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Waiver Wire Pickups - Fantasy Football - Quarterback (QB)

** Click here to see RotoBaller’s 2014 fantasy football waiver wire quarterback pickups and sleepers list for the 2014 fantasy football and NFL season **

Below is RotoBaller.com’s Ultimate 2013 Waiver Wire Watch List from the 2013 fantasy football and NFL season.

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2013 Waiver Wire Pickups by Position

[ALL]  [RB]  [WR]  [TE]  [QB]  [DEF]

 

Leonard Hankerson (WR, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: It seems as though Hankerson has officially surpassed veteran Roddy White on the Atlanta Falcons' depth chart. Ready for this? Since Week 2, Hankerson has been targeted 25 times, while White has received five targets. Yes, five. This has resulted in White totaling two catches for eight yards during that span, while Hankerson has posted 15 catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns. With the Atlanta offense simply exploding over the past two weeks, scoring a combined 87 points, don't expect them to slow down anytime soon. Hankerson simply looks like the newest weapon in the Atlanta offense, and as he and Matt Ryan continue to build their chemistry, things are only going to get better for him. While opposing defenses do their best to lock down Julio Jones, it should lead to the 26-year-old receiver having no problem putting up some solid performances moving forward in 2015. The Falcons take on the Redskins, Saints, Titans and Buccaneers over the next four weeks, all of which have beatable secondaries. Realistically though, the fact that Jones is lined up across from Hankerson is really the main selling point of grabbing him.

Blake Bortles (QB, JAX) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Much like last week, I expect plenty of garbage time opportunities for Bortles in Week 4. The Colts have allowed 15, 15 and 18 total fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far. The Colts' first two games saw Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick playing with a lead for the entire game, but I don’t see that happening for Bortles this week. Bortles should have a game very similar to Marcus Mariota’s game against the Colts in Week 4. While the Titans did have a healthy lead at one point, the Colts roared back and Mariota ended up throwing 44 times for 367 yards. Bortles may not hit those numbers, but there is a good chance that he also tops 300+ yards and adds two touchdowns. Being in a position where you are forced to throw a lot isn’t always a good thing, but outside of Vontae Davis the Colts lack talent in the secondary. I wouldn't worry that Bortles will turn the ball over, and he could be a useful QB option for your teams in Week 4.  

Tyrod Taylor (QB, BUF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Look, I'm going to keep talking about Taylor until his ownership beats 50%. This man is a QB1 right now. He's the 3rd highest scoring QB this week (at time of writing) after finishing last week as the 6th highest scoring. The only leagues where he even has a shot at not being rostered is an eight man league or smaller - otherwise he's not only startable, but he's a QB1. Once again, this man is a QB1 and he's 43% owned. He's surrounded by a talented set of receivers that he's been able to consistently get a lot of value from, even if it's not resulting in a lot of value for them. However, that's good news because it means he's not relying on his supporting cast to carry him. Don't let him sit on your waivers any longer.

Thomas Davis, IDP - LB, Carolina Panthers

Baller Move: Add in Standard Leagues (12+ Teams IDP Leagues) Analysis: This week I'm recommending Thomas Davis who has had 26 tackles (6.5/game), 10 assists, 1 Sack, & 1 interception the last 4 weeks.  While these numbers don't really jump off the page they are solid. If you are looking for a waiver pickup you could find worse options than Davis in Week 13.

New England, DEF

Baller Move: Add in Standard Leagues (12+ Teams) Analysis: I imagine the Houston Texans had a different vision for the 2013 season.  So far they've been downright awful, and they achieved a new low last week by losing to the Jaguars and scoring just 6 total points.  This week New England will be coming to town to face a Texans team who has given up the 4th most points to opposing defenses (fantasy wise).  I expect New England to dominate in all facets of the game (except for the run game).  New England is a solid streamer option this week.

