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Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups 2021: Fantasy Football Players You Need to Add

Max Staley
Week 14 waiver wire pickups 2021: fantasy football players you need to add, including Russell Gage.
Week 14 waiver wire pickups 2021: fantasy football players you need to add, including Russell Gage. / Don Juan Moore/GettyImages

Last week was a good time to have waiver priority or FAAB to spend. But we can't say the same about this week. There probably aren't any league-winners out there on the waiver wire, but fantasy managers can still make a few savvy additions.

Here are the top waiver wire pickups for fantasy football heading into Week 14 (pending Monday Night Football).

Week 14 Waiver Wire

Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are eligible for this list.

5. K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (4% Rostered)

Adam Thielen suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 13, leaving him doubtful (at best) for the Minnesota Vikings' Thursday night showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thielen's absence likely vaults K.J. Osborn into the WR2 role for Minnesota. We've seen Osborn flash a few times as the team's WR3, recording three games with 75-plus receiving yards in 2021. He also turned 7 targets into 4 receptions for 47 yards and a TD with Thielen missing most of Week 13. Osborn should be a decent WR3 option against Pittsburgh this week.

4. Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (12% Rostered)

If you have the bench space, take a flyer on Kenneth Gainwell. The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye in Week 14, but Miles Sanders got banged up once again on Sunday. Gainwell capitalized by turning 17 opportunities (carries plus targets) into 87 yards from scrimmage and a TD. Picking up the rookie now is a savvy play as an extended absence for Sanders would make Gainwell a top waiver wire pickup this time next week. Just be aware that he's probably not too valuable if Sanders' injury turns out to be much ado about nothing, because Philadelphia's backfield is relatively crowded.

3. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (6% Rostered)

The Seattle Seahawks spent a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny back in 2018, but a slew of injuries has kept him from being a consistent contributor. Ironically, injuries to Seattle's other backs have now thrust him into a bigger role. With Chris Carson and Alex Collins out last week, Penny split time with Adrian Peterson, turning 11 touches into 62 yards from scrimmage. That's much better than the plodding Peterson can say, as he turned 11 carries into just 16 yards. If Collins misses time again, Penny could be on the FLEX radar this week. Plus, this is still a first-round talent we're talking about, so he could have some rest-of-season upside.

2. Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (34% Rostered)

With Calvin Ridley out for the foreseeable future, Russell Gage has surprisingly emerged as the Atlanta Falcons' No. 1 option. Gage has seen at least 7 targets in each of his last three games, averaging 7.3 receptions for 80.3 yards while scoring 1 touchdown during that span. With defenses seemingly keying in on Kyle Pitts, it's Gage who projects to be the Falcons' most productive pass-catcher the rest of the way. If you're thin at receiver, the 25-year-old is probably the most intriguing option on the waiver wire.

1. Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans (40% Rostered)

Don't forget about Dontrell Hilliard. We covered him a little more extensively in this piece last week, but he's probably the best plug-and-play option available in Week 14. After turning 12 carries into 131 yards and a touchdown against the stout New England Patriots' defense in Week 12, Hilliard will now be in line for a decent workload against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville surrenders top-12 production to opposing RBs in standard-scoring formats, and Hilliard could be getting a ton of rushing volume as the Titans are 10-point favorites, per FanDuel Sportsbook. Hilliard looks like a great FLEX play here.

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