2016 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 13 Injury and bye-week replacements below!

These teams DO NOT play week 13 (bye week):
Cleveland Browns
Tennessee Titans

Running Back (RB)

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 43.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The signing of Ronnie Hillman crowded the Vikings' backfield even more.  However, the past 3 weeks have provided clarity in the situation.  Asiata has returned to fantasy relevance, especially in ppr leagues.  While he's always been touchdown or bust, he's had at least his catches to bail him out of bad weeks.  As the Vikings' power, goal line, and pass-catching back, he's proved his value by scoring a touchdown in each of his last 4 games.  If you need a DeMarco Murray or Isaiah Crowell replacement, Asiata could be your guy.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 25.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Baltimore's backfield has turned into a full-on timeshare.  Although both backs received the same number of carries, Dixon was more involved in the passing game, making him a ppr commodity.  The Dolphins also gave up a receiving touchdown to Carlos Hyde last week, so the scoring possibility is also there for Dixon this week.  As the Ravens' run game continues to struggle, look for their short passes to become an extension of their ground game, like the Packers or Saints.  That could mean Dixon sees the field more often.  In a fantasy position that has become increasingly thin, Dixon could be worth an add.  It's only a matter of time before he hits paydirt.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 43.3% of all ESPN leagues):
As expected, Smallwood saw most of the work on the ground while Sproles caught most of the passes.  Ryan Mathews could be out for some time with a sprained MCL (knee), putting Smallwood in line for more work.  The Bengals have also been soft against the run, so Smallwood could have a big day this week.  Given Wentz's struggles lately, Smallwood could receive even more touches if the Eagles choose to take the ball out of Wentz's hands and allow Smallwood to carry the offensive workload, and the team.

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 62% of all ESPN leagues):
Yeldon should have the backfield all to himself this week.  This comes after Ivory exited the game last week with a hamstring injury.  Given Ivory's injury history, Yeldon is worth a pick up.  Unfortunately, Yeldon's increased opportunities may not produce much, though.  The Jags have one of the worst run games in the league, and will face the Denver Broncos who have one of the best defenses in the league.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 56.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bills' top receiving threat is back, and available in nearly half of all ESPN leagues.  He started his comeback tour with 3 catches for 80 yards.  He has a relatively soft schedule for the rest of the season, so he could be a huge pickup if you can add him to your team.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 48% of all ESPN leagues):
Fuller was hurt, and then Osweiler started struggling.  Look for him to bounce back this week against a very depleted Green Gay secondary in a must-win game.  The risk here is that the Texans could go run-heavy given their quarterback's struggles, potentially limiting Fuller's chances.  However, his speed should still be there, and so should the scoring if Osweiler can hit him downfield.  He'll get plenty of looks if the Texans are chasing points.

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 2.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The 4th round rookie out of Georgia has come on strong in the last couple of weeks.  Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network had great things to say about Mitchell, stating how well he fits well into the Pats pass-first offense.
He could be a good streaming option this week against a Rams defense that allowed 5 passing touchdowns to the Saints just last week.  Buyer beware, he does play for Bill Belichick, who chooses to throw to the best matchup on the field.  Game planning could be the factor that limits Mitchell's opportunities the most.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 3.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns misfortune continues.  Fortunately for the Falcons, their 5'8", 165lb wideout has scored in 3 of his last 4 games.  With all of the attention given to Julio Jones and stopping the run game, the falcons have found a way to get this explosive speedster involved in their offense.  He weaved and bobbed his way into the endzone, untouched, against a good Cardinals defense.  He's worth an add in most leagues and deserves flex consideration for his scoring and playmaking potential.  He could face fierce opposition this week against a stout Chiefs defense though.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 33.8% of all ESPN leagues):
As expected, Boyd received most of the targets in a Bengals offense devoid of A.J. Green.  Unfortunately, the rookie faced the Ravens who have one of the tougher defenses in the league, so he could only muster 62 yards on 5 catches.  He'll look to pick up his game against Philly this week.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 26.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Hill is a streaming option this week against the Falcons' sad secondary.  The Falcons do have an above-average run defense, which means the Chiefs may lean on Alex Smith's arm to win the game.  Hill is dangerous in space (he's shifty and runs a sub-4.3 40), scoring twice against a normally stingy Broncos defense.  He'll look to showcase that speed again this week, and keep things rolling as long as Maclin is unavailable.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Wilson may be the Bears' new favorite target, catching 8 passes for 125 yards and a score.  The Bears' big burner has great speed, but great size as well, standing in at 6'4", 206lbs, and he'll square off against one of the leagues' worst defenses.  Wilson could continue his success if his rapport keeps developing in week with the Bears third string quarterback.

Tight End (TE)

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 24.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Henry has scored in each of his last 2 games.  The return of Antonio Gates has opened up some room for the emerging rookie, and a lack of viable receiving options has afforded him more opportunities.  Henry could be in line for another successful outing against the Bucs' mediocre defense.

Quarterback (QB)

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 22.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Ok, I get it, it's hard to roster Kaep due to the media criticism he's received for his political views.  The thing is, he's been a phenomenal fantasy quarterback averaging roughly 23 points per game in the last 4 games.  He rushed for 113 yards in week 12 against a typically decent dolphins defense.  Oh, he also threw for 296 yards and 3 scores.  After being benched through the first half of the season, he's played like he has something to prove.  He has some decent matchups coming up,  including the Bears this week, who are defensively thin at every position.  He could Kaeptain your team to a win this week, and this fantasy football season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 9.1% of all leagues recently):
With Fitz's struggles lately, it is really difficult to put the Jets' fate and your fantasy season in his hands.  However, the bye week might have been jusr what the doctor ordered to cure Fitz's slump.  He threw for 269 yards and 2 scores, and would've put up an even bigger day if he didn't lose a fumble at a critical point of the game.  They face a Colts defense that starts one of the softest secondaries in the league.  The Jets' offensive weapons are all still there.  If Fitz can stop dropping the ball or throwing to the other team, he could be worth a start this week.

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