2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!

RUNNING BACK (RB)

Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts, (currently owned in 29.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Williams carried the ball 26 times 104 yards and a touchdown and added another 17 yards on three catches in his first NFL start.  Marlon Mack is out indefinitely with a fractured hand.  Jordan Wilkins was active for Thursday night’s game in Houston but didn’t log a single touch even though Head Coach Frank Reich indicated the Colts would go with a committee approach.  Wilkins will have another ten days to perhaps prove he’s healthy enough to get some carries, but it will be tough to take touches away from Williams who has been so productive.  Williams will try to duplicate his efforts against a tough Titans defense this week with Hines filling in as the change of pace and pass catching back.

Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 3.6% of all ESPN leagues):
It turns out it was Snell, not Jaylen Samuels, who was used as the primary running back in Conner?s absence.  He carried the ball 21 times for 98 yards and led the team in both categories.  This lopsided split is a  pretty good indication that he'll be the primary ball carrier moving forward while Conner is sidelined.  Samuels should continue to be the pass catcher and change of pace back.

Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 48.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Scarbrough ran all over the Redskins.  The big basher is tough to being down and he racks up plenty of yards after contact.  His running style isn’t elusive or sexy but it gets the job done.  The knock on him coming out of college was his injury history.  He should continue to get plenty of touches and he gets a Bears defense that's been average at best against the run since loosing starting DT Akeem Hicks.

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 28.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Seahawks backfield turned into a timeshare all of a sudden and Penny was the beneficiary of that decision.  He received 14 touches to Carson's 12, but Penny was much more productive with his opportunities.  He averaged 9.2 yards per carry and found the endzone.  The Seahawks might be going with a hot hand approach or they might be trying to save Carson for a playoff run.  Either way, Penny is certainly worth picking up especially by Chris Carson owners. 

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 34.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Hines filled in as the change of pace back admirably.  He had 9 carries for 51 yards and he should continue to help out with the Colts passing attack.  This is a deep PPR add only, but Hines could get even more opportunities if Williams goes down and Wilkins remains sidelined.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 41.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Deebo Samuel was targeted just twice which is his lowest target share in five games, but that's all he needed to make an impact in the game and I'm fantasy leagues.  Most of his production came on a 42 yards touchdown catch but he still continues to be a factor even with both Kittle and Sanders back on the field.  His usage and speed give him a high ceiling and he's worth rostering in all formats.

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 4% of all ESPN leagues):
Julio Jones left last week’s game in third quarter with a shoulder injury and was questionable to return while Hooper remained sidelined.  Russell Gage stepped up in a big way for the Falcons offense by reeling in eight of his ten targets for 76 yards.  While he didn't find the endzone, he's certainly worth rostering because of his volume.  His production will depend on the availability of Jones and Hooper so monitor their statuses before starting Gage in any leagues.

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 21.6% of all ESPN leagues):
While Washington has been inconsistent at best up until now, he finally seems like he's coming online as a viable weapon for the Steelers.  He's been more bust than boom, but he's had at least 90 yards and a touchdown in two of his last three games.  He drew seven of the team's 27 targets and managed to score the the Steelers' only touchdown on a long 79 yard play.  While he's not a consistent week to week starter, he does have big play ability and could help fantasy owners with spot starts against the Cardinals and Jets.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 45.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Anderson still has a long way to go until he finds any sort of consistency, but he has found the endzone two weeks in a row now.  He would've also added to his number if he didn't have a 35 yard catch and run called back on a holding penalty two weeks against the Redskins.  Nevertheless, he's a risky flex starter with low volume, but his big play ability, chemistry with Darnold, and matchups against the Bengals and Dolphins help raise his ceiling.

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 23.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Potential owners only need to think back to just before the Giants' week 11 bye to remember Slayton's monster game against the Jets.  He caught ten passes for 121 yards and a pair of scores in an unexpected shootout.  Slayton has had plenty of opportunities thanks to injuries to all of the Giants' pass catchers and he's made good use of them.  He even snagged four of his seven targets for 67 yards against a tough Bears defense last week even though Sterling Shepard played.  He has a very difficult matchup against the Packers this week, but he could help fantasy owners during the playoffs as he faces the Eagles, Dolphins, and Redskins.  He's been targeted 21 times in his last two games as long as Evan Engram remains sidelined and teams continue to focus their efforts on Saquon and Shepard.  Golden Tate is also in the concussion protocol which could provide further upside for Slayton.

