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Fantasy Football: Week 14 waiver wire 12.03.13 at 10:20 am ET
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As we look toward what is a playoff week in most fantasy football formats, there certainly are a few solid new options to consider adding. The sad reality is that half of the teams in most leagues just got sent packing, and that obviously cuts down on the competition for talent. Hence, we are concentrating on the better players vs. the depth moves, but we still have a little of both.

If you are looking for deeper options, you can head over to Rotobahn later Tuesday and check out my expanded wire for those in deep formats. As always, I’€™ll be back later this week with Jim Hackett for the Fantasy Football Podcast, plus the starts and sits. Then, on Sunday, I’€™ll be hosting a chat to help with any last-minute lineup issues that you might have. To those of you reading this, please accept our congratulations on making your league’€™s playoffs. Now let’€™s see if we can bring home the fantasy bacon!


Andy Dalton, Bengals

He’€™s available in about 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and that percentage could rise after the stinker that Dalton had in Week 13. Still, we like Dalton’€™s Week 14 matchup, and Week 16 is pretty sweet, too.

  • Week 14 – Colts
  • Week 15 – at Steelers
  • Week 16 – Vikings

Joe Flacco, Ravens

He plays at home vs. the Vikings this week, and that could be enough to make him a great add. As an added bonus, he’€™s playable on all three remaining weeks. In Week 14, Flacco may also see the return of his favorite target, Dennis Pitta.

  • Week 14 – Vikings
  • Week 15 – at Lions
  • Week 16 – Patriots

Carson Palmer, Cardinals

He can’€™t help you Week 16, but he’€™ll be useful this week and next. Palmer has been very good lately, with multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games. He can help you as a QB2 in most leagues, and you can still add him in 54 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

  • Week 14 – Rams
  • Week 15 – at Titans
  • Week 16 – at Seahawks

EJ Manuel, Bills

He plays a solid, though not incredible, schedule the rest of the way, and he’€™s been getting better in terms of health. Manuel also has scored well the last two weeks, so he can help you if you need to add a QB2 in a 12-team league. His receivers are healthy and he now has C.J. Spiller ripping off big runs, and that could take the edge off of the pass rush going forward.

  • Week 14 – at Buccaneers
  • Week 15 – at Jaguars
  • Week 16 – Dolphins

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Fantasy Football: Week 13 starts, sits 11.30.13 at 8:23 am ET
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Welcome to the starts and sits for Week 13. I’€™ll be featuring better players than usual because there are no more bye concerns and most fantasy teams, especially those still alive, will be looking at better players when it comes to lineup decisions.

For those who have more questions than this article has answers for, you have two places to go. First, you can hit Rotobahn and consult our full lineup rankings, which will give you a ranking and a ‘€œskinny’€ on just about any player you might be considering in any league. Second, you can come back to tomorrow and participate in our Sunday morning chat where I will answer all of your lineup questions. You’ll find a link to the chat on the homepage in the “This Just In” section.



Tom Brady, Patriots at Texans

Just kidding, folks. This one is an ultra-obvious freebie — meant to do nothing but point out that Rotobahn had the future Hall of Famer on our trade-for list when others were running for cover. For those who stuck with Brady … or dealt for him, enjoy the next few weeks. He’€™s a QB1, period.

Josh McCown, Bears at Vikings

How often do we recommend a backup quarterback playing on the road? Not that often, but McCown has been very good so far in terms of fantasy production and this matchup is very solid. Start McCown in any format this week and you are in pretty good shape.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers vs. Rams

Two things factor into the decision to make CK a start. First, he looked much better last week. Second, he gets Michael Crabtree back this week. The Rams are not an easy mark, but they can be had, especially when on the road, and this one is at Frisco.

Andrew Luck, Colts vs. Titans

He may not inspire the kind of confidence that he did a few weeks back, but a lot of it is perception. Luck is still a very sound fantasy play in 12-team leagues and has produced good fantasy numbers in games that were pretty ugly from the Colts’€™ perspective. He was serviceable against the Titans on the road in Week 11 and he should be able to handle them this week in Indianapolis.

