The Waiver Wire 11/28
A look at the Week 13 pickups (updated at 5pm)
Welcome to the Week 13 waiver wire. It's white-knuckle time as I like to say—with first-round byes and playoff spots at stake in most leagues. My focus this week will be on players who can move the needle and make a difference for you. This is a good time of year to look at the remaining schedules as matchups are key.
The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.
Josh McCown, Jets, 31 percent
He was dead wood to me but now, with the way he’s playing, you might be able to get another good game out of him this week as the Jets face a tanking Chiefs team. McCown could have had a monster game last week but he lost two touchdowns on throws to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Both were layups in the end zone and both were dropped. Granted, one was on a specious replay reversal. If you need a streamer this week, McCown is a viable option. He and Robby Anderson have something going right now.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 49 percent
Taylor beat the Chiefs in Week 12 and he will be the starter this week versus the Patriots. Based on what we saw from Nathan Peterman in his one start, I find it hard to fathom that we’ll see him again this year. Taylor makes a solid QB2 for the playoffs.
Case Keenum, Vikings, 46 percent
He looked good again last week and he’s really making things hard on the Vikings who probably want to win with Teddy Bridgewater, but they are going too well right now to make a change. Still, one bad game could give the Vikings a reason to see what Bridgewater has. The Vikings travel to Atlanta this week—a tough matchup because of their excellent corners.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 35 percent
He’s sort of like Cecil the Turtle from Bugs Bunny. He’s just sort of there, but at the end of the day, he gets it done on the stat sheet. At about 17 points per game, he is the embodiment of a QB2. Not a bad guy to ride shotgun for you during your fantasy playoffs. He’s there if you need him.
Jameis Winston, Bucs, 41 percent
This might be the might time to add him. He could be a good start for Week 14 if he returns this week. He was starting games he shouldn’t have for a few weeks, but he’s been rested and should be in good shape. The weapons, as we know, are very good. The Bucs travel to Green Bay this week.
Rex Burkhead, Patriots, 51 percent
He played the same amount of snaps as Dion Lewis and once again, he showed what a diverse talent he is. In my opinion, Burkhead should be owned in pretty much all leagues. He looks like a weekly RB2 option in 12-team leagues right now. Definitely in the discussion. Rex and the Patriots face the Bills in Buffalo this week.
Kenyan Drake, Dolphins, 56 percent
Damien Williams is almost certainly out this week and could conceivably be done for the fantasy season. Drake is obviously owned in a lot of leagues, but he could be a full time player going forward and that gives him RB1 upside on most weeks. Definitely a player to own in any league now. The Dolphins play Denver in Miami this week.
Rod Smith, Cowboys, 14 percent
If you recall, a few weeks back, I told you all that Smith was my favorite Cowboys back to add in case Zeke Elliott’s suspension ever kicked in. Well, Darren McFadden was released this week and that, along with some solid play makes Smith a must add player. With the Cowboy’s offensive line, Smith is one Alfred Morris injury away from being thrust into a potential RB1 role. Of course, there is the issue of Elliott’s Week 16 return. Still, he’s a great guy to have on your bench in 12-team leagues. He can be a stand alone flex play right now if you need him.
Jamaal Williams, Packers, 58 percent
He should not be on any waiver wires at this point. He needs to be owned because he could get another start this week and he may be the main guy again depending on the status of the other backs. The Packers matchups are great the next two games with Tampa and Cleveland on tap, in that order.
Danny Woodhead, Ravens, 53 percent
He was still splitting reps with Buck Allen in Week 12 and that is certainly a concern, but Woodhead did do his thing with four receptions. My guess is that he does more and more as he gains confidence in his hamstring and builds rapport with Joe Flacco—which is not the easiest thing to do. Woodhead has been spoiled over the years playing with Tom Brady and Philip Rivers, two of the better quarterbacks when it comes to targeting running backs. Still, Woodhead is a no-brainer add in PPR leagues.
Devontae Booker, Broncos, 34 percent
He is a solid pickup in PPR leagues as he seems to have passed Jamaal Charles in the Denver pecking order. The thing is, Charles is still playing and C.J. Anderson is still getting most of the early down work. Booker is a risky flex option right now, but his value could explode with an Anderson injury—a pretty common occurrence really. The Broncos face the Dolphins this week, which is nice.
Austin Ekeler, Chargers, 34 percent
He’s a flex option—getting about a third of the reps in the Chargers backfield. He’s a perfect handcuff for Melvin Gordon owners and you can use him as a stand alone flex if you need to. He has a nice home matchup with the Browns this week.
Jonathan Stewart, 38 percent
Stewart is a weekly flex play in 12-team leagues. He’s right about in that 15 carry range and has a role in goal line situations. He’s a bland addition—stuck between Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey at the goal line, but you sort of know what you’re getting. He’s a decent handcuff if you rely on McCaffrey each week. He’s got a solid matchup at New Orleans this weekend.
