Top Waiver Wire Pickups
Welcome to the last waiver wire of the season. Nearly twelve weeks ago we started the season with a bang and have worked each week to provide the best analysis possible. It is now time to wrap up the regular season with the top pickups for week 13 and the fantasy playoffs.
Up to Date NFL Injuries
The injury report this week is quiet. DJ Moore left with an ankle injury. Phillip Lindsay injured his knee, and Daniel Jones left with a (now reported) mild hamstring issue. In regards to COVID, it has been a nightmare. Cases are popping up all over the league. The worst of all is the Ravens who had over 10 players in the COVID-19 protocol including Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, and my J.K. Dobbins. The effects of this are important seeing how the Steelers’ schedule has already been bullied around by COVID. Their game is currently set for Wednesday while their week 13 matchup against the Washington Football Team has been delayed until Monday.
*All players in this article are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues.
QUARTERBACK WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Jared Goff | LA Rams | Rostered 50%
I don’t know what to say in regards to Jared Goff’s highs and lows the past few weeks. Last week’s abysmal fantasy performance deters even the most casual of fans, so why is he on the waiver wire this week? If you look at his upcoming schedule you’ll know why. Throughout week six, Jared Goff and company faces Arizona, New England, New York Jets, and Seattle. To break it down, that is a nice schedule for fantasy playoffs. In the last four weeks, the Jets have allowed the most points to quarterbacks, while the Seahawks have allowed the second-most the entire season. It’s a cushy playoff stretch, but the question remains, do you have what it take to trust him when it counts?
Mitch Tribusky | Chicago Bears | Rostered 3%
I recently saw a stat that showed Mitch Trubusky throwing a touchdown every 11% of completions, second to only to Aaron Rodgers. Now I am not saying they are even close to equals as a signal-caller, but there is something to be said about a player that is willing to take chances downfield. Remember Jamis Winston? Tribusky’s friendly schedule also opens up opportunities. They play the Lions, Texans, Vikings and finally, Jaguars. If you are desperate for a QB, I dare you to try Tribusky.
RUNNING BACK WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
J.K. Dobbins | Baltimore Ravens | Rostered 49%
For the last waiver wire, I must write about J.K. Dobbins. The situation with COVID certainly hindered his emergence, but I continue to believe the writing is on the wall. Running for 70 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts in his last performance provides me hope.
Cam Akers | LA Rams | Rostered 28%
Cam Akers’ anointment finally arrives or at least that’s what I continue to see and hear. Darrell Henderson primarily handed the snaps in the first half but failed to do much with the opportunity. Later, Akers took over and provided a nice boost to the offense – 84 yards on 9 carries and adding a touchdown as well. We shall see if there is a changing of the guard at last or if this is another fakeout by the LA Rams organization.
Latavius Murray | New Orleans Saints | Rostered 48%
Latavius Murray continues to troll Kamara owners and with Taysom Hill rushing, defenses are freezing when it comes to which runner to tackle. This allows just enough time for Murray to bust up the gut for serious yardage. This last weekend he managed 124 yards on 19 carries, including 2 touchdowns on the ground. Additionally, two more were snatched by Taysom Hill. Murray only played 44% of snaps, but it appears that it doesn’t matter. When he’s on the field, he gets the work. I don’t know what this means for Kamara who failed to replicate Murray’s production. It seems until Brees returns and Kamara’s ankle heals, Murray has flex appeal.
Jamaal Williams | Green Bay Packers | Rostered 47%
As with Murray we know getting handcuffs like Jamaal Williams is important as we enter the fantasy playoffs, but more than that Williams is still involved in an explosive offense. In addition, he faces some friendly rushing defenses during the next four weeks. Mainly, Detroit and Carolina weeks 14 and 15. These are the types of matchups you look for in a flex spot during playoffs. Jump on it before it’s too late.
WIDE RECEIVERS WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Allen Lazard | Green Bay Packers | Rostered 28%
Allen Lazard continues his return with a warming performance. This last weekend Lazard gained 23 yards on four receptions and top it off with a trip to the endzone. The production hasn’t matched his upside yet but I am confident it is to come. He faces Detroit, Carolina and Tennessee, which allow solid production to wide receivers.
Michael Pittman | Indianapolis Colts | Rostered 24%
Another high performance was not in the cards this last weekend for Michael Pittman. The resurrection of T.Y. Hilton limited any chance of Pittman replicating his last few weeks. Though with that said, it is possible that this is just a one week low. Many rookies have these. Be patient. Those in dynasty leagues must be thrilled with his production.
Tim Patrick | Denver Broncos | Rostered 14%
Delete this last weekend from the record books. With the Broncos stuck with a fourth string quarterback/wide receiver, Patrick didn’t stand a chance. Let’s hope this next weekend things return to the norm with patrick garnering another double digit fantasy finish.
Breshad Perriman | New York Jets | Rostered 14%
Breshad Perriman continues his high numbers since returning from injury in week 6. Sure there was a two week lull but besides those, he has put up solid numbers. Their schedule looks nice too, facing the Seahawks week one of the playoffs and the Browns championship weekend. He could do well against the Raiders next week too for those still fighting for the last spot.
Darnell Mooney | Chicago Bears | Rostered 10%
If the Bears do not resign Allen Robinson to an extension it will be due to their love for Mooney. The rookie out of Tulane has yet to burst out but his production and involvement continue to grow, which is exactly what you want to see from a rookie wide receiver. If you watch the game film, it’s obvious he has surpassed Anthony Miller. Now, he has the opportunity to shine even more against the Lions, Texans, Vikings, and Jaguars, all defenses that love to give fantasy points to the wide receiver position.
TIGHT END WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Robert Tonyan | Green Bay Packers | Rostered 41%
I fail to see how Robert Tonyan has yet to leave the waiver wire article. He is consistent and in a desolate position, he puts up points. He should be rostered in leagues containing more than 8 people. They face the Eagles next week.
Logan Thomas | Washington Football Team | Rostered 19%
Logan Thomas collected all four targets for only 20 yards but managed to find the endzone on one of them. His playoff schedule is tough so if possible PICKUP TONYAN! However, if it isn’t possible Thomas is an option.
Jimmy Graham/Cole Kmet | Chicago Bears | Rostered 49%
This might be a wait and see scenario. Typically Jimmy Graham has been the go-to tight end for the Bears offense, but this last weekend there was a shift. Rookie Cole Kmet ended up playing more snaps than Jimmy Graham. This could be an end of year swing to get the younger player more involved. It will be something to watch. In the meantime, the Bear’s schedule for tight ends is actually one of the best so it is best to pay attention to see who comes out on top.
Dalton Shultz | Dallas Cowboys | Rostered 30%
Playing Dalton Shultz is not an exciting play but he continues to put up tight end like numbers. Last week he held 5 receptions for 24 yards. The week prior he gained four receptions for 25 yards. I am sure there are many other tight ends available on the waiver that are above the 50% roster but if not you are forced to start Dalton Shultz well…good luck.
I have greatly enjoyed writing the waiver wire column each week for you and appreciate your commitment to The Fantasy Academy. Working on the waiver wire adds another layer to appreciating fantasy football in general and has taught me to look ahead to snipe those waiver wire targets ahead of time, which of course, encouraged me to write about the fantasy playoffs earlier than normal. I wish you the best of luck this season and many victories.
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