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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 14 Waiver Wire

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Week 14 Waiver Wire

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The time has come.

In most of your leagues, Sunday was the final week of the fantasy regular season. If you ended up sneaking into the playoffs, congratulations. If you didn’t, well, you can thank Drew Brees for that one. I mean seriously? That Thursday night game should have been an absolute shootout. I own Brees in one of my leagues and if I hadn’t already clinched a playoff berth, objects would have been thrown.

Anyway, from here on out it’s win or go home. That means fantasy owners need to be smarter than ever, and the waiver wire is incredibly important. Of course, you should have been actively surfing the waiver wire prior to the start of the playoffs. Pay attention to the news and injury reports throughout the week as you normally would. Oh, and please. Do not get cute! Your studs are studs for a reason. They are the ones that got you to where you are now, so don’t sit them.

The following players are guys that are available in most leagues who can fill in for an injured guy or someone in a bit of a slump. So, without further ado, let’s check out some of the better adds heading into a must win Week 14. Go get a win this week, making your path to fantasy gold one step closer!

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

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Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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Each week I am on the fence about featuring Wilson in this column.

After Sunday’s performance, I am not hesitating. Wilson is coming off another impressive game in Chicago, where he threw for 293 yards and two scores. The most impressive aspect was his continued scrambling around a stout Bears defense in a n overtime thriller. Wilson has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in football as of late, throwing nine touchdowns and no interceptions over the last four games. This dual threat signal caller needs to be added in most fantasy leagues because he is the real deal.

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Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Ballard has been on and off the waiver wire for most of the season. On Sunday, he scored his first career rushing touchdown while only carrying the ball nine times. Of course, the Colts were behind for most of the game and Andrew Luck had to throw quite a bit. If fantasy owners are in desperate need of a running back, they could do a lot worse than Ballard this week. His Week 14 matchup against the Titans is very enticing. Also, Donald Brown once again exited with an injury. If he is forced to miss time, Ballard will once again be the featured back.

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Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

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While the New York Jets are a wasteland for productive fantasy players, Powell could be a glimmer of hope. He has been cutting into the workload of Shonn Greene, seeing 12, 12 and 11 carries over the past three weeks. He has also been more of the goal line back, scoring three touchdowns over the course of three contests. Like I said, not an ideal option, but if you’re in a deep league or hurting at running back, Powell could be worth a look. Especially since he still faces Jacksonville, Tennessee and San Diego.

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DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers

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With teammate Jonathan Stewart nursing an ankle injury, Williams actually showed some signs of life on Sunday. He ran for 67 yards and averaged a rather impressive 5.6 yards per carry. This may be encouraging, as Williams has been struggling all year long. Assuming Stewart doesn’t return next week, Williams will continue to get the bulk of the carries, although it is difficult to trust any Carolina running back. Again,more of a desperation play at best.

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Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams

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Givens is quickly emerging into quite the big play threat. Over the last two games, he has 207 receiving yards and a score, and is being targeted an awful lot by Sam Bradford (18 the past two contests). With Danny Amendola banged up (as usual) Givens is the number one receiver in St. Louis. And boy, look at these matchups for the fantasy playoffs. He gets Buffalo, Minnesota and Tampa Bay, all very weak defenses against the pass. Givens could be a guy that wins owners a championship, believe it or not.

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Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders

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Myers has been one of the most pleasant surprised in all of fantasy football this year. A guy that many people haven’t even heard of currently ranks sixth in fantasy points among tight ends. He is coming off an absolute monster game on Sunday, where he caught a whopping 14 balls for 130 yards and a score. With an unstable and injury-ridden offense, Myers has been the only true reliable option for quarterback Carson Palmer. If this guy is still available, grab him and grab him right now.