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Waiver Wire: Week 13

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Considering how deep we are into the season, there’s a lot to chew on this week – especially at the running back spot. It’s a rare treat for owners still in need of help.

For the rest of us, it’s time to stash potential assets for the playoffs. Use Evan Silva’s rankings for Weeks 14-16 and think hard about what you need on your bench. There’s a good chance Jay Cutler, Michael Crabtree and Dennis Pitta are worth more than someone like Nate Washington or a bench quarterback like Case Keenum.

On to this week’s assets. Here is how I would rank the top players available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues at each position. Notes and recommendations on each player will follow below.

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Quarterbacks
1. Josh McCown
2. Jay Cutler
3. Matt Flynn
4. Ryan Tannehill
5. Carson Palmer

Running backs
1. Montee Ball
2. Benny Cunningham
3. Bilal Powell
4. C.J. Anderson
5. Chris Ogbonnaya
6. Ronnie Brown

Wide receivers
1. Nate Burleson
2. Cordarrelle Patterson
3. Rod Streater
4. Michael Crabtree
5. Julian Edelman
6. Miles Austin
7. Kenbrell Thompkins

Tight Ends
1. Ladarius Green
2. Rob Housler
3. Tim Wright
4. Dennis Pitta
5. Jacob Tamme
* Delanie Walker is owned in 49 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 3 add at tight end.

Defense/Special Teams
1. Browns
2. Dolphins
3. Bills
* The Cowboys D/ST is owned in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, they’d be my No. 2 add.

Kickers   
1. Nick Novak
2. Dan Carpenter
3. Graham Gano
4. Jay Feely
* Steven Hauschka is owned in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues. If available, he’d be my No. 1 add.


QUARTERBACKS
1. Josh McCown, Bears – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
Jay Cutler (ankle) has already been ruled out of Week 13, putting his Week 14 status in some doubt as well. Owners scrambling for quarterback help won’t do any better than Josh McCown as a plug-n-play this week. In three full games this year, McCown has gone 77-of-119 (64.7 percent) for 840 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. This week, he’ll face a decimated Vikings pass defense that ranks 29th against the pass and may not have top corner Xavier Rhodes (concussion). If Cutler isn’t back by Week 14, McCown gets a home game against Dallas.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

2. Jay Cutler, Bears – Owned in 31 percent of Yahoo leagues
If you’re looking to the waiver wire for your quarterback at this point in the season, I’d strongly recommend you use a bench spot to stash Jay Cutler. He’s out for Week 13 and iffy for Week 14, but there aren’t any other difference-making quarterbacks available on the wire. In fact, needy owners can just use Josh McCown and Cutler in a handcuffing tandem given the following matchups: Week 14 vs. DAL, Week 15 at CLE, Week 16 at PHL. For what it’s worth, Cutler said he’d be disappointed if he couldn’t play on Monday Night Football Week 14.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

3. Matt Flynn, Packers – Owned in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues
Matt Flynn came on in relief of an ineffective Scott Tolzien midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s tie with the Vikings. He quickly fell back into his old Packer form, running the no-huddle en route to a 21-of-36 for 218 yards with one TD, zero INT performance. Once again, he suggested that elbow issues were the reason he’s performed so badly since leaving Green Bay – and added that those problems are behind him now. With Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) out for Thanksgiving and questionable for Week 14, Flynn should be getting a big chance. Note that Flynn is facing the Lions as a Packer. The last time that happened (Week 17 of 2011), he completed 31-of-44 passes for 480 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a potential plug-n-play

4. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – Owned in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues
There was a lot to like about Ryan Tannehill’s Week 12 performance. Even though he wasn’t very accurate on long bombs, he showed a willingness to chuck it deep to Mike Wallace and good things happened. That should encourage him to do it more and the spot can’t be better. The Jets No. 23 pass defense is extremely susceptible to big plays with Antonio Cromartie struggling through a hip injury, Dee Milliner busting and Ed Reed unable to move. We know the Dolphins won’t be able to run the ball against the Muhammed Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and friends, so we can safely project a ton of attempts for Tannehill.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a potential plug-n-play

5. Carson Palmer, Cardinals – Owned in 40 percent of Yahoo leagues
When Carson Palmer faces bad defenses, he shreds them. He did it again in Week 11, lighting up the Colts for 314 yards and two scores. Over the last four games, Palmer is averaging 286.5 yards with eight touchdowns and two picks. Now he gets an Eagles defense that is improved, but is still dead last in the league in passing yards allowed per game.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Watch List: Brandon Weeden, Mike Glennon, E.J. Manuel– Weeden is getting his 397th chance as the Browns starter and gets to face the Jags at home. He’s still a weak QB2. … Glennon is hot, but has to face the Panthers in Carolina this week. … Manuel remains raw, but gets Stevie Johnson/Robert Woods back and will face the Falcons in a dome.

Editor’s Note: For more waiver thoughts and news from around the league, follow Adam Levitan, Rotoworld Football and our dominant News Page. Keep reading for notes on RBs, WRs, TEs, K and D.


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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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