Fantasy football: Russell Wilson is a worthy roster addition

Market share: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes quarterback Russell Wilson is better than the likes of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. “They’re going to hype who they’re going to hype, and you’re in the Seattle market, and it doesn’t matter what you do,” the Seahawks’ cornerback said, via USA Today. “He’s beat the Bears, the Packers, the Patriots. You show me another quarterback with his resume, and I’ll show you a great quarterback.” As fantasy guru Michael Fabiano notes in his Week 14 waiver wire targets, Wilson is available in 81.4% of leagues. While Sherman might be taking it a bit too far, there is something to his statement. In his last five games, Wilson has posted three games of 20-plus points and two games of 16-plus points. Luck has posted two 20-plus games, two games of 13 points and one at the 18 mark. RG3 comes closest, notching three 20-plus games, but topped out at 13.90 in his other two. Wilson will be facing the Arizona Cardinals’ and San Francisco 49ers’ defenses during the fantasy playoffs, each ranked in the top three versus the pass, but a Week 15 matchup against the Bills could be one worth stashing him on your bench for…if you make it that far.

Flying first: Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid announced at his press conference Monday that rookie Nick Foles will be the team’s starting quarterback the rest of the season. While Foles isn’t necessarily fantasy worthy, his starter status means good things for running backs Bryce Brown and LeSean McCoy. In the two games Foles has started, Brown has been on a tear, scoring 26-plus fantasy points in both matchups. The main concern for owners will be McCoy’s health and how things will be split up if he does return. Despite a schedule which includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals the next three weeks (each in the top 11 versus the run), Brown could still post good numbers. All three teams have allowed no less than seven rushing touchdowns this season, and it’s clear Brown is the Eagles’ top red-zone option. It’s also clear you can still bag Brown if you’re in need of help at running back. The rookie is available in 66.1% of leagues, so check your waiver wire.

Start him up: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has been on a tear of late, posting 20 or more fantasy points in each of his last three games. He’s also caught two touchdown passes in his last two matchups and is clearly Tony Romo‘s most trusted option. For Bryant, the fun is just starting. “Tony believes in me. I want that to increase,” Bryant told The Dallas Morning News after the game. “It’s all about not losing composure and being focused and just doing what’s right. I feel like just me staying on top of my game makes a big difference.” While he’s hitting his peak at the right time, there might be reason to temper expectations. Bryant squares off against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ and Bengals’ pass defenses the next two weeks, each allowing just 13 scores through the air this season. That total ties them for fourth-best in the NFL. Where he can come clutch is in what will be most league’s championship game (Week 16), when he faces a Saints defense which ranks 30th versus the pass and has allowed 23 passing touchdowns.

-Adrian Mojica
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