I did some research Monday while waiting for the Patriots-Bills game to start to try and quantify just how much passing production has gone down over the past five weeks, and it turned out to be a pretty timely exercise. I found some pretty astonishing numbers in my research. Here's what all quarterbacks had produced since Week 9, compared to what they did in Weeks 1 through 5 of this season:

  • Weeks 1-5: 248.5 passing yards per game, 4.86% touchdown rate, 2.13% interception rate, 8.01 yards per pass attempt
  • Weeks 9-13: 219.2 passing yards per game, 4.05% touchdown rate, 2.75% interception rate, 6.81 yards per pass attempt

All told, quarterbacks were averaging 18.65 Fantasy points per game in six-point-per-pass-TD scoring just from their passing production through Week 5; that had dropped to 15.18 over the past five games. That's the second-worst mark of any five-game stretch over the past decade. Yikes.

And that was before the Patriots and Bills combined for 164 passing yards Monday night. The Patriots managed to win, 14-10, despite Mac Jones throwing three passes. Three. It was a windy night in Buffalo, with conditions that made it hard for either team to do much on offense, so that's your explanation for the extreme performances. Which, of course, makes it hard for us to take anything away meaningful from that game. 

So, we won't. We'll just move on to Week 14, where the Patriots are joined on the final week of byes by the Dolphins, Colts, and Eagles. That bye gives Damien Harris an extra week to get over the hamstring injury he suffered in the one bit of news you need to know about from Monday's game. If he can't, Rhamondre Stevenson may enter Week 15 against the Colts as a top-12 RB and a potential Fantasy playoffs difference maker. 

In today's newsletter, I've got Jamey Eisenberg's top waiver-wire targets coming for you, plus a first look at my rankings for the week -- and I'll catch you up on all of the injury news from Monday you need to know about for each position, as well. 

Make sure you tune in to Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ at noon ET for updates on the latest injury news, and for help locking in your waiver-wire claims join Heath Cummings, Adam Aizer and me on the FFT YouTube stream tonight at 8 p.m., where we'll be taking your questions live for an hour. If you have any questions before then, as always, you can email me at with the subject line "#AskFFT" to be included this week -- including in tomorrow's trade mailbag. 

And here's what we've got on tap in today's newsletter: 

  • ➕Top Week 14 Waiver Wire Targets
  • 📈Week 14 Rankings📉

➕Top Week 14 Waiver Wire Targets

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There's no one obvious must-have player on this week's list, but if you're looking for RB help, there are some intriguing options available. You can find Jamey's full breakdown of his top targets here, but here are the top options: 

Jamey Eisenberg's top targets

  1. D'Onta Foreman, RB, Titans (61%) -- Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard combined for 31 carries in a three-score loss to the Patriots in Week 12, and the Titans are 10-point favorites against the Jaguars this week, so they should get plenty of work. Hilliard has more upside with a potential passing-game role, but Jeremy McNichols' potential return complicates things there. If you have to pick one right now, Foreman should be the guy. 
  2. Taysom Hill, QB, Saints (59%) -- Hill benefited from standard Fantasy scoring's disconnect from actual QB quality of play, so his four-interception game in Week 13 was actually a pretty positive one from our perspective -- he rushed for 101 yards and finished with 25 Fantasy points. That rushing production will make him a viable starting Fantasy option as long as he's not so bad as a passer that he gets benched. That shouldn't happen against the Jets
  3. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks (41%) -- Penny got through a whole game without getting hurt, which is cause for celebration for a guy who has really struggled with injuries over the past few seasons. He played 41% of the snaps in Week 13, and as D'Onta Foreman learned in Tennessee, Adrian Peterson is not exactly a huge obstacle to playing time if another RB shows a spark. I'll bet on Penny having more of a spark than anyone else there. 
  4. KJ Osborn, WR, Vikings (8%) -- With Adam Thielen dealing with a high-ankle sprain, Osborn could be in line for a significant role down the stretch. Osborn opened some eyes with his play in the preseason and early on in the season, and he's a pretty good athlete with 4.48 speed. He could emerge as a viable starter if Thielen misses multiple weeks. 
  5. JaMycal Hasty, RB, 49ers (5%) -- Hasty hasn't shown us much, but he may have a big opportunity in Week 14 against the Bengals after Elijah Mitchell was added to the concussion protocol Monday. Jeff Wilson is also dealing with an apparent setback with his surgically repaired knee that kept him off the field Sunday, which leaves Hasty as the only healthy running back on the 49ers roster -- Trey Sermon was placed on IR last week. We know how good this offense is for running backs, so Hasty could end up being the top target if we get bad news about Mitchell and WIlson Tuesday. 

