Welcome to the Week 13 edition of Waiver Wired for the 2019 season. With the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, I’ll direct your attention to a handful of viable win-and-in streaming options all the while prepping the end of your bench for a successful postseason run. We’ll also set our sights on substitutes for Marlon Mack (hand), Taylor Gabriel (concussion), Eric Ebron (ankle), and Damien Williams (ribs), among others. Feel free to assess your roster and splurge however much remaining FAAB you hold in your back pocket accordingly — after all, it’s now or never.
As a reminder, the drop list consists of players who are rostered in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and are no longer must-have assets, recommended adds are available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list contains in-depth notes on players who are worthy of roster spots if possible, and deep cuts includes player notes on those rostered in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues.
Jared Goff’s totaled four touchdowns, five interceptions, and six fumbles in his last six games and can’t be trusted in upcoming divisional bouts against the Cardinals and Seahawks. Brandin Cooks and Gerald Everett have been directly impacted by Goff’s inability to score and can be outright cut if you need the roster space. Royce Freeman has lost all value (outside of being stashed as a potential handcuff) since Phillip Lindsay was initially unleashed in Week 11, handling a season-low four touches against the Bills and getting out-carried 29 to 10 by the latter in their last two games. Perhaps coach Kliff Kingsbury finds an efficient role for David Johnson over Arizona’s final five games, but it isn’t worth keeping him around to find out with both Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) in the frame for the first time together. Reminder Johnson’s handled just six touches in his last two outings including a goose egg on nine total snaps against the 49ers.
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For those simply looking to roster the best player available regardless of position, the rankings above take into account every factor from the positional lists minus the actual positions. These are listed in the precise order I’d prioritize waiver claims in Week 13.
For those refusing to stand pat and itching for an end-of-roster stash, the above list was carefully assembled to highlight league-winners in the event the player ahead of them misses any time. Presumed snaps, carries, targets, and the play-calling each are tied to have been factored in. This list could adjust weekly based on current situations — Rashaad Penny’s recent removal, for example, after he rushed for 14/129/1 against the Eagles, clearly forcing himself into a timeshare with Chris Carson over Seattle’s final five games.
Deebo Samuel rostered in 67 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 add if available.
Robby Anderson rostered in 53 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 2 add if available.
1. Anthony Miller
2. Randall Cobb
3. Darius Slayton
4. Russell Gage
5. A.J. Brown
6. Allen Hurns
7. Chris Conley
8. N’Keal Harry
1. Jack Doyle
2. Ryan Griffin
1. New York Jets
2. Philadelphia Eagles
1. Ryan Tannehill, Titans — Rostered in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues
With at least three carries and 37 rushing yards in each of his last three starts, Tannehill’s arguably reached matchup-proof status under center with Tennessee. Four consecutive Top 10 finishes (QB10, QB6, QB10, QB2) make him a buy-high candidate with any remaining FAAB if your roster is still struggling under center. It also ensures you have stake in his week-winning ceiling against the Raiders and Texans in Weeks 14 and 15.
2. Sam Darnold, Jets — Rostered in 39 percent of Yahoo Leagues
The Jets have finally figured it out, shortening their passing game to efficiently get Jamison Crowder, Ryan Griffin, Robby Anderson, and even Demaryius Thomas involved underneath in order to mask their everchanging and ineffective offensive trenches. The Bengals don’t offer a single threat on defense and trail only the Dolphins in sacks (16) and pressures (72), keeping Darnold as one of the safest plays on the board (with a salivating ceiling) in Week 13.
3. Nick Foles, Jaguars — Rostered in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues
If there were ever a time for Foles to bounce back, it’s obviously against a Bucs secondary that’s allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to enemy quarterbacks. This game also features the second-highest projected total (48.5) on Sunday, making any exposure to Foles and the Jags’ offense an enticing one-week proposition.
4. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins — Rostered in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues
Philadelphia’s defense is one of the top streamers of the week and Fitzpatrick can shred them for 200 yards and two scores. Yes, both can be true. He’s merely a flier if desperate for help under center since he’s bucked tougher matchups against the Bills (QB19) and Browns (QB7) in Miami’s last two games.
Honorable Mention: Washington’s sudden change of heart in shifting Josh Norman to the bench resulted in the secondary’s best performance to date opposite Jeff Driskel, but that obviously isn’t a lock to continue against Kyle Allen and the Panthers’ set of explosive wideouts. Allen’s disastrous floor — four picks against the Falcons in Week 11, for example — render him as a 2-QB and SuperFlex option only.
1. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks – Rostered in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues
Chris Carson’s seventh fumble (and second in as many games) was clearly enough to send him packing to the bench. As DraftSharks’ Jared Smola notes, Penny out-carried Carson 5 to 0 following the latter’s untimely fourth-quarter fumble. The second-year pro’s snaps (30, 46%), carries (14), and rushing yards (129) were also season-high marks. Penny projects to be used in a timeshare at the very least over the next five games, suddenly becoming a sturdy FLEX play on similar touches to Carson.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team PPR leagues
2. Bo Scarbrough, Lions – Rostered in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
Scarbrough’s handled 76 percent of Detroit’s backfield carries over the last two weeks, shedding four tackles and ranking No. 9 in yards after contact per attempt (3.53) among 48 qualifiers with at least 10 carries in that stretch. Note that the Bears struggled to contain Todd Gurley (25/97/1) without Akiem Hicks (elbow, IR) and Danny Trevathan (elbow) before running into 2019 version of Saquon Barkley (17/59) last week.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team standard leagues and 12-team PPR leagues
3. Darrel Williams, Chiefs – Rostered in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
Darrel previously squeezed out two top-15 finishes as Kansas City’s direct backup in Weeks 3 and 4 and more recently finished as Week 11’s RB25 with both Damien Williams (ribs) and LeSean McCoy (concussion) leaving early against the Chargers. Buying Darrel now obviously allows for an RB2/3 on your bench in the event either ahead of him miss any more time. I would prioritize Darrel over Scarbrough if looking for a postseason stash rather than a one-week play.
Recommendation: Should be stashed in 12-team leagues
4. Nyheim Hines, Colts – Rostered in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
Jonathan Williams (26/104/1) obviously took Marlon Mack’s (hand, out) workhorse role against the Texans but Hines still sneakily accounted for 25.7 percent of Indianapolis’ backfield carries and 11 routes run. He’s still a viable pickup and FLEX in PPR leagues.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team PPR leagues
5. Benny Snell, Steelers – Rostered in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
Snell’s 21 carries sans James Conner (shoulder, doubtful) on Sunday is a positive. His inability to eclipse the century mark on as many carries against the Bengals, however, goes to show how disastrous his weekly floor projects to be in tougher matchups. It doesn’t help that Jaylen Samuels (22 snaps), Trey Edmunds (12), and even Kerrith Whyte (7) were all involved behind him. Bid with caution.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 14-team standard league