Fantasy Football

Week 14 Sleepers: Under-the-Radar Pickups That Will Carry You Through Playoffs

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:   Chris Givens #13 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates scoring the opening touchdown during the NFL International Series match between the New England Patriots and the St.Louis Rams at Wembley Stadium on October 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 7, 2012

Fantasy football playoffs have begun in some league formats. Either way, Week 14 isn’t too late to find a hidden treasure on the waiver wire.

Some guys are emerging due to favorable situations, easy remaining schedules or have just been buried under talent around them until this point.

Take a look at a couple of guys you should take a flier on off your waiver wire. These are the types of guys that fly under the radar but can really shine and help bring home that fantasy football trophy.


Brandon Stokley, WR, Denver Broncos

Stokley is a key target for Peyton Manning. Sure, Manning has Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas on the outside, but it’s been Stokley who has provided him with a safety blanket throughout the season. The trusty veteran hasn’t disappointed in a fantasy standpoint, either.

He has four games with over 10 fantasy points and has also hauled in five touchdown receptions on the year.

Favorable isn’t a descriptive enough word to describe the Broncos schedule down the stretch. Baltimore, Cleveland and Kansas City are the team's remaining opponents and all have struggled with defending the pass at times this season.

Besides, it’s Peyton Manning throwing him the ball! Think about it.


Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams haven’t been the most explosive offense in the NFL this season, but they do have some pretty potent wide receivers to throw to. Givens is the latest of those to emerge this season.

With Danny Amendola likely sidelined, again, Givens could build on his excellent back-to-back performances with a big finish down the stretch. He caught 16 passes for over 200 yards with one touchdown over the past two games.

Amendola will likely be back in the lineup eventually, but Givens should still continue to command targets from Sam Bradford either way. He’s owned in just 13.8 percent of leagues, so scoop him up now and give him a shot.


Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

For those of you in multiple quarterback leagues or who feel shaky with their quarterback situation, give Locker a look. The second-year QB is healed and is coming off a 300-yard performance against the Houston Texans.

Sure, he turned the ball over a multitude of times, but he showed that he move the football against a good defense. Remaining matchups against the shaky pass defenses of Indianapolis, New York, Green Bay and Jacksonville bodes well for the youngster.

You have to like his chances of putting up some big numbers down the stretch.


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