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Through The Wire - Week 13
11/26/18; Updated: 11/27/18 Users...
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Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Austin Ekeler

With Melvin Gordon on the shelf Austin Ekeler will step into a RB2 role over the next few weeks.


Dak Prescott, DAL – He’s been solid since the bye week and had his best game in 2018 on Thanksgiving against Washington, throwing for 289-2-0 and adding 18 rushing yards and a score on the ground. The upcoming schedule has some implied shootouts so Prescott (40-75 percent owned) could make a solid spot starter in the right matchup. He’s also scored a rushing TD in five of his last six games.

Case Keenum, DEN – He threw for 197-2-0 in Week 12 and draws the Bengals in Week 13, so he could be worth a look as a QB2 and possible starter if you’re really desperate. Keenum (10-40 percent owned) is inefficient and wildly inconsistent, but he could have a big game or two in him before the season is over.

UPDATE: Keenum is starting to look more and more like a solid streaming option in Week 13 and a possible DFS value option in GPPs. Given how awful the Bengals defense has been, and with Jeff Driskel named the starter and possibly turning the ball over a few times, I really like Keenum in daily fantasy at what could be relatively low ownership.

Josh Allen, BUF – Allen (5-15 percent owned) returned after a shoulder injury and threw for just 160-1-0 in the win over Jacksonville, but he really impressed with his legs, rushing for 99 yards and a TD on 13 carries. Maybe the Bills have their franchise QB after all? The schedule isn’t entirely awful either with @MIA, NYJ, DET, @NE over the next four games.

Other QBs to consider: Marcus Mariota, Jeff Driskel, Chase Daniel


Baker Mayfield, CLE – Mayfield had his best game as a pro in Week 12, torching the beleaguered Bengals defense for 258-4-0 and completing 19 of his 26 passes. We’ve been talking him up for a few weeks now and noting his upside in the newly explosive Browns offense.

Jameis Winston, TB – Winston threw for 312-2-0 on 29-of-38 passing and added 24 rushing yards in Sunday’s win over the 49ers. He’s about 50-75 percent owned but should be owned in all formats heading into the Week 13 slate.

UPDATE: Winston has agreed to a settlement in a sexual battery lawsuit filed by an Arizona Uber driver in September, but he’s already been punished by the NFL with a three -game suspension he served at the outset of 2018. He’s a high-end QB2, low-end QB1 this week facing the Panthers.

Colt McCoy, WAS – McCoy finished with 268-2-3 and 28 rushing yards in the Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas. McCoy may have more upside than Alex Smith but probably a lower floor, since he’s more turnover-prone.

Lamar Jackson, BAL – Jackson rushed for 71 yards and a TD and threw for 178-1-2 in the win over Oakland. There’s also been talk of him holding onto the starting job even when Joe Flacco (hip) is healthy enough to play.

Running Backs

Austin Ekeler, SD – Melvin Gordon is week-to-week with an MCL sprain and that almost elevates Ekeler – who’s been productive this season despite limited touches – into RB1 territory for Week 13. He’s coming off a huge game (35 rushing yards, TD on five carries; 10-68-0 receiving) and is only available in about 15-45 percent of leagues, but makes for a fine RB2 with RB1 upside against the Steelers.

Carlos Hyde/T.J. Yeldon, JAC – UPDATE: With Leonard Fournette suspended one game for his altercation in Week 12, Hyde (30-60 percent owned) takes over as the lead back for the Jags, and Yeldon (55-85 percent owned) assumes his change of pace/passing game role. Cody Kessler is the new QB in Jacksonville, so it’s likely these two RBs get a huge workload against the Colts.

Jordan Wilkins/Nyheim Hines, IND – Marlon Mack exited Week 12 with a concussion, which means that Wilkins (5-15 percent owned) and Hines will assume his share of the workload. If Mack sits in Week 13 against the reeling Jags, look for Wilkins to handle early down work and Hines (30-60 percent owned) filling in on passing downs.

Frank Gore, MIA – Gore doesn’t provide much comparable value in PPR leagues, but he’s owned in just 30-60 percent of fantasy leagues and he’s racked up 595 rushing yards this season in a timeshare. The problem is that he hasn’t scored a rushing TD this season – which could change this week against the Bills, who’ve given up 12 on the year. Gore isn’t very exciting, and he doesn’t have too many big runs left in the tank, but he’s a serviceable flex play in Week 13 with a decent floor because of his touch volume.

