Monday, December 7, 2020

Week 14 Fantasy Football QB Waiver Wire Rankings

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 14 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]

1. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (40%)

Nobody should ever question Rivers' toughness, but the veteran quarterback is dealing with a plantar plate rupture (described as a really bad case of turf toe) that will likely require offseason surgery. Fortunately (I suppose), mobility isn't a component of Rivers' game.

Despite the injury, Rivers played efficiently in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans as he completed 27-of-35 pass attempts (77.1%) for 285 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The veteran quarterback has thrown for 285-plus yards in four consecutive games and multiple touchdowns in his past three games.

Since Week 6, Rivers has performed as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in four of seven starts. In two other starts, Rivers finished as QB13 (at Tennessee Titans) in Week 10 and currently sits at QB13 (at Texans) with three games to go. In other words, he has either been a top-12 quarterback or very close to one in six of his past seven starts.

Rivers will remain a potential streamer with plus matchups against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14 and a rematch against the Texans in Week 15.

2. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (38%)

Even though the Browns coaching staff would like to employ a run-heavy approach in general, the passing attack has shown signs of life. After a stretch of bad-weather games, Mayfield has thrown for 592 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions over the past two weeks combined.

As we head into the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14-16), Mayfield's Week 14 matchup (vs. Baltimore Ravens) is the most difficult of the fantasy postseason. After that, however, he gets a pair of favorable matchups against the New York Giants (Week 15) and winless New York Jets (Week 16).

3. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (13%)

After scoring more than 20 fantasy points against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12, Trubisky got another start, but disappointed his fantasy owners. The former No. 2 overall pick completed a healthy 26-of-34 pass attempts (76.5%) for 267 yards and a touchdown, but is only the QB18 heading into Monday (with three games remaining).

Provided that Trubisky remains the starter, there are some favorable matchups upcoming on his schedule. Both the Texans (Week 14) and Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 16) offer plus matchups.

4. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (21%)

Before Sunday's start against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa had thrown 28 or fewer pass attempts in the first four starts of his young career. Looking much better in the second half on Sunday, Tua completed 26-of-39 for 296 yards and a touchdown. As much as the coaching staff wants to be conservative with the rookie, a matchup against Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense in Week 14 may dictate a different plan.

5. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (3%)

It finally happened -- Carson Wentz was benched in Sunday's loss to the Packers. It's unclear at this point if the Eagles will go with Wentz or Hurts in Week 14 and the matchup against the New Orleans Saints is a tough one either way, but Hurts has the dual-threat ability that favors fantasy production even if he struggles in real life like Wentz has.

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