Week 13 Waiver Wire: Top Pickups for Fantasy Football Playoffs

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23:  Maurice Morris #28 of the Detroit Lions tries to get around the tackle of  Corey Peters #91 of the Atlanta Falcons during a first quarter run at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The NFL playoffs aren't here yet, but we're separating the contenders from the pretenders rather quickly.

The fantasy playoffs, however, are upon us.

Week 13 of the season offers some very favorable matchups and the waiver wire will not be as hot as it has been in recent weeks. Some teams and owners will still need an addition, though.

Here are some top pickups for your playoff run.


Marion Barber, RB, Bears

Chicago found out pretty quickly that they cannot trust Caleb Hanie to throw the football too often. In light of that, the Bears will run the football a considerable amount more.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Marion Barber #24 of the Chicago Bears beats Sean Jones #26 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to score a touchdown during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on Octo
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Matt Forte won't play every snap, though, and No. 2 back Marion Barber will continue to become a factor.

More importantly, the Bears play a Kansas City defense that is 26th in the league against the rush.

Chicago needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive, and that will best be accomplished on the ground. Look for the Bears to feature more of a two-headed rushing attack as the season winds down.


Maurice Morris, RB, Lions

This pickup depends on the nature of Kevin Smith's injury, but we may not know his status until late in the week. Even so, he'll still be a liability to get hurt again and Morris is going to see the ball regardless.

The veteran back carried the ball seven times as the Lions fell behind the Packers early, but caught eight passes out of the backfield.

Judging by the Saints' performance on Monday night against the Giants, we could see much of the same in Week 13.

Morris will be the go-to guy out of the backfield if Smith can't go.


Austin Collie, WR, Colts

If the Colts are going to have any success throwing the football, this may be the game for them to do it.

Not only do the Patriots have the worst secondary in the league, but the Colts will be playing from behind the minute they arrive in Foxborough.

If there is a week to take a chance on Collie (or Garcon but he's available in only 23-percent of Yahoo! leagues) it is this week.

The Colts are in for a long day and might be able to complete a few passes because of it. 

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