The Wire – Week 13: The Hunt for the Playoffs

Here are our waiver wire candidates for week thirteen. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis. With the playoffs rapidly approaching (only one week of the regular season left in my two main leagues,) many teams out there are probably in a “must win” situation this week. Hopefully some of the players below can get you a much needed victory and give you a chance at that championship trophy (or pride, cash, whatever else you get for winning a fantasy football league.) Anyways, let’s get to the waiver wire picks for this week, starting with a few wide receivers that could help your cause…

Wide Receivers
  • [Startable] Pierre Garcon, IND (75%) – Garcon continues to get looks each game and has two touchdowns in the past three games. He makes a solid WR3 and should see some extra snaps if the team decides to rest Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark down the stretch.
  • [Startable] Chris Chambers, SD (72%) – Although match-ups with Denver and Buffalo don’t look that appealing, Chambers does play Cleveland in week 15 and could be there in a big spot for your team during the playoffs.
  • [Startable] Robert Meachem, NO (61%) – I’m finding it hard to write anything nice about a guy who helped dismember the Patriots last night, but he does have five touchdowns in the past four games and is a home run threat for sure.
  • [Stopgap] Devery Henderson, NO (62%) – “Consistency” is not a word Henderson is familiar with, but he definitely rebounded from his -2 yard performance last week in a big way en route to stomping my New England Patriots last night. 🙁
  • [Stopgap] Laveranues Coles, CIN (58%) – Coles was supposed to put up big numbers against the Browns last weekend, but I’ll give him a mulligan, as he plays the Lions this Sunday and should put up solid numbers.
  • [Stopgap] Donnie Avery, STL (56%) – Four catches in each of the past three games and three touchdowns over that same span. Avery makes a decent WR3/flex play from here on out.
  • [Stopgap] Kenny Britt, TEN (26%) – He’s a “must own” in keeper leagues, but Britt has a touchdown in two straight games and is becoming one of Vince Young’s favorite targets.
  • [Stopgap] Jason Avant, PHI (19%) – Starter DeSean Jackson could miss this weekend’s game with a concussion, which means more playing time for Avant, who was already putting up solid numbers these past few weeks.
  • [Worth a look] Antonio Bryant, TB (53%) – Josh Freeman is coming into his own and Bryant could get more looks as the rookie quarterback feels more and more confident throwing the ball downfield.
  • [Worth a look] Michael Jenkins, ATL (21%) – Jenkins got a lot of looks with Redman at the helm and could get a lot more this weekend.
  • [Worth a look] James Jones, GB (11%) – He’s getting looks each game and if you’re willing/able to put up with his inconsistencies, Jones might be the guy you’re looking for.
  • [One-week-wonder] Mark Clayton, BAL (37%) – Just look at his numbers in the four weeks leading up to Sunday…then leave him in the free agent pool.
  • [One-week-wonder] Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK (2%) – Just wanted to give the number one drafted wide receiver this year props for making the first touchdown catch of his career. Don’t start him though.
  • [One-week-wonder] Sam Aiken, NE (1%) – Aiken hadn’t caught a pass in two weeks leading up to last night’s game. Don’t expect seven catches for him in another game all year.
Quarterbacks
  • [Stopgap] Kyle Orton, DEN (71%) – Orton wasn’t great against the Giants on Thanksgiving, but he didn’t re-injure himself and now has decent potential against a bad Chiefs defense.
  • [Stopgap] David Garrard, JAX (71%) – Last time Garrard played Houston, he threw for 214 yards and zero touchdowns. Let’s hope he puts up better numbers this weekend if you roll the dice on him.
  • [Stopgap] Matt Cassel, KC (52%) – I’m not diggin’ his chances against the Broncos, but Cassel is usually good for 200 yards and a score if that helps your team.
  • [Stopgap] Alex Smith, SF (43%) – Smith is doing his best to shake the “bust” tag and has five touchdowns over his past two games. He won’t put up a ton of yards, but if he can find Frank Gore or Vernon Davis on a short touchdown pass or two, he should put up decent fantasy stats for a third straight week.
