2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds and Waiver Wire Pickups

RUNNING BACKS: Gus Edwards, Austin Ekeler, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, Malcolm Brown

WIDE RECEIVERS: Tre'quan Smith, Josh ReynoldsReynol Moore, Antonio Callaway, Dontrelle Inman, Mike Williams, Adam Humphries, Quincy Enunwa

TIGHT ENDS: Jonnu Smith, Cameron Brate, 

QUARTERBACKS: Baker Mayfield, Jameis Winston, Lamar Jackson

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans

RUNNING BACKS

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 53.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Edwards took 23 totes for 118 yards against the Raiders.  He's clearly been the lead back, especially when Lamar Jackson is in, since his skillset perfectly compliments Jackson's playing style.  The Ravens have finally been able to get something going with their ground game, and could roll with Gus even after Flacco returns.  He should be added in just about all leagues and formats.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 54.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Ekeler is to the Chargers as Phillip Lindsay is to the Broncos.  He's always been the change-of-pace back, the pass-catching compliment to Melvin Gordon's power.  Owning him has never been more important, especially to Melvin Gordon's owners.  Gordon left week 12 prematurely with an MCL sprain, which places his status in doubt for week 13.  Ekeler should be rostered in all leagues.  

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 18.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Lions certainly had a Blount instrument on their hands in a Thanksgiving showdown against the Bears. He hammered the Bears for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries.  Blount is the back to own if Kerryon Johnson remains out.  He'll get a home game against a Rams defense that can be run on in week 13.

Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions 
(currently owned in 37.1% of all ESPN leagues):
As expected, Riddick was the complimentary piece with 7 catches for 48 yards.  The Lions could continue to use Riddick in a similar fashion next week to try and slow down the Rams pass rush.  When Riddick is healthy, he's worth adding in PPR leagues whether Johnson is on the field or not.  Johnson gets the carries, Blount gets the redzone and goal line work, but Riddick will always get thrown to, and get the occasional handoff to mix things up.

Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 7.4% of all ESPN leagues):
This is a speculative move based on the assumption that the Rams will clinch their division and a first round bye with a week or 2 to spare.  If they do, they may choose to rest starters like Gurley, putting backup Malcolm Brown in the starting spot.  He should be picked up especially by Todd Gurley owners in preparation for the fantasy-pocalypse.  

WIDE RECEIVERS

Tre'quan Smith, WR New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 42.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Smith is, by far and away, the fantasy dart throw and epitome of low-floor, high-ceiling speculative add.  He's only had 2 games of 20 or more fantasy points.  He's caught 3 passes or less for 44 yards or less in all of the other games.  Nevertheless, he could be a vital part of the Saints' post season run.  He's worth an add for those who can spare the roster spot. 

Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 33.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Very rarely does an offense support 3 top wideouts.  The Rams' high-flying offense is one of those exceptions this year.  Josh Reynolds should step in and help immediately fill the roll after Cooper Kupp went down for the year.  He caught 6 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in a shootout against the Chiefs.  He's available in most leagues and should be rostered.

David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 6.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Moore returned to fantasy relevance this week after three straight lackluster performances.  Seattle is definitely a run-first team, but they showed that they can definitely throw it around the yard if they need to. Moore could get more involved with the passing game.  The Seahawks have struggled to contain the run and they'll face one of the better backs and fantasy football in the coming weeks. Matt Breida could run all of the time off of the clock, hoping the 49ers dominate time of possession with a lead.  This could force the Seahawks to throw more often, helping Moore pile up the targets.  He's available in the vast majority of leagues and is certainly worth picking up against some soft coverages (Chiefs and 49ers) in 3 of the next 4 weeks.

Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 7.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Callaway looks like he's finally finding his own in Freddie Kitchens' new system.  He reeled in 4 of his 5 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown against a soft Cincy secondary.  He's definitely not upside play at this point because he has soft matchups in three of the next four weeks against the Texans, Panthers, and the division foe Bengals during the championship week.  The Browns defense has been below average lately which could force them to throw more so they can score more. This could add to Callaway's volume as well.  He's available in over 90% of ESPN leagues, so he's a decent dart throw in deeper leagues.

