Week #13 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Welcome back to the Waiver Watch! I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday! Things are getting thin on the wire making for a shorter but more important dive into who’s available to scoop up!
Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns - Watson has officially been granted ability to return and play in Week 13. If he’s somehow still available, please add him to the end of your bench. If you’re struggling at QB, playing lower tier streaming options, he’s worth throwing back in the lineup immediately. If you have a high end option I wouldn’t trust Watson his first game back over more proven options like Allen, Mahomes, etc. but at the very least he’s worth holding to keep away from opponents.
Mike White, New York Jets - After a controversial press conference and performance from Zach Wilson, the Jets hoped to light a spark on offense by switching to Mike White at QB. He sparked the offense in a major way, throwing over 300 yards and 3 TDs. I can almost guarantee he won’t replicate those numbers every single week, but he’s at least shown a high ceiling with 300+ and 3 in 2 of his 4 starts between this year and last year. The Jets plays the Vikings and Bills the next two games, teams with tough defenses, but games that should have game scripts conducive to the Jets throwing. If you’re streaming a lower tier option, it might be worth rolling the dice on White.
Zonovan Knight, New York Jets - James Robinson was a healthy scratch in this game, as the Jets elevated Knight to the active roster for the first time this season. While the Jets most likely planned to get Knight somewhat involved with a few touches, an injury to Michael Carter seemed to force more work to Knight. He delivered in his first game action for over 100 total yards and while early reports say Carter is “day to day” and could play this week, it seems Knight has at least earned the right to be active over Robinson on game days. If Carter misses this week, Knight makes a decent flex play who should see some decent volume both on the ground and in the passing game.
Jamycal Hasty, Jacksonville Jaguars - Another RB potentially emerging is Hasty as he took over for Travis Etienne this past week as he turned 17 opportunities into 95 yards and a TD. Reports mentioned Etienne was apparently cleared to return to the game but Jacksonville elected to hold him out, so I wouldn’t go crazy to add him as he might continue to be relegated to back up role immediately, but at the very least please add Hasty as a handcuff if you have Etienne.
Ty Johnson, New York Jets - Similar to Knight, Johnson seemingly only has value if Carter misses time, but he showed some juice on a long TD reception, turning in 7 opportunities into 78 total yards and a TD. I also wouldn’t go crazy adding Johnson as there’s a chance Robinson could be activated again if Carter misses, and Knight is seemingly planted ahead of Johnson on the depth chart. On the chance Robinson and Carter are inactive, Johnson could be a low level flex next week.
This weeks WR mentions are super repetitive to names I’ve put out the last few weeks, but there doesn’t seem to be much new popping up this week.
Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans - Since returning from injury, Burks has been heavily involved, receiving 6+ targets in all 3 games. He’s gone over double digit points in two straight so you can use him as a flex in PPR.
Nico Collins, Houston Texans - After the trade debacle with Brandon Cooks, Nico Collins has been the #1, getting 7+ targets in 3 straight games. He’s gone over double digit points in all 3 as well so he’s seemingly a high floor option.
Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs - Injuries have thrust Moore into a more prominent role, going over 40% snaps in 2 straight games. He’s gotten 6 targets in each game and in a Pat Mahomes offense, there’s always a chance at big plays. The return of Juju dampens his ceiling a bit, but he’s a boom/bust option.
Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars - Jones has been heavily involved more often that not, getting 8 or more targets in 6 games this year. The Jacksonville offense seems to be clicking and Jones has been a big beneficiary. The last two games Jones has gotten 14 and 28 PPR points respectively, and as long as the game script forces Jacksonville to throw, which is should more often that not, Jones looks like a reliable PPR option. The next two games are very favorable matchups against the Lions and Titans.
Donavan Peoples Jones, Cleveland Browns - After being extremely consistent this season, DPJ finally had a bad game which happens to all WRs. This might create an opportunity to snag DPJ if a manager panics and jumps ship, but I think we’ll see consistency more often than not, and he gets Watson back this week.
Honestly there isn’t much to be had at TE this week. The same streaming options are typically available and it’s a crap shoot at the position who’s going to have a good week. If Tyler Higbee gets dropped this week after a goose egg he might be worth a stream as he gets the Seahawks who are terrible against Tight Ends.
Good luck all and as always, stay true.