For many fantasy managers, this is the last week of the regular season (as weird as it seems to have Week 14 now be part of the regular season). It’s time to drop anyone that you are not using this week (and wouldn’t mind if someone else picked up). Scour the waiver wire for anyone that may have been dropped (sort by rostered percentage) and use up that FAAB money. If you don’t make it in the playoffs, that money isn’t going anywhere.
Teams on bye: Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Philadelphia
Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints (35 percent rostered)
Hill is dealing with a finger injury but it does appear that he will play through it. Since Hill is primarily a running quarterback, the finger may not impact him that much. In terms of fantasy play, he faces the Jets in Week 14. He’s coming off a game where he threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns, but he also ran for 101 yards. The Saints don’t want to turn to Trevor Siemian if they don’t have to, but know that the finger injury may hamper Hill a bit.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (23 percent rostered)
Bridgewater hasn’t looked great, but for Week 14 he is worth looking at because of the matchup. The Broncos face the Lions and even though they are coming off a win, they are still not a good team. For those looking for a QB2 or someone to fill in because your regular quarterback is on a bye (Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz, Mac Jones, Tua Tagovailoa), look to see if Bridgewater is available in your league.
Dontrell Hilliard and D’Onta Foreman, RBs, Tennessee Titans (both 41 percent rostered)
In Week 12 before the bye, both Hilliard and Foreman put up great numbers in Derrick Henry’s absence. In Week 14, the pair faces the Jaguars. They aren’t a great team, and this could be a nice spot for both running backs again. In Week 12, Hilliard had 131 rushing yards and a touchdown. Foreman had 109 rushing yards. Neither was really used in the passing game. It is certainly possible one will have a big game and the other won’t, but if either is available, they are worth grabbing.
JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers (1 percent rostered)
San Francisco's backfield can best be described this way - beat up. Two running backs are already on injured reserve and the four that remain on the active roster are all dealing with something. Leading rusher Elijah Mitchell left last week's game with a concussion (so did Trenton after a scary special teams play), and if he isn't cleared to play, Hasty may be the only option available on Sunday against the Bengals. While he hasn’t done much this season (and has been dealing with injuries of his own), this may be a case of the last man standing. Those that have Mitchell on their rosters need to make it a point to make sure they add Hasty, just in case.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (41 percent rostered)
Scott was dealing with a non-COVID illness in Week 13, but he makes this list because Miles Sanders injured his ankle (again) and appears to be out for at least Week 14. Jordan Howard’s injury status is unknown, so it will be Scott and Kenneth Gainwell dealing with the backfield against the Washington Football Team. If Howard also is out, Scott will be an RB2.
K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (4 percent rostered)
With Adam Thielen dealing with a high ankle sprain, Osborn will be the next man up. He’s likely available in most leagues, but doesn’t have value above a WR4. However, in Week 13 when Thielen left, Osborn had seven targets. He caught four of them for 47 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings do face the Steelers on Thursday night in Week 14. In two of the past three weeks, the Steelers have allowed a wide receiver to post more than 100 yards. While that may be Justin Jefferson here, it does mean Osborn could have a decent fantasy day.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, WR, Tennessee Titans (14 percent rostered)
With A.J. Brown still out, Westbrook-Ikhine will continue to be the Titans' No. 1 receiver. In Week 12 before the bye, he had five targets. He caught two of them for 25 yards and a touchdown. Without the touchdown, it would have been a bust of a fantasy day, but he was coming off a 7/107/0 day the week before. It’s a gamble on which type of game he will have, but for some fantasy managers, it’s worth the shot.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (20 percent rostered)
In Week 11, Valdes-Scantling had 10 targets. He only caught four of them, but it was for 123 yards and a touchdown. In Week 12, he had nine targets and again only caught four of them. This time it was for 50 yards. However, looking at the targets, Valdes-Scantling needs to be considered for fantasy managers. Davante Adams will clearly be the No. 1 receiver, but MVS is stepping up nicely as the No. 2 in Green Bay.
John Bates, TE, Washington Football Team (0 percent rostered)
Bates has stepped up as Logan Thomas has been injured. In Week 13, Thomas went down with another injury. It seems that he may have avoided a serious knee injury, but it doesn’t appear likely that he will be able to suit up for Week 14. If Thomas is out, Bates should be grabbed as a tight end streamer on a team that does like to utilize their tight end. Washington faces the Cowboys in Week 14.
Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings (30 percent rostered)
Adam Thielen is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which is most certainly going to cost him Week 14. He has been a favorite target for Kirk Cousins in the end zone, and now that job opens up for the tight end. Conklin had nine targets in Week 13. He caught seven of them for 56 yards. With so few decent tight ends, plus four teams on a bye (no Dallas Goedert, Hunter Henry, Mike Gesicki, Jonnu Smith, Mo Alie-Cox, or Jack Doyle), Conklin is the best tight end pickup this week.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Seattle Seahawks (13 percent rostered)
The Seahawks get to play the Texans, who have phoned in the season. Davis Mills will likely be the starting quarterback and if he can perform as well as he did in Week 13 (completing six passes for 49 yards), he should be excellent for the Seahawks DST. There is no player on the Texans that is a must-start for fantasy, but whichever team plays against them is a great DST option.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.