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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fantasy football: Week 14 waiver-wire picks

Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck get the accolades, and deservedly so, for their phenomenal, somewhat unprecedented rookie seasons.

Often lost in the discussion is Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson, whose 95 rating is better than Luck's 76. Wilson also has thrown for more touchdowns than Luck (19 to 17) and has been picked off eight fewer times (eight, to Luck's 16).

I'm not saying Wilson is better than Luck, who is on pace to throw for 4,795 yards and has added five TDs on the ground.

I'm saying Wilson should be owned in far more than 17.8 percent of the ESPN leagues, and he is a decent starting option in deeper leagues.

If you've made your league's postseason, which likely begins this week, you probably don't need a QB.

If you do and Wilson is available, here are two numbers to consider: nine and zero, as in the number of touchdown passes and interceptions for the Seattle QB in his last four games.

In his last five contests, Wilson has thrown for 1,114 yards, 11 TDs and one interception.

This week, the Seahawks will play the Cardinals, who rank third against the pass and have more interceptions (18) than TD passes allowed (16). On paper, or your iPhone, the matchup might not look great, but I wouldn't worry about Wilson suddenly turning into Seneca Wallace.

In Week 15, Seattle will play at Buffalo, which is No. 13 vs. the pass but has given up 21 TD tosses, compared to 10 picks.

There are two more rookies in our top five at QB this week -- the Browns' Brandon Weeden and the Eagles' Nick Foles -- but Wilson is clearly the best option.

On to our rankings for the week.

As always, we rank players who are available in more than half of the ESPN leagues, and we usually aim for 40 percent ownership or lower.

1. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (owned in 17.5 percent of the ESPN leagues)
2. Chad Henne, Jaguars (8.5)
3. Brandon Weeden, Browns (7.5)
4. Sam Bradford, Rams (38.8)
5. Nick Foles, Eagles (3.5)
Dropped out: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers (owned in 45.7 percent of the ESPN leagues, which makes him too obvious of a choice for this list); Christian Ponder, Vikings
Just missed the cut: Jake Locker, Titans; Ponder; Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

1.James Starks, Packers (7.0 percent)
2. Montell Owens, Jaguars (0.0)
3. Joique Bell, Lions (9.5)
4. Jacquizz Rogers, Falcons (32.9)
5. Alex Green, Packers (23.9)
Dropped out: Bryce Brown, Eagles (68.8 percent, which is too obvious); Knowshon Moreno, Broncos (48.8 percent, see Jennings); Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers (41.2, see Brown and Moreno); Rashad Jennings, Jaguars
Just missed the cut: Bilal Powell, Jets (1.8); Justin Forsett, Texans (0.8)

1. T.Y. Hilton, Colts (33.6 percent)
2. Danario Alexander, Chargers (26.8)
3. Josh Gordon, Browns (25.6)
4. Golden Tate, Seahawks (10.0)
5. Chris Givens, Rams (3.1) 
Dropped out: Jeremy Kerley, Jets; Andre Roberts, Cardinals; Davone Bess, Dolphins
Just missed the cut: Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers (3.7 percent); Kendall Wright, Titans (13.4); Bess (19.8); Brandon LaFell, Panthers (18.0); Donnie Avery, Colts (8.4); Kerley (37.1)

1. Brandon Myers, Raiders (22.1 percent)
2. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars (18.7)
3. Benjamin Watson, Browns (5.6)
4. Dallas Clark, Buccaneers (5.2)
5. Tony Moeaki, Chiefs (0.7)
Dropped out: Dustin Keller, Jets; Dennis Pitta, Ravens; Dwayne Allen, Colts
Just missed the cut: Coby Fleener, Colts (12.2 percent); Pitta (30.4); Allen (2.8)

Past waiver-wire picks: Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13

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