After having a full-plate of waiver wire choices last week, there remains several viable Fantasy Football options on the wire. However, the Week 13 Waiver Wire list gets brighter because some NFL players’ 2015 season got much darker. Oddly enough, two premier players at TE went down in Week 12. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the RB injuries later in the waiver wire suggestions.
The Seattle Seahawks closed the books on Jimmy Graham’s season after he tore his patellar tendon in his knee. Just a few states away from Washington, the New England Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos. The Patriots also lost Rob Gronkowski, arguably the league’s best TE, for an undisclosed amount of time. Gronkowski took an awkward hit to his lower half and appeared to injure his right knee. Absences by these big-name TEs means opportunities for their lesser known teammates.
Another scary moment from Sunday happened in Jacksonville when Jaguars’ WR Allen Hurns went limp after getting strangely hit from behind. Hurns required hospitalization, but reportedly only has a concussion. Given its severity, we’ll take a look at who will step up in Hurns’ place. Finally, the murky QB situation in Cleveland just got a bit more clear with the loss of Josh McCown for the season with a fractured collarbone.
Those concussion protocols cause stress for every Fantasy Football owner, but the best thing to do is stay on top of Injury Report news. If you’re struggling with who to start or sit based on your opponents’ roster, check out the Fantasy Football: Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool. It’s a fun tool to navigate and has helped me win a couple of close matchups this year.
Here’s the Week 13 Waiver Wire coverage, which includes more injury replacement possibilities, favorable matchups and recent top performers who are under owned. Remember, the criterion for making the list are simple: less than 30 percent owned in ESPN leagues.
Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (26 percent owned)
Off the Week 13 wavier wire, Fitzpatrick might be the best streaming QB option facing a weak defense. The Jets play their Big Apple counterpart, the New York Giants, this Sunday and the Giants have only 12 sacks and 14 INTs. They’ve allowed a league-worst 3,466 passing yards. Fitzpatrick is coming off a turnover-free outing in which he passed for 277 yards and four TDs. He’s got a high floor and high ceiling as a QB1 this Sunday.
Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (13 percent owned)
Osweiler played a pivotal role in the Broncos’ late-game rally that led the Broncos to victory over the Patriots. This week, the Broncos visit the San Diego Chargers, but it’s still a favorable foe for Osweiler. The Chargers have only six picks while allowing 18 passing TDs and 17.5 Fantasy points per game to QBs. Osweiler fits QB2 spots nicely.
Blaine Gabbert, San Franciso 49ers (2 percent owned)
No, Gabbert is not underowned, but if you’re somehow desperate in a two-QB format, Gabbert is your guy. He’s done well inside the red zone in a small sample. He’s completed 9-of-12 passes for 68 yards and four TDs inside the 20 in three games.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (23 percent owned)
Andre Ellington has turf toe and Chris Johnson broke his tibia. David is the next Johnson up. David has more rushing and receiving TDs than Chris, who has three and zero respectively. This year, David has played more than 30 percent of snaps just four times, and more than 40 percent just once. Still, he has four rushing TDs and three receiving TDs. Without the other two RBs healthy enough for full-time action, David becomes the Cardinals’ RB1. If you get him off the Week 13 waiver wire, expect a mid-tier RB2 floor and much higher upside if he finds the end zone routinely.
Dan Herron, Indianapolis Colts (1 percent owned)
It’s never fun to see, but age is catching up with Frank Gore, and the Colts lost Ahmad Bradshaw for the season to wrist surgery. Herron should see more action, albeit in an offense without Andrew Luck. Plus, Herron and the Colts go to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers, an elite run defense. If you’re desperate at RB as so many Fantasy owners have been due to injuries, than Herron is for you. The Colts’ backfield doesn’t get an outstanding matchup until Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins.
Colts claimed their former RB Dan Herron on waivers from Buffalo and released RB Zurlon Tipton. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 26, 2015
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (24 percent owned)
It’s hard not to suggest a WR when he plays the New Orleans Saints, a defense that WRs score an average of 24.8 Fantas points against. Funchess has yet to receive more than 71 yards in a game this year, but this Sunday’s opponent gives him a chance to best that. Expect WR3 value from Funchess off the Week 13 waiver wire.
Cecil Shorts, Houston Texans (9 percent owned)
Shorts still plays at least 65 percent of snaps and earns four to eight targets every week, despite playing behind DeAndre Hopkins. Shorts is a WR3 streaming option against the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed WRs to score 24.6 Fantasy points per game.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (5 percent owned)
Having not seen action since Week 3 because of injury, Parker had a nice return in Week 12. He caught four passes for 80 yards and one TD. He was targeted 10 times, so he could’ve had a much bigger day. He’s a great addition as a WR3 across all formats.
If there’s one silver lining today it’s that DeVante Parker has been let loose a bit.
— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) November 29, 2015
Rashad Greene, Jacksonville Jaguars (0 percent owned)
Call this a bold prediction for this week, but the severity of Hurns’ concussion worries me and Greene could step up against the Tennessee Titans. Greene carries a low floor and moderately high ceiling off the Week 13 waiver wire. He’s also been returning punts and kicks, so if your league credits you for those stats, that’s a plus in a FLEX spot.
Scott Chandler, New England Patriots (2 percent owned)
In a game which Gronkowski left with an ugly knee injury, Tom Brady targeted Chandler 11 times, most on the team for the day. Chandler caught five of those targets for 58 yards and a TD. If that’s any indication of Chandler’s upcoming use this Sunday, he’s an ideal streaming option off the Week 13 waiver wire.
Yes, Scott Chandler has had his issues, but he came up with some big plays at the end of the 4th quarter. Getting him confidence is good. — Adam Bogdan (@PatriotsInform) November 30, 2015
Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers (1 percent owned)
With Gabbert carrying the reigns, McDonald has an increased role. Now, he’ll be used even more with Garrett Celek injured. In the last three games, Gabbert has looked to McDonald 16 times, connecting for 12 completions, 155 yards and two TDs. This Sunday, McDonald and the 49ers play the Chicago Bears, a team against which TEs have had limited success.
Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks (o percent owned)
Somebody has to attempt to fill in for Graham, who was having a good year, but not a great one. Graham’s 2015 ends with 605 receiving yards and just two TDs. Willson has caught 12-of-18 targets for 152 yards and one TD this year. Time will tell how Russell Wilson will target Willson.
Dallas Cowboys (20 percent owned)
In their first game of the year against the Washington Redskins, I like the Cowboys chances of getting a few turnovers. The Redskins rank 19th and 22nd in passing and rushing yards, respectively. They’ve given up the ball 19 times. Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins has seven fumbles alone.
Alright, here’s hoping your teams are making a charge for a top playoff seed. The Week 13 waiver wire coverage featured a host of injury replacements as well as a few underowned performers. As the season winds down, we’ll continue to look at weekly streaming options.
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