Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 13 Rankings, Injuries

Pat Mayo and Tim Anderson recap Week 12 and debate Mayo’s Week 13 Waiver Wire Rankings.

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Week 13 Waiver Wire Notes

  • All players must be less than 60 percent owned in leagues
  • Will be updated for breaking injuries and after Monday night game
  • Bye Weeks: NONE

Week 13 Waiver Wire Rankings: Show Index

1:49 RB Waiver Wire
24:13 WR Waiver Wire
40:58 TE Waiver Wire
45:03 QB Waiver Wire
46:51 DST Waiver Wire
48:12 Week 12 Storylines
1:12:10 NFL Power Poll

Week 13 Waiver Wire: Running Back Rankings

1. Kenyan Drake
2. Rex Burkhead
3. Mike Davis
4. Danny Woodhead
5. Devontae Booker
6. Austin Ekeler
7. Matt Forte
8. Jacquizz Rodgers
9. JD McKissic
10. TJ Yeldon
11. DJ Foster
12. Rod Smith
13. James Connor
14. Matt Breida
15. Marlon Mack
16. Charcandrick West
17. Elijah McGuire
18. Corey Clement
19. Charles Sims
20. Peyton Barber
21. Damien Williams
22. DeAndre Washington
23. Alfred Blue
24. Tarik Cohen
25. Andre Ellington
26. Gio Bernard
27. Wayne Gallman

Mike Davis (groin) skipped Week 12, but Pete Carroll has indicated he’ll be back next Sunday against the Eagles. Now, when it comes to injuries, what a coach or player says is all FAKE NEWS – just look at Jalen Ramsey this week. Following along with the practice reports throughout the week for actual confirmation is the prudent play. Alas, we won’t know Davis’ true status by the time we need to submit waiver bids/claims, so the fact he may be able to play Week 13 is good enough for now. And if he does return, he may just get the starting job by default. Eddie Lacy stinks, but the Seahawks clearly want no part of Thomas Rawls, and they don’t want JD McKissic running between the tackles either. Lacy led the backfield in snap share Sunday with 34 to McKissic’s 31 (only one for Rawls), if there was a game where McKissic was going to get his shot, it was against the 49ers. Didn’t happen. Before sustaining the groin injury last Monday night, Davis was being used both on the ground and through the air and was the first Seattle back to look explosive since Chris Carson went down. If you add Davis, you want him to be active, even if you don’t start him Week 13 against Philly. It’s a bad matchup; however, it will still be beneficial to see what role he plays in this backfield in terms of usage. Because in the fantasy playoffs he draws the Jags, Rams and Cowboys; three teams in the bottom 12 of rush defense DVOA. …

Doug Martin suffered a concussion – TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! – against the Falcons. In his absence, Jacquizz Rodgers received eight carries, while Peyton Barber was given five chances on the ground, most near the goal line, and punched two in scores. If Martin misses time, expect the Tampa backfield duties to revert back to what it looked like earlier this season when Martin was suspended. Quizz will player around 50% of the snaps, Charles Sims will always be on the field in passing situations and Barber randomly interjects himself into the fray and angers everyone. Sounds like a burden. Still, if you’re basically dead at RB, I’d go with Rodgers if Martin sits and hope for the best. …

Ty Montgomery (ribs) should return to action Week 13 for the Packers and form a committee with Jamaal Williams. Unless it’s clear one of those RBs will see the bulk of touches, it will be difficult starting either, even in a juicy matchup against the Bucs. Hopefully, the Green Bay staff will do us a solid and let us know. Aaron Jones (knee) is still expected to remain sidelined. …

Damien Williams was forced out of action against New England with a shoulder injury and didn’t return. Kenyan Drake played every RB snap for Miami in his absence. If Williams misses Week 13, Drake is set to get ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the volume in a tough spot against Denver. Still, volume is volume, and he should do enough in the passing game to establish a respectable floor. Senorise Perry was the only other Dolphins running back on the active roster at the moment. UPDATE: Williams is dealing with a dislocated shoulder and is expected to miss Week 13 against Denver. Also, Perry suffered a concussion– TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! – and is likely to sit out as well. Expect De’Veon Smith to be promoted from the practice squad to back up Drake. Again, Drake draws a brutal match up, but it’s going to be tough to bench a potential work horse back with so many fringy options operating in time shares at this point of the season. …

