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We are past Thanksgiving and heading home towards Christmas! So for the Week 13 Waiver Wire Additions, I thought I might use Christmas lights as a means of gauging the interest of each player.

There are quite a few repeats of players I have mentioned previously about picking up. There are also one or two that I have changed my tune on.

As we are on the Christmas home stretch, we are also nearing Fantasy Football Playoff time. Some start as early as Week 14, and more on Week 15. Either way, it is time to shore up your roster and find that hidden gem that can win you a championship.

These guys are like the Christmas lights of your team. Your first-round pick is your family, the next couple of elite options are the presents, and your role players are the food/tree. You need the lights to complete the team/holiday.

So for each of the Week 13 Waiver Wire Additions, they will be ranked on a scale of 1-10 (10 the highest, 1 the lowest) by Christmas Lights.

Week 13 Waiver Wire Additions

Quarterback

 

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (ESPN: 22.7%, Yahoo: 24%)

This is the third week in a row that Kaepernick has been listed here. All he has done is post his fourth straight multi-touchdown outing and finished as the highest scoring quarterback this weekend. Even if you have a good quarterback, Kaepernick’s match-up with Atlanta in the Fantasy Semifinal Weekend is too juicy to pass up. Kaepernick should be owned in every league with 10 teams or more.

Christmas Light Ranking: 9 out of 10

 

Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (ESPN: 11.5%, Yahoo: 11%)

The Denver quarterback had only cracked the 16-point barrier once through the first 11 weeks of the season. Then he faced arguably the best defense in the league besides his own, and Siemian put up 29 Fantasy Points with 368 yards and three touchdowns. In general, Siemian is too inconsistent of a Fantasy option. The Denver defense and running game will carry them the majority of the time. Only in 2-QB leagues is Siemian worth a pick-up.

Christmas Light Ranking: 2 out of 10

 

Running Back

Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN: 25.1%, Yahoo: 29%)

Dixon is another player that I have been trumpeting for some time. Sunday was the first time that Dixon really took a lead role in the Ravens’ offense. He had just as many carries as Terrance West with one more reception. Outside of the Cowboys game, who are among the best in the league against opposing running backs, Dixon has 12-plus PPR Points and 4-plus catches in two of his last three games. He also has a great Championship Week match-up with Pittsburgh.

Christmas Light Ranking: 8 out of 10

 

Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers (ESPN: 1.6%, Yahoo: 1%)

The back-up in San Francisco has found a nice Shane Vereen-type role in their offense. Kaepernick has been using Draughn as his checkdown. In Draughn’s last three games that he has touched the ball, Draughn is averaging 13.5 PPR Fantasy Points. He caught six more passes this past weekend after catching three and a touchdown the week before. San Francisco looks to be playing from behind a lot going forward, so those in PPR Leagues could do worse as a fill-in.

Christmas Light Ranking: 6 out of 10

 

Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (ESPN: 43.1%, Yahoo: 48%)

Asiata barely cracks the eligibility for this column, but he is still owned in less than half of all leagues on both major sites. He has scored a touchdown in three straight games, yet only cracked 10 PPR Points once in that time frame. Asiata is the most touchdown-dependent back I can remember, and even when you get the score you are probably looking at below-average production. I will not be owning him in any leagues with less than 14 teams.

Christmas Light Ranking: 1 out of 10

 

Wide Receiver

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN: 26.5%, Yahoo: 36%)

I’ll admit when I was wrong, but I was right about which Chief Wide Receiver to pick up. I said that Hill would break out with Maclin out and he has done more than that. The undrafted rookie led all wide receivers in scoring this weekend (in most formats) and has now cracked the double-digit PPR Point mark in six of the last eight games. Hill is averaging over 17 Fantasy Points a game over his last six, and almost 21 Points a game since Jeremy Maclin went out. Hill is bordering on “must-start” territory, let alone “must-own.” He is easily the leader of the Week 13 Waiver Wire Additions.

Christmas Light Ranking: 10 out of 10

 

Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears (ESPN: 0.2%, Yahoo: 1%)

Wilson had zero catches before his lone grab in Week 11, then busted out Sunday with eight grabs for 125 yards and a touchdown. Not coincidentally, it was Matt Barkley’s first start. This can happen sometimes when a back-up quarterback takes over that a reserve wide receiver has a good game. The quarterback is more comfortable with said receiver. However, this tends to wear off, especially when Alshon Jeffery is on the field as well. If you have an extra roster spot, Wilson could be worth a lottery ticket, but I don’t want to have to count on him just yet.

Christmas Light Ranking: 4 out of 10

 

Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (ESPN: 6.5%, Yahoo: 4%)

Inman has at least three catches in each of the last five games while getting at least 8.8 PPR Points over that stretch. While he only had two stud-level games including this past Sunday, the Chargers have a great match-up schedule in the Fantasy Playoffs. They have the Panthers in Week 14 who we saw just get eviscerated again, followed by Oakland and Cleveland. Inman is definitely worth a waiver priority.

Christmas Light Ranking: 7 out of 10

 

Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN: 3.5%, Yahoo: 6%)

Once again, I will admit when I was wrong. I had Gabriel as ranking 20 out of 25 in a College Football-type waiver ranking system. After a Bye Week, he came out and scored 26.2 PPR points. He now has four touchdowns over his last four games while averaging almost 19 PPR Points a game. Gabriel has some decent match-ups going forward, and would get a College Football Playoff-level ranking now.

Christmas Light Ranking: 8 out of 10

 

Tight End

Dion Sims, Miami Dolphins (ESPN: 0.1%, Yahoo: 0%)

Sims almost matched his previous season total for production in just one game against San Francisco. Since Jordan Cameron’s possibly career-ending concussion in Week 3, Sims has failed to show much promise. However, against the 49ers, he looked like a solid all-around tight end option. Will Ryan Tannehill continue using him? That is the $1 Million question. If you really need a tight end upgrade, take a shot. Don’t count on starting him next week though.

Christmas Light Ranking: 2 out of 10

 

Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles Rams (ESPN: 12.5%, Yahoo: 15%)

I said three weeks ago that Kendricks needed to be added. He had a couple of down games, but as Jared Goff has found his footing, he has found his tight end. Kendricks had back-to-back four-catch games, and threw in a score against the Saints. I really like his potential going forward and he is one of my best Week 13 Waiver Wire Additions.

Christmas Light Ranking: 10 out of 10

 


That’s it for the Week 13 Waiver Wire Additions! Make sure to check out our weekly rankings!

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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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