Week 13 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

With Christmas around the corner and the Fantasy Football playoffs on deck for the vast majority of leagues, Week 12 gifted players a healthy handful of waiver wire opportunities. From crucial suspensions to critical injuries, you could be coming into Week 13 with a hole in your squad, or an advantage against your opponent. Get smart on this week’s top waiver adds so that you can patch up a wounded team, or push yourself even further above the competition.

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (44% ownership ESPN, 48% Ownership Yahoo)

Coming off his best performance of the year, Dak Prescott has a Week 13 shootout spot with the New Orleans Saints. Prescott has put up QB1 numbers in just five games this season but has done so twice in his past three contests. He takes a three-game rushing touchdown streak into Week 13 as well, and the team should be playing with some swagger and fire after a thorough drubbing of the Redskins in Week 12, tied the two of them up at first place in the NFC East. The Saints are a tough draw regardless of what team you are – (@ formerly undefeated Rams) but expect Dak & Co. to come out of the gates firing in hopes to keep up with Drew Brees’ top-five offense.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (16% ownership ESPN, 32% ownership Yahoo)

If unpredictability butters your biscuit, read up on Marcus Mariota’s fantasy season to date. A huge boom or bust option, Mariota is coming off a sharp game, efficiently completing 22 of 23 pass attempts for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In 10 games started this season, the Titans’ signal-caller has finished as the QB14 or worse in five games, two of which he was injured in and did not finish, and three of which where he faced off against a top five defense. He shreds weaker defenses and falters against stout teams. With an upcoming bout against a below-average New York Jets defense, Mariota should put up QB1 numbers.

Running-backs

LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions (19% ownership ESPN, 14% ownership Yahoo)

When Kerryon Johnson went down, everybody and their mothers were all in on the Theo-train, scooping up Lions pass-catching back Theo Riddick in hopes that they struck gold with a few workhorse weeks for Riddick in Johnson’s absence. Though Theo was productive with seven receptions in Week 12, LeGarrette Blount handled the bulk of the Lions’ rushing load. The journeyman back had his best game since Superbowl 52, serving up 88 rushing yards with a couple touchdowns on top, plus a fifteen-yard catch. He should get consistent touches so long as the Lions aren’t being blown out, though this is a very real possibility with a Week 13 game against the Rams.

Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (39% ownership ESPN, 38% ownership Yahoo)

Tossed for throwing punches, Jaguars bell-cow Leonard Fournette is going to be missing for the team in Week 13 as he was slapped with a one-game suspension due to his altercation with Bills DE Shaq Lawson. Filling in for him will be former Brown Carlos Hyde, with T.J. Yeldon getting time in passing-down situations. To boost Hyde’s stock, even more, an already run-heavy Jacksonville offense will now be captained by 2nd string quarterback Cody Kessler due to Blake Bortles’ ineptitude. Expect Hyde to receive fifteen or more touches and most or all of the goal-line carries. (Keep an eye on Fournette’s situation, he will almost certainly appeal his suspension and could potentially play in Week 13)

Wide Receiver

Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28% ownership ESPN, 31% ownership Yahoo)

Adam Humphries has been repeatedly overlooked on a week to week basis and has repeatedly performed on a week to week basis. In five of his past seven games, he’s gotten seventy or more yards, a touchdown, or both. He’s averaged 6.5 targets per game since the Bucs’ Week 5 bye and has been considerably better in games quarterbacked by Jameis Winston, who seems to have locked up Tampa Bay’s starting job for the rest of the season. Scoop up Humphries as a consistent WR3/FLEX in what is surprisingly the league’s best passing offense.

David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (7% ownership ESPN, 11% ownership Yahoo)

In what has burst onto the scene as the league’s best rushing offense, the Seahawks offer an incredibly balanced attack molded by second-year RB Chris Carson in the middle of a breakout season, and top-tier QB Russell Wilson willing his guys back into the playoff picture. Injury and low production from Doug Baldwin have left Seattle’s passing attack wide open for someone to take the reigns of, and David Moore is attempting to do just that. He’s averaging just over five targets since Week 7, but has had a pair of big games in the past five weeks and is a candidate for a third against San Francisco’s burnable secondary in Week 13.

Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (6% ownership ESPN, 20% ownership Yahoo)

Quietly, Jonnu Smith has checked into the top 22 in Fantasy scoring for Tight Ends this season through a solid outburst over his past four games. After scoring less than ten total Fantasy points in the first seven games of the season, he’s put together an assortment of productive games, with six catches in Week 11, and a touchdown and/or 60+ yards in the other three games of his past four. As long as Marcus Mariota stays healthy, Smith should put up double-digit points on a week-to-week basis.

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (6% ownership ESPN, 12% ownership Yahoo)

Considering his last touch was a thrilling game-winning touchdown in the obvious game of the year, the Rams’ Gerald Everett should still be on your mind as a potential TE1 for Week 13 and beyond. He caught two touchdowns in the Rams’ shootout with Kansas City, a touchdown in the week before that, and had three grabs for forty-five yards and a two-point conversion in Week 9. He’s been eating up red zone targets since L.A. lost Cooper Kupp to injury, and should be in line for more in an appealing matchup with Detroit’s 19th overall red zone defense.

Defense / Special Teams

Seattle Seahawks (16% ownership ESPN, 28% ownership Yahoo)

Seattle has fallen a long way since their Legion of Boom days, currently ranking at sixteenth in the league in total defense. While they’ve had issues defending the run, they’ve been formidable in stopping their opposition’s air attack, and are 22nd and 13th in rushing and passing defense, respectively. They should be able to better key in on the run in Week 13 against San Francisco, facing one of two dreary quarterback options in either C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens. Seattle should be able to contain 49ers bell-cow Matt Brieda while denying much success for whoever San Francisco jots down as their starting signal-caller.

Green Bay Packers (20% ownership ESPN, 42% ownership Yahoo)

In an almost identical situation to that of the Seahawks, Green Bay sports a defense that performs well against the pass, but struggles to stop quality running games. The Pack takes on Arizona in Week 13 led by disappointing rookie Josh Rosen. If the cheese-heads can manage to curb a monster performance by the resurgent David Johnson, the Packers defense should have a nice week, and stay alive in the playoff hunt.

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