Darren McFadden was let go by the Cowboys this week. Great call on him, Mayo. …

Jay Ajayi is borderline droppable at this point. For the third straight game on his new squad, failed to sniff 50% of the RB snap share. This week, like every week, LeGarrette Blount was the preferred back to lead the ground attack in Philly…

PHI Snap Share vs CHI

Blount 37
Ajayi 22
Clement 17
Barner 2

Yes, you see flashes of Ajayi’s talent one a game, but at this point, how could you start him in any matchup that’s basically lose and you’re out? Also, Corey Clement looks awesome every time he touches the ball. So he’s not going anywhere. …

After the Cardinals parted ways Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams immediately stepped in to the pass catching RB role in the offense. Then, KERWYNNING (losing) cracked his ribs and will likely be in his civilian clothing the next few weeks. In his absence, DJ Foster assumed that job against the Jags, playing 25% of Arizona’s snaps in relief, picking up 3 receptions for 18 yards on four targets. With the Cards as a big underdogs in LA this weekend, he could challenge 40%-50% of the snap share if the Rams jump up big, leaving Foster capable of  posting a rich man’s Charles Sims game which makes him decent PPR flyer in deeper formats. …

Despite paying off the past two weeks, Tevin Coleman could be relegated back to the dark side of an RB committee in Atlanta if Devonta Freeman passes concussion protocol – TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! Hopefully you cashed in on his two big weeks. …

Just when you thought it was safe to play Orleans Darkwa, Ben McAdoo went full Dark Helmet and FOOLED YOUUUUUUU!!!!! Here’s how the snap share shook out for the Giants on turkey day…

Gallman 22
Darkwa 19
Vereen 15
Perkins 1

Fun!!!


Week 13 Waiver Wire: Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Cooper Kupp
2. Corey Coleman
3. Nelson Agholor
4. Josh Doctson
5. Marquise Goodwin
6. Dede Westbrook
7. Corey Davis
8. Jermaine Kearse
9. Kenny Golladay
10. Seth Roberts
11. Danny Amendola
12. Cordarrelle Patterson
13. Paul Richardson
14. Mike Wallace
15. Dontrelle Inman
16. Martavis Bryant
17. Kenny Stills
18. Allen Hurns
19. Josh Gordon
20. Bruce Ellington
21. Zay Jones
22. Aldrick Robinson
23. Deonte Thompson
24. Eric Decker
25. Tyler Lockett
26. Adam Humphries
27. Taylor Gabriel
28. Terrance Williams
29. Cole Beasley
30. John Brown

After Michael Crabtree got launched for taking swings at a guy wearing a helmet (SMRT!!!), Amari Cooper found pay dirt, then suffered a concussion – TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! Since Crabtree was ejected early, I wouldn’t expect him to be suspended (UPDATE: Crabtree suspended TWO games), so if Crabtree sits, Seth Roberts would take over his spot, and we’d get more Cordarrelle Patterson in the receiving game. With the Giants losing Janoris Jenkins and Donte Deayon on Thanksgiving, they could be decimated in the secondary making both Roberts and Patterson viable streaming options if Cooper, Crabtree, or both sit. …

Corey Coleman saw another hefty target load against the Bengals (8) and would have had a huge game if he didn’t drop an easy TD. I’m curious to see how his market share is affected by the return of Josh Gordon Week 13. I’m bearish on Gordon’s impact this season, but I’m quite convinced Coleman is an every week WR3. I’m not questioning Gordon’s talent, I love Josh Gordon, but expecting him to return to football after 2+ years and make an immediate fantasy impact on one of the league’s worst offenses seems like a big ask. Here’s the thing: If you pick up Gordon, would you play him Week 13 if you needed to win to make the playoffs? Of course not. Now, what if he has a bad Week 13, any chance you’d roll him out in a playoff matchup? Hell no. Gordon returning and being a league changer just seems like such a low probability play that I’d make it someone else’s risk. But that’s me. And I’m often wrong. …

