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Fantasy Football Week 14 Cheat Sheet: Waiver, Rankings, Projections and More

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2015

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler warms up before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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The private conversations among the Denver Broncos coaching staff about the quarterback position must be something to listen to these days.

The Broncos were winning early in the year with Peyton Manning at quarterback, but they were struggling badly on offense. It all came to a head during a home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10 when Manning fell apart, as he completed 5-of-20 passes for 35 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.

Manning is injured and had little left in the tank. He was replaced in that game by Brock Osweiler, and Manning has remained on the bench as he tries to get healthy.

Meanwhile, Osweiler has led the Broncos to three straight victories, and the offense is functioning at a higher level than it did with Manning at quarterback. 

By the time the Broncos get to the final two weeks of the season, Gary Kubiak may have a tough decision to make based on Manning's standing in the game and his prominent career. However, based on the way they have played this season, the job should belong to Osweiler.

He also has become a viable fantasy football quarterback, and players who need an end-of-season waiver-wire pickup should give Osweiler a shot. He has completed 73-of-119 passes for 832 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

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While those numbers are not stellar, Osweiler is winning over his team and coaches with every game. The Broncos have given him conservative game plans to this point, and that's not likely to change. 

However, the Broncos host the Raiders this week, and Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw three interceptions last week against Kansas City. If he continues to turn the ball over, Osweiler will get opportunities on the plus side of the field.

That should help him improve his numbers. Look for Osweiler to throw three TD passes and exceed 250 passing yards.

Week 14 Waiver-Wire Pickups
PositionPlayerTeamOpponent
QBBrock OsweilerDenverOakland
QBMarcus MariotaTennesseeN.Y. Jets
QBTyrod TaylorBuffaloPhiladelphia
RBDarren SprolesPhiladelphiaBuffalo
RBAmeer AbdullahDetroitSt. Louis
RBBilal PowellN.Y. JetsTennessee
WRTed Ginn Jr.CarolinaAtlanta
WRMalcolm FloydSan DiegoKansas City
WRDevin FunchessCarolinaAtlanta
TERichard RodgersGreen BayDallas
TEZach ErtzPhiladelphiaBuffalo
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RB Darren Sproles, Philadelphia

Chip Kelly understands that DeMarco Murray is not going to be the kind of running back for the Philadelphia Eagles that he was with the Dallas Cowboys.

Now, he understands that he has a better running back on his roster in Darren Sproles. The Eagles apparently handed the torch to Sproles in their surprising Week 13 victory over the New England Patriots. 

Sproles had a highlight-film 83-yard punt return for a score in the second half against the Pats, but that's not what we are talking about. Sproles consistently took the ball from Sam Bradford while Murray spent most of the game on the sidelines.

Sproles had 15 carries for 66 yards against New England, and he also caught four passes (targeted six times) for 34 yards. Murray had just eight carries for 24 yards, and that was third among Eagles ball-carriers. Kenjon Barner had nine carries for 39 yards.

Yes, the mighty have fallen. But when one door closes, another opens, as Sproles is a good waiver-wire pickup for your lineup when the Eagles host the Bills this week.

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WR Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have been opening eyes around the NFL throughout the season. Cam Newton is an MVP candidate, Jonathan Stewart is a hard-driving running back who does not go down after first contact, and Greg Olsen may be the best tight end in the league not named Rob Gronkowski.

But as the Panthers have been winning week after week, their wide receivers have been dismissed on a regular basis. Carolina appeared to suffer a huge blow when Kelvin Benjamin (torn ACL) was lost for the season during training camp.

But the Panthers are undefeated without Benjamin, and with games left with Atlanta (two), the New York Giants and Tampa Bay, there is a good chance that they will go through the regular season with a perfect record.

That means they are getting some decent production out of the wide receiver position. Ted Ginn Jr. is not an All-Pro, but he has done some good things this season. He has caught 35-525-6 for the Panthers, and his ability to get into the end zone should not be overlooked.

Ginn does not have the best hands, and he will drop the ball more than head coach Ron Rivera and fantasy owners want to see, but his explosive speed makes him a good waiver-wire pickup.

Put him in your lineup when the Panthers host the free-falling Falcons this week.

Week 14 Player Rankings
RankingPositionPlayer, TeamProjection
1QBCam Newton, Carolina295 yards, 3 TDs
2QBRussell Wilson, Seattle285 yards, 3 TDs
3QBTom Brady, New England305 yards, 2 TDs
4QBTyrod Taylor, Buffalo285 yards, 2 TDs
5QBCarson Palmer, Arizona275 yards, 2 TDs
1RBDoug Martin, Tampa Bay115 yards, 2 TDs
2RBLeSean McCoy, Buffalo110 yards, 2 TDs
3RBAdrian Peterson, Minnesota125 yards, 1 TD
4RBMark Ingram, New Orleans110 yards, 1 TD
5RBThomas Rawls, Seattle95 yards, 1 TD
1WRAntonio Brown, Pittsburgh155 yards, 2 TDs
2WROdell Beckham Jr., N.Y. giatns135 yards, 2 TDs
3WRDeAndre Hopkins, Houston135 yards, 1 TD
4WRA.J. Green, Cincinnati115 yards, 1 TD
5WRJulio Jones, Atlanta110 yards
1TEGreg Olsen, Carolina95 yards, 1 TD
2TETravis Kelce, Kansas City85 yards, 1 TD
3TEScott Chandler, New England80 yards, 1 TD
4TEDelanie Walker, Tennessee80 yards, 1 TD
5TEGary Barnidge, Cleveland75 yards, 1 TD
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