Week #13 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Cousins has been phenomenal for fantasy owners as of late, with back to back three touchdown games and 300+ yard performances. Cousins has tossed 12 touchdowns against just one interception in his last five games, scoring 17+ fantasy points in the last four. The Cousins train is rolling and it’s time you hop on, next stop is Jacksonville! He’s rostered in 20.4% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Mitch Trubisky CHI, Colt McCoy NYG.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
The Cam Akers breakout continued in the Rams 23-20 loss to the Niners. The rookie second round pick out of Florida State scored his first touchdown on the ground and notched 84 yards on just 9 carries for a new career high. Since the Rams’ bye week Akers has been slowly getting more involved and veteran Malcolm Brown has been fazed out with just 12 post bye carries and just 3 for a meager four yards on Sunday. Darrell Henderson JR. Has been the main competition for Akers down the stretch but his production has come to a screeching halt with just 52 yards on 25 carries and 3 receptions for 9 yards in the three games after the bye. The lead job in this committee is Akers’ to lose now and I think he’ll take full advantage. He’s rostered in 27.8% of ESPN leagues.
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders
With starting running back Josh Jacobs missing practice today due to an ankle injury suffered on Sunday, Booker is a top add just in case Jacobs can’t go. As the lead back, Booker would be a great play against the New York Jets this week. He’s rostered in just 5.4% of ESPN leagues.
Frank Gore, New York Jets
I keep saying the same thing every week. Yeah, Gore isn’t exciting but he’s a workhorse who is grinding out yardage. He managed 86 yards from scrimmage on 21 touches against Miami, making it his second straight game with 4.1 yards per carry and his third with at least two receptions for double digit receiving yards. If you’re in a jam at running back I’d consider plugging this living legend into your lineup vs the Raiders this week. He’s rostered in 19% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Ito Smith ATL, Deandre Washington MIA, Benny Snell Jr. PIT.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans
Coutee quickly went from the WR5 to the WR2 for Deshaun Watson and co. due to the release of Stills, the six-game suspension of Fuller and the toe injury to Cobb which landed him on IR. Watson is a stud and would still put up some numbers if he were throwing to Wal-Mart cashiers so I’d classify Coutee as a must add heading into week #13. The former fourth round pick has played a little over fifty percent of Houston’s offensive snaps over the last two weeks, hauling in four of seven targets for 27 yards and a score. Brandin Cooks is about the only other viable receiver on the roster so Coutee should be busy in the coming weeks, as Cobb must miss at least the next two games before he can return from IR. Cobb is rostered in 200 and would make a nice stash if you’re playoff bound. He’s available in all but 0.3% of ESPN leagues.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
Lazard seems to have that WR2 job back on lock after being eased back into action last week. Coming off of a core injury it definitely wasn’t ideal for him to take a huge hit but he was able to return to the game after getting checked out by the medical staff. He may pop up on the injury report this week but he should be good to go next week. The former undrafted rookie caught four of six targets for 23 yards and his third touchdown in just his fifth game of the season. With the game well in hand Green Bay wasn’t forcing the issue so Lazard didn’t have a huge game but seeing him back in his role on this prolific offense should be enough to at least stash him on your bench. He’s rostered in 27.9% of ESPN leagues.
Denzel Mims/Breshad Perriman, New York Jets
This is gross but I know some of y’all are in some desperate situations so let’s go dumpster diving. Mims is a part of this historically productive rookie receiver class and is starting to show out like the rest of em! He has three straight games with 60+ yards and at least 7 targets. It’s tough to be consistent on one of the worst offenses in the league, but this kid has 10+ PPR points in his last three outings and 40+ yards in every game he’s played so far. Former first round pick Breshad Perriman has been a surprise stud as of late, racking up 234 yards on 11 catches including three TDs for a combined score of 52.4 PPR points in his last three games. Both receivers have been recently outproducing top wideout Jamison Crowder but there should be plenty of work to go around with the Raiders and Seahawks on the horizon.
Mims is rostered in just 4.9% of ESPN leagues and Perriman is 14.3%.
Honorable mentions: Bisi Johnson MIN, Hunter Renfrow LV, Gabriel Davis BUF, Chad Beebe MIN.
Jordan Akins, Houston Texans
Akins went without a catch on Thanksgiving against Detroit but he was targeted twice and received a handoff which he turned into four yards. It was definitely a disappointing outing following up his impressive performance against New England in week #11 when he caught five of six targets for 83 yards. Akins is not an ideal option for fantasy owners but if you’re in need of a Tight End, I’d give him a shot because Houston has been depleted in the weapons department and Watson has to throw to somebody. I expect him to look to his TE often. He’s rostered in just 4.5% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mention: Kyle Rudolph MIN.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Ryan Tannehill TEN 56.8%
WR Sterling Shepard NYG 61.2%
WR Cole Beasley BUF 54.6%
WR Corey Davis TEN 51.6%
WR T.Y. Hilton IND 45.3%
RB Wayne Gallman NYG 59.1%
RB Damien Harris NE 57.1%
RB J.K. Dobbins BAL 50.1%
RB James White NE 48.4%
RB Zack Moss BUF 48.4%
RB Latavius Murray NO 46.4%
TE Robert Tonyan GB 46.2%
TE Logan Thomas WAS 24.9%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.
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