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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14

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Need to pick up a player for Week 14 action? Looking for a player with a favorable Week 14 matchup? If you said yes to either or both of these questions, the waiver wire can be your best asset for improving your roster and contributing to a Week 14 victory.

Week 14 of the 2012 fantasy football season is here. For leagues with six or more teams making it to postseason play, this is also the first week of the playoffs. In leagues where less than six teams make the playoffs, this may be the final week for the regular season before the playoffs begin. Every week of the season provides something new and there are always moves to be made even at this point of the season. Regardless of where you are in the standings or what seed you are in the playoff ranks, waiver wire pickups can be the difference between success and failure in Week 14.

Here’s a look at some players that are likely available on the waiver wire and can be played for Week 14 action. These players have favorable matchups this week, find themselves in an improved situation on their team due to an injury or playing time, or possibly have good long-term potential.

* The following players are all owned in under 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and season statistics are accurate as of Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona Cardinals, 23% owned)

Season statistics: 2,344 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 298 rushing yards, 3 fumbles lost

While he may not carry the same fanfare as other rookies like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, Wilson has continue to string together great game after great game. As the Seahawks’ playbook continues to open up for less dependence on Marshawn Lynch and the running game, he will see more opportunities to make more plays in the West Coast offense.

Other waiver wire quarterbacks to consider: Cleveland Browns’ Brandon Weeden (vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 12% owned), St. Louis Rams’ Sam Bradford (at Buffalo Bills, 9% owned), Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Rams, 43% owned)

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RB Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars

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RB Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. New York Jets, 2% owned)

Season statistics: 29 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards, 1 2-point conversion

The Jaguars are on their last straw in terms of healthy running backs, as Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and Jalen Parmele all expect to be out for Week 14. In steps Owens, who had his first workload since Week 1 last week. While he has no track record, he faces the Jets who have struggled in all aspects of the game, which could make him the surprise Jaguars option that finally pans out for fantasy owners.

Other waiver wire running backs to consider: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jonathan Dwyer (vs. San Diego Chargers, 47% owned), Indianapolis Colts’ Vick Ballard (vs. Tennessee Titans, 38% owned), Green Bay Packers’ James Starks (vs. Detroit Lions, 22% owned)

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WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

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WR Josh Gordon, Browns (vs. Chiefs, 36% owned)

Season statistics: 645 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns

More than his best fantasy performance in the past month, Gordon’s six catch, 116 yard day with a touchdown was impressive considering that he had failed to catch more than three passes in the past nine weeks, making him primarily a deep threat. Starting to potentially heat up again, he could definitely do some damage against the Chiefs this week.

Other waiver wire wide receivers to consider: Seahawks’ Golden Tate (vs. Cardinals, 33% owned), Titans’ Kenny Britt (at Colts, 47% owned), Colts’ Donnie Avery (vs. Titans, 22% owned)

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TE Tony Scheffler, Detroit Lions

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TE Tony Scheffler, Lions (at Packers, 1% owned)

Season statistics: 354 receiving yards

Scheffler’s stock went up this week not because of any changes ahead of him in the tight end depth chart with Brandon Pettigrew but instead in the ever-changing wide receiver depth chart. With Ryan Broyles out for the rest of the year, Scheffler could continue to see more time on the field in two tight end sets and even as the team’s slot receiver going forward. With a matchup against the Packers this week, he could be a huge target for Matthew Stafford on the road.

Other waiver wire tight ends to consider: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Dallas Clark (vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 23% owned), Colts’ Coby Fleener (vs. Titans, 11% owned), Bills’ Scott Chandler (vs. Rams, 36% owned)

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K Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs

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K Ryan Succop, Chiefs (at Browns, 3% owned)

Season statistics: 3 20-29 FG, 12 30-39 FG, 8 40-49 FG, 2 50+ FG, 15 PAT made

Succop may be an odd choice given the Chiefs’ struggles all season on offense. However, with a matchup against the Browns this week and 16 made field goals over the last six games, he looks like a viable option who could be a part of a field goal shootout in Week 14.

Other waiver wire kickers to consider: Buccaneers’ Connor Barth (vs. Eagles, 40% owned), Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka (vs. Cardinals, 4% owned), Eagles’ Alex Henery (at Buccaneers, 17% owned)

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St. Louis Rams team defense

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Rams team defense (at Bills, 21% owned)

Season statistics: 255 points allowed, 34.0 sacks, 1 safety, 12 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 defensive touchdowns, 2 blocked kicks

In back-to-back weeks, the Rams defense has put up top fantasy performances against two NFC West opponents in the Cardinals and 49ers. Making the most of their opportunities with forced turnovers and touchdowns on defense, they should certainly be in line for another good game against Buffalo in Week 14 as long as their solid defensive line slows down the Bills’ running game.

Other waiver wire team defenses to consider: Buccaneers team defense (vs. Eagles, 29% owned), Jaguars team defense (vs. Jets, 2% owned), Browns team defense (vs. Chiefs, 29% owned)