Week 14 is here and it’s playoff time for a majority of the fantasy leagues. Hopefully owners have their lineups set for the playoffs, but that’s not the case for every team and some owners are in need of some waiver wire help with star wide receivers such as Jordy Nelson and Steve Smith Struggling in recent weeks.
Luckily for fantasy owners, we’ve got a few waiver wire pickups at the wide receiver and tight end position that can help your team get to the second round of the playoffs and take home the trophy at the end of the year. Julian Edelman, Michael Crabtree and Ladarius Green lead the pack of Week 14 waiver wire pickups.
Julian Edelman (WR – NE)
Julian Edelman had an excellent start to the season. He scored two touchdowns in Week 1 and was Brady’s go to man for the next three weeks when Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski were inactive due to injury. Once Amendola and Gronkowski came back, Edelman disappeared from fantasy relevance for several weeks, but has resurfaced in the last two weeks when Brady and the Patriots needed him most.
Edelman has produced two straight double-digit fantasy games, eclipsing the 100 yard mark in both games and catching nine passes in each game as well. Edelman also seen as many targets as Brady’s favorite target (Rob Gronkowski) in Week 13 making him Tom Brady’s second option. All signs point towards Edelman producing big numbers for the rest of the year in PPR leagues and he should be one of the most added players this week.
Kembrell Thompkins also left Week 13’s game with a hip injury which increases Edelman’s value even more if Thompkins misses time. Do yourself a favor and grab Edelman off of waivers. He’s a great WR3 and Flex play in week 14 and can help owners advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Michael Crabtree (WR – SF)
Michael Crabtree made his 2013 debut in Week 13 and had a respectable game. He hauled in two passes for for 68 yards and played in roughly 60% of the 49ers offensive plays. Crabtree has horrible match-ups in Week 14 (Seattle) and Week 15 (Tampa Bay) but he has an absolute dream match-up in Week 16 at home against Atlanta. Owners with roster space and championship aspirations need to seriously consider taking a two week flyer on Crabtree.
Crabtree definitely warrants a pickup off of waivers, but can’t be trusted in Week 14. Crabtree will be a great Flex play in Week 16 for owners lucky enough to make it that far.
Ladarius Green (TE – SD)
“I have seen the future and his name is Ladarius Green” is what Matthew Berry tweeted shortly after Ladarius Green scored a touchdown for his second straight game during Week 13 against the Bengals. Green is the backup tight end for Antonio Gates, but he is the superior athlete and will be taking his job in the coming years, if not next year.
At 6’6″ and 240 pounds, Green is a freakish athlete and appears to have a tremendous future. Green has scored double-digit fantasy points in three straight games and has scored touchdowns in consecutive games. All of Green’s production has come on a limited snap count, but the Chargers have increased his workload in recent weeks and he did get six targets in Week 13 which was a season high.
Owners that are depending on Jordan Reed and Julius Thomas might want to grab Green off waivers and plug him in if either of them can’t play for a third straight week. Whether owners are in need of a tight end or not, Green might be worth picking up to keep him away from a team in need of a tight end.
Green is a risky play in Week 14 due to the fact that he’s not on the field on a high percentage of plays, but if Green can produce double-digit points for a fourth straight week, he’s definitely worth a start in Week 15 and/or Week 16 for owners struggling at the tight end position.