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Week 13 waiver-wire pickups and fantasy targets

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Nov 28, 2017

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Sep 1, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve almost reached the fantasy football playoffs, so let’s attack the Week 13 waiver wire. There are still a number of upside options on waivers who are worth stashing. Also, don’t forget that there’s no value to holding onto your FAAB money at this time of year. If you have it, spend it.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)


Tyrod Taylor, BUF (8-15%) — Back as the starter in Buffalo, Taylor gets a favorable stretch run for the fantasy playoffs.

Josh McCown, NYJ (8-15%) — McCown continues to produce QB1 numbers and has a very good thing going with WR Robby Anderson.

Case Keenum, MIN (8-15%) — He isn’t guaranteed to keep the job, but Keenum has shown the ability to produce top 10 weekly fantasy numbers in Minnesota.

Running back

Rex Burkhead, NE (50-100%) — The Patriots continue to get Burkhead more involved. He’s an RB2 with upside going forward.

Kenyan Drake, MIA (20-40%) — With Damien Williams sidelined, Drake will get a crack at featured duties this week.

Jamaal Williams, GB (20-40%) — He’s coming off a strong performance in Week 12, but his role is unclear when Ty Montgomery returns.

Wide receiver

Corey Coleman, CLV (15-30%) — Coleman again led the Browns in targets and offers upside down the stretch.

Josh Doctson, WAS (15-30%) — Doctson’s found the end zone last week and draws a favorable matchup this week.

Tight end

Charles Clay, BUF (10-20%) — Tight end is brutal this season, but Clay is a in a good spot to produce and is available in over 50 percent of leagues.

Regular leagues (12 teams)


Brett Hundley, GB (7-10%) — Hundley rebounded after a dreadful Week 11 performance. The question is whether or not the Packers bring back Aaron Rodgers.

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