Waiver Wire Madness: Week 13
November 25, 2014 | Jeff
There weren’t many big time performances by underowned fantasy quarterbacks in Week 12, but Tampa Bay’s Josh McCown (Owned: 33% Yahoo, 17% ESPN) turned in another decent performance. McCown has some quality weapons at his disposal in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, and the Tampa Bay fantasy playoff schedule is decent outside of a Week 14 matchup with Detroit. McCown may be streamable at points down the stretch for teams in need, or for you zany 2QB leaguers.
Latavius Murray (Owned: 25% Yahoo, 10% ESPN) is the waiver wire pick of the week, and we highlighted him here in Waiver Wire Madness last week. Hopefully you were ahead of the curve and snagged Murray last week before he busted out 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries. The downside here is that Murray sustained a concussion in Week 12, but he does have the long layoff to get cleared after playing on Thursday night last week. Expect Murray to suit up in Week 13 and although his remaining schedule isn’t great, he is the type of dynamic back that can help fantasy teams in the playoffs. Too bad it took 12 weeks for the Raiders to give this guy a shot, but it is the Raiders we’re talking about here.
LeGarrette Blount (Owned: 32% Yahoo, 20% ESPN) hopped off the plane from Pittsburgh and immediately stole Jonas Gray’s role as the New England goal line hammer after Gray overslept and was late to Patriots practice last Friday. I wouldn’t blow a top waiver priority or serious FAAB on Blount, as we all know the New England running back pecking order changes with the wind at Gillette Stadium. If you’ve got the bench space, grab Blount but don’t go nuts here as Jonas Gray could hop right back into the mix next week.
I just quickly want to throw out the weekly reminder that Tre Mason (Owned: 67% Yahoo, 58% ESPN) and the Cleveland backfield duo of Isaiah Crowell (Owned: 59% Yahoo, 74% ESPN) and Terrance West (Owned: 62% Yahoo, 70% ESPN) all need to be owned in every league in every corner of the universe. Please don’t be the league that lets these guys sit around and collect dust on the wire.
Daniel Herron (Owned: 23% Yahoo, 15% ESPN) is another name to keep in mind with Ahmad Bradshaw out for the year in Indianapolis. Trent Richardson is still Trent Richardson, so the Colts got “Boom” Herron involved with 17 touches for 96 yards in Week 12. It will be a fairly even split going forward, but Herron will have some value for RB needy teams over the next few weeks.
Robert Woods (Owned: 3% Yahoo, 4% ESPN) went off on Monday, racking up 118 yards and a score on nine grabs. Despite the huge day, Woods hasn’t been a fixture in the Buffalo offense this season and his output will be far too sporadic moving forward for him to be trusted weekly.
Jarvis Landry (Owned: 21% Yahoo, 11% ESPN) is a must-own in PPR leagues right now and has been on quite a run over the last month. The Miami rookie has snared 24 passes and four touchdowns over the last four weeks and has been heavily involved in the Dolphins passing game. Give him a shot if you need wide receiver help, especially if you receive any points per catch.
With Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright active on Sunday, it did not appear that Charles Johnson (Owned: 1% Yahoo, 1% ESPN) would see the field enough to build on his solid Week 11 performance, but Johnson did indeed get plenty of playing time and caught three passes for 52 yards and a score. The Minnesota passing game isn’t going to look like that of Green Bay anytime soon but it is beginning to look like Johnson could be the top option there.
Kyle Rudolph (Owned: 47% Yahoo, 16% ESPN) returned to the filed in Week 11, but he actually got involved in the Minnesota offense in Week 12, catching three passes for 50 yards. Rudy is available in far too many leagues, considering the underwhelming performances of fantasy tight ends over the last few weeks. Snag him off the waiver wire if you have been streaming or relying on weaker options.