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    Fantasy Football: Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickup Rankings & Playoff Streams

    RotoExperts Staff November 30, 2015 12:28AM EDT

    Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings

    *Week 13 Waiver Wire Power Rankings  | All Players less than 60-percent owned*

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    Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: Tight End

    1. Scott Chandler
    2. Crockett Gillmore
    3. Vance McDonald
    4. Jacob Tamme
    5. Zach Miller
    6. Kyle Rudolph
    7. Brent Celek
    8. Richard Rodgers
    9. Jesse James
    10. Owen Daniels
    11. Charles Clay
    12. Ryan Griffin
    13. Vernon Davis
    14. Clive Walford
    15. Luke Willson
    16. Cameron Brate
    17. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    18. Heath Miller
    19. Jordan Cameron

    Last week it was running backs, this week, ALLLLLLLLLLLL the tight ends got hurt. But one that’s just a killer. GRONK GOES DOWN!!! GRONK SAD!!!! ME SAD!!!!! Rob Gronkowski got his right knee whipped mid-air, leading to a spastic, interpretive pain dance. GRONK had to be carted off the field and taken for X-rays. He was spotted walking out of the X-ray room, that’s gotta be good news. Although, it’s probably bad it’s the same knee that already has a reconstructed ACL and MCL. The good thing about the NFL? They’ll eventually tell us how injured GRONK actually is. I’m praying he’s not finished for the season, but my prayers are only so strong. The immediate GRONK replacement is Scott Chandler. In the depleted Patriots offense, someone has to see targets and Chandler is the natural fit. Expect a boost in production for Brandon LaFell and likely Keshawn Martin too, at least until Danny Amendola returns. Hopefully, GRONK misses no or minimal time (UPDATE: GRONK week-to-week with a bone bruise in his knee), but figuring out what to do without your star player is sane planning for a sensible tomorrow, even if it’s just for a few games. I’m good rolling the dice on Chandler’s upside with Brady throwing him the ball over any other TE on the waiver wire if GRONK isn’t in uniform. That simple. Unfortunately, GRONK owners won’t be the only one’s going after Chandler this week…

    Jimmy Graham is done for the year with a torn patellar tendon. The same injury Victor Cruz sustained last year. The recovery time is 6-9 months, so he should be ready for next season. Cruz couldn’t return because he kept adding more injuries on top of the tear. Two “L” Luke Willson is next man up. Only worth your time if you’re truly in a jam.

    Heath Miller also went down in Seattle with a rib injury. The Road Dogg Jesse James will slide into the starter’s role. If you’re digging for TDs, James isn’t a bad bet in a high powered offense should Miller miss time, but don’t expect too much in terms of yardage. He’ll be like a slightly worse Richard Rodgers.

    Garrett Celek suffered a high ankle sprain, HE GONE!!! Since Blaine Gabbert only throws TDs to tight ends, that actually makes Vance McDonald, Vance Refrigeration, a viable option in this time of TE need.

    We’ll know more about how Matt Schaub utilizes Crockett Gillmore Monday night. Hopefully, he follows the trend of bad QBs forcing it to TEs. If you lost a TE Sunday, Gillmore may still be free agent since he hasn’t played. Grab him before the game so you won’t have to pay up if he goes off. If he’s a non-factor, cut him.

    Jacob Tamme is ranked as if Leonard Hankerson is out. If Hankerson is in uniform, Tamme isn’t worth owning.

    Tyler Eifert exited with a stinger and didn’t make it back to the field. Despite missing time with the injury his rookie season, Eifert said after the game that it’s not serious and he’ll be fine. Crisis averted.

    Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: Running Backs 

    1. Shaun Draughn
    2. David Johnson
    3. Ameer Abdullah
    4. Duke Johnson
    5. Stepfan Taylor
    6. James White
    7. Theo Riddick
    8. Alfred Morris
    9. Andre Ellington
    10. Jordan Todman
    11. Robert Turbin
    12. Charles Sims
    13. Fred Jackson
    14. Boom Herron
    15. Brandon Bolden
    16. Mike Tolbert
    17. Jay Ajayi
    18. Bilal Powell
    19. Anthony Dixon
    20. Denard Robinson
    21. CJ Spiller
    22. Darren Sproles
    23. Terrance West
    24. Jamize Owaluigi
    25. Jonathan Grimes
    26. Chris Thompson
    27. Joique Bell
    28. Kyle Juzskyskyzikusqyzqkiakykzi
    29. David Cobb
    30. Marcel Reece
    31. Rod Smith

    The Week 13 waiver wire isn’t an RB bonanza like seven days ago, but it’s not exactly barren either. There were no injuries so devastating that you took one look and said, “geeeezzzzzzz, I better go get that guy’s backup.” No, what we’re dealing with is a bunch of minor injuries that will require speculation unless more information is released. David Johnson’s value has the biggest swing of anyone currently available. Both Chris Johnson (Knee) and Andre Ellington (Foot) exited Sunday, never to return, leaving David Johnson to be the man in Arizona. Strangely, he didn’t even have to beat the man to earn that title. – WOOOOOO!!!!!! Problem is, we don’t know the seriousness of Johnson and Ellington’s injuries. When questioned, Bruce Arians pleaded indecisiveness. Hopefully we’ll get full injury timetables before the waiver deadline hits, unfortunately, that may not be the case. If we don’t know their statuses, and you need an RB to start this week, you’ll have to target DJ at starter FAAB prices. If you don’t, he’s definitely worth having, but as a bench stash to wait out the injuries issues, and hopefully, they’ll break in your favor. It’s an odd situation, with myriad permutations:

    1. If Ellington misses time, DJ becomes a low-end RB2 in PPR formats and a FLEX in standard, but still ceding way to CJ2K on the ground.

    2. If CJ2K sits, DJ should spilt carries, catches and snaps with Ellington, and likely inherits all the goal line work. In this scenario, DJ would actually be a better start than Ellington.

    3. The Mayans were actually just three years off, and none of this matters.

    (UPDATE) Chris Johnson’s got a fractured tibia and is out 6-8 weeks. Drop him. Andre Ellington has turf toe, and it he’ll be gone for a while too. Feel free to drop him as well. Making David Johnson the new starter in Arizona with Stepfan Taylor working as the primary backup. Everything looks clear for Johnson to excel and post gaudy Fantasy numbers, but don’t overlook Bruce Arians’ previous track record in dealing with his backfields. We could see Taylor (or Kerwynn Williams!!!work the ground game with Johnson slotted as the 3rd down/receiving back. I don’t think that happens, but it’s certainly not out of realm of possibility. So grabbing Taylor in deeper formats, or as a handcuff is a smart move.

    Regardless of the Arizona injury woes, I’d still rather have Shaun Draughn over all of them. Is SHAUN DRAWNNNNN a highly skilled RB? Not especially. But, you know what he does have – 100% Market Share of a back field. That’s rare. It’s not quite finding Action Comics No. 1 at a swap meet rare but about equivalent to stumbling on a $10,000 bill. Draughn is the Salmon P. Chase of Fantasy Football.  Over the last two weeks, no other running back as gotten a touch in SF’s backfield other than Draughn, and there’s an incredible amount of safety and consistency with that sort of role, especially in PPR formats. Draughn hasn’t dipped below five catches in either start. Only Carlos Hyde can blow this for us, and no knows what he’s up to at this point. Hyde missed his fourth straight game with a foot injury, and it’s looking more-and-more like he won’t be returning this year. Now, that’s far from certain, but until I hear ANY sort of positive news on the Hyde front, I’m treating him like he doesn’t exist. Which makes Draughn a Top 15 PPR RB; Top 20 in standard, and the best RB pick up of the week. Plus, the clincher, he just had his two worst match ups in Seattle and Arizona; the 49ers close the Fantasy season at CHI, at CLE, vs CIN and at DET. Nothing but positive or average defenses the rest of the way.

    The back-and-forth in the Bengals backfield looked to finally get some clarity when Jeremy Hill limped off late with an ankle injury. I couldn’t find any immediate info on how serious it was, so I went straight to the source. Hill’s fine; the weekly guessing game continues.

