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Week 12 is in the books,  it’s time for Week 13 Waiver Rankings. The playoffs are looming and many owners fantasy playoffs chances hang in the balance. If you are one of those teams then now isn’t the time to get cute with your lineup. If you have any questions, I’m always available to guide you through your week (@FantasyWrath13) on Twitter. You can also email me @ thefantasyauthority1@gmail.com.

As for Week 12, it was another wild week.

Only three running backs (Mark Ingram, LeSean McCoy, and Le’Veon Bell) eclipsed 100 yards on the ground. However, running backs like David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, Doug Martin, and Jordan Howard had over 100 total yards.

The running back position has truly been one of the most consistent on a week-to-week basis. David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarco Murray, Melvin Gordon, and LeSean McCoy have been as consistent as they come and are likely leading fantasy owners to the playoffs. I’ve been a big proponent of going WR early for year’s, but heading into this season I felt that going RB early could be the contrarian strategy and could be the one that would be a league winner.

As for the wide receivers, it ended up being one of the more productive weeks for the position with 11 WRs topping the 100-yard mark.

On the season, players like Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, AJ Green and Odell Beckham Jr have been the only early round receivers fantasy who have paid off their ROI. We have players like Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, Terrelle Pryor, and Larry Fitzgerald who are outplaying their ADP and have been goldmines.

Overall, this season has been wild and completely unpredictable outside of a few at each position. If you’re in line for a playoff spot or a win away congrats. If you’re done, then I would say good luck next year and try out DFS. Our very own Ryan Williams writes an excellent DFS piece every week that can give you some solid contrarian plays.

Good Luck this week and thank you for reading.

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Must Add but on PUP list or injured.

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench stash

Purple = Deep league stash

Quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick

  1. Colin Kaepernick
  2. Tyrod Taylor
  3. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  4. Alex Smith
  5. Carson Wentz
  6. Joe Flacco
  7. Matt Barkley
  8. Jared Goff

Colin Kaepernick – He continues to thrive in Chip Kelly’s offense. He is the number one scoring QB over the last four weeks while averaging 25 fantasy points per week. With a poor defense, the 49ers offense will be playing from behind which will lead to plenty of opportunities to score fantasy points in bunches. This past week, he threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 113 rushing yards. For the rest of the season, Kaep makes for a weekly QB1 option and will face fantasy-friendly matchups against the Bears, Jets, Falcons, and Rams.

Tyrod Taylor – I’ve been surprised with the level of production he’s been able to put out. Once Sammy Watkins went to the IR, you had to figure he would be a very limited fantasy option despite his ability to create his own upside with his legs. However, he’s been a solid contributor despite only throwing two touchdowns over his last four games. He’s produced the 12th-most fantasy points over that span and now he gets Sammy Watkins back.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – In what’s been a truly forgettable season for Ryan Fitzpatrick, he turned in one of his better performances on Sunday against the Patriots. He completed 22-of-32 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He isn’t a sexy option by any stretch of the imagination, however, with matchups against the Colts and 49ers the next two weeks we could see a glimpse of 2015 Fitzmagic.

 

Running Backs 

Kenneth Dixon

  1. Kenneth Dixon
  2. Wendell Smallwood
  3. Derrick Henry
  4. Adrian Peterson
  5. Jerick McKinnon
  6. Charles Sims
  7. DeAngelo Williams
  8. Bilal Powell
  9. Christine Michael
  10. Chris Thompson
  11. Matt Asiata
  12. Rex Burkhead
  13. Matt Jones
  14. Kapri Bibbs
  15. Paul Perkins
  16. Andre Ellington
  17. Charcandrick West
  18. Kenneth Farrow
  19. Jonathan Williams
  20. Ameer Abdullah
  21. Damien Williams
  22. Jeremy Langford
  23. Denard Robinson
  24. Dwayne Washington
  25. Jalen Richard
  26. Alex Collins
  27. Kenjon Barner
  28. Akeem Hunt
  29. Peyton Barber
  30. Daniel Lasco
  31. Zach Zenner
  32. Kenyan Drake
  33. Lance Dunbar
  34. Bobby Rainey
  35. Ka’Deem Carey

Kenneth Dixon – This was the first week that Dixon out-snapped (44.9% to 33%) and out-touched (17 to 16) Terrance West. We have known this was coming for weeks and it appears that Dixon has taken over as the lead back. He’s the running back to own in the offense and has the potential to be a bell-cow back. He should be a solid RB2 down the stretch. He’s a must-add this week.

Derrick Henry – The Titans have fed DeMarco Murray with 274 total touches on the season and would be wise to limit him some moving forward. Enter Derrick Henry. Henry has played well on limited touches and would be a low-end RB1 if anything happened to the bell-cow. I’m stashing Derrick Henry anywhere I can because of his immense upside.

Adrian Peterson – He’s purely a speculative add at this point. He’s yet to start running, but the team is still optimistic that he could return before season’s end.

Charles Sims – Returned to practice last week, but can’t return until next week. With Doug Martin struggling, Sims should step right back in as the pass catching back. If his timetable holds he will be facing off against the Saints. He’s worth an add in all formats.

DeAngelo Williams – He’s inching his way back from a torn meniscus and could return as early as this week against the Giants. Of course, his value is capped with Le’Veon Bell healthy. However, he’s an elite handcuff and should be owned in all 12 team leagues.

Bilal Powell – He’s been used primarily as the third-down back and has been up and down doing it. Week 11 he hauled in seven passes for 54 yards and a touchdown, but Week 12 he only received three targets and converted one of them for seven yards. He finished the day with 43 total yards which was more than that of teammate Matt Forte who totaled 27 yards. This week the Jets take on the Colts who have yielded the sixth-most points to running backs. He should be viewed as an RB3 in PPR formats this week.

