Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

Nate Burleson, WR, Lions- Week 12 Stats: 7 rec, 77 rec yds, 1 rec TD

In his first game back from an arm injury brought upon by dramatic late September pizza-rescue, Burleson caught seven balls for 77 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's 24-21 loss to the suddenly surging Buccaneers. Burleson was clearly Stafford's favorite target not nicknamed Megatron, and should continue to get a ton of looks playing second fiddle in the second most pass-happy offense in the league. He can stretch opposing defenses in ways Kris Durham never could, making him a threat to get into the end zone on a weekly basis. I wouldn't feel horrible about heading into the fantasy playoffs with Nate as my WR3.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots- Week 12 Stats: 9 rec, 110 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Edelman played the Wes Welker role to perfection in the Patriots 34-31 come from behind victory over the Broncos Sunday night. He caught nine balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a game that saw his team fall down 21-0 early. From a fantasy standpoint Patriots players have been a crap shoot all season long, with Aaron Dobson (0 points in week 12) being the most recent example of this. But the upside is there, and I'd still rather start someone like Edelman or Amendola over a "stud" wide receiver from a lesser offense like Golden Tate or Cecil Shorts.

Montee Ball, RB, Broncos- Week 12 Stats: 7 car, 40 rush yds, 3 rec, 17 rec yds
Benny Cunningham, RB, Rams- Week 12 Stats: 13 car, 109 rush yds, 1 rush TD

These are both precautionary measures in event that Zac "Staced God" Stacy and Knowshon Moreno are limited or miss this week's games altogether. Both the Broncos and Rams (in the post-Daryl Richardson era) have been highly effective at running the ball this season, though if I had to prioritize my waiver claims I'd give Ball the slight edge over Cunningham.

Moreno was seen on crutches and wearing a walking boot following his 38 touch, 230 yard performance in Foxborough. So there's reason to believe that even if he can suit up against the Chief's on Sunday that it would be wise of the Broncos to limit his carriers and give more work to Ball, the rookie out of Wisconsin.

Stacy suffered a concussion in the Ram's 42-21 beat down of the Bears, but still managed 87 yards on 12 carries and a score. Cunningham picked up right where Stacey left off, adding another score and 109 yards in his absence. Zac will need to pass the league's concussion protocol before lacing it up against the Niners on Sunday. You're going to want to monitor both situations closely, but if you need a home run performance in order to make the playoffs, both of these players could have huge pay offs this weekend.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers- Week 12 Stats: 22 of 34 for 217 pass yds, 2 pass TDs

Big Ben has been on a tear of late, throwing 11 touchdown passes in his last four games, and surprisingly has the one time 2-5 Steelers on the verge of playoff contention in the top heavy AFC. Roethlisberger has a Thankgiving night showdown against their biggest rivals, the Ravens. Aaron Rogers owners could hedge their bets by picking up Big Ben in case their gun slinger misses a fourth consecutive game. He's out there in about a quarter of all leagues.

-fresh (@danye33)

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