Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Top Pickups for Week 14

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystDecember 4, 2012

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Top Pickups for Week 14

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    Although it seems like we only just started, the fact is we've already hit Week 14 of the 2012 fantasy football season, and that means that in many fantasy leagues the regular season has concluded and the playoffs are underway.

    If you've made it this far into the season odds are you're not in panic mode and don't need to fill a starter's spot for the upcoming week's games, but that doesn't mean that a savvy fantasy owner shouldn't always look to improve his or her squad.

    So whether you're looking to add some depth or just stop your opponent from making a pickup, here's a look at a handful of the top waiver wire pickups for Week 14.

Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Granted, rookie running back Bryce Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles has already been snatched up in the vast majority of fantasy leagues, but if by chance he hasn't in yours then Brown absolutely needs to be your top priority this week.

    In two starts for the injured LeSean McCoy, Brown has racked up an eye-popping 347 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and over the past two weeks Brown leads all fantasy players at his position by more than 10 fantasy points per game.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    It's gotten lost somewhat in the gaudy numbers being posted by rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but as well as that duo has played they aren't the only first-year signal callers having a solid season.

    Over the past three weeks Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks has thrown for 705 yards and six touchdowns while chipping in another 143 yards on the ground, and that production has been enough to make Wilson a top-five fantasy quarterback over that stretch.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Like most of the running backs on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jonathan Dwyer has spent much of the 2012 season bouncing back and forth from fantasy rosters to waiver wires as the carousel in the Steel City backfield has spun round and round.

    For now at least, it appears that it's Dwyer who is top dog in the pecking order. And while Dwyer hasn't posted big numbers, the third-year pro did pick up his first touchdown of the season last week, making Dwyer a serviceable pickup for fantasy squads hurting at running back.

Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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    When the Seattle Seahawks acquired wide receiver Sidney Rice, they were hoping to get a player that would become their go-to guy in the passing game, and while Rice has struggled with injuries it appears that the Seahawks may finally be getting the return they desired on their investment.

    Over the past three games, the sixth-year veteran has hauled in 11 passes for 202 yards and three scores, and with Rice seemingly fully healthy and developing a rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson, Rice has developed into a viable fantasy WR3 for the playoffs.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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    There's been no more surprising team in the National Football League this season than the 8-4 Indianapolis Colts, and while quarterback Andrew Luck has been hogging the headlines, he isn't the only rookie that's making his presence known.

    Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has made the most of the increased role he's seen over the past several weeks, topping 100 receiving yards in three of the past five games. Given that Hilton has also contributed four touchdown grabs over that span, he is absolutely worth a look from wideout-needy fantasy squads.