WR Hixon, RB Thomas will be hot names on the fantasy waiver wire

Here's a quick look at 10 players to target off the waiver wire as we head into Week 14 of the fantasy season.

Davone Bess, WR, Miami (88 percent): Bess isn't about to light the fantasy world on fire, but he does have some sudden value in larger PPR leagues. Now a starter in the absence of the injured Greg Camarillo, the rookie caught six passes for 84 yards against the Rams and has recorded 13 catches and 171 yards in his last two games. Bess and the Dolphins head to Toronto to face the Bills in Week 14.

2008 statistics:
Rec: 38

Yards: 456

TDs: 3

Ladell Betts, RB, Washington (75 percent): Clinton Portis is a warrior, but I wonder how much more he can take. He's dealing with a multitude of nagging injuries and was forced to miss some time against the Giants. Next on the schedule is a date with the Ravens and their hard-hitting run defense, so things won't get any easier. If you have Portis on your roster, you need to add Betts as insurance now.

John Carlson, TE, Seattle (54 percent): Good tight ends have been hard to find this season, so I couldn't believe that Carlson was still available in over 50 percent of NFL.com leagues. That won't be the case next week after he hauled in six passes for an impressive 105 yards against the Cowboys. He's become a top-10 fantasy tight end and is another in a long list of rookies to make an impact this season.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore (51 percent): Flacco continues to shine for the Ravens, throwing for 280 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Bengals. The rookie has now scored multiple touchdowns in five of his last six starts and should be owned in most fantasy leagues. Flacco's teammates, Mark Clayton (85 percent) and Le'Ron McClain (40 percent), are also attractive options off the waiver wire this week.

Peyton Hillis, RB, Denver (26 percent): Mike Shanahan's latest project made a real impression against the Jets, who entered Week 13 ranked 3rd against the run. The rookie rushed for 118 yards and scored a touchdown -- his fourth in three games -- and has become a very nice handcuff in all formats. Even if Selvin Young returns from injury, it's hard not to like Hillis against the Chiefs in Week 14.

Domenik Hixon, WR, N.Y. Giants (74 percent): With the status of Plaxico Burress in serious question due to an injured hamstring and some serious off-field issues, Hixon will see a far greater role in the Giants pass attack. He made some noise against the Redskins, catching five passes for 71 yards. Fantasy leaguers could use Hixon as a viable No. 3 wideout or flex starter during the fantasy postseason.

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Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay (84 percent): Backfield handcuffs are more important than ever in the fantasy postseason, so those owners who have Ryan Grant need to target Brandon Jackson off the waiver wire. Jackson rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries against the Panthers in the absence of Grant, who didn't see a single carry in the entire second half of the game due to what was reportedly a bruised hand.

Sammy Morris, RB, New England (34 percent): Morris had a respectable stat line against the top-ranked Steelers run defense, rushing for 45 yards and one touchdown in a 33-10 loss. The Patriots appear to have settled on Morris and Kevin Faulk as their top backs, and the former should start to see most of the goal-line work. He'll be a viable flex starter in Week 14 when the Patriots face the Seahawks.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston (55 percent): Schaub's return from an injured knee could be much sooner than expected, as he's started to take practice repetitions and was listed as questionable, not out, for Week 13. Matchups against the Packers, Titans and Raiders in the fantasy postseason are not at all favorable, but remember that Schaub was one of the hotter quarterbacks in the league before he was injured.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (38 percent): Reggie Bush was back in action against the Buccaneers, but Thomas still saw the lion's share of the carries and scored his fourth touchdown in three weeks. With Deuce McAllister in danger of being suspended for the duration of the fantasy postseason, Thomas should continue to see more than his share of the workload. He needs to be added in most leagues.

(Note -- Percentage of availability in NFL.com leagues listed in parenthesis.)

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