Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs – Quarterback Streamers
Tyrod Taylor, BUF (49%) – Taylor will always and forever flirt with fringe QB1 value… as long as he’s starting.
Josh McCown, NYJ (31%) – McCown is the next one up to pick on the Chiefs defense, and he’s been a valuable Fantasy quarterback more often than not.
Andy Dalton, CIN (60%) – Not the best matchup, but at home in a game where the opponent (Steelers) should force the scoring issue and have given up tons of big plays lately.
Trevor Siemian, DEN (6%) – Siemian replaced an injured Paxton Lynch and threw a quick two touchdowns… to Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler. That sound you hear is my sighing from here in Virginia. The Dolphins defense cannot stop anyone.
Blake Bortles, JAX (35%) – No, he’s not rushing for two more touchdowns, but Bortles gets the Colts defense at home and has 15 or more points in five of the last six games.
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (8%) – Garoppolo made his 49ers debut, and there may be no turning back now. The Bears defense has been quite good this year, especially at home, so temper your expectations with the lack of weapons in San Francisco.
Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs
LAST CHANCE: Kenyan Drake, MIA (56%) – Damien Williams’ injury looked bad, and the early assumption is that he’s out for Week 13. That makes Drake a must-grab and immediate RB2 for next week. If you are wondering, Senorise Perry is the next man up behind Drake.
Devontae Booker, DEN (34%) – Neither he nor C.J. Anderson did anything against the Raiders, but Booker did have a touchdown before it was taken away by inches on replay. Booker also sees passing game work unlike Anderson.
Mike Davis, SEA (1%) – Despite no work for Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy looking pedestrian again, J.D. McKissic (34%) still only saw eight touches. He’s only a desperation PPR option, but Davis has the chance to take over this backfield. You saw the burst and elusiveness before the injury in Week 11. That’s what Davis brings… if he can ever stay healthy. Pete Carroll expects Davis to play, and if so, he’s worth a gamble in most leagues.
Danny Woodhead, BAL (53%) – After leading the Ravens in targets and receptions in his first game back, Woodhead disappointed a bit. He posted a modest PPR score, but Javorius Allen apparently is not dead yet, even rushing for a touchdown. Woodhead will only be valuable in PPR, and if Allen stays in the mix, at no more than RB3/Flex level.
Rod Smith, DAL (14%) – Here we go again. In Week 11, Alfred Morris saw an Ezekiel Elliott-like workload, even while being down multiple scores, and Smith didn’t have a target. In Week 12, we saw a timeshare and Smith got the goal line touchdown. Enjoy!
Peyton Barber, TB (1%) – I’m only including him because people will ask if I don’t. Yes, he had two touchdowns, but Barber also only had seven yards on five carries. Jacquizz Rodgers (7%) would likely lead the backfield if Doug Martin is out, and he’s the wiser grab.
Matt Forte, NYJ (35%) – The best thing you can say about Forte is that the Jets insist on turning to him time and again as their lead option. Yep, that’s it. Forte does get the Chiefs defense this week, making him a RB3.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR (38%) – Stewart’s value is touchdown-reliant, but the Saints game points to a high-scoring affair, giving him boom/bust potential.
Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs
LAST CHANCE: Corey Coleman, CLE (40%) – In case you didn’t notice, that’s 19 targets, nine receptions and 144 yards in Coleman’s first two games back, and both were tough matchups. Forget the Josh Gordon (51%) talk…
Coleman is the Browns receiver I want. After all, are you trusting a receiver with actual 2017 production or one that hasn’t played a regular season game since 2014 in your Fantasy playoffs? I’ll stash Gordon, but my answer to that lineup question is, “heck no!”
LAST CHANCE: Josh Doctson, WSH (43%) – Even in a tough matchup, Doctson was able to score and salvage his day. Doctson is too talented to sit on your waiver wire any longer. In fact, he’s startable in most leagues.
LAST CHANCE: Corey Davis, TEN (51%) – I don’t know what to say. I’m baffled at the lack of targets with Rishard Matthews sidelined, and I was watching that game intently. Marcus Mariota literally didn’t even look Davis’ way most of the time. His first read was Delanie Walker or Eric Decker. That’s telling. Davis is still worth stashing given his talent, as if Mariota does develop a rapport with him, we’d be looking at WR2 value. However, he’s no more than just a stash until that happens.
Marquise Goodwin, SF (15%) – Goodwin was already providing value despite his low catch total, but now Garoppolo may be at quarterback, which has Goodwin’s arrow pointing up. Goodwin is a big-play receiver that can find WR3/4 value the rest of the way if he shows chemistry with Garoppolo.
Dontrelle Inman, CHI (9%) – Inman continues to be the only good thing in the Bears passing game with 13 receptions and 195 yards in three games with them.
Dede Westbrook, JAX (25%) – In his second game, Westbrook posted 41 yards on six receptions, but it was nice to see the 10 targets. Obviously, we want a bit more given that many looks, but for as long as Allen Hurns is sidelined, Westbrook will be in the WR4/5 conversation.
Zay Jones, BUF (14%) – Jones continues to struggle catching the ball. Not only did he catch only three of his 10 targets, he only has 23 receptions on 61 targets this season. Nevertheless, for as long as Kelvin Benjamin is sidelined, Jones will have deep league value with the targets coming in bunches.
Bruce Ellington, HOU (6%) – Ellington is mainly a deep PPR option, never topping 63 yards this season. At least he has 32 targets and 16 receptions in the last four games.
Josh Reynolds, LAR (1%) – The Rams talked up giving Reynolds a chance, and he stepped up with 4-for-37 and a touchdown on six targets. As long as Robert Woods is out, Reynolds is a deep flier (see my draft profile for him below – I ranked him right behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Zay Jones).
— 9. Josh Reynolds – At the least, Reynolds will be a good deep threat from day one with his speed and quickness. Reynolds is someone that plays faster than his 40 time, as his shuttle was much better and he’s a smooth runner. Given his size, Reynolds will need to put on muscle to become a complete receiver. Strong defenders can throw him off routes and overpower on contested throws. Don’t mistake that to mean Reynolds fails at all contested balls, as he attacks the ball well and has good hands to snatch the ball out of the air. Consider Reynolds a bench option for 2017 with the ability for some big games (DFS-ers pay attention) and a high ceiling with added strength. —
Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs
LAST CHANCE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (59%) – I thought last week was the last chance, but ASJ is still under 60-percent owned. The Chiefs defense is on tap, as mentioned too many times already.
Charles Clay, BUF (33%) – Clay had his best game since his return with 60 yards against the Chiefs, and the Patriots are a fairly favorable matchup for tight ends.
Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI (1%) – At some point, we have to recognize that Blaine Gabbert really, REALLY likes RSJ. That’s 11 targets, seven receptions, 126 yards and three touchdowns in two weeks. There is a connection here, and it’s time to buy in.
Tyler Kroft, CIN (45%) – Purely touchdown reliant, and the matchup isn’t great this week.
Week 13 Buy Low for Keeper or Dynasty Leagues
Jameis Winston, TB
Marcus Mariota, TEN – Both Winston and Mariota could rebound and get back on the breakout track.
Kareem Hunt, KC
Dalvin Cook, MIN
T.Y. Hilton, IND
Corey Davis, TEN
DeVante Parker, MIA – Jarvis Landry is a free agent.
Terrelle Pryor, WSH – Could land on a team that lets him freelance as he did in Cleveland.
Mike Williams, LAC
John Ross, CIN
O.J. Howard, TB
David Njoku, CLE
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