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Through The Wire - Week 13

By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 11/29/22 |

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 for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

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 that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

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

Week 13 Byes: Arizona, Carolina


Mike White

Mike White, NYJ at Minnesota – White was sharp in Sunday’s victory over the Bears in Week 13, completing 22-of-28 passes for 315-3-0 and giving us all a moderately interesting waiver wire discussion if we’re saddled with a dubious QB in fantasy. He’s worth an add if you like upside and don’t mind a little risk, and we can safely say he’ll be the Jets’ starter until further notice.

Jared Goff, DET vs. Jacksonville – I like both sides of this matchup in Week 13, especially with Amon-Ra St. Brown’s ascension to the ranks of elite fantasy WR and the next QB’s performance in Week 12. Goff outscored his projection last week against Buffalo and could do it again in Week 13.

Trevor Lawrence, JAC at Detroit – Lawrence is owned in fewer than 60% of ESPN leagues and completed 29-of-37 passes for 321-3-0 in Sunday’s 28-27 win over Baltimore. He’s worth a start in deep-league season long and DFS.

Other QBs to consider (Week 13 opponents in parentheses): Deshaun Watson, CLE (@HOU); Geno Smith, SEA (@LAR); Mac Jones, NE (vs. BUF); Marcus Mariota, ATL (vs. PIT)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Ryan Tannehill, TEN – Tannehill threw for 291 yards without registering a TD pass or INT in Sunday’s 20-16 loss to the Bengals, adding 9 yards rushing on two attempts. His recent efficiency will help in a Week 13 road matchup with the 10-1 Eagles, but there are better fantasy options to hang your hat on this week.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – Garoppolo completed 26-of-37 pass attempts for 222-1-0, adding 4 yards on four rushing attempts in the 13-0 win over New Orleans. The Miami offense could force him into a more aggressive game script next Sunday.

Derek Carr, LV – Josh Jacobs was the star of the show in Week 12, but Carr completed 25-of-36 passes for 295-3-2 in Sunday’s 40-34 OT win over the Seahawks. He added 10 rushing yards on two carries and faces a division rival Chargers team that has stepped up its secondary play recently. I’d be looking elsewhere for my QB1 and in DFS.

UPDATE: Jacobs now “hopes” to play with a calf injury this week, so we could see more throws from Carr, and the WRs (along with Ameer Abdullah) could get more action.

Running Backs

Ty Johnson, NYJ at Minnesota – Johnson took over for the injured Michael Carter (ankle) and rushed five times for 62 yards and a TD in Sunday’s 31-10 win over the Bears. He added a 16-yard catch on two targets from Mike White, and his impressive engine and skills could mean more fantasy relevance in Week 13 against the Vikings, as the Jets will likely be without Carter.

UPDATE: Carter is currently listed as questionable with a knee strain, so both Johnson and Zonovan Knight could be in heavy rotation this week.

Brian Robinson Jr., WAS at New York Giants – Robinson usually relies on a positive game script to get solid production, but that happened on Sunday as he rushed the ball 18 times for 105 yards in the 19-13 win over the Falcons. He added 2-20-1 receiving and could be looking for multiple TDs once again next week against the Giants. Robinson is still available in about one-third of fantasy leagues, along with the next RB we’re highlighting.

Rachaad White, TB vs. New Orleans – White likely does not get as many touches once Leonard Fournette is back in business, but he did have 14 carries for 64 yards and caught all nine targets for 45 yards in the Bucs’ 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday. He’s a solid pickup if still available in your league.

UPDATE: Benny Snell/Anthony McFarland Jr., PIT at Atlanta – With Najee Harris going down in Week 12 and Jaylen Warren inactive, the Steelers RB situation is in a fluid state. Should Harris or Warren miss Week 13, either of these backs could emerge as relevant facing the Falcons.

