It’s crunch time. There are only one or two weeks left to make the playoffs, and your trade deadline has likely passed. If you’re going to survive these injuries and super-late bye weeks, waivers are your only hope. We got this!
As always, everyone mentioned today will be available in around 50% or more Yahoo leagues. Last week, the Cardinals and Chiefs were on a bye, so be sure to check if any of their better players were dropped out of desperation. On that same note, this week, watch the drop list for any players from the Panthers, Browns, Packers, and Titans, as they are all on bye in Week 12.
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Carson Wentz (50% Available)
You’re essentially buying Wentz for his Week 13 matchup against the Texans because the Colts are on bye in Week 14. But, putting it bluntly, a matchup against Houston is worth it. Wentz scored 21 fantasy points against the Texans in Week 6 and is coming off of a 300-yard, 3-TD game in Week 12.
Teddy Bridgewater (79% Available)
Teddy Two Gloves hasn’t exactly been great the last month, but he should have to throw plenty against the Chiefs. He managed 18 fantasy points in just three quarters of play last week. Monitor his health, but Bridgewater’s upcoming schedule makes him a solid add for anyone playing the QB streaming game.
Taylor Heinicke (64% Available)
He didn’t exactly torch the Seahawks, but Heinicke has played well and has thrown five TDs in his last three games. A Week 13 matchup against the Raiders should lead to a multi-TD game for the Washington QB.
Alexander Mattison (50% Available)
Dalvin Cook’s injury is not season-ending, but there is a good chance the Vikings rest him for the next two weeks, and that makes Mattison a must-add as you fight for your playoff lives. Mattison had two 100-yard games while Cook missed time earlier this season, including 115 total yards and a TD against Detroit in Week 5. Guess who he gets in Week 13? You should also keep an eye on rookie Kene Nwangwu. While he’s not a must-add, he has scored two kickoff TDs this season and is an absolute BURNER.
Chuba Hubbard (60% Available) / Ameer Abdullah (99% Available)
As CMC goes back to the IR, Hubbard will be at the top of many Waiver Wire lists. In McCaffrey’s previous absence, Hubbard was a solid fantasy play. However, that was before the team added Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah has seen more volume than Hubbard in the last month, and, more importantly, most of that was in the passing game. Hubbard will be in line to score any TDs that Cam doesn’t, but Abdullah might end up with more fantasy points.
Jamaal Williams (60% Available)
D’Andre Swift escaped major injury but might miss a game or two. Like Mattison, landing a starting RB from waivers this late in the season is a must. Williams hasn’t looked great this season, taking a backseat to Swift in every way, but he does have three games with 10+ fantasy points, including Week 12. He managed 57 yards as a backup against Minnesota in Week 5, so we could see a nice outing in Week 13. Williams has injury concerns of his own, so if you have a deep bench, Jermar Jefferson might be worth your time.
Russell Gage (83% Available)
For goodness sake, how many times do I have to urge to add a team’s #1 WR? Gage went for 62 and a TD in Week 12 and has scored nine or more fantasy points in four of his last six games.
Van Jefferson (52% Available)
Jefferson has seen at least six targets in five straight games and scored two TDs in that same span. All of that started before the Robert Woods’ injury. It will continue to take Odell Beckham time to get acclimated, and Jefferson is the #2 WR on this team.
TY Hilton (72% Available)
He’s playing the Texans in Week 13.
Josh Reynolds (99% Available)
OK, work with me here. The Lions are awful. The Lions have no #1 WR. Reynolds and Goff have a history, and Reynolds led the team on Thanksgiving. Your bench would need to be deep, but don’t be surprised if Reynolds is a solid WR3 to end the season.
Tyler Conklins (67% Available)
Well, with Dan Arnold hitting the IR, Conklin is the only TE remaining on from the fun game we’ve been playing. You know? The one where you all keep leaving top-12 TEs on waivers. Conklin has had a few down weeks as of late. However, with Dalvin Cook set to miss time, Conklin should see more redzone usage, and Detroit can certainly be beaten.
Gerald Everett (73% Available)
Predicting his usage will be tough, DK Metcalf won’t be terrible every week, but Everett led this team in targets and receptions on Monday night.
Brevin Jordan (100% Available)
Talk about taking a flyer. Jordan is barely known by most fantasy managers but has scored two TDs in his last four games and has seen multiple targets in each of those outings. Predicting the Texans leading TE is a mess, but my money would be on Brevin Jordan to end the season.