Fantasy Football: Week 13 Waiver Wire

David Johnson

Its time to attack the Week 13 Waiver Wire and boy is there talent to grab. The running back position continues to give and as the playoffs approach, they couldn’t come at a better time. This week did see injuries to both Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. There is talent at the the tight end position that while wont put up the production you are used to getting they can get you by in the short term.

David Johnson Arizona Cardinals
(25% Owned on Yahoo!)

Despite the poor offensive showing against the 49ers, the Cardinals offense has been a running like a well oiled machine. In the game on Sunday, both Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington were forced to leave early with injuries. Jay Glazer is reporting Chris Johnson has fractured tibia and will be out an extended period of time. This opens an opportunity for David Johnson to be “the guy.” We have seen David Johnson be productive in spots including scoring a touchdown replacing the injured backs. He can be threat both on the ground and via the pass. He is a must add for running back needy teams. Especially those who missed out on Rawls, Ware, or Allen. Johnson will likely be more valuable in PPR formats but should be a solid RB2 with RB 1 upside as long as he remains the starter.

Tevin Coleman Atlanta Falcons
(59% owned on Yahoo!)

Tevin Coleman had a really nice performance this week in a tough matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. He went for 110 yards on 18 carries. Devonta Freeman is likely to be cleared this week and should play Sunday. However, Coleman should still get work this week. Freeman will be the passing down back but Coleman could be the first and second down workhorse. He does have to keep the ball off the ground as fumble issues seem to remain a problem. Coleman is likely a flex option at best with Freeman back but could see a bump if Freeman misses more time.

 

Spencer Ware

Spencer Ware is pick up where Jamaal Charles and Charcandrick West left off. (Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports)

Spencer Ware Kansas City Chiefs
(63% on Yahoo!)

I told you a week ago to pick up Spencer Ware. He rewarded us that played him against the Bills. He went for 114 carries on 19 carries and a score. There is rumbling that Charcandrick West may return this week from injury. However, Ware is still worth an add. Ware has stolen the show since taking over for West. There is a chance he could keep this job. and It could be at worst a time share. With games coming against the Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, and Browns, Ware could be a great play down the stretch.

Doug Baldwin Seattle Seahawks
(35% owned on Yahoo!)

It may be easy to write off Doug Baldwin as a fluke after his monster 6 catch for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 24 targets over the past three weeks show that he should not be written off. He is the number one target in this offense. He has found the end zone 4 times in the past 3 games. Expect Baldwin to continue to see a ton of work especially with the injury to Jimmy Graham.

Dontrelle Inman San Diego Chargers
(10% owned on Yahoo!)

Dontrelle Inman has 8 catches on 14 targets in the past two week. He is averaging 14.5 yards per catch over those two games. The Chargers have needed to find production with both Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd out. Inman is a nice pick up especially for those who need wide receiver help. The playoffs are fast approaching, build that depth where you can.

Zach Miller Chicago Bears
(20% on Yahoo!)

Zach Miller isn’t the sexiest of names at tight end or a guy that you can lock in for the rest of the season but if you just lost Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski he can be serviceable. This is assuming one thing, Martellus Bennett is out this week. Anyone who owns Bennett should be stashing Miller. In the last 4 weeks Miller has four touchdowns. He is a physical threat that can stretch the field and is earning quarterback Jay Cutler’s trust. He has 20 targets over that period.

Scott Chandler New England Patriots
(8% owned on Yahoo!)

Reports have been surfacing from New England about the severity of Rob Gronkowski’s injury. Most are saying it is minor and that he will miss minimal time. The Patriots have no reason to rush Gronk back on the field. With Gronk out, Scott Chandler becomes a must play and a top 10 tight end. He got 11 targets against the Denver Broncos. He should continue to see plenty of work with Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, Gronk and Danny Amendola missing time.

kyle rudolph

Can Kyle Rudolph take over as a elite tight end option down the stretch? (via Fansided.com)

Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings
(46% on Yahoo!)

Kyle Rudolph has emerged as a legit weapon in Minnesota. He has taken over as the target monster in the Vikings offense. He has 18 targets over the past two weeks and caught 13 of them. Norv Turner has made a point of making Rudolph a key cog in this offense. This week they face a Seahawks team that has had issues stopping opposing tight ends. They are 4th in terms of fantasy points allowed to that position. Rudolph has a nice schedule after this week too. He could be a real difference maker down the stretch.

Luke Willson Seattle Seahawks
(1% owned on Yahoo!)

Luke Willson has shown flashes in spots last season especially when he was the guy at the end of the season. He is a guy that can stretch the field. He also seems to understand how to get open when plays break down and Russell Wilson scrambles. Willson is more of a deep league add but he can provide value down the stretch.

 

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