📈Week 14 Rankings📉

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Here's where things stand for me in my first run through of the Week 14 rankings for PPR leagues. You can find Jamey, Dave, and Heath's rankings right here:


Maybe you want to sit Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes, given their struggles of late. If you happen to have Tom Brady or Josh Allen on your team alongside Jackson, go for it; if you've got Justin Herbert, Kyler Murray or Dak Prescott, you can do it with Mahomes, too. But, you probably don't have those kinds of must-start superstars available. And, for as frustrating as Jackson and Mahomes have been, I'm just not sitting them for the likes of Taysom Hill or Derek Carr. I just can't bring myself to do it. 

On a bye: Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones, Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Carson Wentz

Injuries, news, and notes

  • Jalen Hurts will start for the Eagles in Week 15 -- That's not surprising, despite Minshew's solid performance against the lowly Jets. But maybe it impacted Hurts' job security?
  • Joe Burrow will play through a dislocated pinky -- Burrow has been miserable of late, with three touchdowns in four games, and now he's hurt and gets a tough matchup against the 49ers. He's a fringe starter. 
  • Tyrod Taylor has a wrist injury -- Davis Mills is expected to start, which might actually be good news for Brandin Cooks; he averaged 14.8 points on 9.9 targets per game with Mills vs. 11.7 and 7.5 with Cooks. 
  • Mike Glennon is in the concussion protocol -- And Daniel Jones (neck) is unlikely to play this week as he has yet to be cleared for contact. 2020 fifth-rounder Jake Fromm will likely start for the Giants this week if neither Glennon nor Jones can play. 


  1. Josh Allen @TB
  2. Tom Brady vs. BUF
  3. Lamar Jackson @CLE
  4. Justin Herbert vs. NYG
  5. Kyler Murray vs. LAR
  6. Dak Prescott @WAS
  7. Aaron Rodgers vs. CHI
  8. Patrick Mahomes vs. LV
  9. Matthew Stafford @ARI
  10. Cam Newton vs. ATL
  11. Taysom Hill @NYJ
  12. Russell Wilson @HOU
  13. Joe Burrow vs. SF
  14. Taylor Heinicke vs. DAL
  15. Teddy Bridgewater vs. DET
  16. Kirk Cousins vs. PIT
  17. Ryan Tannehill vs. JAX
  18. Ben Roethlisberger @MIN
  19. Derek Carr @KC
  20. Matt Ryan @CAR
  21. Zach Wilson vs. NO
  22. Baker Mayfield vs. BAL
  23. Jimmy Garoppolo @CIN
  24. Trevor Lawrence @TEN

Running backs

The replacement running backs were a bit of a mixed bag in Week 13; Alexander Mattison, Javonte Williams, and Sony Michel were stars, but Mark Ingram and Jamaal Williams left a lot more to be desired. Now, we'll get to see what Chuba Hubbard looks like replacing Christian McCaffrey for the rest of the season. Spoiler alert: I'm not particularly excited about Hubbard. I actually almost ranked teammate Ameer Abdullah ahead of him for PPR thanks to his pass-catching role. 

On a bye: Jonathan Taylor, Miles Sanders, Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, Myles Gaskin, Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell

Injuries, news, and notes

  • Elijah Mitchell is in the concussion protocol -- Mitchell was able to play through the injury Sunday, but he had symptoms come about Monday. That puts him in doubt for Week 14, and with Trey Sermon on IR and Jeff Wilson having a setback with his knee last week, that's why Hasty is relevant on the wire. 
  • Kenyan Drake suffered a broken ankle in Week 13 -- That ends Drake's season, and this could cement Josh Jacobs as a borderline top-12 RB thanks to his increased passing game role -- he has nine targets in Week 13 and has 25 over the past four weeks.


