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Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 14: 5 tight ends to target

We're into Week 14 and the playoffs are ready to kick off in a lot of fantasy leagues. Here are some tight ends that can help some desperate owners.

There aren't many tight ends left hanging around on the wire, so hopefully you're not in a pickle. At least guys like Jared Cook are starting to come around again, so his owners should feel a little more comfortable. Plus, he has a great matchup against the Arizona Cardinals this week. As per usual, owners shouldn't be cutting any tight end that got them to where they are. Most of these guys are for two-TE leagues, and Green is the only one that is likely a top-15 option.

Ladarius Green (owned in eight percent of leagues)

He's really the last of the late comers at tight end and he's been on our pickups list for about a month now. Sunday was his third week in a row scoring at least eight points in a standard fantasy league. The Chargers are giving him more snaps and that's led to more targets for the big man.

The 6'6 tight end has at least five targets in each of his last three games. His six targets on Sunday were a season high, but the Bengals put the clamps on him and he could only reel in two of those.

This week he gets the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed three scores to tight ends over the past two weeks and leave a lot of holes over the middle with the extra pressure they bring via blitz. Green should have another nice day and you'd think his six targets from Sunday would be eclipsed in Week 14.

Kyle Rudolph (owned in 28 percent of leagues)

He was very close to playing against the Bears on Sunday. Rudolph went through warmups and was ruled out when the inactives were due 90 minutes before kickoff.

Backup tight end John Carlson hasn't really done much to deserve many targets while Rudolph has been out, so Rudolph should have his job waiting for him.

It gets even better with Rudolph this week, assuming Matt Cassel is the starter. The two hooked up nine times for 97 yards in a Week 6 loss to the Carolina Panthers and the tight end had the look of a go-to guy. That was the last time Rudolph was healthy while Cassel was the QB. He's a big gamble with the rust, but he could be someone worth counting on in Week 15.

Charles Clay (owned in 66 percent of leagues)

The Miami Dolphins went to him early and often against the New York Jets on Sunday. He was targeted 10 times, catching seven of those for 80 yards and no scores. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had one hand tied behind his back and the Dolphins really didn't throw the ball down the field or take chances. Obviously, teams have been doing that a lot lately, with the way the Jets keep shooting themselves in the foot all the time.

Clay has seen at least seven targets in each of his last four games and has been the third-most targeted receiver behind Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace. Those two guys are usually Tannehill's options when he has time, but that's not always the case with Miami's sub-par pass protection.

That's a big reason why Clay could have a nice week. Miami plays the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and Dick LeBeau's defense will be bringing all types of pressure. Clay should be a low-end TE1 this week.

Garrett Graham (owned in 35 percent of leagues)

He continues to see a ton of targets. Over the past three weeks, Graham has been targeted a whopping 32 times. The bad news is that he was only able to bring in 15 of those balls, and a catch percentage below 50 percent is not very good. That probably has a lot to do with the inaccuracy of Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum, but it's still a concern.

The Texans get a big-time showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football. It's going to be an epic matchup.. OK, that's about enough of the sarcasm. Anyway, the Jaguars just gave up 370 passing yards to Brandon Weeden, so the Texans should be able to have success through the air.

Graham and the Texans also played them back on Week 12 and it was just a so-so game for him. He had five catches for 32 yards in the loss. The catches are encouraging and he'll have chance to make a big play.

Zach Ertz (owned in two percent of leagues)

He has three TDs in his last four games thanks to a two-TD game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Ertz was targeted six times, catching five of them for 68 yards.

It's always fun to see a guy come off a bye and turn in a big week. The Eagles and Chip Kelly are always looking for ways to get ahead of the curve and they were able to involve a second tight end with the extra time off.
The Lions defense has been pretty good lately, especially at stopping the run. Over the last six weeks they've held running backs to just 2.1 yards per carry, so the vaunted ground game might be sputtering a bit on Sunday. This might be Nick Foles' busiest game of the year.

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