Other RBs to consider (Week 13 opponents in parentheses): Gus Edwards, BAL (vs. DEN); JaMycal Hasty, JAC (@DET); Cam Akers, LAR (vs. SEA); Kyren Williams, LAR (vs. SEA); Ameer Abdullah, LV (vs. LAC); Zonovan Knight, NYJ (@MIN); Tevin Coleman, FA (SF practice squad)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Samaje Perine, CIN at Tennessee – Perine carried the rock 17 times for 58 yards and a TD to go with 4-35-0 in the win over the Titans. He probably won’t replace Joe Mixon (concussion) as the starter once Mixon is ready to return, but he'll continue to earn chances as a change-of-pace back.

UPDATE: Mixon is still in concussion protocol, which means Perine could get yet another start.

Isiah Pacheco, KC vs. Los Angeles Rams – Pacheco carried 22 times for 69 yards and a TD and caught his only target for 17 yards. The rookie running back has 258 rushing yards over his past three games since essentially taking over starting duties, and he’ll be busy in Week 13 against the Bengals.

Latavius Murray, DEN at Carolina – Murray didn’t quite hit his fantasy projections this week either, but the volume is there. The veteran back rushed 13 times for 92 yards and caught his only target for 6 receiving yards in Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Panthers. A Week 13 matchup with Baltimore awaits.

Damien Harris, NE at Minnesota – Five carries for 16 yards Thursday night in Minnesota. Unless we get an injury to the Pats RB2, he’ll not going to produce the necessary numbers except as a desperation flex play in TD-heavy leagues.

UPDATE: Harris is not playing Thursday against the Bills, so it’ll be the Rhamondre Stevenson show once again.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Zay Jones, JAC at Detroit – I’ve included Mr. Jones in the players to consider before, but even I couldn’t anticipate his big Week 12 breakout against the Ravens. He recorded 11 receptions on 14 targets for a career-high 145 yards in Sunday’s 28-27 win over Baltimore. He's developing into a more integral part of the Jags’ offense and is worth a pickup in 12-team leagues.

Isaiah McKenzie, BUF at New England – A few days after coming up empty in a Week 11 matchup with Cleveland, McKenzie caught six of 10 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 28-25 win over the Lions. He’s explosive and has been used in the slot quite a bit recently.

Mack Hollins, LV vs. Los Angeles Chargers – Hollins and the next few WRs were mentioned in the “WRs to consider” last week, and both he and the next guy came through. Hollins hauled in 4-63-1 on six targets, giving him multiple catches in six straight games (23-258-2 on 35 targets over that span). He has a relatively safe fantasy floor heading into a Week 13 matchup with the Chargers.

Quez Watkins, PHI vs. Tennessee – Watkins had three receptions on five targets for 35 yards and a TD in Sunday's 40-33 win over Green Bay. He’s been savoring his new role since Dallas Goedert hit the IR.

Skyy Moore, KC at Cincinnati – Moore didn’t quite met projections with his Week 13 performance, hauling in five of six targets for 36 yards in the win over the Rams.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 13 opponents in parentheses): Nico Collins, HOU (vs. CLE); Elijah Moore, NYJ (@MIN); DeAndre Carter, LAC (@LV); TE Josh Oliver, BAL (vs. DEN)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Demarcus Robinson, BAL – Robinson caught just one of four targets for 17 yards and faces the languishing Broncos in Week 13.

Parris Campbell, IND – UPDATE: Just 2-14-0 on three targets Monday night. He will rank as a WR4/flex play in Week 13 against the juggernaut Cowboys.

Treylon Burks, TEN – Burks caught four of his six targets for 70 yards in Sunday’s 20-16 loss to the Bengals, but the highlight of his day was falling on a Derrick Henry fumble in the end zone after the Titans RB had a monster run. It counts in fantasy!

TE Austin Hooper, TEN – Hooper had just 3-30-0 on four targets Sunday.

Defense/ Special Teams

  • Tampa Bay vs. NO
  • Pittsburgh vs. ATL
  • Seahawks at LAR
  • Cleveland at HOU
  • Green Bay at CHI
  • Tennessee at PHI