Week 13 Waiver Wire: Top Pickups at Every Position
That is, at most, all that is left in your fantasy football league's season. In these last five weeks, every single player that is in your starting lineup has to put up big numbers if you want to win your league's championship.
With Week 12 over, here are the top pickups at every position that you should look for in your waiver wire.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Assuming that Kaepernick continues to be the starting quarterback for the 49ers, you have to pick him up now.
Kaepernick's versatility makes him so valuable in fantasy football. Not only has he thrown the ball efficiently in his first two starts (474 yards, three touchdowns), but Kaepernick is also a great runner. With his ability to score fantasy points throwing and running, Kaepernick should make for a solid fantasy quarterback for the rest of the season.
Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Since Blaine Gabbert got injured, Henne has been outstanding. In his last two games, Henne has thrown for 615 yards and six touchdown passes. If he continues to play like this, Henne has a legitimate shot of being the Jaguars starting quarterback next season.
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
After it appeared that Ronnie Hillman was going to be the Broncos' new starting running back, Moreno got the start this past week and made the most of it.
Though he didn't have a great game, Moreno still had 20 carries and four receptions. If he continues to get this many touches, Moreno will be a terrific flex play for the rest of the season.
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
We don't know how long LeSean McCoy is going to be out for, but what we do know is that Brown can certainly ball. Filling in for McCoy this past week, Brown ran for over 170 yards and two touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers.
Even if McCoy returns this week, expect Brown to have a much bigger role in the Eagles offense after this impressive performance.
Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Despite missing most of the season, Wells returned this past week and immediately had a fantasy impact. Though he only ran for 48 yards, Wells was still Arizona's go-to running back, receiving 17 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
Wells may not run for many yards, but he is going to get plenty of goal-line carries that should result in a good amount of touchdowns.
Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon showed that his performance against the Houston Texans in Week 11 was no fluke. Though he didn't have over 200 receiving yards again, Blackmon still put up solid fantasy numbers, catching five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Since Chad Henne became the starting quarterback for the Jaguars, he has made an effort to get Blackmon involved in the offense.
If Blackmon is still available in your league's waiver wire, get him now.
Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
Though he was held out of the end zone this past week, Alexander still managed to catch five passes for 74 yards. In his last three games, Alexander has been Philip Rivers' favorite target, garnering 17 receptions on 26 targets, 304 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Start moving Alexander up on your boards for your 2013 fantasy football season.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
After looking like he was on the verge of becoming a breakout tight end three games into the season, Pitta all of a sudden disappeared. However, it looks like Pitta is back and needs to be picked up for the final stretch of your fantasy football season.
In his last two games (excluding Week 11, in which he got injured), Pitta has caught 11 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Pitta is one of Joe Flacco's favorite receivers to throw to, so expect him to continue to see his fair share of targets.
The Cowboys defense got torched this past week by Robert Griffin III, but don't expect it to have another horrible performance in Week 13. The Cowboys will be taking on the Philadelphia Eagles, who have Nick Foles under center. Expect their defense to eat him alive.
Any defense that is going up against the New York Jets is a must-start in fantasy football. The Cardinals should have no problem being able to shut down Mark Sanchez and the Jets' atrocious offense