Waiver Wire Week 13
This is it. The final week of the fantasy football regular season. It’s do or die time. Last week I had suggested Taysom Hill, Frank Gore, James White, Nelson Agholor, and Keke Coutee and all again adds if available. If you missed it, Will Fuller was suspended for the rest of the season for “Prohibited medications” so I will dive back into his replacements after mentioning Coutee in my quick hits section last week. In week 13 only the Buccaneers and Panthers are on bye, so that leaves a lot of available options as you enter this crucial week. Let’s get to it, the following are my recommendations for pickups on the waiver wire for week 13.
Quarterback 3.8% rostered
Much like Taysom Hill, Trubisky is not a good NFL Quarterback. But he can put up points in fantasy, and that is what we fantasy nerds care about the most in the end. Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns while adding 11 yards on the ground. It sounds like he will get another shot next week and the opponent couldn’t be better against the Lions who are fresh off firing their Head Coach and General Manager. Detroit has been a generous defense all year and while Trubisky will most assuredly have some head-scratching throws, he should again produce for fantasy purposes. So if you are in a deeper league or affected by injuries at the position, Trubisky has a shot to put up high-end QB2 numbers.
Running Back 5.3% rostered
Early word out of Raiders camp is that Josh Jacob’s ankle injury isn’t serious. Personally, I don’t think he plays for the simple fact that the Raiders get the Jets this week. I don’t see Gruden risking his star running back in what should be an easy game. Enter Devontae Booker, who saw 16 carries just two weeks ago against the Broncos WITH a healthy Jacobs. Booker is an NFL level back and gets a high school level defense this week against the Jets. Sign me up. Again, Gruden could shock us and play Jacobs, but even then I still think it will be a limited workload so either way, Booker has a shot to be a serviceable RB3 in fantasy’s final week.
Running Back 27.9% rostered
Well, this came 12 weeks too late… A popular Pre-Season sleeper pick, Akers was buried behind Darrel Henderson and Malcolm Brown all year. Well, McVay decided to give him a little more work and he rewarded him with 9 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown. This comes after scoring a receiving touchdown last week. Maybe this is the change of hands we have all been waiting for and Akers takes over the backfield moving forward. Still available in around 72% of leagues, Akers is worth an add just in case he takes over lead duties. Akers doesn’t have any negative matchups coming up and has a draw with the Jets lined up for Week 15 a.k.a Semi-Finals week. At this point of the season, it’s upside guys like this that you want to take a shot on.
Wide Receiver 0.3% rostered
Last week, I included Coutee in my quick hits section that I have at the bottom of every article since Randall Cobb was placed on IR and Kenny Stills was released. Well now with Fuller suspended for the rest of the season, Coutee gets an even bigger jump as he should be an every-down player for the Deshaun Watson led Texans. Watson has been on fire and that volume will not go away just because they lost Fuller. Cooks turns into a rest of season low end WR1 with Coutee having a shot at WR3 value. Don’t forget about Isaiah Coulter either, as he should take over the number three spot for as long as Cobb is out with his injury.
Wide Receiver 1.1% rostered
With John Brown out on IR, Davis drew the start and logged his second 70+ yard and one touchdown game in the past three games. This kid can play. He played 97% of the offensive snaps and is locked in to a near every-down role opposite Stefon Diggs. He holds extra value to leagues who award extra points for longer touchdowns as he can take the top off on any given play with his sneaky game speed and Allen’s strong arm. He has the looks of a nice floor play moving forward in PPR leagues with touchdown upside as a bonus.
Wide Receiver 34.4% rostered
Watkins returned from a six-week absence and played 71% of the offensive snaps, seeing seven targets, catching four of them for 38 yards. That stat line isn’t an impressive one, but he made it through the game without re-aggravating his injury and should see an increased role moving forward which includes seeing his usual seven targets a game. With those targets coming from Patrick Mahomes and his high powered offense, the upside is clear. If you can get a piece of this offense you do, especially one who should be on the field for over 80% of their snaps moving forward.
Tight End 13.6% rostered
Rudolph took advantage of Irv Smith Jr’s absence on Sunday having his best game of the season by far, hauling in seven of eight targets for 68 yards. Irv’s injury has the feeling of one that may be a lingering one as groin injuries can be tricky. If he does end up missing next week, Rudolph gets a beautiful matchup against the Jaguars who sat 26th in fantasy points allowed to tight ends coming into Week 12. If Thielen were to miss another game due to COVID, it would only increase the targets Rudolph would see. In such a shallow position, Rudolph will have starting potential given his role and matchup in Week 13.
Waiver Wire Week 13 Quick Hits
- Another quarterback to consider streaming next week is Ryan Fitzpatrick if Tua is forced to miss another game. Fitz gets an easy matchup against the Bengals and will be a Top 15 option for week 13.
- While everyone scrambled to add Brian Hill, it was Ito Smith who gave us the best fantasy day out of that backfield. He was the preferred receiving option between the two and was able to find the end-zone. They both get a tough draw next week against the Saints but if Gurley misses, he and Hill should again spit work making themselves flex options.
- I’ve been saying to grab your handcuffs the past two weeks, but Latavius Murray has been proving to be more than just a handcuff coming off a 126-yard game with a pair of touchdowns. He is probably rostered in most competitive leagues, but if he is available he is definitely worth an add.
- Adam Thielen is expected back this week, but if he ends up having to miss Week 13, Olabisi Johnson and Chad Beebee will be worth a look with Johnson as my preferred option.
- Keep an eye on Collin Johnson if DJ Chark is forced to miss another game. The massive 6’6″ receiver played 81% of the offensive snaps to the tune of four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Look for him to be more involved moving forward.
- Dalton Schultz has quietly caught at least four passes in five of his past six games and has been a steady option in PPR leagues at the tight end position. Next week’s opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, are actually in the bottom half of the league when it comes to fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!