Week 13 Waiver Wire: Projecting Best Adds, Drops and Future Handcuffs

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2018

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, left, tries to break free from Oakland Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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For the diehard fantasy football enthusiast, it's important to not only get into the postseason but to do so with an enviable record. This is why most owners are still looking to dominate in Week 13, even if they've already locked up a fantasy playoff spot.

Continuing to tinker with rosters and work the waiver wire through the playoffs is just what fantasy winners do.

With this in mind, we're going to examine some of the best waiver-wire targets (players available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues), top options to drop and to handcuff for Week 13 and beyond.

All fantasy rankings via FantasyPros.  


Week 13 Top Targets and Projections

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries (29 percent owned): 6 receptions, 78 receiving yards, 1 TD

Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds (43 percent): 5 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (44 percent owned): 6 receptions, 80 receiving yards

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (2 percent): 150 yards passing, 120 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (46 percent): 170 yards passing, 110 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (44 percent): 20 rushing yards, 7 receptions, 58 receiving yards

Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (16 percent): 85 rushing yards, 1 TD

Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines (26 percent): 45 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 48 receiving yards

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson (1 percent): 85 rushing yards, 1 reception, 12 receiving yards

Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett (8 percent owned): 3 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 1 TD

If you're looking to add a quality starter to your roster this week, target a wideout like Adam Humphries or Josh Reynolds. Both have been productive in recent weeks for different reasons.

Reynolds has filled in for an injured Cooper Kupp, while Humphries has seen his value rise due to the reinsertion of Jameis Winston as Tampa's starter. Reynolds racked up six catches, 80 yards and a touchdown in his last game, while Humphries amassed 54 yards and a touchdown on six receptions.

For running backs this week, we're recommending guys who will see an increased role due to injuries. The Los Angeles Chargers have lost running back Melvin Gordon for at least the next couple of weeks, which makes Justin Jackson a smart pickup.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Chargers star RB Melvin Gordon was diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL sprain suffered in yesterday’s blowout win, sources say. He had his MRI last night. Gordon is out the next few weeks, but should be back before the end of the regular season if all goes well.

The Colts lost Marlon Mack to a concussion last week, which raised the value of Nyheim Hines.

Stephen Holder @HolderStephen

Frank Reich is on his conference call now... Marlon Mack is in concussion protocol. Jack Doyle was hospitalized last night with a kidney injury and his season is over.

The Colts have also lost tight end Jack Doyle for the season, though his counterpart, Eric Ebron, almost certainly won't be available in your league. (If he is, grab him!). If you owned Doyle, consider Rams tight end Gerald Everett, who has three touchdowns in his last two games.

With no teams on bye, you probably have your top quarterback available—unless your "top" guy was Andy Dalton, of course. However, if you've been streaming at the position, consider Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. Both have plenty of upside, depending on how your league values rushing yards.

Allen is certain to start in Week 13, and he'll go against a Miami Dolphins team that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this season—yes, that's how you should evaluate Allen's opponents for the time being. Jackson is a tad more of a risk, as Baltimore has yet to determine if he or Joe Flacco will start next week.

"I'm not going to get into any of that, for a lot of reasons," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.


Week 13 Top Drops

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (35,786 Monday drops)

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (34,321)

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (23,444)

Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST (14,949)

Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (13.773)

Dallas Cowboys D/ST (10,721)

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (10,145)

Atlanta Falcons K Matt Bryant (9,648)

There aren't too many surprises among the top Yahoo drops on Monday. We already mentioned that Doyle is done for the season. The same is true for Detroit Lions wideout Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Dalton and Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Bengals QB Andy Dalton suffered torn ligaments in his thumb, source said. It’s not immediately known if he’s having surgery but his season is over nonetheless. Jeff Driskel, who was 17 of 29 for 155 and a TD, is now the starter.

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

Bad news: TE Jeff Heuerman has broken ribs, bruised lung, done for year. And Shaq Barrett out 3-4 weeks with hip flexor, per sources. #9sports

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

#Lions coach Matt Patricia announced WR Marvin Jones is going on injured reserve.

If you own any of these guys, ditch them in an effort to grab someone off the waiver wire.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defense and special teams is also one of the top drops. Considering the franchise just fired its offensive coordinator, benched quarterback Blake Bortles and saw Leonard Fournette handed a one-game suspension, we'd recommend staying away from Jacksonville in fantasy.

The one player we're not so sure about giving up on here is Green Bay Packers wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling. After posting just one catch in each of his last two games, he certainly isn't a must-start this week, but he has a very favorable matchup in two weeks.

The Atlanta Falcons have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

Valdes-Scantling is droppable, but if you can stash him for a week, he's a good deep sleeper in Week 14.


Top Handcuffs

Los Angeles Chargers RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson

Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown

New York Giants RB Wayne Gallman

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware

Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead

If you own one of the top backs—like Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley or Kareem Hunt—it's worth keeping his primary backup on your roster heading into the postseason. If you don't, of course, you can see that handcuff is available on the waiver wire, grab him and stash him just in case.

You're not going to start Rams running back Malcolm Brown if Gurley is healthy. If Gurley goes down, though, and you can slide a starting running back into your flex spot, it's going to feel pretty good.

As previously mentioned, Gordon is going to miss time, which makes both Jackson and Austin Ekeler viable fantasy starters right now.

There is a potential sleeper on this list, though, as the New England Patriots recently activated Rex Burkhead.

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Per @FieldYates, the Patriots have officially elevated RB Rex Burkhead from IR to the active roster. OT Matt Tobin is being released to make room for Burkhead.

Burkhead may simply be a backup behind James White and Sony Michel. Given the way New England uses running backs, he may also jump right into a significant role. It may be worth picking up Burkhead and waiting to find out.