Fantasy Football: Week 13 Waiver Wire

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It’s the last week of the fantasy football regular season! Here I’ll detail a number of the top pickups for Week 13. Check out today’s Week 13 Waivers & QB Streamers podcast for the full breakdown or jump right to the segment on YouTube.

Wide Receiver

Widely Owned (but worth checking)
WSH Jamison Crowder (82% owned)
NYJ Robby Anderson (83% owned)

LAR Cooper Kupp (59% owned)
Week 12: 8/116/0 on 11 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Ari, Phi, @Sea, @Ten, SF

If you are looking for a guy with a pretty safe floor to fill in gaps in your roster, Cooper Kupp is your guy! He has only 3 games this season under 44 receiving yards. Kupp is in a surprisingly good offense and he gets the target volume to boot, gaining 5 or more targets in all but 2 games this year. His targets have only increased as he has 25 targets in his last 3 games including a double-digit (11) game last week. Only owned in less than 60% of leagues, Kupp is a solid play week to week.

CLE Corey Coleman (40% owned)
Week 12: 3/64/0 on 8 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Ari, Phi, @Sea, @Ten, SF

Coleman is a must own. Why he is only 40% owned doesn’t make sense. Since returning in Week 11 from his hand injury, Coleman has 9 receptions on 19 targets, for 144 yards in just two games. He is the clear number 1 option on this team. That could change when Josh Gordon returns to action in Week 13. Gordon has not played a regular season game since Week 16 in the 2014 season. There is no guarantee that he immediately becomes the man in Cleveland. In fact, it is highly possible Gordon is a non-factor in fantasy football as he only amounted to 303 yards on 24 receptions in the 5 games he played in 2014. Coleman is the guy to own right now but Gordon is worth a stash.

CLE Josh Gordon (51% owned)
Week 12: Hasn’t played for a long time
Remaining Schedule: @LAC, GB, Bal, @Chi, @Pit

See Corey Coleman above.

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WSH Josh Doctson (43% owned)
Week 12: 2/28/1 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Dal, @LAC, Ari, Den, @NYG

Josh Doctson has been so hot and cold this year. When he’s hot, it usually happens with few receptions. This is not something you want to bank on heading into the fantasy playoffs. There are safer options on the wire to add to your rosters.

SF Marquise Goodwin (15% owned)
Week 12: 4/78/0 on 6 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Chi, @Hou, Ten, Jax, @LAR

Speaking of few receptions, Marquise Goodwin has done a lot with very little as well. I find it hard to recommend adding a guy that has just 7 receptions in his last 4 games. He did have 83 yards and a touchdown in Week 10, but that was done on just 1 reception. Goodwin has 3 or fewer receptions in all but 3 games this season. I wouldn’t pick him up just yet but he is worth watching if Jimmy Garoppolo takes over and favors Goodwin moving forward.

BUF Zay Jones (14% owned)
Week 12: 3/33/1 on 10 targets
Remaining Schedule: NE, Ind, Mia, @NE, @Mia

Zay Jones has shown his potential to be the number one wide receiver on the Buffalo Bills since Kelvin Benjamin joined the team. It may be the time for Jones to truly step it up as Benjamin is expected to miss some time due to a torn meniscus. Jones has 24 targets and 2 touchdowns in his past 3 games. Now that the Nathan Peterman experiment has quickly concluded, Zay Jones could find some chemistry with quarterback, Tyrod Taylor.

Super Deep Pickups

LAR Josh Reynolds (1% owned)

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Week 12: 4/37/1 on 6 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Ari, Phi, @Sea, @Ten, SF

Josh Reynolds was truly involved in this offense for the first time this season last week. He had 6 targets but only 37 receiving yards. A touchdown saved his fantasy day but no one owns him and they shouldn’t. This team has its studs and Reynolds is not one of them.

OAK Seth Roberts (0% owned)
Week 12: 2/26/0 on 3 targets
Remaining Schedule: NYG, @KC, Dal, @Phi, @LAC

Seth Roberts is definitely worth an add if Amari Cooper misses time with his concussion and if Michael Crabtree is handed a suspension from his fight on the field with Aqib Talib on Sunday. If both Cooper and Crabtree are good to go for Week 13, you can leave Roberts alone.

Running Backs

Widely Owned (but worth checking)
IND Frank Gore (69% owned)
PHI LeGarrette Blount (67% owned)
DAL Alfred Morris (73% owned)
MIN Latavius Murray (81% owned)
BAL Alex Collins (71% owned)
WSH Samaje Perine (79% owned)
CLE Isaiah Crowell (79% owned)
CLE Duke Johnson Jr (77% owned)

GB Jamaal Williams @PIT (58% owned)
Week 12: 21/66/1 — 4/69/1 on 5 targets
Remaining Schedule: TB, @Cle, @Car, Min, @Det

Jamaal Williams showed the world that he has the ability to be a workhorse running back in Week 12. He impressed in both the run and pass game, scoring in both facets. As good as Aaron Jones has been, Jamaal Williams actually has more fantasy points than him this season (1 fewer point in standard leagues). Williams has a nice matchup next week against Tampa Bay so you’ll want to get him off waivers and insert him in your lineups immediately.

MIA Kenyan Drake (56% owned)
Week 12: 9/20/0 — 3/27/1 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: Den, NE, @Buf, @KC, Buf

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Kenyan Drake has looked to be the better back between him and Damien Williams. Williams suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday that will likely lead to him missing some time. Drake will get a ton of volume in his absence making Drake a must own. Use caution with him next week vs the Denver run D, however.

