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Fantasy football waiver wire Week 14

As usual, players emerged as possible assets to your fantasy roster. We take a look at who can be added and who is better off ignored.

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Jordan Reed

If there were any concerns regarding Jordan Reed's return to a full workload, they're long gone after Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Reed caught nine passes for 123 yards after spending a week sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Verdict: Reed has always shown talent when he's on the field but he's only seen the field seven times this season. Quarterback Colt McCoy seems to have locked down the starting job at quarterback. As long as the two are in the mix moving forward, Reed is a TE1.

He'll be on the low end of the TE1 discussion in Week 14. The St. Louis Rams have contained tight ends well all season. Regardless, the targets will be there.

Kenny Stills

With Brandin Cooks on injured reserve and Marques Colston under-performing, it appears that Kenny Stills is embracing his role on the New Orleans Saints' offense. In Week 13, Stills caught five passes for 162 yards and a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stills led Saints receivers in every possible category.

Verdict: At the time of this article, Stills is owned in less than half of fantasy leagues and should see that number rise heading into Week 14. Many assumed Colston would benefit from the absence of Cooks, but Stills seems to be the clear-cut beneficiary up to this point.

What makes Stills even more appealing is the stretch of soft defenses he'll face during the fantasy playoffs. After the Carolina Panthers in Week 14, Stills will go up against the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons. He'll be in the WR3 mix moving forward.

Daniel Herron

Indianapolis Colts running back Dan Herron appears to be the answer during Ahmad Bradshaw's absence. Utilized much like Bradshaw was before his leg injury, Herron rushed eight times for 88 yards and a score against Washington. He added two receptions for 8 yards to his day. The bulk of Herron's production came from a 49-yard touchdown in the first half of the game. Herron later lost a fumble, which led to him sitting on the bench until the fourth quarter.

Despite the benching, Trent Richardson did little to threaten Herron's workload. Richardson finished with a pathetic 12 yards after rushing eight times for the day. Herron simply outplayed Richardson with an almost identical workload.

Verdict: Herron may not be a tremendously talented running back, but he's operating in a strong offense and is taking advantage of his opportunities. If anything, it just goes to show how poor Richardson's level of play has been over the past year. Fantasy owners can treat Herron much like they would Bradshaw moving forward. He lacks the experience of Bradshaw but should succeed as long as he avoids making more mistakes for the remainder of the season.

Stedman Bailey

Bailey caught five of his six targets for 100 yards on Sunday. He now has 189 yards and a touchdown through two games.

Verdict: Two games doesn't completely remove Bailey from getting labeled as a "fluke," but his performance is promising. He appears to be the favorite target of Shaun Hill moving forward. The only issue is the fact that Bailey will rely on Hill to be consistent, which he likely won't be. He'll have ups and downs moving forward of course. His schedule during your fantasy playoffs isn't exactly a cakewalk either. Regardless, Bailey deserves to be in the WR3 discussion down the stretch and is a must-own in 12-team leagues.


Davante Adams

It was only a matter of time before Davante Adams stepped up for a big game. His number was called on Sunday. With Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson seeing heavy coverage all afternoon, Adams drew plenty of looks from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Adams finished with six receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots. He tied for a team-high 11 targets. Adams has been the team's WR3 for the majority of the season, and the Patriots understandably focused their secondary to Rodgers' more preferred targets. Adams would have caught a second touchdown but failed to get both feet in the end zone.

Verdict: Like most WR3 options on a strong offense, big days are bound to happen. Adams was simply the next man up with his teammates well covered for most of the afternoon. He'll remain a WR4 moving forward.

The Green Bay Packers don't face a secondary as talented as the Patriots for the remainder of the fantasy season. Starting Adams is a risk during the fantasy playoffs, but he's always capable of having games like this from time to time.

Harry Douglas

Douglas had his best game of the season in Week 13. With Roddy White dealing with an ankle injury, Douglas stepped up with nine catches for 116 yards when the Atlanta Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals. Whenever either White or Julio Jones are playing at less than 100 percent or not playing at all, Douglas seems to produce.

Douglas' previous season high was a 6-69-0 stat line in Week 1. It's unlikely that Douglas will repeat his success in Week 14, since White's injury doesn't appear to be very serious.

Verdict: It's too late in the season to bet on Douglas. Unless White misses significant time, Douglas will likely be buried behind White and Jones for the remainder of the season. If White can't suit up in Week 14, Douglas is a risky WR3 option. In the meantime, plug in your more reliable options as we head into the fantasy playoffs.