Andy Dalton, Bengals at Chargers

He’s been a strong option for most of the season and he gets a decent road matchup here. We expect the Bengals to be ready after having an extra week to prepare. Dalton can start for you in any format this week. He always has nice scoring potential due to the quality of the weapons around him.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals at Eagles

The matchup is mediocre, but he’€™s playing well and has tons of good places to throw the football in Bruce Arians‘€™ offense. The Eagles are playing well, but they will have trouble matching up with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Palmer can help you in 12-team leagues this week.

Brandon Weeden, Browns vs. Jaguars

Here’€™s an option for those searching for an answer in a deep league. Weeden is not a great start, but he may be the best thing on waiver wires in 12-team formats and he could have a solid day at home vs. the Jaguars. Weeden can be your QB this week if you are hurting and he might just surprise you if he can get Josh Gordon going and hit on a few deep balls.


Mike Glennon, Bucs at Panthers

The rookie has been pretty good so far, but he lacks the experience and the firepower to play against the Panthers defense on the road in a hostile environment. Look elsewhere if you can.

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Fantasy Football: Week 13 waiver wire 11.26.13 at 9:40 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 13 waiver wire, and happy Thanksgiving to all! It’€™s crunch time in most fantasy football leagues as teams fight for a spot in the playoffs or for a playoff bye. I’€™ve done my best to give you a wide array of choices, and I will be adding players all day over at Rotobahn for those of you who play in deeper formats. I’€™ll be back later this week with the starts and sits plus another Sunday chat. I hope to see you there!


Carson Palmer, Cardinals

You can add him in 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he’€™s been on fire for fantasy purposes the last few weeks. Palmer has the weaponry to succeed, and his schedule is good enough with the probable exception of Week 16 at Seattle, though the Seahawks have taken a big hit in their secondary. Palmer is a fantasy asset in any format.

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 starts, sits 11.22.13 at 10:28 am ET
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Welcome to the starts and sits for Week 12. I’€™ve done my best to find some options from across the spectrum while avoiding the really obvious stuff. This is the last bye week for the NFL, so things get a lot easier going forward for those whose teams are still in the thick of things. If you require more assistance or clarity, head over to Rotobahn and check out our full lineup rankings. Also, make sure you check out the Fantasy Football Podcast with Jim Hackett sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun. And, as always, I’€™ll be here Sunday morning for our chat to help with your Week 12 lineup decisions.



Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Browns

He’€™s gone off in two out of the last three games, and he’€™s worth a look based on upside alone. He probably will have his best receiver taken away because Cleveland’€™s Joe Haden is one of the league’s best cornerbacks, but Big Ben has other places he can go with the ball.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs. Colts

He’€™ll have his ups and downs in this weekend’€™s game because Indy can get a pass rush going sometimes, but he’€™ll have enough moments throwing to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd to have a solid fantasy outing.

Josh McCown, Bears at Rams

He’€™s not fun to watch, but like Shaun Hill on the Lions, he gets the job done. Coach Marc Trestman has done his usual magnificent job with his quarterbacks, and you can expect some solid stats in Week 12. The Rams simply cannot match up with the size and athleticism of the Chicago receivers and tight ends. The Rams could get lit up if they fail to rush the passer, which is the strength of their defense. McCown is a solid option in 12-team leagues.

Mike Glennon, Bucs at Lions

This is a deep play. Glennon is a bit risky on the road, but I like the matchup with the Tampa receivers going against the Detroit defensive backs. I also think the Bucs can hold up better than most teams against the Lions’ nasty front four. Glennon can play for you in a 12-team league if you’€™re in a bind. The same can be said for Scott Tolzien of the Packers and and Case Keenum of the Texans.


Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Panthers

He’€™s got bad protection, broken weapons and a bad Week 1 matchup. He may get some volume stats, but you can do better in most formats. Leave Tannehill on the bench this week if you have other options.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits 11.15.13 at 9:28 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 11 starts and sits. It’€™s a tough week with a lot of bad matchups, but I’€™ve done my best to find some appealing options for this weekend. If you need some more feedback on players not listed here, hit Rotobahn for our full lineup rankings. And don’t forget to check out our weekly podcast, too. I’€™ll also be back at WEEI on Sunday at 11 a.m. for our regular chat, so send in those questions.