Cleveland, DEF

Baller Move: Add in Standard Leagues (12+ Teams) Analysis: Last week I did not do well with recommending the Browns, however this week I will repeat and select them again as a waiver option.  Why?  They are playing the Jaguars and that is good news for their defense.  On the season Jacksonville has given up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.  If you are looking to stream a defense this week, the Browns are one of the best options available in Week 13.

Jacoby Jones – WR, Baltimore Ravens

Baller Move: Add in Deep Leagues only (12+ Teams Standard) Analysis: This season Jacoby Jones has been sidelined in large chunks due to injury.  This week he finally looked to be getting closer to 100% with his best game of the season (4 catches, 103 yards & 1 TD).  The previous two weeks Jones only had 4 targets all together so he makes a poor PPR option to consider.  You should continue to monitor Jones to see if his health is back.  However, if you are in a deep league Jones might be a waiver option to consider.

Justin Hunter – WR, Tennessee Titans

Baller Move: Add in Deep Leagues only (12+ Teams PPR) Analysis: The past two weeks Hunter has tallied 13 target with 8 catches.  This past week Hunter had his breakout game of the season with 6 catches on 6 targets for 109 yards and 1 TD.  Hunter was a second round WR pick this season from Tennessee and I expect that he will continue to develop the rest of this season.  While Hunter is just starting to get involved with the Titans offense, take caution when using your waiver option with him.  He could be a nice PPR waiver option this week for deeper leagues, but if you're in standard leagues just continue monitoring him for now.

Nate Burleson – WR, Detroit Lions

Baller Move: Add in Deep Leagues only (12+ Teams PPR, Standard) Analysis: Last week I didn't include an injured WR option for PPR leagues.  Nate Burleson is his name and he's in a big time passing offense in Detroit (the past 2 seasons feature the most passing in Lions history).  Sadly his season has been filled with an injury where he broke his arm leading many managers to drop him.  However this week he returned from the injury and returned right back to pre-injury form.  He had a solid game of 7 catches, 1 TD, and 77 yards on 10 targets.  If you are looking for a solid WR option on a team that certainly likes to pass the ball, Burleson is a great waiver wire choice for Week 13 and going forward.

Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

Baller Move: Add in Deeper Leagues Analysis: Ray Rice has been ineffective for most of the season, and the coaches have said that they will ride the hot hand going forward. Reports are that Rice is dealing with a hip injury, so Pierce may be getting more carries. Pierce hasn’t been that great himself this year, and the Ravens offensive line is pretty bad, so there may not be tons of fantasy value here. But if Pierce starts getting more carries than Rice, or performs much better with his touches, he can become a solid FLEX/RB2.

Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers

Baller Move: Add in Deeper Leagues Analysis: Tolbert has been quietly putting up a solid season, stepping up his pure touchdown-vulture status a little bit. He has 6 touchdowns already this year, but more notably has added over 300 yards from scrimmage. Whether you need a bye week fill-in, or have gaping holes in your RB depth from injuries, Tolbert could pitch in a decent chunk of points in standard leagues and potentially serve as a 10-15 point stop gap in PPR leagues. Anyone who has started Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox, Joseph Randle, or similar RBs – Tolbert could be the next waiver wire add to keep your head high enough above water and sneak into the fantasy playoffs.

Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baller Move: Add in Deeper PPR Leagues Analysis: Mike James seems to have suffered an ankle fracture, leaving the rushing duties to be split up between Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard. Rainey looked the most competent with the ball, racking up 45 yards and a touchdown on just 8 carries. His work came mostly later in the game, after Leonard had been mostly bottled up on his 20 carries for just 57 yards. Brian also brought down 2 passes for 19 yards. For now, it looks like Rainey should get the early down work, while Leonard is likely the passing-down back. PPR owners may be better off stashing Leonard and hoping he takes over, while those in standard league are probably better off picking up Rainey, who looked much more capable when he got his chance.

