It's important to stay on top of the best waiver wire pickups in fantasy football every week. But sometimes you're stuck with a low waiver priority and miss out on the top options. Or maybe you find yourself in a deeper league with sharp players, which can leave the options on the waiver wire a lot less appealing than we tend see in standard leagues.
That's where these top fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 14, owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, come into play.
1. Darwin Thompson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (5% Owned)
With Damien Williams out, the decision between Darrel Williams and LeSean McCoy was an important one in Week 13. Darrel also went down in that game though, and he's not expected to suit up in Week 14. That opens the door for rookie Darwin Thompson to finally live up to some of the hype he was receiving in the preseason. He took 14 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown on just 24 snaps this week, and if he and McCoy are the only healthy backs in KC then we can expect his role to expand even further, considering McCoy also played just 24 snaps (touching the ball eight times) in Week 13. A potential lead back in one of the league's best offenses is always going to be someone to target in fantasy, and Thompson could be a league-winner if either Williams misses any more time.
2. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (25% Owned)
A.J. Brown has now firmly established himself as the Tennessee Titans' top wideout. He has played north of 90 percent of the offensive snaps in two of the last three games, leading the team with both his share of the available targets (22 percent) and air yards (28 percent). Corey Davis missed one of those games, but Brown still leads the team in both areas if we just look at the two games Davis played. There hasn't been a ton of volume to go around in the Titans' offense, but Brown has shown some serious big-play ability (90-plus yards on four or fewer receptions three times this season), and he gets a dreamy Week 14 matchup against an Oakland Raiders team that has surrendered top-12 fantasy production to opposing wideouts.
3. Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts (17% Owned)
T.Y. Hilton was sidelined again in Week 13, and whenever he's out Zach Pascal brings some nice fantasy value. Pascal caught seven of 10 targets for 109 yards last week, and in five games sans Hilton this year he's averaging 7.2 targets, 4.0 receptions and 11.2 PPR fantasy points per game. He draws an even better matchup than Brown this week, going up against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that has given up the most fantasy points in the NFL to the WR position.
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