Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 14 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Jimmy Garoppolo SF | QB

In his first start of the 2017 NFL season, Jimmy Garoppolo displayed the precision passing and attentive decision making that the 49ers long coveted before acquiring him from New England. Garoppolo completed 26 of his 37 passes for 293 yards and an interception and looked far more competent than the previous signal callers for the 49ers this season. It’s evident that with more seasoning, Garoppolo is going to have the 49ers playing much more competitive football in the years to come. While he failed to record a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Bears, he established a solid floor for fantasy owners desperate for streaming options moving into the fantasy playoffs. Over the next two weeks, Jimmy G has favorable matchups with the AFC South, as the 49ers travel to Houston to take on the Texans, followed by the Titans at home in Week 15. He’ll be an upside, fringe QB-1 for both of those slates. (about 16% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Brett Hundley GB | QB

With Aaron Rodgers resuming practice, all signs are pointing towards a Week 15 return for the superstar quarterback. That said, second-year quarterback Brett Hundley could very well be making his final start of the season in Week 14 at Cleveland. The former UCLA Bruin has done a serviceable job at replacing Rodgers and will meet up with the winless Browns this upcoming weekend. Cleveland has allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and will allow Hundley a great opportunity to come close to replicating his solid Week 12 line against the Steelers, when he tossed three touchdowns on 245 yards passing. Hundley will be a legitimate pickup for desperate owners in deeper leagues his week. (about 12% owned) Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Peyton Barber TB | RB

After rushing for seven yards and two touchdowns on five carries in a Week 12 loss to the Falcons, Peyton Barber proved in Week 13 that he’s more than just a one-trick pony. The Auburn product toted the rock 23 times for 102 yards in Week 13 against the Packers and hauled in all four of his targets for 41 yards. While the Buccaneers were expected to divvy up the work in Doug Martin’s absence last week, it was the second-year back who tipped the scales in his favor. Barber’s 27 touches drastically exceeded Jacquizz Rodgers’ three and Charles Sims’ five and has cemented a role in the Bucs offense, with or without Doug Martin on the field. With Martin battling back from concussion protocol and the Bucs’ season a lost-cause, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Barber receive double-digit touches even if Martin is on the field in Week 14 vs. the Lions. That said, if the muscle hampster is unable to give it a go this week, Barber should be viewed as a solid flex option with RB2 appeal.
(about 7% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Giovani Bernard CIN | RB

With the Bengals losing Joe Mixon to a concussion in Monday Night’s game against the Steelers, Giovani Bernard came on in relief and filled-in nicely for the rookie. Now, Mixon is up against the clock as he tries to gain clearance ahead of Sunday’s game against the Bears. He should be considered more on the doubtful side of question for this week, which will make Bernard one of the top waiver wire additions for Week 14. The fifth-year back has shown signs of explosiveness in the past and has been a serviceable change of pace back for Head Coach Marvin Lewis and the team over the last handful of seasons. Gio will be on the RB2 radar if Mixon is declared inactive for this week’s tilt against the Bears and will be an ever more appealing play in PPR leagues. (about 13% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Dede Westbrook JAC | WR

When the Jaguars snagged Dede Westbrook in the fourth-round of this year’s NFL draft, a lot of people thought Jacksonville got a steal. The reason for Westbrook’s slide was attributed to character questions, after legal issues during his time at the University of Oklahoma. That said, it was always abundantly clear that the rookie’s talent on the field was never in doubt. Westbrook began his rookie season on I.R. with a designation for return. Making his debut in Week 11 against the Browns, the former Sooner turned in his best performance in this weekend’s victory over the Colts, tallying six receptions for 78 yards. With Allen Hurns still battling an ankle injury, Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense have thrown the rookie receiver into the fire and he’s responded accordingly. Westbrook has a matchup at home this weekend against a Seahawks secondary that barely resembles the intimidating legion of boom that everyone is accustomed to, with both Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor lost for the season. Westbrook is starting to show the NFL why he was a Heisman finalist last year at Oklahoma and will be a flex option for owners in the fantasy playoffs.
(about 28% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

Garrett Celek SF | TE

Despite being nearly invisible for the duration of this season, 49ers tight end Garrett Celek is a solid sleeper for Week 14, specifically to tight-end deprived owners, or to anyone who owns Rob Gronkowski (suspended). Celek is coming off a pedestrian Week 13 performance, where he reeled in two receptions for 30 yards, but will certainly benefit from Jimmy Garoppolo under center moving forward. This week he has a particularly favorable matchup with the Texans, who are allowing the sixth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends on the season. It’s likely that San Francisco will continue to feature the passing game heavily for the remaining games this season, in order to catch their franchise quarterback up to speed with the confines of the offense. I like Celek as a dark horse to find the end zone this week in Houston and has a great opportunity to draw seven + targets in the passing game.
(about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Cincinnati Bengals CIN | DEF

Year one in the Mitchell Trubisky era has been a tumultuous one for the Chicago Bears. Sitting at 3-9 in the basement of the NFC North, the team will have a laundry list of items to address in the off-season. But, before the organization can focus on the off-season, they’ll have to finish out these last four games on their 2017 schedule. Chicago will travel to Cincinnati to take on a solid Bengals defense this week that will look to make things hard on the UNC rookie signal-caller. Fantasy owners should expect multiple turnovers from the Bears offense this week in Cincy, as that has been their calling card for the vast majority of the season. Feel comfortable deploying the Bengals defense as a viable play for the fantasy playoffs. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 14 streamer option