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Fantasy Football Week 14: Sleepers Still Available to Help Your Playoff Run

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 24:  Tight end Ladarius Green #89 of the San Diego Chargers scores on a 60-yard touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half on November 24, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  San Diego won 41-38. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 10, 2016

Any team that makes the fantasy football playoffs usually has a lot of quality players on it. However, there are certain to be some holes that require fixing if you want to win a championship.

Poor matchups, injuries and simply bad performances have left plenty of teams in need of help heading into the final games of the year. Of course, these weeks are too valuable to just throw anyone into your lineup and hope for the best.

Fortunately, there are still a few decent options that are available in most leagues that will help you not only this week but throughout the fantasy postseason.

These players are all available in more than 90 percent of ESPN leagues and can be added and started immediately if you need help at the position.

 

Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4.2 percent owned)

One bad game and everyone has forgotten about Mike Glennon. Heading into last week, the rookie quarterback threw at least one touchdown in all eight of his career starts and scored at least 15 fantasy points in six of them.

However, he struggled against the Carolina Panthers, which have arguably been the best defense in football this season. The unit has allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season, and opposing quarterbacks have scored the fewest fantasy points as well.

Although Glennon made a number of bad plays against the Panthers, his bad performance is certainly excusable.

You can expect better things for the young quarterback against the Buffalo Bills, which have allowed a touchdown in all but one game this year. With Glennon's consistent production, you can trust him if you need a quarterback.

 

LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots (6.6 percent owned)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty
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Pickings are slim when it comes to running backs on the fantasy waiver wire, but there are still options that could give you positive production.

LeGarrette Blount is one of those players after getting a team-high 12 carries in the Patriots' last game. He rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown in the win while Stevan Ridley was a healthy scratch, and Brandon Bolden barely played.

Blount is currently second on the team behind Ridley in rushing yards, but it seems like last year's star is now deep in Bill Belichick's doghouse. This provides an opportunity for Blount to get the majority of interior carries while Shane Vereen remains the third-down back.

With a reasonable schedule the rest of the way, the veteran can be a solid fantasy option going forward...or at least until he fumbles again.

 

Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders (6.8 percent owned)

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Rod Streater #80 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21. (Photo b
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Although Andre Holmes had the big game for the Raiders the last time out, Rod Streater has been much more consistent since Matt McGloin has taken over at quarterback.

In the last three games, Streater has totaled 234 receiving yards and a touchdown on his team-high 21 targets. With Denarius Moore still out with a shoulder injury, this type of production should continue. 

To make things even better, the Raiders battle the New York Jets in Week 14. While Rex Ryan's team has been solid against the run this year, the pass defense has been pretty bad all year. In the last five games, receivers have scored nine touchdowns against this unit.

Streater will attempt to keep this up before facing the San Diego Chargers in a juicy Week 16 matchup. This is the type of player that could help you win a championship if you are willing to take the risk.

 

Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers (3.2 percent owned)

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 1:  Ladarius Green #89 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates scoring a touchdown by dunking the ball on the uprights against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game on December 1, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
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Those in a keeper league should take a serious look at Ladarius Green as someone who could be a star in the future. His combination of size, speed and catching ability could make him a huge mismatch at tight end, similar to Jimmy Graham or Jordan Cameron.

While he is not at that point just yet, he can still help fantasy teams this season. Green is averaging over 10 fantasy points over the last three weeks, thanks mostly to long touchdowns in each of the last two games.

Philip Rivers continues to look his way, and Green has shown the ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands.

Only three teams have allowed more touchdowns to tight ends than the New York Giants, so he has a good chance of making something happen in Week 14. If he can keep this up, he has more favorable matchups that can help you throughout the fantasy playoffs. 

More Deep Sleepers Worth Adding
PlayerPositionTeamPercent Owned*
Ryan FitzpatrickQBTennessee Titans4.4
Jonathan StewartRBCarolina Panthers3.1
Antone SmithRBAtlanta Falcons0.1
Brandon LaFellWRCarolina Panthers5.7
Cordarrelle PattersonWRMinnesota Vikings5.0
Zach ErtzTEPhiladelphia Eagles2.5
San Diego ChargersD/ST-3.2
*via ESPN

 

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