2017 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

2017 NFL Week 13 Injury Replacements, Streamers, and Fliers

RUNNING BACK (RB) 
 
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots 
(currently owned in 43.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Burkhead has been boom or bust like most backs in the Patriots' committee approach.  However, his usage has been trending up and the Patriots love to throw to him in the redzone instead of using Lewis or some other back to try and pound it in.  He's scored 3 times in these situations and should continue to see similar usage.  The Bills limited the Chiefs to just 10 points.  Look for Belichick and McDaniels to make adjustments and get Burkhead more involved as a dynamic scoring threat as they've done on past weeks.  
 
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 24.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Ekeler has been getting more and more involved in the Chargers' game plan.  He's already thrown to on pass catching plays which makes him a PPR commodity.  He has 3 touchdowns in the last 3 weeks and could get additional usage if the Chargers build a big lead and use him to bleed the clock.  
 
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 6% of all ESPN leagues):
Tampa Bay's lead back Doug Martin sustained a concussion during Sunday's game in Atlanta.  This leaves the door open for Jacquizz Rodgers to take over as the lead back for the Buccaneers if Martin can't clear concussion protocol prior to Sunday's game against the Packers.  If anything, Rodgers will have volume on his side.
 
STREAMING OPTION:
 
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 22.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jaguars have been susceptible to explosive receiving threats out of the backfield.  Undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler of the Chargers torched the Jaguars for 77 yards and 2 scores through the air.  Duke Johnson caught 4 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown the following week.  Marlon Mack caught 4 passes for 40 yards and added another 26 yards on 5 carries the last time the Jaguars and Colts met in Indy.  Does anyone else see a trend developing here?
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 41.5% of all ESPN leagues):
In case anyone forgot, the Steelers have this  massive, 6'4", 211lb target named Martavis Bryant who lines up opposite Antonio Brown.  He benefited from the absence of Juju Smith-Schuster and caught 4 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown against the Packers.  He could continue to be a solid contributor on offense as long as Juju is out.  
 
Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 24.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Tyrell Williams seems to be another player who benefited from an injury to fellow wideout Mike Williams.  Tyrell's target share has been inconsistent this season, but he quietly posted a thousand yard season and became one of Rivers' favorite targets last year thanks to an injury to Keenan Allen.  Needless to say, the rapport between Tyrell Williams and Rivers is there, which could result in Tyrell Williams getting some of Mike Williams' targets.  
 
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 48% of all ESPN leagues):
Doctson saw a dropoff in targets during his Thanksgiving matchup thanks to constant pressure from the Giants' pass rush and tight coverage.  It's important to note that at 6'2", 206lbs, Doctson is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the Redskins' receiving corps and had 7 targets per game during weeks 10 and 11.  He could post some great numbers this week against the Cowboys who have one of the worst secondaries in the league.
 
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 10.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Jones became the defacto number one wideout in Buffalo's receiving corps with Benjamin and still unavailable and Matthews struggling to connect with Tyrod Taylor.  The Bills will take on the Patriots at home in a  critical divisional matchup with playoff implications.  Jones will need to step up big for his team next week.
 
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Cooper left Sunday's game against Denver with a concussion, and Crabtree and Denver defensive back Aqib Talib were both ejected for fighting.  This left Patterson as the next man up in the Raiders receiving corps.  Patterson could take over as lead wideout while Cooper (concussion) and Crabtree (suspension - fighting) remain sidelined.  Oakland has some decent matchups against the Giants, Chiefs, and Raiders.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 62.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Impatient owners may have dumped Henry in a panic in recent weeks.  He hadn't reached the end zone since week 5 against the Giants and had caught just 5 passes for 43 yards in weeks 8, 10, and 11 (Chargers had a bye in week 9).  He snagged 5 targets for 76 yards and a score in Dallas.  The absence of rookie Mike Williams could lead to a greater role in the offense for the young tight end.
 
Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 26.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Gase got his tight end "more involved," in the offense by tossing him the ball 6 times.  He corralled 5 of those tosses for 52 yards.  He's had 5 targets apiece in the last 2 games, and found the end zone in both games prior to that.  He'll return to Denver this week where his career really got going, and try to keep things rolling. 
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 32.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The wily journeyman was able to make plays with his feet and direct traffic downfield against a tough Panthers defense.  This led to 307 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.  He could repeat this week against a Chiefs defense that hasn't picked off an opposing quarterback since week 8.  He has speedy wideouts who can get behind defenses and make big plays.  McCown is worth a pickup this week.
 
Brett Hundley, QB, Green Bay Packers
(currently owned in 5.3% of all ESPN leagues): Hundley completed 17 of 26 attempts for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns without turning the ball over to a tough Steelers defense.  McCarthy's playcalling and adjustments kept the game close, and Hundley looks more comfortable in the system.  Hundley could have an even bigger outing against a Buccaneers defense that gave up 253 yards and 2 scores to Julio Jones alone.  This puts Hundley at least in the streaming tier of possible fantasy starters this week.  
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 42.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, and Casey Heyward lead this defensive unit that has  forced 8 turnovers in the last 2 games, and have scored 3 touchdowns in that time.  Oh, and they play the Browns.  
 
New York Giants (currently owned in 10.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Giants seem like they've turned the corner after a frank team meeting called by Head Coach Ben McAdoo.  They've limited opposing offenses to just 29 points in their last 2 weeks and have forced 4 turnovers including one pick-6 by Janoris Jenkins.  The Raiders are without Cooper (concussion) and Crabtree (suspension) which could set up the Giants' defense for a good week.

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