Week 14 Pickups: Fantasy Football Free Agents Who Will Help Win Your League

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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As always, a number of little-used players ended up with huge days in Week 13. While not all will be productive in the future, a few are legitimate talents who can help your fantasy team.

Most of the big fantasy days belonged to established stars like Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson, but a few sleepers still were able to surprise the NFL.

These players will be able to continue their solid performances for the remainder of the season, and they should be added in all leagues. 


Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders

After a disappointing 37-yard performance a week ago, Brandon Myers made up for it with 130 receiving yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

The big man hauled in 14 catches on 15 targets and continues to be a consistent part of the offense for the Oakland Raiders.

Even though the touchdown was in garbage time, Myers has more than 10 targets in four of the last seven games and continues to get looks in the red zone.

He should continue to be a starting option in most fantasy leagues. 


Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers

It was not too long ago that Danario Alexander was looking for a job, but now he is a full-fledged star at receiver.

He is averaging 101.5 yards per game in the last four weeks, and he was once again the most targeted player in the San Diego offense.

Still, he is available in almost three-quarters of fantasy leagues.

Alexander has the size and speed to continue this type of production throughout the regular season and your fantasy playoffs.


Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams

When Danny Amendola is out, Chris Givens becomes the man in the offense for the St. Louis Rams.

Including the game against the Arizona Cardinals in which Amendola made only one catch before leaving, Givens is averaging 85.6 yards per game. He also has two of his three touchdowns on the season when the usual No. 1 is out.

This week against the San Francisco 49ers, Givens hauled in 11 passes for 92 yards against a usually tough defense.

As long as Amendola remains on the sidelines with his various injuries, the rookie out of Wake Forest can be in your lineup.


James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers

Although it might be dangerous to start him, James Starks is certainly worth an add after taking over the starting running back job for the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers were unable to utilize the run game in last week's blowout loss to the New York Giants, but Starks has at least 15 carries in three of the last four games.

This week, the big running back scored his first rushing touchdown of the year. This was only the third rushing touchdown of the season for the Packers and the first since Week 5.

Starks is getting more use on this high-powered offense and should have some opportunities for fantasy success if you need him.