Fantasy Football: Week 13’s Best Waiver Wire Options
This week is technically Week 13, but for many fantasy owners it’s more like Week 17 – one last shot at the fantasy playoffs. Matchups are of utmost importance when considering who to add (and possibly start) this week so that will a more focal part of our recommendations.
As always, players listed below are owned in less than 50% of FleaFlicker leagues.
Bryce Brown, Eagles RB (at Dallas): Brown impressed last night with 178 yards and two touchdowns. Even with two fumbles he gives Andy Reid some comfort (at one position, anyhow.) Based on the disparity up front between Dallas and Carolina, Brown will absolutely not have the same success this week. However with impressive talent, and DeSean Jackson’s injury, Brown will likely be the featured player on offense. (Because it can’t be Nick Foles!)
Knowshon Moreno, Broncos RB (vs. Tampa Bay): Moreno proved he still has something left last week and will continue starting in place of the injured Willis McGahee. The Bucs are 6th in total rushing yards allowed from scrimmage, but Moreno’s 20-25 carries should be enough to give him at least a respectable day.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers QB (at St. Louis): Only owned in 29% of leagues? Really fantasy people? That should change big time at St. Louis this weekend. Kaepernick has displayed the arm, the velocity and the willingness to take chances. Look for a big fantasy number this week. (Maybe I should switch Aaron Rodgers out for him? Hmm…)
Golden Tate, Seahawks WR (at Chicago): Golden Tate had one of the best catches of Week 12, and he continues to prove he can match-up well with anyone. Tate has been averaging about 55 yards a game, often with a touchdown sprinkled in. But it’s the physicality and explosiveness I am most excited about. If you need an upgrade at WR, Tate’s not a bad option.
Ryan Broyles, Lions WR (vs. Indianapolis): With Titus Young suspended last week, Broyles busted out with 126 yards on 6 receptions. He was targeted 12 times. Young has still not returned to the team, making Broyles the presumptive starter for this week and possibly the remainder of the season.
Julian Edelman, Patriots WR (at Miami): I don’t love Edelman as much as the other WRs mentioned, but he does seem to keep benefitting from the team’s points explosion. Edelman has a touchdown in each of the last two weeks.
Dennis Pitta, Ravens TE (vs. Pittsburgh): After two touchdowns in three games, Pitta has returned as an integral part of Joe Flacco’s mix. The Steelers play well against opposing tight ends so temper expectations. But if Pitta gets a solid 5-7 targets he could be in for a decent day.
Good luck waivering, and look for our Startability Index on Thursday afternoon!