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Early NFL Week 14 Waiver Wire Targets: New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill, Minnesota Vikings WR K.J. Osborn

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

As we maneuver through the 2021 NFL season and approach the fantasy football playoffs, remember to remain vigilant — teams that get complacent end up suffering over time. Hawking those waiver wires is key.

When waivers roll around later this week, it’s important to stay ahead of the game and keep track of players from the big slate of games Sunday afternoon. Here are two players to keep high on your priority list when waivers are processed this Wednesday.

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QB TAYSOM HILL, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

ESPN Rostership: 35.9%
Yahoo Rostership: 34%
Suggested FAB: 5%-7%

With four teams going on bye this week, odds are that fantasy managers who stream their quarterback position will be searching for a Week 14 start. Lest we forget Thursday Night Football, when Hill put on a fantasy performance that was in no way, shape or form a good NFL performance. In that game, Hill earned a dismal 40.1 passing grade and a 91.5 rushing grade. That rushing mark is exactly why he needs to be rostered in every fantasy football league.

Hill's final numbers through the air were genuinely atrocious. Despite posting 275 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, he tacked on four interceptions and completed just 46.3% of his attempts. With that being said, only two of his interceptions were deemed turnover-worthy plays, and if you remove drops, his adjusted completion percentage jumps up to 60.5%. So, there should be some passing bounce-back potential, similar to what we saw last year.

Season Pass Grade YPA Comp% Adj. Comp% Passer Rating ADOT
2020 68.9 7.67 72.7% 82.6% 98.8 7.3
2021 40.8 6.44 46.3% 60.5% 44.2 8.2

But the REAL reason that Hill absolutely must be rostered is his legs. Against the Dallas Cowboys, he logged 101 rushing yards on 11 rushing attempts — all after coming back from a foot injury. This greatly surpassed his 2020 numbers, when he averaged 52.3 rushing yards per quarterback start.

Hill reportedly suffered what is called Mallet finger during the Week 13 contest — the same injury that Russell Wilson dealt with, though to a lesser extent.

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