With Week 14 of the NFL season already upon us, the start of the playoffs are here for most fantasy football leagues.
Even if it isn’t the playoffs yet for your league, fantasy owners find the best waiver wire pickups still available to ensure they not only make the postseason, but steal the fantasy glory.
All of the following players are risky pickups, but the teams that take the biggest risks end up walking home with the fantasy trophy.
Mike Thomas, WR, Detroit Lions
Yahoo! Sports Owned Percentage: 1
With the news that the Detroit Lions have lost rookie Ryan Broyles to a knee injury (h/t Washington Post) and the fact that Titus Young is still not an active member of the team, the wide receiver group is incredibly thin behind Calvin Johnson.
That’s where veteran Mike Thomas comes into play.
While this is by far the riskiest pickup this week, Thomas will become the team’s default No. 2 receiver if the Lions can’t work things out with Young this week. If that’s the case, Thomas could become an elite flex pickup that could help you steal a league title.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Yahoo! Sports Owned Percentage: 46
The Pittsburgh Steelers have gone back to the drawing board with their running back situation, and it looks like Jonathan Dwyer has been more reliable and consistent than Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman.
Against a Baltimore Ravens defense playing tough, Dwyer ran the ball 16 times for only 49 yards, but it was his touchdown that kept the Steelers in the game.
With head coach Mike Tomlin starting to believe in Dwyer as the No. 1 running back, fantasy owners should snag the tough runner before the playoffs start.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Yahoo! Sports Owned Percentage: 57
With the continued evolution of young quarterback Andrew Luck, the worth of the wide receivers around the rookie is coming into focus.
After yet another huge performance from T.Y. Hilton—six catches for 100 yards—it’s time to pick him up in any formatted fantasy league. While he won’t be available in every league, he is a free agent in enough to warrant a look.
Hilton has built a great rapport with Luck, but it is the lack of an elite run game and a defense that gives up big points that forces the Colts to air the ball out a lot. While that’s not how the team wants to play, that’s great news for fantasy owners.
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