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Waiver Wire: Week 14

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

1. Julian Edelman, Patriots – Owned in 53 percent of Yahoo leagues
Aaron Dobson (foot) is hurt, Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) is hurt and Danny Amendola has been ineffective far too often. It’s left Julian Edelman as the No. 2 option in the passing game for Tom Brady, behind only Rob Gronkowski. Over the last two weeks, “minitron” has totaled 18 catches for 211 yards with two touchdowns on 23 targets. He’s capable of playing the slot and the outside positions, meaning he plays more snaps than any other wideout on the team. Edelman is a weekly WR3 in PPR formats heading into a home game against the Browns.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Michael Crabtree, 49ers – Owned in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues
In his first game since a May Achilles’ tendon tear, Michael Crabtree started and played on 42-of-67 snaps (62.6 percent). Mario Manningham got just 16 snaps. Crabtree caught two passes on four targets, lumbering up the sideline for 60 yards on one of them. He’s clearly not quite himself, but the 49ers are very willing to throw him right into the fire. Crabtree will be a low-end WR3 against the Seahawks in Week 14 and Darrelle Revis in Week 15, but could very well have serious WR2 appeal in a Week 16 home game against the Falcons.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
I’m worried about Percy Harvin’s hip. He’s more than four months removed from surgery, yet he’s still getting it drained and getting cortisone injections. Perhaps he rushed back to game action too quickly and there are reports that the Seahawks might hold him out the rest of the regular season. That would leave the underrated Baldwin as an every-down receiver opposite Golden Tate. On Monday night, Baldwin consistently ran free in the Saints’ secondary and finished with a 4/77/1 line on five targets. He’ll have some desperation WR3 appeal going forward.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

4. Nate Burleson, Lions – Owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
Yes, Nate Burleson oddly had zero catches on one target on Thanksgiving. But he played on a healthy 60-of-83 snaps as the Lions continue to run three-wide as their base. Burleson won’t be a great spot start this week as he squares off with Philly’s elite slot corner Brandon Boykin, but he’s still on the PPR WR3/4 radar for Weeks 15 and 16 for home games against the Ravens and Giants.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team PPR leagues

5. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings – Owned in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s finally turned into a timeshare at the split end spot in Minnesota as the Vikings take the chains off their prized rookie. Over the last three weeks, Cordarrelle Patterson has played on 136 snaps while Jerome Simpson has played on 122. The Vikes are doing everything they can to get the ball in Patterson’s hands, finding success by simply handling the ball. It’s a force-feed situation, one that will lead to some big days and some duds. At least Patterson has a chance to be a difference-maker in fantasy box scores thanks to his explosive talent.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues
6. Rod Streater, Raiders – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
Streater saw just four targets as Andre Holmes stole the show against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean Streater isn’t Matt McGloin’s go-to guy. In the two previous games, the Temple product racked up 17 targets as his crisp route-running fits well with McGloin’s “throw it to a spot” style. This week, Streater will be a WR4 candidate against the Jets’ brutal secondary whether Denarius Moore (shoulder) returns or not.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team PPR leagues

7. Andre Holmes, Raiders – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
Andre Holmes’ Week 14 relevance will be directly tied to the status of Denarius Moore’s shoulder. But at the very least, this size/speed freak has put himself squarely on the Dynasty radar. Holmes goes 6’4/210 and has 4.45 wheels, putting them on display in a 7/136/0 Thanksgiving performance against his old team, the Cowboys. He has a strong rapport with Matt McGloin as the duo spent plenty of time with the second- and third-stringers during the offseason.  
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

8. Ace Sanders, Jaguars – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
Although Mike Brown was back in action in Week 13, Ace Sanders still played on 50-of-76 snaps. The Jags are now creating plays within the gameplan for their pint-sized fourth-round rookie, leading to 20 catches for 189 yards on 26 targets over the last three weeks. He’s lined up in the backfield, out of the slot and out wide in an effort to find mismatches. Sanders will be a desperation WR4 against the Texans Thursday.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

Watch List: Da’Rick Rogers, Nate Washington – If the Colts want to get their offense out of the mud, reducing Darrius Heyward-Bey’s snaps in favor of Rogers would be a start. … Washington is playing every snap for the Titans, well ahead of No. 3 man Justin Hunter.

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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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