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2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire: Hollywood


It’s amazing what good coaching can do for a team. Moving on from Hue Jackson and Todd Haley is the best decision the Brown’s front office has made in a very long time. The Cleveland offense was stuck in neutral, despite Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb looking like stars.

The promotion of Gregg Williams and Freddie Kitchens has re-invigorated the Browns, culminating with their drubbing of the Bengals in Week 12. Not only is the offense humming, but they also provided us with three of Week 12’s best highlights.

First, we had David Njoku with his hilarious goal-line dive attempt being stuffed, before being pushed into the end zone by 43 people.

Nick Chubb then made the catch of the week for his second touchdown of the day and hopefully earning himself more targets moving forward.

Last but certainly not least, we have Damarious Randall intercepting Andy Dalton and handing the ball to Jackson on the sidelines. Combine this with the comments that Mayfield has made and it’s pretty clear that the players are just as happy to be rid of Jackson as the fans are.

All the highlights are posted below for your viewing pleasure.

As always, the Waiver Wire will focus on players owned in under 35% percent of Yahoo! leagues. Players listed as “Other Options” are between 35-50 percent owned.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (2% Owned)

Allen made his return from injury last week and led the Bills to a victory over the reeling Jaguars. Allen wasn’t amazing throwing the ball, completing just 8-of-19 passes for 160 yards and one TD. However, his legs saved his Fantasy day as he ran for 100 yards and another TD.

It’s hard to fault Allen for the poor passing numbers due to the difficult opponent, but his protection remains an issue owners need to be aware of. The Bills offensive line is a below average unit and Allen has struggled badly when not given enough time to throw.

Allen has an easier matchup this week against the Dolphins. The Miami offense may be as predictable as the Jaguars and I expect the Bills defense to do a good job holding them to short dives. With extra opportunities, Allen should be able to use his legs and produce a decent start for owners in two QB leagues.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (32% Owned)

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Good Mariota is back on the menu. After an injury scare in Week 11, Mariota returned to play in Week 12 and had himself one heck of a game. He completed 22-of-23 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Texans. Despite the loss, Mariota looked accurate and decisive against a defense that is very good at limiting opposing quarterbacks.

Mariota has surpassed 20 fantasy points in three of his last four games and is finally showing some consistency. I’ll overlook his performance against the Colts because of the injury scare.

After a performance like the one on Monday night, it’s tough to ignore Mariota if you need a streamer or another option in a two QB league for this week.

Other Options: Dak Prescott (48% owned), Jameis Winston (47% owned), Lamar Jackson (42% owned)

Running Backs

LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions (14% Owned)

Remember when I was talking about Zach Zenner last week? Ignore that. It was a shot in the dark anyway. Blount had full control of the Lions backfield last week, carrying the ball 19 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns. In typical Blount fashion, he wore the defense down over time, gaining more yards per carry as the game went on.

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I expect Kerryon Johnson to miss another game with his sprained knee, giving Blount another week as the feature back. He should have plenty of opportunities to score in what will be a high scoring game against the Rams. I wouldn’t expect a ton of carries because Matt Stafford will be forced to throw early, but Blount could find himself with more than a few red zone carries.

Depending on how long Johnson is out, the Lions have a very “run” friendly schedule (Arizona and Buffalo) in Weeks 14 and 15.

Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (37% Owned)

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I try not to break the “35 percent owned” rule but 37 percent is close enough that I’m going to make an exception. With Leonard Fournette suspended for one game, Hyde is in line for a ton of carries. The Jaguars are a run-first team and with Cody Kessler due to start Week 13, expect Hyde to see a ton of work.

Fournette saw 24 carries in Jacksonville’s last game against the Colts, and I would expect a similar workload for Hyde if Fournette’s appeal is denied. Hyde produced well as the bell cow for the Browns and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him score a TD if given the opportunity.

If Fournette’s appeal works, then the other options below would take priority over Hyde.

Other Options: Nyheim Hines (22% owned), Frank Gore (25% owned), Rex Burkhead (19% owned)

Wide Receivers

Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30% Owned)

The QBs can flip-flop every game, but the receivers continue to reap the benefits. Humphries has become a red-zone favourite in the TB passing game, catching four touchdowns in his last four games, averaging over 62 yards per game in that span.

Over his last six games, Humphries is averaging almost seven targets per game and has received six of his eight red-zone targets on the season. The Bucs slot receiver seems to have good chemistry with Jameis Winston and should provide WR3 value for as long as he is QB.

David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (11% Owned)

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With Doug Baldwin dealing with an endless amount of injuries on a weekly basis, it may be time to look at another Seattle receiver for help down the stretch. Moore raised some eyebrows earlier in the season with a three-game touchdown streak but quickly tailed off with a couple of dud performances.

His excellent Week 12 brought him back into Fantasy relevance after he dropped 103 yards and a touchdown on the Panthers. Russell Wilson trusts Moore and will continue to throw to him in high leverage situations. His performance may be up and down, but his red-zone usage gives him a very high ceiling for someone who is available in 90 percent of leagues.

Other Options: Mike Williams (41% Owned), Josh Doctson (12% Owned)

Tight Ends

Chris Herndon, New York Jets (9% Owned)

It’s somewhat surprising to see Herdon owned in so few leagues, considering he has been one of the Jets target leaders over the last few weeks. His opportunities have decreased with Quincy Enunwa back in the lineup but Herndon has still managed to rack up 16 targets in his last three games.

Herndon set a new season high with eight targets last week, trailing only Jermaine Kearse for the team lead. The Jets offense is a bit of a mess, but Josh McCown has never been afraid to sling it around the field. Herdon won’t wow with his numbers, but he provides owners with a non-zero floor and touchdown upside.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (26% Owned)

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Being thrust into the starting TE role has not worked out for Uzomah. Despite seeing nearly all the TE snaps since Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft went down, Uzomah has not turned the opportunity into production. However, things could be changing for the better with Jeff Driskel at QB.

Uzomah saw a season-high 13 targets in Week 12, easily leading the team. He was only able to produce 39 yards but the opportunity is definitely growing. I don’t think Uzomah is suddenly going to break out with the backup QB, but he looks like Driskel’s main check-down option, which bodes well for his floor.

Deep League Special

Trey Quinn, WR, Washington Redskins (1% Owned)

Quinn is so far off the radar that Yahoo didn’t even update his player profile after scoring a touchdown on Thanksgiving! Since being inserted into the lineup in Week 11, Quinn has caught nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Quinn has played well out of the slot and could get more opportunity with Colt McCoy at QB. Jamison Crowder was questionable for Thursday’s game, but there’s been no indication yet that he’ll suit up in Week 13. Maurice Harris has struggled to play on the outside over the last two weeks (nine targets, one catch) which could result in Quinn seeing even more targets moving forward.

Owners in deep PPR leagues who need a dart-throw can take the chance that Mr. Irrelevant can continue to expand his role in the Washington offense.

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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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