TIGHT END (TE)

Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 25.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Griffin hasn’t always been the most athletic or consistent tight end.  However, he’s been quietly been putting together a decent fantasy season in his last seven games.  He’s benefited from good usage and a system that’s allowed him to excel.  Darnold loves throwing to his tight ends and Griffin has caught 5 touchdowns in the 7 weeks since Darnold game back.  He’s scored touchdowns two weeks in a row now and he’ll try to keep things rolling this week against the Bengals.  He’s been a relatively consistent and deserves starting consideration given the lack of depth at the position.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 15.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill has been a decent sleeper the last couple of weeks.  He looked like a top fantasy signal caller this week though, completing 14 of his 18 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns while assessing another 40 yards and 2 scores on the ground without committing a turnover.  He did this against a tough Jaguars coverage unit as well.  He’s been trending upward and has scored eight total touchdowns in his last three games while committing just four turnovers.  He should continue to to produce as he gets more comfortable with his receiving options and Arthur Smith’s system.  He has some decent matchups with the Colts, Texans, and Raiders too.

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 18.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Darnold has the defenseless Bengals this week.  His recent schedule and return to form have somewhat helped him return to fantasy relevance after a rough start to the season.  He's been connecting with Crowder and Griffin on a consistent basis.  In addition, Darnold finally got his favorite weapon from last year going.  He connected with Robby Anderson four times for 86 yards and a touchdown.  He's a good streaming option this week and he'll have the Dolphins next week. 

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 62.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield has disappointed this season and he's been dropped in over half of all ESPN leagues.  However, his schedule helps raise his ceiling for the rest of the season and he still has the same weapons he had earlier this season including OBJ, Jarvis Landry, and Nick Chubb.  He passed for 193 yards and a couple of scores and added another rushing touchdown on a goal line carry against the Steelers at home several weeks ago.  He'll try to repeat that performance in Pittsburgh this week.  He has the Cardinals and Bengals the next couple of weeks.  Both of these teams have passing defenses that rank in the bottom ten of the league.

Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 23.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The former Super Bowl MVP has a tasty matchup this week.  The Buccaneers have been tough against the run, but Foles should be able to pick apart Tampa Bay's secondary since the Buccaneers have one of the worst pass defenses in the league.  Foles has some great weapons in Chark, Conley, and Westbrook.  The Jaguars also have the Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons throughout the fantasy playoffs.  This means Foles could help set his managers up for a championship.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 20.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers get the Giants this week.  Daniel Jones hasn't been an offensive revolution for this team and the Giants were missing a couple of key weapons in Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram.  The Packers boast one of the better defensive backfields in the NFL and the Smith's will try to force the young signal caller into some mistakes.  Buyer beware: Big Blue does have Saquon and this Packers defense can be run on.  Green Bay will have the Redskins at home next week.

Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 36.9% of all ESPN leagues):
While the Eagles defense hasn't exactly been stellar this year, they're suffocating when their defensive backfield is healthy.  They do also have the Dolphins this week.  They held the Patriots to just 17 points which says something.  They'll also have the Giants and Redskins coming up so fantasy managers should definitely consider adding this unit.

STREAMING OPTION

Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 37.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Redskins have struggled to move the ball all season and are one of the worst teams in the league.  They'll travel to Carolina this week in a road matchup against a decent Panthers defense.

Denver Broncos (currently owned in 19.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Philip Rivers threw four picks just a couple of weeks ago against the Chiefs.  The Chargers' offensive line has been banged up and the Broncos have one of the better pass rushes in the league.  The Broncos held the Chargers to just 13 points the first time they met this season and forced Rivers into a couple of picks.  The Broncos will have the Chargers this week at home which makes their defense a good streaming option this week.

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