Rishard Matthews was added to the injury report mid-week with a hamstring issue, missed Friday practice, and sat Sunday against the Colts. There’s no guarantee he’ll return Week 13, but outside Delanie Walker, he’s the only pass catcher you can semi-trust in the Titans offense. …

Zay Jones found pay dirt, but only managed three catches for 33 yards on 10 targets. If Kelvin Benjamin can get back on the field against the Patriots next week, expect that opportunity to shrink. …

Without Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins did his best Frampton impression and CAME ALIVE!!!! He’s going to draw Patrick Paterson next week, though. That’s the potassium benzoate of the WR/CB match ups. Meaning, if Woods sits again, Cooper Kupp will likely lead the passing attack, but Josh Reynolds should be in line for a big day against a Cardinals secondary that basically ensures WR2s and 3s get overpaid in the offseason. …

Speaking of Paterson, pre-season hall of famer Dede Westbrook led the Jags with 10 targets while Marqise Lee was forced to deal Paterson all game. Allen Hurns could return from his ankle issue next week against Indy, throwing a wrench into the Jacksonville receiving market share, but it looks like the talent advantage rests with Westbrook from that unit, and should be considered a high-upside, boom-or-bust streaming option in a soft match up. Now watch Keelan Cole go crazy. …

Hope you enjoyed Martavis Bryant’s return to relevancy because JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is expected to return next week.


Week 13 Waiver Wire: Tight End Rankings

1. Hunter Henry
2. Eric Ebron
3. Ben Watson
4. Ricky Seals-Jones
5. Julius Thomas
6. CJ Fiedorowicz
7. OJ Howard
8. Tyler Kroft
9. Austin Hooper
10. Jesse James
11. George Kittle
12. Antonio Gates
13. Austin Traylor
14. Seth DeValve
15. Adam Shaheen
16. Marcedes Lewis

Greg Olsen was removed from Carolina’s win at the Jets because of conditioning and soreness in his injured foot. Nothing too serious. Expect Olsen to be closer to full health next week, although his snaps may still be limited. …

I wonder if Jordan Reed will play again this season? I mean, he probably will, but only for like a quarter or something. …

I guess Ricky Seals-Jones will live beyond his week of 70s soft rock puns. He clearly has a rapport with Blaine Gabbert, scoring for the second straight week and hauling in four catches for 72 yards. Even against the Rams, he’s a streaming option if you have nothing at TE.

By the numbers, weakest defenses (per DVOA) vs TEs are…

CLE – Hunter Henry (also, Antonio Gates)
BAL – Eric Ebron
OAK – Even Engram
DET – Ben Watson
CIN – Jesse James (Or Vance McDonald if healthy)
DEN – Julius Thomas

Weirdly, despite giving up a TD to the position every game except Thanksgiving, the Giants are 22nd vs TEs per DVOA.

Coby Fleener took a shot to the noggin late against the Rams. I don’t think I need to get you to TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!!


Week 13 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks

1. Philip Rivers vs CLE
2. Case Keenum at ATL
3. Josh McCown vs KC
4. Tyrod Taylor vs NE
5. Jimmy Garoppolo at CHI
6. Brett Hundley vs TB
7. Jameis Winston at GB
8. Blake Bortles vs IND

CJ Beathard was yanked after incurring a knee injury at the conclusion of the 49ers/Seahawks game. Jimmy Garoppolo finally saw the field for San Francisco and promptly completed both his passing attempts (one for a TD). No word on the extent of Beathard’s injury, but it only makes sense for Garoppolo to finally take the reins in Chicago. …

Paxton Lynch exited with an ankle injury, putting Trevor Siemian back under center for the Broncos. Who knows if Siemian will keep the gig or they’ll give Brock Osweiler another shot if Lynch sits. As long as the starter can get the ball in the direction of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders against a weak Dolphins secondary, no one will really care. …

Both Jameis Winston (shoulder) and Jay Cutler (TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!!) should return to action Week 13.


Week 13 Waiver Wire: Streaming Defenses

1. LAC vs CLE
2. CHI vs SF
3. WAS at DAL
4. TEN vs HOU
5. NO vs CAR
6. KC at NYJ
7. TB at GB
8. DET at BAL

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