The Waiver Wire pick ups from week 13 were decent for this current week, but I think that down the line if you have players like Kenny Britt and Davone Bess, they will definitely help you either make the playoffs or win a championship. When I look at week 14, I notice at a quick glance that a lot of powerful offensive teams have great fantasy matchups in this current week. Lets take a look at the waiver wire pickups for week 14.
Waiver Wire: Roy Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: With Dez Bryant out for the season with an ankle injury, Roy Williams will move right into the position Dez filled for the past 5-6 weeks or so. There is no guarantee Roy will produce anywhere near what Dez was able to do with both the return game and his touchdown and after the catch success, but with no Dez around anymore, what Roy Williams is guaranteed is more looks and targets. I think Roy is a good pick up because of the potential success in Jason Garrett’s offense he should have the rest of the season and because Jon Kitna is doing such a good job the past 2-3 weeks spreading the ball around to his receivers.
Waiver Wire: James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Starks finished the game on Sunday versus the 49ers with 18 carries for 73 yards; but with Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn still getting carries on this team, the thing that surprised me was how many carries they gave Starks. Starks had not played in over two years, and showed he has a touch that will lead him to getting more carries in this backfield with with two running backs that have not been able to take hold of this job since Ryan Grant went down with his season-ending injury earlier in the season. With the Lions and Patriots coming up for the Packers, I expect Starks to be a good option for teams pushing to get to the playoffs.
Waiver Wire: Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Bears: Earl had seven catches for 104 yards on Sunday versus the Lions and has been real good over the past two weeks with eleven catches 160 yards and two touchdowns. I really think two factors are leading to the success of Earl Bennett right now, one being the new offensive coordinator in Mike Martz and how Jay Cutler is beginning to fit right into the scheme and playing very well doing it; the second reason is the connection Cutler and Bennett had at Vanderbilt in college and now again has in the pro’s with the Bears. This familiarity is something I relish when I look at the offensive success the Bears have had this year and how their defense is stepping up as well. The Bears have the Patriots and Vikings coming up on the schedule, so I expect Bennett’s success to continue in the weeks to come.
Waiver Wire: Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: With Maurice Jones-Drew healthy, Jennings has still scored touchdowns in their past two games and I think as the season continues, Jennings will get more and more carries to get MJD ready for the home stretch. Jennings is going to be a tremendous pick up when it comes to weeks 16 and 17 for your championship game. With the Colts, Redskins and Texans to finish the year for Jacksonville, I expect most of their offensive players to succeed at the end of the year, but like I said earlier, I fully expect Jack Del Rio to rest Jones-Drew down the stretch and Rashad Jennings will get a full blunt of those carries in the weeks to come.
Waiver Wire: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch exploded this week with 21 carries 83 yards and 3 touchdowns versus the Panthers on Sunday. In the previous two weeks, Lynch had only carried the ball 14 total times, but I think Pete Carroll is starting to realize Justin Forsett is better used other ways than being the main running back in this system. Lynch is a more consistent running back than Forsett is and that is why I like Lynch for the rest of the season more than Forsett. The Seahawks do not have an easy end to their schedule by any means, but Lynch will without a doubt see a bulk of the carries down the stretch; and in the past 4 weeks, Lynch has caught a total of 9 balls, which really helps his statistics at games end.