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Fantasy Football 2012, Week 14: Waiver Wire Scoops

We talk about the rookie QBs before checking out which players might be available in your league.


This year has been fantastic and full of storylines. There's no doubt that the most compelling story is the rookie quarterbacks taking over the NFL. Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are simply amazing, and all three have a good shot to make the playoffs. One of the most annoying things on TV is when analysts are asked who they think will be a better QB in the long run. C'mon, man. Luck and Griffin are both once-in-a-decade talents, and it's a statistical anomaly that they're both this good already. Both are just such a treat to watch, and they're at their best when there's pressure. Luck has some of the best pocket presence in the history of the NFL, not just for a rookie. The Indianapolis Colts also rank fifth in the NFL for third down conversion percentage. That's better than the likes of Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.

Griffin is just a ridiculous playmaker. He's one of those guys that make you wonder how the hell there are people who don't like football. Every pass attempt has a chance to be on the highlight reel. Oh and he's second in scoring for fantasy quarterbacks.

Speaking of fantasy, let's take a look at some guys that could help you and may be available in your league.


Jake Locker -- To be frank, Locker sucked on Sunday. He completed just 21-of-45 attempts for 309 yards with one touchdown and three picks. This did come against the Houston Texans, however, and things should be better against the Colts. Indy gives up the third-most points to fantasy QBs.

Here's how I would rank the QBs that are available in at least 25 percent of leagues:

Jay Cutler (@MIN), Jake Locker (@IND), Carson Palmer (DEN), Colin Kaepernick (MIA), Russell Wilson, Nick Foles(@TB), Sam Bradford (@BUF), Chad Henne (NYJ), Brandon Weeden (KC), Greg McElroy(!!!), Ryan Tannehill(@JAC), Brady Quinn (@CLE).

Running Backs

Bryce Brown- I really have no idea how Bryce Brown is only owned in 68 percent of ESPN leagues. Apparently, RG3 should be on waiver wires, too.

Jonathan Dwyer - Dwyer saw 16 carries on Sunday, but he wasn't really that effective with just 49 yards. The fact of the matter is that he is the starting tailback and the Pittsburgh Steelers aren't going to be slingin' it in the Haley-Roethlisberger fashion we've grown to know and love. Dwyer should see close to 20 carries in a mediocre matchup against the San Diego Chargers. His remaining schedule isn't that great either with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals in Weeks 15 and 16. Although, Dallas is really missing Sean Lee and Bruce Carter in the middle.

Montell Owens - The Jacksonville Jaguars are running out of running backs. Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Rashad Jennings (ankle) are up in the air, while Jalen Parmele is on IR. Owens might be the last man standing in Jacksonville. He's also a better-than-average receiver out of the backfield, so he might have a touch of value in PPR leagues. There's a good chance he only has value this week and you'd have be in a sticky wicket to start him.

James Starks - Starks hit pay dirt for the first time this season last week, and the second time in his career. He looked good at times, but without the 22-yard TD factored into his total, he had 44 yards on 14 carries, which is good for just a 3.2 yards per carry average. Alex Green was a little better with 12 carries for 58 yards. This is a timeshare split, so Starks won't be more than a flex option in most leagues.

Wide Receivers

Danario Alexander - As we said last week, he is a must-own player. He had six catches for 102 yards on Sunday, and has become Philip Rivers' favorite target, especially in the second half.

Josh Gordon - Gordon has seen seven targets in three consecutive games, and he finally turned a profit on Sunday. He had 116 yards and a TD on six catches. The one target that wasn't caught was on a fly route and might have been his second TD. His upside is huge this week against some slow Kansas City Chiefs corners.

Chris Givens - Sam Bradford has been gushing over Givens off the field, saying that the wideout has no ceiling to how good he can be. Bradford also likes Givens on the field, and targeted him 14 times (!!) on Sunday. I'm on board. Givens is a high-end WR3 this week.

James Jones - Jordy Nelson is sounding doubtful to play on Sunday, and Jones would serve as the primary beneficiary. He had a touchdown last week, and would have added a second but it was called back due to a penalty.

Golden Tate - Tate has been very good lately. He has four touchdowns in his last four games, but only has 15 catches in that span. What's more, he has only seen 20 targets. Russell Wilson's emergence has a direct impact on Tate, and he's the best receiver to own in Seattle.

Mike Thomas - Titus Young is done and Ryan Broyles tore his ACL, so it's now the Mike Thomas show opposite Megatron. Tony Scheffler might see a large chunk of targets, too.

Rod Streater - Keep an eye out on news for Denarius Moore this week. Moore was benched for his ineffectiveness, and it will be interesting to see how the Oakland Raiders handle him. Streater probably won't see much of Champ Bailey this week, either.

Tight Ends

Brandon Myers - Myers was left open for essentially the entire second half on underneath stuff, and racked up 130 yards and a touchdown on 14 catches. Denarius Moore getting benched really puts Myers in must-own territory.

Tony Scheffler - Scheffler has seen 21 targets in his last three games, and he'll likely get a few more since the Detroit Lions are toast at WR behind Calvin Johnson. Megatron saw 20 targets last week, by the way.