Wednesday’s Fantasy Football Waiver Warriors – Week 13

Wednesday’s Fantasy Football Waiver Warriors – Week 13

For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team. 

Top Priority

QB

Ryan Tannehill – Since taking over the starting quarterback job, Ryan Tannehill has not scored less than 20 fantasy points in any game he’s played in this year. Tannehill is making a case to be the Titans’ quarterback of the future and has a solid end of season schedule. If you need a quarterback, he should be the priority.

Andy Dalton – The Red Rifle returneth. After a few weeks of watching Ryan Finley throw lame duck passes, head coach Zac Taylor has had enough and has announced he’s returning to Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback. This is a boost for all the wide receivers and with a matchup against the New York Jets coming up, Dalton is a nice play this week.

RB 

Rashaad Penny – It may have taken several years, but Rashaad Penny seems to be earning a larger share of the running game in Seattle. The Seahawks first-round selection had a nice game, including a 58-yard touchdown rumble. Chris Carson hasn’t been phased out completely, but on a team that likes to run as much as Seattle, Penny could be a valuable add for the playoff stretch.

Chase Edmonds – Gone but not forgotten, Chase Edmonds should be returning from injury this week. He’ll likely be splitting snaps with Kenyan Drake instead of David Johnson, but even in a shared role, Chase Edmonds has flex appeal. Edmonds is a sneaky pickup as many fantasy owners have seemingly forgotten about him, so he’s not being considered a hot add like some other names out there.

Gus Edwards – The Gus Bus has been chugging along behind Mark Ingram and has had flex appeal even in his limited role. Should anything happen to Ingram, Gus Edwards immediately becomes an RB1. This is the time to handcuff your players, so if you’re an Ingram owner or are just looking for a high upside flex, Gus Edwards should be a prime waiver target.

WR

AJ Brown – It’s going to feel a bit like chasing points after he blew up this week, but AJ Brown is a nice add for fantasy owners looking for high risk, high upside wide receiver plays. Brown’s floor is scary, but his ceiling is a potential week winning performance, which makes him a solid waiver pickup.

Mecole Hardman – Bye weeks force hard decisions, so scan the waiver wire to see if Mecole Hardman was dropped in your leagues. Hardman does not have any volume to speak of, but he only needs one play to be fantasy relevant. He’s a nice pickup and play this week against the Raiders.

TE

Ryan Griffin – The tight end landscape is so bad that Ryan Griffin was a top ten tight end in fantasy this week in spite of only catching 3 passes for 13 yards. His touchdown saved his week, but that makes 5 on the season, including one in each of his last two games. With Chris Herndon out and Griffin being re-signed, he’s a valuable streamer for the rest of the year.

Jack Doyle – Eric Ebron’s unfortunate double ankle injury will end his season. Fortunately, this should also end the dreaded tight end committee in Indianapolis, meaning Jack Doyle could ascend into being a potential top ten tight end in PPR for the rest of the season. Doyle is probably owned, but in shallower leagues, check to be sure.

Second Run

QB

Devlin “Duck” Hodges – The Pittsburgh Steelers have made it official and are turning back to Duck Dynasty. Devlin “Duck” Hodges came into the game on Sunday and immediately injected life into the Steelers passing attack that had been bogged down by Mason Rudolph. With a rematch against the Browns up, I’m interested in Duck Hodges.

Kyle Allen – Somewhere between Sunday’s game versus the Saints and the two abysmal games prior is Kyle Allen’s actual talent level. He’s an average quarterback who can take advantage of the parts around him when they’re clicking. He’s not a great option, but he’s better than the last run of quarterbacks on waivers.

RB

Bo Scarbrough – I wanted to wait and see how the touches in Detroit’s backfield would be parsed out and I was pleasantly surprised to see Bo Scarbrough rattle off 98 yards on 18 carries. With a Thanksgiving game up next against the Chicago Bears, I think Scarbrough can be a nice play against an often struggling Bears run defense.

Benny Snell – I actually played Benny Snell in a league where both of my running backs (Damien Williams, Austin Ekeler) were on a bye week. It was a dart throw because of the matchup, but Snell ended up being the primary ball carrier and got 98 yards on 21 carries. If James Conner sits out this week, I like Benny Snell against the Cleveland Browns.

