Rush Nation, we are here. Week Thirteen. For many of you, we have arrived at the last 7 days of the Fantasy Football Regular Season. Which means for some of you, this might be your last Waiver Wire. That’s such a crazy thing to write, considering Stocks and I have been working on this since March. Six months of work all come down to this.
There are some of you that have smaller leagues or more restrictive playoff structures, meaning Week Fourteen is your last Regular Season week. The Waiver Wire is still just as important. Regardless of whether you have made your playoffs yet, or need to win to get in.
For those of you still chasing playoff spots, this Waiver Wire was not exploited last week. If you read this last week and followed our advice, you would have picked up the QB1 or QB2 overall in Week Twelve (There is still Monday Night Football to go). Jonathan Williams was the RB5 overall in PPR. It was an amazing week. So a lot of these picks have been doubled down. Why not, the same principles apply. If you didn’t trust us last week, trust us this week.
If you are set at positions, I would spent this week picking up those handcuffs for Running Backs. If you don’t know who to pick up, Andre has written about them here. However, should you need to add a piece to fill a hole in your team due to injury, here is who I would target:
Week 12- 14/18 259 Yards, 2 TDs, 1 Fumble, 7 Carries, 40 Yards, 2 Rushing TDs
Currently the QB1 overall in Week Twelve. Top of the list last week was Ryan Tannehill. AND HIS OWNERSHIP WENT DOWN!!!! I cannot believe people dropped Tannehill this week. It wouldn’t have been for bye cover last week, as he was on bye. Another four Touchdowns for Tannehill who is about to unlock a lot of incentives that will mean the Titans will end up paying more for him this season than if they had just left his contract alone when they signed him. He is on the road at the Colts next week. I am comfortable starting him again.
Week 12- 20/29 315 Yds, 2 TDs, 4 Carries, 16 Yards, 1 Rushing TD
Darnold has gone big three weeks in a row now. In the last weeks he has been the QB7 overall, the QB7 again and this week the QB2 with one game left to play in Week Twelve. During these stretch of games he has been the QB3 (assuming Lamar picks up 10 points this week). If you still aren’t sold on Darnold, he has the Bengals and the Dolphins as his next two games. He could be your ticket into the playoffs. Stop ignoring him.
Week 12- 104 Yds Rushing, 3 Rec, 17 Yards Receiving
Jonathan Williams was the hot property to pick up last week. And if you got him, how many of you managed to actually start him. We have all be burned by Running Backs off the Waiver Wire this year. And that probably played into your decision making.
I doubt Mack is coming back in the next week or two. So spend your FAAB on Williams and get him to deliver you to the playoffs. Running Backs getting his volume on the Waiver Wire is rare. So take your opportunity to bank his production.
Week 12- 98 Yards Rushing, 1 Rec 5 Yards
The one thing we got wrong last week was who would carry the ball for Pittsburgh. It turns out Benny Snell recovered in time and he got the carries. Snell carried the ball 21 times on Sunday and he will continue to be the 1st and 2nd down back for the Steelers whilst Conner is out. Keep an eye on Conner for when he is back. However, Snell should probably be owned in most leagues, as he will be the key handcuff for Pittsburgh.
Week 12- 3 RECs, 98 Yards, TD
Amid all the chaos of fighting, helmet slinging, changing Quarterbacks, James Washington has been putting up some decent numbers. He has 2 games of 90+ Yards and a Touchdown in his last three games. This week he faces a Browns defense that can make life difficult for Washington. However, if you need a receiver this week, then look the way of the Washington. It seems questionable whether JuJu will go this week. However do watch the Injury Report for updates. He is the best Waiver Wire Wide Receiver option out there.
Week 12- 8 RECs, 76 Yds
The Wide Receiver position is so thin. However, in a passing offense, where the number one Wide Receiver is potentially hurt, we need to consider picking up the next man up. Russell Gage has been putting together a couple of effective games. And when his number was called on Sunday, he did a good job against a Buccaneers defense that turned up for the first time in many a year. Gage could be in line for even more targets on Sunday if Julio Jones doesn’t go on Sunday. It’s 50/50 at the moment, so add Gage just in case.
Week 12- 3 RECs, 13 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Ryan Griffin has taken over from Chris Herndon. As a result, he has back to back games with a Touchdown. He seems to score Touchdowns against bad teams. And with the Bengals and the Dolphins up next, he is a streamable option for the next two weeks. He has caught 18 of his last 20 targets. Volume is a slight issue, but he does get Red Zone looks, and he is scoring. He is a Touchdown or bust player for Fantasy Football. However, I like him over everyone else on the Waiver Wire.
Week 12- Bye
Dan Bailey is currently in the top 12 of Kickers so far on the season, from a Fantasy Football perspective. Against Seattle, he will be required to kick a couple of Field Goals as the Seattle defense makes a few stops. He has an average of 7.3 Fantasy Points per game, and I see him getting slightly above that this week. He is a safe add this week off the Waiver Wire.
Playing @ Cincinnati Bengals Next
The Jets defense has come out to play in the last few weeks. Their last three weeks have seen them net 24, 13 and 17 Fantasy Points. This week, they play the Bengals. With offense line troubles and a Rookie Quarterback who looks less and less sure footed by the minute, it should be a good weekend for the Gregg Williams defense to feast on more sacks, more interceptions and potentially more Touchdowns.
That’s it for this week. We hope you get a lot out of this article and are seeing some success. You can listen to the audio show on your favourite podcast app. We also answer questions on Twitter @5yardrush so do get in touch there. However, until next week, Keep Rushing.