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Erickson: Fantasy football waiver wire targets ahead of NFL Week 14

Dec 6, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Another week of NFL action is in the books. Darren Waller reminded us why he is a #baller, and David Montgomery could end up being a sneaky league winner when it’s all said and done.

Week 13 was kind to fantasy managers regarding injuries, at least for anyone who wasn’t relying on Frank Gore to lead their team to a fantasy championship. All bye weeks are completed, and the start of the fantasy playoffs means the waiver wire is strictly for adding players to start this week or those to stash because of favorable matchups down the stretch.

I’ll break down and identify all of the top waiver-wire targets for Week 14 for fantasy managers looking to emerge victorious not just this week but over the next three weeks. 

This list of players includes anyone rostered in approximately 50% of Yahoo leagues or less, with deep league options at every position as well. I’ll also share my thoughts on FAB (Free Agent Budget) bids and how much to spend on each player accordingly. 

QUARTERBACKS

PHILIP RIVERS, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – 40% ROSTERED – 5% OF FAB

I wrote up Philip Rivers as a waiver wire add last week but tempered my expectations because f left tackle Anthony Castonzo was ruled out. Chaz Green replaced him and allowed two sacks in Week 13, but Rivers still did enough to deliver a fantasy-friendly performance.

The Las Vegas Raiders’ defense just gave up 23.5 fantasy points to Sam Darnold (season-high), so fantasy managers should feel fine going back to Rivers as a low-end streaming option. 

The Colts QB also gets the Texans again in Week 15, so he can be more than serviceable for the next two weeks. 

MITCHELL TRUBISKY, CHICAGO BEARS – 13% ROSTERED – 2% OF FAB

The Chicago Bears are going to face the Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars over the next three weeks. These are all extremely favorable matchups. Should Mitchell Trubisky maintain the starting gig, he needs to be considered as a legitimate fantasy QB option.

All three of those teams rank in the bottom five of the league in terms of pressure rate since Week 7, and pressure has forced Trubisky into issues — he only has one passing touchdown and a 74.8 quarterback rating when facing pressure. Nine of Trubisky’s 10 touchdown throws this season have come from a clean pocket, which he should see plenty of during the fantasy football playoffs per his soft schedule.

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