Lucky week thirteen of the 2020 NFL season is upon us and we aren’t scared of a number. Nothing can be scarier than what our rosters have already gone through. With games getting seriously delayed, it is almost impossible to figure out who you can start. Lucky for you, Football Absurdity is here to provide options. If I don’t mention someone whom 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. Maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine what our best week thirteen waiver wire players for your championship run are…
Week Thirteen Waiver Wire QBs
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (30% rostered)
For two weeks in a row, Kirk Cousins has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback. In week twelve, Cousins threw for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns. Next week, Cousins plays a Jacksonville team that has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Does that mean we can finally trust Kirk? Probably not, but if you are currently streaming quarterbacks, you probably don’t have many better options.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (21% rostered)
I’m not gonna lie to you, I love 2020 Fitzmagic. His week twelve performance of 257 passing yards and 2 touchdowns didn’t change my mind either. If Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t play in week thirteen, you can start Ryan Fitzpatrick with the utmost confidence. After all, he’s playing the Cincinnati Bengals.
Week Thirteen Waiver Wire RBs
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams (29% rostered)
Cam Akers showed a little of what people were expecting from him in week twelve. His 9 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown look incredible on paper, but 61 of those yards came on 1 carry. More importantly, he was still behind Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson in snaps. Cam Akers might have long-term value, but he is still a gamble.
Frank Gore, New York Jets (22% rostered)
In week twelve, Frank Gore had 86 all-purpose yards. Gore also plays for the New York Jets, so it is hard for me to muster any excitement for him. If you need a running back, go ahead and grab him. Just don’t expect much.
Brian Hill/Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons (1%/41% rostered)
With Todd Gurley missing week twelve, it was Ito Smith and Brian Hill’s time to shine. Their combined 120 yards and a score is exactly what you are looking for in a running back. However, the fact that it took both Smith and Hill combined to hit that number leaves me less than satisfied. With Gurley expected to return in week thirteen, neither of these guys has much value.
DeAndre Washington, Miami Dolphins (1% rostered)
My favorite waiver wire running back for week thirteen is DeAndre Washington. In week twelve, he had 60 all-purpose yards, which might not seem like much. However, Washington’s value comes from being the only non-Matt Brieda option on the Dolphins. While everyone else is injured, DeAndre Washington will get the opportunities. He’s probably the only waiver wire running back I like this week.
Week Thirteen Waiver Wire WRs
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (58% rostered)
Deebo Samuel’s return from injury was a revelation. His 11 catches for 133 yards was a top-ten wide receiver performance in fantasy in week twelve. If Deebo Samuel is on your waiver wire, he should be your top priority, even if Nick Mullens is throwing him the football.
Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (2% rostered)
In week twelve, Gabriel Davis had 3 catches for 79 yards and a TD. With John Brown injured, Gabriel Davis found his usage greatly increased in week thirteen. I’m not sure how much value Gabriel Davis will actually bring, seeing as how he is the third option in the Bills’ offense.
Olabisi Johnson/Chad Beebe, Minnesota Vikings (0%/0% rostered)
With Adam Thielen on the Covid IR list, the question becomes who is going to see those targets? Both Olabisi Johnson and Chad Beebe had good games in week thirteen. Johnson had 7 catches for 74 yards, while Beebe had 7 catches for 63 yards and the game-winning touchdown. If you are looking for someone to be fantasy relevant, Olabisi Johnson is your safest bet. Beebe is being used primarily as a slot receiver and Johnson dominated him on snaps.
Collin Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars (0% rostered)
With D.J. Chark out, Collin Johnson went off for Jacksonville with 4 catches for 96 yards and one touchdown. However, Collin Johnson feels like fools gold. Even with Chark out, he was third on the team in snaps. Johnson will be fighting Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault for targets on an already underwhelming Jaguars passing attack.
Week Thirteen Waiver Wire TEs
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (15% rostered)
Kyle Rudolph had his best game in week twelve, with 7 catches for 68 yards. If that didn’t get you excited for Kyle Rudolph, congratulations. You are still sane. Still, you probably don’t have other options if you need tight end help.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (13% rostered)
In week twelve, Trey Burton had 3 catches for 42 yards and 1 touchdown. Burton has had a nice couple of weeks, but it is hard to trust him. Burton has to compete with Mo Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle for targets. That doesn’t even include the fact that Philip Rivers looks like he is about ten minutes from retirement, so he can raise his 47 kids.