Week 14 Waiver Wire: Last-Minute Pickups Before Fantasy Football Playoffs Begin


Devin McCourty, Brian HartlineEven though the playoffs are about to begin in many fantasy football leagues in Week 14, the waiver wire remains a great place to add the needed depth to your roster on the way to a championship.

At this point in the NFL season, a lot of players are banged up and battling injuries, which gives backups and even third-string players a chance to be fantasy relevant.

Let’s look at some players who could be available on the waiver wire in your league and are worth a pickup ahead of Week 14.

Brandon Myers, TE, New York Giants

Myers gave one of his best performances of the season on Sunday night with five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ victory over the Redskins. The 28-year-old tight end has been targeted an average of five times over the last three games, and he’s become a quality red-zone target for quarterback Eli Manning with touchdowns in back-to-back games.

Fantasy owners who don’t own an elite tight end should consider picking up Myers to start in Week 14 or for depth purposes. He has a favorable matchup on Sunday against a San Diego Chargers defense that ranks 28th against the pass.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Baldwin has emerged as a quality pass-catcher this season for the Seahawks, and he’s been impressive in recent weeks with three touchdowns in his last four games. Against one of the better pass defenses on Monday night, Baldwin caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s victory over the Saints.

In his last four games, Baldwin has averaged a little over six targets and 73 yards receiving. He’s a great pickup for fantasy owners lacking wide receiver depth or need a replacement for an injured star. Baldwin is also worth a start as a flex option in deeper fantasy leagues of 12-16 teams.

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins

Hartline has been frustratingly inconsistent this year, but he gave fantasy owners reasons to be thankful during Thanksgiving week with nine catches for 127 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets in Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is looking for Hartline often, evidenced by his 41 targets over the last four games. Hartline can be relied on to provide at least five catches for 50 yards through the end of the regular season, and with Miami still alive in the AFC wild card playoff race, expect Tannehill to continue targeting his veteran receiver.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Miller has been a major part of the Steelers’ passing offense over the last three weeks. He’s averaged seven receptions for 66.6 yards on a total of 25 targets during that span. He set season highs of eight catches and 86 receiving yards in Week 13 against the Ravens, and he almost had a touchdown in the fourth quarter but was stopped short of the endzone at the one-yard line.

As a sure-handed pass-catcher who Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger trusts, Miller should get plenty of targets on key third downs and in the redzone. He also has a good matchup in Week 14 against a Dolphins defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

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