Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13
It’s Tuesday, and this is the place where you’ll find out about under-owned players and the week’s hottest pickups. I’ve included 20 players in this article for you to consider, and if you’re juggling defenses based on the matchups, I have three D/ST units in my top 10 that are all available in more than 60% of leagues.
Notes: Scoring is standard non-PPR. Ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues as of Tuesday morning at 12:15 AM Eastern Time. FAAB values are listed as a percentage of your season budget and are based on a standard, 12-team league with 15 roster spots. Use my values as a starting point and adjust them to fit your league size and the tendencies of your competitors. If a player does not have a FAAB value, it means that I’m recommending that you pick him up as a free agent after waivers clear. Within each section the players are listed in the order that I’d pick them up.
These players are already on most fantasy radars, but they need to be owned in significantly more leagues. Either due to impressive performances or increased opportunities, the values of these players are on the rise. If your league is small, has shallow benches, or is filled with checked-out managers who have given up on the season, then you might be lucky enough to stumble across one of these guys on your waiver wire.
If you’re looking for insight into the nice performances in week 12 by Pierre Garçon, Ryan Broyles, T.Y. Hilton, Mohamed Sanu, Colin Kaepernick, Brandon LaFell, Bilal Powell, or Beanie Wells, then check out my waiver wire article from last week. My feelings on all of them pretty much remain the same with a little more positivity sprinkled on top. Go get them. Julian Edelman would also be on that list if it weren’t for concerns about his injury after a big helmet-to-helmet hit against the Jets.
Michael Bush (CHI – RB): 56% Owned, 31% of FAAB
Matt Forte left Sunday’s game in the third quarter after injuring his right ankle, and Bush stepped up, scoring two touchdowns. As of Monday night, we don’t have additional details on the injury, but it’s the same ankle that forced Forte to miss time after injuring it in week two. It wouldn’t surprise me if this leads to a multi-game absence. No news is bad news.
The Bears’ remaining schedule isn’t great, with Seattle, Minnesota, Green Bay, and Arizona over the next four weeks. However, Bush needs to be owned in almost every league, especially by Forte owners who have an opportunity to remedy their failure to handcuff him. Every game, Bush is a goal line touchdown waiting to happen.
Bryce Brown (PHI – RB): 37% Owned, 16% of FAAB
As their season spirals out of control, the Eagles already had little motivation to rush LeSean McCoy back from injury. After Brown’s 189 yards and two touchdowns on 23 touches on Monday night, McCoy’s timetable for return might get even more conservative.
I mentioned Brown in the Hot Pickups section last week, and his breakout performance makes him worth looking at even more seriously. The remaining rush defenses that Philadelphia faces are in the middle of the pack in terms of points allowed to opposing running backs. Brown should get another couple of weeks to prove that he was a steal in the seventh-round of this year’s draft.
Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL – RB): 43% Owned, 10% of FAAB
Rodgers has been slowly eating away at Michael Turner’s playing time all year and has finally overtaken him, playing more snaps than the declining veteran in back-to-back weeks. Rodgers has also scored more fantasy points than Turner in two of the last three games. He needs to be owned in more than half of leagues and makes for a nice flex play against the Saints and Panthers in the Falcons’ upcoming divisional matchups.
DeAngelo Williams (CAR – RB): 44% Owned, 5% of FAAB
It’s hard to get excited about Williams in this offense, but Jonathan Stewart’s ankle injury makes him worth a flier if you have the bench space. The Panthers’ schedule is pretty soft the rest of the way. Just don’t think of him as a featured back if Stewart is out. He would essentially be in a running back by committee with Cam Newton and continue to split goal line work with his imaginary-superman-logo-flashing quarterback.
Before this week’s games, these players were on the fringe of fantasy relevance in standard-sized leagues. They should be the hottest additions of the week.
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Thanks for reading and best of luck in your Week 13 matchups.
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