This is it folks… this is the last week of the season for many 10-12 team leagues depending on bye weeks. Many of you may have already clinched a playoff spot but others might be fighting for their fantasy lives as they hope to clinch that last playoff spot with a victory this week. This means you need to make the right roster moves regardless of how unconventional they might be. Last week gave rise to quite a few players that are considered back-ups but also provided quality games for fantasy managers.
For those that are just trying to find a nice stash on your bench for a rainy day, you’ve also come to the right place. There are always odd heroes in the playoffs and my goal is to identify who those players might be to help you capture that championship title. Let’s take a look at who you can target in week 14!
Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET
Amon-Ra was the hero on Sunday as he caught the game-winning touchdown against the Vikings, giving the Lions their first win of the season. Not that this catch alone makes him fantasy-relevant, but he saw a total of 12 targets which was a career-high. He caught 10 of those passes which could create a high floor in PPR leagues. This was his first score of the season so his touchdown opportunity may not be as high with other players on your team, but with Brown, we are chasing a high floor with his targets.
In October, St.Brown had 3 games with seven or more targets, this at least gives me more confidence that he can reproduce at this level down the stretch. Rookie wide receivers tend to play their best towards the end of their rookie season anyways, so he could be peaking at the right time.
Dontrell Hilliard, TEN
With the Titans attempting to get healthier for the fantasy playoffs, this leaves few options for Tannehill to get the ball too, and Dontrell Hilliard could be one of those guys. Julio Jones has just had the window opened for him to resume practicing, but that still leaves them without AJ Brown in the passing game. In his last game, Hillard had 130 rushing yards off 12 carries and he found the end zone as well.
With Adrian Peterson gone, this leaves some opportunity for Hillard to pick up however he does not have full control of this backfield as he has to share it with D’Onta Foreman. While he may not be more than 15 touch guy on his best week, Hillard has been efficient and has a great matchup coming up against the Jaguars.
Russell Gage, ATL
Russell Gage has not exactly stepped into the number 1 role without Calvin Ridley on the field. Consistently I should say. Over the last three games, Gage has seen a total of 27 targets and is coming off his best game of the season against the Tampa Bay Bucs. He had a whopping 12 targets and caught 11 of them for 130 yards. I wouldn’t expect this every week, however, but Gage offers more upside than most other players you’ll find on the waiver wire. Gage is also not the biggest threat in this offense as defenses are trying to stop the likes of Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts leaving Gage more open than these other options.
Ricky Seals-Jones, WFT
This is not the first time Seals-Jones has shown up on our waiver wire column. He is back on here for a similar reason. Logan Thomas is believed to have suffered a significant injury, which opens up some targets for Seals-Jones. In the next few weeks, the Washington football team gets to play against the Cowboys and the Eagles twice which gives them a nice schedule for the fantasy playoffs. The last time he had this opportunity Seals-Jones was very fantasy relevant and he is essentially free on the fantasy waiver wire.
Green Bay Packers D/ST
The Packers’ defense has passed the eye test when watching them on Sundays. If they are available in your league, their upcoming opponents include the Bears, Ravens, Browns, and Vikings. As a unit, this team is 5th in scoring and 7th in yards against. If you don’t pick up a defense like this if available, your opponent might just do it and this could be the difference between a playoff win and a first-round exit.