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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 13

Keaton Mitchell

Waiver Wire Pickups Week 13

In last week’s article, I was all in on the Packers’ offense ahead of Thanksgiving. Jordan Love was starting to find his footing and Jayden Reed was heating up. The hype I built up came to fruition last week and yet they are both still widely available. Let’s see if we can be a little more convincing this week as we jump into Week 13 with some more suggestions for the waiver wire.

Quarterback

Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers (48% ESPN, 52% Yahoo)

This should be the last week I get to suggest Jordan Love as a waiver wire addition. He’s thrown for two-plus touchdowns in each of his last three games and has only thrown two interceptions during that stretch. Since Week 10, Love has been the QB5 in fantasy points, has thrown for the second most passing touchdowns and is fourth in passing yards over that span. He’s been a baller lately and I’d like to think his hot streak can continue. He’s got a tough matchup with Kansas City next week but finishes the fantasy season with the Giants, Buccaneers, Panthers, and Vikings. With the Packers now in position to fight for a playoff spot, I think we could see more of what we’ve already seen from Love given the added motivation to extend their season. Add Jordan Love for your final playoff push.

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (57% ESPN, 56% Yahoo)

Am I crazy or are the Broncos actually good? Russell Wilson isn’t lighting the world on fire, but he’s been serviceable in the passing game and has even produced with his legs. Last week, he threw for just 134 yards and a touchdown against the Browns but added 34 rushing yards and a score on 11 carries. He’s found some success in both fantasy football and real football over the last few weeks despite facing some really good defenses. Now, he has an opportunity to really break out over the next five weeks with matchups against the Texans, Chargers, Lions and Patriots. If you’ve been struggling with injuries at quarterback, Wilson could be a sneaky pick-up during the final stretch of the season.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Will Levis, Tennessee Titans

 

Running Back

Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore Ravens (34% ESPN, 62% Yahoo)

The time has finally come. Keaton Mitchell is the new RB1 in Baltimore and I don’t think he’s going to look back. In Week 12, he led the Ravens’ running backs in snaps, carries, receptions, targets, and yards from scrimmage while pacing his backfield teammates in yards per carry and yards per reception. Mitchell broke out in Week 9 against Seattle with explosive runs and has been poised for the starting job ever since. Baltimore is on a bye this week but will be back to face the Rams in Week 14. You might be able to wait until after the waivers clear this week or even next week to snag him since he’s entering his bye week, but I wouldn’t take that chance. I’d be looking to add Keaton Mitchell as soon as I can. He’s my pick-up of the week.

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers (49% ESPN, 62% Yahoo)

If I’m being honest, this isn’t the best week to be looking to add running backs. This is especially true if you need an immediate plug-and-play for Week 13. However, I don’t mind adding Chuba Hubbard for a desperate start against Tampa Bay this week and a potential streaming option at the FLEX for the rest of the season. Last week, he rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Tennessee while hauling in all five of his targets for 47 yards through the air. He’s been what we thought Miles Sanders was supposed to be for the Panthers and the changing of the guard at running back is in full swing. The matchups aren’t pretty but the volume is there. He’s viable as a desperate FLEX play moving forward.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Samaje Perine, Denver Broncos
  • Ty Chandler, Minnesota Vikings

 

Wide Reciever

Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers (31% ESPN, 48% Yahoo)

If Jayden Reed continues to produce, I will continue to suggest picking him up. By now, you know that I’m pretty high on the Packers offense. In fact, for better or worse, I’ve been high on them all season long. Now, best believe I will be singing their praises even more after throttling the Lions for most of their Thanksgiving matchup last week. Jordan Love was great once again and Jayden Reed played a big role in his success. The rookie receiver caught four of his season-high eight targets for 34 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 16 yards on two carries. This was the third week in a row that Reed saw at least five targets, caught at least four passes, gained at least 50 yards from scrimmage, and scored a touchdown. Putting on a show is starting to become a regular thing for the 23-year-old pass catcher and I’m not going to ignore it. Add Jayden Reed this week and reap the rewards.

Greg Dortch, Arizona Cardinals (0% ESPN, 2% Yahoo)

Kyler Murray is back and, apparently, he loves throwing the ball to Greg Dortch. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Dortch is an elite player or that he’s a league winner, but I can’t deny the volume he’s getting and what he’s done with his sudden increase in targets. Over the last two weeks, Dortch has caught nine of his 17 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown. During that stretch, he’s tied Marquise Brown for the team lead in targets and paces the Cardinals in receptions. I don’t think Dortch will single-handedly win you your fantasy football league, but I do think he could emerge as a sneaky FLEX play in full-PPR formats as long as Kyler Murray is at the helm for Arizona.

Josh Downs, Indianapolis Colts (47% ESPN, 58% Yahoo)

Speaking of volume, 13 targets isn’t too shabby of a workload and that’s exactly what Josh Downs saw last week against Tampa Bay. For a minute there, Downs was struggling with injuries and wasn’t producing even when he was on the field, but I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s once again fantasy-viable. Sure, he wasn’t particularly productive with his 13 targets as he only caught five of them for 43 scoreless yards, but you can’t argue with volume and talent. Let us not forget that just four weeks ago, Downs was averaging 10 fantasy points per game through eight weeks and was the WR31 on the season at that time. He was a locked-in fantasy starter not too long ago and I think he can get back to that after seeing a season-high in targets in Week 12. Give Josh Downs another chance and pick him up off the waiver wire this week.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders
  • Demario Douglas, New England Patriots
  • Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills

 

Tight End

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers (42% ESPN, 49% Yahoo)

I have had so much fun suggesting tight ends to pick up on the waiver wire this year and I have a feeling that Pat Freiermuth will only to add to that joy. During fantasy draft season, Freiermuth was being picked as the TE8 ahead of players like Evan Engram, David Njoku and Dalton Kincaid. The hype cooled down a bit after a rough start to the season and was completely shut down after missing six weeks with an injury. Now, Freiermuth is back and looking like the tight end we all thought he would be for the Steelers this season. In Week 12, the 25-year-old pass-catcher hauled nine of his 11 targets for a career-high 120 yards against the Bengals. With this being the first game following a change at offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, one can only assume that this will be the new direction for the passing game moving forward. Freiermuth was highly thought of coming into the season and should still be regarded as a top option at tight end. Add him ahead of Week 13, start him immediately and have no doubt about your tight end position for the rest of the season.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
  • Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
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