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We have reached the end of the 2013 season. What a wild ride it was, where fantasy players came and went and dreams of a fantasy championship came to rely on those players picked up off the waiver wire. There were quite few players that burst onto the scene and were able to help those that were able to scoop them up from the waiver wire. Before we close the books on 2013, we look back at some of the best “Waiver Wire Wonders” from this past season, as presented in our annual “All-Waiver Wire Team.”

As always, thanks for reading! On to the All-Waiver Wire Wonders!

QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles started the season with Michael Vick at the helm, but an injury and his general ineffectiveness opened the door for Philadelphia to turn things over to Nick Foles . He was average when given the opportunity in Weeks 5-7, and on Nov. 3 Eagles coach Chip Kelly announced that the starting job was going to be Foles for the rest of the season. Against Oakland, he threw for seven touchdowns, and Vick was never heard from again. Over the course of the second half of the season, Foles averaged close to 30 fantasy points per game. Though not of any fantasy relevance, he capped off the season by guiding the Eagles to victory in Sunday night’s playoff showdown in Dallas.

QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami

Not much was expected of Tannehill, or the Dolphins for that matter, when the season began. Likely left undrafted, Tannehill had a solid fantasy season that saw him finish as one of the top-15 quarterbacks. If not for a disappointing final two weeks of the season, his end-of-year numbers would have been better. Even with that dip (in games that likely did not affect any fantasy owners), he averaged 20 fantasy points per game. More importantly, his lowest week during the fantasy season was 17 points, consistent numbers that made him a welcome backup quarterback to cover a bye week.

RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver

On draft day, the Denver backfield was crowded with the likes of rookie Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, leaving Moreno off most draft boards. A hot Week 2 got the ball rolling, and once Week 4 came, it was Moreno that was the featured back in an extremely prolific offense. Moreno finished the season as a top-5 fantasy running back, averaging more than 20 points per game over the course of the season, rewarding those owners that were able to grab him early off the waiver wire.

RB Zac Stacy, St. Louis

Another crowded stable on draft day was in St. Louis where the Rams were counting on  Daryl Richardson to carry the load with Isaiah Pead backing him up. Stacy finally got his chance in the fifth game of the season, and from then on it was he that was the featured ball carrier for the Rams. In the middle of the season, he had a six-game stretch where he averaged more than 20 points per game. Despite not scoring in four games, he still finished the season as a top-20 fantasy running back.

RB Rashad Jennings, Oakland

A mid-season pickup, Jennings excelled when he Raiders were without Darren McFadden. Starting in Week 9, where Jennings put up 33 fantasy points, began a stretch of five games were he averaged 25 fantasy points per game. For those lucky enough to have (and need) him in the fantasy playoffs, he put up more than 100 combined yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against Kansas City. For the season, he finished as the 25th-best fantasy rusher, not bad for a half season’s worth of work.

WR Julian Edelman, New England

With so many options for the Patriots, including a couple of rookies added to the team in the offseason, Edelman was likely overlooked on draft day. He was hot, then cold, then hot again, excelling in the first four, then last five games for New England. He averaged 20 fantasy points per game in the first month of the season then went away for the next seven games. For those lucky enough to have held onto him, or pick him up, he closed the season averaging more than 25 points per game for the final six games, which included two games where he put up 32 points.

WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago

After a slow start to the season, where those that took a draft day flier on him gave up on Jeffery, he came to life scoring well during Weeks 4 and 5. It was after the Bears had a mid-season bye that Jeffery really went to work as he put together a strong seven-week stretch that included a 249-yard day where he scored twice. He was a consistent part of the Bears offense the entire second half of the season and ended up finishing as one of the top-10 fantasy wide outs.



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