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Through The Wire - Week 13
11/25/19; Updated: 11/26/19

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.


Jared Goff, LAR – I’ll update after tonight’s game, but for now, Goff looks like a possible plug-n-play next week facing the Cardinals in Arizona. He’s owned in about 60 percent of ESPN leagues and still has a host of talented receivers.

UPDATE: Goff completed 26-of-37 passes for 212-0-2 in the Week 12 loss to the Ravens on Monday night, but this Sunday against the Cardinals offers a much better range of outcomes. He’s due for a big game and should have a much easier time completing throws to his top receivers.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI – Nobody really wants to start Trubisky in fantasy, and with bye weeks over, they hopefully won’t have to. But the matchup in Week 13 is a favorable one (@DET) and he’s shown some improvement lately, including a 278-1-2 performance against the Giants in Week 12.

Other QBs to consider: Ryan Tannehill, Kyle Allen, Ryan Fitzpatrick


Baker Mayfield, CLE – We really nailed two QBs this week, as Mayfield completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 327-3-1 during Sunday’s 41-24 win over the Dolphins, and Sam Darnold had a big day as well. Mayfield has now eclipsed the 300-yard mark three times this season, and next Sunday against the Steelers could yield another big total.

Nick Foles, JAC – Foles had a disappointing day Sunday, throwing for just 272-0-0 and adding 20 yards on three carries. He has a more favorable matchup next Sunday against the Buccaneers, and while there’s no plans to change back to Gardner Minshew, it’s a possibility at some point.

UPDATE: While the Jags have been getting questions about Minshew getting another shot, Marrone doesn't seem like he’s prepping to abandon Foles just yet.

Sam Darnold, NYJ – Darnold seems to have turned a corner. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 315-2-0 on Sunday, adding 16 yards and a touchdown on four carries. He’s got a great matchup in Week 13 facing the 0-11 Bengals and is on the QB1 and DFS radar.

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Running Backs

Rashaad Penny, SEA – Chris Carson figured to get the majority of touches in the Seattle backfield, but Penny had a monster day on Sunday, rushing 14 times for 129 yards and a TD in the win over the Eagles. His breakout day included a career-best 58-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter, as Penny showed some of the abilities that earned him a first-round selection in 2018. HC Pete Carroll could stick with the hot hand in Week 12 against the Vikings, but it’s a much tougher matchup.

Benny Snell, PIT – Snell returned from a knee injury and finished with 98 yards on the ground and added a five-yard catch during Sunday’ s 16-10 win over the Bengals. Snell has a tougher matchup against the Browns and we’ll have to monitor the backfield injuries.

UPDATE: For now, it sounds like Conner won’t be ready for the Week 13 game with the Browns, making Snell a safer RB2/3 option. Devlin Hodges gets the start at QB, so that could help Snell’s ceiling as well.

Derrius Guice, WAS – Guice didn’t do much on Sunday, rushing for 32 yards on 10 carries and adding a six-yard catch in the 19-16 win over Detroit. He’s splitting carries with Adrian Peterson and gets a favorable matchup in Week 13 against a Carolina defense ranked 29th in the league against RBs.

Other RBs to consider: Darrel Williams, Raheem Mostert, Nyheim Hines, Jalen Richard


Jonathan Williams/Jordan Wilkins, IND – Williams finished with 104 yards and a TD on 26 carries (3-17-0 receiving), and Wilkins logged just one offensive snap. J-Will is the clear lead back with Marlon Mack sidelined.

Jaylen Samuels, PIT – Samuels carried just twice for 6 yards and caught 3-26-0 in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bengals. With James Conner (shoulder) ruled out again, Samuels should have gotten more work, but it was Snell (returning from a knee injury) who led the team with 22 touches and looks to be the Steelers primary option with Conner sidelined.

Bo Scarbrough, DET – Scarbrough ran for 98 yards on 18 carries in the tough loss to Washington, losing a fumble during the game. It’s probably best to avoid the Detroit backfield on Thursday against the Bears defense that ranks fourth-best in the NFL vs. RBs.

Gus Edwards, BAL – UPDATE: Edwards rushed 14 times for 55 yards in the Ravens’ Week 12 win over the Rams, but Lamar Jackson and the first-team offense was so busy scoring TDs they forgot to give ol’ Gus his requisite goal line carries. Next week, he’ll still make a possible flex play in deeper formats.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Will Fuller, HOU – Fuller finally got back in action for the Texans after dealing with a hamstring injury and caught 7-140-0 on 11 targets on Thursday night. He’s owned in about 65 percent of ESPN leagues and should be in good shape for a Week 13 matchup against the Patriots. He closes out the season with three favorable matchups (@TEN, @TB, TEN).

A.J. Brown, TEN – The dynamic rookie WR hauled in four of his five targets for 135 yards and a score in the Week 12 win over the Jaguars. Brown (15-25 percent owned) led the team in targets, receptions and yards but is likely to remain boom-or-bust WR3/4 for the remainder of the season, including in a favorable draw against the Dolphins in Week 13.

James Washington, PIT – Washington (20-25 percent owned) caught 3-98-1 on seven targets on Sunday and seems to have decent rapport with Devlin Hodges as well. He led the Steelers in targets in Week 12 and looks for another solid game against Cleveland in Week 13.

Robby Anderson, NYJ – Anderson hauled in four of five targets for 86 yards and a TD in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders, delighting DFS and season-long owners who plugged him in. He’s been spotty this season as the Jets offense as struggled, but he’s in great shape for a matchup against the Bengals in Week 13.

TE Jack Doyle, IND – With Eric Ebron (ankle) hitting the IR, Doyle should see more offensive snaps and a larger volume of the targets. Former VCU hoopster Mo Alie-Cox is the other TE of note on the roster, though he’s struggled with hip and thumb injuries this season and has been limited to about 20 snaps per game.

Anthony Miller, CHI – Miller has been a popular target for Trubisky over the past couple of weeks and he caught six passes for 77 yards in the Bears’ win over the Giants on Sunday. Miller has now seen at least nine targets in consecutive weeks and has surpassed 50 yards five times over his last seven contests. He’s a solid WR3/4 with some upside.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Russell Gage, Jakobi Meyers, Chris Conley, Cole Beasley


Deebo Samuel, SF – Samuel caught both of his targets for 50 yards and a TD in Sunday’s 37-8 win over Green Bay, remaining an important offensive cog (albeit with a much lower target volume) even with George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders active. He’s got a much tougher matchup in Week 13 against the Ravens.

DeVante Parker, MIA – It was a good week for our WR recommendations. Parker hauled in 6-91-0 on 11 targets on Sunday, and now has at least five receptions in five of the last six games. He’ll be a decent WR3 heading into Week 13 against the Eagles.

Randall Cobb, DAL – Cobb caught 4-86-0 on seven targets in the loss to the Patriots, and while he’s a solid part of this potent offense, he may find it tough to break through against the Bills on Thanksgiving.

TE Ryan Griffin, NYJ – Another TD! Griffin caught 3-13-1 in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders and now has five TDs with the Jets in 2019, including four in the past five games. He’s a must-own TE1 in all formats.

N’Keal Harry, NE – Harry only had one catch on Sunday, but he made it count, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown – the game’s only TD – in the win over the Cowboys.