We are approaching Week 14 of the 2022 NFL season, which means playoff time in many season-long fantasy leagues.
There weren’t many major surprises in last week’s action, but it did see the debut of Jameson Williams, a rookie wide receiver for the Detroit Lions (no catches), and the comeback of Ja’Marr Chase, a standout for the Cincinnati Bengals. But the main story was injury.
Due to a foot injury, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will not return this season. Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback, had to leave the game because of a knee ailment, while Kenneth Walker III, the Seattle Seahawks’ running back, has an ankle issue.
How are the Week 14 fantasy rankings affected by these injuries and the upcoming games? We are here to look at that. Our Week 14 points-per-reception (PPR) rankings are included below, along with several possible waiver-wire targets.
Remember that this week’s byes are being observed by the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and Washington Commanders.
Jared Goff of the Lions should be claimed right away by managers in need of a quarterback.
Williams’ return is a factor, but Goff has already established himself as a potential starter in recent weeks.
On Sunday, the 28-year-old threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The week before against the Buffalo Bills, he amassed 240 yards and two touchdowns.
The California native will take on a Vikings team this week that has allowed opposing QBs to score 19.9 fantasy points on average. Mike White, the quarterback for the New York Jets, threw two picks against Minnesota in Week 13, but he also had 369 passing yards on the day.
Goff should perform slightly better than White did given the tools he has at his disposal, namely Amon-Ra St. Brown, D’Andre Swift, and Williams. Although he’s a strong start, he only has a roster spot in 50% of Yahoo leagues and 30% of ESPN leagues.
Managers may be searching for a running back in Week 14 due to Walker’s injury and the bye weeks for Aaron Jones, Jonathan Taylor, and Alvin Kamara. James Cook, a rookie for the Buffalo Bills, ought to be first on the waiver list.
Against the New England Patriots on Thursday, the 23-year-old had a breakout performance, finishing with 64 rushing yards, six receptions, and 41 receiving yards. More crucially, the Bills were eager to involve him frequently and early.
The offense’s overall philosophy of how they intended to use their running backs from what it had been in prior weeks was very evident from the start of the game, according to Joe Buscaglia’s article for The Athletic.
While facing a difficult opponent in the Jets, Cook should have a sizable workload and carry enough PPR floor to merit a flex start. Only 23% of Yahoo leagues and 25% of ESPN leagues have him on their roster.
Jameson Williams of the Detroit Lions is a waiver target.
According to Pro Football Reference, Williams played just eight offensive snaps in his NFL debut and didn’t make a reception, but simply getting on the field is significant.
The Alabama product may be the No. 2 target opposite St. Brown and a dangerous playmaker downfield for the Lions attack.
Think of Week 13 as as Williams’ warm-up.
Speaking candidly, today was all about getting his legs under him, according to Lions coach Dan Campbell.
The 21-year-old may play a much larger role this week, and it couldn’t come at a better time. This season, the Vikings have allowed opposing receivers an average of 32.2 fantasy points.
Only 47% of Yahoo leagues and 29% of ESPN leagues have Williams on their roster.