Wide receivers are a fickle group, especially on the waiver wire. That's why choosing which players to pick up in this week's Week 14 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers article is really hard to list. A receiver who has done nothing his entire career puts up a huge game, but then is never heard from again. Tread lightly with these players. And for goodness sakes, don't go plugging in a couple of these players over other receivers like Keenan Allen. Playing cute with your lineup in your fantasy playoffs isn't worth it.
Andre Holmes - Raiders
A perfect example of what I stated above. Before Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Holmes had a grand total of 5 receptions in 27 games. So that brings me to the question: Is Holmes the real deal? It's hard to say, but he certainly looked like it with the chemistry he showed with Matt McGloin. With Denarius Moore sidelined with a shoulder injury, I thought Rod Streater would be the guy to start. But Holmes halted that notion after catching 7 passes for 136 yards. Holmes' value comes down to whether Moore will be able to suit up against the Jets in Week 14. If not, Holmes is worth a look as a flex option. Although I only trust him as a low-end option, despite the fact that the Jets Defense gives up 25 total points a game to fantasy receivers this year.
Michael Crabtree - 49ers
I had my doubts about owners starting Crabtree this week. First game back and coming off an Achilles injury isn't a good recipe for fantasy points. Crabtree only had 2 catches against the Rams, but he managed to show no ill effects from the injury after turning one catch into a 60 yard gain. And the fact that the 49ers had Crabtree play on 63% of the snaps in his first game is a great sign. He could have some trouble with the Seahawks in Week 14. But if you have him and manage to get past the first round of your playoffs, he could strike gold in Week 15 against the Buccaneers. Revis Island is crumbling.
When you think of the Jaguars and receivers, you're only vision is Cecil Shorts. Keep an eye on Sanders. If you look at the last 3 games, he's managed 20 total receptions and an average of 63 receiving yards a game. The Jacksonville passing offense isn't great, but they can put up passing yards when they need to. It's hard for me to advise using Sanders as a PPR flex option, but the Jags have said they'd like to utilize Sanders' strengths going forward, which should mean more playing time. Sanders has clearly moved past Mike Brown in terms of targets (26 over last 3 weeks). He could be a PPR flex option to consider, albeit a low one for Week 14. He did put up 10 fantasy points in the first meeting against the Texans.