Fantasy Football Pickups Week 13 Waiver Wire


Playoff Pickups and Fantasy Fliers to get you through this last week and beyond.  Good Luck!

QB
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues): Last week, the Dolphins managed to score 20 points against a good New York Jets defense that gave up 351 yards, 3 touchdowns through the air.  If the Dolphins passing game can keep up the pace, they should be on track for an even better day against a Ravens secondary that has been awful.  They also have a great matchup in week 14 against a Giants backfield that's even worse than the Ravens.
 
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (currently owned in 26.3% of all ESPN leagues): Fitzpatrick threw for 277 yards and 4 scores with no interceptions against Miami last week.  He has a cross-town matchup this week against a Giants secondary that was burned twice by Desean Jackson last week.  With 2 very capable receivers, Fitzpatrick should have another big day.
 
Runningback (RB), Wide Receiver (WR), FLEX
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 22.7% of all ESPN leagues): This versatile back proved himself to be a capable weapon earlier this season.  He has 139 yards on 35 attempts (nearly 4 yards per carry) and 4 scores this weekend.  With Ellington and CJ on the mend, the third-stringer has a decent chance of starting this week, and faces a St. Louis front that ranks 21st against the rush.
 
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 43.6% of all ESPN leagues): The Lions rushing attack finally seems to be producing under Jim Bob Cooter's offense.  If Abdullah was dropped in your league, pick him up.  While Abdullah may not have the most rushing yards, he may rack up more total yards with the adjustments Cooter made.  Abdullah and the Lions' backfieldwill look to keep the arrow pointing up against a Packers defensethat was beat by the Bears, and ranks 23rd against the run.  Abdullah received more touches than Bell and Riddick combined, making him the clear back to own.
 
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 14% of all ESPN leagues): The 6'0" 228lb rookie out of Boise State has seen an increase in usage lately.  Although he runs in one of the toughest divisions in the league, he faces the Ravens rush defense that ranks 10th in the league.  Ajayi's appeal is in his versatility.  He catches the ball and makes plays receiving the ball out of the backfield.  Ajayi could see added catches against a weak Ravens secondary, and he could get carries if the Dolphins get ahead early and choose to kill the clock.  Either way, he'll probably see additional work.
 
Branden Bolden, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 4.1% of all ESPN leagues) and Keshawn Martin, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 3.9% of all ESPN leagues): The Patriots will look to recreate their slot receivers in the aggregate this week, using some combination of Bolden and Martin.  Although Martin is listed as a wideout, Bolden was the one who caught 4 throws for 84 yards and a touchdown.  Nevertheless, both players should see expanded roles with 3 out of 4 of the top receiving options in New England sidelined.  The Patriots throw first, so Bolden should be picked up in ppr leagues and considered in all leagues, while Martin can be considered fantasy flier for the week.
 
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues): The savvy veteran and the rest of the Panthers' receiving corps may see surprising production against a weak Saints' secondary this coming week.  Although Carolina is a run-first offense, they still need to throw the ball downfield to keep the Saints defense honest.  SuperCam also showed some skill as a pocket passer next week.  Cotchery finally looks like he's fully recovered after fighting through injuries earlier this year.
 
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 3.4% of all ESPN leagues): purely a matchup play, Stills could have a great day against the Ravens.  As a true fantasy flier, pick up Stills has been streaky all season.  Pick him up only if you're desperate.
 
Tight End (TE)
Scott Chandler, New England Patriots (currently owned in 2.6% of all ESPN leagues): Speaking of Gronk, he's currently "week-to-week" meaning there's no telling when he'll be back on the field.  Chandler did a great job filling in, catching 5 passes for 58 yards and a score, coming off the bench, against an elite Denver defense, in the snow.  He should have a much easier go this week against the Eagles.  With Gronk, Edelman, and Amendola sidelined in a pass-first offense, Chandler should get all the targets he can handle.  He should be picked up in all leagues.
 
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned on 20.3% of all ESPN leagues): This Vikings weapon faces a formidable foe this week, but the elite Seahawks secondary struggles against tight ends.  Through 11 games this season, they've given up around 6 catches for 80 yards to the position.  Moreover, opposing tight ends have scored in the majority games against the Seahawks.  Rudolph has seen his usage increase recently, catching 13 passes for 159 yards and a score over the last 2 weeks.  This makes him a good streaming option this week if you lost Gronk, Eifert, or Ertz, and you can't afford Chandler.

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