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The Waiver Wire 11/26 (finalized)

Welcome to Week 13! 

It’s the final week of the fantasy football regular season.  If you’re reading this article, then you’re still alive, so congratulations!  For those of you looking at a win-or-go-home Week 13, I have ideas to strengthen your hand.

As always, this is a living article and it will be updated into the evening tonight, with finalization around 8pm.  I’ll mark the article as finalized once I’m done.

Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

Daniel Jones, Giants

As I’ve been saying for weeks and weeks, he has some very good matchups remaining on his schedule.  In fact, Jones’ playoff matchups alone are worth rostering, if you are a team that looks like a playoff squad. 

Sam Darnold, Jets

As I said last week, Darnold has looked better lately and his schedule is super friendly, with the Bengals and Dolphins over the next two weeks.  Add him if you need a QB this week or if you need a plan B option down the stretch.  If you are a bye team, Darnold has significantly less appeal.  His matchups in weeks 15 and 16 are sub par.

Ryan Tannehill, Titans

When Tannehill took over the starter’s job a month or so back, I talked about his mobility and how he’s never been as mobile post-ACL surgery.  Well, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve seen so far.  I don’t want to call this a rebirth, but Tannehill is playing some of the best football he’s ever played.  He’s been a startable asset in all of his games as a Titan, and this week he plays at the Colts.  Next week he visits Oakland.

Nick Foles, Jaguars

He’s got three good matchups and one bad one on his remaining schedule, so he’s worth a look if you need a QB, and he’s playable this week versus Tampa’s pass funnel defense.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins

It’s the schedule.  Fitz has no bad matchups remaining and the Dolphins can’t run effectively, so they should pass a lot.  They have a tendency to fall behind as well, which can lead to those classic Fitzptrick games.  This week’s tilt verus the Eagles is probably the toughest matchup he has left.

Andy Dalton, Bengals

He’s been reinstalled as the Week 13 starter, so he is probably available in some really deep leagues.  His schedule is up and down with plus matchups against the Jets this week and the Dolphins in Week 16.  He gets New England Week 15 and you obviously want no part of that.

 

RUNNING BACKS 

 

Rashaad Penny, Seahawks

Chris Carson keeps fumbling, and I have to say that it’s remarkable that he still has his job.  Ten fumbles is just insane.  Penny could take the job over this week.  It’s not a given at all, but it’s a possibility.  He’s always been the more explosive back, but Carson’s tough-guy-grinder style has always been coveted by Seattle’s coaching staff.  Well, their beliefs are being questioned, and in Week 12, Penny ripped off 129 yards and a score on a career-high 14 carries.  He also played nearly half the snaps.  He is the must-add option this week, because the ceiling is absurdly high.  If he was to actually take this job, he’d be a weekly RB1.

Derrius Guice, Washington

The snaps and touches went up from his first game, but he did not make the big play, so it looks less sexy.  The thing is, he only has one bad RB matchup left (Philly Week 15) and his role is growing.  He could be getting 80 percent of the juice by the time he faces the Giants in Week 16, and he’s a viable flex this week against Carolina.  I’d add him anywhere I can.

Jonathan Williams, Colts

Marlon Mack suffered a broken hand and he is not expected back for Week 13.  He could even be out for the rest of the fantasy season for all we know.  We’re just not sure yet.  Jordan Wilkins (ankle) would normally be the player to target but he’s been dinged and Williams has had a mini eruption in his absence.  This week’s matchup versus Tennessee is playable, so he makes a fine pickup in all leagues.  He’s a tad over 60 percent owned, so he’s not a great bet to be available.  Nyheim Hines is another Colts RB to consider–particularly in full PPR leagues.  He should handle the passing down role.

