Fantasy Football 2013: Week 13 Waiver Wire Receivers
Waiver Wire TEs and WRs for Week 13 in Fantasy Football
November 23, 2013
We’re coming down to the end of the fantasy football regular season, so each roster move takes on a brand-new importance. With that in mind, let’s take our weekly look at the current waiver wire trends and see which wide receivers and tight ends are making an impact. We’ll take a close look at each player and determine if he’s just a one-week sensation or a legitimate add that you should make a move on.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Let’s start out with the Week 12 game that everyone is (still) talking about. Edelman was awesome in the Pats’ victory, tallying nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. It was his biggest performance since Week 1, when he managed a couple of scores against the Bills.
Edelman is an okay lower-end add, but we’re not banking on a repeat performance. Tom Brady was likely just going with the hot hand, and could very well change things up this week against the Texans.
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: We’ll be patting ourselves on the back this week over picking Burleson as a sleeper candidate in Week 12. He had a huge game in his comeback against Tampa Bay, with 77 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. He now has 316 yards in just four games this season. As you may expect, we really like Burleson as a pickup, so if you’re in need of a WR, he makes a lot of sense against the Packers this week.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams: Austin has become one of the most entertaining players to watch in the NFL. He had another electric game against the Bears in Week 12, posting a 65-yard TD run and two catches for 39 yards.
Try to avoid the hype here. Austin fits that hazy “offensive weapon” category that describes a guy who makes huge plays and doesn’t get the ball enough. Pick him up if your league rewards return yards, but otherwise he won’t get enough touches to make it worth your while in the long run.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers: Where’d this guy come from? Green posted three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in a shocking win against the Chiefs, fully distancing himself from the looming presence of Antonio Gates. That’s the second consecutive 80-yard game for Green, who has emerged as a valid part of an up-and-coming offense.
Green makes a decent low-end pickup this week, and he has some pretty good matchups down the stretch. He’ll turn into a major name if Gates’ downward-trend holds.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver Broncos: Let’s head back to the Broncos-Patriots game and check out Tamme. He platooned with Joel Dreessen and came out ahead in the receiving game, posting five catches for 47 yards and a TD in the overtime loss. Prior to that, he’d had just three catches for 27 yards all year.
Tamme’s breakout is a direct result of Julius Thomas’ injury, so any fantasy reaction hinges on that situation. If Thomas is out again this week (which is a moot point since he’ll probably play), Tamme makes an okay pickup.
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.