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Dynasty Waiver Wire Week 13

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 




First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.



Devontae Booker, DEN (34%/+27%)

J.D. McKissic, SEA (31%/+23%)

Corey Clement, PHI (17%/+7%)

Zay Jones, BUF (14%/+7%)

Jacoby Brissett, IND (21%/+4%)

Byron Marshall, WAS (2%/+2%)

Adam Shaheen, CHI (2%/+2%)

Mike Davis, SEA (2%/+2%)

Paxton Lynch, DEN (3%/+2%)

Ricky Seals-Jones, ARZ (2%/+2%)

Andre Ellington, HOU (10%/+2%)




Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.


Rod Smith, DAL (14%/-4%)

Bruce Ellington, HOU (6%/-2%)

Chris Godwin, TB (0%/-1%)





1)    Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (9%)

2)    Patrick Mahomes, KC (1%)

3)    DeShone Kizer, CLE (3%)

4)    Brett Hundley, GB (7%)

5)    Trevor Siemian, DEN (6%)


After their Week 11 bye, the San Francisco 49ers eventually decided to stick with rookie QB C.J. Beathard as their starter, delaying the debut of former Patriot backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Unfortunately, Beathard suffered an injury late in the game and Garoppolo entered the game. With him under center, the Niners entered the red zone for their first time in the game and then scored their only touchdown of the day. Depending on Beathard’s health, HC Kyle Shanahan faces a difficult decision regarding his Week 13 starter…Things continue to get worse for the Chiefs, who lost again, this time at home to the reeling Bills. Veteran QB Alex Smith continues to struggle and the calls for rookie QB Patrick Mahomes are only getting louder. HC Andy Reid fervently denies the suggestion that Smith could be benched, but Mahomes is clearly the future of this franchise, even if we have to wait until 2018 to see it…Somehow, Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer continues to put up solid fantasy numbers. After some early season flip-flopping, Cleveland HC Hue Jackson finally committed to Kizer as the starter for the remainder of the season, though his long-term status is clearly up in the air. Kizer now has five games this season finishing as a QB1, which is tied for ninth-most among all fantasy QBs. He is a hit and miss option, a perfect player for a best ball roster, but he may be playing well enough to earn a job in the future, even if it could be with another team…Packers QB Brett Hundley has been one of the more frustrating players this season, partially because he’s not even close to living up to what we expected from injured starter Aaron Rodgers, but also because Hundley has torpedoed the value and production of WR Jordy Nelson. With that said, Hundley has put together the occasional impressive performance and Week 12 was another example of that. Hundley is still not an option in most leagues, but could pay off in super-flex or 2QB leagues…The Broncos made the decision to turn to their third quarterback of the season in Week 12, starting former first-round pick QB Paxton Lynch. As he has throughout his limited action over the past two seasons, Lynch played very poorly before suffering an ankle injury that could keep him out of action for the next couple of weeks, or even more. The Broncos turned back to starter turned third stringer Trevor Siemian, who led Denver to a pair of scoring drives. This is another case of the waiver target being only an option in 2QB leagues…




Running Backs


1)    T.J. Yeldon, JAX (15%)

2)    Jacquizz Rodgers, TB (7%)

3)    Peyton Barber, TB (1%)

4)    Wayne Gallman, NYG (4%)

5)    Eddie Lacy, SEA (15%)


Surprisingly, the Jaguars continue to move closer to a running back by committee, giving RB T.J. Yeldon more and more playing time each week. In fact, in Week 12, Yeldon played more snaps than rookie RB Leonard Fournette. In a week with few RB options on the waiver wire, Yeldon could be worth the gamble, especially in PPR leagues…The Buccaneers lost veteran RB Doug Martin midway through the team’s Week 12 game after he suffered a concussion. The team quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the game and labeled Martin as week-to-week, suggesting he won’t return in Week 12, at a minimum. If the starter does indeed miss one or more games, the Bucs will likely use a combination of veteran RB Jacquizz Rodgers and RB Peyton Barber, who scored a pair of touchdowns in Week 12…The Giants once again struggled, falling behind in the early going. This slowed the running game, but rookie RB Wayne Gallman led the team in rushing with a 9/37 line. New York is expected to stick with a committee, but Gallman has the best chance to carve out some long-term value…At this point, veteran RB Eddie Lacy has given us little reason to rely on him as a fantasy option, but he did dominate the backfield touches in Week 12…


Wide Receivers


1)    Kenny Golladay, DET (11%)

2)    Zay Jones, BUF (14%)

3)    Marquise Goodwin, SF (15%)

4)    Seth Roberts, OAK (0%)

5)    Cordarrelle Patterson, OAK (4%)

6)    Dontrelle Inman, CHI (9%)


Lions rookie WR Kenny Golladay continues to make huge pas plays on a weekly basis, including the latest, a 41-yard reception on Thanksgiving Day. With Golladay now fully healthy, he should be on a roster in all dynasty leagues…The Buffalo Bills have turned back to rookie WR Zay Jones as their top option in the passing game and he has led the team in fantasy scoring each of the past two weeks. With WR Kelvin Benjamin expected to miss more time, Jones should continue to be fed targets…Another team battling multiple injuries is the San Francisco 49ers. With veteran WR Pierre Garcon and others out the of the lineup, WR Marquise Goodwin had led the Niners in fantasy scoring in each of the past three games, though he’s done that on just seven total receptions in three weeks… The Raiders had a tough Week 12, especially at the receiver position. After an early-game brawl, veteran WR Michael Crabtree was ejected from the game and the other starter, WR Amari Cooper later suffered a huge hit, putting him out of the game with a concussion. Later, the NFL announced a two-game suspension for Crabtree, while Cooper’s status for next week remains undetermined. If both players are out for a game or more, the Raiders will be left with WRs Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson. Neither player instills confidence, but with the Raiders fighting for a playoff spot, increased volume could be enough to make one or both WRs relevant, at least for a short period of time…The Bears low-volume and low-scoring passing game is not really one you want to invest in, but veteran WR Dontrelle Inman has led the team in fantasy scoring three consecutive game and could be a dart throw option for the season’s final few weeks…


Tight Ends



1)    Ricky Seals-Jones, ARZ (2%)


There are clearly few options at the tight end position, but Cardinals rookie TE Ricky Seals-Jones might be the top waiver wire target of the week across all positions. He’s the top-scoring tight end over the past two games, seeing increased playing time since third-string QB Blaine Gabbert took over. Seals-Jones, a former five-star recruit, is still seeing limited playing time, but that should increase with his impressive play of late. Seals-Jones now has three touchdowns in the past two games. He’s a must add in all dynasty formats…


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2018 (under 20%) Allen Robinson, Cameron Meredith, Spencer Ware, Julian Edelman, Ryan Tannehill, Rico Gathers, Kenneth Dixon, Carlos Henderson, Tajae Sharpe, Erik Swoope, Malcolm Mitchell, Tyler Eifert, Andrew Luck, Sam Bradford, Deshaun Watson, Pierre Garcon, Dalvin Cook, Rob Kelley, Deshaun Watson, D’Onta Foreman, Brandon Marshall, C.J. Prosise, Curtis Samuel

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