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It’s about that time for playoffs when decisions will affect the outcome of your championship. There are always a couple injuries or spot starters needed for the champion to take it all home. Work the waiver wire hard and pay close attention to the news. Here are the top pick-ups for Week 14.
5 Star Pickups
Heath Miller (TE, PIT) - if someone was impatient and dropped Miller when Big Ben went out then now is the time to grab him. He had an unexpectedly great weekend, but when Big Ben gets back Heath Miller will pick up where he left off.
4 Star Pickups
DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR) - with Stewart out with injuries it has let the door open for Williams. He is a grab for owners short at RB looking for a RB that is getting solid workload. As long as Stewartis out Williams is a pretty nice spot starter.
Brandon Myers (TE, OAK) - Brandon Myers has been on this list for the past 10 weeks and he is still on tons of waiver wires. If you have a hole at TE then Myers is an easy start and tends to put up consistent fantasy numbers.
Justin Blackmon (WR, JAX) - if Shorts misses next weeks game due to his concussion then Blackmon will pick up where Shorts leaves off.
TY Hilton (WR, IND) - tends to make his way on this list every week. He is the preferred target over Donnie Avery and is also getting special teams points.
Vick Ballard (RB, IND) - if Donald Brown misses next week’s game then Ballards value gets a bump. If he happens to be on your wire he is a nice stash while you wait on the news.
3 Star Pickups
Dallas Clark (TE, TB) - quietly benefitting from Freeman’s solid play. Clark is a player to call on in TD only leagues if you have an underperforming TE.
Marcedes Lewis (TE, JAX) - he has more upside if Shorts misses next weeks game due to his concussion. Lewis will pick up additional catches and will be a better start in PPR leagues.
Donnie Avery (WR, IND) - if you are in a PPR league the Colts throw a ton, Avery has TD upside and Avery is targeted frequently.
Chris Givens (WR, StL) - well Amendola sat out this weekend and Givens continued to catch ball after ball. If you are in a PPR league Chris Givens can not be overlooked especially if you have underperforming or injured WR.
2 Star Pickups
Mike Thomas/Titus Young (WR, DET) - if Broyles misses time then Young and Thomas are the next WR’s on deck. It’s hard to say who will step up in the WR2 role in Detroit as Young has been a pain in the neck for Detroit. Gamble pick is Young and safer pick is Thomas for WR2.
Montell Owens (RB, JAX) - almost impossible to recommend at this point, but if you are in need of a starting RB and there is nothing out there then you can dig super deep with Owens. Keep an eye on Rashad Jennings status.
Louise Murphy (WR, CAR) - with Brandon LaFell injury on Sunday it appears Murphy will have a chance to step up. Carolina receivers can be up and down and my expectation is Greg Olsen gets the biggest benefit from the injury.
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