Week 14 Waiver Wire: Marion Barber and Others You Must Add
Well now it's playoff time in most fantasy football leagues. Congratulations to those still alive. To that end, injuries in the NFL still occur, as do players returning from such as well as those emerging.
So, here are four players to add before Week 14 kicks off.
Marion Barber: RB, Bears
In an article from ESPN with information from both Adam Schefter and Michael C. Wright, it was said of Bears RB Matt Forte's Week 13 injury:
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the initial diagnosis, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.
The article added, "Injuries such as these typically sideline players two to six weeks. There are four games left in the season."
So with that said, set your eyes on his backup RB Marion Barber. A Mike Martz offense revolves around the RB, so without Forte, Barber is the next man up.
Don't expect him to be on Forte's level of production, though Barber will be a solid starting option in the remaining weeks.
Matt Moore: QB, Dolphins
In his last five games, Miami QB Matt Moore has thrown just one INT compared to eight TDs and zero picks in the previous three games.
His passing yards may not be sexy but they're doing a good enough job for the Dolphins to get somewhat back on track. Therefore, Moore is not a bad add in fantasy football.
The numbers aren't going to explode, but he doesn't turn the ball over and is effective enough to earn you anywhere from 12 to 24 points (depending on how many points you earn per yard passing).
Either way, don't shy away from Matt Moore just because it's Matt Moore. He's having a solid year and will be an even better option in 2012.
Kevin Kolb: QB, Cardinals
If Matt Moore isn't appealing enough, chances are Arizona's Kevin Kolb is available. After being out for a few weeks, Kolb had a nice outing against Dallas in Week 13.
He didn't throw a pick, had a TD and compiled almost 250 yards on just 16 completions. What makes Kolb a good add is WR Larry Fitzgerald, who can make any QB look better.
So, as long as Fitz is out wide and Kolb can stay healthy, he's a solid add to be your backup or No. 2 starter if your league starts two QBs. Arizona may be far back in the playoff hunt, but they have won four of their last five and are on the rise.
Seattle Seahawks Defense
Thanks to a much better than advertised defense, the Seattle Seahawks have won three of their last four and are 5-7 overall. The rush defense ranks No. 11 and although the pass defense ranks No. 20, it's much improved from earlier in the season.
What's also persuasive of Seattle is their remaining schedule. This week it's St. Louis at home, then at Chicago (too many injuries), home versus San Fran and at Arizona.
Only twice all season have they allowed 30-plus points (gave up 34 to Cincinnati but one TD was a pick-six by the Bengals). Now they have been subject to a poor offense opposite them, which does hurt.
Nonetheless, with wins over the Ravens and Giants, the Seahawks defense has proven they can play above and beyond anyone's expectations. If you want another solid defense, Seattle is a great option.
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