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Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 13

by Ryan McDowell

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.


Gus Edwards, BAL (64%/+61%)

Cameron Brate, TB (65%/+46%)

Jameis Winston, TB (47%/+37%)

Lamar Jackson, BAL (42%/+24%)

Jonnu Smith, TEN (19%/+12%)

Curtis Samuel, CAR (9%/+7%)

Gerald Everett, LAR (9%/+7%)

LeGarrette Blount, DET (14%/+5%)

Colt McCoy, WAS (4%/+4%)

Bruce Ellington, DET (2%/+2%)

Josh Allen, BUF (3%/+1%)

Malcolm Brown, LAR (8%/+1%)

Zay Jones, BUF (2%/+1%)

Marcell Ateman, OAK (1%/+1%)

Keith Kirkwood, NO (1%/+1%)

Chris Herndon, NYJ (8%/+1%)


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.


John Ross, CIN (10%/-3%)

Josh Rosen, ARI (5%/-1%)





1)        Sam Darnold, NYJ (4%)

2)        Josh Allen, BUF (3%)

3)        Cody Kessler, JAX (0%)

4)        Jeff Driskel, CIN (0%)

5)        Ryan Tannehill, MIA (6%)


Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold is not back yet but he is close. Expect Darnold back in the lineup in Week 13. While you probably don’t want to use him in fantasy lineups for the remainder of this season, he is well worth the stash if he’s been dropped due to his injury…A rookie QB who is back on the field is Bills QB Josh Allen, who dropped one of his best games of the season, passing for 160 yards but adding 99 yards and a score on the ground. Allen has consistently offered a fantasy floor due to his rushing ability. Like Darnold, he can’t be trusted as a fantasy starter but has shown flashes of upside and is worthy of a roster spot…After yet another dismal performance, the Jaguars have benched QB Blake Bortles in favor of QB Cody Kessler. During his time with the Browns, Kessler started several games in 2016. While his performance was not encouraging with only one game inside the top 18 weekly fantasy scorers, it is not fair to judge anyone based on those Cleveland offenses. Kessler is still a desperation play and with bye weeks over, most fantasy contenders won’t need to consider him. Consider this a super-flex league play…The same can be said for Bengals QB Jeff Driskel, who finished as the QB17 after taking over for injured starter Andy Dalton. Now, Dalton landed on the IR with a thumb injury and the job now belongs to Driskel. Again, he should only be considered in 2QB leagues…The Dolphins got starting QB Ryan Tannehill back on the field. The fact that he falls behind Kessler and Driskel on this list tells you all you need to know.



Running Backs


1)        Rex Burkhead, NE (18%)

2)        Justin Jackson, LAC (1%)

3)        Elijah McGuire, NYJ (14%)

4)        LeGarrette Blount, DET (14%)

5)        Malcolm Brown, LAR (8%)


The Patriots have officially activated veteran RB Rex Burkhead from the injured reserve list and he is eligible to play next week against the Vikings. He is expected to be worked into the backfield committee with RBs Sony Michel and James White…The Chargers lost RB Melvin Gordon with a knee injury. While RB Austin Ekeler is expected to see the bulk of the work in his place, rookie RB Justin Jackson should be a priority add for all dynasty players…Just as he has done every week since he returned from the IR, RB Elijah McGuire led the Jets backfield in snaps, though he failed to produce as the Jets were forced to throw the ball. He’s the RB to own on this team…Lions rookie RB Kerryon Johnson is still dealing with a knee injury and his status moving forward is unclear. In their first game without him, Detroit gave veteran RB LeGarrette Blount 19 carries and he responded with 88 yards and two scores. That’s best-case production for Blount but worth considering depending on Johnson’s status…Your weekly reminder to roster Rams backup RB Malcolm Brown as the season winds down. The Rams are on their way to quickly earning a bye in the NFC.


Wide Receivers


1)        David Moore, SEA (10%)

2)        Curtis Samuel, CAR (9%)

3)        Dante Pettis, SF (1%)

4)        Antonio Callaway, CLE (9%)

5)        Trey Quinn, WAS (1%)

6)        Robert Foster, BUF (0%)

7)        Keith Kirkwood, NO (1%)

8)        Jake Kumerow, GB (3%)


Seahawks WR David Moore has gone from fluky touchdown threat to being used as a consistent weapon in the Seattle offense. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues…Second-year WR Curtis Samuel has moved into a near full-time role for the Panthers and continues to make plays. He’s been a WR3 or better in three of his past four games…With WRs Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin out, the 49ers featured rookie WR Dante Pettis, who hauled in a score and led the team in receiving…Browns WR Antonio Callaway came through with a big game, breaking out of his slump. Callaway’s 4/62/1 was his best game in two months…In only his second game, rookie WR Trey Quinn came through with another big game, catching a Thanksgiving touchdown for the first of his career…Undrafted rookie WR Robert Foster might be emerging as the Bills top receiver. He’s led the team in receiving in each of the past two games and has a combined 199 yards and a touchdown during that time…The Saints continue to spread the ball around and WR Keith Kirkwood caught his first career touchdown as New Orleans won on Thanksgiving night…The Packers are reportedly set to activate pre-season favorite WR Jake Kumerow. Considering the injuries they’ve dealt with at the receiver position this season, Kumerow could make an instant impact once back on the field.


Tight Ends


1)        Jonnu Smith, TEN (19%)

2)        Gerald Everett, LAR (9%)

3)        Matt LaCosse, DEN (0%)

4)        Dan Arnold, NO (0%)


Titans second-year TE Jonnu Smith has now put together four straight games as the TE9 or better and he showed up to a national audience with a long touchdown on MNF. Smith can be considered a low-end starting tight end for the remainder of the season…The Rams were on bye so some might have ignored TE Gerald Everett last week. If that mistake was made, scoop him up now. He’s coming off three straight weeks at the TE14 or better and the breakout is just beginning…The Broncos lost TE Jeff Heuerman for the season with a rib injury and backup TE Matt LaCosse showed up as the TE11, catching three balls for 34 yards and a score. The Broncos have long struggled to make use of their tight end, so LaCosse sliding right into a significant role is not a slam dunk.


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2019 (under 20%) Hunter Henry, D’Onta Foreman, Marqise Lee, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert, Jerick McKinnon, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jake Butt, Jay Ajayi, Bilal Powell, Will Fuller