Eddie Brown's fantasy football adds and drops for Week 14

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football -- I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues -- and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Here are my best bets for Week 14:


QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (ESPN: 15 percent; Yahoo: 16 percent): Garoppolo was a speculative add for me last week. The next two weeks, he's a top streaming option at quarterback against weak secondaries like Houston and Tennessee.

WR Marquise Goodwin, 49ers (ESPN: 15 percent; Yahoo: 32 percent): Goodwin has averaged 82 yards per game in the four games since Pierre Garcon was lost for the year and now he has an actual quarterback throwing the ball to him.

WR Dede Westbrook, Jaguars (ESPN: 11 percent; Yahoo: 28 percent): The dynamic rookie is the team leader in targets over the three weeks he has been active -- getting four more than Marqise Lee.

RB Peyton Barber, Buccaneers (ESPN: 2 percent; Yahoo: 6 percent): Barber is worth a speculative add, considering he just had the most productive game of the year for any Tampa Bay running back -- 143 total yards on 27 touches -- a week after scoring two touchdowns.

RB Mike Davis, Seahawks (ESPN: 3 percent, Yahoo: 9 percent): Davis' 64 yards were the most by a Seattle running back since Chris Carson went on IR over two months ago.

BONUS: RB Giovani Bernard, Bengals (ESPN: 22 percent; Yahoo: 10 percent): If Joe Mixon misses time due to a concussion he received Monday night, Bernard will have RB2 upside against Chicago at home.

BONUS: WR Trent Taylor, 49ers (ESPN: 0.3 percent; Yahoo: 0 percent): Consider the rookie a flex option in deeper PPR leagues. He's the prototype of a slot receiver -- think Julien Edelman or Danny Amendola -- Garoppolo was used to in New England.

BONUS: WR Josh Gordon, Browns (ESPN: 66 percent; Yahoo: 72 percent): Gordon should be owned in all leagues. The talent that excited everyone three years ago clearly remains.

BONUS: RB Derrick Henry, Titans (ESPN: 61 percent; Yahoo: 71 percent): Henry also should be owned in all leagues. At worst, he deserves weekly flex consideration. At best, he has RB2 upside and will eventually be a RB1 in fantasy once DeMarco Murray is in his rearview.


BONUS: TE Cameron Brate, Buccaneers (ESPN: 57 percent; Yahoo: 55 percent): New rule: If Jameis Winston is under center, Brate has value in fantasy.

BONUS: QB Blake Bortles, Jaguars (ESPN: 21 percent; Yahoo: 34 percent): I know, I know. However, Bortles has only had one poor fantasy performance since Week 7 and he faces Houston and San Francisco Weeks 15 and 16. If you've been streaming quarterbacks all season, he should be in consideration going forward.


RB David Johnson, Cardinals: He's still owned in over half of all leagues. He's not playing another down this season.

WR Jeremy Maclin, Ravens: Maclin has surpassed 56 receiving yards only once this season and hasn't caught a touchdown since Week 8.

TE Jordan Reed, Redskins: It's not like Reed has set the world on fire when he's been active. You simply can't trust him during the playoffs.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Bills: Even if Benjamin is capable of playing, his quarterback will likely be rookie Nathan Peterman.

RB Ameer Abdullah, Lions: Abdullah had averaged 2.5 yards per carry or fewer in four of his last five games before suffering a neck injury.

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