Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NFL WEEK 13 WAIVER WIRE FIRE

By Will Hoover

Week 13 in the NFL is the final regular season game for most fantasy football leagues. It’s a do or die,

back against the wall, see what your team is made of type of week for a lot of fantasy owners. This

final week could determine whether you’re in the playoffs and a championship contender or out of

the race and stuck in a consolation bracket. A few key acquisitions this week could help boost your

team over your week 13 opponent and continue you’re winning through the playoffs. This week’s list

includes some talented running backs, some emerging wide receivers and a key defense to target for

your playoffs. Below I’ll list my top 7 players to target for this week’s waiver wire by name, position,

percentage of ownership (in espn leagues) and their week 13 opponent.

1. Latavius Murray: RB, 10.1% ownership, WK 13 @ Rams

The Raiders finally tasted victory last week. Running back Latavius Murray’s incredible 2 quarter

long break out was a huge help in the win. Murray’s 4 carries, 112 yards and 2 touchdowns

could have been even more if he hadn’t sustained a concussion in the second quarter. Murray

possesses a big frame and incredible speed. Some have compared Latavius Murray to Adrian

Peterson because of their similar build and running style. Since the Raiders are last in the league

in team rushing with 809 yards (league leading Seahawks have 1866) they were willing to see

what they had in Latavius Murray in week 12. While Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones Drew

have been wildly ineffective, Murray showed he could be the future for the Raiders. Add Murray

for running back depth and a good spot play the rest of the year.

2. LeGarrette Blount: RB, 20.1% ownership, WK 13 @ Packers

In less than a week LeGarrette Blount went from the being an unused and unhappy Steeler to

the Patriots week 12 feature back. Thanks to break out star Jonas Gray’s lack of an alarm clock,

LeGarrette Blount was able to get his reps going for 12 carries, 78 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick trusts Blount after his outstanding performance for him at the end

of last season, and will have no problem staying with Blount if Gray continues to mess up. You

must use caution though when owning any Patriot running back. Whether it’s Shane Vereen,

Jonas Gray or Legarrette Blount you never know who Bill Belichick will deploy week to week.

Add Legarrette Blount for running back depth and hope for continued touches through the

playoffs.

3. Jarvis Landry: WR, 11.2% ownership, WK 13 @ Jets

Dolphin’s rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry lands on the list again. His high amount of targets

has equaled a high amount of receptions and a real value in PPR (point per reception) leagues.

In the last 4 weeks his chemistry with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been evident.

Going for 24 receptions, 195 yards and 4 touchdowns. Quietly Landry is having a great rookie

year and is a big part of the Dolphins offense. Add Jarvis Landry for a WR2 or flex option as long

as Tannehill and the Dolphins offense remain hot and headed towards the playoffs.

4. John Brown: WR, 25.4% ownership, WK 13 @ Falcons

The Cardinals rookie wide receiver John Brown has gone from small school (Pittsburgh State)

sensation to the first place Cardinals most reliable receiver. With Larry Fitzgerald having an

inconsistent season (only two 100 yard games and 2 td’s on the season) and Michael Floyd

being one of this year’s biggest disappointments, the opportunity was there for John Brown to

succeed. His 71 targets show the Cardinals quarterbacks trust in the rookie receiver. Browns

numbers have been steady whether its Carson Palmer or Drew Stanton at quarterback this

year. Last week with Larry Fitzgerald out and QB Drew Stanton struggling mightily in Seattle

the speedy Brown was able to lead the team in receiving yards with 61. If Fitzgerald is to miss

more time or is even hampered by his injury John Brown’s value will increase. Add Brown for a

receiver who can help in your play-off run.

5. Rams: DE/ST, 24% ownership, WK 13 vs Raiders

I don’t usually list defense on my list but this one is too good to leave out. After a slow start and

an offense that couldn’t keep them off the field the once feared Rams defense was relegated

to waiver wire oblivion. After week 8 something clicked and everything changed. In the first 8

games the Rams defense had a pathetic 6 sacks and 8 turnovers. Since coming alive in week 9,

the Rams have produced 16 sacks and 8 turnovers during that 4 game span. The Rams remaining

schedule is very favorable with the Raiders, Redskins, Cardinals and Giants left to play. The

only week they may need a replacement would be week 15 versus the Cardinals. With Injuries

and last week’s dismal performance in Seattle the Cardinals are not what they were earlier in

the season and have me thinking it could be a good start anyway. Add the Rams for a defense

primed to take you on a playoff run.

6. Justin Hunter: WR, 14.5% ownership, WK 13 @ Texans

Second year wide receiver Justin Hunter is an athletic pass catcher who has flashed his

playmaking ability this season. After a promising preseason filled with leaping catches and big

plays Hunter has been a slight disappointment in the regular season. Struggling to break into the

starting line up earlier this year Hunter has since made some big plays and has been increasingly

targeted by rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Last week his 10 targets were the most on

the team but only led to 4 catches for 64 yards and 1 touchdown. While only converting 40%

of your targets isn’t great, the fact Hunter took one of those targets 40 yards for a score shows

his playmaking ability. Add Hunter for receiver depth then wait and see if Zach Mettenberger

continues to target him heavily in the coming games.

7. Charles Johnson: WR, .3% ownership, WK 13 vs Panthers

While the Vikings struggling offense has little to offer fantasy owners, there is hope with a young

core of promising players. One of these promising players who has recently emerged is Charles

Johnson. With only 12 targets and 6 receptions in the first 10 weeks of the season Johnson has

surprisingly emerged as the Vikings top receiver. In the 2 games since week 10 Johnson has

exploded with 18 targets, 9 receptions for 139 yards and 1 touchdown. Johnson’s emergence

has come in the wake of Cordarrell Patterson’s major bust of a season and has the team

rethinking its receiving core going forward. While it’s hard to start any Viking’s wide receiver

Charles Johnson is the one to own. Add Johnson if your desperate for receiver help or put him

on your bench and see if he continues to be Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target.

GOOD LUCK!

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