Week 13 Waiver Wire: Fantasy Studs Owners Must Add

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Week 13 Waiver Wire: Fantasy Studs Owners Must Add
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The fantasy football regular season is drawing to a close, and Week 13 is pivotal for the teams trying to make the postseason. More than at any point in the year, handling the waiver wire properly now could result in a monumental berth in the fantasy playoffs.

Here are all the difference-makers who could lead your team to fantasy glory in Week 13.

*Based on standard-scoring leagues. All stats via NFL.com.

 

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree will reportedly be activated from the PUP list in Week 13, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and fantasy owners need to take the educated gamble by using a roster spot on him.

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Crabtree is coming off a torn Achilles injury but has been practicing with the team since Nov. 5. With 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns last season and 28 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the 2012 postseason, he has the talent to be an elite receiver again.

Whether he does that during the remainder of the fantasy season is the real risk.

A favorable meeting with the St. Louis Rams in Week 13 will allow Crabtree to ease back into the swing of things, but the team has back-to-back meetings with the vaunted secondaries of the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14 and 15, respectively.

In Week 16, typically the finals of the fantasy football championships, Crabtree will be close to full health and playing against an Atlanta Falcons team that has a putrid pass defense. While the risk of re-injuring his Achilles is always a concern, the receiver’s upside is the best on the waiver wire this week.

Predicted Week 13 Stat Line: Four receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown.

 

Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Rams starting running back Zac Stacy left Week 12’s game with a concussion, and his status for this Sunday is questionable, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. If he can’t start, expect undrafted backup Benny Cunningham to get the nod as the No. 1 back.

Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson were heralded as the top stars to watch in the St. Louis backfield this year, but Cunningham has outperformed each during his chances to shine. He has put up 238 yards with a touchdown on 40 carries during the regular season and even racked up 123 yards on 20 carries in the preseason.

The job is now Cunningham’s to lose.

Fantasy owners should understand, unlike the long-term investment made by picking up Crabtree, Cunningham is a short-term fix that will be a non-factor when Stacy comes back healthy.

If an owner needs to make the postseason by winning this week, though, Cunningham could be the spot start at the flex position to put you over the postseason edge.

Predicted Week 13 Stat Line: Seven receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown.

 

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Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans took wide receiver Justin Hunter in the first round of the 2013 draft with high expectations, and the rookie had his coming-out party against the Oakland Raiders in Week 12, racking up six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

The elite performance Sunday and the rapport with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led head coach Mike Munchak to tell the media that Hunter would continue getting the ball more and more each week, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Hunter is the team’s No. 3 receiver, but he has become the go-to man in the offensive game plan. With 13 targets in the last two games, Fitzpatrick and the Titans' coaching staff feel comfortable going to him in big situations.

That's good news for fantasy owners.

Predicted Week 13 Stat Line: Seven receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown.

 

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