You’re still here?? Of course you are!!!!!
If you are here on the waiver wire page in week 14, you may have a few angles. Maybe, you just canâ€™t get enough of team management hijinks and free agent excitement. Or possibly you squeaked into the playoffs because Oakland Raiders TE Brandon Myers scored a meaningless garbage-time touchdown sending a superior opponent to the toilet bowl and you need some roster help. Â * * SIGH * * Or lastly, you just want to grab a decent option away from a higher seeded team just for fun. That is why they call it competition, folks.
Never – Say Â – Die.
Whatever the reason, there still are some decent options out there, players that even in the latter stages of the season can be beneficial.
Make sure you have your handcuffs firmly in place, as injuries now can make all the difference between winning in all and coming up short when it really counts. Additionally, cut bait on guys that you are certain you wonâ€™t employ at this point of the season and replace them with solid bench options for the stretch run.
Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs â€“ Call it emotion, call it whatever, but Quinn actually looked pretty solid against the Carolina Panthers. Look , it wasnâ€™t a Pro-Bowl caliber performance, but he did throw for over 200 yards, a few touchdowns, and NO interceptions. He wonâ€™t lead you to the fantasy promised land, but something to monitor for sure.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles â€“ So maybe he isnâ€™t the most secure option in the world, but he is getting a chance to showcase himself for the rest of the season, and that incentive alone may bring out some solid performances from Foles. Hey, maybe youâ€™ll meet the team with the aforementioned Brady Quinn at quarterback in the Fantasy Bowl. Maybe.
RB Joique Bell, Detroit Lions â€“ Granted RB Mikel LeShoure is the workhorse in the backfield for the Lions but it is hard to ignore Bell and his big play ability. Aside from being the obvious handcuff to Leshoure, Bell has flex value in his own right, and should be given roster consideration.
RB Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars â€“ The team announced that Owens will be their Week 14 starter due to a bevy of injuries at the position. In limited work this past Sunday, he averaged over four yards per carry, more than the now concussed RB Rashad Jennings. Alert the media. If you have the opportunity to add a starting tailback in week 14, you do it. Also all it a hunch, but I am not so sure we’ll see the return of RB Maurice Jones-Drew for the remainder of 2012.
RB Justin Forsett, Houston Texans â€“ He has emerged as the clear handcuff to RB Arian Foster, and actually out-gained him last week against the Tennessee Titans. If you have Foster, be sure you make a play for Forsett as opposed to RB Ben Tate.
WR Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers â€“ He was dropped in many leagues due to the injury and subsequent surgery, but heâ€™s back in the lineup and should be back on fantasy rosters. Donâ€™t be discouraged by his tepid performance this past week, he is a superior talent and could be an absolute steal off the wire. He may very well fly under the radar.
WR Mike Thomas, Detroit Lions â€“ With WR Ryan Broyles suffering a torn ACL, the spotlight or flashlight for that matter, across from WR Calvin Johnson moves to Thomas. All kidding aside, given the attention that is paid to Johnson, Thomas could be in line for a successful final four games of the season. In this offense he could be a nice late-season surprise by default.
WR Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts â€“ Bottom line is he was targeted 14 times last Sunday against the Detroit Lions and was in QB Andrew Luckâ€™s sights when the game was on the line. Donâ€™t you want a guy like that on your roster in the fantasy playoffs? I sure do.
WR Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals â€“ With red zone touchdown-receiving vulture WR Mohamed Sanu done for the season, Hawkins re-emerges as a solid WR2 behind WR A.J. Green. If you need some help at the position, Hawkins might add a spark for a few weeks, with Dallas and Philadelphia on the horizon in Weeks 14 and 15. After that, with Pittsburgh and Baltimore, not so much, but let’s cross that bridge when we come to it!
WR Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles â€“ For me this was a tossup between Cooper and fellow Eagles WR Jason Avant. Both will see more action with WR Desean Jackson done for the season, but Cooper seems to get more looks in the end zone. That was all I needed to make my decision.
TE Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs â€“ Heâ€™s been on this list before, but I mention him again because he is a solid, sure-handed option, and QB Brady Quinn looked his way quite frequently last Sunday. Moeaki made plays and that from a tight end in this stage of the season is HUGE. (See TE Brandon stinking Myers above – Who… me??? Salty?? Nah….Â )
TE Ben Watson, Cleveland Browns â€“ Simply put, you want a tight end that is involved in the offense and heavily targeted throughout the game. You get that here. There is no mistaking that Watson is in QB Brandon Weedenâ€™s sights, so he really should be in yours as well.
Good luck to everyone. If you need any help during the week, hit me up on Twitter – @djleason â€“ always happy to help!Â
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