Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets

 

With the fantasy playoffs about to start and trade deadlines upon us it is crunch time. If your dynasty team is mediocre at best just hoping for a bottom seed playoff spot it may be time to reassess and potentially sell some veteran pieces to a contending team. If your near the top of your league already looking ahead to the playoffs, congratulations and good luck in the money weeks. Either way due to significant injuries throughout the league and teams on bye weeks waivers may be more important at this point of the year than any other.

Quarterbacks

 

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals - Andy Dalton will be the starting quarterback for Cincinnati once again. According to sources, the Bengals went with Ryan Finley for evaluation purposes. Dalton will be the quarterback to play in Cincinnati going forward. This will help pass catchers like Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate and it may help Joe Mixon as well. Either way, fantasy players need to remember that the Bengals are still an 0-11 team with limited fantasy resources. 

Devlin Hodges, Pittsburgh Steelers - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges completed 5 of 11 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in a 16-10 win over the Bengals in Week 12. Hodges took over for Mason Rudolph, who was benched due to some more disastrous play. Hodges made the Steelers look smart, hooking up with James Washington for a 79 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Hodges will most likely be under center in Week 13 against the Browns.

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos - Coach Vic Fangio wouldn't commit to a starting quarterback between Lock and Allen for Sunday's game against the Chargers. "As far as this week goes, all options are on the table," Fangio said Monday. "We'll make that decision in the next few days." Fangio also said "practice time ... just all that lost time and prep" are the things holding him back from making the decision. Having said that, Fangio may be willing to expedite Lock's return to the 53 man roster after Allen completed just 10 of 25 passes for 82 yards during a Week 12 loss at Buffalo.

Runningbacks

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins - Gaskin carried the ball four times for 10 yards in Sunday's 41-24 loss to the Browns. He also caught his only target for seven yards. Gaskin's workload appears to be ramping up following the recent release of Mark Walton, and with Kalen Ballage's continued inability to reliably produce, the Dolphins' backfield could trend towards a timeshare as the season concludes. In the event that Ballage loses his tenuous grip on the number 1 job, Gaskin would push for a larger role.

Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers - Running back Benny Snell Jr. carried the ball 21 times for 98 yards and added a five yard catch in a 16-10 win over the Bengals in Week 12. Snell made his first appearance since injuring his knee three weeks ago. It was a surprising development as it looked like Jaylen Samuels would be the team's lead back with James Conner injured. Pittsburgh faces the Browns in Week 13.

Quadree Ollison, Atlanta Falcons - Ollison rushed eight times for 20 yards and one touchdown while catching his lone target for a seven yard gain in Sunday's Week 12 loss to Tampa Bay. Ollison has now scored in two straight games, vulturing touchdowns from Brian Hill. While Devonta Freeman is sidelined, Ollison might be the better play over Hil, Ollison will get the Saints in Week 13.

Kerrith Whyte, Pittsburgh Steelers - Rookie seventh rouner Kerrith Whyte who played his college ball at Florida Atlantic essentially operated as the Steerler number two back behind Snell in week 12. He logged 6 carries for 43 yards for a 7.16 yards per carry average. He is a name to watch or pick up and stash while the Pittsburgh backfield is in flux.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Greg Ward, Philadelphia Eagles - With the Eagles down their top two wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee), as well as waiving Jordan Matthews, Ward remain as one of the lone healthy options at the position. Ward, who was called up from the practice squad in light of the injuries, caught 6 passes on 7 targets for 40 yards.

 

Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots - Meyers logged 54 of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys, en route to catching four passes on nine targets for a season high 74 yards. Meyers' increased involvement in the Patriots offense was the result of both Phillip Dorsett (concussion) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) being inactive Sunday.

 

Allen Hurns, Miami Dolphins - Hurns caught 4 of 7 targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Browns. He scored a garbage time touchdown on Miami's final drive. He was Miami's number two option with Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant both leaving with injuries. Hurns should see a higher target share going forward if Wilson or Grant miss time.

 

Kelvin Harmon, Washington Redskins - Harmon caught 3 of 6 targets for 43 yards in Washington's Week 12 win over the Lions. He got the start over Paul Richardson (1/6), seeing six targets thrown his direction for the second straight week. Dwayne Haskins' play under center ensures only one receiver can be relevant for Washington this season, but perhaps Harmon's newfound role lends enough usage to deem him a dynasty stash on deeper squads. The sixth-round rookie isn't going to be a fantasy starter in 2019, but he is a buy low dynasty option as a potential Redskins starter in 2020.

