Welcome to the Week 13 waiver wire! I have to say, I am surprised at the amount of high-quality options that are still available in most leagues. If you need to do some fine-tuning this week, you are in pretty good shape based on current ownership rates. The fact that you are here reading this means you still have something to play for and that’s good news in and of itself. Let’s make Week 13 count!
As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’ll need to do the legwork on that.
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Eli Manning, Giants — 54 percent
As I have said in recent weeks, Manning has a good closing schedule and one of the best young receivers in the game. You can ride Manning and Odell Beckham down the stretch in most leagues and you’ll be very competitive. Not bad for a couple of waiver wire players.
Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 53 percent
Again, it wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day the numbers are there and I expect that to continue for the most part for Sanchez. The Eagles do play Seattle at home in Week 14, but that’s the only game where you may want to pull him.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins — 65 percent
His schedule is mediocre down the stretch, but he’s been productive in some tough matchups, so consider him a viable option in all formats. Tannehill travels to play the Jets this week on Monday night.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns — 59 percent
He looked good again last week and his handle on the starting job seems secure at this time. Crowell will give up plenty of snaps to fellow rookie Terrance West, but Crowell is the back who gets the most love near the goal line, so he has the most value. That said, in some leagues adding West for insurance makes good sense. This backfield has much more clarity now that Ben Tate is out of the picture.
Latavius Murray, Raiders — 25 percent
He’s a player worth getting excited about as I indicated last week before Murray broke out on Thursday night. The one potential set back is the concussion he suffered. He’s yet to be cleared for Week 13, but he gets extra recovery time due to the Thursday game and will most likely be available this weekend. Murray should be owned in all leagues. He has RB2 value if he’s starting as we expect him to do going forward when healthy.
LeGarrette Blount, Patriots – 32 percent
His value will always be tough to gauge on a week-to-week basis. Blount was a huge factor for the Patriots last year, but that was a very different offense. This year’s model can throw the ball far more effectively and should continue to do so. Nevertheless, Blount looks like a strong weekly flex play because there should be enough goal line chances to keep him in the scoring column with some frequency. He’s a viable add in most leagues, and must be owned in leagues with 12 or more teams.
Dan Herron, Colts — 23 percent
He played well as we expected him to, but his snap total was higher than we thought and it sure looks like he’s going to take Ahmad Bradshaw‘s role, rather than a smaller role behind Trent Richardson. It’s not a shock, but it indicates that Herron could have significant value in PPR leagues, especially larger ones. He should be owned in all PPR formats just in case his role continues to grow.
Alfred Blue, Texans – 63 percent
He could have low value going forward as long as Arian Foster returns this week, but Blue has proven to be a valuable handcuff option for Foster owners and he should continue to be treated as such. He’s crucial this week because there are four Thursday games and if some of your reserve runners play early, it will impact your ability to deal with Foster in the event that he’s a game time decision, as he easily could be. Blue covers you in that scenario.
Terrance West, Browns – 61 percent
West is out there in 39 percent of leagues and going after him makes plenty of sense, especially for those who already own Isaiah Crowell. This is now a two-man backfield in Cleveland. If you roster both, you will have a locked in weekly starter no matter what head coach Mike Pettine does with the lineup.
Jarvis Landry, Dolphins – 21 percent
I said last Spring that Landry could be the next Hines Ward. Well, the rookie appears to be ahead of schedule. He’s scored five times since Miami’s Week 5 bye week and that includes a pair of scores in last week’s loss in Denver. It’s clear Ryan Tannehill looks for the former LSU star in crucial situations and that’s likely to continue. This guy had the toughness, route running and good hands coming in as a rookie, and now he’s got the trust of the quarterback and the coaching staff. I expect Landry’s run to continue. He gets lost in this year’s absurdly deep rookie class, but he can help you as a WR3/flex in all leagues.
Kenny Stills, Saints — 34 percent
Stills saw plenty of action on Monday night and we expect that to continue going forward. One of the more underrated receivers in last year’s rookie class, Stills is a very good all-around receiver and that should keep his target totals high with Brandin Cooks out for the rest of the season. Stills needs to be owned in all leagues.
Andrew Hawkins, Browns – 37 percent
He may not have the upside that he had when he was the No. 1 option, but with Josh Gordon’s return, Hawkins will get to play against lesser cornerbacks and that should make him a consistent contributor. He can help you as a depth option during the playoffs.
Robert Woods, Bills – 3 percent
If you read Rotobahn, you know we are fans of Woods’ ability. While he has been inconsistent this season, he has certainly had his moments. He sure likes playing the Jets — catching 15 balls against them in the two games this season. Sadly for Woods’ owners, the Jets are off of his schedule until 2015. Still, I expect Woods to be a featured player going forward and he’s worth owning in all leagues as a solid depth player.
John Brown, Cardinals – 32 percent
He’s a rookie who has outperformed even our high expectations and now he has a shot at starting due to Larry Fitzgerald‘s knee injury. Brown can help Fitzgerald owners as an insurance policy, and he can be a depth player for those who do not own Fitzgerald, especially in leagues with 12 or more teams.
Justin Hunter, Titans — 40 percent
He made a big play last week despite a sore knee and I expect those big plays to happen more frequently with rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback. Hunter is a high-upside flex play in all formats going forward. He has plenty of risk to go with it, but he should at least be owned in all standard leagues and is a must-own player in 12-team leagues.
Charles Johnson, Vikings — 1 percent
Johnson is more of a stash option in smaller leagues, but we’ve always loved his skill set and his upside. Johnson’s rookie season was derailed by a bad knee injury (ACL), but he’s healthy now and he could be a long term solution for the Vikings. Johnson is a must own player in large leagues and in long term formats like dynasty.
Stedman Bailey, Rams — 0 percent
Was Week 12 the beginning of a trend for Bailey? Perhaps. He was finally getting major snaps and he was targeted heavily as well. The result was seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. In my estimation, Bailey is the best technical receiver on the Rams’ roster. I like him a lot as a stash option in all PPR formats and he has some value in larger non-PPR leagues as well.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings — 47 percent
He got the ball rolling last week with 50 yards receiving and I expect his production to grow going forward. Rudolph is a weekly TE1 in all formats. Add him now and enjoy the results.
Jordan Cameron, Browns – 46 percent
He has a very good chance at returning this week from a lingering concussion. When Cameron does get back, he will not be the focus of defenses, and that’s because Josh Gordon is back and he is back in a big way — posting 120 yards receiving right off the bat last week. Cameron should post TE1 numbers as soon as he can start. He’s a potential play this week, but also a very nice stash for future weeks. He should be owned in most leagues.
Tim Wright, Patriots — 16 percent
This is a tricky one. Wright seems to post either big numbers or no numbers at all. The thing is, that’s better than what a lot of the big names are doing. If I am taking weekly risk, I should at least get some upside, right? Wright certainly gives you the upside. He’s the 14th highest scoring tight end as of right now. Now consider Wright only had five targets over the first month of the season — most of his damage has occurred from Week 5 on. So, based on the numbers, Wright is actually a weekly top 12 play at the position. He needs to be owned in most leagues, and he makes an outstanding handcuff option for Rob Gronkowski owners.