Winning on the Waiver Wire Week 13 | Fantasy Football 2017

Jacquizz Rodgers juking a Panthers player as a member of the Tampa Bay Bucs

You’ve made it this far.  The fantasy football playoffs are just around the corner so lets make every move count! We’re at the point of the season where you shouldn’t be hanging on to your FAAB or waiver priority unless you already have a playoff spot locked up.  If you’re in must win mode, pickup the top must add available from the list below.

Players appearing in my week 13 winning on the waiver wire article are owned in 40% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.  Suggested FAAB bids are no longer available as you should have a good idea how much players go for at this point based on your league history. If you’re a fan of FTA, get personalized lineup assistance and daily updated rankings via FTA+.

Winning On The Waiver Wire | Week 13

Week 13 Waiver Wire | Must Adds

Must adds over 40%: Kenyan Drake, Rex Burkhead, Josh Doctson, Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman

Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – Tampa Bay Bucs (7% owned)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers red flag with the skull and crossbonesDoug Martin left this past week’s game against the Falcons with a concussion, meaning Jacquizz Rodgers figures to operate as the early down back heading into week 13 against the Green Bay Packers if Doug is unable to clear the concussion protocol.  Rodgers finished with 8 carries for 31 yards and a reception for 6 yards, while Peyton Barber vultured a pair of goal line scares.  If you need a starting RB and are looking to lock up a playoff spot, Jacquizz figures to be the best one week waiver wire rental available.  Martin will have a chance to clear the concussion protocol, however the waiver wire pickups will clear well before we know if he’s active, meaning Jacquizz Rodgers should be at the top of all waiver lists in week 13.

Dede Westbrook – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars (25% owned)

Orange and white Jaguars logo on a grey backgroundAllen Hurns missed the Jags game against the Cardinals with an ankle injury, Marqise Lee tangled with Patrick Peterson and Fournette continued to struggle with an ankle injury of his own (as I predicted in the preseason) leaving the door wide open for Dede Westbrook to have a breakout game.  The targets were there (10), however Dede managed a pedestrian 6 receptions for 41 yards.  Looking ahead Westbrook is a must add as both Hurns and Fournette figure to deal with ankle injuries while the Jags will be facing an atrocious Colts secondary in week 13 (followed by a decimated Seattle secondary week 14 and Texans week 15 before finishing with SF week 16).  If you need a WR and Dede is available he should be your top receiver addition off waivers.


Week 13 Waiver Wire | Suggested Adds

Rod Smith – RB – Dallas Cowboys (14% owned)

Dallas Cowboys blue star logo on grey backgroundAlfred Morris remains the “starter” in Dallas, however Rod Smith continues to outsnap him as the Cowboys predictably fall behind week after week missing studs on both sides of the ball in Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lean.  This past week on Thanksgiving Rod managed 9 carries for 41 yards and a TD  while adding another 2 receptions for 7 yards.  The Cowboys released Darren McFadden meaning Morris and Smith are the backs until Zeke returns, and after 3 straight weeks outsnapping Morris it seems like Smith is a decent bet to return flex value heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Seth Roberts – WR – Oakland Raiders (0% owned)

I realize picking up Seth Roberts probably sounds pants on head crazy, but hear me out.  Amari Cooper suffered a devastating concussion against the Broncos, and Michael Crabtree was ejected following a fight with Aqib Talib.  Typically the ejection would be the end of it, however Chris Harris claims that Crabtree sucker punched him which could lead to a suspension from the league offense for Crabtree.  If Crabtree and Cooper both miss week 13 Seth Roberts could find himself in a dream matchup with the New York Giants.  Cordarelle Patterson may have the opportunity for the big plays, however Seth would likely be Carr’s favorite target in a plus matchup making Roberts a terrific streamer for anyone needing a one week plug and play (particularly Cooper / Crabtree owners)

Charles Clay – TE – Buffalo Bills (32% owned)

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If you find yourself streaming tight end and Charles Clay is available on waivers I’d make the move as the Bills have terrific matchups for tight ends with the Patriots, Colts, Dolphins and Patriots through the remainder of the fantasy football season.  With Tyrod Taylor under center Clay should continue to average 4-5 receptions per game with red zone looks leaving him a low end TE1 for fantasy purposes.

Austin Ekeler – RB – San Diego Chargers (34% owned)

San Diego Chargers bolt png logoEkeler isn’t eating into Gordon’s snaps as much as anticipated, and while he has big play upside I’d be extremely hesitant to trust him during the fantasy playoffs as he is only seeing around 6 carries per game.  If you’re in PPR Ekeler is a bit safer as he sees a decent amount of targets per game, but Gordon is still the workhorse leaving Austin as the high upside handcuff to stash during the playoffs.

