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Which players to grab from the waiver wire ahead of Week 14 action


Lamar Jackson started in 76.4% of Sportzshala’s fantasy football leagues, and those managers were devastated when he sprained his knee against the Broncos on Sunday and was forced out of the game. Jackson’s injury isn’t the end of the season, which is good news for fantasy managers. The bad news is that he will have to undergo additional tests on Monday. Head coach John Harbaugh said they would find out how long Jackson would be suspended no later than Wednesday.

Jackson was injured in the final game of the first quarter against the Broncos and Tyler Huntley (in the 0.3% of Sportzshala leagues) came out and played well with 15.5 fantasy points. There’s a good chance Huntley could be the team’s starting quarterback against the Steelers in Week 14.

The situation the Ravens and fantasy managers find themselves in is very similar to last season, when Jackson suffered an ankle injury in week 14 and Huntley averaged 17.2 fantasy points per game. While Huntley is a mobile quarterback, the Ravens prioritized passing play with him at center on Sunday, with 14 of their 18 offensive games being developed passes. Jackson’s fantasy managers should favor Huntley in waiving the rights.

Here are some other QB options to consider if you have Jackson or Jimmy Garoppolo (44.5% on the list) on your roster who broke his leg on Sunday and will be out for the rest of the season.

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (29.4%): While Goff isn’t the fantastic quarterback that managers insist he play, he does seem to put on a respectable game when you need him. He has an auspicious matchup against the Vikings in Week 14 after scoring 21.6 fantasy points against the Jaguars on Sunday. Minnesota’s defense allows 20.0 fantasy QBs per game, so Goff can be seen as a high-end QB2 in this matchup.

Mike White, New York Jets (13.8%): Ever since Zach Wilson was on the bench, White has performed extremely well for both the Jets and fantasy managers. In the last two games, he has amassed 684 passing yards, three touchdowns, and only two interceptions for a fantastic 17-odd points in both games. The Jets will most likely have to pass frequently against Bill’s team, which ranks second in total yards per game (410.8) and third in points per game (27.8). White is on the QB2 radar against Buffalo. Fantasy managers, anticipating the fantasy playoffs, may want to point out that the Jets have a very favorable week 15-17 schedule (Lions, Jaguars, and Seahawks).

Quick hits: Fantasy managers looking for a quarterback in deeper formats should consider Ryan Tannehill (8.8%), who is facing the Jaguars’ defense that allowed Goff to score 21.6 fantasy points on Sunday. … Another option to consider is Mack Jones (6.0%) who will play the Cardinals. The Arizona defense lost 19.4 fantasy QB points per game. … Last but not least, don’t overlook Kenny Pickett (9.9%), who has a fantastic 12-plus points in three of his last four games. In Week 14, he faces a Ravens defense that allows him to post eighth in passes per game.

Let’s take a look at our recommended Sportzshala Fantasy opt-out wire at Week 14 for other skill positions.

running spins

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams (53.2%): The back of the Rams continues to be a disappointment to fantasy managers. In Week 12 against the Chiefs, Kyren Williams had the most snaps (38), route runs (21) and rush attempts (11) on the team. Despite not starting this game, Williams ended up scoring 9.0 fantasy points compared to Akers’ 3.7. On Sunday, however, it was Akers who led all of those statistical areas, finishing the season with a career-high 19 fantasy points. Now, while the Rams’ Week 14 matchup against the Raiders is favorable, it’s hard for fantasy managers to trust Akers or Williams as anything more than a flexible option.

Zovan Knight, New York Jets (39.3%): Knight finished with a total of 118 yards on 20 touches against the Vikings, his second consecutive game of over 100 yards and 13-odd fantastic points. On Sunday, Knight had more snaps and more touches than James Robinson and Ty Johnson. Yes, Michael Carter could have returned against the Bills in Week 14, but head coach Robert Saleh was looking for a spark in a running game, and Knight provided it. There’s a good chance the undrafted rookie from NC State will continue to be heavily involved in the Jets’ advancement.

James Cook, Buffalo Bills (25.3%): Cook scored 105 yards in 20 touches against the Patriots last Thursday night and ended up playing just one less snap than Devin Singletery. Cook could very easily replace Singletary in the future, especially since Singletary will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Bills could use what’s left of 2022 as Cook’s audition for the future. In Week 14 against the Jets, Cook can be seen as a flexible option.

