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Nov 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Ameer Abdullah (20) runs chased by New England Patriots cornerback Myles Bryant (41) and safety Adrian Phillips (21) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Whether revealing sleepers, busts, shocker specials or other related fantasy football viewpoints, The Fantasy Five is geared for dedicated fantasy football players combing through sources for definitive takes. Today’s topic: Week 14 waiver targets.

1. K.J. Osborn, Vikings, WR (3% rostered in Yahoo)

Injuries ceaselessly swing open the door of opportunity. A knee tweak, a shoulder pop or, in the case of Adam Thielen, an ankle roll can serve up snaps on a silver platter for those waiting in the wings. Carving out a possession receiver and red-zone role, Osborn stepped in at Detroit and paid an instant dividend. The loss on a last-second touchdown to a previously winless Lions club was certainly a pain point, but the Miami product shined, hauling in four of seven targets for 47 yards and a TD. Obviously, Thielen’s high-ankle sprain catapults Osborn’s fantasy value. On Thursday night, K.J. should provide a healthy kick. His opponent, Pittsburgh, ranks top-10 in most fantasy points allowed to WRs. (FAAB on $100 budget: $4 to 7)

2. Ameer Abdullah, Panthers, RB (4% rostered in Yahoo)

Pour one out, once again, for Christian McCaffrey. The unanimous top overall pick in drafts prematurely exited for the second straight season. Some would automatically assume Chuba Hubbard, who functioned as the workhorse back with CMC sidelined earlier this season, is set to handle the reins. However, Abdullah, long ago hyped by this raging nincompoop, is expected to siphon significant touches, many coming in the pass game. Prior to the Panthers’ bye, he booked 54.7 percent of the snap share, running 22 routes while grabbing two of six targets for 20 yards. Cam Newton’s misfires are a liability and, with offensive coordinator Joe Brady canned, the offense could move in a different direction. Still, for those in PPR formats, Abdullah is enticing, especially with the feckless Falcons on the immediate horizon. (FAAB: $4 to $7)

3. Josh Reynolds, Lions, WR (4% rostered in Yahoo)

Jared Goff is, deservedly, the butt of many jokes. His check-down tendency and well-recorded inaccuracies leave much to be desired. Those, among other reasons, are why he quickly fell out of favor with Sean McVay and the Rams. Re-teamed with Reynolds, however, Goff is showing some signs of competency. The wideout, who was claimed off waivers on Nov. 10, has now tallied consecutive serviceable weeks, totaling at least 80 percent of the team’s snap share in the process. Yes, he’s a Hello Kitty, but with his established rapport with Goff, a growing role and likely continued pass-heavy game scripts, he’s worth kicking the tires on in 14-team and deeper leagues. Against the Broncos, he’s capable of eclipsing 60 yards. (FAAB: $4 to $7)

4. Deonte Harris, Saints, WR (16% rostered in Yahoo)

No Joe Horn. No Marques Colston. No Michael Thomas. When it comes to quality vertical assets, the stable is rather bare for the Saints. The change from noddle-armed Trevor Siemian to Taysom Hill, though, could springboard Harris into the spotlight. The QB’s strong arm combined with the wideout’s blazing wheels are an ideal match. Targeted a team-high eight times against Dallas, Harris hauled in four receptions for 96 yards, including a 70-yard garbage-time touchdown. Harris’ handsome 7.45 YAC per reception (WR5 overall) and minimal competition for looks have him squarely on the deep-league radar. Going toe-to-toe with the Jets in Week 14, he’s FLEX material for those sapped by the unfortunate four-team Week 14 bye. (FAAB: $4 to $7)

5. Samaje Perine, Bengals, RB (7% rostered in Yahoo)

Get out of the way, Santa. It’s handcuffing season. Whether or not you’ve secured a fantasy playoff berth, it’s unequivocal for you to add a talented backup on a run-heavy team, regardless if you have Joe Mixon on your roster. The incumbent’s injury scare against the Chargers should serve as a friendly reminder. If he’s felled by a substantial setback, Perine could carry backers to the Promised Land. Cincinnati’s upcoming slate isn’t full of gingerbread men and gumdrops. Tilts against the 49ers, Broncos, Ravens and Chiefs aren’t the friendliest, but Perine is a powerfully built rusher with soft hands who is capable of grinding opponents down. Keep in mind his 3.90 YAC per attempt mark is the second-highest in the league among RBs with at least 50 attempts. Break out the pink fuzzies. Play it safe. (FAAB: $3 to $5)

Others to consider
Player Team Position FAAB
Ben Roethlisberger Steelers QB Stream QB: $2 to $4
Dontrell Hilliard Titans RB $10 to $14
DeVante Parker Dolphins WR $11 to $15
Russell Gage Falcons WR $6 to $9
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Titans WR $2 to $5
Amon-Ra St. Brown Lions WR $2 to $5
Tyler Conklin Vikings TE $5 to $8
Ricky Seals-Jones Washington TE $2 to $4

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