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2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire

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It is a particularly slow week for the waiver wire in Week 13, but after looking at some of the dreadful offenses in the NFL, it makes sense why. Almost a fourth of the league has offenses that do not support more than one viable week-to-week fantasy starter. Factor in injuries and matchups, and it’s hard to find new standout players.

At this point in the season, it’s important to know where your roster stands. If you are cruising to the playoffs, you should be looking to add players with high potential to help you out down the line. If you have a losing record and can’t afford to lose again, you need to look for players that will contribute immediately, even if their future upside isn’t as high.

We’re going to look at every standout player on the Week 13 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire

Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Quarterback

Josh McCown, New York Jets (32.6%)

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It’s 2025. Josh McCown is starting for the Toronto Drakes – the only quarterback to ever play for all 34 NFL teams. He throws for 307 yards and three TDs, but loses the game on a backbreaking fumble that is returned for a score — just like he did in Week 12 of the 2017 season.

McCown is like a car with a check engine light on. You COULD drive him, but you’ll never feel completely safe. And you damn sure shouldn’t rely on him for the long run. But here and there, he’s useful. Stream him at your own peril.

Running Backs

Rod Smith, Dallas Cowboys (20.5%)

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Ever since the loss of Ezekiel Elliot, this Cowboys offense has been a mess. It has only been compounded by injuries to Tyron Smith and Zack Martin.

Smith outplayed Alfred Morris in Week 12, taking 9 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for seven yards. But as long as Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are struggling, Smith won’t have much upside either way.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6.0%)

Doug Martin left Week 12 with a concussion. His status is still up in the air for Week 13. If he is forced to miss time, Rodgers had 16+ carries in two of the three games Martin missed early in the season.

Post-Martin in Week 12, Peyton Barber vultured two touchdowns, but Rodgers led the way in touches, with 8 carries for 31 yards.

Eddie Lacy, Seattle Seahawks (17.3%)

I can’t even keep track of how many times I’ve had a Seahawks running back in this section only for them to not do anything. Why do I bother anymore?

I suppose the arrow is pointing up on Lacy. Thomas Rawls has been healthy-scratched the last two games and J.D. McKissic is purely a passing downs back. Lacy handled 17 carries against the Niners in Week 12, but only gained 46 yards. He’s a desperation play at best.

Wide Receivers

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (33.0%)

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It has yet to be seen how the return of Josh Gordon will affect Coleman’s target share and production, but Coleman has been Deshone Kizer’s favorite target since his return. He has 19 targets over the past two weeks and could’ve had a much bigger game in Week 12 than his three catches for 64 yards. He flat-out dropped an absolute dime from Kizer in the end zone.

If Josh Gordon is in fact just a mirage, Coleman will see high volume on the team that plays the highest percentage of its snaps from behind.

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (35.1%)

However, it’s sounding more and more like Gordon might not be a mirage. Reports out of camp are that he is physically in as good condition as he has ever been. Hue Jackson said he has “big plans” for Gordon and plans to play him “as much as possible.”

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (8.9%)

In an offense that is (for whatever reason) starting to struggle running the ball, Westbrook is emerging as an important target for Blake Bortles. He drew 10 targets in Week 12, catching 6 of them for 41 yards.

Bortles may have just been avoiding Patrick Peterson, who was shadowing Marqise Lee, but this volume is hard to ignore.

Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills (10.5%)

I wouldn’t use the word “emerge,” but Jones is starting to show signs of life. He’s caught 13 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games and led the Bills in targets in that span. Jordan Matthews has looked absolutely dreadful and Kelvin Benjamin is dealing with a torn meniscus.

Jones doesn’t have a sky-high upside, but should be a useful player — as long as the Bills stick with Tyrod Taylor.

Dontrelle Inman, Chicago Bears (5.5%)

Since joining the Bears, Inman has lead them in receiving in each of his games. He has caught 13 passes for 195 yards over his last three. He’s the best pass-catcher in that offense, but the Bears are already struggling to score, so he has limited upside. However, as the WR1, he has a reasonable WR4/5 PPR floor. He’ll catch a handful of passes and gain 50+ yards a week and will find the end zone eventually.

Cordarrelle Patterson/Seth Roberts, Oakland Raiders (0.6%/0.3%)

With their win over Denver in Week 12, the Raiders are still in the playoff hunt, but will lose Michael Crabtree to suspension for the next two games. They may also be without Amari Cooper who was concussed in Week 12 and also hurt his ankle on the same play.

Somebody has to step up and catch passes for the Oakland Raiders. If I had to choose, I’d go with Patterson, who has more big-play ability while also maintaining a 78% catch rate on the season. Roberts is not really a number 1 type receiver, although Carr does loves to target him.

Tight Ends

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (1.5%)

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Seals-Jones followed up what many people thought was sure to be a one-week wonder performance of 3/54/2 in Week 11 with 4/72/1 in Week 12.

Gabbert seems to like him in the passing game and he is by far the most athletic option they have at pass-catcher. He’s 6′ 5″, 243 lbs, and runs a 4.69 40. That’s pretty much the exact opposite of the speedsters John and Jaron Brown who run outside for the Cardinals. The folks at www.mockdraftable.com have compared him favorably to Eric Ebron, Richard Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, and Kelvin Benjamin.

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11.8%)

Howard has four catches for 52 yards in back-to-back games — one with a touchdown. Meanwhile, Cameron Brate hasn’t had more than one catch in last four games. This might have to do with Ryan Fitzpatrick being the starter, but maybe it’s just Howard getting more involved. Either way, the talented rookie might be worth a desperation flier, especially with Jameis Winston coming back in Week 13.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinH_F6P

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