Travis Homer, Seattle Seahawks (0.6%): After injuring Kenneth Walker III’s ankle against the Rams on Sunday, DJ Dallas first filled the void but suffered an ankle injury himself. The Seahawks no longer had Homer, who was out of action due to a combination of illness and a knee injury. Head coach Pete Carroll’s optimistic view of injuries further complicates things on the pitch, but Walker’s status should be revealed in the next few days. The Seahawks will have a favorable game against the Panthers next week, so it’s worth starting their starting run back, whoever he is. Homer may very well be the fittest of the group.

Quick hits: Tyler Allgaier (41.0%) passed the 50-yard mark in three consecutive games. In two of those games, he had at least 10 touches. Atlanta has a farewell in week 14 and a QB change is possible. In deeper formats, managers positioning themselves for the playoffs should now tuck Allgeier. … JK Dobbins (55.9%) could play for the Ravens as early as week 14.

Wide receivers

Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (44.1%): On Sunday night, Gallup scored 18.3 fantasy points against the Colts. I know Gallup’s two touchdowns have done a lot of hard work here, but he’s had seven-plus goals in three of his last four games. Odell Beckham Jr. will visit the Cowboys earlier in the week, but even if he signs on, Gallup’s impact on the value of fantasy going forward is unclear. In any case, at least in week 14, he will have a favorable matchup against the Texans.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns (44.0%): In seven of his last nine games, Peoples-Jones has scored double-digit fantasy points. With David Njoku injured, Peoples-Jones should continue to play a major role in Cleveland’s offense in upcoming games against the Bengals, Ravens, Saints and Commanders.

Darius Slayton, New York Giants (33.4%): Slayton is still Daniel Jones’ most reliable target, and on Sunday against The Commander he led the way in targets (8), receptions (6) and receiving yards (90). In six of his last eight games, he has scored double-digit fantasy points. Slayton’s matchup against the Eagles in Week 14 isn’t optimal, but his fantastic playoff schedule is very favorable. From weeks 15 to 17, the giants clash with commanders, vikings and colts.

Nico Collins, Houston Texans (21.1%): Collins scored double-digit fantasy points in four consecutive games and scored nine-plus goals in three of those competitions. Houston is mathematically out of the playoffs, so there’s a good chance that Collins will still act as a sort of audition for the team’s No. 1 receiving spot next season. Houston has a very favorable schedule for the rest of the season for wide receivers.

Quick hits: DJ Chark (18.9%) is healthy and, after returning to the game in week 11, has now scored at least nine fantastic points in consecutive games. Jameson Williams (30.3%) played just eight snaps in his debut against the Jaguars on Sunday. With the Lions taking on the Panthers and Bears in weeks 16-17, both players should be on the fantasy radar. … Van Jefferson (29.1%) will remain Los Angeles’ top wide receiver, with Allen Robinson II out. He has a favorable match against the Raiders in week 14. … Robert Woods (46%) hasn’t played a fantasy role for most of this season, but Traylon Burks could miss Week 14 with a concussion. The Titans face the Jaguars, who are dropping ninth in fantasy WR points per game. … In Week 13 against the Patriots, Isaiah McKenzie caught all five of his targets for 44 receiving yards. He is part of one of the most productive offenses in the NFL.

tight ends

Greg Dulcic, Denver Broncos (38.6%): Dulcic led the Broncos in running routes, targets, receiving and receiving yards on Sunday against the Ravens. He finished with a season-high 14.5 fantasy points. In Week 14, Dulcic’s fantasy outlook should be favorable as the Broncos are likely to fall behind the Chiefs.

Evan Angram, Jacksonville Jaguars (35%): On Sunday, Engram scored 14 fantasy points against the Lions. He has run almost as many routes as Christian Kirk and Zay Jones. In Week 14, Engram faces a Titans defense that allows him the second most passes in a game.

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (26.1%): The Patriots offense loves to throw the ball, ranking 20th in the league with 214 passing yards per game. Henry now had five goals in two straight games, and in Week 14, his Patriots face the Cardinals, a defense that allowed for second place in fantasy TE points per game. For fantasy managers vying for the TE position in deeper formats, Henry is a good option.

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