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Waiver Wire Work: Jets Chris Herndon Can Solve Your TE Issues

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Joe Gallina November 27, 2018 1:04PM EDT

Filling in Your Week 13 Holes on the Waiver Wire

The bye weeks are finally behind us and they ended with a bang, robbing us of the opportunity to play Fantasy studs like Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt in Week 12.

Let’s forget about the lineups we sometimes had to submit between Week Four and 12. I’m not going to sit here and judge you for possibly starting Alex Smith and having to get by with his 178-yard, one TD performance in Week Seven. Maybe you were forced to start Blake Bortles that week and had to live through his six completion, 61-yard game. It’s okay! Big Ben, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson were on a bye that week and you didn’t have any other options. That’s all over now.

Now’s the time to fine tune your roster and prepare for your push for the playoffs. When it comes to working the waiver wire be very selective. Choose players who have favorable matchups and are one step away from becoming “the man” at his position on his team.

In recent weeks I’ve suggested that sometimes the waiver wire moves that you don’t make could be the best ones for your Fantasy team. For instance, don’t pick up Bengals QB Jeff Driskell just because Andy Dalton was placed on the I.R. unless you’re looking for a little (and I mean a little) depth in two QB leagues. Dalton’s numbers faded when A.J. Green was on the sidelines. Do you think Driskell will do any better than the “Red Rifle” with Green likely sidelined again in Week 13?

Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde is getting some attention this week with Leonard Fournette having received a one-game suspension for fighting. Let’s face it. Hyde has been highly ineffective since he was traded to the Jags and if you consider starting him in Week 13…well I feel sorry for you.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts, (43% ownership in CBSSports.com leagues)

With Marlon Mack in the NFL’s concussion protocol Hines is a good insurance policy to invest in. If Mack is sidelined, he and Jordan Wilkins will be in line for a share of the Colts backfield. However based on past usage, Hines should be the busier of the two backs. The Colts have leaned on the run more as the season has progressed and as the play of their offensive line has steadily improved.

Waiver Priority: High. Concussions are tricky. There is no guarantee that Mack will be able to play in Week 13.

FAAB – 10 to 15 percent.

Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers, (0%) ownership in CBSSports.com leagues)

Melvin Gordon sprained his MCL in Week 12 and had already been dealing with a hamstring issue. He’s expected to miss at least one week and possibly more. Austin Ekeler will likely lead the Chargers in carries. If you can grab him do it, but he is likely already owned in most leagues. Jackson was impressive in limited action this past week, rushing for 57 yards on seven carries (8.14 YPC), and will be the next man up in the Chargers backfield.

Waiver Priority: High. RBs are always highly coveted.

FAAB – You may need to drop up to 20 percent to outbid your league mates.

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots, (15%)

Sony Michel’s 133 rushing yards against the Jets shows he’s fully healthy, and James White and Cordarrelle Patterson have been an effective part of the Patriots rushing attack, but Bill Belichick likes Burkhead. He was just activated off of the I.R., and Belichick will find a way to get him involved in the Patriots offense. Burkhead’s not immediately startable in Fantasy unless Michel or White get injured, but if you have a dead spot on your Fantasy team’s roster, he could provide you with some insurance down the stretch.

Waiver Priority: Low. He’s not on the radar of most Fantasy Football players.

FAAB – Less than five percent and depending on your league, a dollar will help him find his way on to your team.

David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks, (45%)

Moore caught his fifth TD of the season in Week 12 and had four catches for 103 yards. He’s been a bit inconsistent volume wise, but he has big-play ability and could have an expanded role in the Seahawks offense if the often-injured Doug Baldwin should miss time down the stretch

Waiver Priority: Low to Medium. You can take a flyer on him in a 12-team league but he’s probably more viable in even deeper Fantasy leagues.

FAAB – Up to 5 percent.

Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers, (4%)

Pettis is a boom-or-bust receiver with big play potential, however it’s worth noting that QB Nick Mullens has targeted him 13 times over the past two weeks. Pettis recorded four receptions for 77 yards and scored a TD in Week 12. If fellow WRs Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin continue to miss time, Pettis will likely be heavily targeted again in Week 13.

Waiver Priority: Medium.

FAAB – Up to 10 percent.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets, (55%)

We’ve featured Herndon in this column in the past but there’s still a chance he might be available in a Fantasy league near you. With Jack Doyle and Jeff Heuerman both out for the season it’s getting harder and harder to find a viable Fantasy vTE. Herndon has provided double-digit Fantasy points in four of his last six games in PPR scoring formats.

Waiver Priority: Medium.

FAAB – You’re probably looking at an investment of 10 percent or more.

Matt LaCosse, TE, Denver Broncos, (0%)

LaCosse will be taking over for the previously mentioned Heuerman. He finished Week 12 with three catches for 34 yards and a TD. He has a favorable matchup in Week 13 against the Bengals, who have been very generous to opposing TEs this season.

Waiver Priority: Medium, because of the lack of talent at the TE position.

FAAB – 5 to 10 percent.

 

 

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