Darrel Williams, Chiefs

Keep an eye on the news because this is about Damien Williams’ rib injury.  If Williams is going to miss time, then Darrel becomes a great add.  He should already be rostred in a lot of deep leagues but he’s only 6 percent owned on Yahoo.  The problem here is that KC has given us nothing but some tea leaves. They

Benny Snell, Steelers

James Conner appears to be a long shot for Week 13 and is no lock for Week 14.  Enter Snell, who seemingly took the lead runner gig away from Jaylen Samuels last week.  The Steelers love the whole “smashmouth” thing and Snell is a serious bruiser.  Snell played 49 percent of the snaps and based on how he performed, he could see more this week against Cleveland.  If you rely on Conner, selling out to add Snell makes plenty of sense.

Bo Scarbrough, Lions

As I said last week, Bo is not much of a receiver, but unless there’s yet another about face in the Lion’s backfield, he should be the guy at the goal line for the time being.  Well, he chalked up another solid day, and once again, I did not see it coming.  The Lions schedule against the run is not at all good, but you are getting a back who will get touches and who, again, should own the goal line.  He’s worth an add and he’s still less than 50 percent owned.

Raheem Mostert, 49ers

If Matt Breida returns, the air comes out of Mostert, but that’s probably a 50/50 proposition at this point as Breida wasn’t close to playing last week.  Certainly, for Breida owners, Moster is good protection.  He’s a guy who has a solid shot at RB2 production if he’s the second back.

Nyheim Hines, Colts

He’s not fun but if you need 6-10 PPR points, he can help you.

The Miami Backfield

  • Kalen Ballage
  • Patrick Laird
  • Myles Gaskin

These guys are all a wing and a prayer.  Ballage is no longer getting a lion’s share so in PPR, it may be better to roster Laird.  And, really, Gaskin is the best back there.  He could emerge.  If I was to roster a Miami RB (I’m not), it would be Gaskin.  He could be playable when the y get to the good matchups in Weeks 14, 15 and 16.

 

Handcuffs Options:

  • Alexander Mattison
  • Tony Pollard
  • Wayne Gallman
  • Mike Davis
  • Malcolm Brown
  • Ryquell Armstead
  • Gus Edwards
  • Dion Lewis
  • Bilal Powell
  • Gio Bernard

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Deebo Samuel, 49ers

He’s heavily owned on Yahoo but I’ve had a few questions on him, so he must be available in some leagues.  He’s a no-brainer addition right now.  He’s settled into the offense and is making big plays.  I also mentioned DeVante Parker on the pod.  Same kind of thing.  He should not be available.  Just smash that button.

Robby Anderson, Jets

Still only five targets in Week 12, which is fully on the Jets coaches, who are wholly suboptimal, but Robby showed that he’s still plenty explosive.  He’s still on the same page with Sam Darnold, and the Jets’ near term schedule is awesome.  It’s not much fun when we get to Week 15 & 16, but with Cincinnati and Miami over the next two weeks, you should just enjoy the present.

AJ Brown, Titans

His remaining schedule has plenty of good matchups.  Brown has been in this space most of the year and it’s time to get him rostered.  He’s got the kind of ability where a late-season breakout–the kind that can win you a league, is possible.  He and Robby Anderson both have that capability.

Darius Slayton, Giants

He led the Giants in receiving yards again in Week 12, and with the Giants playoff schedule, I am adding this guy anywhere I can.  He’s playable as an upside flex, but with Sterling Shepard’s concussion history, he could be a lot more than that during the fantasy playoffs.  ***UPDATE***  Golden Tate is in the concussion protocol this week, so Slayton has another path to more snaps and targets.

Mecole Hardman, Chiefs

Tyreek Hill’s hamstring injury is the key here, and I mean that in terms of now and going forward.  Hardman’s role is eminently playable if Hill is out.  Hamstrings have a high rate of recurrence.  I’d roster this guy any place I can.  You may not play him this week, but you’ll probably get some use out of him eventually.  Sammy Watkins is injury-prone too.  There are multiple avenues to playing time for Hardman.

