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Russell Wilson QB, SEA – We judge all sorts of players for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes fairly, and sometimes unfairly. Wilson is a rookie, his receivers are below average, and he's only 5-11, which is obviously short for a quarterback. These are legitimate issues that he has had to deal with out of the gate. But dealt with them he has. Six of his last seven games have been for 15 or more fantasy points in most formats, with the only outlier coming in Week 7 against San Francisco and their fifth-best fantasy defense versus QB's. He has also recorded five straight games with multiple touchdown throws. Wilson is still only 19.8 percent owned in ESPN leagues and is absolutely worth a flier as a QB2, despite his tough matchup in Week 16's rematch with San Francisco.
Brandon Myers TE, OAK – Savvy fantasy players can look past his garbage time production in Week 13 and see Myers for what he really is; a big target with sure hands and the confidence of his quarterback. Carson Palmer really needs Myers to produce and he has been looking for him plenty of late. Myers has five or more receptions in seven of his last eight games, including a whopping 14 last weekend. Still only 28.5 percent owned in