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Waiver Wire Wonders - Week 14

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The waiver wire rolls on as there's always something worth adding for those leagues where the waiver wire is still open. Plenty of wide receivers to talk about this week, with a sprinkling of running backs and tight ends mixed in. Our top category takes a week off, but there are plenty of options to consider. Something for everyone this week!

Solid Pickups

WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco

The long-awaited season debut of Crabtree was a success, in that he played the majority of snaps for San Francisco and finished the game without suffering any setbacks. He had minimal stats against St. Louis (two catches for 68 yards), but going forward the 49ers offense will rely on him more heavily as he gets his feet back under him. Colin Kaepernick has been looking for a second wide receiver to play opposite Anquan Boldin. Crabtree’s numbers will continue on an upward trend so he is worth owning in all formats.

WR Doug Baldwin, Seattle

The Seahawks are considering a shut down of Percy Harvin for the rest of the regular season, which opens up the door for Baldwin to be a productive fantasy player down the stretch. He’s already in the end zone in early Monday night action in Harvin’s absence, and starting opposite Golden Tate, Baldwin put up solid fantasy numbers. Keep an eye on the Harvin situation; if Seattle does shut him down, Baldwin is a player that will continue to have an immediate fantasy impact.

On the Radar

RB Willis McGahee, Cleveland

There was a spike in McGahee’s production this week against Jacksonville, as he rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. This is a “hot hand” situation, as McGahee was more productive than Chris Ogbonnaya. With New England and Chicago on tap in the coming weeks, look for the Browns to run wild. McGahee is worth an add as productive running backs on the waiver wire are a rarity this late in the season.

WR Jermaine Kearse, Seattle

We mentioned the potential shut down of Percy Harvin above as we recommended Doug Balwin. The trickle down effect is that the absence of Harvin also bumps up Kearse in a Seattle offense that likes to spread the ball around. Baldwin will be more productive, but there will be enough to go around to make Kearse worth a speculative add.



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