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2011 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

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Michael Crabtree SF | WR

I have had Crabtree on this list for a few weeks now, but he still isn’t getting any love on the wire. In his last 6 games he is averaging almost 6 catches and over 60 yards, he also has 2 TDs during that span. The 9ers have favorable match-ups week 14 and 16, so Crabtree could be a nice pickup to help you get some wins in your fantasy playoffs. (about 60% owned)

Marion Barber CHI | RB

Another big name running back bites the dust. With Forte out for probably the rest of the fantasy season this is going to give Barber a chance to carry the load in Chicago. He has looked good at times this season and if he stays healthy he could put up some decent numbers. (about 35% owned)

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Toby Gerhart MIN | RB

The Vikings have now reason to rush Peterson back from injury, which means Gerhart might get another start or two. While I don’t believe the whispers that they might shut down AP for the season, I do think he might be out for another couple weeks. The Vikings playoff schedule is fairly weak so he could put up some more decent numbers if given the chance. (about 45% owned)

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Brandon Saine GB | RB

The un-drafted rookie out of Ohio State might get a chance to show us what he can do over the next couple weeks. Starks hurt his ankle again week 13, and if the Packers were smart they would let Starks rest for a couple weeks to get back to 100%. Saine has great hands, and I think he could be a great play in PPR leagues if Starks ends up watching from the sidelines. (about 5% owned)

Von Miller DEN | LB

Miller missed week 13 with a thumb injury, but he should be back this week against the Bears. Before his thumb injury Miller was one of the hottest IDP players, and I expect him to pick up right were he left off. There is a reason this guy was the 2nd overall pick this year, and I expect big things down the stretch. (about 40% owned)

Colin McCarthy TEN | LB

McCarthy the rookie out of Miami has been on fire lately. He took over as the middle linebacker for the Titans defense a few weeks back, and it looks like it is his job to lose. He has been forcing turnovers and racking up a ton of tackles. (about 5% owned)

Damian Williams TEN | WR

Williams continues to be a big part of the Titans offense, and with Washington banged up they might ask Williams to do even more. The Titans play the Saints week 14, so you can all but guarantee they will be playing from behind. Williams has the potential to really make some noise in the fantasy playoffs, and I think he is a great add at this point if you need help at wide receiver. (about 25% owned)

Kahlil Bell CHI | RB

The running back situation could turn into a big mess with Forte out. Barber should see a majority of the work, but I expect Bell to be very much in the mix. Barber hasn’t been that great this year, and I think the possibility of an injury is likely. (about 5% owned)

Demaryius Thomas DEN | WR

Thomas had such a good game week 13 I felt like I had to talk about him. While I do think he is worth a gamble in some leagues, I wouldn’t run out and grab him unless you are desperate. The Broncos do have a favorable schedule down the stretch, but at this point it’s hard to trust a Denver receiver. (about 5% owned)

Malcom Floyd SD | WR

Floyd came back from injury with an impressive game Monday night against the Jags. Floyd has always had a big upside, but he has never been able to put up consistent numbers. Since Floyd does have big play potential I think he is a decent gamble for the fantasy playoffs. (about 55% owned)

Denver DEN | DEF

The Broncos D has played great lately, and they should have a lot of success against the banged up Chicago offense. Over the last 4 weeks the Broncos are a top 3 fantasy D, and they are a big reason why the Broncos have won 5 straight games. (about 45% owned)

Seattle SEA | DEF

Seattle is a hard place to play, and the Rams should have a hard time moving the ball week 14. In the last 4 weeks Seattle is a top 10 defense, and I think they are a great pickup and play. They have a matchup against the Bears week 15, so if you can get them they could be in your starting lineup for two straight weeks. (about 20% owned)

Tennessee Titans TEN | DEF

The Titans defense isn’t getting much love in the fantasy world this year, but they are a top 10 defense. They are owned in well under half the leagues, but I think it’s time to snag them. You might wonder why I have the Titans D as an add since they play New Orleans week 14, but I have the Titans on here for their week 15 and 16 matchups. They have the Colts and the Jags those two weeks, and I think the Titans D could help win some championships. (about 30% owned)

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Stevan Ridley NE | RB

Ridley lead all Patriot running backs with 8 carries last week, and this puts him back on the fantasy radar. It’s so hard to trust any running back out of New England, but this is a situation worth keeping a close eye on. The Lawfirm has always been nothing but slightly above average, and I think Ridley has way move big play potential. (about 5% owned)

Logan Paulsen WAS | TE

With Fred Davis about to get suspended, this is going to open the door for Paulsen to take over as the starter. I am not expecting huge things from Paulsen, but he could have some value. The Redskins have a decent fantasy playoff schedule, so if you are desperate for a tight end you might want to give him a look. (about 5% owned)