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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 17 Waiver Wire Receivers

Waiver Wire TEs and WRs for Week 17 in Fantasy Football

December 24, 2013

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Week 17 is always a tough one for fantasy owners. Considering the fact that it’s the last round of games for NFL teams across the league, there’s no way to be sure of anything when it comes to on-field performances or snap counts. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the waiver wire trends out there at the wide receiver and tight end positions so that we can try to get a feel for what’s coming.

Jerrel Jernigan, WR, New York Giants: Jernigan wasn’t on anyone’s radar before Week 16, and now he’s burst onto the scene--almost too late to help fantasy owners. He had the game of his career against Detroit, nabbing six balls for 80 yards and a TD. That performance comes on the heels of a seven-reception, 67-yard outing the week before, so it could be a sign of developing chemistry. Too bad it’s coming so late in the season. That said, Jernigan is a hot waiver wire ticket heading into a meaningless game against the ‘Skins.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 17 Waiver Wire Receivers

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Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans: Washington has shown some sparks this season, most recently his 92- and 81-yard performances over the past month. He really broke out against Jacksonville, though, notching 117 yards and a TD on six catches.
The matchup against Houston isn’t so great, but Washington isn’t a bad option heading into Week 17. If you’re in the market for a wide receiver, he’s one of the more reliable names out there.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Matt Cassel threw for just 114 yards in the Vikings’ Week 16 blowout loss to Cincinnati, so there wasn’t much to do in the passing game. Patterson was able to contribute in other ways, however, including 54 yards and a TD on three carries.
The dynamic WR has now scored in four consecutive outings, so he’s riding a hot streak right now. Patterson and company will be in a battle of the NFC North bottom-feeders this week, and you can expect his production to continue.

Andre Caldwell, WR, Denver Broncos: Okay, so Caldwell didn’t do too much in Week 16: He had just two grabs for 12 yards, which was a disappointment considering his two-touchdown performance the game before.
That said, he may get a lot of extra looks this week against Oakland. The Broncos have the division and a first-round bye all sewn up, so you can expect the starters to get yanked relatively quickly. Caldwell is pretty far down the WR pecking order, so he may end up spending some extra time on the field against a vulnerable Raiders defense. Food for thought.

Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Those owners scrambling for a Jordan Cameron replacement who were luck enough to find Lewis are celebrating this week. He found the end zone against Tennessee, notching 50 yards on four grabs. That makes four consecutive weeks that Lewis has posted a TD.
With Jacksonville’s receiving corps in disarray due to injury, he’s moved from blocker to receiver, and it’s paying fantasy dividends. Lewis makes sense as a low-end TE in Indianapolis this week.

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