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Waiver Wire: Week 13

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Nate Burleson, Lions – Owned in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues
Talk about a seamless reintegration back into the lineup. Making his first appearance since Week 3, Nate Burleson played on 72-of-80 snaps and posted a 7/77/1 line on 10 targets. He won’t get to face the Bucs’ shoddy slot defense every week, but he will see single coverage all day long. Burleson has at least six catches in all four games he’s played in this season and is averaging 6.5 catches for 79.0 yards with one score. In full PPR leagues, he’s a very strong WR3.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings – Owned in 18 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s taken 11 games and a 2-8-1 record, but the Vikings are finally starting to feature the guy they took 29th overall in the draft. Cordarrelle Patterson has started at split end ahead of Jerome Simpson in each of the last two games, racking up 20 catches during that span. He’s clearly developing chemistry and trust with Christian Ponder. Although the vast majority of the targets are of the quick-hitting/screen variety, just getting the ball in this guy’s hands is going to yield results. The Vikes appear to realize that now. Patterson will be a WR4 with serious upside going forward.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

3. Rod Streater, Raiders – Owned in 14 percent of Yahoo leagues
Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin has actually breathed some life into the Raiders passing game, throwing for 457 yards and four touchdowns over the last two weeks. His main man is Rod Streater. During those two starts, Streater has 11 catches for 177 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets. That includes Sunday’s 5/93/0 line against the Titans’ elite corner duo in Week 12. On Thanksgiving, he’ll get a Dallas defense ranked 31st in the league against the pass. The hip issue that bothered Streater against the Titans is not a real concern.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Michael Crabtree, 49ers – Owned in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
The 49ers are expected to start easing Michael Crabtree back into the mix in this week’s game against the Rams. That sounds exciting. The concern is that he’s coming off one of the most serious injuries an athlete can have (Achilles’ tear) and he’ll likely see limited snaps at first. Then, in Week 14, he gets Seattle’s Legion of Boom. And in Week 15, he’d likely see outside corner Darrelle Revis – as long as Revis’ groin is healed. That’s a lot of obstacles to overcome if fantasy owners are going to count on him. Perhaps the best reason to add Crabtree is for a Week 16 home matchup with the Falcons. Stashing him and seeing what happens ahead of that dream matchup is a fine play.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

5. Julian Edelman, Patriots – Owned in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s getting nearly impossible to predict how Tom Brady will distribute his throws beyond Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vereen. Everything is matchup and gameplan dependent. In the Week 12 win over the Broncos, Edelman was the one that led the way with nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets. He played on 74-of-88 snaps, well ahead of Danny Amendola (59 snaps). Will that usage continue in Sunday’s game at Houston? Only the Patriots know, making Edelman a boom or bust WR4 type.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

6. Miles Austin, Cowboys – Owned in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues
The good news is that Austin showed no hamstring issues while playing on 48-of-65 snaps in Week 12. He’s practicing in full ahead of the Thanksgiving game against the Raiders. The bad news is that Austin saw just three targets and caught one pass for 17 yards while rotating with Terrance Williams (41 snaps). Still, there’s upside here because Dez Bryant sees so many double teams and Austin is far more polished than the rookie. The Cowboys have at least hinted that they see Austin’s ability out of the slot as a key to their offense.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

7. Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots – Owned in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
During the first half of the Week 12 win over the Broncos, things at the X receiver spot for the Patriots were quiet. Aaron Dobson was playing just about every snap there, as expected. The only surprise was that he had no catches. Then things got crazy, as Dobson played just two snaps after the half and Kenbrell Thompkins posted a 6/56/0 line. It looks like a benching, not an injury situation. Therefore, it’s possible that Thompkins will reemerge as the every-down X man come Sunday.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Robert Woods, Justin Hunter, Ace Sanders, Marquise Goodwin – Woods is back from his ankle injury, but will he lose snaps to the impressive Goodwin? … Hunter is emerging as the clear-cut No. 3 wideout ahead of Damian Williams. He’s talented, but that’s not a consistent role in a Ryan Fitzpatrick offense. … Sanders will start opposite Cecil Shorts again if Mike Brown can’t go.

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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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