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Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups & FAAB Advice

Nov 30, 2022
Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups & FAAB Advice

We’re in the home stretch, folks.

Most fantasy leagues have two weeks left in the regular season. We’re sprinting to the finish line. Ideally, you’ve already clinched a playoff berth and are jockeying for a top seed. But many of you still need to earn your way into the playoffs.

Now is the time to apply the finishing touches to your roster. Grab those replacements for your injured players. Handcuff those starting RBs. Fortify your bench. Five weeks from today, it will all be over, so make the effort to improve your roster for the most important games of the fantasy season

This article only includes players rostered in 50% of Yahoo leagues or fewer, but let’s take note of a few players who don’t quite meet that threshold. QB Deshaun Watson (58% rostered) returns from suspension this week to face his former team, the Texans. RB Gus Edwards (56%) has taken the lead in the Baltimore backfield with J.K. Dobbins out of action. WRs Darius Slayton (55%), Parris Campbell (53%) and Treylon Burks (51%) have become important contributors to their respective teams. And TE Greg Dulcich (52%) has been one of the few bright spots in a mostly dismal Denver offense.

All right … let’s go shopping.

(Rostership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues, Recommended FAAB bids are based on a $100 budget.)

Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups & FAAB Advice

Running Backs

Written by Bo McBrayer

Darrell Henderson (JAC): 47% rostered

  • Next opponents: @DET, @TEN, DAL
  • True value: $12
  • Desperate need: $20
  • Budget-minded: $5

Analysis: Here we go again. Henderson was thrust into increased action earlier this season when Cam Akers fell out of favor with the coaching staff in Los Angeles. Don’t go running into this with the full force of your FAAB. According to early reports, Travis Etienne‘s foot injury is minor. JaMycal Hasty is still the team’s preferred third-down RB, and Henderson has only been with the team since last Wednesday. But Henderson is sure to get a decent share of the work on early downs should Etienne miss any time. Two of Jacksonville’s next three opponents have struggled to stop the run this season.

Tyler Allgeier (ATL): 47% rostered

  • Next opponents: PIT, BYE, @NO
  • True value: $10
  • Desperate need: $17
  • Budget-minded: $4

Analysis: You can probably already tell that the RB waiver market is sparse. The rookie Allgeier has fully supplanted Caleb Huntley as the thunderous complementary back to Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson and Allgeier are in a 50-50 timeshare, with Allgeier not at all involved in the passing game. The schedule is also not looking too kind for an RB who doesn’t have much upside unless he finds the end zone. Even then, volume provides enough opportunity to be worthy of a roster spot.

JaMycal Hasty (JAC): 3% rostered

  • Next opponents: @DET, @TEN, DAL
  • True value: $8
  • Desperate need: $14
  • Budget-minded: $3

Analysis: Hasty is an explosive player. His receiving chops were on display in Week 12, when he scored from 28 yards out after lining up out wide on the play. It is highly unlikely that he will garner much work between the tackles. The Jags will lean on newcomer Darrell Henderson if Travis Etienne misses any time. A player who can get this much work as a receiver is a valuable asset in fantasy.

Zonovan Knight (NYJ): 0% rostered

  • Next opponents: @MIN, @BUF, DET
  • True value: $6
  • Desperate need: $12
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: It’s unclear whether Michael Carter will miss any more game action with his ankle injury. Robert Saleh’s decision to activate Ty Johnson and rookie Zonovan Knight over James Robinson was obviously the correct one. Knight looked explosive in Week 12, compiling over 100 yards from scrimmage and serving as a seamless replacement for Carter in the passing game. Johnson has never enjoyed a full workload in his time with the Jets despite always looking the part when thrust into game action. Knight is the hot hand right now and has earned a chance to keep it up.

