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Week 13 Waiver Wire Advice
I’ll present players by positional tiers, from most desirable to acquire (1) to least (3). Availability in ESPN leagues is shown in parentheses. On the brink of the playoffs, we’ll focus only on high upside players.
Quarterbacks – Tier 1 – Worth a Bid
Check out Giana Pacinelli’s weekly Streaming QB column for more advice.
Cody Kessler (100%) – The Blake Bortles experiment is over, for now. Kessler started eight games way back in 2016 but has only appeared in four games since then. The good news is that he acquitted himself relatively well in those games, earning a QB rating of 92.3 and completing 65 percent of his passes. Not bad for a rookie in Cleveland.
Kessler also gets the fourth-best schedule the rest of the season.
Dak Prescott (56%) – The Cowboys quarterback has been a different player in the second half of the season.
Since Week 7 Prescott is QB10, posting more points than Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, and Aaron Rodgers. And if you refer to the schedule above, you’ll see Dallas also has a top-10 schedule.
Tight Ends – Tier 1 – Modest bid
Check out Neil Dutton’s weekly tight end column for more advice.
Cameron Brate (46%) – The Week 13 matchup against Carolina is a good one for TEs. O.J. Howard is out, freeing up nearly five targets per game. And Jameis Winston is back.
Tight Ends – Tier 2 – Small bids
Jonnu Smith (94%) – He’s essentially unowned, despite his recent surge. He’s now crested 40 yards in three straight games, has a TD in three of his past four, and has double-digit PPR points in four straight.
Chris Herndon (90%) – Basically the same story. He’s getting a few more targets and is averaging 10 points per game over his past five.
Running Backs – Tier 1 – Blow your wad
Austin Ekeler (45%) – Shawn Siegele laid it out for you in The 15.
Schedule, workload, efficiency. It’s all there. It’s worth considering spending all of your remaining free agency budget.
Gus Edwards (46%) – Baltimore’s last two games have been all about Edwards.
The Ravens also have a top-1o fantasy RB schedule. The lack of receiving game work is a concern, but the number of rushing attempts is very encouraging. Worth a big bid.
Josh Adams (33%) – Adams appears to have taken over the Philadelphia backfield.
That’s only a modest ding though. The important number is 14 — the number of opportunities per game Adams is averaging over the past three games. That’s a goodly amount of opportunity and well worth a very large bid.
Running Backs – Tier 2 – Situationally appropriate
Theo Riddick (63%) – He’s a top-24 back over the past three games. He’s hit double digits in three of his past four games. He’s got two favorable (Rams, Bills) and two poor (Cardinals, Vikings) matchups the rest of the way. He’s worth a modest bid.
T.J. Yeldon (40%) – It may only be for one game, but Yeldon should be featured heavily in Week 13.
Nyhiem Hines (30%) / Jordan Wilkins (97%) – Worth snagging if Marlon Mack misses time but otherwise not worthwhile.
Wide Receivers – Tier 1 – Get some!
D.J. Moore (40%), Adam Humphries (72%), Christian Kirk (68%) – The Fantasy Streaming App gives all three a favorable rating for the rest of the season.
All three have also been written up in recent columns, so we won’t rehash all that. Here’s a quick look at how they’ve been performing over the past three weeks.
The Rams also showed no hesitation involving Reynolds in their last game.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (42%) – Randall Cobb is still dead. Jimmy Graham might be. Valdes-Scantling is still Aaron Rodgers’ No. 2 WR. After a down game is the perfect time to buy.