Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups 2022: Fantasy Football Players You Need to Add (Attack QB Market During Bye-Mageddon)
The 2022 fantasy football season is rolling into its final stretch. Fantasy managers are through Week 13 and can begin thinking about locking up their spot in the playoff bracket.
Heading into Week 14, those managers competing for a championship must have their sights set on the waiver wire and finding some overlooked talents that could make a difference.
This is also the second version of Bye-Mageddon, where six NFL teams will be on bye weeks. That includes the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Washington Commanders.
If you need help sorting through the events of the weekend, The Duel has you covered. Here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 14 of the 2022 season.
Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups
Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are eligible for this list.
1. Zonovan Knight, RB, New York Jets (47% Rostered)
New York Jets running back Zonovan Knight shined on Sunday in the first start of his NFL career. He tallied 90 rushing yards and 5 receptions on 5 targets for an RB14 finish. Michael Carter is nursing an ankle injury and it's clear Knight can handle an RB1 workload. He led the depth chart with a 55% snap share and was on the field for 11 of 12 plays inside the 10-yard line. His Week 13 matchup against the Bills isn't favorable, but he's clearly a back to have on your roster down the stretch.
2. DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks (3% Rostered)
The Seattle Seahawks also saw a notable injury to their RB room when Kenneth Walker left after just three rushing attempts on Sunday. Dallas stepped in and paced the group with 10 carries. It's unclear if Walker's ankle injury will leak into Week 14, but a safe move to grab Dallas if it does. He's the best option to lead the backfield in terms of carries. Although, Tony Jones presents an intruiging option for PPR leagues as he led Seattle's running backs with 4 targets.
3. DJ Chark, WR, Detroit Lions (16% Rostered)
DJ Chark enjoyed another fine fantasy performance since returning from the IR. In the past two weeks, he's operated as WR19 with an average of 5.5 targets, 3.5 receptions and 57 receiving yards per game. He nabbed a TD in Week 12 before eruption for 98 yards in Week 13. The Vikings allow the third-most PPR points to opposing wideouts this year and with the way Detroit's offense looked on Sunday, I'll double down on another Lions playmaker for Week 14.
4. Brock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers (1% Rostered)
Week 14 is setting up to be a disaster for some fantasy teams. Not only are six NFL teams on byes (including notable QBs like Aaron Rodgers, Marcus Mariota, Justin Fields) but QBs around the league took a beating on Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending injury and thrust Brock Purdy into the starting lineup. While there's definitely streaming options out there (Mac Jones, Ryan Tannehill), deeper leagues will leave fantasy managers with a major headache. Fear not, Purdy is here. He finished as QB16 and while Tampa Bay isn't the friendliest matchup, they've allowed the 10th-most passing TDs in football. It's a deep option, but Purdy could help your fantasy team limp to a win.
5. Tyler Huntley, QB, Baltimore Ravens (1% Rostered)
Lamar Jackson also went down with an injury in Week 13. It's not a "season-ending" injury according to reports, but we don't know the timetable on his return. If Jackson cannot go, that thrusts Tyler Huntley into the starting lineup. Huntley finished as QB14 against a strong Broncos defense on Sunday and owns a QB1 finish to his resume (Week 15 against Packers last year). The Steelers allow the 9th-most fantasy points to opposing QBs, so Huntley is a fine option if Jackson doesn't suit up.
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