Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers- Week 12 Stats: 12 car, 78 rush yds, 2 rush TDs

Talk about the tale of two weeks. Last week's waiver wire gem Jonas Gray followed up his 200 yard, 4 touchdown performance with a healthy DNP, and LeGarrette Blount goes from sulking on the Steelers sidelines to scoring twice for the hottest team in the league. As always, play Belichick running back roulette at your own risk, but Blount should be able to get your score high in the coming weeks.  

Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins- Week 12 Stats: 7 rec, 50 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

The league’s leading return man continues to show that he can affect a game on more than just special teams. The rookie out of LSU has 24 catches and 4 touchdowns in his last four games, nearly doubling WR1 Mike Wallace’s production over that same stretch. He’s a legitimate red zone threat and someone you can start with confidence at WR3 or Flex if you’re in a pickle heading into the playoffs.

Tim Wright, TE, Patriots- Week 12 Stats: 5 rec, 36 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

The Pats offense is clicking like Dorothy’s heels, which means there are plenty of points to be passed around. Wright has been inconsistent this season while working to get acclimated to a new system, but he’s still managed to find the end zone six times (6th best among all TE’s). Every eligible receiver has a chance to score every time Brady drops back. So If you’re tired of getting underwhelming results from Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Owen Daniels and the like, and feel like swinging for the fences, Wright may be your best bet.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles- Week 12 Stats: 30 of 43 for 307 pass yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 4 car, 4 rush yds

 Sanchez has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his three starts and he's averaging more than 40 pass attempts per game over that stretch. So his pension for picks doesn't worry me quite as much as it would within a different offense. But the Eagles put up points (more than 35 a game with Mark under center) and you just aren't going to find this type of volume passer sitting on the wire this late in the season. At this stage of the season I would confidently start Sanchez over Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick and Matt Stafford. 

Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders- Week 12 Stats: 4 car, 112 rush yds, 2 rush TDs

Here's what I wrote about Murray last week:
This move is purely speculative, but one would think that it would behoove the 0-10 Raiders to see what they’ve got in Latavius Murray, the second year back out of Central Florida. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Dew have both been hot messes this season, leaving Oakland with nothing to lose by looking to the future. Murray averaged more than 10 YPC in the Raiders 13-6 loss to the Chargers. They’ve got a brutal schedule coming up from a rushing perspective (K.C. twice, San Fran, St. Louis and Buffalo for the remainder of the fantasy season) but he is someone to keep an eye on in the event he catches lighting in a bottle as their pitiful year trots to a close.
Here's what Murray did last week: 4 carries, 112 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns

Assuming he gets cleared from his concussion, he is a top 25 play at running back this week.  

-fresh (@danye33)

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