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2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire! This week’s headlines were completely dominated by the Denver Broncos and their unfortunate battle with COVID in the QB room.

All three of the Broncos regular quarterbacks were unavailable due to possible exposure. The undrafted Kendall Hinton, who had not thrown a pass since his junior year at Wake Forest was forced into the starting role. The results went as poorly as could be expected. As a result, Hinton was put into an unwinnable situation and did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. Much respect to the rookie on his first career NFL game.

A lot of respect also to Fantasy managers who started Hinton in their WR slot thinking he could be Taysom Hill lite. Making that move took a lot of courage and I applaud those of you who did it.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (20% Rostered)

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Fitzpatrick played well in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa. The veteran completed 24-of-39 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns in a cake matchup against the winless Jets. This is not a one-off performance from Fitzpatrick, who was a top-12 QB prior to Tagovailoa taking the reigns.

The rookie is currently dealing with a thumb injury and Miami will be extra cautious in how they bring back their potential franchise quarterback. Tua could reportedly miss “multiple weeks”, putting Fitzpatrick in line for another start against a below-average Cincinnati defense.

If Tagovailoa misses another game, Fitzpatrick will be an easy streaming target with a high floor.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (40% Rostered)

Cousins has his ups and downs but an easy schedule has allowed him to finish as the QB3 for Weeks 11-12, behind Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. After a rough start to the year in which he threw 10 interceptions in his first six games, Cousins has turned it around in November. Over the last five games, the Michigan State alum has a 12:1 TD: INT ratio while completing 72 percent of his passes.

Cousins could continue his great stretch in Week 13 against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has just 11 sacks on the season, which should give Cousins plenty of time to find Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, should the latter find his way off the COVID list. The Jaguars have also given up the highest yards per pass attempt this year (8.3) which should give Cousins a high floor in case the game gets out of hand quickly.

Other Options: Philip Rivers (33% Rostered)

Running Backs

Frank Gore, New York Jets (25% Rostered)

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Gore continues to defy father time. The 37-year old has now handled 33 carries over the last two weeks, gaining 135 yards and scoring one touchdown. La’Mical Perine will remain out of Week 13 so the veteran will likely handle another 14-16 carries against the Raiders.

Even in a blowout loss to the Dolphins, Gore was given 18 carries while Ty Johnson and Josh Adams handled just three combined. Adam Gase seems determined to ride Gore until he falls apart. His upside is capped in the Jets offense but he will maintain low-end FLEX value if he continues to see the majority of carries in the New York backfield.

Ito Smith Atlanta Falcons (1% Rostered)

Brian Hill was the popular pickup to replace the injured Todd Gurley but Smith was the RB who led the backfield in touches. Smith out-touched Hill 16-13 and outgained the presumed starter 75-55. More importantly, Smith was targeted five times, catching four passes while Hill was only targeted once.

However, Smith may have only gotten the touches he did because the Falcons were playing in garbage time for most of the second half. If Gurley were to miss another game, the two backups would likely split touches 50-50, making it nearly impossible to predict which one to play.

Atlanta has a tough matchup against the Saints in Week 13, a rematch from their Week 11 matchup in which the Falcons were held out of the endzone. It’s a tough matchup for Smith but he could provide low-end value in PPR leagues if his usage in the passing game continues.

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams (29% Rostered)

Akers finally had a breakout performance, rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on Sunday afternoon. He still received just nine carries but was able to break off a 61-yard run.

Darrell Henderson led the Rams with 10 carries but managed to gain just 19 yards. Akers has yet to pull ahead of Henderson and Malcolm Brown on the depth chart but has definitely earned more touches moving forward.

Other Options: Salvon Ahmed (38% Rostered), Benny Snell (34% Rostered)

Wide Receivers

Allen Lazard, Green bay Packers (39% Rostered)

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The Packers’ search for a solid WR2 might finally be over. Lazard has been a consistent weapon for Aaron Rodgers this season, averaging just under four receptions and 59 yards per game. The 24-year-old started off the season hot, catching 13 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns in three games before suffering a core injury.

Sunday was Lazard’s second game since returning, where he caught 4-of-6 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown. His six targets were second on the team behind Davante Adams.

Lazard should push himself ahead of the inconsistent Marques Valdes-Scantling in short order and become a weekly WR3 for fantasy managers.

Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (3% Rostered)

Davis has been a boom-bust player all season but could find some consistency with John Brown on injured reserve. The rookie has mostly been used as Josh Allen‘s big-play receiver. His 14.5 average targeted air yards rank ahead of noted deep threats D.K. MetcalfDarius Slayton, and Will Fuller.

Without Brown in the lineup, Davis has averaged 5.3 targets per game. He is averaging over 10 yards per target and has big potential with Allen (or Cole Beasley) slinging the ball.

Until he finds a consistent role, Davis is a boom-bust-flex option, but worth stashing if another one of the Buffalo receivers gets hurt.

Other Options: Sammy Watkins (44% Rostered), Nelson Agholor (43% Rostered)

Tight Ends

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (19% Rostered)

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Philip Rivers loves to spread the ball around but Burton seems to find the endzone more often than not. The former-Eagle has found the endzone five times (three receiving, two rushing) in eight games. Burton has also seen five or more targets in five of those eight games.

With a touchdown against the Titans, Burton now has a touchdown in two straight games. He is clearly ahead of fellow tight ends Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox for touches and should continue finding the endzone with Rivers at the helm.

The Colts’ offense is inconsistent but Burton represents one of the better TE streamers for Week 13.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (15% Rostered)

Rudolph was one of several fringe Vikings that benefitted without Adam Thielen in the lineup. The big tight end saw a season-high eight targets, catching seven of them for 68 yards. The yardage also represents a season-high for Rudolph.

Rudolph’s volume will decrease if Thielen returns for Week 13. However, a matchup against the Jaguars gives the TE a good shot at the endzone. Jacksonville has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, including six touchdowns to the position over their last seven games.

If Irv Smith remains sidelined, Rudolph’s stock goes even higher against one of the weakest defenses in the league.

Deep League Special

DeAndre Washington, RB, Miami Dolphins (1% Rostered)

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Washington led the Dolphins in carries last week in a blowout win over the Jets. Most of them were in clock-killing situations but it’s encouraging that he out-touched Matt Breida 15-10, most coming after the latter fumbled.

If Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin are held out again, Washington could find himself with double-digit touches once again in what should be another blowout win against the Bengals.

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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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