There are still some significant games on tap the final week of the NFL season, and for those of you still in fantasy competition, we offer up our usual dose of waiver wire wonders. We touch upon the three main positions, and pack them into our two middle categories as all have the ability to make a fantasy impact this final week of the season.
Thank you for your patronage all season, it is our hope that we were able to grab some players off the waiver wire that you were able to use to better your fantasy team. Also, before we close the books on 2013, we will wrap things up with our annual “All Waiver Wire Team” next week, so make sure to come back for that. On to this week’s wonders!
RB Shonn Greene, Tennessee
The Titans split the carries just about down the middle against the Jaguars, with Greene rushing 19 times and Chris Johnson carrying the rock 22 times. Both came close to a hundred yards, with Greene getting the touches at the goal line. He ended up with 91 yards and a touchdown. Look for Greene to continue to have a big role in the final game of the season against a Texans team that is giving up yards by the bundle.
RB Edwin Baker, Cleveland
The Browns are featuring Baker as their lead back down the stretch, as they prepare to make some decisions on building for next year. We had Baker in our deepest category last week, and after a solid outing against a tough Jets defense, Baker moves into this week’s top category. He was good for 64 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, an effort that will surely keep him as the starter for the final game of the season. He also caught a couple of passes, good for 12 yards in the air. The Steelers are on tap this week for Cleveland, Baker has the potential to go for a hundred yards in the season finale.
WR Mike Brown, Jacksonville
The Jaguars have little else to turn to at wide receiver as Brown will get a starting spot in place of the injured Cecil Shorts. Against the Titans, he made some noise catching five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Look for Brown to close out the season in style as the Jaguars close things out against the Colts.
WR Jerrel Jernigan, New York Giants
With Victor Cruz on the sideline, it was Jernigan that got the starting nod in the slot against the Lions, and he did not disappoint. He caught six passes for 80 yards, which included a touchdown grab. The Giants end the campaign against the Redskins, look for Jernigan to again be relied upon as the slot receiver.
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RB LeGarrette Blount, New England
The Patriots are slowly working Stevan Ridley back into the lineup, with Blount being the primary ball carrier. Blount hit paydirt twice against the Ravens, carrying the ball 16 times for 76 yards. Though Blount is not involved in the passing game, the injury to Shane Vereen keep Blount as an active figure in the New England offense. Matched up against the Bills in the finale, the Patriots will feature plenty of running, with Blount getting more than his fair share of action.
TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville
Lewis has come on very strong the final weeks of the season, as he has averaged 50 yards in each of the last three games. Against the Titans, he caught four balls for fifty yards and a score, extending his touchdown streak to four consecutive games. There is no go-to receiver on the Jaguars, so Lewis will again be involved in the season finale versus the Colts.
WR David Nelson, New York Jets
Nelson made the most of his four catches against the Browns, two of which went for touchdowns. He is only on the field as the third receiver, so his potential is limited. Nelson will be involved in as the Jets look to close out the season with a win against their division rival Dolphins.
TE Ryan Griffin, Houston
After back to back weeks of 50+ yards, Griffin gets a mention as a viable tight end in the final week of the regular season. Last week against the Broncos he was good for five catches and 66 yards, this coming a week after a six-catch, 62-yard performance against the Colts. With defenses concentrating on Andre Johnson, Griffin is able to sneak in a half dozen or so catches every week.