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Fantasy Factor: Week 14

The year of the injury claimed more victims over the weekend. The timing is not good as the playoffs are upon us over the next couple of weeks. The names you're going to pick up aren't sexy. Injuries have crushed the wow factor this year, but the defenses these guys will play are key. You really need to work the matchups as we round out this tough fantasy season.

If you need a quarterback, then you're in trouble. Browns QB Johnny Manziel is out there ready to start again. He can be a boom player, but Cleveland's season is going bust. If Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is floating around, you certainly should grab him. He has been up and down, so maybe some gave up on him after injury, but he's worth the add now. If Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston is on the wire, I like playing him against New Orleans' terrible defense.

At running back, James White of the Patriots is a hot add. He may be all that they have left, and with drops that were huge from Amendola and LaFell last week, the running game may get more attention in New England. White does have a tough Texans matchup, however. You can also look to Tampa Bay RB Charles Sims. They face New Orleans, and that defense is the fantasy promised land.   

Looking at wide receiver, the Titans' Dorial Green-Beckham is still there in many leagues. He has been in this article before, and he continues to trend in the right direction. DeVante Parker for Miami is a great add in my opinion. He has had a couple good weeks, and faces the Giants and Chargers in the playoff weeks.

At tight end the pickings couldn't be thinner. Martellus Bennett is now on injured reserve. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is part of the Tampa offense that goes against the beleaguered Saints defense. Grab him. Gary Barnidge owners may want to beware of him this week with the Browns playing the 49ers. His production isn't great when Manziel is QB.

Good luck, and let's hope the last two weeks don't add to a Pro Bowl injury list

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