2021 NFL Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Teams ON BYE this week, week 13:
Carolina Panthers
Cleveland Browns
Green Bay Packers
Tennessee Titans

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Chuba Hubbard, Alex Mattison, Jamaal Williams, Matt Breida, Dontrell Hilliard, D’onta Foreman

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Marquez Valdez-Scantling, AJ Green, Van Jefferson, Josh Reynolds, Laviska Shenault, 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Foster Moreau, Logan Thomas, Cole Kmet

QUARTERBACK (QB): Mac Jones, Derek Carr

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Kansas City Chiefs (vs Broncos), San Francisco 49ers (at Seahawks), Philadelphia Eagles (at Jets), Miami Dolphins (vs a Daniel Jones-less Giants)

RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Alex Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 33.5% of all ESPN leagues):
In a not so shocking turn of events, injury-prone Dalvin Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder during last week’s matchup against the 49ers making him doubtful for the foreseeable future.  Vikings backup Alex Mattison is available in nearly 2/3 of all ESPN leagues, so he should be a priority pickup in leagues where not so savvy managers haven’t handcuffed Dalvin Cook.  The Vikings have some tasty matchups coming up against the Lions, Steelers, and Bears who have some of the worst run defenses in the league.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 46.1% of all ESPN leagues): 
DeAndre Swift left the thanksgiving showdown with the Bears with a sprained shoulder.  He was sidelined the rest of the game as a result and the rest of the Lions backs shared the load.  Williams might be the most capable of all of them and logged 65 yards on 15 carries as a result.  He also brought in all 5 of his targets for 15 yards.  He’ll be the next man up if Swift can’t go this week against a banged up Vikings defense.  Even if Swift is available, he might be on a snap count, which would increase Williams’ touches.  

Matt Breida, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 5.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Deep league fantasy managers might be in luck.  Zack Moss was a healthy scratch last week with the stuff favoring Breida’s explosive style.  It was tough running at times though with a stout Saints front limiting Breida to just 26 yards on 9 carries.  However, he did bring in both of his targets for 29 yards and a touchdown to salvage an otherwise underwhelming fantasy outing.  He might not be the best option since he has some tough matchups against the Buccaneers, Panthers, and the Patriots twice.  He also shares the backfield with Singletary and Josh Allen.  However, deep league managers who are desperate enough can roster him as needed. 

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 33.4% of all ESPN leagues):
******The Carolina Panthers have a BYE WEEK this week, week 13, and DO NOT PLAY******
Hubbard got his shot earlier this year after CMC was sidelined due to injuries.  He’ll carry the load for Carolina again as CMC has ultimately been ruled for the remainder of the season.  He has a bye this week, but he’s still a viable streaming option against a soft Falcons front for the first week of fantasy playoffs.  Buyer beware: Hubbard and the Panthers do have a couple of tough matchups against the Bills and Buccaneers who have two of the best run defenses in the league in weeks 15 and 16, respectively.

Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 27.9% of all ESPN leagues):
******The Tennessee Titans have a BYE WEEK this week, week 13, and DO NOT PLAY******
While Hilliard was expected to serve as Foreman’s backup last week, he certainly looked like the more explosive of the 2 backs.  He took 12 totes for 131 yards and a touchdown, averaged over 10 yards a carry, and he did it against a Patriots defense that’s been stout these last few weeks.  Hilliard should continue to get touches as long as passing down back Jeremy McNichols remains sidelined with a concussion.  He and the Titans are off this week but they have some friendly matchups following the bye against the Jaguars, Steelers and 49ers to finish off the fantasy season.  

D’onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 41.2% of all ESPN leagues):
******The Tennessee Titans have a BYE WEEK this week, week 13, and DO NOT PLAY******
Foreman took on the role of lead back last week with Henry & McNichols both sidelined and Adrian Peterson waived.  He received 19 carries to Hilliard’s 12 and both backs brought in their lone targets.  Foreman is the bigger, more powerful back and will probably receive most of the goal line work.  He’ll be the Thunder to Hilliard’s lightning.  He and the Titans are off this week but they have some friendly matchups following the bye against the Jaguars, Steelers and 49ers to finish off the fantasy season.  

