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Week 14 Standard & PPR Waiver Wire Targets

Carson PalmerWeek 14 is here and that means so are the fantasy playoffs in most leagues. It’s win or go home time, folks! With that in mind, here’s a look at some players that may be available on the waiver wire that could help take you to the fantasy football promised land. Good luck in Week 14!

Carson Palmer (QB, Cardinals)

Over the last four weeks Palmer has put up 1,276 passing yards and 9 touchdowns. He has been on fire. He’s available in 88% of ESPN leagues, and he’s probably the best option out there if you need a QB for the playoffs. He’s currently averaging 18.5 fantasy points over the last four weeks, and he’s had 20+ twice in that stretch.

Josh McCown (QB, Bears)

Jay who? It seems Chicago can feel very comfortable with letting Cutler ease his way back from injury because McCown has been just fine in relief.  He’s now put up two straight 20+ point weeks in which he’s amassed 707 yards and 4 TDs. Not too shabby. It’s worth checking Cutler’s injury status, but if he’s out again in Week 14 then McCown is a great play against the Cowboys defense that is giving up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing QBs.

EJ Manuel (QB, Bills)

Manuel is back from injury and he’s been looking decent. He hasn’t stolen the show, but he’s put up back to back 15+ point performances. That may not be elite numbers, but it could be what you need if you’re looking for quarterback help in the fantasy playoffs.  He has favorable matchups versus the Bucs and Jags in the next two weeks and he’s getting his top receivers back from injury.

Shane Vereen (RB, Patriots)

Vereen is back from injury for the Patriots and he’s proving to be a key piece in the offensive puzzle just when the team’s offense is getting hot. With Stevan Ridley seeing less carries as a result of fumbling woes, Vereen has been more involved in the run game. Most importantly, he’s a key piece in the passing game for Tom Brady. In Week 13 he saw more time on the field than any other New England running back, and he saw 6 targets in the passing game (5 catches and a TD). Vereen might still be available in your league, but he won’t be for long. You have to grab him if he’s out there.

Kendall Wright (WR, Titans)

Wright has seen 30 targets over the course of the last three games, and he’s averaging 7 catches per game. He’s an excellent play in PPR leagues, and a decent option for standard leagues. His major downside being his inability to find the endzone (only 2 TDs all season).  The Titans will likely need to put up a lot of offense in Week 14 as they face the Broncos, so look for Wright to see the targets. Denver is currently giving up an average of 26.4 fantasy points to opposing WRs.

Greg Jennings (WR, Vikings)

He may not have Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers throwing to him, and he may not be the Jennings of old. But, he showed he’s still got it in Week 13 as he hauled in 7 catches on 9 targets for 78 yards and a TD. The Vikings will be facing a Ravens defense in Week 14 that is giving up an average of 21.0 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and in Week 15 they’ll be pitted against the Eagles’ 32nd ranked defense in terms of giving up points to WRs.

Ted Ginn (WR, Panthers)

The Panthers have been hot, and Ginn has emerged as their breakaway big play receiver. He won’t break one every week, but when he does get the ball he tends to do good things. He’s a boom/bust kind of play, but he could be worth a roll of the dice if you’re needing WR help.

Brandon Myers (TE, Giants)

The crop is pretty thin when it comes to tight end options here at the end of the year. That said, Myers has had two solid weeks in a row in which he’s scored a TD in each week. The Giants have a decent matchup in Week 14 against the Chargers as far as Myers is concerned. He could be worth the start if you’re hurting at the position.


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