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2019 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire: Rain or Shine

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Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire, where we give away good advice more often than Jameis Winston gives away the ball!

If you didn’t happen to see the BuccaneersFalcons game, you missed out on peak Winston. He threw an interception on his first pass of the game and followed it up by leading a 98-yard touchdown drive, ending in a beautiful 71-yard pass to Chris Godwin.

He played the Jeykll-Hyde role again on the next drive, throwing an inexplicable pick when he attempted a jump pass and threw it behind his receiver.

Winston finished the day on the positive side, throwing for 313 yards and three touchdowns, including one to DT Vita Vea, who set a record with his first career TD.

For more on what happened in Week 12, check out Noah Spurlock’s trends article.

The 2019 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players owned in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent owned.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (26% owned)

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Maybe the Dolphins were the problem? Since Tannehill has taken over as the Titans’ starter, he’s averaged 23.18 FPTS per game.

Over his five-game stint, the former-Dolphin has averaged 255 passing yards and two passing scores per game. He’s also scored three rushing touchdowns over that span.

Pro Football Focus has Tannehill graded as the fifth-best quarterback (83.6) behind Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Lamar Jackson, and Kirk Cousins. He’s severely under-owned at just 26% and should be immediately added for his matchup against the Colts.

Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers (18% owned)

To say Allen went through a four-game rough patch would be an understatement. Prior to last week’s game against the Saints, the Panthers’ QB had through nine picks in his last four games, averaging just over 10 FPTS per game.

Allen redeemed himself in Week 12, throwing for 256 yards and three touchdowns, his best performance since his debut. While it was just one game, it happened to come against the Saints, who are graded as PFF’s ninth-best defense.

The Redskins are a subpar defense that have been friendly to opposing offenses this season. Owners choosing to stream Allen should receive a decent floor but have to hope that Christian McCaffrey does a lot of his work through the air, and not on the ground.

Other options: Sam Darnold (39% owned), Andy Dalton (5% owned)

Running Backs

Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers (5% owned)

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Jaylen Samuels has been extremely disappointing with James Conner out of the lineup, giving Snell the window he needed to take the lead role.

In his first week back from a knee issue, Snell dominated the backfield touches, seeing 22 opportunities to Samuels’ nine. Snell also did much more with his touches, gaining 98 yards on 21 carries. If Conner remains out another week, Snell is the running back to own in Pittsburgh.

With Devlin Hodges the presumed starter for this week against the Browns, look for the Steelers to lean on the running game and give Snell plenty of touches.

Qadree Ollison, Atlanta Falcons (0% owned)

It turns out that Brian Hill isn’t a great running back, so Ollison is the next man up in Atlanta. The hulking rookie (6’1″, 232 lbs) has scored a touchdown in two straight games and led the Falcons in rushing yards last week against the Buccaneers.

Granted, he only rushed for 20 yards but Dan Quinn clearly favors the Pitt product in the redzone. However, it will be difficult for Ollison to find running room against the Saints, who have PFF’s fourth-highest rush defense grade.

Owners who have been hit by injury or are desperate for a running back play can throw the dart at the fifth-round pick, who should see double-digit carries unless Devonta Freeman (foot) can return on a short week.

Don’t expect efficiency or gaudy rushing totals with Ollison, just hope for a touchdown.

Other Options: Bo Scarbrough (43% owned), Nyheim Hines (30% owned), Rashaad Penny (19% owned)*

Penny had a massive game against the Eagles and Pete Carroll is hinting at a committee. Penny undoubtedly plays for the best offense of any of the other options but will likely be the most expensive to bid on. If you have the capital, Penny is the best multi-week option on this list.



Wide Receivers

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (16% owned)

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Brown’s Week 12 performance once again showed the kind of ceiling-game he is capable of. On just five targets, the rookie amassed 135 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars secondary.

His big-play potential was on full display as he reeled in a 36-yard pass and this 65-yard touchdown.

Brown may not be the most consistent option, but owners who need a boom play in a crucial week should look to Brown, who has led the Titans in targets in three of the last five weeks.

N’Keal Harry/Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots (14% owned/1% owned respectively)

With Phillip Dorsett (concussion) and Mohammed Sanu (ankle) out, New England’s pair of rookies took center-stage. Meyers was second on the team in targets with nine, three behind Julian Edelman. He did not waste the opportunity, catching four passes for 74 yards.

Harry did not have the same bulk of opportunity that Meyers did, but made it count, catching 1-of-4 targets for a slick 10-yard touchdown.

If one or both veterans return against the Texans neither rookie will be a very dependable option. However, if both miss another week, they will once again be the second and third options in the passing game.

With this week’s matchup in the safety of a dome, Tom Brady should have a much easier time getting the ball to his receivers.

Bonus: Darius Slayton, New York Giants (25% owned)

Many thought that Slayton’s role would dry up with the return of Sterling Shepard, but the rookie continued to be a big part of the offense. He led the Giants in receiving, catching 4-of-7 targets for 67 yards.

Golden Tate suffered a concussion on his touchdown catch and is questionable for this week against the Packers. If he does not play, Slayton is a solid bet to produce WR3 numbers.

Other Options: Randall Cobb (30% owned), Cole Beasley (29% owned), James Washington (20% owned)

Tight Ends

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (15% owned)

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Despite his up and down performances since Preston Williams went down, Gesicki has seen a very steady stream of targets. Since Week 9, the second-rounder out of Penn State has seen at least six targets in every game.

He’s only produced more than 28 yards in one of those games so the production has been spotty. However, Gesicki caught his first touchdown of the year this past Sunday and saw a season-high seven targets.

He’s not the most trustworthy option, but where else can you find a tight end this late in the season that gets this much opportunity?

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (40% owned)

I’m going to cheat a little bit and go with Fant in this spot because I think his ownership percentage is going to drop below 35 percent.

Like Gesicki, Fant has seen his opportunity increase as the season has moved along.

Fant exploded for 115 yards and a touchdown in Week 9, then followed up with 10 targets in Week 11, getting everyone to buy-in. But a poor showing (3-of-5, 14 yards) has soured his outlook for many owners.

Unfortunately for them, Fant was out into a tough spot against the Bills‘ defense, who have allowed the second-fewest points to tight ends this season.

With an easier matchup against the Chargers coming up, Fant is once again an option as a low-end TE1.

Other Options: David Njoku (30% owned), Ben Watson (4% owned)

Deep League Special

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (7% owned)

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Atlanta’s offense looked terrible against the Tampa Bay defense so add Gage at your own risk. But with Julio Jones nursing a shoulder injury on a short week, Gage may be forced into the game as the Falcons’ WR2.


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He did well against the Bucs, posting 76 yards on eight catches. If Julio sits out, Gage would be in line for 7-10 targets in a game that Las Vegas has tabbed as the second-highest scoring game of the week (49.5 total).


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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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