Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: Waiver-Wire Targets Who Will Make an Impact
It's Week 14 in the NFL which means two things: It's playoff time for fantasy owners, and losing is simply not an option.
But the dreaded injury bug could care less about the fact that your next loss will be your last loss of the season, and injuries still pop up and wreak havoc on lineups.
With an eye towards the sideline, here are the players that might be sitting on the waiver wire in your league whom you should give serious consideration to adding.
Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers
Guess who's back...back again?
That's right, Ryan Grant has resurfaced in Green Bay once again, and he figures to get playing time in an offense that he knows very well.
With James Starks out "multiple weeks" with a knee injury (h/t CBS Sports), Green Bay is left with the underwhelming Alex Green as the starter.
The days of Grant rushing for 100 yards are long gone, but he could easily step in as the Packers' short-yardage back, becoming a touchdown vulture.
Head coach Mike McCarthy was effusive in his praise for Grant, via the team's official twitter account:
McCarthy at podium-Ryan Grant in excellent shape. Walked into gym for walkthrough and was given standing ovation, shows his standing— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 5, 2012
Between Green's disappointing play and the Packers being without Jordy Nelson in Week 14, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's possible that the veteran Grant could see an even bigger role in the Packers offense this weekend.
Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
With Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings injured, the Jaguars have named Montell Owens the starting running back for their Week 14 game against the New York Jets, via the team's official Twitter account:
Montell Owens is expected to be 4th different starting running back for the #Jaguars, joining Jennings, Jones-Drew and Parmele.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 7, 2012
Owens touched the ball eight times in Week 13, picking up 29 yards on seven carries and hauling in an 11-yard reception against the Buffalo Bills.
With the Jets allowing more than 17 points per game to opposing running backs (per ESPN), Owens could have himself a solid afternoon in his first game as a starter in the backfield.
Don't plug him in over more established options, but for those fantasy squads without a big-time back, Owens is an intriguing option for this week.
Mike Thomas, WR, Detroit Lions
Say hello to Mike Thomas, the newest member of the Lions' starting lineup, according to NFL.com's Michael Fabiano (via Twitter):
The Lions have put Titus Young on I-R. Wow. Mike Thomas now the starter opposite Calvin Johnson.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) December 4, 2012
Thomas, in his fourth year out of Arizona, has been underwhelming since catching 66 passes for 820 yards and four touchdowns in 2010 as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With the Green Bay Packers focused on trying to contain Calvin Johnson, Thomas could be in for a productive day against a Packers defense that allows more than 21 points per week to opposing wide receivers in standard ESPN leagues.
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