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baller Move: Add in Deeper Leagues Analysis: Mike James seems to have suffered an ankle fracture, leaving the rushing duties to be split up between Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard. Rainey looked the most competent with the ball, racking up 45 yards and a touchdown on just 8 carries. His work came mostly later in the game, after Leonard had been mostly bottled up on his 20 carries for just 57 yards. Brian also brought down 2 passes for 19 yards. For now, it looks like Rainey should get the early down work, while Leonard is likely the passing-down back. PPR owners may be better off stashing Leonard and hoping he takes over, while those in standard league are probably better off picking up Rainey, who looked much more capable when he got his chance.

Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders

Baller Move: Add in All Leagues Analysis: While DMC remains out, Jennings remains a viable starting option. Jennings didn’t blow up fantasy scoreboards like he did in Week 9, but he still put up 88 yards on 20 totes, and pulled down 2 balls for another 19 yards. These are solid numbers considering Oakland was losing for much of the game to the Giants. Jennings can be a nice bye week fill-in or injury replacement for as long as Darren McFadden remains inactive, which for now is “indefinitely”. Grab Jennings in all leagues off the waiver wire.

Andre Brown, New York Giants

Baller Move: Add Immediately in All Leagues Analysis: I mentioned to stash him last week, and hopefully you did, as he is now available in just 50% of leagues. Andre Brown needed no time to work back into NFL ready condition, nor to run away with the starting RB job in New York, as I had been predicting all year. Brown ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. He added one catch for 4 yards. It seems there is a new feature back in the NFL, and I’m glad I’ve had him stashed all year in IR spots on multiple teams. Grab Brown immediately off the Week 11 waiver wire if he is still available in your league.

Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks

Baller Move: Stash in Deeper Leagues Analysis: Marshawn Lynch has been an elite running back again in 2013, and has been beasting it recently as usual. But in Seattle’s Week 10 matchup against the Falcons Michael rushed 8 times for 33 yards, all of that coming late in the game with the Seahawks in clock-killing mode. His runs were powerful, and he showcased his talented running back skill set. If Lynch were to go down with an injury, or miss any time, Michael would most likely become the lead running back for Seattle over Robert Turbin. This rookie possesses great talent, and could excel in a lead back role. If you are a Lynch owner, or have extra bench space in deeper league, target this running back off the Week 11 waiver wire and stash him as a potential lottery ticket down the stretch. It’s a long shot, but this is football after all so anything’s possible.

Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans

Baller Move: Stash in Deeper Leagues Analysis: The Texans have had some significant changes the past few weeks. Case Keenum has replaced Matt Schaub as their starting quarterback, and Arian Foster’s injuries have finally caught up with him. Foster will miss the remainder of the 2013 NFL season with his most recent back injury, and Ben Tate is playing through a rib injury of his own. While Tate is the lead running back for the Texans, it wouldn’t be shocking to anyone if he aggravated his injury or had to miss some time down the stretch. Dennis Johnson is the next in line, and will be the change of pace back for Tate for now. But if Tate were to miss anytime, Johnson would become the lead RB and find himself as a decent weekly FLEX play. Still only owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues, Johnson should be a RB target off the Week 11 waiver wire and stashed in all deeper leagues that have bench space.

James Starks, Green Bay Packers

Baller Move: Add in Deeper Leagues Analysis: With the injury to Aaron Rodgers, an emphasis on the Green Bay running backs and their rushing attack has become even more important. Eddie Lacy has been a workhorse, and one of the best RBs in the NFL over the past few weeks. But Starks is finally healthy, and has been Lacy’s backup and the change of pace running back for the Packers. If Lacy were to go down with an injury, Stark could easily work himself into weekly FLEX/RB2 value for fantasy owners. If you’re a Lacy owner, or are looking for a running back to stash in deeper leagues, target Starks off the Week 11 waiver wire. He’s still only 22% owned in Yahoo leagues.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

