NFL WAIVER WIRE WATCH WEEK 13

2023-12-01 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Zach Moss and Pat Friermuth

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NFL WAIVER WIRE WATCH WEEK 13
QB
Russell Wilson (Denver Broncos)
  • I know Wilson hasn’t reached 20 fantasy points in a game since Week 4 but hold up. First, Wilson has rediscovered his rushing chops recently, hitting 30-plus yards on the ground in five of his last seven games and even punching one in himself in Sunday’s win over the Browns. He’s also thrown 20 touchdowns on the year, tied for fifth-most in the NFL. In the right matchups, I believe he can cobble together all the pieces to return quality value down the stretch. Speaking of good matchups over the remainder of the fantasy season, here are Wilson’s opponents and their schedule-adjusted ranks against QBs: Texans (25th), Chargers(32nd), Lions (28th), Patriots (5th, feel free to bench him here) and the Chargers again in championship week. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it may be time to let Russ cook.
Gardner Minshew (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Gardner Minshew being here says plenty about the streaming options this week, but it says some good things about Minshew, too. His play can be erratic, but his good games can be great. He had a two-week stretch earlier this season where he threw for 518 yards and four touchdowns (against two picks) and ran for another 32 yards and two scores. Minshew was a top 10 QB for that stretch, and he faced better defences then than he'll see now. Two of the past three quarterbacks to face the Tennessee Titans (Baker Mayfield and Trevor Lawrence) put up at least 19.3 points. He may make you manic, he may make magic for you that's just the Gardner express.
RB
Zach Moss (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Moss was a star in for the first couple months of the season, but then Moss disappeared as Jonathan Taylor hit his stride a few weeks ago. With Taylor now set to miss at least a couple games with a thumb injury, Moss could become an instant league-winner. He's readily available after a disappointing stretch but won't be for long. I don't have much else to say here other than go get Moss he should be your No. 1 priority on the week if he's on your waiver wire and you need an RB/Flex.
Antonio Gibson (Washington Commanders)
  • Gibson didn't have a big game in Week 12 at Dallas amassing only six carries for 21 yards, along with three catches for 16 yards on four targets, but he played more snaps (46 percent) than Brian Robinson Jr. (45 percent) in that outing. Any time the Commanders are likely going to be chasing points then Gibson has the chance for increased playing time, and Washington hosts Miami in Week 13. That is a good bet to lead to more work for Gibson given his role in the passing game, and he had at least five catches in three games in a row prior to missing Week 11 against the Giants with a toe injury. In PPR, Gibson can be a high-quality flex in Week 13, otherwise he is more of a dart throw.
WRCurtis Samuel (Washington Commanders)
  • Samuel is coming off his best game of the season in Week 12 at Dallas with nine catches for 100 yards on 12 targets for 19 PPR points, and he should continue to be a reliable target for Sam Howell. The Commanders have a crowded receiving corps with Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Samuel, Logan Thomas and Antonio Gibson, but Howell now has gone six games in a row with at least 42 pass attempts. This past week was the fourth game this season where Samuel has had at least seven targets. Given the matchup against Miami in Week 13 where Washington is likely to be active through the air, expect his targets to be high once again. Samuel may not have the highest upside, but he is a quality play. 
Greg Dortch (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Dortch is a curious case as prior to Kyler Murray’s return, Dortch had 1.2 fantasy points on the entire season. Over the last two weeks, he has 25.3, with double digits in both games. Most importantly, he has 17 targets over those two games, tied with Marquise Brown for most on the team. He’s basically been the “1C” option in Arizona alongside Brown and tight end Trey McBride. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t completely out of nowhere: Dortch had a handful of strong fantasy performances in 2022, as well. It would be, let's say, quite bold to roll him out in a starting lineup in Week 13. However, I like him as a speculative pickup heading into the playoffs.
TE
Pat Friermuth (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Bye Matt Canada, hello Freiermuth. In the first game after Canada was fired as the Steelers offensive coordinator, Freiermuth had a monster outing with nine catches for 120 yards on 11 targets; hopefully that's a sign of things to come. Now, we have to consider that he took advantage of a great matchup since the Bengals were No. 6 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing TE’s. In week 13 he faces a tougher test against the Cardinals, who are No. 9 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to tight ends, but I still want Freiermuth on my team if he's going to be this involved. He could be a difference maker to close the season, especially given he seems to be one of the team's main red zone and third down targets. If this past week proves to be an indicator and not an outlier Friermuth could be a must start TE down the stretch.
D/ST
Indianapolis Colts
  • The Colts are in the midst of an absolute cakewalk of opponents and have produced accordingly so far. They posted 26 fantasy points against the Panthers, 16 versus the Patriots and 11 against the Buccaneers in their last three games. Here are their opponents through the home stretch and each foe's starting QB, for research purposes: Tennessee Titans (Will Levis) Cincinnati Bengals (Jake Browning), Pittsburgh Steelers (Kenny Pickett), Atlanta Falcons (Desmond Ridder), Las Vegas Raiders (Aidan O’Connell). You can pick up Indy and ride their defence for the remainder of the season if you wish, not a bad luxury to have.
Guys Worth a Gander
  • Tyler Higbee (TE, LA Rams)
  • Baker Mayfield (QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • D’Ernest Johnson (RB Jacksonville Jaguars)
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