So, here we are. 12 weeks in the books. Most fantasy leagues have one more week of the regular season left, but many larger leagues will be starting the playoffs this week. Hopefully our waiver suggestions have been a help to you through the season and we were able to help you get into the playoffs, or at the very least, get you in a position where you still have a shot at the playoffs. As always I’m ( @dibari22 ) joined by DFF’s Shane Manila @DFF_Shane & KJ Hanna @DFF_KJ and we’ll walk you through each of our picks for this week’s waiver wire
RB: Akeem Hunt, Houston Texans
Most playoffs begin in two weeks so it’s best that you handcuff your RB’s if you haven’t done so already. Lamar Miller is a running back I own in several leagues and in each of those leagues I now also own Akeem Hunt. I’ve had a minor fixation on Hunt since he was a practice squad body for the New York Giants and if Miller we’re to go down Hunt is the next man up in the Texan’s backfield. Miller’s effectiveness this season has started to wane as the carries have piled up and had to leave the Sunday’s game with a gimpy ankle towards near the conclusion of the contest. Hopefully Miller will be fine but just in case go ahead and snatch up his handcuff
RB: Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Last week I suggested you add Robinson due to the uncertainty around T.J. Yeldon’s injury situation. Turns out Yeldon was fine and played on Sunday, albeit unexpectedly. But during the course of Sunday’s game Chris Ivory had to leave with injury. The same logic that made me suggest picking up Robinson last week still holds. The Jags backfield has not been particularly productive or healthy all season. Pick up “Shoestring” in case Ivory misses any time.
TE: Seth Devalve, Cleveland Browns
You may have one or two dynasty teams that will be left out of the playoffs this season, it happens. Luckily while those playoff teams will be looking for guys they can plug and play, you can take this time to start filling your roster with under the radar stashes. Seth Devalve played Wide Reciever while at Princeton and is supremely athletic. His burst score sits in the 98 percentile while his agility score puts him in the 92 percentile. Gary Barnidge will turn 32 right around the start of next season and has largely under performed compared to his breakout 2015 season. Even if the Browns aren’t ready to move on completely from Barnidge, Devalve snap count has been rising as the season progresses and I expect him to at least compete for the starters role next season. If you have a taxi squad I’d suggest adding Seth Devalve to it.
QB: Matt Barkley, Chicago Bears
I know, I know. Matt Barkley is garbage right? I’m an Eagle’s fan so I had an up close look at for him for two seasons, so trust me I know. You know what though? Whoever has started at QB for the Bears all season has been productive, including Barkley on Sunday vs. the Titans. The Titan’s pass defense is not good but you can only play who’s in front of you. Barkley passed for 316 yards adding three touchdowns and put up 26 fantasy points. Barkley has a QB friendly schedule the rest of the season except for a week 17 match-up with the Vikings, but no self respecting fantasy league should still be playing at that point. In two QB leagues I know for a fact that some of you have started Josh McCown, Cody Kessler and others of that ilk, Barkley really isn’t much more of a leap of faith than either of those two.
RB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I don’t expect Quizz to be available in many leagues but I’d be remiss to not at least mention him. Doug Martin has not played well since he’s returned from injury and he’s seem to picked up a fumbling habit as well. Jacquizz was wrecking shop prior to going down with injury. At worst he should have a role when he comes back which might be this week. I don’t know what his role will be but he certainly showed that he can be a league winner for you if he gets big enough of a role.
RB: James Starks, Packers: 57% Owned
This week is fairly boring as no major injuries occurred in the NFL at the RB position. So, this week, if ANY starting RB is available, stash them. Starks comes to mind as a starting RB not widely owned as he’s still available in over 40% of leagues. I’m not a Starks fan but opportunity and volume is key at this point in the season. Sure, CMike is now on the Packers but that matters little, however, Ripkowski could steal GL carries, so be mindful of that. Starks can be available RB2/3 in your playoffs as long as the Packers offense is still manned by Aaron Rogers.
RB: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens: 25% Owned
I’ve written about Dixon and recommended stashing him for what seems to be half the season now. However, he’s still somehow only 25% owned? If Dixon is still hanging out on the wire in your league, GRAB HIM NOW!!! He will be the RB to own in BAL and his breakout could come as soon as this week!
RB: Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 9% Owned
Sims is returning from the IR and eligible to play in week 14. Doug Martin is still the main man in TB however, Sims is a PPR must own and will help alleviate the load on Martin. Plus, he has a nice wk 14 and 16 match-up vs the Saints. If you are in need of an RB in a PPR lg for the playoffs and or you are a Martin owner, get Sims for free while you can.
Handcuffs to Own: If any major handcuffs are on your wire (DWill, Alf, Powell, Asiata, Ellington, Henry, CAP) and you have the bench spot, add the depth.
IR RBs to Keep On Watch: Adrian Peterson, Ameer Abdullah
WR: Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills: 30% Owned
In week 11, in this very column I implored you to add Watkins, although I believed he’d be back by week 13, not 12. But, alas Watkins returned in week 12 and had a pretty good game going 3/80. You will not find a #1 caliber WR on the wire this late in the game and if Watkins is somehow available in your league, shame on your league! His upcoming schedule (OAK, PITT, CLE and MIA) is nice and so is the price. Watkins is your #1 WW add for week 13, get him immediately!
WR: Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears: .2% Owned
Wilson, 1 week fresh off the IR, turned out to be Barkley’s main target on Sunday hauling in 8 of 10 targets for 125 yds and 1 TD. Keep in mind Barkley threw 50 times so there is a chance Wilson’s targets may dip a bit, but, there is also the chance he could blow up for you. Either way, don’t let someone else add him. Wilson has SF, DET, GB in the next 3 wks and Jeffery isn’t due back until week 15. Wilson could be a playoff gold mine!