Mike Davis, Seahawks, 2 percent
He’s a guy to keep an eye on. If he is announced as the starter he could be a mid-week pickup. I’ve always liked Davis and it appears that they are going to give him a shot. You pick him as a speculative add if you have a roster spot to play with. davis missed Week 12 with a sore groin.
Josh Gordon, Browns, 52 percent
Hue Jackson says he has big plans for Gordon. He says that Gordon will play as much as he can handle. I’m not exactly sure what Hue means there. Coaches lie after all and Hue has been unreliable in terms of player information. The bottom line is that Gordon must be owned right now. He’ll be on the field this week and there’s really no way of telling what he’ll be. This weeks game versus the Chargers is sort of an audition and it will give us some idea as to how we handle Gordon in Week 14-16. If you are a team likely to get a bye, he’s a good fit as you can watch week 13 and 14 to set up lineups decisions for weeks 15 and 16.
Kenny Golladay, Lions, 11 percent
This is an add I really like. Golladay is hitting his stride right about now. His snaps have risen consistently since his Week 10 return from a hamstring injury. He has a solid rapport with Matt Stafford and he’s a serious red zone target. I think he’s close to stepping into a near full time role. Get him now and you have a nice WR3/flex option for the playoff weeks. The Lions face the Ravens this week but they get the Bucs next week which is a good one.
Corey Coleman, Browns, 40 percent
He’s clearly been the guy since he came back—getting very steady targets, but Gordon’s Week 13 return will certainly shake up the snow globe a bit. I see no way that Coleman falls out of the rotation. He’ll start no matter how well Gordon plays, but how the targets and opportunities shake out is very much up in the air. He gets San Diego this week.
Josh Doctson, Washington, 43 percent
He’s been a little bit inconsistent but he’s basically having his rookie year in 2017. That’s the bad news. The good news is that he scored again in Week 13 while playing 100 percent of the offensive snaps. He’s in very good position for a late season breakout. He’s got the right kind of quarterback for that to happen and he has a nice matchup at Dallas this week. In fairness, his matchups in the playoffs are rough with the Chargers, Cardinals and Broncos in succession.
Zay Jones, Bills, 14 percent
Jones is finally settling in and he could be a useful WR3 down the stretch. He’s the one Bills receiver who is getting into a groove and he’s also the one Bills receiver who is currently healthy. The Bills have solid playable matchups the rest of the way. They host the Patriots this week as you probably know. Jones is a WR3 in 12-team leagues this week.
Corey Davis, Titans, 50 percent
He’s a good breakout candidate. He’s been scuffling since his Week 9 return but he should settle in at some point. Davis caught all four of his Week 12 targets and is a nice stash right now in 12-team leagues. He’s got a medium matchup with the Texans this week.
Dede Westbrook, Jaguars, 25 percent
He’s a good guy to add as a flex option in 12-team leagues. He’s in a medium area right now, but he could develop into Bortles’ go-to option. Stash him on your bench and you may end up starting him during the playoffs.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Raiders, 4 percent
This is a situation to watch this week. The Raiders are dealing with Michael Crabtree’s 1-game suspension and a highly questionable Amari Cooper—who is dealing with a concussion and an ankle sprain. This should open up a one-week window for guys like Cordarrelle Patterson and Seth Roberts though I like Patterson more. Johnny Holton is another possibility. I’d rank them Patterson, Holton and then Roberts.
Tyler Kroft, Bengals, 47 percent
He played 100 percent of the snaps in Week 12 and he scored for the second consecutive week. That makes five scores on the year. Kroft is not a sexy play but he’s a solid one.
Julius Thomas, Dolphins, 27 percent
He’s flying under the radar right now with four solid starts in a row. Thomas is healthy and he’s sort of found his place in the offense. He’s very involved near the goal line. HC Adam Gase knows how to use him. His matchups through Week 16 are pretty good. He’ll be in a revenge game this week against the Broncos. A good spot for a tight end.
Charles Clay, Bills, 32 percent
Clay’s finally getting healthy and with Taylor back at quarterback, he’s a solid play the rest of the way in 12-team leagues.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans, 20 percent
He’s getting back into the groove after his Week 10 return from the IR. He posted a boring line of 4 for 37 on Monday Night Football, but he’s right there on the fringe of the TE1 discussion. If a serviceable tight end is what you need, C.J. fits the bill. He has a nice matchup with the Titans this week.
O.J. Howard, Bucs, 26 percent
He’s been up and down all year but his targets have risen the last two games and along with it, his production. Howard is a long term priority for the Bucs, so it makes sense that they try to get him going as they play out the string. He’s a good add if tight end is a problem position for you. He could look like a good start by next week or the following week. He’s now played with both quarterbacks enough where a switch back to Jameis Winston is not a concern. The Bucs visit the Packers this week.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals, 2 percent
His production is jumping off the page but there are obvious concerns. First of all, Bruce Arians has had very inconsistent tight end production in his offenses. Second, Seals-Jones has posted two great game back-to-back, but he’s done it on very few snaps played. So, if you are going after him, you are buying into the idea that they will expand his role. Not a bad move in 12-team leagues if you are trying to improve a mediocre tight end spot.
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