Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season is in the books and you’ve made every mistake a man can make. That means it’s time for me to help you make some more mistakes with our week 13 waiver wire primer. You thought you’d never see Rob Gronkowski in a turtleneck… and you were wrong. You thought Derek Carr was a smart start this week…. And you were wrong. You thought fantasy football was fun….and boy, were you wrong. You and your team have utterly failed.
Lucky for you, there are waiver wire options to save you from yourself. If I don’t mention a player you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Or, maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here looking for answers. So let us examine what our best week thirteen waiver wire players for your championship run are…
Week 13 Waiver Wire QBs
Should I Pick up Sam Darnold? – Owned in 29% of leagues – Do I continue this shtick where I pretend that you should not grab Darnold because I was wrong about one game of his? Or do we cut out the pretense, acknowledge that he has nine touchdowns in his last three games and just roll with him? That depends. Do you want to own the quarterback who’s next two games are against the Bengals and the Dolphins? Well, then it is time to pick up Sam Darnold. (Or to start watching football, if you somehow answered no.) If you want to know how strongly I feel about this, I haven’t made a mono joke in weeks!
Should I Pick up Ryan Tannehill? – Owned in 21% of leagues – Apparently, I am the last guy on the Ryan Tannehill Bandwagon. I’ve had people talking to me about how they liked Ryan Tannehill as a streamer quarterback this year before it was cool. I would argue that it has never been cool to like Ryan Tannehill. However, there is no denying that since he has taken over as quarterback for the Titans, they are a better team. Since he has taken over the starting job, he has been, at the very least, a low-end QB1/high-end QB2. And he looks better every week. While Indianapolis isn’t the most favorable match-up, his next two games and Oakland and Houston make Tannehill worth rostering.
Week 13 Waiver Wire RBs
Should I Pick up Jonathan Williams? – Owned in 46% of leagues –Marlon Mack has already been confirmed out in week thirteen against the Titans. In the game and a half he has played without Mack, Williams has put up 221 yards and one touchdown. This means you want to get on board the Jonathan Williams Train I told you to ride in my week twelve waiver wire article. Because if you don’t hop on this ride now, you might be watching the best waiver wire option drive on by.
Should I Pick up Rashaad Penny? – Owned in 25% of leagues – Rashaad Penny is probably the most difficult waiver wire decision in the past couple of months. It is a question of talent versus opportunity. The Seahawks drafted Penny in the first round, and he has and has all the athletic ability in the world. He also has proven to be unreliable and the Seahawks have not shown a willingness to trust him. Even in week twelve, his 129 yards looks impressive, but the bulk of that came on three-of-fourteen carries. His other 11 rushes averaged 2.1 yards per carry. I loved the kids’ talent coming out of college, but I’m not sure the Seahawks really trust him. Despite what Pete Carroll is saying about a timeshare, there is a high chance he goes back to fantasy irrelevance in week thirteen.
Should I Pick up Benny Snell? – Owned in 5% of leagues – Benny Snell is the opposite off Rashaad Penny. It is pretty easy to determine exactly how he will be used. If James Conner plays, he has zero fantasy value. Conner doesn’t think he’s playing, “for a while.” That means Steelers will do to Snell what they do to all of their running backs – feed him the rock. If you need running back help and Conner is out, make sure you grab Snell.
Week 13 Waiver Wire WRs
Should I Pick up Robby Anderson? – Owned in 49% of leagues – There is no denying that Robby Anderson has been a disappointment this season. However, in week twelve, he did have four catches for 86 yards and one touchdown. He is arguably the most talented receiver on the New York Jets and over the next two weeks, he will be matched up against the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. If you are looking for a high-risk/high-reward home run play at wide receiver, Robby Anderson has to be your man.
Should I Pick up A.J. Brown? – Owned in 16% of leagues – I’ve mentioned in previous waiver wire articles that A.J. Brown was a guy to watch out for long-term. His four catches for 135 yards and one touchdown in week twelve might have been our wake-up call. I never thought I’d say this, but with Ryan Tannehill emerging in Tennessee, A.J. Brown is establishing himself as the man there. And he is a man worth rostering in fantasy football.
Should I Pick up Darius Slayton? – Owned in 24% of leagues – While he had a bit of a down week in week twelve, Darius Slayton still saw seven targets and had four catches for 67 yards, which led the Giants. He did all this against a Bears defense that has given up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. If you need some help at receiver, Darius Slayton is worth rostering.
Week 13 Waiver Wire TEs
Should I Pick up Kyle Rudolph? – Owned in 43% of leagues – For some insane reason, Kyle Rudolph was cut in some leagues last week. I understand that he was on a bye, but he has also been a top-five tight end over the past month. If he is on your waiver wire and you need help at tight end, GET KYLE RUDOLPH!!
Should I Pick up David Njoku? – Owned in 25% of leagues – David Njoku is about to become eligible to return from Injured Reserve. Before he was hurt, he was considered a top-ten tight end prospect. And let’s be real. If you are looking at waiver wire tight ends right now, you are probably desperate. Njoku has a higher ceiling than anyone you can pick up.