Week 14 Waiver-Wire Pickups: Demaryius Thomas and Best Deep-League WRs

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football playoffs have arrived, and that means it's time to hit the waiver wires in search of last-minute talent. It's never easy, especially this late in the season, but there are good players available, even in the deep leagues. 

You may not think you need some of these players, but it's best to pick one of them up if you have the room. This way, your rivals won't be able to use them against you in case one of them has a shockingly explosive performance, which is definitely possible.

Sometimes you just have to get a little lucky, and since it's the postseason, the luck is bound to hit a few fantasy owners here and there. 

With that said, here are the three best players available in deep leagues for Week 14. As always, if you have any questions about your lineup, feel free to leave a comment and we'll help you out. 


Demaryius Thomas  

The Denver Broncos receiver wasn't targeted all that much this year, but his dominant showing last Sunday has people excited.

He's a definite high-risk, high-reward-type player, and that's mainly because of who his quarterback is. Tim Tebow doesn't throw very much or very well, but occasionally he'll launch it downfield. 

Thomas is an excellent deep-ball threat, and has the potential to shine bright every week. He just needs Tebow to throw it his way. 

He's coming off a great game, with over 140 yards receiving and two touchdowns. I don't think he'll be that good again, but he will be productive against the Chicago Bears. 

Thomas is owned in less than seven percent of ESPN leagues and only 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 


Damian Williams  

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 9:   Damian Williams #17 of the Tennessee Titans runs after the catch and is tackled by  Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on October 9, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jus
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The Tennessee Titans wideout has been a decent option for Matt Hasselbeck this season, but with Nate Washington banged up, expect him to get more looks. 

Washington is probable for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but he won't be very productive because of a sore ankle. 

This means Williams will be a prime target, and since the Saints pass defense ranks 30th in the league and the Titans are playing at home, he should thrive. 

Williams is only owned in 11 percent of ESPN leagues and 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 


Golden Tate 

The Seattle Seahawks have used a number of receivers this year, but Tate is emerging late in the season as a solid weapon.

Tate has caught a touchdown pass in the last two weeks, and that trend could easily continue this weekend. The Seahawks battle their division rival, the St. Louis Rams, and they'll have a solid offensive game since the Rams aren't a good team at all. 

He's a risky play, but his consistency over the last few weeks makes him worthy of being picked up. The second-year wideout from Notre Dame has the speed for the deep route, which is always a bonus. 

Tate is only owned in 0.3 percent of ESPN leagues and three percent of Yahoo! leagues. 



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