NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Gems: Starks Your Engines?
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Fantasy owners everywhere are either gearing up for a strong run in their fantasy football playoffs, or they’re doing all they can to make sure their team joins their league’s select few in the next week or so.
If you’re already in, pat yourself on the back to a job well done. However, even if you’re in, injuries and matchups could turn you away from your own lineup, which means your league’s fantasy waiver wire isn’t necessarily rendered useless just yet.
Remember, when it comes playoff time, roll with your studs. But if studs are hard to come by or you simply don’t trust weather, roles, or matchups, hit the waiver wire, where we’ve found a few guys that could help you out in Week 14:
David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (available in 57 percent of all standard leagues)
Garrard has totaled 21 touchdowns on the season, and while he’s tossed just one touchdown and under 200 yards in his last two games, he’s still one of the better quarterback options on the waiver wire.
Garrard’s value could see a rise as the weeks press on, too, as he has an amazing fantasy playoff schedule with his final three games against the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans—all terrible pass defenses.
Jon Kitna, QB, Dallas Cowboys (69 percent)
Who should be starting at QB in Minnesota?
Kitna fluctuates between great yardage games and solid scoring games, but overall, he’s been a pretty solid fantasy quarterback since Tony Romo went down. It’s his offensive weapons and potential that keep him relevant, as well as the fact that he gets to face the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals in two of his final four games.
It still remains to be seen if Tony Romo will be returning again this season, but if he doesn’t, Kitna should be able to hold the fort down if absolutely needed.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Minnesota Vikings (97 percent)
We can’t see Brett Favre missing a game the rest of the way, but then again, we couldn’t see T-Jax stepping up for two scores in a blowout win, either. Jackson showed his mediocrity with three picks in Week 13, but if Favre goes down, he also showed he has the ability to play. However, keep in mind that he won’t have the luxury of facing the Buffalo Bills every week.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks (63 percent)
Don’t yell at us if we told you to sit Marshawn Lynch in Week 13, as we’re pretty sure nobody saw his three-touchdown performance coming. While we highly doubt he goes for three scores in one game again this season, this monster performance has us noticing his role. Keep in mind Justin Forsett still figures to work his way into the equation, but Lynch officially has to be on your radar.
Which back should get the bulk of the carries in Green Bay?
Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys (90 percent)
Choice burst onto the scene against the Colts with 100 yards rushing and a score off of 19 carries. This says more about Marion Barber than Choice, as Felix Jones is still very much involved, but it also shows us that Choice’s 2009 production wasn’t a mirage. Monitor the situation in Dallas, but only use Choice as a Flex, if needed, as the RBBC should still limit his touches in most weeks.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (94 percent)
We’ve been saying all year long that the depth at running back on most waiver wires is extremely thin, so when a hot back pops up, you have to take action. With many fantasy owners heading that advice and picking up Mike Goodson, Toby Gerhart, and Brian Westbrook in recent weeks, Week 14 begs you to show James Starks some respect.
He toted the ball 18 times for 73 yards in his first game with the Packers, and could easily carve out a bigger role rather quickly. He has more upside than Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn, and while he may not have the ball all to himself, there is potential to be had as a fantasy producer in an offense that flat-out needs to try harder to run the ball.
Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans Saints (55 percent)
This is what Meachem is good for, breaking out of nowhere every now and then for 100-plus yards and a score or two. He showed us his “potential” for the second time in three weeks, but as with all Saints receivers, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
If you need a WR3 with strong “blow-up” possibilities, then Meachem is the kind of guy to take a chance on. New Orleans is among the best at spreading the ball around, though, so just don’t go banking on 100 yards and a touchdown every week.
Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Cleveland Browns (87 percent)
Massaquoi still isn’t a great option with his slew of rotating average quarterbacks that throw him passes, but with a power running game and consistent production in three straight games, there’s definitely hope. Massaquoi has registered four receptions in three straight games, and has dates with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals the next two weeks.
The fact that he hasn’t had a true “breakout” game so far this year might actually work in his favor. Look for him to go off sometime soon.
Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Bears (94 percent)
Don’t look now, but Earl Bennett is suddenly strangely relevant in fantasy football. The former Vanderbilt receiver scored two touchdowns in Week 12 and turned in his second straight quality effort with seven receptions for 104 yards in Week 13. It’s still tough to lean on him, but the Bears offense is very balanced, and with 11 catches in the past two weeks, it looks like Bennett could slowly be getting back to his possession receiver ways.
Benjamin Watston, TE, Cleveland Browns (70 percent)
We’ve been sniffing it out for a few weeks, and finally we’re seeing Watson realize his potential as a solid fantasy tight end. Oddly enough, Watson’s growth as Cleveland’s top option should only help the aforementioned Massaquoi.
While Watson’s 10-catch, 100-yard and one touchdown effort in Week 13 has him blowing up fantasy owner’s minds, his nine total catches in the previous two weeks should have already started some lineup chatter. Watson may not put up that line every week, but there’s no doubt he has the talent to do so, along with solid fantasy matchups in each of the next two weeks.
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