  1. Austin Ekeler vs. NYG
  2. Alexander Mattison vs. PIT
  3. Najee Harris @MIN
  4. Leonard Fournette vs. BUF
  5. Joe Mixon vs. SF
  6. Javonte Williams vs. DET
  7. Alvin Kamara @NYJ
  8. Ezekiel Elliott @WAS
  9. Cordarrelle Patterson @CAR
  10. David Montgomery @GB
  11. Antonio Gibson vs. DAL
  12. Josh Jacobs @KC
  13. Saquon Barkley @LAC
  14. Aaron Jones vs. CHI
  15. Sony Michel @ARI
  16. Nick Chubb vs. BAL
  17. James Robinson @TEN
  18. Kareem Hunt vs. BAL
  19. Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. LV
  20. Jamaal Williams @DEN
  21. Chuba Hubbard vs. ATL
  22. Devonta Freeman @CLE
  23. Dontrell Hilliard vs. JAX
  24. AJ Dillon vs. CHI
  25. James Conner vs. LAR
  26. Tony Pollard @WAS
  27. D'Onta Foreman vs. JAX
  28. Chase Edmonds vs. LAR
  29. JaMycal Hasty @CIN
  30. Rex Burkhead vs. SEA
  31. Tevin Coleman vs. NO
  32. Darrel Williams vs. LV
  33. Ameer Abdullah vs. ATL
  34. Mark Ingram @NYJ
  35. Ty Johnson vs. NO
  36. Rashaad Penny @HOU
  37. Adrian Peterson @HOU
  38. Mike Davis @CAR
  39. Matt Breida @TB
  40. Godwin Igwebuike @DEN
  41. Devin Singletary @TB
  42. Zack Moss @TB
  43. Carlos Hyde @TEN
  44. Samaje Perine vs. SF
  45. Jeff Wilson @CIN
  46. Latavius Murray @CLE
  47. Devontae Booker @LAC
  48. Peyton Barber @KC

Wide receivers

Wide receiver has been a bit of a mess for Fantasy of late, and things aren't going to get any better in Week 14. It feels like a shockingly shallow position at this point, and you'd really love to see the likes of Terry McLaurin, DK Metcalf, Odell Beckham, Jerry Jeudy and Brandin Cooks start to turn things around and live up to their potential. I've still got each of those players in my top-30 at the position -- and there's a pretty steep drop at the position right around there -- so hopefully we start to see better from them. 

On a bye: Michael Pittman, T.Y. Hilton, Jaylen Waddle, DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, DeVonta Smith

Injuries, news, and notes

  • Keenan Allen is on the reserve/COVID-19 list -- Typically, players who have gone on the COVID list Monday have missed the following game, so that's a bummer for Allen. There's still a chance he plays, but for now, I'm expecting MIke Williams to be the No. 1 WR for the Chargers, and it'll be interesting to see how he responds given his up-and-down season. He'll be a top-20 WR if Allen is out. 
  • Adam Thielen has a high-ankle sprain -- It looks incredibly unlikely Thielen will be able to play Thursday against the Steelers, and that might not be the only game he misses. Osborn has a chance to prove himself. 
  • Julio Jones has been designated to return from his hamstring injury -- In trying to project the Titans passing game, I mostly just left it blank until we get the word about Jones. He just hasn't been able to get right this season, but I still believe he could be a difference maker if healthy. 
  • Corey Davis will have season-ending core-muscle surgery -- Elijah Moore WR1 SZN continues. 
  • Deonte Harris has been suspended for three games -- Bad timing for Harris, who had 96 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 and has been the team's top target of late. 


  1. Davante Adams vs. CHI
  2. Justin Jefferson vs. PIT
  3. Tyreek Hill vs. LV
  4. Cooper Kupp @ARI
  5. Stefon Diggs @TB
  6. CeeDee Lamb @WAS
  7. Diontae Johnson @MIN
  8. Chris Godwin vs. BUF
  9. D.J. Moore vs. ATL
  10. Mike Evans vs. BUF
  11. Ja'Marr Chase vs. SF
  12. Amari Cooper @WAS
  13. Tee Higgins vs. SF
  14. Elijah Moore vs. NO
  15. Marquise Brown @CLE
  16. Tyler Lockett @HOU
  17. D.K. Metcalf @HOU
  18. Hunter Renfrow @KC
  19. Mike Williams vs. NYG
  20. Terry McLaurin vs. DAL
  21. Brandon Aiyuk @CIN
  22. DeAndre Hopkins vs. LAR
  23. Odell Beckham @ARI
  24. Darnell Mooney @GB
  25. Jerry Jeudy vs. DET
  26. Brandin Cooks vs. SEA
  27. Jarvis Landry vs. BAL
  28. Jamison Crowder vs. NO
  29. Chase Claypool @MIN
  30. Van Jefferson @ARI
  31. Russell Gage @CAR
  32. Michael Gallup @WAS
  33. Kenny Golladay @LAC
  34. Tyler Boyd vs. SF
  35. Laviska Shenault @TEN
  36. Marvin Jones @TEN
  37. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. CHI
  38. Amon-Ra St. Brown @DEN
  39. Mecole Hardman vs. LV
  40. Rashod Bateman @CLE
  41. Cole Beasley @TB
  42. Tim Patrick vs. DET
  43. K.J. Osborn vs. PIT
  44. Courtland Sutton vs. DET
  45. Christian Kirk vs. LAR
  46. Bryan Edwards @KC
  47. Emmanuel Sanders @TB
  48. Josh Palmer vs. NYG

