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2014 Fantasy Football, Week 13 Waiver Wire: Consider Boom Herron and Latavius Murray


Week twelve of the National Football League is in the books. And with that, football fans are looking towards the fantasy football waiver wire to see if their team can be improved in any way with the playoffs on the horizon.

Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I do not have a problem spending my first waiver priority on a few players from the list below, especially if you’re planning for the playoff push or simply preventing your opponents from grabbing a player that could assist them in their quest for your league’s championship. But, your team should be pretty set by now, so be sure not to make any drastic changes to your core, unless you feel your hand is forced. Also, players listed below are in no particular order, so be sure to read them all.

Week 13 Byes: none

Dan Herron | Indianapolis

Boom Herron, the second-year man out of Ohio State, carried the rock 16 times for 65 yards and added five receptions on five targets for an additional 35 yards for the Colts in week 12’s effort against the Jaguars. Despite the fact that Herron earned the start, Trent Richardson out-snapped him 42-to-33 and found his way into the end zone. Although Herron’s 5.4 yards/carry were far superior to Richardson’s 3.2 yards/carry, the split in snaps and touches truly makes this a running-back-by-committee a situation I may be staying away from in the last week leading up to the playoffs. However, Herron is worth the add if you’re plagued with injuries or worried about a player’s status heading into week 13’s contests.

Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 2 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 20% or more
Players I’d drop for him: Bryce Brown, Ben Tate, Theo Riddick

Jarvis Landry | Miami and Charles Johnson | Minnesota

Jarvis Landry has yet to exceed the 100-yard receiving mark, but the rookie out of LSU has been targeted just under six times per week (on average), has surpassed 50 yards receiving on three occasions and landed in the end zone twice. The Dolphins draw the Jets and Ravens in the next two weeks — both teams are among the top ten most generous to opposing fake pass catchers — so, he could be in play for those in deeper leagues looking to make a playoff push.

I feel like our friend Davis Mattek (@DavisMattek) has been the conductor of the Charles Johnson Express for as long as I can remember. Johnson is the big, fast receiver that Mattek typically touts and over the course of the past two weeks we’ve seen why. Johnson hauled in nine passes on 17 targets in weeks 11 and 12, averaged 15.4 yards per catch and finally found pay dirt. The chemistry between he and fellow rookie Teddy Bridgewater seems to be heating up, so those in both short and ong-term format leagues need to consider adding the lanky Johnson to their corps. All aboard!

Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 2 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 20% or more
Players I’d drop for him: Brandin Cooks, Cordarrelle Patterson, Allen Hurns

LeGarrette Blount | New England and TIm Wright | New England

Blount reunited with his former Patriots’ teammates and head coach while the team prepared for their week 12 contest. Blount was the beneficiary of Jonas Gray’s alarm clock going off late, which resulted in Gray spending the entire game on the sidelines in week 12 without getting a touch. The former logged 12 carries (18 snaps) for 78 yards and two touchdowns, but yielded to Shane Vereen on targets out of the backfield. This is an emergency only type of addition to your fake football team, as we never know what Bill Belichick has up his sleeve in terms of game plan.

Tim Wright continues to catch touchdown passes. He now has six receiving touchdowns on the season, all of which have come in the past five weeks. Wright now has 23 receptions on 26 targets for 220 yards on the year, but that averages out to just over two targets per week making the volume and dependency on touchdowns a concern for potential suitors.

You never know when and how these guys on the Patriots will be used, so be sure to proceed with serious caution.

Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 5 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 5-10% or more
Players I’d drop for him: Bryce Brown, Ben Tate, Theo Riddick

New York Giants D/ST and Colts D/ST

The Giants and the Colts face the Jaguars and Redskins respectively in week 13. Both Jacksonville and Washington are both among the top five most generous teams to opposing fantasy defenses, s don’t expect much to change in week 13.

Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 8 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 0-5%
Players I’d drop for him: your defense on a bye

Lastly, Latavius Murray appeared in this column some time ago and would be my number one running back add during this week’s waiver wire process if he’s still available in your leagues.  Keep a close eye on Murray to see if he’ll pass the league’s concussion protocol by Friday in order to be eligible for the Raiders’ week 13 duel.

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