Rex Burkhead – With Gio Bernard done for the season, Burkhead figures to carve out a role as the teams change-of-pace back. He received seven touches and turned that into nearly 50 yards during their loss to the Ravens on Sunday. Even more surprisingly, he out-snapped starter Jeremy Hill. Although, it should be mentioned that Hill briefly left with what looked to be a nasty knee injury, but should be fine for next their clash with the Eagles on Sunday. The Bengals square off against the Eagles, Browns, Steelers, and Texans the next four weeks. Burkhead is purely a stash in 12 team leagues and could carve out a role in PPR formats.

 

Wide Receiver

Tyreek Hill

  1. Tyreek Hill
  2. Tyler Boyd
  3. Taylor Gabriel
  4. Quincy Enunwa
  5. Will Fuller
  6. Marquess Wilson
  7. Malcolm Mitchell
  8. Brandon LaFell
  9. Dontrelle Inman
  10. Kenny Stills
  11. Pierre Garcon
  12. JJ Nelson
  13. Marqise Lee
  14. Eli Rogers
  15. Mohamed Sanu
  16. Michael Floyd
  17. Tyler Lockett
  18. Kendall Wright
  19. Dorial Green-Beckham
  20. Adam Theilen
  21. Seth Roberts
  22. Jeremy Kerley
  23. Anquan Boldin
  24. Cordarrelle Patterson
  25. Brandon Coleman
  26. Tajae Sharpe
  27. Sammie Coates
  28. Devin Funchess
  29. Chris Hogan
  30. Brian Quick
  31. Cecil Shorts III
  32. Eddie Royal
  33. Braxton Miller
  34. Josh Bellamy
  35. Albert Wilson
  36. Torrey Smith
  37. Jermaine Kearse
  38. Adam Humphries
  39. Nelson Agholor
  40. Jeff Janis

Tyreek Hill – Over the course of the season, TyFreak has been an underrated fantasy contributor. Since Jeremy Maclin went down, he has taken over as the team’s No.1 WR. He’s an explosive athlete who can score anytime he gets the ball in his hand. In the Chiefs thrilling overtime win over the Broncos on Sunday night, Hill was the featured weapon for the Chiefs. He hauled in 9-of-10 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a three-yard score and returned a punt 86 yards for another touchdown. He is truly a dynamic playmaker and will continue to carve out a significant role in the offense even once Maclin returns from his groin injury. Hill is only owned in 36% of Yahoo and 26% of ESPN formats.

Tyler Boyd – He converted nine targets into five receptions for 62 yards in Baltimore. He was tied for second in team targets with 9. He has the potential to be a high usage asset for fantasy owners down the stretch, or at least until AJ Green returns. He’s more of a PPR target than standard because I don’t see enough red zone opportunities to make a viable standard league target on a week-to-week basis.

Taylor Gabriel – Dude just continues to score touchdowns. He’s found the end zone in each of his last four games and has scored five total over the last four weeks. It’s rare to see a player who has scored double-digit fantasy points in four straight weeks have such a low ownership percentage (6% Yahoo and 3% ESPN). I get it, he doesn’t see a heavy workload but he’s been ultra-productive and should be viewed as the team’s WR2 opposite of  Julio Jones. This week the Falcons take on a Chiefs defense that is coming off of their physical win over the Broncos. The Chiefs secondary or Philip Gaines to be more specific has been exposed as a liability. I would expect the Falcons to follow the same blueprint and attack Gaines’ side of the field. Gabriel makes for a WR4 this week.

Quincy Enunwa – He continues to see a high snap share, but hadn’t done a damn thing with it until this past week against the Patriots. He hauled in all five targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Jets will face the Colts and the 49ers the next two weeks, so if you’re in need of a wide receiver, then Enunwa make for an interesting flex play.

Will Fuller – Extremely hard to trust with Brock Osweiler at QB, but he does appear to be healthy for the first time in weeks. He gets to face the Packers and Colts the next two weeks, however, he’s upside is capped and isn’t anything more than a WR4 given his current situation.

Marquess Wilson – I guess every Bears QB has a favorite target and Matt Barkley’s is Marquess Wilson. In only his second game of the season, Wilson received 11 targets and he turned that into 8 receptions, 125 yards, and a touchdown. Up next for the Bears is a matchup against the 49ers who allow the second-most points to wide receivers. With his apparent chemistry with Barkley, he should be viewed as a low-end WR4 this week.

Malcolm Mitchell – Despite only playing 47% of snaps, he made the most of it hauling in five passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns. He’s now scored double-digit fantasy points on back to back weeks, but with the return of Chris Hogan and limited usage he makes for a risky start this week against the Rams.

 

Tight End

Cameron Brate

  1. Cameron Brate
  2. Vernon Davis
  3. Vance McDonald
  4. CJ Fiedorowicz
  5. Hunter Henry
  6. Ladarius Green
  7. Austin Hooper
  8. Jared Cook
  9. Lance Kendricks
  10. Josh Hill
  11. Will Tye
  12. Jermaine Gresham

Cameron Brate – Has the best schedule the next four weeks (@SD, NO, @Dal, @NO) as any tight end. His weekly target share puts him in play as a weekly TE1 the rest of the way.

Vernon Davis – With Jordan Reed and his status up in the air, Davis stands to take on a much bigger role in the offense. If Reed misses time, the veteran tight end would be a low-end TE1 at best against the Cardinals.

Vance McDonald – Continues to do the most with limited opportunties and should continue to see enough targets to make him a viable streaming option most weeks.

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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