Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season finally marks the last of the dreaded bye weeks!
Four teams take a seat this week: the Colts, Dolphins, Patriots, and Eagles. The fantasy football playoffs begin in most leagues next weekend, which means competing for post-season berths and jostling for final seeding is the name of the game right now. The fantasy stakes are at their highest.
I’m here to help with some widely available waiver wire pickup possibilities, and plus top defences to stream. As always, send me your fantasy football questions on Twitter @AndyMc81 using #AskAndy.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington
Yahoo! Ownership: 5%
Draft Kings salary: $3,600
It’s been a theme all season, and it continues to get stronger: tight end is the thinnest position group in all of fantasy football. When it comes to true playmakers that can consistently hit double-digit points, there are three or four reliable choices while the rest deliver sporadic production at best.
That’s part of why Logan Thomas getting injured again in his first action since missing seven games is so frustrating. Thomas’ backup, Seals-Jones, has proven to be a competent fantasy fill-in at times during his five-year career. The 6-foot-5 pass-catcher can move the chains and has displayed a nose for the end zone in the NFL to the tune of 10 total touchdowns on only 83 receptions. A hip ailment kept Seals-Jones sidelined the past three Sundays, however, he did return to practice last week.
As long as he suits up, Seals-Jones has as high a ceiling as you can find among waiver-wire tight ends for Week 14. The potential shootout versus Dallas and cheap DFS salary makes him extra appealing.
Other tight end options to consider: Tyler Conklin (Vikings, 30 per cent rostered), David Njoku (Browns, six per cent)
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Titans
Yahoo! Ownership - 41%
Draft Kings salary - $5,100
Coming off a much-needed bye week, Tennessee may be on track to stabilizing its post-Derrick Henry running back situation. D’Onta Foreman is the player to own here instead of backfield teammate Dontrell Hilliard. No slight to Hilliard, but since other third-down back Jeremy McNichols is expected to return from his concussion, it’s best to avoid the pair.
Foreman’s role, on the other hand, is more secure as the primary ball-carrier facing a Jacksonville squad that was just gashed on the ground by the Rams. In his first extended workload of 2021 at the end of November, the journeyman rushed for an impressive 109 yards against the stout Patriots defence. Consider Foreman a solid streaming flex play for Sunday.
Other running back options to consider: Sony Michel (Rams, 68 per cent rostered), Ameer Abdullah (Panthers, four per cent)
Russell Gage, WR, Falcons
Yahoo! Ownership - 34%
Draft Kings salary - $5,700
That’s right, I’m including Gage for a second straight week! His ownership percentage has increased from 17 to 34, and I'll pound the table for the wideout once again. After my recommendation to pick him up last week, the Falcons WR exploded for 130 yards on 11 catches and 22.0 fantasy points in PPR formats.
As opposing defences continue to focus efforts on Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson, Gage gets to exploit lesser coverage as Matt Ryan’s safety net target. Until Calvin Ridley returns, feel confident plugging him into your lineup as a steady WR3.
Other wide receiver options to consider: DeVante Parker (Dolphins, 52 per cent rostered; on bye this week), K.J. Osborn (Vikings, four per cent)
Top defences to stream for Week 14:
● L.A. Chargers (vs. Giants)
● Denver Broncos (vs. Lions)
● Seattle Seahawks (at Texans)
● New Orleans Saints (at Jets)