Benny Snell (PIT): 0% rostered

  • Next opponents: @ATL, BAL, @CAR
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $11
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: Najee Harris left the Steelers’ Monday-night game against the Colts with an abdominal injury. As of 8:00 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, there was no definitive diagnosis of the injury. FantasyPros injury doc Deepak Chona (@SportMDAnalysis) tweeted on Monday night that the worst-case scenario for Harris would be a season-ending hernia but noted that it could also be a lesser ailment. The primary backup to Harris, Jaylen Warren, has been out with a hamstring injury. He could conceivably return in Week 13, but there have been no indications that he’s close to playing again. Snell handled most of the rushing duties for Pittsburgh after Harris left in the first half and finished with 12-62-1 rushing and 1-6-0 receiving. Steelers RB Anthony McFarland also played a bit on Monday, but Snell would presumably get the start in Week 13 if Harris and Warren were both out, and the Steelers running game has an attractive Week 13 matchup against the Falcons.

Stash Candidates: Alexander Mattison, Dontrell Hilliard, Matt Breida, Kenneth Gainwell, Kyren Williams, James Cook

It is still handcuff season for RBs. The position will still have some unfortunate injuries as we hurtle toward the fantasy playoffs, so stashing replacements for valuable starters can save you a lot of grief (and FAAB) should disaster strike.

Alexander Mattison, Matt Breida, and James Cook really don’t hold much value unless the lead back gets hurt. Mattison barely sees the field when Dalvin Cook is healthy, while Breida and Cook seem to only get enough work to give Saquon Barkley and Devin Singletary some load management.

Dontrell Hilliard and Kenneth Gainwell currently enjoy steady roles as receiving options on third down and every few series. Kyren Williams is in a similar situation with Cam Akers, but Akers is very capable of handling a three-down workload. Even with more touches than Akers on Sunday, Williams did virtually nothing with them. The Rams offense is an avoidable calamity for fantasy unless Matthew Stafford returns, which is seeming more unlikely by the day.

Wide Receivers

Written by Derek Brown

Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE): 50% rostered

  • Next opponents: @HOU, @CIN, BAL
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $9
  • Budget-minded: $3

Analysis: Yes, Peoples-Jones took a backseat to Amari Cooper and David Njoku on Sunday, drawing only four targets, but don’t let that sway your focus from his previous consistency. Entering Week 12, Peoples-Jones had a 20% target share and averaged 72.5 receiving yards since Week 4. Deshaun Watson is set to return from suspension to raise all ships in this offense. This week, Peoples-Jones is a strong flex against a Texans secondary that is weaker than people realize because their run defense has been uglier than their pass defense. After that, DPJ gets a Bengals pass defense that hasn’t been the same since losing CB Chidobe Awuzie.

Zay Jones (JAC): 25% rostered

  • Next opponents: @DET, @TEN, DAL
  • True value: $4
  • Desperate need: $7
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: OK, Zay Jones. We see you. Wow, what a Week 12 performance: a 37.8% target share with 14 targets, 11 grabs and 145 receiving yards. Stand up and take a bow, sir. Jones has had his moments this season, but he is poised to continue this hot streak through his next two games. Detroit and Tennessee have allowed the 12th-most and second-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Jones is a strong flex in these matchups.

Isaiah McKenzie (BUF): 33% rostered

  • Next opponents: @NE, NYJ, MIA
  • True value: $3
  • Desperate need: $5
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: McKenzie is a player who looked to be on the rise entering Week 11, but he saw his snaps dip again, as they have intermittently this season. But McKenzie played 73% of Buffalo’s offensive snaps in Week 12, drawing a 23.8% target share from Josh Allen with six receptions, 96 receiving yards and a touchdown. McKenzie’s upcoming matchups aren’t amazing, but attacking the Patriots’ and Jets’ inside corners is far more palatable than throwing against their perimeter guys. Being tied to arguably the league’s best quarterback isn’t too bad, either.

Nico Collins (HOU): 24% rostered

  • Next opponents: CLE, @DAL, KC
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $4
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Collins again led the Texans with nine targets (23.0% target share) in Week 12. While Jordan Akins and Brandin Cooks surpassed him in receiving yards, Collins has been the volume leader the past three weeks, and in this putrid offense, we’re chasing volume. In Week 13, Collins faces the Browns, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to perimeter wide receivers. Also consider that Houston will face a fired-up Deshaun Watson, so they will likely be trailing and passing late.

