The Wire: Week 14

Wow, I’m glad I’m a Patriots fan and not a Ravens fan after last nights game. Imagine the feeling those players had when they thought they had the game won…then realized that one of their coaches had called a time out? Ouch! Alright, that’s enough rubbing it in. I was definitely on an emotional roller coaster watching that one though…let’s hope the rest of their undefeated season is a lot less exciting (as they return to blowing out teams!) Anyways, the playoffs start this week in most leagues, so hopefully you have earned a spot in your league’s tournament. In case you’re in search of some last minute players to snag off the waiver wire that could help your team advance, here you go…

Bryant Johnson (WR-ARI): At this point, both Fitzgerald and Boldin are banged up, which could set the stage for a big day for Johnson this weekend. Even if Fitz or Boldin play, as long as both of them don’t play, Johnson should put up some good numbers, similar to his 56 yard and one touchdown performance this past weekend.

Mike Furrey and Shaun McDonald (WR-DET): With Roy Williams expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee sprain, Furrey will join the starting lineup with Calvin Johnson, but both Furrey and McDonald should see an increase in workload.

Leon Washington (RB-NYJ): The Jets seem to be giving Washington more of a chance to prove himself at the running back position lately, possibly due to the fact that their season is down the drain at this point. He got 10 carries in last weekends game and converted that into 68 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also a threat in the receiving game. With the next game against Cleveland, there’s a decent chance that Leon will be given a pretty good chance to show his stuff so that the team can get a better idea of their running back situation going into next year.

Anthony Gonzalez (WR-IND): Gonzalez is expected to return this week against Baltimore and with Marvin Harrison still expected to be out, he could have a pretty productive afternoon. Keep an eye on his injury though to make sure he will start before plugging him into your lineup.

Patrick Crayton (WR-DAL): Crayton has been very inconsistent this season, posting pretty solid games on five occassions, as opposed to five terrible performances. If you’re willing to take the chance on him, he does have a solid matchup this week against a Detroit defense that hasn’t been all that strong against the pass this season.

Jerry Porter (WR-OAK): Porter has been fairly solid the past few weeks, averaging around 70 receiving yards a game while catching a touchdown pass this past Sunday. While they play a tough Green Bay defense this weekend, Porter could still produce. If JaMarcus Russell gets more playing time as well, keep an eye to see what receiver he picks as his go-to guy, as it could be Porter.

Buffalo (DEF): Although Buffalo is ranked near the bottom of the defense rankings so far this season, I’m in favor of starting any defense against the Miami Dolphins. If the Bills don’t limit the Dolphins to less than 14 points and don’t force about 4 turnovers, I’d be surprised.