Well Rush Nation, after that action packed slate of games, we have just 2 weeks left of the fantasy football regular season. And, with all the injuries that have happened over the past week, this Waiver Wire Week 13 is more important than ever.
Therefore, lets get straight into it. My top Waiver Wire Week 13 picks.
This will be unpopular with the masses but this is a smart pickup. Yes he still has a bye in week 14 to navigate. However, Mac Jones has had a 20 and 21 point week in 2 of the last 3 weeks. In a game where the Patriots need to score points to keep up, he does deliver fantasy points. The high ceiling of the huge rushers isn’t there. However, he will keep you in matchups if you need a QB.
Jones is coming off 2 really bad weeks from a fantasy perspective, which is why his ownership has dropped. However, he now has a run of very good matchups where, if he gets some healthy pass catchers, he could score some points. Jones is always going to be a high ceiling, low floor play.
Last weeks top Waiver Wire add will have spooked owners this week, when he lost touches to Tevin Coleman. However, the Jets were in a positive game script for once. It’s very rare that in the next 3 games, expect for maybe against the New Orleans Saints, will they be competitive. Most people will fade Johnson for Tevin Coleman this week. However, I’ll be quite happy to take the discount on Johnson.
Hilliard has juice! Who knew! I certainly didn’t He broke tackles and took that play to the house. In addition, he did it against the Patriots! I know Hilliard is on bye this week. However, if you can afford to stash him, do so.
Well, we are here again. Miles Sanders is injured again. Therefore, we need to call upon Boston Scott. With Jordan Howard also banged up, Scott got 15 carries, 2 receptions and a TD. He also has the Jets this week, meaning he should get a nice workload.
I know Breida was out-touched by Singletary 16-11, and was out-snapped 45-21 according to PFF. However, there are some positives here. Firstly, Zack Moss was a healthy scratch. That means Breida has elevated up the depth chart. He also caught a TD and now had 3 touchdowns in the last 3 weeks. Therefore, it is Breida who is the back to own in Buffalo, as we hunt Touchdowns. He’s never going to be more than a flex option. However, he will offer more upside than most Running Backs.
THIS SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING. HOWEVER, IF POLLARD, MATTISON OR HUBBARD ARE ON YOUR WAIVER WIRE (THEY ARE ALL OVER 30% OWNED) THEN YOU SHOULD PRIORITISE THESE PLAYERS.
The identity of the Patriots most explosive Wide Receiver has finally be revealed (do you like what I did there!). Similar to Mac Jones, when the class of opponent has gone up in the last three weeks, and the Patriots have needed to score points, Jones and Bourne have hooked up on 3 occasions to get Touchdowns. Against the Bills this week, I wouldn’t be shocked to see a 4th Bourne Touchdown in 4 games as the Patriots look to keep pace.
Russell Gage is finally coming along to what he should have been all season. He finally looks healthy and is catching Touchdowns. This week, he plays a Bucs secondary that is flat out banged up and down to 6/7th choice Cornerbacks. IF Matt Ryan can throw the deep ball, as Carson Wentz did yesterday, there will be joy for Gage and the Falcons. At least, from a fantasy football perspective.
Reynolds has always looked decent, but lacked opportunity. He had a few good games in LA, and even in Tennessee this year, before getting cut. On Thanksgiving he went 3-70-1. And, with the lack of talent there, Reynolds can become a favourite of Goff’s once again. Remember, they have already played together before and have some chemistry. I am sure that was a factor when Reynolds was signed by the Lions.
Kmet was certainly used heavily by Andy Dalton on Thanksgiving, going 8-65 off 11 targets. If Andy Dalton is the QB this week for the Bears, trying to keep up with Arizona, then Kmet is almost a sure fire lock to start in most lineups this week. If it is Fields, then this does arrow down slightly.
It looks likely that Darren Waller, whilst not severely hurt, will miss the game this week. If that is the case, Moreau is a great gamble to grab a Touchdown vs the Washington Football Team this week. Moreau has had some valuable contributions when standing in for Waller. I like him as an option over most others this week.
Evan McPherson is the K3 for Week 12 going into Monday Night Football. He is delivering most weeks. And, with a potential shootout vs the Chargers coming this week, he should be owned and started more than he is.
It seems harsh to continue to pick on the Detroit Lions. However, they have lost again, and continue to start Jared Goff. Goff will be good for at least a turnover or two in this one, as the Vikings try and clutch to their last playoff chances. They can’t afford to lose many if any more. And need to inject some confidence into this team. That will start with defense.
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– Murf (@Murf_NFL)