Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 13 (Fantasy Football)

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Week 12 is in the books and while we had some thrilling matchups, we got more bad news on the injury front. The Cardinals and the Panthers are both on a bye, which further puts managers in a pinch trying to make their final push to the playoffs. Here are some options and waiver wire rankings to help make your decisions (hopefully) a touch easier.

Wide Receivers

Team Player Roster % Matchups
TEN Treylon Burks 68% @PHI / JAX / @LAC
JAX Zay Jones 38% @DET / @TEN / DAL
IND Parris Campbell 62% @DAL / BYE / @MIN
CLE Donovan Peoples-Jones 61% @HOU / @CIN / BAL
BUF Isaiah McKenzie 34% @NE / NYJ / MIA
NYJ Elijah Moore 29% @MIN / @BUF / DET
LV Mack Hollins 31% LAC / @LAR / NE
DAL Michael Gallup 63% IND / HOU / @JAX
IND Alec Pierce 31% @DAL / BYE / @MIN
DET Jameson Williams 52% JAX / MIN / @NYJ
GB Randall Cobb 18% @CHI / BYE / LAR
FA Odell Beckham Jr. 53%
LAR Van Jefferson 38% SEA / LV / @GB
LAC DeAndre Carter 29% @LV / MIA / TEN
TB Julio Jones 33% NO / @SF / CIN
HOU Nico Collins 33% CLE / @DAL / KC
KC Skyy Moore 24% @CIN / @DEN / @HOU

The Fantasy Footballers have Treylon Burks at the top of their wide receiver list. Since coming back from injury, he has seen a minimum of six targets each game, including eight in Week 11. He turned those eight targets into seven receptions for 111 yards, fueled by a 51-yard monster play. Last week, he was able to recover a Derrick Henry fumble that turned into a touchdown. He also saw four receptions for 70 yards against the Bengals. The Titans have an uphill battle in Week 13 against the Eagles, but see more favorable WR matchups in Weeks 14 and 15. He is 68% rostered in sleeper leagues so it’s likely that he is unavailable, but it never hurts to check.

A more likely candidate available is Zay Jones of the Jaguars. He had a huge game against the Baltimore Ravens with 14 targets, 11 receptions, and a whopping 145 yards. He was also on the receiving end of a pivotal two-point conversion. Week 15 will be tough against the Cowboys, but Jacksonville will face the porous Lions and Titans in Weeks 13 and 14. Whether in trouble or not, Trevor Lawrence is looking his way to move the chains and on big plays. He is rostered in just 38% of sleeper leagues.

There is renewed energy that has been infused into the Jets with Mike White at the helm instead of Zach Wilson. White is passing all over the field and a majority of those plays are going to Garrett Wilson. However, Elijah Moore still caught both of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in bad weather against the Chicago Bears. He is a boom-bust option, but is only rostered in 29% of leagues and is worthy of a flex look. That is especially true in Week 15 when the Jets face the Lions.

Running Backs

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Team Player Roster % Matchups
WAS Brian Robinson 69% @NYG / BYE / NYG
BAL Gus Edwards 60% DEN / @PIT / @CLE
CIN Samaje Perine 71% KC / CLE / @TB
NYJ Zonovan Knight 0% @MIN / @BUF / DET
PIT Jaylen Warren 23% @ATL / BAL / @CAR
PIT Benny Snell 2% @ATL / BAL / @CAR
LV Zamir White 10% LAC / @LAR / NE
LV Ameer Abdullah 8% LAC / @LAR / NE
LV Brandon Bolden 2% LAC / @LAR / NE
JAX JaMycal Hasty 3% @DET / @TEN / DAL
LAR Kyren Williams 44% SEA / LV / @GB
KC Jerick McKinnon 50% @CIN / @DEN / @HOU
NYJ Ty Johnson 2% @MIN / @BUF / DET
BUF James Cook 37% @NE / NYJ / MIA
MIN Alexander Mattison 44% NYJ / @DET / IND
IND Deon Jackson 15% @DAL / BYE / @MIN
TB Ke’Shawn Vaughn 4% NO / @SF / CIN
NYG Matt Breida 6% WAS / PHI / @WAS
NYJ James Robinson 69% @MIN / @BUF / DET
JAX Darrell Henderson Jr. 51% @DET / @TEN / DAL
CAR Chuba Hubbard 32% BYE / @SEA / PIT
SF Jordan Mason 0% MIA / TB / @SEA
SF Tyrion Davis-Price 7% MIA / TB / @SEA

To say the RB waiver wire is thin is an understatement. If you need a reliable running back and you are not yet past your trade deadline, that may be your best bet. If not, look for Brian Robinson or Gus Edwards. Unfortunately, they are rostered in 69% and 60% of sleeper leagues respectively so they may not be an option.

You could take a look at Zonovan Knight who saw action in place of James Robinson who was a healthy scratch. Knight had 14 attempts on the ground for 69 yards and added three receptions on three targets for 34 yards through the air. His viability is linked directly to Robinson’s future, which is waning as the weeks go by. He is not rostered in sleeper leagues at all and is a speculative add who can get you points if you’re desperate.

JaMycal Hasty is another speculative add. He filled in for Travis Etienne who left the game early with a foot injury. Although Doug Pederson said that he was able to go back into the game, they held him out to be cautious. Etienne should be good to go this week, which means Hasty will fade back into the background and be a backup.

Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Matchups
CIN Hayden Hurst 67% KC / CLE / @TB
JAX Evan Engram 43% @DET / @TEN / DAL
NO Juwan Johnson 44% @TB / BYE / ATL
NE Hunter Henry 30% BUF / @ARI / @LV
LV Foster Moreau 46% LAC / @LAR / NE

If the RB waiver wire is thin, the TE waiver wire is nonexistent. Per usual. Your best bet is Bengals TE Hayden Hurst, but he is rostered in 67% of sleeper leagues. He was likely scooped up off the waiver wire weeks ago.

Juwan Johnson has emerged as a red zone favorite of Andy Dalton but was practically absent last week against the 49ers. Considering the game was a shutout, that’s understandable. Johnson scored a touchdown three games in a row prior to that and logged over 40 yards in each matchup. He is touchdown-dependent but has a better opportunity to see said touchdown since Dalton has been looking his way if Chris Olave is seeing double coverage.

Hunter Henry is an interesting option and has finally come back to what we have come to expect from last year, which is a boom-or-bust tight end who is touchdown-dependent. He scored a touchdown in Week 12 against the Vikings on five targets, three receptions, and 63 yards. That was a season-high in receiving yards so far this season and his second touchdown. If you’re desperate, he is only rostered in 30% of sleeper leagues so he should be readily available but hardly reliable.

Team DEF/ST

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Team Roster % Matchups
Cleveland Browns 6% @HOU / @CIN / BAL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31% NO / @SF / CIN
Green Bay Packers 22% @CHI / BYE / LAR
Seattle Seahawks 17% @LAR / CAR / SF

Quarterbacks

Team Player Roster % Matchups
CLE Deshaun Watson 58% @HOU / @CIN / BAL
NYJ Mike White 8% @MIN / @BUF / DET
JAX Trevor Lawrence 57% @DET / @TEN / DAL
GB Jordan Love 2% @CHI / BYE / LAR
WAS Taylor Heinicke 25% @NYG / BYE / NYG
CHI Trevor Siemian 0% GB / BYE / PHI

Good luck with your waiver claims!

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