Week 14: Player Upgrades
Given the absence of Danny Amendola, Sam Bradford's passes have had to go somewhere. That somewhere has been rookie Chris Givens out of Wake Forest. In his last two matchups, Givens has caught 16 balls for 207 yards and one score. St. Louis certainly doesn't have a dominant passing offense, but Givens is their go-to guy right now. His 21 targets over that same span rank him ninth in the NFL at his position and 14 of those came just last week. The Rams travel to Buffalo in Week 14 and receivers have very reliably put up good numbers against them. Givens is sparsely owned in most fantasy leagues and should at least be on someone's bench at a minimum. Even if Amendola manages to play next week, he is at high risk for re-injury, which should severely limit his playing time.
You may be wondering, "How can a Top 5 TE in some formats still be so widely available?" It's called lazy fantasy football syndrome. Half your league needs to get their act together. Brandon Myers caught 14 passes for 130 yards and a score last week in a truly Rob Gronkowski-like performance. Those numbers are way, way too much to ignore at this stage of the season and there's no excuse for him to be on the waiver wire even if your two TEs are Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten. He has four TDs in his last five games, and at least five receptions in all but one game since Week 6. Defenses have really focused on taking away Denarius Moore, which has left the middle wide open for Myers to exploit. Add him immediately, because he faces Denver -- the league's third-worst fantasy defense against opposing TEs. Given the hot-and-cold nature of tight end production, don't be afraid to be like Jim Harbaugh and go with the hot hand.