“In the Scope” is a unique weekly article that won’t solely focus on giving readers mainstream fantasy football waiver wire pickups. Instead, we aim to recommend the top free agents to acquire after waivers run. These players may be the top pickups next week, saving you Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) and waiver priority. So whether you’re trying to grab the leftover mainstream fantasy football waiver wire Week 14 pickups or the longer-ranged free agents, below are some options to consider.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues as of Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Check Your Waivers: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14 Pickups
• Mike White (QB, New York Jets) | 14.6 Percent
• Jared Goff (QB, Detriot Lions) | 36.5 Percent
• Zonovan Knight (RB, New York Jets) | 48.2 Percent
• James Cook (RB, Buffalo Bills) | 40.4 Percent
• Tyler Allgeier (RB, Atlanta Falcons) | 38.9 Percent
• Travis Homer (RB, Seattle Seahawks) | 1.5 Percent
• Michael Gallup (WR, Dallas Cowboys) | 49.9 Percent
• Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Cleveland Browns) | 44.1 Percent
• Darius Slayton (WR, New York Giants) | 36 Percent
• Evan Engram (TE, Jacksonville Jaguars) | 39.1 Percent
• Greg Dulcich (TE, Denver Broncos) | 49.9 Percent
In the Scope Targets: Top Fantasy Football Free Agent Week 14 Finds
Chuba Hubbard (RB, Carolina Panthers) | 15.4 Percent
Chuba Hubbard can be grabbed following the run of the waiver wire in Week 14 for a one-week rental with the potential for a longer run on fantasy rosters. Hubbard enters this week seeing a 40 and 42 percent snap share in his last two games, respectively. Against the Ravens in Week 11, he out-snapped starter D’Onta Foreman. Hubbard subsequently followed it up with a season-high 17 carries for 65 yards.
Hubbard faces Seattle this week, the best matchup for RBs over the past month and the fourth best on the season. While I don’t love the fantasy playoff matchups as much, there’s a chance Hubbard sees more work down the stretch. The Panthers have seven picks in the first five rounds of a loaded-RB 2023 NFL Draft. They need to see what they have in the second-year man out of Oklahoma State University sooner rather than later. – Seth Woolcock
Daniel Bellinger (TE, New York Giants) | 7.5 Percent
New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger returned to the active roster this past week after missing four games with a broken ocular bone. And it certainly couldn’t have come at a better time. Quarterback Daniel Jones has had to get creative lately, with his main receiving targets being wide receivers Darius Slayton and Richie James, with Isaiah Hodgins peppered in.
Bellinger stepped back into the Giants’ offense without missing a beat, catching all five of his targets for 24 yards. While that isn’t exactly an exciting stat line, it was his first game back, and it figures that head coach Brian Daboll would ease him back in. Week 14 should be back to usual for the talented rookie tight end up against a stout Philadelphia defense.
This is a certainly must-win game for a Giants team with playoff hopes. If they have any success, Jones will need to get Bellinger involved early and use him in the red zone. In a very thin landscape for tight ends, Bellinger could consequently sneak into TE1 territory in Week 14 with a touchdown and will be a reliable starter for your rosters for the remainder of the season. – Nate Polvogt
Rashid Shaheed (WR, New Orleans Saints) | 0.5 Percent
Rashid Shaheed proved himself on “Monday Night Football.” He caught all four of his targets for 75 yards. Shaheed also had a 42-yard punt return in that game and would have taken the ball all the way to the end zone if he hadn’t been pushed out of bounds. He set records in college at Weber State University as a punt and kick returner, totaling 5,478 all-purpose yards throughout his college career.
Ending Week 13, he finished as the WR3 in New Orleans and proved to be a consistent target for Andy Dalton. He had a 61 percent snap share, only behind Chris Olave at 69 percent. The Saints subsequently head into their bye week. As a result, Shaheed and Dalton will have extra time to connect and create chemistry. He’s only rostered in .5 percent of ESPN leagues. So if you’re looking for a flyer in Week 15, he’s out there for the taking. – Jen Polvogt
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