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NFL Week 14 fantasy football waiver wire targets

2T98705 Green Bay Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs catches during warmups before the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Several running back options due to injuries: Rhamondre Stevenson, Derrick Henry, Brian Robinson Jr. and D’Andre Swift all left their games injured. Their backups are all available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.

• Injuries impact other positions: Injuries to Tank Dell, Amari Cooper, Christian Watson, Derek Carr and Josh Whyle will open up opportunities for other players.

Check the schedule: With only four games left in the fantasy season, the opponents a team faces will have a much bigger impact on the players worth considering.

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Joshua Dobbs, Minnesota Vikings (Rostered in 47.4% of leagues on ESPN)

Dobbs threw four interceptions in Week 12 on Monday Night Football.

  • The combination of a bad game, questions about his status as the team’s starting quarterback and the Vikings' Week 13 bye led several fantasy managers to drop him.
  • While Dobbs had one bad performance, he was a top-12 fantasy quarterback in each of the previous four weeks.
  • Assuming he keeps his job, he will now have the benefit of throwing to Justin Jefferson for the first time.
  • The Vikings have the best quarterback schedule over the rest of the season, according to PFF’s strength of schedule tool.
  • If the Vikings announce a new starting quarterback, such as Nick Mullens, they are also worth a waiver wire addition due to the Vikings’ schedule and supporting cast.

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (32.1%)

Stafford completed 22 of his 37 passing attempts against the Cleveland Browns for 279 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Stafford was consistently finishing outside of the top 12 fantasy quarterbacks but has been a touchdown-throwing machine over the past two weeks.
  • The Rams generally don’t have a good schedule for quarterbacks over the past four weeks of the fantasy season, with a clear exception in Week 15 when they face the Washington Commanders.
  • Washington has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
  • If you have a shaky quarterback situation, it’s worth stashing Stafford a week early to take advantage of that dominant matchup.

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (0.3%)

Winston took over for Derek Carr when he suffered a head injury in Week 13. He is also dealing with a shoulder and back injury.

  • It wouldn’t be surprising if this keeps Carr out next week.
  • Winston didn’t see many opportunities in this game, completing two of five passes for 41 yards.
  • He scored the third-most fantasy points in 2019 in his last full season as a starter. He scored the 15th-most points in the first three games last season.
  • The Saints have the fifth-best schedule for quarterbacks over the rest of the season, according to PFF’s strength of schedule tool.
  • They face the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to close out the season
  • The matchups get better as the season progresses. Winston’s fantasy value will be much higher if Carr has to miss multiple games.

Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts (10.4%)

Minshew threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts' overtime win against the Tennessee Titans.

  • The Colts were down by 10 points at one point, forcing them to rely on the passing game.
  • The loss of Jonathan Taylor also could have influenced the game plan to pass more often.
  • Minshew has finished most weeks as a top-20 fantasy quarterback but rarely among the top 12.
  • The Colts have the second-best schedule for quarterbacks over the rest of the season, according to PFF’s strength of schedule tool.
  • He faces the Cincinnati Bengals next week, giving him the best matchup for fantasy managers looking for a quarterback off the waiver wire.

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott, New England Patriots (34.1%)

Rhamondre Stevenson needed to be helped off the field due to an ankle injury and was ruled out by halftime.


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