Welcome back everyone. The fantasy playoffs are just around the corner, so lets make these waiver wire adds count! Tyreek Hill headlines a week with very few reliable options available off waivers, but that won’t stop me from putting out a full writeup. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below the article and I’ll be sure to respond.
All players appearing in my weekly waiver wire article are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues
Suggested FAAB bids appear in green.
Tyreek headlines week 13 waiver wire
Tyreek Hill – WR – Chiefs (36% owned) | 6% FAAB
Tyreek has been building up steam for weeks now, and has appeared as a suggested add multiple times in this article. Following his incredible performance against the Broncos, and with relatively few waiver options available for week 13, we can expect Tyreek to be the highest added player this week. In case you missed the game, Tyreek Hill returned a free kick for a TD, ran for a TD, and caught a receiving TD for the Chiefs. He was all over the field and involved in nearly every aspect of their offense.
Over the past 3 games, Hill has seen an incredible 28 targets, 23 receptions, 194 yards and a receiving TD in the passing game. He lines up in the backfield and as a WR throughout the game for KC, which led many to think he was more of a gadget player like Tavon Austin who wouldn’t be able to sustain his production, but, as we’ve seen, Andy Reid wants the ball in this kid’s hands, and they find ways to make it happen. If you are struggling at WR, pick up Tyreek this week as he gets ATL week 13, and OAK week 14.
Tyler Boyd – WR – Bengals (50% owned) | 6% FAAB
The good news for AJ Green owners is that he is expected to return at some point this season. The bad news is that it doesn’t look likely to be week 13, and week 14 will be seriously in doubt as well. This is important for us fantasy football types, as the Bengals take on the porous Cleveland Browns pass defense week 14 (the first round for many fantasy football playoffs). If you have major question marks at WR, Boyd is the guy you want to make sure isn’t available as he could be a very nice WR3/Flex play for your first round matchup in the fantasy football postseason. Over his past 2 games with Green sidelined Boyd has seen 17 targets, 11 receptions, 116 yards and a TD.
Kenneth Dixon – RB – Ravens (29% owned) | 5% FAAB
Kenneth Dixon’s must add status is more a reflection of the poor waiver options available this week than anything else. He is slowly carving out his role in the Baltimore backfield, and this marked the first time that Dixon outsnapped Terrence West this season. His percentage of offensive snaps played has steadily grown over the past 5 weeks to the point that everyone destined for the fantasy playoffs will certainly want to take notice.
Kenneth Dixon percentage of offensive snaps the last 5 games from Week 7 to now: 6.9%, 28.6%, 31.7%, 38.2%, 44.9%
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) November 27, 2016
If you need a running back this week, and Dixon is available, he should be the guy you scoop up and stash on your bench while we wait to see if he can finally put a stranglehold on the starter’s job.
Houston Running Back Situation
Keep an eye on the injury news to Lamar Miller. He suffered an ankle injury late in the 4th quarter on Sunday. If he is out this upcoming week we will need to see who is healthy for the Texans. Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, Tyler Ervin and Akeem Hunt could all be candidates to start.
Monday Night Special
Wendell Smallwood – RB – Eagles (48% owned)
In case you missed last week’s article, Wendell Smallwood is a guy you want to add in all leagues where possible ahead of Monday night. If you play in a yahoo standard league you are able to drop any bench player (even if they already played) and pick up Wendell ahead of tonight’s game. There are still plenty of question marks in terms of carries, as Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner are both healthy, but it looks like Smallwood should handle the early down work with Sproles and Barner mixing in as the change of pace / receiving options out of the backfield.
Remember these Monday night specials are essentially free waiver wire adds. If they don’t work out, you just drop them back to waivers on Wednesday.
