Playoff Pickups

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If you are reading this column, then you are likely still alive in the chase for your fantasy championship, because most leagues have just finished their regular season last Monday night and are about to begin the final run to the title.

If your lineup is perfect...then feel free to skip this piece. But if you have question marks due to performance or injury and are still looking to improve your roster, or you are looking to block your opponent from making a crucial addition, then read on.


Jon Kitna, Dallas (32 percent owned) -- Kitna hasn't been particularly sharp of late, scoring just 14 and 12 points, respectively these last two weeks, but prime-time games between Dallas and Philadelphia have traditionally been high- scoring affairs. Considering that the Cowboys have nothing to lose, I'd expect them to air it out on more than one occasion even without Dez Bryant in the lineup. The Eagles gave up 337 passing yards to Matt Schaub and 247 yards and four scores to Jay Cutler in their last two games.

Alex Smith, San Francisco (17 percent owned) -- This choice would be a high- risk move, but Smith has been re-installed as the starter in San Francisco. He's struggled for most of the season, but on Sunday he'll be facing the 30th- ranked pass defense. The Seahawks haven't played much defense in 2010 and on the road in particular where they yield 26 points per game.

Running Backs

Tashard Choice, Dallas (17 percent owned) -- It's likely that Marion Barber will sit out another week (calf) which means that the Cowboys backfield consists of Felix Jones and Choice. Choice would get more carries than Jones, who they like to get out in the open with swing passes. Choice ran for 100 yards last week on 19 carries and a score worth 19 fantasy points.

Anthony Dixon, San Francisco (14 percent owned) -- Dixon and veteran Brian Westbrook shared the workload evenly in the 49ers' loss against Green Bay, but it was Dixon who was on the field in goal line situations. That gives him a slightly better upside than Westbrook and thus the better option against the weak Seattle defense (21st against the run).

James Starks, Green Bay (11 percent owned) -- It appears that Starks has become the Packers' primary ball carrier while Brandon Jackson has returned to the receiving role he had when Ryan Grant was healthy. This week's opponent will give Starks an opportunity to shine as the Lions rank 25th against the run.

James Davis, Washington (three percent owned) -- It would take a lot of guts to install Davis into your lineup given that he's done little this season. But based on the performance and the injuries of those ahead of him on the Redskins' depth chart, he should get the most carries in Week 14 and he'll be facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are yielding 128.5 yards per game on the ground.

Wide Receivers

Roy Williams, Dallas (48 percent owned) -- With Dez Bryant out, the spot opposite Miles Austin belongs to Williams. He's shown flashes of ability this season and assuming the Eagles double-team Austin and keep a close eye on Jason Witten (who always plays well against Philadelphia), Williams should be open. Whether he catches the ball is another question.

Earl Bennett, Chicago (nine percent owned) -- Bennett has been Cutler's favorite target over the past two weeks and is averaging 16.5 ppg in those contests. The Bears will be facing a Patriots' defense that ranks next-to-last in passing yardage (276.8 ypg). Both Johnny Knox and Bennett should produce solid fantasy numbers and both are viable plays in Week 14.

Deon Butler, Seattle (two percent owned) -- This would be the act of a desperate man, but with the possibility of Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu missing this Sunday's contest, who else on Seattle's roster can catch the ball?

Defense/Special Teams

Atlanta Falcons defense (33 percent owned) -- It is purely a situational play. The Falcons' middle-of-the-road defense face the Carolina Panthers in Week 14, who rank last in offense, producing just 261.2 ypg and a league-low 12.8 ppg.

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