Baller Move: Add in Deeper Leagues Analysis: The Panthers have a running back committee in their backfield, as Stewart is getting work along with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert. None of the RBs had a great game in Week 10, but Stewart had 22 snaps while Williams only played 20. He was given 13 carries against a tough San Francisco defense, and managed only 41 yards. But Stewart is the most talented running back on this team, and Williams was only given 8 carries on the day. This is a good sign, and hopefully the Panthers will continue to get Stewart more touches than any other RB. If Williams were to go down with an injury, Stewart would become a solid FLEX/RB2 play on a weekly basis. If you’re looking for a decent running back off the Week 11 waiver wire, then pickup Stewart. He’s still only 21% owned in Yahoo leagues, and has a tasty matchup with a weak Patriots rush defense in Week 11.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

Baller Move: Add in Deeper Leagues Analysis: Brown had a decent game in Week 10 versus the Rams, as he excelled in the passing game racking up 5 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. His rushing stats weren’t pretty, but the Colts were getting dominated by the Rams all game and were forced to throw whenever they had the ball. Trent Richardson has not been a good fantasy running back all year, and has had only one game where he rushed for 60 yards. Wow. The Colts need to get something going on the ground, and Richardson has simply been ineffective. If you’re in a deeper league and looking for a Week 11 waiver wire running back, target Brown and hope that he starts getting more touches down the stretch.

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

Baller Move: Add in Deep Leagues (for the right matchups) Analysis: While Palmer hasn’t really been lighting up the fantasy world this year, he has been pretty solid the past couple of weeks and gets a tasty matchup versus the Jaguars in Week 11. In Week 9, Palmer totaled 17.78 points and in Week 10 he added another 17.44 points. Not too bad. He is also in a pass-first offense, which is always good when targeting a QB off the waiver wire. Last week Palmer had 32 pass attempts, and completed 20 of them for 241 yards and 2 TDs. If you’re looking for a Week 11 quarterback off the waiver wire, or are in a 2 QB league and Palmer is available, scoop him up as a decent option against a putrid Jaguars team who gives up lots of fantasy points to opposing QBs.

Josh McCown, Chicago Bears

Baller Move: Add in Deep Leagues Analysis: Jay Cutler is down again with a bad ankle, and McCown will get the starting nod in Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens. The matchup against the Ravens is a mixed bag since their defense is coming off a 3 INT game in Cincinnati, but are still 23rd in the NFL with only 7 INT total and rank near the middle in yards allowed. The positive for McCown is that he inherits a team with two stud receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffry (South Carolina alum – go Gamecocks), a versatile back in Matt Forte, in improved offensive line to protect him, and a high-powered offensive scheme. In the 2.5 games McCown has played in this year, he has played very well throwing for 538 yards with 4 TDs versus 0 INT and looks awfully comfortable with this team. Plus while he is not a runner, he has also had games with 33 and 20 yards scrambling. If you are looking to replace Cutler, are in a 2 QB league, or are looking for another quarterback – target McCown as a viable waiver wire pickup for Week 11 and beyond until Cutler is healthy again.

Case Keenum, Houston Texans

Baller Move: Add in All Leagues Analysis: Case Keenum’s waiver wire star remains bright following a week of mediocre games by other waiver wire QBs.  If you’re looking for a quarterback to add to your fantasy team, do you really want to roll the dice with EJ Manuel or Geno Smith when you can pickup Keenum?  Keenum has been excellent since becoming the starter in Houston. In week 7 he put up a very good game against the Chiefs 3rd ranked passing defense, good for 15.84 points in many leagues. Keenum followed that up with a 20-for-34, 350 yard, three touchdown performance in week 9 against the Colts – good for 37.60 fantasy points. And on Sunday he continued his torrid stretch with 201 passing yards and 3 more touchdowns, good for 25.34 fantasy points. On the year he now has a ridiculous 7 touchdowns versus 0 interceptions. With Arian Foster officially done for the year, expect the Texans to call more plays for Keenum to throw to Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.  Week 11 is also a good matchup against an Oakland Raiders defense which doesn’t scare anyone. If you’re looking for a QB, target Keenum on the Week 11 waiver wire and feel confident starting him in all formats.

Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (IDP – S)

BALLER MOVE: Add in Standard Leagues (12+ teams IDP Leagues) ANALYSIS: For the past four games, Antrel Rolle has had 31 total tackles, two sacks and two interceptions (averaging around eight tackles a game).  This past week, Rolle had his best game of the season with 10 solo tackles and a sack.  The two sacks on the season are a career-high for Rolle and I expect him to look to keep the solid streak going against Green Bay. If you are looking for a safety option to consider, Rolle would be a solid choice.

Detroit, DEF

BALLER MOVE: Add in Standard Leagues (12+ teams) ANALYSIS:  Detroit will be playing a Pittsburgh Steeler offense which has given up the fifth-most points to opposing defenses.  Pittsburgh has struggled this season with turnovers and has a -11 turnover ratio.  While Pittsburgh has the potential to score points, I like Detroit’s chances to have at least one or two interceptions.  My hope is that one of those is a pick-six.  If you are looking for a solid defense option Detroit could be one for you to consider (although I like Green Bay better).

Green Bay, DEF

BALLER MOVE: Add in Standard Leagues (12+ teams) ANALYSIS:  For this coming week, Green Bay will be playing a NY Giants team that has given up the third-most points on the season to opposing defenses.  Overall, the Giants have a -13 turnover ratio on the season and I expect that will not improve this coming week.  To add to this conversation Green Bay has a healthy Clay Matthews that will provide pressure on Eli Manning all game.  If you are looking for a streaming defense choice, Green Bay is a nice option.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues only (12+ teams Standard, PPR) ANALYSIS: In Week 1 of this season, I mentioned that Patterson was going to be the new Percy Harvin on the Vikings.  So far, he hasn’t lived up to that, and Jerome Simpson has started longer than I anticipated.  But this week Simpson was arrested with a DWI.  While a suspension might be looming, this is an opportunity for Patterson to step up.  The problem is that Minnesota has been a QB nightmare and Ponder has not been healthy.  If Ponder starts and Simpson is suspended look to Patterson to step up and never look back.  If you are in a shallow league, continue to monitor.

Leonard Hankerson, Arizona Cardinals

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues only (12+ teams PPR) ANALYSIS: For the past two weeks, Hankerson has had five catches per week and 116 yards.  While these aren’t mind-blowing numbers, they are decent WR numbers in a PPR league.  I am a bit concerned about his viability for long-term success, and I would only recommend Hankerson in the deepest of leagues as a bench player or bye-week consideration.  He’s nothing more than a desperation/what-the-heck choice.

Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues only (12+ teams Standard, PPR) ANALYSIS:  Last week, I mentioned that Justin Blackmon was suspended for the season.  Due to this suspension, the ‘next man up’ is Mike Brown.  While Brown did not have an opportunity to shine this week (the Jaguars were up the whole game, so they ran the clock through MJD!), you should expect to see him get targets in garbage time or when they are playing from behind.  I also expect defenses to focus more on Cecil Shorts, which will leave Brown left with one-on-one coverage.  If you are in a deeper league and are looking for WR depth, Brown might be a nice stash for you.

Dennis Johnson - RB, Houston Texans - Waiver Wire Pickup

With Arian Foster not practicing this week due to hamstring and back issues and Ben Tate facing four broken ribs, things are looking bleak for the running backs in Houston. Third-string option Dennis Johnson might well end up playing simply because there is nobody else. He played most of the second half in Week 9, and while Ben Tate has indicated he will play on Sunday, his four broken ribs are a tenuous situation to say the least. Last week was a good opportunity for Johnson to get a bit more comfortable on the field, which could result in an even better performance this weekend if Tate can’t manage the workload. The matchup with Arizona this weekend isn’t an ideal one, but you should keep Johnson on your radar for the following two weeks, as he faces the Raiders and the Jaguars.