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Week 13 NFL Waiver Wire Rankings

Hello Friends! With the end of the fantasy regular season rapidly approaching, I like to thank you for using The Fantasy Authority as your source for redraft and DFS information! This year was a little strange in terms of the waiver wire but I hope this article provided guidance towards your quest to win a championship! Thanks again for reading ! 

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench plays


1) Marcus Mariota (vs NYJ)

2) Case Keenum (vs CIN)

3) Colt McCoy (vs PHI)

4) Derek Carr (vs KC)

Week 13’s streaming pool at quarterback is super thin so it really depends what you may be looking for in terms of floor and ceiling. In good matchups against the Eagles and Chiefs, Colt McCoy and Derek Carr will face defenses that allow the fifth and seventh most fantasy points to the position respectively but keep in mind the low floor both could potentially produce. The safest option this week is likely Marcus Mariota with his rushing ability but the Jets defense has only allowed 19 passing touchdowns this season.

Running Back

1) Carlos Hyde (if Fournette is suspended) 

2) Jordan Wilkins / Nyheim Hines (if Marlon Mack is out)

3) Frank Gore (if Kenyon Drake is out)  

4) Elijah McGuire

5) Justin Jackson

6) Rex Burkhead

7) LeGarrette Blount (upgrade if Kerryon Johnson is out)*

8) Theo Reddick *

9) Corey Clement

10) Rashaad Penny / Mike Davis

11) Ty Montgomery 

12) Giovani Bernard 

13) Jamaal Williams 

14) Alfred Blue

15) Malcolm Brown

16) Spencer Ware

17) Chris Ivory

18) Wayne Gallman

19) Rod Smith

20) Chase Edmunds

Justin Jackson: With Melvin Gordon expected to miss some time, the Chargers’ young running back will likely share touches with Austin Ekeler. We should not expect Jackson to carry the ball a lot immediately but he will face easy run defenses in Weeks 14-15 (Cincinnati and Kansas City). Treat the rookie back as a handcuff for now, but don’t underestimate Jackson’s fantasy potential.

Rex Burkhead: The Patriots’ versatile back was activated off the Injured Reserve and is now eligible to play in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. Burkhead will face competition in a loaded backfield with Sony Michel and James White but any piece of the New England offense is worth investing into.

Wide Receiver

1) Josh Reynolds

2) Adam Humphries

3) David Moore

4) Christian Kirk

5) Bruce Ellington

6) Josh Doctson

7) Quincy Enunwa / Robbie Anderson

8) Curtis Samuel

9) Tyrell Williams

10) Antonio Callaway

11) Mike Williams

12) Dante Pettis

13) John Ross

14) Dontrelle Inman

15) Cole Beasley

16) Trey Quinn

17) Dede Westbrook / Donte Moncrief

18) Chris Conley

19) Seth Roberts

20) Zay Jones

Adam Humphries: In an offense that often utilizes 11 personnel (1 running back, 1 tight end, and 3 WRs), Humphries currently ranks third on the team in targets and second in receiving touchdowns. Tampa Bay’s quick slot receiver will face off against a Carolina pass defense that he ripped apart in their first encounter this season for two touchdowns and 82 yards on eight receptions.

Bruce Ellington: In a two game sample size with Marvin Jones inactive, Ellington averaged six receptions and eight targets per game. The speedy receiver has quickly become the second receiving option behind Kenny Golladay and should be added immediately in Point Per Reception formats.

Josh Doctson: Paired with a quarterback that is willing to throw downfield, Doctson saw ten targets against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving and produced a season high 66  yards on six receptions. Washington’s 25 year old wideout has slowly become involved in the passing offense and averages 6.75 targets per game in the past four weeks.

Tight End

1) Jonnu Smith

2) Gerald Everett / Tyler Higbee

3) Chris Herndon

4) C.J. Uzomah

Jonnu Smith: Tennessee’s 23 year old tight end has now produced three touchdowns in his past four games and will face a Jets pass defense in Week 13 that has collectively allowed four scores to the position. In an offense that is desperate for a receiving threat behind lead wideout Corey Davis, Smith has now surpassed 44 receiving yards in three straight games.

Chris Herndon: New York’s 2018 fourth round pick was impressive in Week 12, hauling in 7-of-8 targets while playing in a season high 79% of offensive snaps. The former Miami Hurricane has displayed reliable hands during his rookie season with a 76.5% catch rate.

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