Corey Davis (NYJ): 13% rostered

  • Next opponents: @MIN, @BUF, DET
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $3
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Elijah Moore is the name you were expecting here, right? Moore might have grabbed the headlines with 64 receiving yards and a score, but he still wasn’t a full-time player in this offense. Davis out-snapped him (43 vs. 22), ran more routes than him (23 vs. 13), and drew more targets (three vs. two). Fantasy points are sexy, but snaps, targets and routes lead to fantasy points more consistently. While your league mates chase the Moore flash in the pan, grab Davis for pennies. In Week 13, Davis faces the Vikings, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game and seventh-highest yards per reception to wide receivers.

Kendall Hinton (DEN): 1% rostered

  • Next opponents: @BAL, KC, ARI
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: Hinton led the team with a 25.7% target share this week while also getting one carry. As long as Jerry Jeudy is out, Hinton will be the starting slot receiver for Denver. Jeudy didn’t practice last week, so it is doubtful we will see him back in the lineup this week. Hinton has Baltimore and Kansas City incoming, ranked seventh and second, respectively, in fantasy points per game allowed to slot wide receivers.

Stash Candidates: Jameson Williams

First-round talent. Game-breaking speed. Talented offense backed by a horrendous defense. Check. Check. Check. Assuming we see a healthy version of Jameson Williams this season, the upside is there for him to make noise for fantasy teams in the playoffs. In Weeks 14 and 16, the Lions face the Vikings and Panthers, who are both top 12 in fantasy points per game allowed to wideouts.

Quarterbacks

Written by Bo McBrayer

Jared Goff (DET): 46% rostered

  • Next opponents: JAX, MIN, @NYJ
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $10
  • Budget-minded: $3

Analysis: The next two weeks are set up to be pretty favorable for the Goff and the Lions. Jacksonville and Minnesota have struggled all season in coverage, while Detroit is welcoming dynamite rookie WR Jameson Williams to the roster after his ACL recovery. Goff looked strong against Buffalo on Thanksgiving with a 19.6-point performance. Adding him as a streamer could help vault you into the fantasy playoffs.

Mike White (NYJ): 4% rostered

  • Next opponents: @MIN, @BUF, DET
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $10
  • Budget-minded: $3

Analysis: The Jets are going to be a very tough team to beat if Mike White continues to play like that going forward. The 27-year-old eviscerated the Bears in the rainy Meadowlands on Sunday with 315 yards and three touchdown passes. Zach Wilson was simply terrible this season and never showed this much poise or moxie at any point before he was benched. The Jets enjoy a very nice upcoming schedule; even Buffalo hasn’t looked as tough on QBs lately with the injuries in their secondary. White could very well end up becoming a league-winning streamer.

Marcus Mariota (ATL): 38% rostered

  • Next opponents: PIT, BYE, @NO
  • True value: $4
  • Desperate need: $9
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: The Falcons were the surprise of the early season, briefly sitting atop the NFC South. Atlanta has dropped three of its last four games. Even though Mariota has been a decent fantasy QB, his performance on the field has been pretty poor, only making up for it with his rushing ability for us fantasy managers. The way to beat the Steelers and Saints, Atlanta’s next two opponents, is to attack with downfield passing. Mariota will only be a high-floor streaming option in danger of getting benched if the Falcons continue to freefall out of contention.

Kenny Pickett (PIT): 11% rostered

  • Next opponents: @ATL, BAL, @CAR
  • True value: $4
  • Desperate need: $9
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: Don’t look now, but the rookie first round pick has started to look more comfortable as a professional QB. Pickett’s last two games were fruitful for fantasy, reaching a respectable point total in two different ways. Pickett was a back-end QB1 in Week 10 versus the Saints thanks to his rushing ability (51 yards and a touchdown). Week 11 against the Bengals saw him attempt 42 passes and pile up 265 yards and a touchdown through the air. The Steelers’ schedule is QB-friendly through the rest of the season, so don’t shy away from hitching your wagon to Pickett if you believe in him.