Cole Beasley, Bills

We knew he’d get some extra looks in Week 12, with Smokey Brown being shadowed by Chris Harris  This week, Beasley gets a shot at revenge as the Bills travel to Dallas.  He’s playable as a WR3 or flex option.

Randall Cobb, Cowboys

As I said last week, the Cowboys have great slot matchups in Week 15 and 16.  Cobb is playing a lot of snaps and his targets have been steadily in the 7-8 range.  Unless something changes, he can start for you when needed.  He’s also a nice stash for down the road.

Anthony Miller, Bears

The upside limitation related to Mitchell Trubisky is very real at this time, but Miller and Allen Robinson both win enough routes where they can function despite Trubisky’s dysfunfuction.  Robinson is obviously rostered everywhere but Miller can still help you in full PPR formats.

Chris Conley, Jaguars

He had a few drops last week, but he’s seeing plenty of targets and he can make the big play.  As long as they don’t decide too bench him or something, he can do a LOT with his closing schedule.

N’Keal Harry, Patriots

Some folks will be talking about the plays he failed to make, but even on that sideline drop, you saw some good things–like his feet being in-bounds.  College receivers have some footwork adjustments to make at the next level, and two-feet in is a significant one.  Harry has missed some time, so he deserves a little time now.  Of course, he doesn’t really have any–given the Patriots situation.  Jimmy Hackett and I debated whether Harry could really break into the lineup, but with Sanu banged, he’s a thing now.  I think he can help folks this week, unless they bring Sanu back, but if it’s really a high-ankle sprain that he has, that would not make a ton of sense–with the playoffs on the horizon.

James Washington, Steelers

He’s come alive and I like the quarterback switch in Pittsburgh.  Washington had another 7 targets last week and he turned into a strong game with 98 yards and a touchdown.  He faces Cleveland at home this week. 

John Ross, Bengals

He’s been practicing for a few weeks and he should return for Week 14.  He’ll be playable as, again, he’s been practicing.  His matchup with the Dolphins in Week 16 could be reason enough for some folks to roster him.  It’s always good to think ahead.  You never know when you’ll need a player.  For those fighting to get in, Ross is more of a luxury item.  You’d need extra roster space.

Russell Gage, Falcons

He played on 74% of the snaps last week and it sounds like Austin Hooper will remain out this week.  That should open up enough targets to make Gage a solid fill-in option in full PPR leagues.

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

Dallas Goedert, Eagles

As I’ve said over the last few weeks, Goedert is a fringe TE1 every week but only a Zach Ertz injury will get him to elite play status.  He does possess elite talent as we saw versus the Patriots.  His playing time is rising to the point where he’s a near full time player, even though he’s the number two tight end on his own team.  The Eagles play a very favorable schedule the rest of the way and Goedert should be rostered in all leagues.

Ryan Griffin, Jets

He caught all three of his targets and scored again.  He also got a contract extension.  He is the guy right now.  Start him as a fringe TE1 when needed.  The Jets will be scoring points down the stretch.

David Njoku, Browns

He’s a strong bet to be their starter the rest of the way and we know he has plenty of explosivity, but here’s the kicker–he gets the Cardinals Week 15.  That’s some tasty action.

Noah Fant, Broncos

Five more targets last week though still a bit of a dud.  We’ve been talking about Fant for weeks, but it’s time to take him seriously.  Fant is not really ready for prime time, but it’s being forced on him anyway.  The Broncos are playing for the future and Fant is projected to be a huge part of it. He needs to be rostered in all 12-team leagues.  He’s playable every week.

Mike Gesicki, Dolphins

Without much fanfare, Gesicki has taken over the starter’s gig in Miami.  Last week he played a season-high 90 percent of the offensive snaps and that was after hitting a season-high of 86 percent the week before.  So he is finally locked in and his target totals show that with no fewer than six in each of his last four games.  Miami’s remaining schedule is outstanding. 

Jack Doyle, Colts

With Eric Ebron being placed on IR, Doyle steps into a full time gig.  He’s playable now, though far from exciting.