Fantasy Football News and Update: 2013 Week 13 Waiver Wire Report
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 13 Waiver Wire Report
November 26, 2013
Week 13 Waiver Moves
1. Nate Burleson - Burleson returned to the field this week and picked up right where he left off. Burleson had 7 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. The Lions need a strong #2 WR and Burleson has proven to be very capable of filling that role. The problem with Burleson is that he seems to always get hurt, and that is of course what happened this year. Now the Burleson is back from his freak accident, he should be considered the most reliable option on the waiver wire this week, and a solid add in all formats.
2. Bilal Powell - It is looking like Powell is set to once again be the lead running back for the New York Jets. Chris Ivory suffered an ankle injury against the Ravens on Sunday, and while the severity of the sprain is unknown, Ivory stated that it could be both a high and low ankle sprain. This is a tricky injury, and it is one that could force Ivory to the sidelines for many weeks. The Jets offense has been very erratic lately and its hard to believe any Jets players could be reliable fantasy options; however, the Jets have a great matchup this week against a weak Miami rush defense in New York, and Powell could have a nice game this weekend.
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3. Toby Gerhart - Gerhart has had two very impressive games in a row now. The Vikings have started to spell AP a bit since he is suffering from a groin injury, and Gerhart has taken full advantage of his playing time. The Vikings will not start using a running back committee, but Gerhart is looking like a must have handcuff for AP owners.
4. Benny Cunningham - Cunningham had a great game for the Rams last week filling in after Stacy suffered a concussion. Cunningham could serve as a handcuff to Stacy, but he is not a must add. The Rams have a very tough matchup this week as they go to San Francisco to face a rejuvenated 49ers defense, and Stacy should not miss much time if he misses any.
5. Tiquan Underwood - Underwood had a great statline last week as he had 3 catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns. A big fantasy day like that will attract some attention from fantasy owners, but Underwood is not a must add player. He will have big games from time to time, but he will have more bust games. Underwood is the same type of player as Kenny Stills, and that is a high risk/ high reward scenario.
Other Players to Note:
Carson Palmer - Palmer has had a few strong games of late and he has a decent matchup this week against the Eagles. However, the Cardinals schedule gets very tough for the fantasy playoffs, and Palmer should not be trusted as a starting quarterback for the fantasy playoffs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick has started to find a rhythm with the Titan's wide receivers, and he is starting to get some attention from fantasy owners. Fitzpatrick is a hard player to trust as a starting fantasy quarterback, but the Titans have some solid weapons for Fitzpatrick to throw to and their remaining schedule is pretty favorable. Fitzpatrick is a risky start, but if you're in need of help at the quarterback position, then Fitzpatrick is worth a gamble
Michael Crabtree - Crabtree's name is starting to circulate around the waiver wire now. While Crabtree could add a boost to the 49ers offense during the NFL playoffs, it is hard to see him being able to contribute to fantasy teams during the fantasy playoffs.
Dennis Pitta - Pitta is starting to get back on the fantasy radar, and his estimated return date is week 14. Pitta may need a few weeks to knock the rust off, and that could make him a risky play during the fantasy playoffs. However, Pitta is Flacco's favorite target, and if he is able to return at 100% from the moment he steps on the field, he could be a very valuable asset for any team looking to achieve fantasy championship glory.
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