Week 14 – Waiver Wire Pickups
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At this point in the season any running back help is a good thing. When you have a chance to pickup a running back that could see a feature back role, it’s even more important to give them a look. Consider Alex Green of the Packers and Montell Owens of the Jaguars as such options this week.
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QB. Russell Wilson –
For the past five weeks, rookie Russell Wilson has thrown for at least two touchdowns a game. During that stretch Wilson as has a quarterback rating no lower than 96.8 and in three of those games he has a rating over 125. With Wilson playing at a Pro Bowl level down the stretch it’s no surprise that Sidney Rice and Golden Tate have emerged in that span as weekly starting options.
Another interesting wrinkle adding to Wilson’s value is the status of Seattle’s top corners Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. As of now, Browner about to start a four-game suspension this week, and Sherman is likely to join him soon.
If the Seahawks start to give up more points, Seattle will look to Wilson and the passing game for more production and that could make Wilson a worthy low-end starter, going forward. At this point, he’s at least worth picking up as his running ability gives him added value.
RB. Alex Green –
James Starks will be out for at least a few weeks, and the Packers have responded by signing Ryan Grant. This is good news for Alex Green, who is running the football much more decisively than I saw earlier in the season. Green should have a chance to be the Packers feature back going forward and with the team issues in pass protection, they won’t be abandoning the run.
RB. Montell Owens –
With Rashad Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew banged up, look to Montell Owens to handle most of the work in the Jaguars backfield this week. Owens isn’t anything special but he can give you fair production as a flex play against the Jets.
RB. Joique Bell –
Bell picked up most of his production last week on one long run. Bell is the favored running back to finish games late, but the problem is the Lions usually play from behind in the fourth quarter. Expect that to be the same this week in Lambeau, but next week he has a chance for a nice day against the Cardinals.
RB. Justin Forsett –
Forsett split the workload with Arian Foster last week and has filled in well for Ben Tate. Now Tate is healthy but expect the Texans to continue using Forsett for now. I have a feeling the Texans will use Foster as a feature back this week in a very important game against the Patriots.
If they win, expect the Texans to revert back to a committee approach down the stretch as they keep Foster healthy for the playoffs.
WR. Golden Tate –
An undersized receiver, Tate is making things happen on the outside and has clearly earned the trust of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Tate is a shifty receiver with the football in his hands and his sudden moves after the catch, remind me a little of Victor Cruz or Cecil Shorts.
Tate doesn’t have the long speed of those receivers mentioned above and perhaps that’s why we haven’t seen him break away for long touchdown runs, but he will make big plays after the catch.
WR. Donnie Avery –
Expect more up and down play from Avery but with the Colts leaning on the passing game to win games, the veteran is an option to consider as a WR3. Unfortunately, I believe Luck’s ability to spread the football around coupled with No.3 receiver T.Y. Hilton’s play makes Avery a dicey start.
D. Jets Defense –
If the Jets are still around on the waiver wire this is a good time to pick them up. This week they face the Jaguars and next week they have another respectful matchup against the Titans. New York will pound the football and eat the clock in order to help the defense stay fresh.
Keep An Eye On
RB. Bernard Pierce –
Pierce continues to see an increase in his snaps in what has turned into a committee situation with Ray Rice. Now five years in the league, the Ravens are likely using Rice much like the Texans are handling Foster and that is to scale his workload back now, to keep Rice fresh for the playoffs.
RB. Robert Turbin –
Like Pierce’s situation with Rice, Turbin would be an instant RB2 if something should happen to Marshawn Lynch. His abilities in the passing game would keep him as a three down back if he should have a chance to start.
WR. Mike Thomas –
Ryan Broyles is done for the year with another torn ACL and Titus Young was placed on IR because of a “knee injury” so that leaves Mike Thomas starting opposite Calvin Johnson. Haven’t seen much from the former Jaguar, but Thomas is in an ideal situation for success, so keep an eye on him this week.
WR. Jason Avant / Riley Cooper –
The Eagles will be in some interesting games down the stretch with the Buccaneers, Bengals and Redskins over the next three weeks. With DeSean Jackson done for the season, keep an eye on Avant and Cooper’s production this week.
D. Lions Defense –
This week the Lions face an average matchup at best playing on the road against the Packers. Next week is a promising matchup as Detroit heads down to Arizona and faces the Cardinals. If you can stash them on your roster this week, it might be a good idea to do so.