Other Options: Dorial Green Beckham, Ty Montgomery
Brandon Lafell – WR – Bengals (18% owned) | 3% FAAB
Assuming you missed out on the must add wide receivers in your league, Brandon Lafell is a decent consolation prize. He has seen 9 targets in back to back weeks now with AJ Green sidelined, and while his hands of stone lead to fewer completions than Boyd, the Bengals are short on receiving options and Lafell should continue to see heavy volume in the passing game. He is a weekly boom or bust WR3/Flex play as long as Green is out, but with the Browns coming up in week 14 he could be a viable option in 12 team leagues during the first round of the fantasy playoffs.
Vernon Davis – TE – Redskins (9% owned) | 1% FAAB
Jordan Reed could miss time with a grade 3 AC joint separation in his shoulder. If he is out, Vernon Davis becomes a terrific TE waiver wire add heading in to week 13. During the 2 weeks that Jordan Reed missed earlier in the year (weeks 7 and 8), Davis had 11 receptions for 172 yards. Many teams are desperate to find anyone who can consistently see 5 targets at the TE position as guys like Eric Ebron laid eggs in week 12. Keep an eye on that Jordan Reed injury news, and be ready to scoop up Vernon Davis for the playoff push if needed.
Malcolm Mitchell – WR – Patriots (3% owned) | 1% FAAB
A boom or bust player I’ve seen gaining steam is Malcolm Mitchell of the New England Patriots. Over his past 2 games Mitchell has caught 9 passes for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns! However, it is worth noting that Mitchell likely played less than you thought at just 47% of the offensive snaps. While it appears that Malcolm has developed some chemistry with Tom Brady, and is the preferred deep threat to Chris Hogan, this is a wide receiver I’d be particularly wary of, especially given the upcoming schedule in weeks 14 and 15 (vs BAL and @DEN). If you have few options available give Mitchell a shot as he does have a QB who can keep him relevant regardless of matchup (assuming Brady keeps giving him targets of course).
Taylor Gabriel – WR – Falcons (6% owned) | 1% FAAB
The Atlanta Falcons have found their new homerun hitter, as Taylor Gabriel has scored at least one TD in each of his last 4 games. This past Sunday against the Cardinals he took a screen pass to the house on 2 separate occassions, which will almost certainly land him at the top of numerous waiver wire lists this week. Potential owners need to understand that Gabriel will not be a high volume guy. Its entirely possible he puts up 2 receptions for 18 yards during the fantasy playoffs. Much like Antone Smith in 2013, Taylor Gabriel looks electric, but I’d be hesitant to pin the hopes of my fantasy team on his shoulders counting on a big play each week to find the end zone.
Previously written up players still worth considering:
- Adam Thielen – WR – Vikings
- Anquan Boldin – WR – Lions (22% owned)
- Marqise Lee – WR – Jaguars
- Paul Perkins – RB – Giants
- Dontrell Inman – WR – Chargers
- Lance Kendricks – TE – Rams
- Ladarius Green – TE – Steelers
Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups
Rex Burkhead – RB – Bengals (4% owned)
As I mentioned last week, Burkhead is the new backup RB in Cincinnati following the season ending injury to Gio Bernard. While Jeremy Hill is the clear cut lead back, Burkhead still managed 5 carries for 29 yards while adding 2 receptions for 19 yards against the Ravens in week 12. If something were to happen to Jeremy Hill, Burkhead could conceivably have some value in standard leagues during the fantasy playoffs, so deep league owners with no RB’s left on waivers will want to pick him up to stash.
Marquess Wilson – WR – Bears (1% owned)
Marquess Wilson went off this past Sunday with 11 targets which he converted into 8 receptions for 125 yards and a TD. It remains to be seen if he is Matt Barkley’s favorite target, or if this is just a one week fluke, but if you play in a deep league with few options available, he could be an interesting flier to take a chance on off waivers this week. The Bears get a dream matchup with the 49ers in week 13, putting Wilson on the flex play radar in 14+ team leagues.
Other Deep league options to consider:
- Dion Sims – TE – Dolphins
- Cobi Hamilton – WR – Steelers
- Ben Koyack – TE – Jaguars
- Jermaine Greshame – TE – Cardinals
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about Tyreek Hill or any other player listed, feel free to drop me a comment below.