Waiver Wire Week 13
For most of us, Week 13 is the last week of the fantasy football season, making this week’s waiver wire as important as ever. If you have been reading my articles, you should already have the top waiver wire pickups of the week already on your roster. I’m talking about guys like Devante Parker, Jonathan Williams, Bo Scarbrough, Deebo Samuel, Russell Gage, Randall Cobb, Ryan Griffin, and others. If still available, Parker and Williams are my top two adds for the week. There are still some solid options available at this point of the season and more than ever, its time to start looking at the easiest rest of season schedule. The first player I will talk about has just that, a very favorable schedule for the rest of the year. As always, all players mentioned are owned in less than 60% of leagues.
Waiver Wire Rankings
|4||Benny Snell Jr.|
Quarterback 5.1% owned
Weeks 13-16, Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins face the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals. All four of these defenses are sitting around the bottom of the league when it comes to fantasy points allowed to opposing Quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick could arguably flirt with Top 12 numbers for the rest of the season, making him especially valuable in Super Flex leagues. Josh Rosen isn’t going to see the field unless there is an injury to Rosen and with Devante Parker playing the best ball of his career, Mike Gesicki and Allen Hurns (0,5% owned) turning it up and most likely seeing heavy passing volume, Fitzpatrick is worth a look at rostering if you need Quarterback help. His rushing stats aren’t too bad either as he has rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns in the past three weeks.
Running Back 28.6% owned
If there was ever an anti-Rashaad Penny guy, it was me. I preached to fade Penny all off-season and up to this point, it has paid off. Chris Carson failed to tell me that he took a part-time job working the line at the Nestle Chocolate Factory with the Butterfingers that he suddenly has. Carson is still the superior player between the two but has recently ran into a pesky string of fumbling issues, which has resulted in Pete Carrol choosing to go with Penny more and more. Well, boy did Carson mess up against the Eagles with a fumble fest that led to his essential benching in favor of Penny who went on to rush for a season-high 129 yards and a touchdown against a normally stout Eagles run defense. Carrol came out after the game and hinted at a timeshare moving forward between Penny and Carson due to Carson’s ball security struggles. Based on opportunity alone, Penny could sneak into the flex category for the rest of season and is worth an add where available.
Benny Snell Jr.
Running Back 0.5% owned
We all knew that Jaylen Samuels is not a very good runner, its why I had Trey Edmunds in one of my articles a few weeks back. Well back from injury, Benny Snell Jr. took 22 touches and converted them into 103 yards while Samuel saw a measly five for 32 yards. Buyer beware with Snell as the Steelers backfield is turning into a New England like weekly guessing game, but in deeper leagues, Snell Jr. may be the best thing you have available. If Conner does indeed miss next week, Snell Jr. would be firmly on the flex radar. I’m still adding Williams, Scarbrough and Penny over him though.
Wide Receiver 45.1% owned
Don’t look now, but Robby Anderson has now scored in back to back games with Sam Darnold finally looking like the Sam Darnold of late last year. Up next are two burnable matchups against two of the worst pass defenses in the league in the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins. Now available in over 50% of leagues and locked into a near every-down role, Anderson could give you a nice boost into the playoffs when you need it the most and pairing him with his Quarterback might not be such a bad idea either as Sam Darnold (18.9% owned) has thrown for 608 yards six touchdowns and only one interception in the past two games.
Wide Receiver 9.9% owned
It took him 11 weeks, but Anthony Miller has finally shown us why many analysts were excited about Miller’s 2019 potential. I was not one of them, actually suggesting you pass on the overhyped Bears receiver, but I am glad to see him putting some good games together. Miller now has back to back six catch games and seen more targets in the past two weeks than he has from weeks 5-10 combined. Maybe Nagy finally realized that Taylor Gabriel is not the answer as the second receiver and maybe it would be a good idea to get the guy who had seven touchdowns last year some more looks. While I am not totally sold just yet, Miller is worth a look in PPR leagues with 12 or more teams as a WR4 with some upside moving forward.
Tight End 43.8% owned
Doyle has seen a mini-resurgence in recent weeks after being borderline useless in the first half of the season. Well with fellow Tight End Eric Ebron being placed on season-ending I.R and a severe lack of talent behind oft-injured Wide Receiver TY Hilton, Doyle could be looking at low-end TE1 status moving forward, settling in somewhere along the Top 12 at the position for the remainder of the season. His next to matchups are against the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who up to this week, sit #22nd and #31st in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. I’d go ahead and bet that Doyle finds the end-zone in at least one of those games, if not both.
Tight End 37.9% owned
The Eagles have arguably been running out the worst receiving core in the entire NFL these past few weeks outside of Zach Ertz. This has benefited Goedert as he has seen his snap share rise to 79% in Week 9, 81% Week 11 and a season-high 87% just this past weekend against the Seahawks. He had seven catches against the Seahawks and should continue to be a PPR asset at the position for as long as Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are out. Expect the Eagles to run a lot of two-tight end sets from here on out which allows them to get their best pass catchers on the field.
Waiver Wire Quick Hits
- With a great matchup next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wide Receivers Dede Westbrook (59.2% owned) and Chris Conley (17.9% owned) are worth a look in PPR leagues.
- If Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu miss next week’s matchup, Jakobi Meyers (1.2% owned) and N’Keal Harry (11.3% owned) would again be the beneficiaries, with Meyers as my preferred option over Harry.
- You don’t normally see a Defense included in most waiver wires, but the Philadelphia Eagles DST warrants consideration as they have arguably the easiest remaining schedule for all defenses with games against the Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins coming up.
- Something to consider: Even if you don’t need a player, you could always scoop them up to block opposing league-mates from using them against you if you feel that confident in your roster and have a spot to waste.
- Roster one high end handcuff like Alexander Mattison, Tony Pollard, Raheem Mostert, Jamaal Williams, Gus Edwards, etc… in the case, the starter in front of them goes down, you have a locked-in starting running back on your bench.