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It's finally playoff time in fantasy football. If your team has been hit with a rash of injuries or your studs aren't performing like stars, there's only one way to improve your fantasy team heading into these must-win games -- the waiver wire. With the trade deadline long gone, the waiver wire is the only way to improve your team with the season on the line.
Here are the top waiver wire options for your fantasy squad heading into the playoffs in Week 14.
10. Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals
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Your handcuff of the week is here. Chase Edmonds is not only the go-to back if David Johnson were to get hurt, but he's also a vulture who steals scores from the Cardinals' starter. With two touchdowns this past week, Edmonds could have a bigger role in Arizona's offense moving forward.
9. Bruce Ellington, WR, Detroit Lions
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Injuries and trades have opened up a starting role for Bruce Ellington and he's taken full advantage of it. He has 17 targets in the past two weeks and has hauled in 13 of those balls. Ellington has become a must-own player in PPR formats. The yards might not be there as he has just 63 over the past two weeks, but the receptions are an easy reason why you can rely on him in your fantasy playoffs.
8. Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers
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An injury has opened the door for this rookie tight end who is now the Panthers' starter. With Greg Olsen out for the year, Cam Newton should lean on Ian Thomas as he did this past Sunday. With five catches for 46 yards, Thomas is now the tight end to stream in fantasy.
7. Ty Montgomery, RB, Baltimore Ravens
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The Ravens' backfield has been complicated and it only got more complicated with now-starter Gus Edwards dealing with an ankle injury. Ty Montgomery already gets a ton of targets out of the backfield and should receive even more as the Ravens will likely play from behind against a stacked Kansas City team this weekend. Montgomery is the kind of player that can win you the week out of your FLEX spot.
6. Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
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Spencer Ware is the running back to own in KC, but Williams has a shot to impress. He received five carries in Week 13 and had just nine less yards than the starter, despite far fewer touches. It's unclear whether or not Kansas City will make this a running back by committee situation, and they also signed veteran Charcandrick West on Monday, only further muddling the team's backfield. Owning a player in the best offense in football is never a bad idea, making Williams well worth a roster spot.
5. Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
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Consistency is key in fantasy football and Curtis Samuel has been just that. In PPR formats, he's put up double-digit numbers in three straight weeks. This past week was the icing on the cake with a career high in both catches and yards. Samuel is certainly someone to own throughout the fantasy playoffs.
4. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
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If you have quarterback issues, then Josh Allen could be your guy. He's essentially a running back who takes snaps each and every down as he's rushed for 234 yards in the past two weeks. Allen also has the massive upside of throwing the ball, with three scores since his return from injury. With 25-plus fantasy points in back-to-back weeks, you can't ignore Allen in the fantasy playoffs.
3. Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers
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With Matt Breida dealing with an ankle injury, the 49ers have surprisingly became Jeffrey Wilson's team last weekend. With Alfred Morris listed as a healthy scratch for the second consecutive week, it's clear that the rookie is the one to watch in this backfield. With 15 carries for 61 yards and another 73 yards on eight catches through the air, Wilson is an asset by all standards. With Breida already ruled out for Week 14 against the Broncos, Wilson should be the go-to back for the 49ers. And if Breids is out for an extended period of time, Wilson could run your team through the playoffs.
2. Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Steelers have proven that it's the offense that's electrifying, and not just one player. James Conner came in and has been phenomenal this season, which is proof that Pittsburgh running backs are worth owning. And with Conner dealing with a leg injury, it may be time for another Steelers running back to fill in and potentially destroy defenses. Samuels is the next guy up, as he finished with 25 total yards and a touchdown this past week after Conner went down. If Conner is out, Samuels could be an RB1 in the fantasy playoffs. but don't forget about Stevan Ridley as he could get some run in the Steelers' backfield as well.
1. Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers
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With Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon both out, Dante Pettis has turned into a fantasy stud. He led San Francisco in yards, targets, catches and scores in Week 13, if any of those things possibly interest you. Pettis had 129 yards and two touchdowns and has emerged as the clear top target in the 49ers' offense.
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