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Waiver Wire: Week 12

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Rishard Matthews, Dolphins – Owned in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues
As expected, Rishard Matthews’ eruption on Monday Night Football in Week 10 was not a fluke. With the beleaguered Dolphins offensive line unable to protect – and chemistry between Ryan Tannehill/Mike Wallace lacking – the short routes to the slot are first reads. Before Brandon Gibson’s injury, he was averaging 4.8 catches for 53.6 yards with two touchdowns in six games. Matthews can sustain those kind of numbers going forward.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team PPR leagues

2. Nate Burleson, Lions – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Lions and Nate Burleson have taken every precaution possible with his broken forearm. In an effort to avoid a Rob Gronkowski kind of situation from last season, he’s sat out far longer than originally expected. But he’s been practicing for more than two weeks now and should be able to step right back into that No. 2 wideout spot opposite Calvin Johnson. I don’t see any reason why Burleson can’t immediately resume the kind of numbers he was putting up before the injury – 6.3 catches for 79.6 yards per game.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team PPR leagues
 
3. Miles Austin, Cowboys – Owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues
As the Cowboys come out of their bye, they’re expected to get Miles Austin back from his latest hamstring pull. Now the question is what will happen between him and rookie Terrance Williams. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Austin will step right back in as the starter and primary player in two-wide sets. Even though Dez Bryant has seen constant double teams over the last three games, Williams has produced just five catches for 118 yards (with two touchdowns). If Austin’s hamstrings really are 100 percent, he’s the more polished receiver.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Michael Crabtree, 49ers – Owned in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues
The return of Michael Crabtree is finally growing near. He practiced last Friday for the first time since his Achilles’ tear and is fully expected to be activated off the PUP list by Week 13. Don’t expect an immediate impact off such a serious injury as he’ll likely be on a snap count, but there’s stash appeal here. With Mario Manningham ineffective and Anquan Boldin inept, Colin Kaepernick desperately needs a difference-maker like Crabtree back. He faces the Falcons in Week 16, aka fantasy Super Bowl week.
Recommendation: Should be stashed in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Rod Streater, Raiders – Owned in 8 percent of Yahoo leagues
Matt McGloin showed far more NFL-caliber arm strength and anticipation than expected in his first career start. The beneficiary was Rod Streater, who posted a 6/84/1 line on a team-high eight targets. McGloin’s more NFL-style game fits better with Streater, who isn’t a burner like Denarius Moore but knows how to get open. The matchup against the Titans this week isn’t good, but the Raiders play the Cowboys in Week 13.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

6. Marquise Goodwin, Bills – Owned in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods both sidelined against the Jets, Marquise Goodwin stepped up with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. A third-round rookie speedster, he’s making a serious case to get a bump in snaps even once those two starters get healthy. Goodwin would be higher on this list if the Bills weren’t on a bye this week.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Jerricho Cotchery, Mario Manningham, Cordarrelle Patterson, Aldrick Robinson, Seyi Ajirotutu, LaVon Brazill – Cotchery now has five touchdowns in his last three games. There’s red-zone chemistry with Big Ben. … Manningham has a great matchup with the Redskins this week, but his snaps were way down in Week 11. … Patterson’s season-high nine targets were encouraging, but Greg Jennings (Achilles) is expected back. … Robinson is a deep threat that could step in for Leonard Hankerson (knee). … Ajirotutu is Kennan Allen’s (knee) direct backup, but Allen should be fine. … Brazill played ahead of Darrius Heyward-Bey in the second half last week.

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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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