2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

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

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 13 (this week):
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina Panthers

RUNNING BACKS (RB): James White, Damien Harris, Wayne Gallman, Brian Hill, Cam Akers, CJ Prosise

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Deebo Samuel, Keke Coutee, Corey Davis, Michael Pittman, Allen Lazard, Cole Beasley, Collin Johnson

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Logan Thomas, Robert Tonyan, Kyle Rudolph, Houston Texans

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs 

RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

James White, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 48.4% of all ESPN leagues):
White got just five carries as the Cardinals jumped out to an early lead, but he managed to get in the endzone on two of those totes.  They weren’t able to get much of anything going on the ground or on offense, but White could get a lot more targets with Edelman and Burkhead now on IR.  Byrd has been their most consistent receiver recently but they’ve had little else.  Next on the schedule is a Chargers defense that’s allowing over 100 yards and an average of five yards per carry on the ground to opposing backfields.  They’ve also surrendered an average of 6 catches for 36 yards to opposing running backs, including a monster game to Saints running backs who combined for 10 catches for 97 yards.  They’ve also allowed 7 catches or more to opposing running backs in 5 of their games this season. The metrics line up nicely for an offensive outburst from New England’s receiving back.

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 56.9%of all ESPN leagues):
Speaking of Patriots running backs, Harris seems like the dedicated ground guy.  Sony Michel wasn’t given a single carry in his return to the active roster, which means Harris is the lead back.  He’ll share carries with Cam, but offensive coordinator will probably take what Josh McDaniels will probably take what the defense gives them.  In this case, the Chargers run defense has been average and given up nearly 5 yards a carry and 100 yards on the ground.  The Chargers do have a potent passing attack thanks fo Justin Herbert’s arm, so the Pats could pound the rock to milk the clock and try to keep Herbie off the field.  Buyer beware, game flow will dictate the Patriots offense per usual. 

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 58.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Gallman has been a revelation for the Giants’ ground game.  He’s found the endzone in five consecutive games now, and he posted his best rushing yardage by far last week, albeit against a soft Cincinnati front. Gallman could get more involved through the air next week since a hamstring injury might keep Daniel Jones sidelined and backup Colt McCoy might need to dump it off early and often to negate a revived Seahawks pass rush.  Of course once Gallman gets to the second level, he’ll need to contend with Wagner and Wright.  Nevertheless, hopefully Gallman can keep his scoring streak alive and volume will be in his favor.

Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 27.9% of all ESPN leagues):
As the Rams’ running back roulette continues, Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson split carries.  McVay has said they had to get Akers more involved in the offense and Akers rewarded the decision with 84 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries.  As a reminder, Akers was drafted as the potential replacement to Todd Gurley and has similar measurables to another Florida State running back, Dalvin Cook.  While it may be a bit early to add Akers, managers in deeper leagues would be wise to add him now.  The Rams’ offensive line is back in their 2018 Super Bowl form, which means they should help their backs log plenty of stats. 

Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
Hill was the lead back in place of an injured Todd Gurley.  Unfortunately he struggled to get anything going on the ground and split carries with Ito Smith who got in the endzone.  Gurley has had knee issues the last couple of seasons so it remains to be determined exactly how long he’ll be sidelined this time.  Hill will attempt to lead the Falcons backfield against a stout Saints front this week, but he’ll have the Chargers, Buccaneers, and Chiefs throughout the playoffs.  

CJ Prosise, RB, Houston Texans (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s not often that a team loses its entire receiving corps, but that’s basically what happened to the Texans.  They placed Cobb on IR, waived Kenny Stills, and Fuller was suspended for the rest of the season for use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).  The Texans pass catching back CJ Prosise could get on the field more often as a result.  This is a deep league PPR add, but Prosise is a decent dart throw because there isn’t much depth at the position. 

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 61.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Fun fact: Deebo Samuel, the 49ers too receiving threat and one of the only healthy playmakers is available in roughly 40% of all ESPN leagues.  He should soak up a ton of targets with Kittle lost for the season and Brandon Aiyuk sidelined.  He posted a monstrous 11 catches for 133 yards in his first game back since week 7’s contest against the Patriots.  Last week’s performance helped his team post a W against a tough Rams defense.  He should be rostered immediately and he should continue to produce with a favorable schedule.  

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 51.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Davis continues to look like a first round draft pick.  He posted 3 catches for just 70 yards as Derrick Henry stole the show, but he gets a much better matchup this week against a Browns defense that could continue to struggle if Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward both remain sidelined.  He should continue to get plenty of looks, but game plan might cap his production if the Titans choose to run the ball, control the clock, and keep their vulnerable defense off the field.  Nevertheless, Davis is worth rostering and starting this week and beyond against the Browns, Jaguars and Lions.

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The loss of most of the Texans’ starting wideouts opens a door of opportunity for their possession receiver, Keke Coutee.  He showed flashes a couple of seasons ago when DeAndre Hopkins was still on the team and Will Fuller was sidelined.  He’ll need to step up again in place of Cobb (IR), Stills (waived), and Fuller (suspended) until Cobb returns from injured reserve.  Buckner, Leonard, and a stout Colts front should generate plenty of pressure which means Deshaun Watson will need to dump the ball off quickly.  There are plenty of targets to go around so Coutee should get his.

Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 37.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Pittman let some of his owners down last week by bringing in just 2 of his targets for 28 yards.  It was fellow wideout Hilton who had the big day instead.  Still, Pittman has begun to emerge as a reliable target in the last 3 weeks logging 12 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown during that time.  He could bounce back this week in a good matchup against a suspect Texans coverage unit.  He’ll have the Titans, Raiders, and the Titans again and he‘ll finish the fantasy season against the Steelers.  He’s worth stashing at the very least for now.

Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 27.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers’ downfield threat looked more like himself in his second game back.  He posted 4 catches for 23 yards and found the endzone.  He gets a decent matchup against a suspect Eagles secondary this week and Rodgers will do his best to use Lazard to stretch the field with Adams likely drawing a familiar foe in coverage, Darius Slay.  

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 54.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Beasley was held largely in check and caught just 2 passes for 25 yards last week against the Chargers.  However, he was able to salvage his fantasy day by tossing a touchdown on a trick play to fellow wideout Gabriel Davis.  He’ll try to bounce back this week and should get more targets with John Brown sidelined again.  He’ll try to bounce back this week against a banged up 49ers defense.  

Collin Johnson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Although Johnson torched a short handed Browns defense for 4 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, he’s a flier than shouldn’t be rostered outside the deepest of leagues.  He has a much tougher matchup against a surging Vikings defense this week.

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 46.1% of all ESPN leagues):
After a 5 game drought without a touchdown, Tonyan has gotten in the endzone for the second game in a row, and he added 67 targets on 5 catches.  He’s been one of the more reliable pass catchers on a Packers team that has struggled to find any opposite Adams.  With that said, Rodgers has connected with Tonyan in typically in the middle of the field when Rodgers has been under duress.  Tonyan will try to keep things rolling with some favorable matchups Through the end of the year against the Eagles, Lions, Panthers, and Titans.

Houston Texans TIGHT ends (available in at least 95% of all ESPN leagues):
The Texans tight ends should see an uptick in volume in the coming weeks.  They’ve struggled to move the ball in the ground with David Johnson sidelined, and their coverage unit was dealt another blow with Bradley Roby suspended for the rest of the year for using PEDs.  Deshaun will need to air it out to try and keep up with opposing defenses and Jordan Akins and Darren Fells should be a part of that game plan.  Akins is listed atop the depth chart, but either of these tight ends are decent dart throws. 

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 24.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas managed to find the endzone last week against the Cowboys and salvage an otherwise disappointing fantasy outing in which he caught 4 passes for 20 yards.  He could be involved in Washington’s passing attack again when he faces a Steelers secondary that’s looked average at times.  Alex Smith could get rid of the ball in a hurry since the Steelers have one of the best front 7 in the league.  

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 13.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Cousins connected with his old friend Kyle Rudolph with Thielen and Irv Smith sidelined last week.  Rudolph brought in 7 of his 8 targets for 67 yards and could get similar volume this week against the struggling Jaguars if Thielen and Irv Smith can’t go for a second game in a row. 

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Philip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 13.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Rivers’ performance last week left a bit to be desired, but his ceiling remains high this week.  He’ll travel to Houston to take on a Texans secondary that’s been average at best.  Houston’s coverage unit has surrendered 269 yards and nearly 2 passing touchdowns to opposing signal callers and a passer rating of 105.7 through 11 games this season.  Rivers even connected with Hilton for Hilton’s first touchdown of the season.  Rivers is worth rostering and streaming for this week at least.  Of note: the Colts list starting tackle Anthony Costanzo last week to an injury, so it will be interesting to see how they adjust to J.J. Watt this week.  

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 56.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill had a decent outing against a tough Colts defense that was missing pieces up front.  He threw for 221 yards and a touchdown and he picked up another touchdown with his legs.  He’s worth a look in most leagues since he’ll face a Browns defense that struggled to stop a Jaguars offense without Myles Garrett or Denzel Ward.  Tannehill might need to sling it if his team struggles to stop Nick Chubb and an exception Browns ground game.  

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 21.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Fitzmagic gets another start this week if a thumb injury keeps Tua sidelined.  He threw for 257 yards and a pair of scores last week, but he could put up better numbers this week against a Bengals defense that’s one of the worst in the league.  If Tua can’t go, Fitz is worth streaming at least. 

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota (currently owned in 20.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Cousins has been far better than the game manager most fantasy owners expected him to be.  He’s thrown for 3 touchdowns in 4 of his last 6 games and he’s thrown just 4 picks during that time.  He’ll have a soft Jaguars coverage unit and he gets an additional boost if Thielen can be reactivated off the Covid-IR list.  Buyer beware: he does have some tough matchups against the Bucs, Bears, and Saints after this week’s contest. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 53.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Seahawks pass rush took advantage of a banged up Eagles offensive line and sacked Carson Wentz 6 times on Monday night.  Carlos Dunlap has given Seattle’s pass rush the boost it needs to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks.  Griffin also returned and Quandre Diggs chipped in with a pick.  All in all the Seahawks held the Eagles to just 17 points last night, and this defense is showing signs of life just in time for fantasy and real life playoffs.  They’ll get the Giants and backup QB Colt McCoy ah home this week.  

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 46.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers took advantage of a struggling Bears offensive line last week and generated 3 turnovers while holding them to just 10 points through the first 3 quarters.  They’ll try to take advantage of an Eagles offensive line that gave up 6 sacks to the Seahawks last week.  Buyer beware: this defensive unit does struggle against the run, and the Eagles did bring back bruiser Jordan Howard, who has done well against the Packers run defense in the past.  Nevertheless, this defense offers plenty of upside.  

Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 42.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chiefs gave up 24 points to the Buccaneers but they did manage to pick Tom Brady off twice.  This week’s home matchup isn’t nearly as competitive, especially if the Broncos still don’t have a quarterback.  Daniel Sorensen had a pick 6 last time these 2 teams met and Byron Pringle added a special teams touchdown of his own.  There’s lots to like I’m this week’s contest at Arrowhead.  

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