 

Tightends

 

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts - Doyle will see an increase in snaps following news that fellow tight end Eric Ebron is headed to injured reserve. Doyle has been logging 65% of the snap share over the past three weeks as Ebron's snaps have declined. Doyle, now 29, has produced 304 yards and three touchdowns on 30 receptions, still well below his production of 2016 and 2017 prior to Ebron's arrival in 2018. There's potential here for a material increase in production for the remainder of the season.

Kaden Smith, New York Giants - Smith hauled in five of six targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears. Smith tied with Sterling Shepard for the team lead in receptions, and both receivers were used mainly on short passes. Smith's usage should last as long as Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are out of the lineup.

 

Jaeden Graham, Atlanta Falcons - Graham caught 1 of 2 targets for a 53 yard gain in Sunday's Week 12 loss to Tampa Bay. Graham and Luke Stocker will replace an injured Austin Hooper (knee) at tight end for the foreseeable future. Graham was in the same situation last week when he caught two passes for 23 yards on two targets in a 29-3 win over Carolina, handling a career high 52% snap share in the process. 

Defensive Lineman

Shaq Lawson, Buffalo Bills - Lawson posted two solo tackles, two TFLs, two sacks, and three QB hits, as the Bills improved to 8-3 by beating the Broncos, 20-3. Lawson had season bests in several categories, and it propelled his team to their eighth win of the year. He'll attempt to have the same impact on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys.

A'Shawn Robinson, Detroit Lions - Robinson the fourth year pro out of Alabama had his best statistical day of the season on Sunday against the Redskins. He put up 4 solo tackles, a pass defensed a tackles for a loss and a sack, on 41 defensive snaps. He will look to continue his recent success against the Bears this week. 

 

Sheldon Richardson, Cleveland Browns -  Richardson had five tackles, three quarterback hits, a forced fumble and two sacks in Sunday's 41-24 win over the Dolphins in Week 12. He is the lone remaining member among the group that began the season as Cleveland's starting defensive line. With Olivier Vernon (knee), Myles Garrett (suspension) and Larry Ogunjobi (suspension) unavailable, depth on the line was put to a test. Richardson responded with his best game of the season, recording his first sacks while also lining up at defensive end at times.

Rasheem Green, Seattle Seahawks - Green posted two solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Eagles. Green enjoyed his highest snap count since Week 5 in place of Jadeveon Clowney (hip), recording 48 of a possible 76 defensive snaps (63%). The second year pro was quite explosive off the line, as both tackles he made were for a loss.

Linebackers

 

A.J. Johnson, Denver Broncos - Johnson registered 10 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, one TFL, and one QB hit, though the Broncos fell to the Bills, 20-3. Johnson has flown under the radar since his Week 5 debut, recording at least eight tackles in five of seven games. He also notches some other statistic every week, whether it be a takeaway, TFL, or a pass defended. He might be worth a pick up if you need an LB.

Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers - The rookie fifth rounder out of Arkansas had his fourth consecutive big game, posting 21 solo's, 9 assists, 2 tackles for a loss, a pass defensed, a sack and an interception. Greenlaw has seen a sudden spike in playing time, as he played the entire second half week nine, and an every down role in weeks ten, eleven, and twelve.

Mychal Kendricks, Seattle Seahawks - Kendricks tallied a season-high 11 solo tackles in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Vikings. Kendricks logged 51 of a possible 76 defensive snaps (67%) but still managed to finish second in tackles among Seahawks' defenders. The 29 year-old linebacker has 60 tackles through 11 games, and he'll look to build on this effort Week 13 against the Vikings.

 

Defensive Backs

 

Corey Ballentine, New York Giants - Ballentine the rookie sixth rounder out of Washburn finished Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears with nine total tackles (eight solo).  Ballentine played a season high 61 defensive snap Sunday and has averaged 53 snaps per game over the past three games. With the Giants in full future assessment mode he may be worth an end of the bench stash.

Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The rookie second rounder out of Central Michigan had the best game of his young career posting 9 total tackles, 7 solo and 2 assisted. Murphy-Bunting has averaged 67 defensive snaps per game over the past four games, finding a role as the Buc's slot corner.

Art Maulet, New York Jets - Maulet the third year UDFA out of Memphis has been thrust into an every down role the past three weeks averaging 61 defensive snaps per game. Over that span he has been solid posting 14 total tackles, and three tackles for a loss, he gets a favorable match up against the lowly Bengals week 13 and Miami week 14.

Fabian Moreau, Washington Redskins -  Moreau turned in six total tackles and two interceptions during Sunday's win over the Lions. Moreau, the third-year CB, has 34 total tackles and two interceptions through Week 12. Moreau is playing a full time role averaging 48 defensive snaps per game.

 

By: @BMartzy