Waiver Wire Roundup – Week 13
If you managed to brave all of the injuries, scour the waiver wire for the diamonds in the rough and overcome all fantasy adversity, I can safely assume that you have made it to the promised land, the fantasy playoffs. Now that the playoffs are here, the waiver wire becomes more about immediate help for your team. The future is now, and you need to keep winning in order to move closer to the coveted championship that awaits you at the end of the tunnel. In this week’s jumbo edition of Waiver Wire Roundup I will break down all of the players that could help you in your quest for fantasy immortality. Don’t stop now; your journey is almost complete.
Montee Ball Owned in 73.5%
Add: Montee Ball has finally become fantasy relevant, and it only took an injury to Knowshon Moreno and a poor showing on the ground to get the former Heisman winner involved. If Moreno gets shut down, Ball could be an important part of a championship fantasy push.
Jay Cutler Owned in 49%
Add: If Jay Cutler suits up on Monday he poses an interesting fantasy conundrum. He will be facing a Dallas Cowboys defense that is 31st against the pass, and allows the most points to opposing quarterbacks. This is a fantasy dream matchup if Cutler suits up.
Donald Brown Owned in 39.8%
Add: The Trent Richardson experiment has failed miserably in Indy, and Chuck Pagano finally pulled the plug, inserting Donald Brown back into the starting running back role. It is fairly rare to talk about a starting running back on the waivers this late in the season, and that is why you need to run, not walk, to the waiver wire for Brown.
Brian Hartline Owned in 34.5%
Avoid: Hartline has only scored in double digits twice this season in non-PPR formats, and his production is just consistent enough for him to be enticing. However, you need to stay away from Hartline this season. Mike Wallace is stealing just enough of his production, making Hartline fantasy fodder.
Julian Edelman Owned in 30.2%
Add: Edelman has been Tom Brady’s security blanket all season, and now that Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson are struggling through injuries, Edelman is starting to creep back into fantasy relevance. He has had back to back 9 catch, 100-yard performances, so he is worth rostering heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Michael Crabtree Owned in 17.6%
Add: Many fantasy experts thought that Percy Harvin was the IR pickup that could help teams win in the fantasy playoffs, but I still believe Crabtree is that guy. He only played on 60% of the snaps in his first game back, catching 2 passes for over 60 yards. Could he be the Flex player that pushes you over the top? I believe so.
Josh McCown Owned 15.4%
Add: Sure, I advised you earlier in this article to add Jay Cutler, but I am all in on this Monday matchup in Dallas for fantasy owners. If you have a quarterback situation you don’t trust, consider rostering both McCown and Cutler for a high upside play against an atrocious Dallas defense.
Doug Baldwin Owned in 13.4%
Add: Percy Harvin appears to be done for the regular season, and this bodes well for Doug Baldwin’s fantasy stock. He has 3 TDs in the last 4 weeks, and Seattle should continue to roll on their way to the number 1 overall seed in the NFC.
Carson Palmer Owned in 12.5%
Add: If Carson Palmer is somehow available in your league you need to add him immediately. Palmer has been the model of consistency in the last 3 weeks, forming a real chemistry with both Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The Cardinals are making a late playoff push, and Palmer looks poised to lead that charge. How weird does that sentence sound after reading it over again?
Cordarelle Patterson Owned in 5.5%
Avoid: I could not with good conscience recommend picking up Patterson, mainly because of the absolute train wreck in Minnesota. He might be an interesting sleeper pick next year, but his fantasy season has been put to bed.
LeGarrette Blount Owned in 4.8%
Avoid: Stevan Ridley was a healthy scratch on Sunday, which means that he is in the Bill Belichick doghouse. Blount made the most of his starting opportunity, but knowing Belichick, Blount could see 2 carries next week.
Jonathan Stewart Owned in 3.5%
Avoid: The Carolina rushing game has been truly dynamic all season, but this is a running back by committee, led by quarterback Cam Newton. Mike Tolbert might be the only other back I would be interested in because of his goal line carries.
Zach Ertz Owned in .9%
Avoid: Ertz scored 2 touchdowns Sunday against an Arizona team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends all year. This is more likely a flash in the pan game against a bad matchup, so don’t look too far into this box score.
Ladarius Green Owned in .9%
Add: Green is in the exact opposite situation as Ertz. He played 61 of 66 offensive snaps on Sunday for the Chargers, and caught yet another touchdown. Could this 2-TE set offense continue for the Chargers? I’d be willing to gamble and find out with Green on my bench heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Tiquan Underwood Owned in .9%
Avoid: Underwood and his amazing hair are going to put up decent fantasy numbers the rest of the way, but this column has proven that there are better options at wide receiver available heading into the playoffs. Again, Underwood could be an interesting pickup next season as a sleeper candidate.
Andre Holmes Owned in .1%
Avoid: Thanksgiving Day was kind to Andre Holmes. He caught 7 balls for 136 against the Cowboys, piquing fantasy curiosity across the nation. This is likely just a flash in the pan due to the absence of Denarius Moore and a matchup against Dallas. Moore and Streater are the only intriguing receivers on Oakland, so I would avoid Holmes completely.