Tight ends

Two starting Fantasy tight ends are on bye this week and another two are dealing with injuries. That makes this an even shallower position than usual, and you might find yourself having to lean on someone like Cole Kmet or Tyler Conklin, guys with some potential but who haven't done nearly enough to earn anyone's trust yet. 

On a bye: Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki, Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Jack Doyle

Injuries, news, and notes

  • Darren Waller is day to day -- Which means he has a chance to play this week. We'll keep a close eye on Wednesday's practice reports for our first sign. 
  • Logan Thomas did not suffer a torn ACL -- That was the concern immediately after the game, but an MRI revealed less damage than expected. That might mean Thomas can return this season, but I'm proceeding as if he's out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys


  1. Travis Kelce vs. LV
  2. George Kittle @CIN
  3. Mark Andrews @CLE
  4. Rob Gronkowski vs. BUF
  5. T.J. Hockenson @DEN
  6. Kyle Pitts @CAR
  7. Dalton Schultz @WAS
  8. Foster Moreau @KC
  9. Noah Fant vs. DET
  10. Tyler Higbee @ARI
  11. Zach Ertz vs. LAR
  12. Dawson Knox @TB
  13. Tyler Conklin vs. PIT
  14. Cole Kmet @GB
  15. Jared Cook vs. NYG
  16. Gerald Everett @HOU
  17. James O'Shaughnessy @TEN
  18. John Bates vs. DAL
  19. O.J. Howard vs. BUF
  20. Evan Engram @LAC
  21. Austin Hooper vs. BAL
  22. David Njoku vs. BAL
  23. C.J. Uzomah vs. SF
  24. Nick Vannett @NYJ