Zay Jones – WR – Buffalo Bills (14% owned)

Buffalo Bills 100x100 png logoDon’t look now but Zay Jones appears to be getting more comfortable in the Bills offense drawing 7+ targets on 4 separate occasions since week 7.  Zay doesn’t appear to have big play ability quite yet as he hasn’t eclipsed 75 receiving yards at any point, but he did bring in his 2nd TD of the season against the Chiefs while also seeing a season high 10 targets en route to 3 receptions for 33 yards.  As mentioned above the Bills have a favorable passing schedule ahead, and Buffalo apparently impressed the need to pass with more consistency upon Tyrod making Zay an intriguing WR3/Flex play heading into the fantasy playoffs.


Dontrelle Inman – WR – Chicago Bears (9% owned)

Orange Chicago Bears C logo on a gray backgroundOver his past 3 weeks Inman is averaging 7+ targets per game with Mitch Trubisky under center, and while he has yet to break 100 yards or find the end zone if you follow the targets the production will come.  The Bears draw the San Francisco 49ers in week 13 which leaves Inman a WR3/Flex play in 12 team leagues for a crucial week where many teams will be fighting for the playoffs.  Dontrelle will be largely matchup dependent, but he makes for a nice one week rental given his high volume of targets.

Ricky Seals-Jones – TE – Arizona Cardinals (1% owned)

Red Arizona Cardinals logo on a grey backgroundI think I owe Ricky Seals-Jones an apology.  In last week’s article I suggested there was only about a 2% chance it was his breakout game.. but now after posting another solid week with 4 receptions for 72 yards and a TD it looks like Seals-Jones may be legit (at least when Gabbert is under center).  While he is likely only being considered in deeper formats with no options on waivers, RSJ has now caught 3 TD’s in his first 2 games and will be facing the Rams then Titans the next two weeks.  As long as Gabbert is starting Ricky appears to have plenty of upside to offer to fantasy owners looking to take a risk.

Week 13 Waiver Wire | Deep League Pickups

  • T.J. Yeldon – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars (15% owned)
    • Caught 5 of 6 targets, doesn’t have much upside as long as Fournette is starting, but is worth a pickup in PPR as a checkdown machine for Bortles
  • Marquise Goodwin – WR – San Francisco 49ers (15% owned)
    • Seeing incredibly inconsistent targets (8, 2, 6 last 3 weeks), but has two nice matchups with HOU and TEN in weeks 14 and 15.
  • Cordarelle Patterson – WR – Oakland Raiders (4% owned) 
    • Could see an increase in snaps and targets depending on the health of Amari Cooper
  • Wayne Gallman – RB – New York Giants (4% owned)
    • Outsnapped Darkwa 22-19, finished with 9 carries for 37 yards.  Awful RBBC situation, but if you’re in deep leagues with few options Gallman could be the best RB available.
  • Travaris Cadet – RB – Buffalo Bills (0% owned)
    • Seeing steady backup work and in passing situations for the Bills.  Worth a shot in deeper PPR leagues.

Monday Night Special

If you can add a player off waivers by dropping someone from your bench:

Bruce Ellington – WR – Houston Texans (6% owned)

Seen 8, 8 and 7 targets the last 3 weeks.  If he goes off in a tough matchup against the Ravens he could be a terrific addition with TEN week 13 and SF week 14 ahead.

Danny Woodhead – RB – Baltimore Ravens (53% owned)

If by some fluke Woodhead is available he should be your RB Monday night special to target.  Assuming he is gone I’d look to Andre Ellington at just 9% ownership as the backup behind Lamar Miller.

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    1. Hi Ye,

      Sorry, didn’t have time this week for the week 14 article, been programming some new features for our subscribers. I have taken a break from reddit, been focusing my energies here on the site

  1. Hi KJ! Desperately need your help this week in an effort to clinch a playoff spot.
    At RB I currently own Kamara, D. Murray, and D. Booker.
    Kamara is the obvious RB1, but I’m looking for an RB2 and a possible flex.
    K. Drake, J. Rodgers, R. Smith, M. Forte are all available on waivers at RB.
    For a possible flex at WR, I own T.Y. Hilton, D. Westbrook, J. Doctson, J. Gordon, and C. Davis (probably dropping Davis). J. Crowder and M. Sanu are also available on waivers at the WR position. To reiterate, these are FLEX candidates, WRs1-3 are already filled with other players (Julio, Alshon, M. Thomas).
    So, from this mess, what’s your suggestion for an RB2 and Flex? Long term is important but I also really need to ensure a win this week (although am favored on paper). Thanks as always and hope your season is going well!!

    1. Hey Will,

      I’ve been riding Crowder for 2 weeks now and would absolutely pick him up and start against the Cowboys without Sean Lee. For RB I think your best bet is Kenyan Drake as he should essentially be a workhorse with Damien Williams out

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