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Waiver Wire: Week 16

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Rueben Randle, Giants – Owned in 62 percent of Yahoo leagues
The ideal scenario for a Rueben Randle blowup would have been a Hakeem Nicks injury. That’s because he’s naturally an outside receiver, the “X” of the Giants future. But with Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) likely sidelined, Randle will still see a major bump in usage. Look for the talented playmaker to play in the majority of two-wide sets and all three wide sets (with Jerrel Jernigan in the slot). To get an idea of what Randle is capable of, consider that he has 56 catches for 869 yards and nine touchdowns on just 102 career targets. He’ll have serious WR3 upside against the Lions Sunday as long as Cruz is inactive.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Andre Caldwell, Broncos – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Broncos pulled a fast one on everyone last Thursday. Instead of using tight end Jacob Tamme as their slot receiver – as they did when Wes Welker went down in Week 14 – they instead inserted Andre Caldwell as their No. 3 wideout and ran with it. Caldwell ended up going for a 6/59/2 line while playing on 37-of-54 snaps. Tamme had 1/9/0 while playing nine snaps. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the Broncos will exercise the same usage against the Texans in Week 16 or that Welker’s concussion will keep him out again. But the mere potential of having Caldwell playing a majority of snaps with Peyton Manning is enough to make an add and wait for more info.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Marvin Jones, Bengals – Owned in 35 percent of Yahoo leagues
This is a strict matchup play. Jones’ snap count was up a little in Week 15 (71.8 percent), but the idea here is to attack a truly atrocious Vikings secondary. This is a unit that is ranked 30th in the league and is dealing with injuries to two starters in Chris Cook and Xavier Rhodes. The talented Jones, who is riding a two-game touchdown streak, is a reasonable bet to stay hot.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Rod Streater, Raiders – Owned in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Raiders are oddly sticking with Matt McGloin and that’s good news for Rod Streater. Since McGloin took over five weeks ago, Streater is averaging 5.0 catches for 84.6 yards with two touchdowns. He fits with McGloin’s quick timing routes because he’s a possession receiver. Streater now gets to face a pair of Chargers corners that has struggled as bad as any duo all season long.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks – Owned in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues
The No. 1 receiver for Russell Wilson over the last six weeks? It’s unquestionably Doug Baldwin. During that stretch, the underrated slot man is averaging 4.3 catches for 66.3 yards and has scored four touchdowns. In Sunday’s win over the Giants, Baldwin led the wideouts by playing on 57-of-69 snaps. In Week 16, he will be a featured player in the passing game as the Seahawks will likely scheme to avoid elite Cardinals outside corner Patrick Peterson.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

6. Andre Roberts, Cardinals – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Larry Fitzgerald is in the concussion program and very questionable for Week 16. Normally, I’d be very excited to consider Andre Roberts as a plug-n-play in this aggressive Bruce Arians passing scheme. But the Cardinals are in the mother of all awful spots for a quarterback/wideout: At Seattle. Roberts would be a desperation WR4 even if Fitzgerald sits.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Cordarrelle Patterson, Da’Rick Rogers, Ace Sanders, Robert Woods, Jerrel Jernigan, Andre Holmes, Kenbrell Thompkins – At this point, we know what’s up with Patterson. If he takes a screen pass to the house, he’s gold. If not, the yardage will be meager. … I still really like Rogers, but the spot at Kansas City is tough this week. … Sanders is the Jags’ No. 1 receiver with Cecil Shorts down. … Woods and E.J. Manuel have something going on. … Jernigan will get slot reps with Victor Cruz likely out. … Andre Holmes is a weak redraft play with Denarius Moore healthy, but his Dynasty stock is on the rise. This kid can play. … Thompkins’ health is worth watching as he could be an every-down X receiver. Josh Boyce went down in Week 15 and Aaron Dobson (foot) is in doubt.  

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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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