Jordan Love (GB): 1% rostered

  • Next opponents: @CHI, BYE, LAR
  • True value: $3
  • Desperate need: $5
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Could we see another fill-in QB light up the fantasy scoreboard on the Chicago Bears? I believe it to be very possible with Jordan Love stepping up to lead the Packers to the finish line in this awful disappointment of a season. Aaron Rodgers left Sunday night’s game against Philly with an aggravation of his already-broken right thumb. It would not be any shock if the Packers mailed it in and put Rodgers on the shelf for the rest of the season if he needs surgery. Love connected with rookie Christian Watson for a long touchdown on his first drive of the game after replacing Rodgers in the fourth quarter. The Bears got lit up by Mike White in Week 12 and could very well make Love a solid one-week streamer on the cheap.

Stash Candidates: None

At this point of the season, there really isn’t any reason to stash QBs. We are trying to reserve every possible roster spot for key skill players who can help us win. Go ahead and stream QBs with good matchups off waivers right into your starting lineup if needed.

CTAs

Tight Ends

Written by Derek Brown

Evan Engram (JAC): 40% rostered

  • Next opponents: @DET, @TEN, DAL
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $3
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Engram is coming off a wretched performance with one target and four receiving yards. I know what you’re thinking: “Why is this the first name listed for tight ends?” Matchup, matchup, matchup. Engram is the every-down tight end now, staring down a defense that’s fifth in catch rate, fourth in fantasy points per game, and seventh in yards per reception allowed to tight ends. I could rattle off Engram’s volume stats, but this comes down to his matchup. Stream him this week.

Logan Thomas (WAS): 11% rostered

  • Next opponents: @NYG, BYE, NYG
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $3
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Another matchup-based streamer makes the list. It’s a defense so nice, he gets to face it twice. Thomas squares off with the Giants this week, then gets the bye week and returns in Week 15 to face off with New York again. Yes, Thomas has disappeared into oblivion numerous times this season, but at this point, we can poke holes in every TE streaming option’s resume. The Giants have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game, fourth-highest catch rate, and fourth-most receiving yards per game to tight ends. Saddle up, Thomas, for streaming glory.

Foster Moreau (LV): 39% rostered

  • Next opponents: LAC, @LAR, NE
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $3
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Moreau has been the every-down replacement for Darren Waller. This past week, Moreau drew a 19.4% target share with 33 receiving yards and a TD. While his stat lines haven’t been impressive week after week, he will have a 90% or higher snap share, and he has another fantastic matchup in Week 13. The Chargers have given up the third-most receiving yards per game, seventh-most fantasy points per game and the most yards per reception to tight ends.

Tyler Conklin (NYJ): 18% rostered

  • Next opponents: @MIN, @BUF, DET
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: With Mike White under center, Conklin played 79% of the snaps in Week 12 with a 10.7% target share, piling up 50 receiving yards on only three catches. Conklin’s target share has fluctuated widely throughout the season, so we’ll focus on the fact that his snap share is where we want it to be at a minimum for a streaming option, and the matchup is juicy this week. Minnesota has surrendered the 10th-most fantasy points per game and ninth-highest catch rate to tight ends.

Stash Candidates: Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry is your sneaky lookahead stash to target this week. Yes, he’s coming off a big game, but that’s not why I’m listing him here. His upcoming matchup with Buffalo is beyond brutal, but in Week 14 he gets to chew up the Arizona Cardinals. You know my weekly affinity for the Cardinals and their giving nature toward tight ends. Arizona is arguably the worst defense in the NFL at defending tight ends, conceding the most fantasy points per game, second-highest catch rate and most receiving yards per game to the position.

Defenses

Written by Pat Fitzmaurice

Seattle Seahawks: 18% rostered

  • Next opponents: @LAR, CAR, SF
  • True value: $3
  • Desperate need: $5
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: The underrated Seattle defense entered Week 12 ranked eighth in fantasy scoring. The Seahawks have forced 21 turnovers in 11 games, and they get a juicy Week 13 matchup against the Rams, who entered Week 12 having given up a league-high 11.4 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses. The Rams are likely to be without starting QB Matthew Stafford again. With Stafford out in Week 12, backup Bryce Perkins was sacked three times and intercepted twice by the Chiefs. Seattle also has an attractive Week 14 matchup against the Panthers. Spend an extra buck or two for a defense you can ride for a couple of weeks.

