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Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 13 (2022 Fantasy Football)

by Tom Strachan | @NFL_Tstrack | Featured Writer
Dec 2, 2022
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It can be helpful to look beyond just Week 13 to get a leg up on your leaguemates with waiver-wire targets. Here are some options to stash this weekend that shouldn’t break your FAAB budget.

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Quarterbacks

Mike White (QB – NYJ) – 17% Rostered

With Zach Wilson inactive for the foreseeable future, Mike White returned to the Jets’ starting lineup and set a season-high for Jets quarterback’s completion rating with 78.6%. As Robert Saleh said after the game, “He made the easy throws look easy.”

That wasn’t all White did, completing 100% of his deep ball attempts as the Jets demolished a poor Bears defense. White and the Jets face the Bills in Week 14, whose defense has allowed the 13th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last five games, and then take on the Lions, who allow the most.

Taylor Heinicke (QB – WAS) – 15% Rostered

The waiver wire is looking pretty thin right now, so there are a few players we might have to consider that we wouldn’t have before. Taylor Heinicke is one of them. Heinicke has finished outside the top 18 quarterbacks in each of the last three weeks. However, he now has back-to-back games against a fading Giants defense and a Week 17 matchup against the Browns, a vastly underperforming defense. Heinicke is worth stashing mainly in case your own quarterback suffers an injury, and you’re left scrambling.

Running Back

Tyler Allgeier (RB – Atlanta) – 46% Rostered

The Falcons are a fantasy football headache that doesn’t deserve much attention in the passing game. However, in the running game, we still need to keep an eye on them as they have the second-most rushing attempts and yards across the league. Tyler Allgeier has established himself as the RB2 behind Cordarrelle Patterson, and while he hasn’t had many big fantasy days, he is running the ball well, averaging 6.0 yards per carry over his last four games. If the Falcons decide to shut Patterson down as the season toils away, Allgeier could see enough volume to be fantasy relevant again.

Zonovan Knight (RB – NYJ) – 41% Rostered

James Robinson voiced his displeasure this week after being made a healthy inactive for the Jets in Week 12, and Zonovan Knight seized his opportunity, rushing 14 times for 69 yards at 4.93 per carry. The Jets have plenty of fantasy-friendly days ahead, and if Robinson is inactive or Michael Carter gets ruled out with injuries, then Knight should have more chances to shine. Knight was targetted three times against the Bears and caught all three for 34 yards.

Jaylen Warren (RB – PIT) – 26% Rostered

The Steelers are somewhat of a zombie team of late, refusing to die and trying their hardest to hurt those who come across their path as they look to find glimmers of hope to build on for 2023. Najee Harris has looked bad/injured/mediocre for most of the season and was losing touches to Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland even before his abominable injury in Week 12. Jaylen Warren missed that game with a hamstring injury but seems set to return this week, and beat-writers believe he’ll be the lead back if Harris misses time. This might turn into a committee, but Mike Tomlin prefers to ride the hot hand, and there’s a chance that could be Warren. He’s worth a stash as we look to learn more.

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Wide Receivers

Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR – CLE) – 53% Rostered

Week 12 was Donovan Peoples-Jones first single-digit game in his last six outings, and before that game he had averaged 13.4 PPR points per game. Now, Peoples-Jones gets Deshaun Watson as his quarterback and the passing game should be a bit less of the last resort that it was sometimes this year.

Zay Jones (WR – JAX) – 50% Rostered

The Jaguars and Zay Jones are coming off their best performance of the season against a Ravens defense that had few answers in the closing stages of the game. Jones has been a top-36 wide receiver in each of the last three games and is the perfect depth piece for bench spots as the fantasy playoffs approach.

Jameson Williams (WR – DET) – 38% Rostered

It’s possible that Jameson Williams returns from his ACL injury and doesn’t get up to speed to make a difference this season. Still, it’s also possible that he comes back and is able to stake a large target share straight away amongst a Lions receiving core depleted of talent outside of Amon-Ra St. Brown. If you are in a keeper league then Williams is definitely someone to be rostered.

Skyy Moore (WR – KC) – 9% Rostered

Kadarius Toney‘s hamstring is back to the form it was in New York and Mecole Hardman remains on IR currently, leaving Skyy Moore the opportunity to stake his claim in Kansas City. Moore has had back-to-back games with six targets and has set season highs in snap rate for two weeks running. The Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut that could win the rest of their games on the way to the playoffs. It’s possible they look to get Moore even more involved ready for the playoffs.

Tight Ends

Foster Moreau (TE – LV) – 49% Rostered

When we get down to the deep, dark depths of tight end streamers sometimes it can be pretty miserable, and often we rely on touchdown or bust options to keep us afloat. Foster Moreau is very much a touchdown-or-bust option, but he does have touchdowns in two of his last three games and has been a consistent part of the offense.

Jelani Woods (TE – IND) – 4% Rostered

On “Monday Night Football,” Jelani Woods had a true breakout game with eight catches for 98 yards and the overall TE2 performance of the week. Woods hasn’t been an overly consistent part of the Colts offense this season. Still, they likely keep getting put in come-from-behind scenarios and after a performance like that ,Woods should be featured more heavily moving forward.

Defense

New Orleans Saints – 33% Rostered

Like many positions, the waiver wire is very thin at defense, but the Saints might be worth grabbing ahead of a Week 15 divisional matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Marshon Lattimore is trending in the right direction, and the Saints have the league’s seventh-highest sack rate (8%).

Pittsburgh Steelers – 25% Rostered

The Steelers’ defense is picking up steam. It’s a little late in the season to make an impact, but in fantasy football, we can still use that. With T.J. Watt healthy again, the Steelers terrorized Matt Ryan on “Monday Night Football” and managed three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Over the coming weeks, the Steelers play the Falcons, Panthers and Raiders. They look like one of the best bets to be fantasy relevant over the next few weeks.

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