Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 14 Waiver Wire Emergency Starts

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2010

At a tight end position that has been getting shallower and shallower this season, Ben Watson should be rostered in most every league format and started freely this week. Instead, he's available in nearly half of all leagues.
At a tight end position that has been getting shallower and shallower this season, Ben Watson should be rostered in most every league format and started freely this week. Instead, he's available in nearly half of all leagues.Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

You’ve made your start-sit decisions for Week 14. You checked out our important advice for winning fantasy playoff games. You think you’re set and ready for battle.

Except a freak injury breaks the calm and leaves you scrambling on gameday.

What to do? Try out the following emergency start options for Week 14:

RB: James Starks, GB. After breaking onto the scene last week with 18 carries for more than 70 yards, Starks will likely be the primary ball carrier for the Packers moving forward. Brandon Jackson and company will get some carries, but against the Lions this week, there should be plenty of stats to go around. Starks is currently owned in just 22 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment. That number will rise considerably after this weekend.

RB: Chris Ivory, NO. Pierre Thomas is finally back on the field and things are going to be crowded in the Saints backfield moving forward. Except, Pierre is coming off an 8-week layoff and Ivory has done enough during that time to merit the lions share of carries for at least one more week. Against the Rams this week, that should translate into some nice stats.

RB: Tashard Choice, DAL. He had a mini-breakout last week, superceding teammate Felix Jones for fantasy prominence and leaving head coach Jason Garrett licking his chops. Garrett said since then that Choice has earned more carries going forward. With Marion Barber officially out, that means that Choice and Felix are left to divvy up the running opportunities, and the Eagles’ run defense has been spotty at times this year.

WR: Donald Driver, GB. Listed as probable this week, most people have forgotten about the veteran Packers receiver after injuries have decimated his fantasy season. However, Driver will likely play and historically has sliced up the Detroit pass defense.

WR: Mike Thomas, JAX. How is it that Thomas is owned in just 47 percent of Yahoo leagues? Sure, he’s coming off a fairly pedestrian performance, but he’s also the most reliable pass catching option for a Jacksonville team that will likely pass often vs. the Raiders this week. He’s a solid sleeper option in all formats, especially in PPR leagues.

WR: Deon Butler, SEA. Receivers have found success against the 49ers this year, and with both Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu both likely to miss this week, Butler could be a nice sneaky play as a flex or WR2 option.

WR: Roy Williams, DAL. Owned in just half of all leagues, Williams has been a feast or famine option this year. However, the recent injury to rookie phenom Dez Bryant (who’s season is now over) will leave Roy in an expanded role moving forward.

QB: Jon Kitna, DAL. Owned in just a third of fantasy leagues, Kitna should fare well against an Eagles defense that has been inconsistent at times this year. This game should be a high scoring matchup with plenty of passing.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF. Continuing to fly below the radar, Fitzpatrick has been a solid fantasy option when the matchup is right. The Cleveland Browns have been quietly dominant against the run, but can give up passing yardage in nice clips at times.

TE: Ben Watson, CLE. The most reliable pass catching option in Cleveland this year has not been a true receiver, but instead Watson out of the tight end slot. He’s coming off a colossal 10-for-100 and a TD game and plays against a Buffalo defense that can’t stop opposing tight ends.

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Have you seen my positional rankings for Week 14?: QB | RB | WR | TE

We've started to post our free game-by-game fantasy projections. Check them out as we finish the list this weekend: IND@TEN | CLE@BUF | GB@DET | NYG@MIN | CIN@PIT | TB@WAS | ATL@CAR | OAK@JAX | SEA@SF | STL@NO | MIA@NYJ | DEN@ARI | NE@CHI | KC@SD | PHI@DAL | BAL@HOU

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