    The Lions backfield has been a Fantasy nightmare all season, however, out of the playoff race with nothing but evaluation on their minds, Ameer Abdullah is starting to get some more run. Abdullah topped the Detroit backfield in snaps (28) and touches (17), which could spark the beginning of the end for Joique Bell. Theo Riddick will always get action in the passing game, but Abdullah could hover in the 15-20 touch range the rest of the season, and outside of a brutal match up Week 14 in St. Louis, he has some softies down the stretch (GB, NO, SF).

    Alfred Morris returned from a hip injury and reclaimed the starting job in Washington. Unfortunately, he’s terrible. ALF – YO – is deep league add because of the touches, that’s all. This destroys whatever value Matt Jones had left too. Morris dominated the snap count, leading Jones 43:18. No, I don’t get it either.

    Eddie Lacy produced the bigger numbers in the box score for the second straight week, but he’s not playing significantly more than James Starks. Lacy saw 39 snaps on Thanksgiving, Starks got 38… The New England backfield is perpetually confusing, so remember, don’t get duped by what you see. Your eyes are liars, ones whose pants are constantly on fire. Brandon Bolden did the damage with a long score, yet, he was way behind James White and LeGarrette Blount in playing time. White led with 32 snaps, Blount 26, and Bolden just 15… The Giants kept doing stupid Giants things like using a four-man backfield, thus killing the value of all of them. Shane Vereen’s 31 snaps were a team-high, mainly because New York was getting worked most of the game. Rashad Jennings was a clear second with 22, Orleans Darkwa had nine, and Andre Williams got to put on his helmet twice… Strangely, the Texans think copying the Giants’ method is a smart idea, so they dressed four backs too. In their best matchup of the season, Alfred Blue needed a score to be Fantasy relevant against the Saints, despite leading the team with 31 snaps. Jonathan Grimes was next with 21, followed closely by Chris Polk at 17. Someone named Akeem Hunt snuck on to the field four times. There’s a chance he won some contest to be on the team for a week… And, for the first time this season, Todd Gurley was a victim of game script gone awry. Since Gurely usually never comes off the field, regardless of score, it was kind of shocking to see almost an equal amount of Gurely (29), Benny Cunningham (25) and Tre Mason (20). Don’t expect this to continue. Scratch that, pray this doesn’t continue.

    Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: RB Handcuff Rankings

    1. Stepfan Taylor
    2. Jordan Todman
    3. Robert Turbin
    4. Charles Sims
    5. Fred Jackson
    6. Boom Herron
    7. Mike Tolbert
    8. Jay Ajayi
    9. Bilal Powell
    10. Anthony Dixon
    11. Denard Robinson
    12. Terrance West
    13. Jamize Owaluigi
    14. Orleans Darkwa
    15. Jonathan Grimes
    16. David Cobb

    Karlos Williams got knocked out of the game early in Kansas City with a busted shoulder. No word on the length of the injury, but it didn’t look good. Anthony Dixon would become the Buffalo handcuff to own.

    Devonta Freeman is expected to return Week 13, thrusting Tevin Coleman back to the bench, and, for our purposes, the Fantasy waiver wire. Coleman is currently around 80% owned, but anticipate that number to dramatically drop with Freeman in uniform. He’d top the Handcuff power rankings if he wasn’t above the ownership threshold. Even if he can’t hang on to the ball.

    Turns out, Ahmad Bradshaw’s wrist was worse than previously thought. Bradshaw was placed on IR Monday morning. The recently reacquired Boom Herron becomes Frank Gore’s primary handcuff.

    Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: Wide Receiver

    1. Anquan Boldin
    2. Kamar Aiken
    3. MARV Jones
    4. DaVante Parker
    5. Keshawn Martin
    6. Rueben Randle
    7. Cecil Shorts III
    8. Tavon Austin
    9. Marquess Wilson
    10. Doug Baldwin
    11. Dorial Green-Beckham
    12. Terrance Williams
    13. Leonard Hankerson
    14. Nate Washington
    15. Seth Roberts
    16. Ted Ginn Jr.
    17. Dwayne Harris
    18. Tyler Lockett
    19. Harry Douglas
    20. Devin Funchess
    21. Bryan Walters
    22. Dontrelle Inman
    23. JJ Nelson
    24. Chris Harper
    25. Jeff Janis
    26. Rashad Greene
    27. Chris Givens

    Everyone held on to Anquan Boldin all season, and the moment he started showing a modicum of consistency, they drop him. Meh, our gain. The great thing about sub-par QBs is their ability to do the same things over and over. In the red zone, Blaine Gabbert chucks to TEs. All four of his TD passes have gone to big men. When he checks down, it’s always to Shaun Draughn. The rest of the time, he throws to Boldin. In two games with Gabbert, Boldin is averaging 93 yards and 6.5 catches on 9 targets. That’s a pretty legit floor. Too legit, even. Those are low-end WR2 numbers in PPR and WR3 totals in standard. Boldin’s not just someone to pick up, he’s someone you should be playing.

    Allen Hurns went to the hospital after sustaining a nasty concussion, but was released. He may play next week, he may not. Julius Thomas would start seeing even more targets if Hurns is out, but expect an uptick in looks for Bryan Walters and/or Rashad Greene too.

    Rishard Matthews GOT ROCKED by Calvin Pryor. The Dolphins said it was a cheap hit, Pryor placed the blame on Ryan Tannehill for a terrible pass. Semantics aside, Matthews left with rib/chest issues and DaVante Parker (remember him?), stepped in and saw 10 targets, good for 80 yards and a score. Now, much of that is a product of Miami getting waxed and Tannehill putting the ball up 58 times, but still, we now know Parker, not Kenny Stills or Greg Jennings will be the secondary option in the Dolphins passing game if Matthews misses time. Parker was hyped before the year and a foot injury derailed most of his season, if he’s truly heathy, this could be an incredible upside stash for a playoff run.

    Yes, I know Doug Baldwin caught three TDs. He only caught three TDs all last season. Just because something happens one week, doesn’t guarantee it’ll happen the next. Seriously, people think that way.

    Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

    Streaming Defenses
    1. HOU at BUF
    2. MIN vs SEA
    3. CIN at CLE
    4. WSH vs DAL
    5. CHI vs SF
    6. MIA vs BAL
    7. TEN vs JAX
    8. PIT vs IND
    9. JAX at TEN
    Streaming Quarterbacks

    *Ben Roethlisberger is expected to pass concussion protocol and play Week 13*

    1. Marcus Mariota vs JAX
    2. The FITZMAGIC at NYG
    3. Ryan Tannehill vs BAL
    4. Jameis Winston vs ATL
    5. Jay Cutler vs SF
    Tough QB Match Ups

    Fantasy Playoffs Streams QB/DST(Week 14-16)

    Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

    Streaming Defenses
    1. DET at STL
    2. CHI vs WSH
    3. KC vs SD
    4. TB vs NO
    5. CLE vs SF
    Streaming Quarterback
    1. Jameis Winston vs NO
    2. Jay Cutler vs WSH
    3. Tyrod Taylor at PHI
    4. Josh McCown vs SF
    5. Alex Smith vs SD
    6. Matt Hasselbeck at JAX
    7. Brock Osweiler vs OAK
    Tough QB Match Ups

    Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

    Streaming Defenses
    1. MIN vs CHI
    2. TB at STL
    3. HOU at IND
    4. KC at BAL
    5. WSH vs BUF
    6. PIT vs DEN
    Streaming Quarterback
    1. Blake Bortles vs ATL
    2. Derek Carr vs GB
    3. Ryan Tannehill at SD
    Tough QB Match Ups

    Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

    Streaming Defenses
    1. KC vs CLE
    2. HOU at TEN
    3. DET vs SF
    4. MIN vs NYG
    5. PIT at BAL
     Streaming Quarterback
    1. Blake Bortles at NO
    2. Derek Carr vs SD
    3. Kirk Cousins at PHI
    4. Jay Cutler at TB
    5. Brian Hoyer at TEN
    Tough QB Match Ups

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