  • [Stopgap] / [Worth a look] Vince Young, TEN (43%) – Who knew Vince Young could throw the ball? Don’t expect 387 yards against the Colts this weekend, but Tennessee has as good a chance as anyone to knock Indy from the ranks of the unbeaten and finally get to .500 for the first time all year. Young has more value in keeper leagues at this point, but could fill in for a desperate team somewhere.
  • [Stopgap] / [Worth a look] Josh Freeman, TB (10%) – Don’t call me Nostradamus or anything, but I called that big game from Freeman last week. He has a tougher match-up with the Panthers this weekend though, but similar to Young above, he has a big potential in keeper leagues.
  • [One-week-wonder] Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF (6%) – Don’t expect a repeat performance from Fitzpatrick versus Darrelle Revis and the Jets this weekend.
  • [One-week-wonder] Chris Redman, ATL (3%) – He played admirably in Matt Ryan’s absence, but with the Eagles on the horizon, I’m in no hurry to get him in my QB spot this week.
Running Backs
  • [Stopgap] Mike Bell, NO (68%) – Bell seems to get a lot of his carries when it comes to mop-up time, which is worth something on a team that can score as much as the Saints. I don’t like his chances against a tough Washington team this weekend though.
  • [Stopgap] Rock Cartwright, WAS (67%) – The Redskins offense just isn’t good enough to make Cartwright an appealing option and a game against the Saints isn’t going to help the situation. Expect Washington to abandon the ground game early in this one and limit Rock’s effectiveness.
  • [Stopgap] Jerious Norwood, ATL (31%) – With Michael Turner back in the line-up last weekend, it was Norwood (not Snelling) who got the backup carries. With Turner re-injuring himself though, expect Norwood to get the bulk of the carries this weekend against the Eagles.
  • [Stopgap] Chris Brown, HOU (11%) – The Texans seem to like the split between Steve Slaton and Chris Brown at the moment and when the game is on the line, Brown is the guy they’re handing the ball to. He has a solid match-up against the Jaguars this coming week as well.
  • [Worth a look] Felix Jones, DAL (73%) – It seems that it’s going to take more than owner Jerry Jones’ campaigning to get Felix the carries he needs to be an effective fantasy running back, but he’s doing the best he can with what he gets. Last week he put up solid numbers on just seven carries and even found the endzone.
  • [Worth a look] Larry Johnson, CIN (70%) – LJ racked up 107 yards against the Browns and would have another appealing match-up this week against the Lions if it weren’t for the fact that Cedric Benson will return to the starting role. Playing Detroit though, there could be enough scraps for Johnson to put up some serviceable numbers still.
  • [Worth a look] Sammy Morris, NE (25%) – Morris made his return from injury last night, but it was still Laurence Maroney that saw the bulk of the carries. With Maroney running half-way decent, Morris has little fantasy value these days.
Tight Ends
  • [Stopgap] Kevin Boss, NYG (61%) – After a two score performance in week 11, Boss disappeared off the map against Denver this past weekend. Expect him to rebound a bit against the Cowboys though.
  • [Stopgap] Zach Miller, OAK (58%) – In the two games since Bruce Gradkowski has taken over as quarterback, Miller has racked up 10 catches for 138 yards and a score.
  • [Stopgap] Dustin Keller, NYJ (51%) – Keller now has 21 catches over the past four games and has established himself as one of Mark Sanchez’s favorite targets.
  • [Stopgap] Fred Davis, WAS (25%) – With Chris Cooley out for the season, Davis will continue to get looks from Jason Campbell on a regular basis (hopefully more touchdowns too!)
  • [Worth a look] Bo Scaife, TEN (9%) – As Vince Young gets more and more adept as a passer, he’s looking more and more to his safety outlet, Bo Scaife.
  • [One-week-wonder] Anthony Fasano, MIA (7%) – He didn’t have a catch in the previous two games leading up to Sunday’s contest with Buffalo.