Nick Foles, Eagles vs. Redskins

Is Michael Vick healthy yet? Will it matter when he is? Foles has been outstanding lately, and I’€™d be very willing to start him this week against a Washington defense that fails to inspire fear in opponents. He’€™s a QB1 in Rotobahn’€™s Week 11 rankings.

Case Keenum, Texans vs. Raiders

This kid can play, and there’€™s very little reason to doubt him in this plus matchup at home. Expect a few big plays and a solid performance that yields numbers worthy of a start in most formats.

Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Browns

Dalton has played well against Cleveland in the past and he has enough options to work around CB Joe Haden if he’€™s having a good day against A.J. Green. Dalton should give you solid production that’€™s good enough to be a QB1 in 12-team leagues.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals at Jaguars

The Jaguars will give him some opportunities, and he’€™s been solid the last few weeks against stronger opponents. If you need an option this week, Palmer can give you a serviceable start.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 waiver wire 11.12.13 at 10:36 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 11 waiver wire! We have some serious work to do this week with a few significant byes and a ton of major injuries over the last few weeks. I’€™ve added the remaining schedules for a few players where I felt it was a significant factor in their value. I’€™ll be doing this the rest of the way because the schedule is huge at this point when evaluating a player’€™s remaining worth.

If you play in a deep format and need more options, head on over to Rotobahn, where we cater to the needs of those in huge leagues. I’€™ll be adding players to the wire all day long as I continue to work through the Week 10 game film.


Nick Foles, Eagles

You can still get him in 34 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He’€™s a good QB as we’€™ve been saying for a while now. It’€™s unlikely that we see Mike Vick under center unless Foles gets hurt or implodes. Add Foles and he can be your starter in most formats. Are you listening, Aaron Rodgers owners?

Carson Palmer, Cardinals

He’€™s a weekly adventure, and he’€™ll always throw a pick or two it seems, but he has a lot of high-end talent to throw to and he has a very favorable schedule on most weeks over the rest of 2013.

  • Week 11 – at Jaguars
  • Week 12 – Colts
  • Week 13 – at Eagles
  • Week 14 – Rams
  • Week 15 – at Titans
  • Week 16 – at Seahawks

Week 16 is really the only week you can’€™t play Palmer, who is available in 72 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Case Keenum, Texans

You can still get him in 71 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he’€™s a guy who can help you if you are in a jam — and a lot of us are with all these injuries. Keenum has the job, and he has the weapons to be a fantasy option in 12-team leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 10 starts, sits 11.08.13 at 10:29 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 10 starts and sits. Just to clarify, these are not the top-rated players at their positions this week. Rather, they are players who are on the edge in terms of the weekly value. If you want my top ranked players at every position, go to for our full lineup rankings. Jim Hackett and I will back later Friday with our weekly podcast, and please join us for a Sunday morning chat, as I’€™ll be here at 11 a.m. to answer all of your lineup questions.



Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Bills

I’€™m sticking with Big Ben after he came through for me last week. His matchup gets better going from the Patriots at Foxboro to the Bills on his home field. The Steelers also have a full complement of weapons for the first time in a while with the return of WR Markus Wheaton, who we like a lot. Roethlisberger can help in any league this week.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders at Giants

He’€™s the fulcrum of the Oakland offense. Nothing happens without him involved. Pryor should be good for a few big plays against the Giants, who have been giving up plays all year. Pryor is a good option, especially in bigger leagues, and he has big-game potential if things break right.

Eli Manning, Giants vs. Raiders

Yes, there’€™s risk, but if you are hurting for options, he looks like a good start to me this week. The Giants have slowly become functional on offense, and I think the return of tailback Andre Brown will be another boost — giving Manning another way to make plays in passing situations. He can help you in most formats this week.

Jake Locker, Titans vs. Jaguars

He is playing better, and he should perform well in a sweet home matchup this week. His running game has kicked in, and that opens things up downfield. Plus, Locker can get you extra points with his feet. He can help you this week if you need an option in a big league.

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