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 42.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Van Jefferson was targeted a season high 9 times in a shootout in Green Bay, but he only brought in 3 of them.  Nevertheless, Jefferson brought in 3 of those targets for 93 yards including a 79 yard touchdown early in the game and averaged 31 yards per catch.  Although his catch rate is atrocious, he’s still heavily targeted as the Rams’ premier big play threat.  OBJ might take away some targets but he also can’t stay on the field.  The injury-prone veteran’s snaps should be limited enough to allow Jefferson to continue having a significant role in the offense.  Jefferson could help lead fantasy managers to a championship if he and Stafford can get on the same page more consistently.  He and the Rams will have the Jaguars, Cardinals, Seahawks and Vikings to close out the fantasy season, 3 of which are fantasy-friendly matchups. 

AJ Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 31.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Green is a strong add this week against a depleted Bears secondary, especially if Hopkins remains hobbled by a hamstring injury.  Green’s performance has been hindered by Colt McCoy’s quarterback play, but his box score should get a boost if Kyler is back under center.  Head Coach Cliff Kingsbury is “hopeful” Kyler will return this week, but won’t make any guarantees.  He was blanked against the 49ers, but he’s averaged 6 targets per game in his last 2 outings.  He’ll face the Bears, Rams, Lions and Colts to close out the fantasy season.  

Josh Reynolds, WR. Detroit Lions (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Lions brought in a familiar face for Jared Goff.  Former Los Angeles Rams wideout Josh Reynolds joined the roster after the Titans cut him.  He quickly took advantage of the rapport he developed with Goff during their time with the Rams and hauled in 3 of his 5 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown albeit against a depleted Bears secondary.  He could continue to be a solid streaming option given his familiarity with the Lions signal caller.  He has a couple of nice matchups weeks 13 and 16 against the Vikings and Falcons, respectively, but things could get tricky with the Broncos and Cardinals in between. 

Desean Jackson, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 2.6% of all ESPN leagues):
For those desperate enough to look for a boom or bust play, Desean Jackson presents an intriguing add.  The newly acquired veteran brought in 3 of his 4 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown against a tough Dallas defense.  Of course Waller helped Desean’s case by drawing most of the coverage, but the tight end was sidelined for most of the second half which freed up targets for the speedster.  Jackson could get even more involved if Waller stays sidelined with a knee injury.  A tasty matchup against a soft Washington secondary awaits.  

TIGHT ENDS (TE):

Foster Moreau, TE, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Moreau becomes a pickup this week with Darren Waller considered week to week.  

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 13.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Kmet becomes a bit of a low floor play this week. He’s been targeted 8 or more times in 2 of his last 3 games with Allen Robinson sidelined with a hamstring injury.  He and Darnell Mooney will pick up most of Robinson’s targets again if Robinson is unable to go this week against the Cardinals.  Buyer beware, this is a desperation add and start only.  The Cardinals have one of the better coverage units in the league and Kmet needs to get more consistent usage before be can be a reliable starter in fantasy lineups.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 51.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas brought in 3 of his 6 targets in a wild Monday night win over the Seahawks.  Like Kmet, Thomas will need to provide better, more consistent box scores before managers can get him in the starting lineup.  However, Thomas is worth rostering with a wait and see approach.  Washington will finish the fantasy season with the Raiders, Cowboys, Eagles, and Cowboys again. 

QUARTERBACK (QB): 

Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 19.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Mac Jones is finally starting to look like the first round pick the Patriots drafted him to be.  The Pats have a stable of running backs to help their young signal caller along which means defenses have to respect the run and Jones can manage the game.  Jones completed 23 of his 32 tosses for 310 yards and a pair of touchdowns against a very familiar Mike Vrabel defense.  Two of those touchdowns went to wideout Kendrick Bourne.  He’s completed over 70% of his passes since week 4 and he’s averaged roughly 30 throws per game.  He’ll have a tough matchup against the division rival Bills this week, although the loss of Pro Bowl defensive back Tre’davious White should help.  Buyer beware: he has a bye in week 14 followed by the Colts and a home matchup against the Bills to boot. 

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 61.2% of all ESPN leagues):
After a couple of fantasy duds, Carr let it rip for 373 passing yards and a touchdown against a good Cowboys coverage unit and he did it without his top pass catcher, Darren Waller for half of the game.  It could have been that Dallas’ defense didn’t know who to cover and let old divisional foe DJax run free. Whatever the case, Carr willed his way to a good start line and a victory on Thanksgiving.  He’ll face a much softer Washington secondary this week, albeit possibly without his top target. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Kansas City Chiefs (vs Broncos), San Francisco 49ers (at Seahawks), Philadelphia Eagles (at Jets), Miami Dolphins (vs Giants)

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