Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 14 Waiver Wire Analysis
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 14 Waiver Wire Report
December 4, 2013
Week 14 Waiver Moves
The waiver wire is a little barren this week since the injury bug decided to take a week off. There are still a few available players that are looking like they should be owned and maybe even started during the fantasy playoffs.
Doug Baldwin - Baldwin has gotten hot lately, and now he has very similar numbers to Golden Tate for the season. Baldwin has become a very trusted target for Russell Wilson, and now that Percy Harvin is looking very iffy to play any time soon, Baldwin has earned the right to be picked up off the waiver wire. Baldwin has 3 touchdowns in his last 4 games and he is averaging 74 receiving yards over those same 4 games. Baldwin has been a solid contributor to the Seahawks offense this year, and now that Harvin is still sidelined, Baldwin should keep producing at this same level.
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Michael Crabtree - Crabtree got back on the field during week 13, and he had a decent game. Crabtree only had 2 catches, but he turned one of those catches into a 60 yard gain. Many fantasy owners were speculating that Percy Harvin would have a bigger fantasy impact late in the season, but now it appears that Crabtree is the WR to own for the fantasy playoffs. He is still a risky start, but he could be a nice play as the fantasy playoffs progress.
Julian Edelman - Edelman has pulled the ole disappearing-reappearing magic trick, and now he is looking like a solid fantasy play again. Edelman was a hot waiver wire add after the first week of the season when Amendola went down with a groin injury. Edelman had 34 catches in the Patriots first four games, but he only had 18 receptions in the Patriots next 6 games. Now, all of a sudden, Edelman and Brady have found their old groove, and Edelman has 18 catches over New England's last two games. It is still risky to start Edelman in the fantasy playoffs, but it is better to have him blowup on your bench then your opponents starting lineup. And that makes him a must add.
Bears Quarterback - Both Cutler and McCown have been very good this season, and the Bears offense has been very productive with both guys as the starting quarterback. The Bears get the Cowboys and their NFL worst passing defense at home this weekend. A matchup like that is too good to pass up as the fantasy playoffs begin. Which ever player starts for the Bears at quarterback, they are worth an add and start this week because the matchup does not get any better.
Montee Ball - Ball has become a must have handcuff for Moreno, and could be a decent flex play down the stretch.
Other Players to Note
Brian Hartline - Hartline had a great game on Sunday where he caught 9 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Hartline is a very good football player, but it is hard to justify picking up a guy this late in the season and playing him in the fantasy playoffs because he just had his best game of the year.
Zach Ertz - Ertz had a monster game on Sunday as he caught 5 passes for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ertz is a very interesting player for the future of the Eagles offense, but he is too risky to be trusted this late in the season. The Cardinals have been terrible against tight ends, and it was the Eagles game plan all along to exploit that part of the Cardinals defense. Ertz is definitely a player to watch, but he is one that is better left of the waiver wire for now.
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