Fantasy Football, Week 14: Waiver Wire Advice To Prepare For Playoffs

TAMPA FL - DECEMBER 05: Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 5 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

As the fantasy regular season winds down and the playoffs begin, one key waiver wire pickup could be the answer to hitting the jackpot.

As the fantasy football playoffs begin this week for most leagues, and next week in some, owners nationwide are looking for the final piece to the fantasy puzzle to hit the jackpot in the leagues. If you have a gap in a position and need help winning it all, here are the top fantasy waiver pickups for the rest of the season.

QB

Josh Freeman- The next three opponents for Freeman and Co. are the Redskins, Lions and Seahawks, all of whom rank in the bottom third of the league in total defense. The Bucs are making a playoff push and will prepare hard for these soft opponents, look for Freeman to have success in the final part of the season.

RB

James Starks- Starks is a glimmer of hope in a Green Bay rushing attack that has struggled all season as he carried for 18 times last week for 73 yards. Coach Mike McCarthy was quite impressed with Starks performance, and since the Packers don't have a legitimate answer to their running back issues, Starks should be used frequently in the coming weeks.

WR

Sidney Rice- Rice is owned in 69 percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues, however, if your one of the lucky 31 percent, Rice is a must start. Last week he exploded for 105 yards and two touchdowns as he assumes his role as the team's top receiver. Rice and Vikings QB Brett Farve will have the opportunity to rework some of last year's magic in the final month of the season. 

TE

Aaron Hernandez- Hernandez has four TD's in the last four weeks as QB Tom Brady has been making a strong statement for MVP of the league with back to back four TD no interception games and has been spreading the ball around beautifully. If Brady continues his strong play, look for Hernandez to continue to have fantasy success.

Kicker

Sean Suisham- Since becoming the Steelers kicker, Suisham is perfect 7-7 and 5-5 in attempts beyond 40 yards. Suisham should be on the field a lot in the final four weeks as he has matchups against Cincinnati, Carolina, and Cleveland, teams with a combined eight wins between them. 

Defense

Atlanta Falcons- In the final four weeks of the season, the Falcons face the Panthers, the leagues worst rated offense, twice. Enough said.

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