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Waiver Wire Wonders - Week 13

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On the Radar

WR Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati

Four touchdowns in the last three weeks (seeing a pattern here?) is enough to get him on the fantasy radar, but we are more excited that Sanu has established himself as the clear starter opposite A.J. Green for the Bengals. He has distanced himself from the other wide receivers in Cincinnati for playing time, garnering an equal amount of snaps to that of Green. Only five catches for 29 yards this week, but we are happy to see the Bengals giving him some opportunities on the ground as well. Not enough consistency for him to be a fantasy starter, but he’s worth a look for those looking for depth at the position. Our friends at have him as one of the top five adds at his position, so he won't be available much longer.

TE Rob Housler, Arizona

Housler’s zero in Week 11 came at a time when we were just about to add him to the list as a player from the deep to consider at the position. His performance this past week, where he caught a season-high eight passes for 82 yards, has put him over the top and gets him a mention. In the three games previous to the Week 11 shutout, he averaged close to five catches and a little better than 40 yards, so he is a guy we see as a consistent 4-5 catch performer for close to 50 yards.

QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco

We have seen enough. With the reports coming out of San Francisco that coach Jim Harbaugh is boldly moving forward with Kaepernick as the future starter for the 49ers, Kaepernick lands a spot on this week’s radar. He’s now led the 49ers to wins over Chicago and New Orleans, while in the process averaging a very respectable 235 yards in the two games. He makes for a viable QB2 as he's only thrown one interception to go along with four total touchdowns in the last two games. As long as San Francisco is winning, Kaepernick will be the starter as the 49ers put Alex Smith in the rear view mirror.


RB David Wilson, New York Giants

The injury to Andre Brown opens up the backup running back role for the Giants, with Wilson poised to be the man to assume that position. He got his feet wet this week, touching the ball six times, but more importantly nothing terrible happened while he was on the field. Ahmad Bradshaw is very fragile, so his backup figured to get around 10 touches per game. Wilson is worth a look for those that need some running back depth, especially those owners of Bradshaw.

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

WR Mike Thomas, Detroit

The suspension of Titus Young put Thomas on the field more than usual this week, but it did not end up translating into fantasy production. On a day where the Lions passed the ball 61 times, Thomas only ended up catching two passes for 17 yards (though one was for a touchdown.) If Young ends up missing more time due to his antics, Thomas will continue to get a chance to shine on the field. Only those in deep leagues need apply here. Should the Lions and Young kiss and make up, Thomas will once again be the odd man out.

WR Cole Beasley, Dallas

With Miles Austin battling hip and hamstring injuries, eventually leaving the game in the second quarter, Beasley had a chance to shine on Thanksgiving. He did end up with seven catches for 68 yards, which would normally get him higher on this list, but we’re not ready to give him a high recommendation given that those seven catches came as he was targeted 13 times. Those in deep leagues can take a leap here, but others should wait to see if Austin is going to miss time and also if Beasley can produce when given the chance.

RB Anthony Dixon/Brandon Jacobs, San Francisco

This race to be the backup to Frank Gore is too close to call. Kendall Hunter left last week’s game with an ankle injury. Only those in a truly desperate situation should be looking at either of these players. Forced to choose, Dixon gets the edge as he at least has seen some playing time for the 49ers this year. The real value in either of these is not in their playing time while Gore is healthy, since he does it all for San Francisco, but instead it is as Gore’s backup should anything happen to him.

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