|Fantasy Football: Week 14 waiver wire||12.04.12 at 9:45 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 14 waiver wire. We’re definitely switching our priorities now. The wire will begin to shrink from here on out as I focus more on players with playable upside. The byes are long gone and most leagues have dwindled to six teams or less after the elimination of non-playoff teams. That means there is less competition on the waiver wire and less teams with needs, too. Congratulations to those who are still alive. Come on over to Rotobahn for more advice. I’ll be adding players throughout the day as I work through the Week 13 games. I’ll also be adding an article on running back handcuffs for those who are fine-tuning their rosters to survive the playoffs. For those who have some tough lineup choices, we will be holding another Sunday morning chat this weekend at 11 a.m. Stop by if you need any help.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
He has a solid schedule and he’s a dual threat at the quarterback position. His ability to score with his feet was a big factor in Week 13, and it kept those who started him competitive despite his struggles throwing the ball. Coach Jim Harbaugh already has named Kaepernick as the starter for Week 14.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks
The rookie got it done again, and he did it on the road against a very tough defense. Wilson now is a player who should be owned in all leagues. He can help you down the stretch if quarterback is your weakness. Wilson is looking like the biggest steal of the 2012 draft right now.
Carson Palmer, Raiders
Palmer bounced back nicely in Week 13 and he has a few good matchups left on his schedule if you need some help at quarterback. Palmer has had a solid year in spite of all the chaos around him. There’s no reason to think he’ll collapse now. The only thing to keep an eye on is backup QB Terrelle Pryor. If Oakland decides to give Pryor significant playing time, it could have an effect on Palmer’s stats. My guess is that we don’t see that until Week 17, but it’s worth monitoring.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He’s healthy now, and with Alshon Jeffery returning as soon as this week, we like Cutler to have a few good games the rest of the way. There are no scary matchups left on his schedule. Cutler has some value in deeper leagues.
Knowshon Moreno, Broncos
You still can get him in 37 percent of Yahoo! leagues. That’s a solid add if you can get it. Knowshon has this job locked up right now and should produce at an RB2 level going forward.
Bryce Brown, Eagles
He’s still available in 28 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and with the way he has played, you’d be crazy not to add him. LeSean McCoy could miss next week with his slow-to-recover head injury, so Brown could help you win a playoff game.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
You still can get him in 54 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Dwyer now is the starter in Pittsburgh and needs to be owned in all leagues. Add him if you can.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
The Panthers should have used him more in Week 13, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from Carolina this season. Williams probably will be the lead back again in Week 14, but he is just a flex in 12-team leagues due to his light usage.
Montell Owens, Jaguars
He’s not a special talent, so be careful here. That being said, if both Rashad Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew miss Week 14, which is very possible, Owens probably would lead the Jacksonville backfield in touches. Owens is worth an add in leagues with 12 or more teams.
David Wilson, Giants
He has a ton of upside playing behind the brittle Ahmad Bradshaw. Wilson is a great player to take a flier on if you have a bench spot to play with. He has RB1 upside if Bradshaw were to go down. This is the kind of player you want to stash if you have some bench space to play with. Obviously, Wilson is a huge priority as a handcuff option for Bradshaw owners.
Alex Green, Packers
He basically shared the backfield with James Starks in Week 13, and both men held up well. We still feel that Green is the best fit for the Packers offense, and we prefer him for fantasy, especially in PPR leagues, where he could excel down the road.
James Starks, Packers
He scored, finally, and that is good news for his fantasy owners. Still, as I said, we see Green as a better fit and the guy who actually has some legit fantasy upside. The reason both players are relevant in 12-team leagues is that Cedric Benson is looking less and less likely to return in 2012.
Pierre Garcon, Redskins
He’s looking better and better each week and he’s back to being a legit playmaker. You still can add him in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues, so look into him just in case. Garcon is the clear top option in Washington’s passing attack and he can start for you in any format.
Danario Alexander, Chargers
He’s still available in over half of Yahoo! leagues, and I don’t get it. Add Alexander and start him in any league. He has been making plays ever since he arrived in San Diego. Only an injury will derail him at this point. The guy can flat-out play.
Josh Gordon, Browns
Somehow, he is available in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He needs to be owned in all formats and league sizes due to his big upside.
Kenny Britt, Titans
He is largely unowned in 10-team leagues with less than 50 percent ownership in Yahoo! That’s way too low. Britt is being targeted consistently and has been in the end zone two straight weeks. He has the kind of upside you should be looking to add now in all formats.
Chris Givens, Rams
Another player making big plays almost every week. Givens had a behavioral issue a few weeks back, but apart from that, his rookie season is unblemished. Add him, especially in long-term formats.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts
He’s not targeted enough to really be dependable, but he gives you upside every week due to his ability to score from anywhere on the field. He has added value if your league counts return touchdowns.
Golden Tate, Seahawks
Tate is trending well and has been an asset for fantasy GMs for the most part. He has a few good matchups left, so add him if you need some receiver help in 12-team leagues.
Donnie Avery, Colts
Avery is still healthy and still making plays. He is a nice add in deeper formats if you can get him. He is barely owned at all in Yahoo! leagues.
Mike Thomas, Lions
With Titus Young perhaps finished as a Lion, and with Ryan Broyles done for the year with an ACL injury, Thomas is in line for major snaps and targets. Thomas easily could close out the year as a WR3. Add him in most leagues.
Riley Cooper, Eagles
We like him as an add in most leagues now that he is a starter. He could have some value down the stretch in 12-team leagues. His big frame makes him a red zone threat, and he is a good technical player, too.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
For 12-team leagues and larger, Jeffery could be a sneaky add. He is a touchdown threat and he should be back and starting within the next week or two. Jay Cutler and the coaches really like this kid. He could make an immediate impact.
Brandon Myers, Raiders
Still available in almost half of Yahoo! leagues, Myers is a weekly starter in any format. Add him now if you can. He’s Carson Palmer’s most trusted target right now.
Dallas Clark, Buccaneers
Clark is really coming on the last few weeks and has scores in three out of his last four games. He can help you in 12-teams leagues for sure, and in some smaller leagues, too.
Jacob Tamme, Broncos
His role has solidified in recent weeks. Tamme can start for you in 12-team leagues for the time being.
Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
The switch to Chad Henne has increased Lewis’ role in the offense. He’s a playable tight end in 12-team leagues for now.
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