NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to catch a pass while Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints defends at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Is Hines Ward Still Worth A Roster Spot?

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Tips: For The Love Of God, Cut Jeff Reed

If you were the type to make a mistake like this, you probably wouldn’t be Googling for fantasy football advice right now, but just in case: former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is still owned in 17% of leagues! People, pay attention to your teams. Your fellow league owners – your friends – are counting on you. Reed was having a poor year and was cut last week, and this his agent said Reed would be taking some time off – which is to say, he won’t be kicking for anyone this week, and probably not next week either.

It’s very easy to get fantasy points out of the kicking position, since finding the right player is mostly just about finding the one who has the most opportunity. Right now, Reed has none, and he isn’t very likely to recoup value by the end of the season even if he does end up signing with someone, which he might not. If you’re playing a league in which you’re drafting NFL players and winning points based on which ones play the most beer pong, Reed is probably a great choice. If not, there are lots of good options out there at kicker. (Matt Bryant! Nick Folk!) Reed isn’t one of them.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Is Hines Ward Still Worth A Roster Spot

The Steelers' best fantasy options have been fairly consistent recently - Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall and the defense are owned in just about every league, and if Mike Wallace was ever available in your league, he's long gone now. But I was surprised to learn that Hines Ward is still owned in 98.9% of leagues. Ward has had an amazing career, yes, but he's about at the age when receivers start to fall off a cliff, and Wallace has emerged in the past few weeks as Roethlisberger's go-to target. Ward has had only two games this year with more than 54 yards receiving, and none since the Miami game. He's still good enough that you shouldn't reflexively drop him, but if you're struggling to get production from the wide receiver position, it may be time to get a little more creative than a 34-year-old receiver lumbering through a tough year.

Let's look at ESPN's most-added list. Vincent Jackson and Sidney Rice are owned in fewer than 75% of leagues, and yet both appear more likely than Ward to make an impact the rest of the season. If you want consistency, Deion Branch is owned in fewer than half of all leagues and has at least 70 yards receiving in each of the last three games. Danny Amendola is another decent, consistent option for the back of your roster. Mike Thomas has some upside and is only owned in 20% of leagues. And then there's Danny Woodhead, who might be available as a wide receiver.

Ward is an all-time great in Pittsburgh, but you might be holding your team back if you're still starting him every week. Comb the waiver wire, and you might be able to come up with a more dynamic option.

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