ESPN

Tampa Bay will take on the Atlanta Falcons in a divisional matchup this week. They are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers. He has been inconsistent but has at least eight fantasy points in three of his last five games.