It's playoff time. The time when decisions affect the outcome of your championship. There are always a couple injuries or spot starters needed for the champion to take it all home. Work the waiver wire hard and pay close attention to the news. Here are the top pick-ups for Week 14.
5 Star Pickups
Heath Miller (TE, PIT)—if someone was impatient and dropped Miller when Big Ben went out then now is the time to grab him. He had an unexpectedly great weekend, but when Big Ben gets back Heath Miller will pick up where he left off.
4 Star Pickups
DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR)—with Jonathan Stewart out with injuries the door is open for Williams. He is a grab for owners short at RB looking for a RB that is getting a solid workload. As long as Stewart is out, Williams is a pretty nice spot starter.
Brandon Myers (TE, OAK)—Brandon Myers has been on this list for the past 10 weeks and he is still on tons of waiver wires. If you have a hole at TE, then Myers is an easy start and tends to put up consistent fantasy numbers.
Justin Blackmon (WR, JAX)—if Cecil Shorts misses next week's game due to his concussion then Blackmon will pick up where Shorts left off.
T.Y. Hilton (WR, IND)—tends to make his way onto this list every week. He is the preferred target over Donnie Avery and also gets special teams points.
Vick Ballard (RB, IND)—if Donald Brown misses next week's game then Ballard's value gets a bump. If he happens to be on your wire, he is a nice stash while you wait on the news.
3 Star Pickups
Dallas Clark (TE, TB)—quietly benefits from Josh Freeman's solid play. Clark is a player to call on in TD-only leagues if you have an underperforming TE.
Marcedes Lewis (TE, JAX)—he has more upside if Cecil Shorts misses next week's game due to his concussion. Lewis will pick up additional catches and will be a better start in PPR leagues.
Donnie Avery (WR, IND)—if you are in a PPR league, the Indianapolis Colts throw a ton. Avery has TD upside and is frequently targeted.
Chris Givens (WR, STL)—Danny Amendola sat out this weekend and Givens continued to catch ball after ball. If you are in a PPR league Chris Givens can not be overlooked, especially if you have an underperforming or injured WR.
2 Star Pickups
Mike Thomas/Titus Young (WR, DET)—if Ryan Broyles misses time then Young and Thomas are the next WR's on deck. It's hard to say who will step up in the WR2 role in Detroit as Young has been a pain in the neck for Detroit. Gamble pick is Young and safer pick is Thomas for WR2.
Montell Owens (RB, JAX)—it is almost impossible to recommend him at this point, but if you are in need of a starting RB and there is nothing out there then you can dig super deep with Owens. Keep an eye on Rashad Jennings' status.
Louis Murphy (WR, CAR)—with Brandon LaFell's injury on Sunday it appears Murphy will have a chance to step up. Carolina receivers can be up and down and my expectation is Greg Olsen gets the biggest benefit from the injury.
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