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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups & FAAB Advice: Running Backs (Week 14)

Dec 5, 2022
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups & FAAB Advice: Running Backs (Week 14)

Check out our top waiver wire targets for Week 14 of the 2022 fantasy football season. And here’s all of our Week 14 fantasy football waiver wire advice.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups to Target

Zonovan Knight (NYJ): 47% rostered

  • Next opponents: @BUF, DET, JAX
  • True value: $16
  • Desperate need: $32
  • Budget-minded: $8

Analysis: The Jets are tattered at the RB position. Breece Hall is out for the season, and Michael Carter is trying to mend an ankle sprain. The backfield has been whittled down to N.C. State rookie Zonovan “Bam” Knight and veteran Ty Johnson. Knight commanded the lion’s share of the touches in Week 13, with 118 scrimmage yards on 20 opportunities. James Robinson only fielded four carries, while Johnson handled third-down receiving work with six receptions. Knight is the prize here, especially if Carter misses more time.

James Cook (BUF): 23% rostered

  • Next opponents: NYJ, MIA, @CHI
  • True value: $14
  • Desperate need: $26
  • Budget-minded: $7

Analysis: The slow changing of the guard in the Buffalo backfield took a very prominent lurch forward in Week 13. Georgia rookie James Cook handled a team-high 14 carries for 64 yards and pulled in all six of his targets for another 41 yards versus the Patriots. With a paltry RB market these days, borderline RB1 weeks off the wire are more than welcome. Cook could also continue to wedge out Devin Singletary as the RB1 in one of the NFL’s most productive offenses.

Cam Akers (LAR): 45% rostered

  • Next opponents: LV, @GB, DEN
  • True value: $13
  • Desperate need: $22
  • Budget-minded: $7

Analysis: Just when we thought we had a bead on this struggling Rams offense, Sean McVay spun around again and put Akers in the driver’s seat at the RB position over Kyren Williams. Akers was not very efficient with his 17 carries, only piling up 60 yards on the day. The good news was that Akers found the end zone twice against the Seahawks to give him fantasy relevance for the first time since Week 14 of 2020. This is a lost season for the Rams, so players like Akers who figure to be out of town next season are likely to see a lot of work.

Jerick McKinnon (KC): 41% rostered

  • Next opponents: @DEN, @HOU, SEA
  • True value: $11
  • Desperate need: $16
  • Budget-minded: $5

Analysis: McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco were both fantasy-relevant waiver adds last week, but Pacheco has crossed into unavailable territory since taking over the lead back role for the Chiefs a few weeks ago. McKinnon averaged 6.4 yards on his eight carries on Sunday and added a receiving touchdown. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes clearly trust him in their two-minute offense and on third down. “Jet” is definitely worthy of a roster spot, with weekly flex play consideration.

Jordan Mason (SF): 15% rostered

  • Next opponents: TB, @SEA, WAS
  • True value: $7
  • Desperate need: $13
  • Budget-minded: $3

Analysis: For the second season in a row, the 49ers have added two rookie RBs, and the one with the lesser draft capital has turned out to be the better football player. Last season, it was Elijah Mitchell who was vastly better than Trey Sermon despite going three rounds later in the NFL Draft. This season, myriad RB injuries have thrust undrafted Georgia Tech rookie Jordan Mason into a prominent role alongside Christian McCaffrey, while third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price of LSU is a third wheel. Mason has been a roster mainstay, when healthy, because of his prowess on special teams. He now is looking at least another week of steady rushing volume before Mitchell can return from his MCL sprain.

DeeJay Dallas (SEA): 3% rostered

  • Next opponents: CAR, SF, @KC
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $10
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: It’s certainly not sexy, but the best RB to acquire for those of us who are FAAB-strapped at this point in the season is DeeJay Dallas. Seattle starter Kenneth Walker III injured his ankle on Sunday, paving the way for Dallas to shoulder the load. Dallas then got dinged himself, and it was up to Tony Jones Jr. Jones got knocked out next, so Dallas shook off a “doubtful to return” tag to get back in and pile up double-digit carries. Even if for just one jaunt against the Panthers, Dallas can plop right into a flex start and help your team sneak into the playoffs.

Stash Candidates: Alexander Mattison, Melvin Gordon, Tyler Allgeier, Ty Johnson

Alexander Mattison might trick some people into a waiver overspend with his touchdown on Sunday, but he still only saw five touches behind Dalvin Cook. He is still completely irrelevant without a Cook injury.

Melvin Gordon is going to make his Chiefs debut next week in all likelihood, but there should be plenty of doubt about how many touches he can pluck from Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon.

Ty Johnson is a secondary or tertiary option in a messy NYJ committee. He had six receptions and one rushing attempt in Week 13. As strong as Bam Knight has looked, Johnson is only relevant as long as Michael Carter is on the shelf with his ankle sprain. Carter might even be ready this week.

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