Week 14 Waiver Wire: Last-Minute Pickups for Fantasy Playoffs

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IDecember 3, 2012

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Last-Minute Pickups for Fantasy Playoffs

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    For many fantasy football leagues, Week 14 represents the beginning of the fantasy football postseason.

    And for many fantasy football owners, Week 14 might offer the last chance to find a game-changer on the waiver wire. 

    Luckily for those desperate players, a number of available names look like potential fantasy saviors. 

    In the following slides, we'll give you five players who could help fuel your run through the fantasy football playoffs. 

RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

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    How Brown (68 percent) is still available in over 30 percent of ESPN leagues is mind-blowing.

    But for those fantasy owners in desperate need of a productive running back for the playoff stretch, Brown's window of availability could be a godsend.

    In two games, Brown has rushed for a staggering 347 yards and four touchdowns. He's also been the highest-scoring running back over that stretch (53 combined fantasy points). 

    The Eagles do face a top run defense next week (at Tampa Bay), but the rest of the matchups look rosy for Brown. If you're one of the lucky ones and he's available in your league, claim Brown and start him with confidence. 

TE Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

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    Unless you have one of the elite tight ends, fantasy production from the position is usually hit or miss. In other words, most fantasy owners could get better at tight end. 

    Myers represents an opportunity for improvement at the position. Owned in just 22.1 percent of ESPN leagues, Myers has four touchdowns in five weeks. His 55 catches on 73 targets are the fourth-most among tight ends. And few players at the position can match his 14-catch, 130-yard performance against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. 

    Carson Palmer looks for the guy every week, and the touchdowns are starting to become a part of the package. What more do you want in a tight end?

WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

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    Slowly but surely, Gordon has established himself as a borderline flex starter. Yet the Browns' top receiver is owned in just 22.4 percent of ESPN leagues.

    His Week 12 performance might change that number. Gordon caught six passes for 116 yards and another long touchdown against the Raiders, proving that he can both get deep and be an asset overall in the passing game. 

    Of course, playing the Raiders defense helps. No fantasy defense has been worse over the last month against opposing receivers. But Gordon doesn't have tough matchups the next two weeks (Kansas City, Washington), so there's a possibility that he could continue producing through the postseason. 

WR Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

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    The play of Russell Wilson has helped elevate Golden Tate near "must-own" status for the rest of the season.

    Over his last four games, Tate has just 14 catches but four touchdowns. In Week 12, Tate caught five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears, pushing his four-game fantasy total to 51 points. 

    Tate's emergence has directly coincided with Wilson's last four games, in which the rookie quarterback has finished each contest with a passer rating over 100 (nine touchdowns, zero interceptions). 

    There are some difficult matchups (Arizona in Week 14, San Francisco in Week 16), but Wilson and Tate have proven to be fantasy gold the last month. 

WR Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

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    Don't look now, but Alexander is quickly becoming the next Vincent Jackson for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers

    Since becoming San Diego's starter at receiver in Week 9, Alexander has amassed 53 fantasy points in five weeks. Included in those points are 467 receiving yards and three touchdowns. 

    In Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Alexander caught six passes on 10 targets for 102 yards. And over his last four games, Alexander is averaging a very respectable nine targets.

    With the Chargers likely to be throwing plenty over the final month of the season, expect Alexander to continue piling up fantasy points as Rivers' go-to option.