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Players you should target in your league's Week 13 Waiver Wire. Scoring is ESPN 1/2 point PPR scoring. Owned Percentages using ESPN.
Week 12 was a little strange for QB's in Fantasy. Three of the top 7 Fantasy QB's would qualify for this column (being less than 50% owned). Josh McCown NYJ had 30.1 Week 12 points, Case Keenum MIN 29.3 and, Brett Hundley GB 25.4. I would need to be in ROUGH shape at QB to consider adding any of these for a playoff push. They all have decent Week 13 Matchups but McCown and Keenum don't play a defense in bottom half against QB's after Week 13 and Hundley plays Minnesota in Week 16, which for many leagues is Fantasy Championship.
FYI Philip Rivers LAC who had 33.9 points Week 12 against the Cowboys ends the year playing the 23rd, 19th, 21st, and 20th defenses against QB's. He is still available in 34% of leagues.
Rod Smith DAL 11.8 Week 12 points. Available in 79% of leagues. If I was forced to own a Cowboys RB until Zeke came back it would be Smith not Alfred Morris. Morris will absolutely get more carries but that is where his upside ends. Rod Smith is slightly more involved in passing game loggin 6 catches over last 3 weeks and being a 6'3" 235 lb converted Fullback he could get the goal line carries as exemplified on Thursday with his 2 yard TD carry.
Devontae Booker DEN 4.3 Week 12 points. Available in 75% of leagues. Booker has been nipping at CJ Anderson's heels for a few weeks now and finally in Week 12 he out-carried and out-touched him. His 6 carry for 11 yard and 2 catch for 22 yard performance was by no means something to write home about he has looked more explosive and well-rounded than Anderson, making him the back to own in Denver with a Week 13 road trip to the terrible Dolphins.
Jacquizz Rodgers TB 4.2 Week 12 points. Available in 94% of leagues. Rodgers only has value when Doug Martin is out. Well, Doug Martin left Sunday's game with a concussion. The whole Tampa backfield is a mess but if Martin does miss Week 13 a matchup with the 25th against RB's ranked Packers may be an okay play for Rodgers if you're missing Martin. Peyton Barber may vulture some carries as well but pay no mind to his 12.7 Week 12 points, his stat line was 6 carries 7 yards and 2 TD's which both game when game was well in hand for Atlanta.
Rex Burkhead NE 18.3 Week 12 points. Available in 56% of leagues. A mainstay of this column, Burkhead is the real deal averaging double-digit fantasy points since his return 5 weeks ago. Needs to be owned in all leagues and started in most.
Handcuffs/Fliers you should watch: Senorise Perry MIA, Byron Marshall WAS, Andre Ellington HOU
Zay Jones BUF 10.8 Week 12 points. Available in 89% of leagues. The rookie from East Carolina started the season with strong bust possibilities, but has recently bounced back. He still is not reeling in targets at a rate owners would like to see, but he is for sure still being targeted. Jones has a stout 38 targets over the last 5 weeks, turning those into 18 catches and 2 TD's. If Kelvin Benjamin misses time with the knee injury, Jones should be the main benefactor playing catch-up to the Patriots next week.
Marquise Goodwin SF 9.8 Week 12 points. Available in 88% of leagues. Two words: Jimmy Garoppolo. Goodwin has been decent even with CJ Beathard at QB putting up more than 65 yards and 7 fantasy points in 5 of the last 7 games. We don't know much about Jimmy G as a starter, but it's hard to imagine him being a downgrade from Beathard and his 69.2 QBR. Also, if Goodwin's foot injury hampers him San Francisco has two rookie WR's that would fill the void in Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor. Of the two I would prefer Bourne.
Oakland WR's Seth Roberts, Cordarelle Patterson, Johnny Holton all available in 99% of leagues. With Crabtree serving a two game suspension and Amari Cooper most likely missing Week 13 due to injury someone is going to need to take advantage of the terrible Giants pass defense. The TE Jared Cook will be the main target but the WR's will also need to play a part. Roberts is probably the safest play with Patterson providing the most "boom or bust" potential and Holton being the biggest wild card.
Yes I am aware Josh Gordon CLE is coming back. I would still rather have Corey Coleman until I see otherwise
Other Deep-league considerations: Jermaine Kearse NYJ, Cody Latimer/Bennie Fowler III DEN, Paul Richardson SEA
Julius Thomas MIA 7.7 Week 12 points. Available in 74% of leagues. Thomas started the season rather slowly but has bounced back the last 4 weeks averaging 4 catches and 43 yards in that span, adding 2 TD's into the mix. A Week 13 game against the 31st against TE ranked Broncos who have allowed a TD to TE's 5 of last 7 weeks should make him a strong TE1.
Ricky Seals-Jones 15.2 Week 12 points. Available in 98% of leagues. What's the old saying? Once is chance, twice is coincidence, third time is a pattern. Well we are in the coincidence stage with Seals-Jones. I wouldn't trust the 6'5" 240 lb rookie converted WR in my starting lineup just yet but he is certainly a deep-league stash and if you are in a Dynasty league you need to add him RIGHT NOW, he is only 22!
Los Angeles Chargers 18 Week 12 points. Available in 58% of leagues. Aside from the "they play Cleveland Week 13" copout answer, the Chargers Defense has been absolutely on fire since their Week 9 bye. They have logged 9 INT's and 3 defensive TD's in last 3 weeks.