Waiver Wire Watch: Week 14

Waiver Wire Watch: Week 14

By John Paulsen (Director of Forecasting), last update Dec 5, 2012

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Here is a look at the top waiver wire pickups for Week 14. To be eligible for discussion, the player must be owned in 50% or fewer ESPN leagues, though I'll stretch the rules a bit for the RB position, which is usually very thin. I'll also include suggested bid prices (with a $100 budget) for those leagues that use Free Agent Acquisition Budgets. Of course, player value depends on league characteristics and team needs.

* Players with an asterisk next to their name were mentioned in last week's Waiver Wire Watch.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson* ($8)
Wilson is really playing incredible football, especially for a rookie. In a terrible matchup against the Bears, he threw for 293 yards, two TDs and rushed nine times for 71 yards. He has averaged 223 yards and 2.2 TDs in the last five games, and has thrown just one interception in that span. His last bad game came in Week 7 (122 yards, 0 TDs) against the 49ers, and he faces them again in Week 16.  But he'll be startable the next two weeks against the Cardinals and Bills.

Next up: Cardinals, Bills, 49ers

49ers Colin Kaepernick* ($8)
Kaepernick was quiet in the passing department against the Rams (208 yards, zero TDs), but finished with a decent fantasy line thanks to his 84 yards rushing. That equates to two passing TDs in standard formats, which is why rushing QBs are so valuable. Things should get easier through the air against the Dolphins and Patriots in the next two weeks.

Next up: Dolphins, Patriots, Seahawks

Jaguars QB Chad Henne* ($3)
Henne's numbers came down to earth in the Buffalo rain, but he still managed 208 yards and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing). With the Jets, Dolphins and Patriots up next, Henne should be startable in a pinch down the stretch, especially if Cecil Shorts (concussion) is ready to play.

Next up: Jets, Dolphins, Patriots

Rams QB Sam Bradford* ($3)
Predictably, Bradford didn't have a great fantasy outing against the 49ers (221 yards, zero TDs), but his upcoming schedule looks great. In his previous seven games, Bradford averaged 224 yards and 1.4 TDs and has a nice emerging weapon in rookie Chris Givens.

Next up: Bills, Vikings, Buccaneers

Browns QB Brandon Weeden ($2)
Weeden threw for 364 yards and a TD (with two picks) against the Raiders in Week 13. He won't be a bad desperation start against the Chiefs and Redskins in the next two weeks.

Next up: Chiefs, Redskins, Broncos

Titans QB Jake Locker* ($2)
He's been turning the ball over quite a bit (five interceptions and two fumbles in the last two games), but he has thrown for 570 yards in the same span, while also rushing for 59 yards. He should post decent fantasy numbers against the Colts in Week 14.

Next up: Colts, Jets, Packers

Eagles QB Nick Foles ($1)
Foles bounced back from a poor outing against the Panthers to throw for 251 yards and a TD against the Cowboys. His upcoming schedule makes him startable in a pinch, though he’s certainly not trustworthy at this point.

Next up: Buccaneers, Bengals, Redskins

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill* ($1)
Tannehill shouldn't be started this week, but desperate owners may want to consider him for his Week 15 and 16 matchups against the Jaguars and Bills. Both games are at home.

Next up: 49ers, Jaguars, Bills

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno* ($25)
Moreno gained 83 total yards on 24 touches against the Buccaneers in Week 13. In the past two games, he has 48 touches compared to backup Ronnie Hillman's eight. He has a great matchup this week against the Raiders and solid matchups against the Ravens and Browns to close the fantasy season. He’s a RB2 the rest of the way.

Next up: Raiders, Ravens, Browns

Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer ($15)
Dwyer was the lead back against the Ravens, toting the ball 16 times for 49 yards and a TD, while catching three passes for eight yards. However, Isaac Redman was more productive with his nine carries, gaining 43 yards on the day, which included a 24-yard scamper. Rashard Mendenhall was a healthy inactive, so expect a 2-to-1 ratio for Dwyer and Redman going forward.

Next up: Chargers, Cowboys, Bengals

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