Waiver Wire: Week 13

Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy

Waiver Wire: Week 13

Bye week teams: None

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Baker Mayfield – QB | Cleveland Browns

Get on the train, as I mentioned earlier, the dude is trending up and has pretty quality matchups the rest of the way. Along with them appearing like they are incredibly excited about playing football after dropping the cancers that were their head coach and OC. Also, they technically are still alive in the playoff hunt. Unlikely with the remaining games they have, but gives them a reason to play harder and Mayfield as we all know is a playmaker. He is 55% owned, but that should be higher very soon.

Adam Humphries – WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Adam has looked to be the second option on this team for the past several weeks and has scored 4 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. This offense can switch on you like that second helping of stuffing and gravy and put down on that couch for a couple hours making you wonder what the hell just happened. However, you might as well get while the getting is good. Hop on that Humphries gravy train if you need a flex spot. The next couple weeks is prime picking for the Bucs who play at home the next two weeks in games against Carolina and the Saints. I don’t see many reasons why these games wouldn’t be high scoring with the Bucs trailing and playing catchup through the air. Humphries is 30% owned.

Jermaine Kearse – WR | New York Jets

With Sam Darnold probably out one more week, we will see the veteran Josh McCown trotted out there once again. With this comes the ridiculous amount of targets he thrust at Kearse. Jermaine was targeted 12 times in this game, catching 6 for 66 yards and a touchdown. McCown is way more of a risk taker and is much more likely to toss bombs down the field that Darnold is. This plays right into Kearse’s game. If you need a flex you could probably do worse than lining him up next week against the Titans. Kearse is 2% owned.

Depth With Upside:

Justin Jackson – RB | Los Angeles Chargers

I know most people have already gone out and picked up Austin Ekeler in their leagues because of the possibility of Melvin Gordon not playing yesterday. Well, he ended up playing, but then injured his MCL and is now going to probably be out for the rest of the fantasy season. There’s a chance that he could come back for a playoff game or Superbowl matchup, but I wouldn’t count on it. Ekeler is the clear choice to start for the Chargers in Gordon’s absence, but in the same vein that Ekeler had value playing behind Gordon, I believe Jackson can have that value as well. Jackson got 7 carries in the game yesterday and amassed 57 yards. The Chargers play the Steelers next week in what could be a shootout of a game. Jackson is 1% owned

Mike Williams – WR | Los Angeles Chargers

Williams had his second 2 touchdown game of the season on Sunday, bringing his season total to 7. He is definitely touchdown dependent at this point, but if you’re in need of someone with boom potential like I said earlier, they play the Steelers and there could be some serious scoring going around in this game, especially with the absence of Melvin Gordon, this could be a much more aerial-based attack. Williams is 40% owned.

David Moore – WR | Seattle Seahawks

Is the youth movement happening in Seattle? Baldwin is still very involved, but the big plays have been coming from Lockett and Moore, both who eclipsed the 100-yard mark and got in the end zone yesterday. Moore has good size and has already caught 5 touchdowns this season on only 37 targets. The Seahawks has looked pretty good as of late and are going to make a push for a playoff spot. If they are going to succeed, they’re going to need Moore to be a factor. The Seahawks play my struggling and injury taxed 49ers. This would be a great game to start all the Seahawks receivers. Moore is only 10% owned.

Hail Mary’s:

Trey Quinn – WR | Washington Redskins

With Jameson Crowder, Chris Thompson, and Paul Richardson all out with injuries, there is an opportunity for players to step up and show their worth. Trey Quinn could be just that player for the Redskins. With Colt McCoy seemingly starting the remainder of the season, he will likely be looking for a receiver to hit on short passes. Trey Quinn was targeted 6 times on Sunday and caught 5 of them for 26 yards, one of which was a touchdown. He could prove to be a valuable sleeper to pick up on waivers this week, especially in PPR leagues. Quinn is 1% owned

Jordan Wilkins – RB | Indianapolis Cots

Marlon Mack left Sunday’s game late in the 4th quarter with a concussion. It’s uncertain as to his availability for week 13, but in the event that he misses the next context, Joran Wilkins would assume the early down back role. Wilkins has a good rushing average and can catch the ball as well. I would monitor the situation before using any kind of priority on Wilkins, but he could provide value if Mack were to miss time. Wilkins is 4% owned.

Jeff Wilson Jr. – RB | San Francisco 49ers

Well, it looks as if the 49ers have turned to the “let’s figure out who we’ve got” mode with their season all but over. Wilson Jr. got involved on Sunday gaining 33 yards on 7 carries and caught one pass for 8 yards. While he is definitely not a priority, if anything happened to Breida, he could be a value that could help you. Wilson Jr. is not owned.

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