BAL Danny Woodhead (53% owned)
Week 12: 4/22/0 — 4/23/0 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: Det, @Pit, @Cle, Ind, Cin

Danny Woodhead was not limited in Week 12 but had only 8 touches. He totaled just 45 all-purpose yards. Woodhead is exactly who we know him to be which is a good PPR option. The downfall to that is game script. If the Ravens are ahead, they will not need to utilize him as much, especially with how Alex Collins is running. Luckily for Woodhead owners, the Ravens will likely find themselves playing from behind in the next 2 games. Add him in PPR as he will give you solid value but his ceiling is limited in standard formats.

TB Jacquizz Rodgers (7% owned)
Week 12: 8/31/0 — 1/6/0 on 2 targets
Remaining Schedule: @GB, Det, Atl, @Car, NO

Jacquizz Rodgers hasn’t done much to impress this season. In fact, no one on the Bucs has done much, including star running back, Doug Martin. If Doug Martin misses time due to his concussion he suffered this past weekend, Rodgers could see the bulk of carries with Peyton Barber working as the pass catching, change of pace back. Rodgers has shown he can produce but this offense is hurting right now so I don’t see him doing much of anything in Martin’s absence. Peyton Barber could be the bigger benefactor here as he has shown he can score on short yardage plays. I wouldn’t target either player as Tampa Bay’s run game has been ineffective all year.

TB Peyton Barber (1% owned)
Week 12: 5/7/2
Remaining Schedule: @GB, Det, Atl, @Car, NO

See Jacquizz Rodgers above.

NYJ Matt Forte (39% owned)
Week 12: 10/26/0 — 1 target
Remaining Schedule: KC, @Den, @NO, LAC, @NE

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Forte has been a shell of his old self this season. He has shown spurts of production, especially in the passing game but hasn’t been someone to be excited about in fantasy, overall. He is typically someone that provides a solid floor especially when given the volume but he had just 26 yards on 10 rushes last week. His schedule doesn’t look appealing in the upcoming weeks. I’d leave him on waivers unless you are truly desperate for help in the position.

NE Rex Burkhead vs MIA (51% owned)
Week 12: 13/50/1 — 2/3/1 on 2 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Buf, @Mia, @Pit, Buf, NYJ

You just never know who in this Patriots backfield is going to be most effective. This past week, it was Rex Burkhead, who since coming back from injury, has been very much involved. It appears Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead have earned the bulk of the work in this backfield as they both have shined when given the opportunity. If Burkhead is available, he is a must add. Burkhead has 3 touchdowns in his last 3 games. He will have plenty more chances to score in this offense.

DEN Devontae Booker @OAK (34% owned)
Week 12: 6/11/0 –2/22/0 on 2 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Mia, NYJ, @Ind, @Was, KC

The Denver Broncos have been waiting for a guy to take over in this backfield and it has yet to happen. Booker has gotten increased work lately but has done very little to warrant the bulk of the work. This Broncos offense is broken and the run game will suffer naturally as a result. I’d avoid or bench all Broncos running backs until something changes in this offense.

Tight Ends

Probably Owned (but worth checking)
Jared Cook (83% owned)
Jack Doyle (79% owned)
Hunter Henry (67% owned)

Charles Clay (32% owned)
Week 12: 4/60/0 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: NE, Ind, Mia, @NE, @Mia

Tyrod Taylor’s favorite target is back and finally looks healthy after catching all 4 of his targets for 60 yards in Week 12. If you are lucky enough to have Charles Clay on your waivers, you must add him as he can be a great addition to your team for the fantasy playoffs.

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Tyler Kroft (47% owned)
Week 12: 3/14/1 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: Pit, Chi, @Min, Det, @Bal

Kroft hasn’t done much in his past 3 games. Only 30 yards total during that time. What has saved him is his 2 touchdowns. You can’t expect a touchdown every week so unless his overall production picks up, I’d keep him on waivers.

Julius Thomas (27% owned)
Week 12: 5/52/0 on 6 targets
Remaining Schedule: Den, NE, @Buf, @KC, Buf

Thomas just hasn’t done enough to roster. He did have over 50 receiving yards last week but that was only the time he has done that this entire season. It’s not like he makes up for it by scoring touchdowns either as he has just 2 all year. I’d rather you stream tight ends than roster Julius Thomas.

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Deep Pickups

Eric Ebron (31% owned)
Week 12: 4/34/0 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Bal, @TB, Chi, @Cin, GB

Ebron has been targeted more as of late but hasn’t been able to turn it into significant fantasy production. His best receiving yards performance was just 58 yards back in Week 8 and has been the only time he has topped 50 yards this season. There are better streaming options than Ebron for the rest of the season.

Ricky Seals-Jones (2% owned)
Week 12: 4/72/1 on 6 targets
Remaining Schedule: LAR, Ten, @Was, NYG, @Sea

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Clearly, Ricky Seals-Jones has a rapport with quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. 126 yards on 11 targets and 3 touchdowns in the past two weeks, it is possible Seals-Jones is a legitimate threat at the position moving forward which could translate to fantasy playoff success. Given the terrible play we have seen at tight end this season, Seals-Jones is worth the add and an immediate start as you’ll want to stay in these flames while they last.

O.J. Howard (26% owned)
Week 12: 3/52/0 on 4 targets
Remaining Schedule: @GB, Det, Atl, @Car, NO

Back to back weeks with 4 targets and 52 receiving yards, Howard could provide you a nice floor in the weeks ahead. His two week stretch of consistency could be a result of back up QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick using Howard as a safety blanket option which could be wiped away once Jameis Winston returns. I would leave him on waivers as he has a very tough matchup next week against the Packers who have given up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends on the season.