30 Nov Fantasy Football Playoff Push: Week 13 Waiver Wire Moves
Week 13 is upon us, and with the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, we here at The Sports Crew will help your fantasy teams make that final push. After all 32 NFL teams were in action during Week 12, we will see the last two teams (CLE, TEN) have their bye-week. Now is the time you should be “trimming the fat” off of your roster, while building depth that can be an integral part of a championship run. Whether it may be adding a fifth wide receiver or hand-cuffing star running backs, we find ourselves in “must win” situations where that player you may have been stashing is no longer helping. If a player can not help you right now, then when will he? (Disclaimer: if you do in fact have extra roster space, need desperate running-back help, or know for certain you have a first-round bye then Adrian Peterson is the only player you should even consider stashing for a possible Week 15 return). Sometimes the tougher question to answer is not who to pick up, rather who should be dropped in corresponding moves. We will list some players at each position that can be considered droppable at this point in the season. The weeks after this are no longer guaranteed, so start making the necessary roster moves.
Colin Kaepernick (SF) @ Chicago- What an outstanding recent stretch for Kaepernick. While his superb play has not equalled wins for the 49ers, he has been red-hot with multi-touchdowns in four straight games. In Week 12, Kaep passed for 250+ yards, while running for another 100+ and putting up 32 fantasy points for those who started him against the Dolphins. The list of players who have more fantasy points than Kaepernick over the past four weeks is short: Aaron Rodgers. With matchups against Chicago and the New York Jets on the horizon, Kaepernick is absolutely worth an add. He’ll be a borderline top-10 play this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) vs. Indianapolis- He had 20 Fantasy points last week against New England, which was the first time he’s done that since Week 2. Fitz will now have the luxury of playing Indianapolis on Monday night, which have been a bad-quarterback remedy all season long. The Colts defense has allowed all but two quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points, including eight in a row. This is a good week to potentially trust Fitzpatrick given the matchup.
Drop Candidates: Andy Dalton (CIN), Carson Palmer (ARI), Blake Bortles (JAX)
Kenneth Dixon (BAL) vs. Miami- Dixon has been on the featured in this piece on several occasions this season, and has yet to really break through in a meaningful way. It seemed he had carved himself out a significant role in this offense before getting injured during the preseason. The Ravens have been giving him more touches each and every week, and he finally had the same number of carries as Terrence West in Week 12 (13). Baltimore’s coaching staff seems to be continuing with the upward trend, and Dixon’s value has approached that of a high-end flex play in 10-team leagues. He’s worth an add for anyone looking to pad his or her running back depth.
Adrian Peterson (MIN) vs. Dallas- Peterson was seen doing some light sprints in Minnesota’s last practice. While he definitely will not be suiting up against the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football, the coaching staff has claimed he is ahead of schedule for his goal of returning in Week 15. He would face the Colts in Week 15 and the Packers in Week 16, which are favorable matchups even behind that woeful offensive line in Minnesota. It’s total speculation that Peterson helps your Fantasy team again this year, but he’s worth stashing if you have an open roster spot.
Drop Candidates: Isaiah Crowell (CLE), Eagles RB’s (PHI), Chris Ivory (JAX)
Tyreek Hill (KC) @ Atlanta- Hill has been great since Maclin went down, and he should have another solid outing in Week 13 at Atlanta. He has at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in four of his past six games, and he has at least nine catches in two of his past three outings without Maclin. The Chiefs are being creative with putting the ball in his hands, and the Falcons have allowed seven touchdowns to receivers in their past four games. Atlanta has just put their best cornerback, Desmond Trufant, on injured-reserve so these numbers should continue to trend downward for this defense. Even if Maclin returns, Hill will still have flex-appeal, especially in PPR formats.
Malcolm Mitchell (NE) vs. Los Angeles- Mitchell has stepped up the past two games with Gronk banged up, and he could get a boost this week if Gronkowski remains out with a back injury against the Rams. With Gronkowski and Chris Hogan out in Week 11 at San Francisco, Mitchell had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown on five targets. He was better in Week 12 at the Jets with five catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets, and Gronkowski got hurt in that game. We’ll see if Gronkowski is out again in Week 13 against the Rams, and Mitchell could be a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver in this matchup at home.
Dontrelle Inman (SD) vs. Tampa Bay- Much like Kenneth Dixon, Inman has been mentioned in this article on multiple occasions during the season, and rewarded his owners with six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Week 12. The production will not be like that each week, but he has a role in a pass-friendly offense (he leads Chargers wide receivers in snaps played) and has at least eight points in PPR scoring in five straight games. A usable flex in a deeper PPR format, especially if leading WR Tyrell Williams is forced to miss any time with his shoulder injury.
Drop Candidates: Jeremy Maclin (KC), Michael Floyd (ARI), Allen Hurns (JAX)
Vernon Davis (WAS) @ Arizona- Davis is going to benefit with Reed potentially out, although it’s a tough matchup this week at Arizona. He’s been involved of late with at least six Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his past six games, and he has at least five targets in three of his past five outings. If Reed is out for an extended period of time, Davis can be a must-start tight end moving forward, although the Cardinals are a tough matchup in Week 13.
C.J Fiedorowicz (HOU) @ Green Bay- He had a down game in Week 12 against San Diego with four catches for 42 yards on six targets, but he’s still heavily involved and could be chasing points this week at Green Bay. I’m not giving up on Fiedorowicz this week as a streaming option given his matchup.
Drop Candidates: Gary Barnidge (CLE), Julius Thomas (JAX)
Good luck to all of you, and feel free to ask any question you may have by finding me via twitter: @zaksauer