Week 14 Waiver Wire: Ed Dickson and Others You Must Add

John RozumCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2011

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 13:  Tight end Ed Dickson #84 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 13, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the fantasy football playoffs about to begin in most leagues, adding players becomes even more important. The only problem, however, is that few remain as solid adds.

That said, here are four additions to make before Week 14.


Ed Dickson: TE, Ravens

If you're in the need of a backup TE or in a league that starts two, Baltimore's Ed Dickson is a nice add. he's third on the Ravens in receptions (46), tied for second in TDs (three) and third with 77 targets.

The offense may revolve around RB Ray Rice, but with defenses stacking the box and playing more coverage on rookie WR Torrey Smith, Dickson is left in a lot of single-coverage situations.

For the Ravens to continue their winning ways, Dickson must produce so expect more targets as the weather makes it more difficult to chuck the rock downfield.


Christian Ponder: QB, Vikings

Basically your emergency QB but nonetheless a good one. Against the Broncos, Ponder threw for 381 yards and three TDs, but did have two INTs.

Despite having limited receiving targets, Percy Harvin has become his best playmaker but Ponder's shown the ability to make those around him better. And with some favorable defenses coming up, Ponder could be in for some nice games.

QB play is volatile in fantasy football, so if you're not confident with the current starter(s), might as well give Christian a shot, right?


Dexter McCluster: WR/RB, Chiefs

To play Dexter McCluster, the matchup must be right. The reason is because he's limited on the number of touches because of his size.

That said, however, last week McCluster accounted for over 100 total yards and one TD against Chicago. Because of that production and K.C. being limited with offensive weapons, expect that he'll be used more.

The Chiefs need to remain dynamic on offense and Dexter provides that versatility. Not to mention he gets good matchups with the Jets and Packers the next few weeks.


Arizona Cardinals Defense

They may not be too appealing at first glance, but the Arizona Cardinals defense is starting to emerge as quite a solid bunch.

In the Cards' last five games, their defense has just allowed an average of 17 points and Arizona's won four of them. Additionally, Patrick Peterson has emerged as one of the NFL's most explosive return specialists and they've also forced six fumbles as well as having blocked four kicks.

An opportunistic defense more than anything, however, they're beginning to learn how to prevent points also, so don't avoid them just because it's Arizona.


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