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Fantasy Football: Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 14

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Week 13 of the 203 NFL season will finish with a key game in terms of NFC playoff positioning between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, and after that it will be playoff time in the majority of fantasy football leagues. There are leagues that finish in Week 17, including one that I am in, but most leagues will decide their league and consolation bracket champions in Week 16.

I am sticking to my typical formula with this week’s waiver wire recommendations, as I will again focus on players that are available in over half of Yahoo! leagues and attempt to avoid repeating players from recent weeks for the most part.

This week’s list is also very short when compared to earlier in the season, since most players who are currently on the waiver wire in any remotely competitive fantasy league surely belong there and should remain there in most cases. But there are players that continue to be overlooked, are returning from injury or have a favorable-looking situation down the stretch that deserve consideration, and those that fit any (or all) of those criteria are the most likely to make this list over the next four weeks.

Even with the increasing rarity of leagues that end in Week 17, where it’s worth doing so I will mention a player’s opponent for that week as an assist to owners that need to put together a viable lineup beyond Week 16.

Without further ado, here are my “Waiver Wire Pickups” for Week 14.

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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

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Palmer threw for 302 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and he has multiple touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. All four of Arizona’s remaining opponents entered Week 13 in the top half of the league against quarterbacks (ESPN scoring), including all three of their divisional opponents, but Palmer had at least 250 passing yards or multiple touchdowns (both twice) against all three NFC West teams in his first game against them this year. Despite his recent hot streak Palmer is still available in over half of Yahoo! leagues, and he could help decide more than one league title during the playoffs.

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LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

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Blount had 12 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Houston Texans, as Stevan Ridley’s fumble issues led to him being inactive for the game. Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden are also in the Patriots’ backfield mix, and assuming Ridley is in uniform again soon that further clouds the situation for fantasy owners. Blount should not be relied upon as a starter right now, but any owner in a deep league that is seeking running back depth can do worse and he is widely available right now (six percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues).

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Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders

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Holmes had seven receptions (on 11 targets) for 136 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, as he seems to be building rapport with quarterback Matt McGloin and has seen more opportunities over the last two games with Denarius Moore (shoulder) sidelined. Moore’s status going forward is unclear, but three of Oakland’s next four opponents (Week 14- New York Jets, Week 16- San Diego Chargers, Week 17- Denver Broncos) came into Week 13 in the bottom 10 of the league against opposing wide receivers (ESPN scoring) and Holmes could continue to have success during the fantasy playoffs. His appeal as a waiver wire addition is partially a function of his wide availability, but Holmes is worth considering in deeper leagues as a speculative add with upside.

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Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens

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Pitta has been ramping up his practice activity as he nears a return from short-term injured reserve after a preseason hip injury, and he looks likely to make his season debut against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 14. He may be on a snap count in that favorable-looking matchup, but Baltimore’s opponents in Week 15 (Detroit Lions) and Week 16 (New England Patriots) both entered Week 13 in the bottom part of the league in receptions and targets allowed to tight ends. Pitta’s ownership percentage has yet to spike ahead of his likely return to action (four percent in Yahoo! leagues), but any fantasy owner looking to upgrade their situation at tight end should consider adding him.