Guest writer Mike is back with some waiver wire wisdom - read on for his thoughts on who has promise and a handful of links as well.
Fantasy football can be a cruel game. You can hang on to an inactive Josh Gordon all season only to have him put up a Week 13 dud in a great matchup in the first round of your playoffs. You could have been depending on Drew Brees or Kenny Stills to light up a terrible Caroling secondary only to watch in horror as the Saints were horrific and got run out of their own stadium by the Panthers. Maybe you just had to face a team with LeVeon Bell. If you’re still standing though, it’s time to prepare for Week 14.
Here are a few names I’ll discuss before we get to the links:
I’ve been talking about him every week it seems, but it’s more critical than ever that you add Donte Moncrief if he’s available. While he had a disappointing game last week, he is likely to be pressed into full-time duty going forward with the news of Reggie Wayne’s injury. He’s a risky player to start this week, but he has a high ceiling, and is someone you want to keep away from other teams.
Brandon Marshall is out for the year, and Marquess Wilson will be taking over Marshall’s role in the pass-heavy Bears offense. Wilson is a very talented receiver who was injured for most of the season, but has been getting a fair amount of snaps as Chicago’s 3rd WR. The Bears face a Saints defense this week that was just torched by Cam Newton. I’d expect an abundance of targets for Wilson this week, and I’d put him just a notch below Moncrief on the priority list. I’d assume he’s available on most waiver wires.
It appears Johnny Manziel will be taking over in Cleveland, for real this time. I mentioned last week that he’s worth adding if you have the space, if for no other reason than to keep him from your fellow league mates. I wouldn’t feel the least bit comfortable blindly starting him in such a key week, but it would make me a little nervous seeing him in my opponent’s lineup.
Charles Johnson from the Vikings has quietly become a key part of their offense. The 2nd year WR has taken over the starting role from Cordarrelle Patterson and last week went over 100 yards with a TD. He’s a fairly safe solid WR3 going forward, albeit with a tough matchup with the Lions coming this week.
One final thought, there are some offenses that are downright putrid right now. Beware starting any players from the Titans, 49ers, Cardinals, or Redskins.
On to the links….
Adam Levitan of Rotoworld believes Jonathon Stewart can give your fantasy team a boost if he gets another full-time opportunity.
Christopher Harris of ESPN likes the schedule of the Ravens D the rest of the season
Nik Bonaddio from Numberfire doesn’t love the schedule of Charles Johnson, but likes his usage.
Brad Evans of Yahoo advises us to take a look at a player many of us had probably never heard of before Sunday, Kerwynn Williams.
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May your transactions be fruitful.