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Thursday Night Football is going to be full of difficult lineup decisions. The Dalvin Cook injury situation is the most prominent, but Chase Claypool, Pat Freiermuth, Kirk Cousins, and Ben Roethlisberger are all tough calls as well. And Adam Thielen's injury means we'll have to take a longer look at K.J. Osborn as well. 

Osborn's 2021 has been a pleasant surprise, but also a mixed bag. He scored 34 PPR Fantasy points in his first two games and then scored in single digits for three straight weeks. He broke out for 19.8 Fantasy points in Week 6, then went on a five-week stretch where he didn't top 20 receiving yards. Not exactly someone you can count on. 

There has been one near constant for Osborn. When he's received volume, he's mostly delivered. He's seen at least six targets in five games this season and he's scored at least 14 PPR Fantasy points in four of those games. Last week, Thielen left very early in the game and Osborn saw nine targets and scored 14.7 PPR Fantasy points. 

That game highlights the upside, but also shows a little bit of the risk. Osborn's efficiency cratered last week and you have to at least wonder if that's because Thielen wasn't there to (along with Justin Jefferson) draw coverage. It's not uncommon to see receivers struggle with efficiency when one of the guys who generally draws attention is out. Those efficiency concerns are the main reason Osborn doesn't rank higher, but he's still a solid No. 3 wide receiver you shouldn't shy away from. 

Here is the rest of the Week 14 WR Preview:

Week 14 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 14 at this time. Here's what it means:

LAC L.A. Chargers • #13
Age: 30 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Mike Williams could be out as well, which would make Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer boom/bust No. 3s.
MIN Minnesota • #19
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
K.J. Osborn could be a good flex without Thielen.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #84
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Elijah Moore is the alpha in New York now, and a must-start wide receiver as long as his quad is OK.
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Numbers to Know
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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NO New Orleans • #10
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ NO -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
9
WR RNK
40th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
37
REYDS
251
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.4
TEN Tennessee • #15
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC TEN -9.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
11.2
WR RNK
48th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
37
REYDS
297
TD
3
FPTS/G
6.4
NO New Orleans • #80
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL CLE -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
12
WR RNK
41st
YTD Stats
REC
33
TAR
52
REYDS
356
TD
2
FPTS/G
10
CAR Carolina • #2
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL CAR -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
17.9
WR RNK
31st
YTD Stats
REC
66
TAR
112
REYDS
854
TD
4
FPTS/G
14.8
DEN Denver • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET DEN -8 O/U 42
OPP VS WR
15th
PROJ PTS
14
WR RNK
29th
YTD Stats
REC
28
TAR
37
REYDS
330
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.2
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 14 Waivers
DET Detroit • #14
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -8.5 O/U 42
OPP VS WR
7th
WR RNK
34th
ROSTERED
23%
YTD Stats
REC
49
TAR
64
REYDS
438
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.4
Both St. Brown and Josh Reynolds are quality flexes, but I slightly prefer St. Brown due to the fact that he works more closer to the line of scrimmage where Jared Goff is comfortable.
TEN Tennessee • #15
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC TEN -8.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
27th
WR RNK
40th
ROSTERED
37%
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
37
REYDS
297
TD
3
FPTS/G
6.4
Westbrook has scored at least 10 PPR Fantasy points in the last two games without A.J. Brown. He's a great add if Jones is out and a quality flex with Jones.
MIN Minnesota • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT MIN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
23rd
WR RNK
29th
ROSTERED
37%
YTD Stats
REC
35
TAR
54
REYDS
412
TD
3
FPTS/G
7.9
Osborn is the best receiver left on the waiver wire if you can still find him.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #15
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG LAC -10 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
22nd
WR RNK
33rd
ROSTERED
16%
YTD Stats
REC
18
TAR
32
REYDS
289
TD
1
FPTS/G
4.7
Guyton would be my favorite Chargers receiver if both Allen and Williams are out, but Josh Palmer is also worthy of consideration.
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -10 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
2nd
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
32%
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
43
REYDS
324
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.1
Whenever he's been healthy, Daniel Jones has peppered Shepard with targets. Hopefully they can both get back for the Fantasy playoffs.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #8
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
28th
PROJ PTS
12.4
WR RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
43
TAR
77
REYDS
538
TD
6
FPTS/G
12.6
Moore has now seen a target share over 30% in three straight games and he's producing like a true No. 1 wide receiver. He's still priced like a No. 3.
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CIN Cincinnati • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF CIN -1 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
15.1
WR RNK
14th
YTD Stats
REC
55
TAR
90
REYDS
958
TD
8
FPTS/G
16.5
Last week I called Chase a ticking time bomb and he almost blew up if not for a drop on a long pass from Joe Burrow. The price has gone down but the upside hasn't, I'm playing him again in tournaments.
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Heath's Projections

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