WR: Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons: 4% Owned
I know what you’re saying, ‘Gabriel is a homerun kind of WR,’ ‘He only gets a handful of targets a game,’ ‘He has to compete with Julio and the RB tandem for work.’ Those statements are all correct, but what is also the truth is his production the past 5 weeks in his limited snaps and targets.
- Week 8 – 3/68/1
- Week 9 – REC 5/52, RU 2/24/1
- Week 10 – 1/76/1 (the outlier)
- Week 12 – 4/75/2
Gabriel is a speed talent and on one of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL. Not to mention the Falcons have a terrible secondary which forces them to keep up offensively. He’s a perfectly fine FLEX play, especially during the last bye and playoff push week.
WR: Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars: 6.5% Owned
I’m not sure what Lee has to do to earn fantasy owners respect? Lee has only 2 wks since week 6 that he scored under double digit points in PPR leagues.
Wks 6-12 PPR points: (12,18,1,13,9,15,13)
He’s taken over the #2 WR spot in JAX wks ago, pushing Allen Hurns aside and Hurns injured his hammy on Sunday. This could lead to even more production in the upcoming weeks. Keep in mind that the Jags have a very ugly schedule, but with most attention put on ARob and Bortles forced to play catchup, Lee is a must-own.
Malcolm, Mitchell, WR, Patriots: 3% Owned
Well, damn, the NE rookie, Mitchell, has exploded onto the scene the past 2 wks, with a 9/140/3 stat line. Tommy Terrific seems to really like MM and his play making ability and so should you. Mitchell is in an offense with a lot of mouths to feed so he is the definition of a boom or bust player, but if Gronk sees an extended time away from the field, MM will benefit greatly.
QB: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers: 23% Owned
If you are a QB streamer or have under-performing QBs on your squad, look no further than, gulp Colin Kaepernick?! Yes! He’s been white hot in the past 4 weeks. In 5pt passing TD and 6pt rushing TD leagues his past 4 wk point totals have looked like this (28, 24, 21, 36). That is elite QB numbers right there. With his legs and more garbage time to go around, not to mention a sweet schedule (CHI, NYJ, ATL), unless you have a Ryan, Brees, Rogers starting QB, you need to make the switch.
QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 69% Owned
Winston may have been dropped in your league recently due to bye weeks and or injuries. If so, snatch him up. Sure, he’s been ok as of late but he’s also faced the Chiefs and Seahawks. His upcoming and fantasy playoff schedule is AMAZINGLY good!Winston faces SD, NO, DAL, NO in the next 4 weeks. That’s the Saints twice in the playoffs folks! Get him if you can!
TE: Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers
One of the most hyped “breakout players” heading into this season, he was derailed by injuries before the season even started. Finally healthy and slowly being brought back onto the field, Green can be a difference maker in a position with very few difference makers. There is a lot of upside if you need help heading into the fantasy playoffs.
TE: Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
In one of the more surprising fantasy relevant comeback seasons in memory, Davis has been a decent fantasy contributor for most of the season while playing second fiddle to Jordan Reed. Now with Reed possibly missing time due to injuries sustained on Turkey day, Davis is absolutely in the conversation as a TE1 going forward. Even if Reed is back this week, Davis may be worth a stash if you have the room seeing as Reed has never been a model of good health at the NFL level.
RB: Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is a total stash play for teams in PPR leagues headed to the playoffs. Sims may come off the injured reserve list for week 14. So if you’re in need of some depth at RB or flex fill in during the playoffs, you could do a lot worse as Sims has proven to be one of the premier pass catching backs in the NFL. It’ll be a lot cheaper for you to grab him now and hold him on your bench for a week or 2 than it will be when everybody else knows he coming off of the IR.
WR: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
I have added him on this list for weeks and weeks at this point, and still nobody is listening as he remains highly un-owned. He’s one of the most explosive players in the NFL and as we saw Sunday night he can score in the air, on the ground and via special teams. If you’re in a dynasty league there is no excuse for him to remain un-owned at this point, and it’s hard to make a case not to own him in redraft as well.
WR: Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers
Over the last 4 games, Inman has averaged almost 8 targets per contest. He’s not flashy, but he gets the job done. The Chargers, led by Phillip Rivers, are a pass heavy team and find themselves trailing often averaging 271 passing yards per game, good for 5th in the NFL. Get yourself a piece of that.
WR: Leonte Carroo, Miami Dolphins
With DeVante Parker banged up, somebody will need to step up in the ‘Phins passing attack. Most people will probably look to Kenny Stills, but I’ll go a bit deeper here and target the rookie from Rutgers. Carroo hauled in his only target last week for his first NFL touchdown, and just based on pure speculation at this point, I gotta think he’s earned a few extra looks going forward in Parker’s absence.
WR: Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears
I feel gross writing that. Matt Barkley is at the helm in Chicago, and guess what? He actually performed as a QB1 last week. I feel even grosser writing that. Look, due to injuries, it is what it is. Barkley is the starter. Wilson, Cam Meredith and Eddie Royal are his receiving options. The Bears are terrible and should need to pass to stay in games. Just yuck, but he’s a viable option if you’re desperate.
Good luck in week 13 and hopefully the playoffs going forward. We know you have many options out there for fantasy information, thank you for giving us the opportunity to help you out each week. Feel free to contact us via twitter with any Waiver Wire or lineup questions. On to the playoffs!