Week 13 of the regular NFL season is in the books and fantasy owners are looking for temporary replacements heading toward their playoff push. We bring you our weekly list of players who might be potential waiver wire busts or who have downside. Some of these players may appear in our waiver wire suggestions, but this list is designed to simply point out factors that could impact or limit their production.
RB Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (44 percent owned)
The Indianapolis Colts backfield is a committee regardless of who gets the official start. Donald Brown has played better than Trent Richardson at times but he has still put up some stinkers. The Colts offense is struggling. Brown is averaging 31.5 yards per game while Richardson averages 30.6 yards per game. Brown has four touchdowns on the year, three of them over the past three weeks in two games against the Tennessee Titans, who have struggled against the run this year. It's hard to believe Brown could be a big contributor in the playoffs.
WR Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (19 percent owned)
I like Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and he has come through for me as a flex play at times. However, the Seahawks are a run-first team and that isn't likely to change while Marshawn Lynch is in beast mode. The Seahawks average about 200 passing yards per game. Baldwin averages 53.3 yards per game and has three touchdowns on the year. That's not the kind of production you need in the playoffs.
TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (3 percent owned)
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is coming along like you would expect from a rookie with the skill set to play in the league. However, Brent Celek is still getting the majority of the snaps and Ertz is only averaging 28.5 yards per game. He has three touchdowns on the year.
QB Jay Cutler (31 percent owned)
It's not clear whether Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be back in Week 14 and the Bears do have the Monday Night Football game. Cutler is being listed as day by day and you might not know until after the Sunday games whether he will play. He might also be rusty coming back. Too risky to wait on him and the downside is big. Cutler isn't likely to help you in the playoffs.
TE Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers (8 percent owned)
Chargers tight end Ladarius Green has a great skill set and has really come on lately but he is still splitting time with Antonio Gates. He is certainly a candidate to break out but the risk isn't worth carrying into a playoff run. On the year, Green is averaging 29.5 yards per game and has two touchdowns.