Week #13 Waiver Watch of Truth
Week 13 Waiver Watch of Truth
Another week is in the books and it was a very strange week, which must mean I should no longer go to NFL games because crazy things seem to happen any time I do. Players I expected to have great weeks like Newton, Ty Johnson, and MVS all failed to build on their production from last week. Hopefully the relatively few waiver additions for this week are able to deliver more as you prepare for the fantasy playoffs and so good luck to all of us this week as we near the end of the regular fantasy season but the pickings are getting very slim at this point.
Carson Wentz, 51% rostered on Sleeper
The QB position is very thin on the waiver wire at this point and so there is very little to be excited about any of the quarterbacks you can pick up at this point. The best that can be said about Wentz is generally he will not be asked to carry the team, (unless handing off to Jonathan Taylor counts as ‘carrying).’ However, he generally won’t cost you a game either and he had a relatively rough game against the defending champs this week. He completed 27 passes on 44 attempts for 306 yards, 3 TDs, 2 interceptions, and a fumble. As long as Taylor isn’t needed for the whole game against Houston, Wentz could have a lot of garbage time production that will benefit him from a fantasy perspective.
Tyrod Taylor, 21% rostered on Sleeper
Taylor is not an appealing option to play since he has to face the Colts next week but he played well and since the Texans will probably be blown out, there is potential for a lot of garbage time production for Taylor once the game is out of reach. He has also played pretty well but don’t get too excited, he has only thrown for over 200 yards in one game this year, he completed 17 passes on 26 attempts for 158 yards, 2 TDs, and one interception. However, this was also against the Jets, so if they can make him look less then competent, it’s unlikely he will play better against the Colts and their much better defense.
QB Honorable Mentions
Justin Fields (36% rostered)
Zach Wilson (17% rostered)
Dontrell Hilliard, 44% rostered on Sleeper
The Titans have a bye next week but Hilliard is a definite add if you have the roster space and can wait two weeks. Hilliard looked significantly better than Foreman and he played very well against a talented Patriots defense. On 12 attempts he rushed for 131 yards, and a TD, plus one reception, and 42 return yards as well, Hilliard did basically everything and was a big part of the Titans offense with so many injuries at skill positions on the offense, so this is basically the last man standing at this point.
Jamaal Williams, 35% rostered on Sleeper
This addition is largely dependent on whether or not Swift’s injury will cause him to miss time. If Swift’s shoulder leads to a few weeks off, or even just a single week, the volume of the Lions lead running back makes him an obvious start. Williams rushed 15 times for 65 yards and caught all 5 of his targets for 18 yards, so obviously in PPR Williams will have a lot more value then in a standard league. This is definitely a situation you should monitor closely if you are going to pick up Williams.
RB Honorable Mentions
Matt Breida (15% rostered)
Chuba Hubbard (48% rostered) similar issue with McCaffrey’s injury determines his value
Boston Scott (24% rostered) similar issue with Sanders’ injury determines his value
Kendrick Bourne, 19% rostered on Sleeper
Although the Patriots are obviously a run first team, Bourne is clearly the go to receiver in the offense, the few times Mac Jones is allowed to throw the ball in the Belichick system, or at least the one available since Meyers is much more heavily rostered at 79%. He caught 5 passes on 6 targets for 61 yards, and two touchdowns. Bourne has also seen at least 4 targets in every game since week 7 and has averaged around 50 yards in those games, his low being around 36 yards and an outlier of 98, which would bounce his average up to 56. It’s a nice consistent floor, if not an extremely high ceiling but it’s production that is hard to ignore, especially if you happen to be hurting at the receiver position at the moment.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, 33% rostered on Sleeper
This is yet again a desperation add but the Titans have so few wide receivers available that Westbrook-Ikhine will be involved simply because there is no one else available at this point with AJ Brown and Julio Jones on IR. Westbrook didn’t do great against the Patriots defense, which isn’t surprising, but he still caught a touchdown pass though, and caught 2 passes on 5 targets for 25 yards. Fortunately, he also has a much better path to end the season as a viable fantasy receiver with getting to play the Jaguars, Steelers, and Dolphins over the next 4 weeks. He should have much better games with those softer secondaries to deal with in the future.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions
Van Jefferson (57% rostered)
Russell Gage (37% rostered)
DeSean Jackson (6% rostered)
Cole Kmet, 27% rostered on Sleeper
I keep mentioning Kmet and people seemingly keep ignoring me for some strange reason. Kmet is one of the best waiver wire tight ends available and he is widely available in more than 70% of fantasy leagues. Kmet still hasn’t found the end zone yet but he did catch 8 passes on 11 targets for 65 yards on Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter if it is Dalton or Fields throwing, Kmet has started to come into his own as a tight end and the only thing preventing his stat line from looking better is that Jimmy Graham is getting most of the red zone looks. However, it’s clear when watching this game that in difficult and important situations anywhere else but the red zone Kmet and Mooney are the guys getting their numbers called. I recommend you pick up Kmet, he needs to be owned, period, full stop.
Jared Cook, 50% rostered on Sleeper
Cook accurately helps represent the bigger problem with the tight end waiver wire, there are few talented options available and most of the ones who are, are touchdown dependent. Cook is a perfect example of that, he caught just 2 passes on 5 targets for 25 yards and got a touchdown as well. Next week against a very talented Bengals team, Cook will most likely be needed to keep pace with them, but he is still a risky add and he has been very up-and-down this season so starting him with confidence is very risky, in my opinion.
Tight End Honorable Mentions
David Njoku, (8% rostered)
As always, good luck to everyone next week and STAY TRUE.
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