Top-150 Flex Rankings

  1. Austin Ekeler vs. NYG
  2. Alexander Mattison vs. PIT
  3. Davante Adams vs. CHI
  4. Najee Harris @MIN
  5. Leonard Fournette vs. BUF
  6. Justin Jefferson vs. PIT
  7. Joe Mixon vs. SF
  8. Tyreek Hill vs. LV
  9. Cooper Kupp @ARI
  10. Javonte Williams vs. DET
  11. Alvin Kamara @NYJ
  12. Ezekiel Elliott @WAS
  13. Stefon Diggs @TB
  14. Cordarrelle Patterson @CAR
  15. David Montgomery @GB
  16. Antonio Gibson vs. DAL
  17. CeeDee Lamb @WAS
  18. Josh Jacobs @KC
  19. Saquon Barkley @LAC
  20. Aaron Jones vs. CHI
  21. Diontae Johnson @MIN
  22. Sony Michel @ARI
  23. Sony Michel vs. JAX
  24. Travis Kelce vs. LV
  25. Miles Sanders @NYJ
  26. Nick Chubb vs. BAL
  27. Chris Godwin vs. BUF
  28. D.J. Moore vs. ATL
  29. Mike Evans vs. BUF
  30. George Kittle @CIN
  31. Ja'Marr Chase vs. SF
  32. Mark Andrews @CLE
  33. Amari Cooper @WAS
  34. Tee Higgins vs. SF
  35. Elijah Moore vs. NO
  36. James Robinson @TEN
  37. Kareem Hunt vs. BAL
  38. Marquise Brown @CLE
  39. Brandon Aiyuk @SEA
  40. Terry McLaurin @LV
  41. Tyler Lockett @HOU
  42. D.K. Metcalf @HOU
  43. Hunter Renfrow @KC
  44. Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. LV
  45. Jamaal Williams @DEN
  46. Chuba Hubbard vs. ATL
  47. Devonta Freeman @CLE
  48. Dontrell Hilliard vs. JAX
  49. AJ Dillon vs. CHI
  50. Rob Gronkowski vs. BUF
  51. T.J. Hockenson @DEN
  52. Mike Williams vs. NYG
  53. Terry McLaurin vs. DAL
  54. Brandon Aiyuk @CIN
  55. DeAndre Hopkins vs. LAR
  56. James Conner vs. LAR
  57. Odell Beckham @ARI
  58. Darnell Mooney @GB
  59. Jerry Jeudy vs. DET
  60. Brandin Cooks vs. SEA
  61. Jarvis Landry vs. BAL
  62. Jamison Crowder vs. NO
  63. Chase Claypool @MIN
  64. Tony Pollard @WAS
  65. D'Onta Foreman vs. JAX
  66. Van Jefferson @ARI
  67. Kyle Pitts @CAR
  68. Russell Gage @CAR
  69. Chase Edmonds vs. LAR
  70. Michael Gallup @WAS
  71. Rex Burkhead vs. SEA
  72. Dalton Schultz @WAS
  73. Tevin Coleman vs. NO
  74. Kenny Golladay @LAC
  75. Darrel Williams vs. LV
  76. Tyler Boyd vs. SF
  77. Laviska Shenault @TEN
  78. Ameer Abdullah vs. ATL
  79. Marvin Jones @TEN
  80. Mark Ingram @NYJ
  81. Foster Moreau @KC
  82. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. CHI
  83. Ty Johnson vs. NO
  84. Amon-Ra St. Brown @DEN
  85. Mecole Hardman vs. LV
  86. Noah Fant vs. DET
  87. Rashod Bateman @CLE
  88. Tyler Higbee @ARI
  89. Cole Beasley @TB
  90. Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. MIN
  91. Tim Patrick vs. DET
  92. K.J. Osborn vs. PIT
  93. Zach Ertz vs. LAR
  94. Courtland Sutton vs. DET
  95. Dawson Knox @TB
  96. Tyler Conklin vs. PIT
  97. Christian Kirk vs. LAR
  98. Rashaad Peny @HOU
  99. Bryan Edwards @KC
  100. Cole Kmet @GB
  101. Jared Cook vs. NYG
  102. Adrian Peterson @HOU
  103. Cole Kmet vs. ARI
  104. Emmanuel Sanders @TB
  105. Josh Palmer vs. NYG
  106. Mike Davis @CAR
  107. Rondale Moore vs. LAR
  108. Zach Ertz @CHI
  109. Gerald Everett @HOU
  110. A.J. Green vs. LAR
  111. Matt Breida @TB
  112. Mohamed Sanu @CIN
  113. Godwin Igwebuike @DEN
  114. James O'Shaughnessy @TEN
  115. Devin Singletary @TB
  116. John Bates vs. DAL
  117. Deonte Harris @NYJ
  118. Zack Moss @TB
  119. O.J. Howard vs. BUF
  120. Evan Engram @LAC
  121. Devontae Booker @MIA
  122. Marquez Callaway @NYJ
  123. Allen Lazard vs. CHI
  124. Kendrick Bourne @BUF
  125. Sammy Watkins @CLE
  126. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine vs. JAX
  127. Donovan Peoples-Jones vs. BAL
  128. Carlos Hyde @TEN
  129. Austin Hooper vs. BAL
  130. Darius Slayton @LAC
  131. Samaje Perine vs. SF
  132. Randall Cobb vs. CHI
  133. Nico Collins vs. SEA
  134. Jeff Wilson @CIN
  135. Curtis Samuel vs. DAL
  136. Latavius Murray @CLE
  137. Devontae Booker @LAC
  138. Adam Humphries vs. DAL
  139. Laquon Treadwell @TEN
  140. Jalen Guyton vs. NYG
  141. Robby Anderson vs. ATL
  142. Peyton Barber @KC
  143. Travis Homer @HOU
  144. Kenny Stills vs. DAL
  145. Danny Amendola vs. SEA
  146. David Njoku vs. BAL
  147. Demarcus Robinson vs. LV
  148. Tajae Sharpe @CAR
  149. Olamide Zaccheaus @CAR
  150. Mekhi Sargent @ARI

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