Darrell Williams – The other D Williams, Darrell Williams is more of a speculative add than a for sure play. The Chiefs will face the Raiders next, so the matchup is great, but Damien Williams’ status will need to be monitored closely. If Damien Williams is out, Darrell Williams should be a fine flex play.

WR

Auden Tate – With Andy Dalton set to take over the reins in Cincinnati once again, I like Auden Tate to re-emerge as a solid WR3. Tate had a lot of value when Dalton was still on the field, but that dissipated when Dalton lost the starting job. With Dalton back, I’ll be looking to pick up Auden Tate more often.

Chris Conley – He may have only had 4 catches for 49 yards against the Jaguars, but Chris Conley had 9 targets in that game and is a nice play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One game isn’t going to dissuade me from streaming against the defense allowing the most points to fantasy wide receivers and Conley’s deep-ball ability gives him a nice ceiling.

Jakobi Meyers – The undrafted rookie free agent saw 9 targets against the Cowboys and though Jakobi Meyers only caught 4 of those passes, seeing that many looks from Tom Brady is always a good sign. Meyers has low-level flex appeal in full-point PPR leagues for the time that Mohamed Sanu is out.

TE

Jacob Hollister – If not for Russell Wilson overthrowing him on an easy touchdown play, Hollister would have made the top ten in fantasy scoring from the tight end position. Unless you’re able to lock down Ryan Griffin or Jack Doyle, Hollister should be the main target.

Mike Gesicki – Just as I was moving on from Mike Gesicki’s potential, he pulled me back in by catching his first touchdown of the season. The target share and the matchups are both tantalizing, but Gesicki is still not a trustworthy week to week option.

Deep Stash

QB

Ryan Fitzpatrick – There’s a slight possibility that Ryan Fitzpatrick could end up as a league winner for some fantasy owners out there. He will face the Eagles, Jets, Giants, and Bengals to close out the fantasy season, so if you’re looking for a playoff quarterback, Fitzmagic just might be your guy.

Jeff Driskel – Even though he imploded in a plus matchup against the Washington Redskins, I’m still not completely out on Jeff Driskel. Before the Washington game, Driskel had back to back weeks where he was more than serviceable for fantasy, so if you’re desperate, Driskel is a last-ditch add.

RB

Raheem Mostert – When Matt Breida is out, Raheem Mostert is a viable flex option. Colonel Mostert found the endzone against the Green Bay Packers and if Breida misses another game, Mostert is startable against the Ravens. The Ravens have an excellent pass defense, but their run defense hasn’t been truly tested as of late, so I’ll be keenly watching this upcoming matchup against the 49ers.

Jordan Howard – He’s still battling a shoulder injury, but if Jordan Howard was dropped in your league, he’s worth a stash to see if he plays this week. Why? Because he’ll be facing the Miami Dolphins.

Qadree Ollison – This is now the second straight week in which Qadree Ollison has scored a touchdown. A virtual unknown, Ollison is operating as a big body runner for the Atlanta Falcons who desperately need a running game to lean on. Devonta Freeman is still hurt, Brian Hill is also battling injuries, so by process of elimination, Ollison is potentially a low-level flex option.

WR

Alex Erickson – Just like Auden Tate, Alex Erickson’s value has been revived by the announcement that Andy Dalton will once again be the starting quarterback. Under Dalton, Erickson had his best games of the season, so he’s worth adding for teams desperate to fill a receiver spot. 

Bisi Johnson – In full point PPR leagues, I’m interested in Bisi Johnson. Johnson had 9 targets in his last game, catching 5 of them. If he continues to see work like that out of the slot, he’s a viable stash as a potential flex option in plus matchups.

Willie Snead – It took almost the entire season, but Willie Snead finally had a good game worthy of being one of my favorite draft sleepers. Snead found the endzone twice, which is fluky, but there’s no one catching passes at wide receiver consistently in Baltimore except for Marquise Brown. It’s ugly, but it’s viable.

TE

Foster Moreau – Because Darren Waller has become the focal point of opposing defenses, Foster Moreau has some upside. Moreau hasn’t done much lately, but I think he may find the endzone against the Chiefs who will be focused on stopping the trio of Waller, Josh Jacobs and Tyrell Williams.

Dawson Knox – The Buffalo Bills didn’t need Dawson Knox to beat the Denver Broncos, so he only saw two targets in that game. However, Knox does see red zone work and in a tougher matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, the Bills may have to use their big body tight end more often.

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