Some fantasy football leagues have already started the playoffs, but for others, this week will be the beginning of the fantasy postseason.
A wrong decision at any position could cost owners a chance at fantasy football greatness, but don't let that mistake happen to you.
Not happy with a certain player's production during the season? Perhaps an injury has sidelined one of your key players? Maybe you aren't comfortable with a specific defense that a top offensive player in your lineup has to face?
Regardless of what the reason might be, choosing the right player off the waiver wire could make or break your season. Let's take a look at the very best the waiver wire has to offer heading into Week 14.
1. Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
Surprisingly, Alexander is still available in many fantasy leagues, so owners can still jump on him to help their respective squads.
Forget about what the Chargers as a whole have been doing. San Diego is having a dreadful season full of disappointments and it looks as though major changes will be coming soon.
But that shouldn't stop you from giving Alexander a shot in your starting lineup. The Chargers' receiver has quickly become a favorite of quarterback Phillip Rivers and the numbers prove it. In just five weeks of work, Alexander has caught 40 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns.
The 24-year-old is a consistent receiver for the Chargers on short yardage plays, and can even break big plays, as evidenced by his 80-yard touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers four weeks ago.
There's no doubt that Alexander is this team's No. 1 receiver for the rest of the season and it would be foolish for fantasy owners to continue to pass on him, regardless of what the rest of Alexander's team is doing or the defense he is facing.
2. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh has dealt with a ton of injuries at the running back position this season, so that has given Dwyer a chance to show what he's made of and he certainly hasn't disappointed.
Dwyer hasn't put up big numbers of late, but that doesn't mean he can't.
Back in October, Dwyer finished the month with two consecutive games in which he broke the 100-yard mark. Even when Dwyer wasn't at his best last week, he still managed to find the end zone once.
The Steelers will be up against the Chargers this week, and while San Diego's run defense is ranked No. 7 in the NFL, its pass defense ranks No. 21.
That bodes well for Dwyer because Ben Roethlisberger will finally return from an injury this week and with the Steelers passing game back at full strength, that should help open up things on the ground with the Chargers trying to defend the pass.
On top of that, if the Steelers go on to crush the Chargers—which is certainly plausible—Dwyer will get plenty of carries in garbage time to help pad his numbers.
3. Cleveland Browns D/ST
On the surface, it might be absurd to think you can start the Browns defense and special teams in such an important game, but the Browns matchup might look a lot more pleasing than your current defense/special teams matchup.
Or, if you're like me, it is quite possible that a major offensive position is going up against your current defense. For example: Tom Brady is my quarterback and the Houston Texans are in my defense/special teams slot.
So if either have a big game, it will cancel the other out.
Scouring the waiver wire for a solid defense/special teams at this point in the season won't leave you with many options. However, the Browns are going up against the worst team in the NFL: the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coming into this game, the Chiefs are sporting the No. 29 passing attack in the NFL, while their running game has been pretty impressive with a No. 5 ranking. But it's hard to maintain a consistent rushing attack when you can't do anything else, and that's exactly the problem the Chiefs have.
To make starting the Browns more appealing, the Chiefs are tied for the most interceptions thrown in the NFL, while the Browns are No. 2 in the NFL in picking the ball off.
In total, the Chiefs have more giveaways than any other team in the league, so it's likely that Cleveland forces a turnover or two in this game considering they are No. 2 in the NFL in takeaways.
This Chiefs offense isn't going to blow anyone out and with the Browns propensity for forcing turnovers, Cleveland should score a solid amount of points this week.
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