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2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Week 12 saw another elite running back sustain an injury, as Minnesota VikingsDalvin Cook went down with a shoulder injury against the San Francisco 49ers

Carolina Panthers‘ running back Christian McCaffrey has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

Chuba Hubbard is only rostered in 38% of Yahoo leagues and is this week’s No.1 waiver add. He’s now the lead back in an offense that struggles to move the ball through the air. Just beware of Cam newton stealing his goal-line touches.

Ian Rapoport reports that Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder and tore his labrum. The injury is not season-ending but Cook will miss time as the team rests him in hopes of having him healthy for a playoff run. 

Alexander Mattison is this week’s No.2 waiver priority. At nearly 50% rostered he is available in plenty of leagues and could be a difference-maker down the stretch now that Cook is set to miss extended time.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Mac Jones, New England Patriots (38% rostered)

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The Patriots have won six games in a row and the rookie has turned plenty of heads during the run. In Sunday’s blowout win over the Tennessee Titans, Jones completed 23-of-32 passes for a career-high 310 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His day had the potential to be much bigger, but he overthrew a wide-open Hunter Henry on what should have been a 26-yard touchdown.

Regardless, Jones has improved every week in his rookie season and finally showed that he can put up good Fantasy numbers given enough passing volume.

A key divisional matchup against the Buffalo Bills looms on Monday night and Jones will likely have another heavy workload. The Bills’ run defense has allowed just 3.9 yards per carry this season, the fourth-lowest in the league. While the secondary has been elite thus far, they will be playing their first game without All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White, who tore his ACL in Week 12.

Running Backs

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions (39% rostered)

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D’Andre Swift sustained a sprained shoulder against the Bears and his status is in question for this week’s matchup against the Vikings.

If he doesn’t play, Williams will take over the lead-back role for the Lions. In relief of Swift on Thanksgiving, Williams gained 65 yards on 15 carries and caught five passes for an additional 18 yards.

Williams put up good numbers when given volume earlier this season, as he averaged 13.3 points in half-PPR formats over the first three weeks of the season. 

If Swift is ruled out, Williams will be a good FLEX option until he returns. 

Matt Breida, Buffalo Bills (23% rostered)

The Bills’ run game has been a mess all season. As a result, Breida continues to see his role grow. With Zack Moss a healthy scratch, Breida saw a season-high nine carries and scored his second touchdown in three weeks, scoring on a screen pass late in the Bills’ win over the New Orleans Saints.

Devin Singletary led the team with 15 carries but the backfield could be moving towards a committee situation. 

The Patriots just allowed two 100-yard rushers (Dontrell Hilliard, D’Onta Foreman) against the Titans and the Bills’ running game should see similar opportunities as Bill Belichick will force the Bills to beat his defense on the ground.

Wide Receivers

Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots (23% rostered)

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Bourne seems to have become one of Jones’ top targets in the passing game. Jakobi Meyers continues to see heavy volume on a week-to-week basis but Bourne has come on in recent weeks and now leads the team in receiving yards with 623, and is second on the team in receiving touchdowns with five. 

Against the Titans, Bourne caught five passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns. He has now caught at least four passes in five of his past six games. Fellow free-agent signing Nelson Agholor remains the outside deep threat but Bourne has seemingly moved past him on the depth chart.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Tennessee Titans (19% rostered)

With all of the Titans’ weapons out, Westbrook-Ikhine has become the defacto WR1 in Tennessee. He led the team in targets (5) on Sunday, catching two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown.

It wasn’t the greatest statistical day for the second-year receiver, but there should be better days ahead as the Patriots focused on stopping Ryan Tannehill and the passing game. A.J. Brown will miss at least two more games on the injured reserve and Julio Jones has yet to look healthy all season, leaving Westbrook-Ikhine as the main target for a while longer. 

Coming out of their Week 13 bye, the Titans will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving Westbrook-Ikhine a good opportunity to repeat his seven-catch, 107-yard performance from Week 11 against the Houston Texans

Tight Ends

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears, (24% rostered)

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Without Allen Robinson in the lineup, Kmet has become the Bears’ No.2 pass catcher. He has at least six targets in five of his past six games, topping out with 11 in Chicago’sWeek 12 win over the Lions.

For the most part, Kmet has been a consistent part of the Bears’ offense but his total scoring has been low because he hasn’t scored a touchdown.

As is always the case with tight ends, anyone seeing consistent volume is worth adding and Kmet is no exception.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (1% rostered)

After seeing eight targets in Week 2, Doyle didn’t see any more than two targets again until Week 10, when he saw five. Since then he’s had three straight games of five or more targets.


For all we know, Doyle could end up with one target again in Week 13, but he’s worth a flier, as he finished with six catches, 81 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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