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Waiver Wire Wonders

Hello, my name is Nick and I’m the intern here at and with Doug Coutts being on vacation this week I thought that it would be great if I could fill-in and do this week’s Waiver Wire Wonder. So, with Tony just getting started on his afternoon siesta, here I am. Let’s get started.

RB Brandon Saine, GB

After Greg Jennings‘ 14 and Jermichael Finley‘s 11, who had the most targets for the Packers in last week’s 38-35 win over the Giants? The answer is easy…Brandon Saine. Saine had six targets, hauling in four for 29 yards. With Ryan Grant looking every bit like a player on the downside of his career and James Starks suffering from an ankle injury, the Packers might have found a spark in Saine.

Even established veterans run the risk of being left out on any given Sunday for the Packers so guaranteeing anything for Saine is a fool’s endeavor. But if you’re looking for an upside play, especially in PPR leagues, then Saine is must-add.

RB Kahlil Bell, CHI

With stud running back Matt Forte expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained MCL the Bears have decided to go with an RBBC consisting of Marion Barber and Bell. This means that based on Barber’s propensity to get hurt that Bell stands a good chance of being fantasy relevant.

After Forte went down last week Bell carried the ball four times for 35 yards. Bell did not tote the rock in 2010, but in 2009 he averaged 5.5 yards on 40 carries. Barber is averaging 3.7 yards on 76 carries this season, so it’s not a stretch to imagine Bell getting more work than Barber due to his younger and fresher legs.

The wildcard in this situation is quarterback Caleb Hanie. At some point Hanie is going to have to prove that he can be effective passing down field, and if he can, then Bell would make for a nice addition to your playoff roster.

WR Golden Tate, SEA

With Seattle five games back in the NFC West and Sidney Rice out for the season the Seahawks are finally ready to see what they have in Tate. Expectations were sky-high when Seattle selected Tate in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft but poor practice habits and subpar quarterbacking have conspired to keep Tate from achieving his potential. But all of that appears to be changing as the head coach Pete Carroll is clearly in Tate’s corner and is hellbent on see what his second year playmaker can do.

Last week Tate had four catches, on only four targets, for 47 yards and a touchdown. That makes two weeks in a row that Tate has found the end zone and with Pete Carroll stating that Tate is a special talent with a major role in the offense the rest of the season you have to be excited about Tate’s potential.

Tate makes for a nice flex play the rest of the season, with upside, as the Seahawks need to find out if Tate has a future in Seattle.

WR Cecil Shorts, JAC

Much like Golden Tate in Seattle, Jacksonville is anxious to find out what they have in Cecil Shorts. I really wanted to write, Jacksonville is anxious to find out what they have in Shorts, but that just doesn’t seem right.

Coming out of training camp word was that Shorts had a legitimate shot at grabbing a spot in the starting lineup. But, the release of quarterback David Garrard and the fact that Shorts is a rookie led to him being nailed to the bench up until now. With the release last month of number two wide receiver Jason Hill, the Jags are hoping to provide some developmental time for young wide receivers like Shorts, Chastin West and Jarett Dillard.

You may also want to consider Dillard who was targeted seven times in Monday night’s 38-14 loss to the Chargers. But if I had to choose, I’d rather go with Shorts who was only targeted once, but it was in the red zone and was caught for a five yard touchdown. Either way, we’re digging very deep here so don’t get too excited, but those in very deep leagues just may benefit from one of these youngsters.

WR Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Up until Week 13 Eric Decker was the only Denver wide out that you needed to own. But then the Vikings decided to make Tim Tebow throw the ball and out of nowhere comes Demaryius Thomas. I’m willing to bet that Thomas was dropped from most teams weeks ago as rumors spread that Tebow was unable to throw the ball. Well guess what, he can. And as teams stack the box the Broncos are going to need more than just Eric Decker to be effective.

Thomas was targeted seven times, hauling in four for 144 yards and two touchdowns, in last week’s 35-32 win over the Vikings. Decker was second on the Broncos with four targets. Tebow will not play favorites but will hit the open man, as many say that is all he can do. Be that as it may, teams will need to be concerned with Thomas as they will not be able to stack the box and double cover Eric Decker without paying dearly.

Once again, you’re playing a game of Russian Roulette when starting a Broncos’ wide receiver. But as we saw last week, it can payoff handsomely.

Well that’s it for me folks as Tony is starting to wake up and I want to get out of here before he makes me clean the drool off of his keyboard. Have a great day and best of luck in the playoffs.

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