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Waiver Wire: Week 15

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Da’Rick Rogers, Colts – Owned in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues
It took until Week 14, but the Colts finally got it through their heads that Darrius Heyward-Bey can’t play. Against the Bengals, the WR snap counts were as follows: T.Y. Hilton 45, LaVon Brazill 42, Da’Rick Rogers 41 and Heyward-Bey 23. Unsurprisingly, it was Rogers that emerged as the star with a 6/107/2 breakout. His on-field ability has never been an issue – it was off-field character woes that caused him to go undrafted back in April. Now Rogers is playing tons of snaps with an elite quarterback in a dome and gets to face the unraveling Texans this week. His breakout was not a fluke and he’ll at least be a WR4 with upside going forward.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Rod Streater, Raiders – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
Matt McGloin’s decisiveness in the pocket and timing throw approach has created a level of consistency in Rod Streater. Over the last four weeks, the Raiders No. 1 wideout is averaging 5.2 catches for 91.0 yards with two touchdowns. The matchup against the Chiefs this week isn’t great, but Streater did put a 5/93/0 line on the Titans’ strong corner duo in Week 12. And in Week 16, he’ll get the Chargers’ inept secondary.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings – Owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Vikings’ first-round draft pick has played at least 43 snaps in four straight games as the coaching staff has finally found a way to use their best perimeter playmaker. Cordarrelle Patterson finally put it all together in Week 14 as he popped off for a 5/141/1 line. The concern is that most of his touches are extremely manufactured on short screens and handoffs, and he previously hadn’t topped 54 yards in a game all year. There’s massive upside, but also a very low floor. Reach for Patterson as a WR3 against the Eagles if you think you need to gamble to win your matchup.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

4. Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots – Owned in 32 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Patriots are going to have to completely change their offensive identity once again in the wake of the latest Rob Gronkowski season-ending injury. It will look like it did early in the season, when the X receiver was racking up targets. Josh Boyce filled that role in Week 14 with Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) and Aaron Dobson (foot) inactive, but Thompkins appeared close to suiting up. If he’s able to go this week, something along the lines of the 8.3 targets per game he saw through the first six weeks is likely.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Nate Burleson, Lions – Owned in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues
Yes, Nate Burleson has a grand total of two catches for 18 yards and no touchdowns over the last two weeks. But the Thanksgiving dud was something of a fluke in the blowout, and we can throw out all the passing game stats from the Week 14 Blizzard Bowl in Philadelphia. Burleson is only playing out of the slot in three-wide sets (Kris Durham is the every-down outside receiver), but that’s actually a big role in the Lions’ offense. Burleson is a sneaky candidate for 5-7 catches in Sunday’s home game against the Ravens.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team PPR leagues

6. LaVon Brazill, Colts – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
I discussed the playing time shift in the Colts’ receiving corps in the Da’Rick Rogers entry. Note that LaVon Brazill was up at 42 snaps, just slightly behind Rogers and T.Y. Hilton. He’s another very talented player that has had off-field issues stunt his growth, but is getting a big chance out of desperation in Indy. Brazill responded with a 3/53/2 line on four targets against the Bengals. There’s room for more big plays against the Texans in Week 15.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Andre Holmes, Raiders – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
The size/speed freak continues to make plays for Matt McGloin. Andre Holmes followed up his 7/136/0 Thanksgiving eruption with a 3/63/0 Week 14 line on seven targets. Yes, those performances have come against the woeful secondaries of the Cowboys and Jets, but we can’t dismiss Holmes’ natural ability. If Denarius Moore (shoulder) sits again, Holmes will have WR4 upside even in a difficult matchup with the Chiefs Sunday.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Doug Baldwin, Justin Hunter, Jerricho Cotchery, Ace Sanders, Josh Boyce – Baldwin was a dud against the Niners, but he should find more space against the Giants this week. … If Hunter weren’t playing with Ryan Fitzpatrick, he’d be a lot more intriguing. … Cotchery’s touchdown run won’t stop. … The undersized Sanders continues to pile up targets. … Boyce would be the every-down X receiver again if Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) 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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