Nick Foles heads up SI's All-Waiver-Wire team
SI breaks down our All-Waiver-Wire team:
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (Week 6 ownership: six percent of CBS leagues, four percent of Yahoo! leagues, 0.5 percent of ESPN leagues) -- Foles went from Michael Vick's backup to a must-start fantasy option in a few short weeks. The Eagles' signal caller had his coming-out party when he tossed seven TD passes on 406 yards during Week 9 at Oakland. Fantasy owners who grabbed Foles were rewarded, as he scored 20-plus fantasy points in standard leagues every game for the remainder of the season after the seven-TD game. He finished the season with 27 TDs and only two interceptions. In Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense, Foles should remain a must-start fantasy option in 2014.
Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (Week 6 ownership: 31 percent of CBS leagues, 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues, 1.2 percent of ESPN leagues) -- Stacy emerged as the Rams' primary running back when he received 18 carries against the Texans in Week 6. He would go on to cement himself as a viable RB2 when he ran for 134 yards on 26 carries in Week 8. Stacy was a great pickup for owners, as he scored seven TDs over the final eight weeks of fantasy action. Stacy's three TDs in the fantasy postseason helped many of his owners win league titles.
Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (Week 5 ownership: Seven percent, eight percent, one percent) -- Jennings didn't do much until Week 9, despite being a trendy pickup following Week 5. Patient owners who stashed Jennings were rewarded with 539 yards and six TDs in Weeks 9 through 15, even though he missed a game in that span. Multi-TD performances in Weeks 13 and 15 helped his owners in two of the biggest fantasy weeks of the season.
Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (Week 5 ownership: 72 percent, 42 percent, 18 percent) -- Woodhead finished with 76 receptions, over 1,000 yards (rushing and receiving combined) and eight TDs. Not bad for someone who was undrafted in almost every standard league. Woodhead's style is better for PPR formats, but he proved that he's a legit fantasy option in standard leagues because he's such a vital part of the Chargers offense.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (Week 5 ownership: 27 percent, 11 percent, two percent) -- Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the season and should be a trendy fantasy pick heading into 2014. However, the presence of Rashard Mendenhall limited Ellington's fantasy production. Ellington managed a few big games in 2013, despite limited touches, and owners who started him were rewarded during those weeks.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (Week 1 ownership: 11 percent of CBS leagues) -- Edelman was a hot free-agent pickup twice this season. First he exploded onto the scene with 79 yards and two TDs in Week 1, making Edelman the hottest waiver pickup heading into Week 2. By Week 8, the Patriots were healthy and Edelman took a back seat to other players, but that changed for good during Week 12. Edelman caught nine balls for 110 yards and two TDs, establishing himself as a trustworthy fantasy option for the remainder of the season. Edelman wasn't on the fantasy radar prior to the season, but made sure he was there at the end of it, finishing with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six TDs.
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (Week 6 ownership: 11 percent, six percent, one percent) -- Allen went undrafted in most fantasy leagues, yet finishes the season as one of the year's biggest surprises. The rookie receiver caught 71 balls for 1,046 yards and eight TDs, despite not even playing in Week 1. He's on a ton of championship fantasy rosters and is arguably the best waiver-wire addition of the season.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (Week 12 ownership: 14 percent, 19 percent, four percent) -- Patterson did most of his damage returning kicks as a rookie in 2013, but things started to click for the Tennessee product just in time for the fantasy playoffs. 11 targets in Week 12 made Patterson a potential fantasy option and he rewarded savvy owners with 141 yards and a TD in Week 14 and another TD in Week 15. Patterson finished strong enough to land on the wish lists of many owners heading into 2014 drafts.
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (Week 3 ownership: three percent of CBS leagues) -- Clay wasn't on fantasy radars heading into the season, but finishes with 69 catches for 759 yards and six TDs. The sure-handed TE finished the season as an every-week starter for many fantasy owners and his two TDs in Week 14 helped many owners advance on the playoffs. Unfortunately, he was shut out in Week 15 when the Patriots held Clay to one catch for six yards in a crucial fantasy week. While fantasy owners won't agree, it's a compliment to Clay that the crafty Patriots decided to focus on shutting him down.