Minnesota Vikings: 38% rostered

  • Next opponents: NYJ, @DET, IND
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $3
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: The Jets may be better off with Mike White at quarterback instead of Zach Wilson, but that doesn’t mean the Jets offense has become good – or even average for that matter. The Vikings have forced 18 turnovers and notched 29 sacks in 11 games. Minnesota also has a playable Week 14 matchup against Detroit.

Cleveland Browns: 7% rostered

  • Next opponents: @HOU, @CIN, BAL
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $1
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: The Cleveland defense entered Week 12 ranked dead last in fantasy scoring. It hasn’t been a good defense in real life either, ranking 31st in DVOA. But the Browns are nevertheless a viable Week 13 fantasy option against the lowly Texans, who haven’t scored more than 17 points in a game since Week 7. Texans QB Kyle Allen was sacked five times and intercepted twice by the Dolphins on Sunday. Entering Week 12, only the Rams and Colts had allowed more fantasy points to opposing defenses than the Texans.

Atlanta Falcons: 6% rostered

  • Next opponents: PIT, BYE, @NO
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $1
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: The Falcons have been a perfectly average fantasy defense, ranking 15th in fantasy points per game. Atlanta is a decent Week 13 option against Pittsburgh and rookie QB Kenny Pickett, who had thrown eight interceptions and been sacked 20 times in seven games entering Week 12.

Green Bay Packers: 37% rostered

  • Next opponents: @CHI, BYE, LAR
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $1
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: If we learn early in the week that QB Justin Fields is on track to start for the Bears in Week 13, don’t bother with the Green Bay defense. But if Fields misses a second straight game with a shoulder injury, the Packers will be a nice streaming option against a Chicago offense that would be quarterbacked by journeyman Trevor Siemian. With Siemian at QB in Week 12, the Bears scored 10 points against the Jets and averaged 5.2 yards per play.

Stash Candidates: None

Kickers

Written by Pat Fitzmaurice

Jason Myers (SEA): 40% rostered

  • Next opponents: @LAR, CAR, SF
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $3
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Entering Week 12, Myers was averaging 9.6 fantasy points per game, ranking sixth among kickers who had appeared in at least two games. Myers then booted two field goals and four extra points in the Seahawks’ Week 12 overtime loss to the Raiders. For the season, Myers is 20-of-21 on FG attempts and 30-of-31 on PATs. He gets a warm-weather Week 13 game against the Rams, who are giving up 8.8 fantasy points per game to kickers, followed by a Week 13 home game against the Panthers, who are giving up 8.5 FPPG to kickers.

Cameron Dicker (LAC): 28% rostered

  • Next opponents: @LV, MIA, TEN
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Dicker is a perfect 8-of-8 on field goals and 8-of-8 on extra points since joining the Chargers in Week 9. He’s tied to a strong Chargers offense. And every one of his matchups from now through Week 17 will be played in a warm-weather city or in a dome. Dicker gets an appealing Week 13 matchup against the defensively challenged Raiders.

Cade York (CLE): 4% rostered

  • Next opponents: @HOU, @CIN, BAL
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: The Cleveland offense should get a boost this week with QB Deshaun Watson coming off suspension, and the Browns have a soft Week 13 matchup against the Texans, who are giving up more than 10 fantasy points per game to opposing kickers.

Ryan Succop (TB): 39% rostered

  • Next opponents: NO, @SF, CIN
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $1
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: The Buccaneers’ offensive struggles haven’t necessarily been detrimental to Succop, who ranks eighth in kicker scoring. Succop is 23-of-26 on field goals this season, with two of his three misses coming on attempts of 50+ yards. In Week 13, Succop gets a warm-weather home matchup against the Saints, who entered Week 12 having allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to kickers.

Greg Zuerlein (NYJ): 15% rostered

  • Next opponents: @MIN, @BUF, DET
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $1
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: Just when struggling Jets QB Zach Wilson was about to make Zuerlein unrosterable, Jets backup Mike White came along to preserve Greg the Leg’s fantasy value. The Jets’ offense looked perfectly functional on Sunday, putting up 31 points against the Bears with White at the controls. Zuerlein, who entered Week 12 tied for ninth in kicker scoring, gets a domed Week 13 matchup against the Vikings, who are giving up 10.9 fantasy points per game to kickers.

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