Dontrelle Inman, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 8.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Inman has looked decent since joining the Colts in week 8.  With Doyle placed on IR, Inman could see additional volume with the redistribution of Doyle's targets.  He's a bigger receiver who can compliment Hilton and Ebron.  He's only caught 1 touchdown during his time in Indy, but that could change as he gets more comfortable in the system and become an integral part of the Colts' playoff run.

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 21.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Mike Williams return from injury approved that he could be a fantasy Factor. He caught four passes for 25 yards and 2 touchdowns and a blowout against the Cardinals. Look for this big-bodied receiver to continue to be a factor in the passing game.  He's a low-floor, high-ceiling asset that could be rostered in deeper leagues.

Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 28.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Humphries has become a receiver to own. He's averaged a touchdown a game in his last 4 games, and gets plenty of targets as the Buccaneers possession receiver.  His targets have dropped off a bit in the past 3 weeks, but he makes up for it with his high catch rate and efficiency.  He'll face a banged up secondary in a home matchup against the Panthers this week.

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 9.5% of all ESPN leagues):
So here's the thing.  Enunwa is easily the most experienced, complete wideout on the Jets, which makes him worth picking up.  Unfortunately, Enunwa's starting status depends on QB Josh McCown's starting status.  If McCown starts, Enunwa starts. If Darnold starts, Enunwa sits.  He snagged 4 targets for 73 yards with McCown under center this week.  He's a flier that could pan out when they play the Texans and Packers in weeks 15 and 16.

TIGHT ENDS

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Jonnu Smith is a boom or bust tight end that's been flying under the fantasy radar a bit. He doesn't post much in the way of catches or yards, but he's scored 3 touchdowns in his last 4 weeks.  He plays a position that lacks any kind of depth, and is worth rolling the dice on with the underwhelming outings of Greg Olsen and Jared Cook, and now Jack Doyle landing on IR. 

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 53.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Brate was great.  Ok, not really, since he caught just 3 passes for 26 yards and salvaged his fantasy outing with a touchdown.  Nevertheless, he's the starting TE1 in a Buccaneers offense that's struggled at times.  He should continue to get looks, especially in the redzone.  He's worth a roster spot.

QUARTERBACKS

Baker Mayfield, RB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 42.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield threw 2 touchdown passes in week 7-9, 3 touchdowns in week 10, and 4 passes this week against the division foe Bengals.  Those numbers are the very definition of trending upward.  He gets some nice matchups in the coming weeks (Bengals, Texans, Panthers) and is worth an add.

James Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 54.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Winston is worth owning at least for another week. He gets a soft matchup against a struggling Panther secondary. With receiving weapons like Mike Evans, Cameron Brate, Humphries and Godwin, it will be tough for Carolina secondary to figure out who to cover. To top things off, Winston can hurt opposing defenses with his legs.  He's a dual threat who's streaky, but the upside is there.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 49.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Lamar Jackson has been unspectacular as a pocket passer who throws the ball. However, he's averaged 95 rushing yards in his first two starts as a Raven.  Like Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, or Mitchell trubisky, Jackson is capable of hurting opposing defenses with his feet.  If he continues to get the start for the remainder of the season, it's only a matter of time before he carries the ball into the endzone again.  This speculative add is dependent on Flacco's health and coach Harbaugh's decision to start him.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 44.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Raiders are without Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, and now Brandon LaFell.  Their only pass-catching weapon is Jared Cook.  Sure, the Chiefs have looked horrible at times on the defensive side of the ball, but the Raiders have looked just as bad on many occasions this season. The Chiefs defense is worth picking up even as a dart throw.

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 19.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Cardinals have scored 18 or less in 4 of their last 5.  Green Bay's pass rush may be able to hurry the rookie quarterback into some mistakes.  Rosen has been a turnover machine since he started.  That doesn't look like it'll change any time soon.  The Packers have an underrated young secondary that can hopefully take advantage of that.

Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 52.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bills still have one of the better defenses in the league, but they don't get much press because of how horrible the rest of the team is.  They'll take on a Dolphins offense that's looked just as bad at times.  Buyer beware: Brocktober and roll has gone, and this offense may start looking better with Tannehill taking the snaps.

Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 39.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Titans defense gets a downgrade this week because of an injury to defensive back Malcolm Butler and Josh McCown under center.  Nevertheless, they have a great defensive head coach and a nice schedule ahead of them.  These Titans could take their fantasy owners to and through the playoffs, if their owners are willing to take a chance on them.

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