Week 14 is in the books, and as always a few key waiver wire targets have emerged. And remember, you can't win your fantasy league without playing the waiver wire. So here are this week's top players you should be looking at when making waiver claims ahead of Week 16.


• Bilal Powell owners enjoyed a solid 13.9 fantasy points, as he scored double digit fantasy points for the third straight week. Can he make it for in a row in Week 16 against the Patriots? Well, if his current usage in the offense holds up, he'll have a decent shot. Since returning from injury in Week 11, he's actually out-snapped presumed workhorse Chris Ivory 178-154, while also out-gaining him 393-365 on 32 fewer touches.

• Donald Brown rushed for 90 yards on just 12 carries Sunday against the Dolphins. His 7.5 yards per carry average is more than Melvin Gordon has had in a game the entire season. And speaking of Gordon, the Chargers placed him on IR on Monday ending his season, which means Brown is the next man up. If you need RB help for Week 16, look no further than Brown.

• Christine Michael is finally a thing in fantasy football. After getting cut by the Seahawks, Michael bounced around the league before winding back with in the Pacific Northwest after Thomas Rawls went down with a season-ending ankle injury. We came into Week 15 without a clear picture as to who would lead the Seattle backfield, but after seeing Michael look good on 16 carries (which he took for 84 yards), it's looking like this will be his show moving forward.

• Cameron Artis-Payne was the leader for the early-down, and clock-killing work for Carolina with Jonathan Stewart out. He saw 14 carries and added in two receptions for a total of 93 yards. Next week, the Panthers get a rematch against the Falcons, whose run defense has been showing some cracks in recent weeks. CAP will be a solid flex play, assuming the team keeps Stewart out to heal up fully for the playoffs.

• James White pretty much has his role as the pass-catching specialist in New England's backfield committee all to himself. He notched seven receptions on eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown against the Titans on Sunday. Over the last three weeks he has 21 catches, 224 yards and two touchdowns through the air, with six yards and a touchdown on the ground as well. He's a must-add in PPR formats, but could be a solid flex play in standard leagues next week as well.

• Markus Wheaton has posted three double-digit fantasy outings in his last four games, including a solid 12.2 fantasy points against the league's top defense. The Steelers offense is rolling, and it's wise to get any piece of the passing offense into your lineups. With Wheaton's role increasing, his rapport with Ben Roethlisberger growing, and the Ravens up next on the schedule, he's a fine pickup to trot out in the fantasy championships next week.

• Kamar Aiken has been a regular in this column basically since Steve Smith landed on IR, and that was at first primarily as a volume-based play, he's starting to turn heads as more than just a target vacuum. After posting a solid 7-90-0 line against Seattle in Week 14, Aiken exploded for eight catches, 128 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. Now, while much of that production came on a last-second 48-yard touchdown heave from Jimmy Clausen to end the first half, Aiken made a number of great plays throughout the game as well. He was consistently able to create separation against the Chiefs' improving corners, while also working the boundary like a Jordy Nelson clone. Aiken deserves a spot on more rosters, and will be a solid flex option against the Steelers in Week 16.

• Will Tye has had at least 70 receiving yards or a touchdown in each of the last four weeks, averaging over eight fantasy points per game in that span (and 6.25 targets per game). He offers up a safe yardage floor and has the upside of a really solid outing if he gets into the end zone. The Vikings have been solid covering opposing tight ends, but with Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith still banged up, Tye should be able to find some room to roam.