Week 14 Waiver Wire 2020: Fantasy Football Pickups You Need to Add
For most fantasy football leagues, the playoffs are finally here. Every week is make-or-break, and you can't afford any slip-ups.
That means, more than ever, you need to make the most of your waiver wire additions this week. Whether it's filling a hole in your starting lineup, looking ahead to someone you might start later in the playoffs (if you make it that far) or blocking your opponent from adding a top player, you need to be on the ball.
With that in mind, here are the top five waiver wire pickups in fantasy football (rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues) heading into Week 14.
Waiver Wire Pickups Week 14
1. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (45% Rostered)
T.Y. Hilton is finally producing the way fantasy managers hoped when they drafted him back in August. After failing to hit 70 yards or score a touchdown in any of his first nine games this season, Hilton had 81 yards and a TD in Week 12 before exploding with 8 receptions, 110 yards and 1 touchdown in Week 13. Sunday's strong showing came on 11 targets, and volume like that could lead to a repeat performance in Week 14 against a Las Vegas Raiders team that ranks a middling 16th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric.
2. Philip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts (40% Rostered)
Speaking of favorable matchups for the Indianapolis Colts' passing game, Philip Rivers will be a solid option for the next couple weeks. He gets the Raiders next week, and if you advance in your playoffs he also gets the Houston Texans (22nd in pass defense DVOA) in Week 15. Both of those teams are also allowing top-10 fantasy production to opposing QBs on the season. You wont be starting Rivers in Week 16 (against the Pittsburgh Steelers), but if you need a short-term option then Rivers is a great pickup.
3. Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (27% Rostered)
Keke Coutee emerged as the Texans' top receiving option in their first game since Will Fuller's suspension in Week 13. He was on the field for 75% of Houston's offensive snaps, turning a team-high 9 targets into 8 receptions and 141 yards. You're not often going to find volume like that on the waiver wire, and with Fuller out for the rest of the season, Coutee could be a league-winner in the fantasy playoffs.
4. Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (40% Rostered)
Henry Ruggs and Darren Waller got the headlines for the Raiders on Sunday, but Nelson Agholor continued to serve as their top wideout. Agholor's 11 targets were second on the team (to Waller's 17), and no other Raider saw more than 6 looks against the Jets. That gives Agholor averages of 5.0 receptions and 60.0 yards on 8.7 targets per game over the last three weeks.
5. Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets (2% Rostered)
If you're hurting at running back this week, you could be in trouble. The waiver wire is completely lacking strong options, barring any surprising injury news later in the week. Trusting any New York Jet is tough, but Ty Johnson showed some flashes in Week 13. We shouldn't expect much efficiency from anyone in this offense, but Johnson's 24 touches after Frank Gore left with a concussion were very encouraging. That's the most touches any Jets back has seen in a single game this season, and even in a terrible offense Johnson could be worth starting in a pinch if Gore remains sidelined.
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