Waiver Wire - Week 13
This is it guys and gals! You have one more shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you have ever wanted: a birth into the fantasy football playoffs. Most leagues will begin their 3 week long playoff next week and if you are teetering on the edge you may need to bolster your roster for one last shot this week to make it into the dance. But fear not, WhisperNation! I have your back! This is my Weekly Waiver Wire Whisper column in which I will give you my take on some stash/start worthy players that are rostered in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues. That is the cutoff, so please don’t slide all in my mentions on Twitter about how I could possibly leave off some of the popular names out there. But that shouldn’t keep you from checking your league to see if they are available. Here is a list of names you might see on other lists but are rostered in more than 50% of Yahoo leagues: Latavius Murray (60%), Myles Gaskin (69%), Jamaal Williams (60%), Michael Pittman (58%), Jarvis Landry (77%), Curtis Samuel (68%), Hayden Hurst (78%). As always you can find us on Twitter or Instagram and DM your waiver wire questions to us there as well. If you are curious about my preference or priority between a player in the particular positional groups, I will rank them from top to bottom priority in this article. If you are curious about my priority or preference between positions, you will need to make that decision based on your roster construction. Typically in most formats running backs are the top priority but maybe you have a deep RB corps and need WR or TE help. Make good decisions, folks.
Note: Teams on BYE include: Tampa Bay and Carolina
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders, Rostered in 10% of Yahoo leagues
By all accounts the Raiders game last week against the Falcons was forgettable except that Josh Jacobs exited early due to what is being called a sprained ankle. Now while some reports indicate that Jacobs still has a shot to play given his toughness and his coaches inclination to let players “gut it out,” Devontae Booker is my top add this week. We have seen both in his recent years as the Raiders HC and his past years in Tampa and Oakland, that Jon Gruden loves to run the ball. The early Vegas lines show the Raiders as eight point favorites in this contest leading us to believe that a positive game script is in order for the Raiders starting back, whoever that is. The Raiders as big favorites in this game, have no reason to rush Jacobs back especially since they are firmly in the AFC playoff picture. Booker is not the most talented player on this list but his matchup and projected volume make him a plug and play RB for week 13, which is rare to come by this late in the fantasy football season.
Frank Gore, New York Jets, Rostered in 25% of Yahoo leagues
I have tried to avoid this moment for most of this season. The moment where I will inevitably have to advise you to pick up and potentially play Frank Gore. Gore, now 67 years old, has found himself yet again as the lead back on a NFL team’s roster. Last week with La’Mical Perine firmly on the IR, Gore ran the ball 18 times for 74 yards and caught three passes for 12 yards as well. These are not world beater stats but given the RB landscape and your desperation to make the playoffs you could consider starting Gore this week against a Raiders defense that has allowed the second most rushing touchdowns, and the fourth most points per game on average to enemy running backs.
Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions, Rostered in 46% of Yahoo leagues
As you may have realized over the last few weeks, running backs on this week tend to come with some caveats. That is to say, if these running backs had a clear path to volume and points, they likely wouldn’t be on this list. Enter Adrian Peterson who last week with D’Andre Swift out, ran the ball 15 times and scored on two short goal line runs. Peterson’s appeal is the highest if Swift is forced to miss another game. Another thing to note is that Darrell Bevell has now taken over as the head coach of the Lions in the interim after Matt Patricia’s firing and this could spell good things for Peterson and the Lions run game in general given that is Bevell’s strength. He has a noteworthy history with Peterson from their days in Minnesota together when Bevell was the offensive coordinator.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams, Rostered in 30% of Yahoo leagues
To borrow a term for Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom from footballguys.com, We have reached the “what the heck” FLEX portion of the running backs. Cam Akers will not be easy to pick up and will be even harder to start this week. If we look at this full fledged committee that Sean McVay and the Rams are deploying, it is a MESS! Just last week, Malcolm Brown led the trio in snaps, Henderson had the most touches, and Akers scored the touchdown and was the most explosive and efficient runner. That is why he makes the list for me. He is my best bet to score the most points in week 13 and that is why we play this game, to score points.
DeAndre Washington, Miami Dolphins, Rostered in 1% of Yahoo leagues
I would prefer you pickup and start Myles Gaskin or even Salvon Ahmed but both of them missed last week and it was Washington who led the backfield against the lowly Jets. Washington. If either of the aforementioned backs return you should fade Washington completely this week.
Breshad Perriman, New York Jets, Rostered in 12% of Yahoo leagues
Part of it is my fault, but part of it is you guys not listening to me a couple weeks ago but Breshad Perriman’s rostered percentage is just too damn low! I know it's hard to stomach these Jets players especially given how much we all know how terrible Adam Gase is but bear with me here. Perriman has 98% or more snaps played, 50 or more receiving yards in each contest, and 3 touchdowns over his last three games. We know how much Flacco loves to push the ball down the field to speedy wide receivers and given that Perriman’s next two games are against the Raiders and Seahawks, you can throw him in your FLEX knowing his talent is now meeting opportunity and matchup. This is a winning formula for fantasy football.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers, Rostered in 39% of Yahoo leagues
Packers fans and fantasy GMs with Lazard on their roster held their breath last Sunday night as he was forced to leave the game briefly after receiving a gnarly hit from the Bears defense. Lazard will not be a volume monster but we have seen him play in five games and score in three of them. He avoided a setback and will get a deflated Eagles team this weekend. You could do alot worse for your FLEX or WR4 slot than an end zone buddy of Aaron Rodgers.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans, Rostered in 2% of Yahoo leagues
Desperation is the name of the game at wide receiver this week and that leads us to Keke Coutee. Will Fuller’s PED situation and Randall Cobb’s IR stint is a win for Coutee who now has over 50% of snaps played in back to back weeks. He should see an uptick in targets and although I wouldn’t love playing him this week against a tough Indy secondary, he deserves consideration.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys, Rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues
Tight end is the red-headed step child of most fantasy football rosters. Yeah, I said it. Even kickers and defenses have been more fun to start this year. Regardless of how ugly it is out there for tight ends, it is my job to give you some advice on who to potentially stream at the position. I like Dalton Schultz enough to put here as he has seen more than 85% of snaps for 4 straight games and has at least 4 receptions in 4 straight games as well.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts, Rostered in 19% of Yahoo leagues
I am very aware that Indy has been deploying all three of their tight ends in most games this year but when they want to move the ball and score touchdowns or get fancy in the red zone, they look to Burton and you should too. Burton now has 5 or more targets in back to back weeks and scores in those two contests as well. The Colts face a soft Texans defense this week and therefore Burton is a great streamer to help you make the playoff push.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, Rostered in 15% of Yahoo leagues
As Kirk Cousins has heated up over the last month, so has Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph now has 7 or more PPR points in three of his last four games and will get 4 straight top 10 matchups to close out the fantasy season.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings, Rostered in 40% of Yahoo leagues
Kirk Cousins has been red hot over the last four weeks. With 18 or more points in his last four games, Cousins finds himself on the streaming radar in this very important week 13 tilt. The Vikings play the Jaguars who made even Baker mayfield a startable quarterback last week. Cousins now has three touchdowns in 3 of his last 4 games and should be added and started with confidence over Derek Carr or Cam Newton or even Jared Goff this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins, Rostered in 20% of Yahoo leagues
Fitzpatrick could be started this week against a soft Cincy defense but ONLY if Tua is ruled out of course.