Week 14 Waiver Wire: On The Road To The Playoffs

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Christian Ponder should have a strong future if the Vikings make some upgrades to the offense in the offseason.

Chances are, that you are reading this because you have made your playoffs and are looking for that last ditch edge to gain over your opponent for Week 14. Or, like I am in a couple leagues, you’re reading this in sadness because you are done, capoot, finished. Either way, there are a couple waiver-wire options still to be had as we head into Week 14.

QUARTERBACKS
Dan Orlovsky – IND: 30-of-37 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. The score of 31-24 in favor of the Colts may seem close, but it was a whitewash until the 4th quarter after the Patriots took a 31-3 lead. Still, Orlovsky looked like an improvement over Curtis Painter and could be picked up as a low-end QB2.

Christian Ponder – MIN: Ponder had a big day a few days after the Vikings parted ways with Donovan McNabb, going 29-of-47 passes for 381 yards, three touchdowns. But he threw two costly interceptions and still showed that he is still a rookie. However, Ponder is doing much better than many predicted and is going to make an excellent dynasty prospect if the team can improve over Michael Jenkins in the offseason. For now, Ponder is still nothing more than a QB2.

Matt Moore – MIA: Pete the Greek listed Moore in his Clutch Plug-n-Plays For Your Playoff Run article last week. His prediction looks like it paid off. Moore didn’t have very many passing yards, only throwing for 162 yards with one touchdown, but he showed his versaility as a runner against the Raiders, rushing for another 23 yards and a rushing score. Moore could be in line for a chance to be the starter in 2012. If the Dolphins were high on Chad Henne, no reason to think they wouldn’t give Moore a shot next year. For now, Moore could be a viable flex option or a QB2 in two-quarterback leagues.

RUNNING BACKS
Marion Barber – CHI: Matt Forte owners’ fears have just become reality. After a helmet-to-knee hit from Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, Forte’s left foot got caught on the turf and twisted his left knee. It was initially thought that Forte may have suffered a torn ACL, but further diagnosis showed a Grade 2 MCL sprain. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Forte owners will be without the star running back for the next 2-4 weeks, which essentially means he is out for most to all of the playoffs. Marion Barber ran 14 times for 44 yards and will be a top waiver-wire option. Unfortunately, Caleb Hanie doesn’t scare opposing defenses, so Barber will see a lot of attention going forward.

Dexter McCluster – KC: I hate adding McCluster, yet again, because he will put up numbers and then disappear the week after. But after running for a career high 61 yards and adding another 4 receptions for 46 yards and a receiving score against the Bears, I figured I would list him anyway. The Chiefs have a decent matchup against a Packers Defense who can be run on, but tread lightly. Again, McCluster could disappear in Week 14.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Devin Aromashodu – MIN: The Vikings attacked Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman early and often, which resulted in Aromashodu’s team high 15 targets, 6 of which were caught, for 90 yards. Aromashodu is somewhat of an upgrade over Michael Jenkins (IR), but it’s going to be hard to trust him as anything more than a flex option in larger leagues. His resume’ isn’t all that spectacular.

Pierre Garcon – IND: Garcon’s numbers against the Patriots may look strong (9rec/150yds/2tds), but most of those stats came in the 4th quarter when the Colts were down by A LOT. Still, Dan Orlovsky showed he has trust in Garcon enough to make him a decent WR3. However, Garcon’s next 3 opponents (@BAL,TEN,HOU) all rank in the top-10 against fantasy wide receivers.

Riley Cooper – PHI: With Jeremy Maclin out yet again, Cooper put up another strong performance against the Seahawks, leading the team with 5 catches and 94 yards in the loss to the Seahawks. There is no news on whether or not Maclin ((hamstring, shoulder) will be available to play Week 14 against the Dolphins, so Cooper could be in for another start.

TIGHT ENDS
Jacob Tamme – IND: Tamme has now put up 2-out-of-3 decent fantasy performances following Week 14’s 5 catch/49 yard outing against New England. With Dan Orlovsky under center, Tamme could be someone to look at in deeper leagues.

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