Chris Thompson, WAS – Thompson is practicing this week and could play against the Eagles in Week 13, which means he needs to be on your radar, especially in PPR formats. The veteran scatback had 26 receptions in his first four games in 2018 before the injuries started piling up, and now that he’s ready to play he needs to be owned in more than 50-70 percent of leagues. Adrian Peterson doesn’t pose much of a threat to his passing game presence, and Kapri Bibbs isn’t as talented a pass catcher or runner.

Other RBs to consider: Justin Jackson, Rex Burkhead, Ty Montgomery, Corey Clement, Jeff Wilson, Wayne Gallman


Gus Edwards, BAL – Edwards rumbled for 118 rushing yards on 21 carries in Sunday's 34-17 victory over the Raiders, failing to reach the end zone – one of the details that keeps him from being a RB2 moving forward. The other is that he wasn’t targeted in the passing game. Edwards makes a fine addition in standard leagues but without TDs and receptions he’ll just be a RB3/flex play in PPR formats.

Peyton Barber, TB – Barber ran for 47 yards and a TD on 18 carries and caught 2-16-0 in the win over San Francisco. He’s an RB3/flex with upside and is only available in about 15-30 percent of fantasy leagues.

LeGarrette Blount/Theo Riddick, DET – Blount erupted for 88 rushing yards and two scores, adding 1-15-0 on Thanksgiving. He’s probably going to see more work if Kerryon Johnson remains out, but the Week 13 matchup against the Rams staunch run defense is a tough one. Perhaps targeting Riddick (7-48-0, 12 rushing yards) makes more sense in that matchup, especially in PPR leagues.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

David Moore, SEA – Moore hit the waiver wire in a few leagues when Doug Baldwin came back but the second-year WR finished with 4-103-1 on five targets and is available in about 70-80 percent of fantasy leagues. The Seahawks throw a lot, but the 49ers pass defense is a joke at the moment, so it’s possible they throw a bit more in Week 13.

Antonio Callaway, CLE – Mayfield spreads the ball around, but he’s pretty fond of Callaway (5-25 percent owned), who had 4-62-1 on Sunday and now has two TD catches in his last four games. For a rookie, he’s getting consistent looks and could be a solid dynasty/keeper stash in format that allow for waiver pickups to be kept as final round picks.

Chris Godwin, TB – UPDATE: Godwin (30-70 percent owned) keeps popping up in waiver wire rankings as a possible addition – mainly because he’s a monster red zone target (four TDs in his first five games) with moderate upside and a somewhat steady floor. After seeing 10 targets in Week 4 and nine in Week 6, he’s fallen off in target volume and has just 17 targets over his last four weeks. Now that his ankle is healed (an injury which may have contributed to his drop-off in recent weeks), perhaps it’s time for a big game, though the matchup with Carolina isn’t great.

Ryan Switzer, PIT – The Steelers are looking more and more to the receivers not named Antonio Brown this season, and Switzer has made the most of his opportunities lately. He’s got 14-147-0 on 17 targets over his last four games and could be worth a look in deeper formats as a WR4/flex play.

Mike Williams, LAC – UPDATE: I love me some Mike Williams, but I can never get him right. He caught all four of his targets for 25 yards and two TDs in the 45-10 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, and remains a boom-or-bust, TD-dependent WR3 option moving forward.

TE Rhett Ellison, NYG – With Evan Engram sidelined, Ellison caught 4-77-0 in Week 12 and could play an even bigger role in Week 13 against the Bears if Engram remains out.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Dante Pettis, John Ross, Robert Foster, Leonte Carroo, Quincy Enunwa, TE Matt LaCosse


D.J. Moore, CAR – Moore (60-85 percent owned) caught 8-91-0 on nine targets from Cam Newton Sunday and appears to be the No.1 WR in the absence of Devin Funchess (back). He’s a great pickup-and-play facing the Bucs in Week 13 if he’s somehow still available.

Tre’Quan Smith, NO – Smith ended up sitting out Week 12 but should resume his role as boom-or-bust WR3 when healthy.

Keke Coutee, HOU – UPDATE: After recording 2-14-0, Coutee suffered another hamstring injury in the third quarter on MNF and could be forced to miss some time.

Adam Humphries, TB – Humphries had a solid game with 6-54-1 on Sunday as the Bucs dispatched the 49ers. He’s worth a look in Week 13 in a matchup with Carolina.

TE Gerald Everett The Rams were on a Week 12 bye but Everett remains a possible TE2 pickup this week.

TE Antonio Gates, LAC – Philip Rivers completed an incredible 28 of 29 passes Sunday, but just one of them was to Gates (1-18-0).