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Fantasy Football: Week 13 Waiver Wire Report

Ryan Fitzpatrick Fantasy Waiver Wire Report
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a player you may want to consider at quarterback if your quarterback was hurt or you need a player to help give you a playoff push.

By Craig Forrestal

It is finally here Week 13. Well, Week 12 isn’t over yet because the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have yet to play but you get the drift. This is the week where half of us will be joyous and gleeful while the other half of us will be downright miserable. Yes, this is the week where it all comes to the honest and ugly truth you will either make the fantasy playoffs or you won’t. And below we take a look at a few players on the waiver wire that might help you get over the hump.

Week 13 Waiver Wire Report

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick/ QB/ Miami Dolphins: Just give my man the ball! Fitzmagic is a gamer he is ready whenever called upon and while he hasn’t said this is his last year it is safe to assume any game he starts for Miami could be considered his last in the league. But for all the fan-favorite love he gets Fitzpatrick has played well for Miami when called upon this season. However, they went to Tua Tagovailoa for a reason and that reason is Tua is the future. The Dolphins have already said that Tua is the guy once he is healthy, so this more of a QB needy move. Monitor Tua because if he can’t go I’ll take my chances with Fitzmagic against Cincinnati. He has 2+ TD passes in 5 of 7 games he has started. The 2 without were against New England Week 1 and Seattle Week 4. Next 3: Bengals, Chiefs and Patriots
  • Ito Smith/ RB/ Atlanta Falcons: Well, I swung and I missed. History is the best indicator when it comes to the Atlanta backfield. I was a big Brian Hill guy last week and it cost me. The always reliable Ito Smith scored a TD and added 75 total yards in their stomping of the Raiders. After a few letdown games last season and a disappointing performance last week I think it is possible Brian Hill isn’t the answer when an ATL RB is out. Given Gurley’s knee history I’d bet on Smith playing a role even if Gurley comes back. Hill operated as the lead back for a minute against Las Vegas but lost that title mid-game to Smith. While Atlanta throws the ball almost as much as anyone else in the league it will cap Smith and his carries upside but he is good as a pass-catcher. Ito has shown time and time again why you shouldn’t sleep on him so pick him up and ride him until Gurley is back. Next 3: Saints, @ Chargers and Buccaneers
  • Cam Akers/ RB/ LA Rams: Is it Cam Akers SZN? I’m not sure but for all you Cam Akers Truthers out there it is starting to look promising. He scored his 1st NFL rushing TD last week. When you look deeper at his day you will see that he had 9 carries for 84 yards with 61 coming on a carry at the end of the 3rd Quarter. Darrell Henderson had the most backfield carries with 10 but he hasn’t looked the same since his injury earlier in the season. This showing most likely earned Akers more opportunities moving forward so you know what to do. It is late in the season and we have a RB taking over potentially so bid away. Next 3: @ Cardinals, Patriots and Jets
  • Jordan Wilkins/ RB/ Indianapolis Colts: While he took a backseat to Nyheim Hines with Jonathan Taylor out I wouldn’t write-off Wilkins yet. 2 of the next 3 games are against Houston and sandwiched in the middle are the Raiders translation this might be the best upcoming 3 game run schedule in the league. Taylor tested positive for COVID-19 meaning he is out a minimum of 10 days which means he would miss this week against Houston opening up a huge opportunity for Wilkins. Wilkins could be in line for a game like Damien Harris (RB/ Patriots) had against Houston where he ended with 11 carries for 43 yards and 1 TD while contributing 1 catch for 11 yards. This upcoming game feels like a game where the Colts just rely on that big offensive line and punish the defense for 4 Quarters. Monitor the Taylor COVID-19 situation as it is a big indicator for Wilkins moving forward. Next 3: @ Texans, @ Raiders and Texans
  • Benny Snell/ RB/ Pittsburgh Steelers: Much like Jordan Wilkins above the fantasy relevance for Snell is dependent upon James Conner and his COVID-19 situation. Conner is a cancer survivor so how long he is going to be out is still unknown due to him being considered a high-risk individual. Obviously, we care for Conner the person before Conner the football player and wish him a full and speedy recovery. Until Conner returns the Steelers will likely use Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland in the backfield with Snell seeing roughly 65-70% of the work. Snell was starting to mix in more over the last few games and now he has a chance to shine. Snell has been reliable for the Steelers ever since they drafted him out of Kentucky. The cluster of games the Steelers could play in the next 10 days or so make Snell very appealing with a depleted Baltimore roster and the Washington Football Team. Next 3: Ravens, Washington Football Team and @ Buffalo
  • KeKe Coutee & Isaiah Coulter/ WR/ Houston Texans: Well, it is that time of the season to fire up KeKe Coutee for the Texans. Randall Cobb is on IR, Kenny Stills was released and Will Fuller tested positive for a banned substance after receiving poor advice from a medical professional. With all the uncertainty in the WR room, it opens an opportunity for Coutee who has been in the system for a few years and should be able to contribute. Additionally, Isaiah Coulter is a rookie WR from Rhode Island and offers a big target for Watson. Coulter runs in the 4.4s and has a 36 inch vertical. The targets have to go somewhere and the popular vote is Coutee and the long-shot, lotto ticket is Coulter. Next 3: Colts, @ Bears and @ Colts

Waiver Wire Traps 

  • Nelson Agholor/ WR/ Las Vegas Raiders
  • Kyle Rudolph/ TE/ Minnesota Vikings
  • Breshad Perriman/ WR/ NY Jets

Make Sure They’re Not Available 

  • Taysom Hill/ QB/ New Orleans Saints 
  • Latavius Murray/ RB/ New Orleans Saints 
  • James White/ RB/ New England Patriots 
  • Allen Lazard/ WR/ Green Bay Packers 
  • Deebo Samuel/ WR/ San Francisco 49ers
  • Alexander Mattison/ RB/ Minnesota Vikings
  • Sammy Watkins/ WR/ Kansas City Chiefs
  • Corey Davis/ WR/ Tennessee Titans

QB Streams

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick/ Miami Dolphins 
  • Taysom Hill/ New Orleans Saints 
  • Kirk Cousins/ Minnesota Vikings
  • Philip Rivers/ Indianapolis Colts
  • Desperation Options:
    • Derek Carr/ Las Vega Raiders
    • Baker Mayfield/ Cleveland Browns

Cuff ‘Em Up

  • Latavius Murray/ New Orleans Saints
  • Tony Pollard/ Dallas Cowboys 
  • Alexander Mattison/ Minnesota Vikings
  • Benny Snell & Anthony McFarland/ Pittsburgh Steelers 
  • Jordan Wilkins & Nyheim Hines/ Indianapolis Colts 
  • Brian Hill/ Atlanta Falcons 
  • Carlos Hyde, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer/ Seattle Seahawks 
  • Gus Edwards/ Baltimore Ravens 
  • Mike Davis/ Carolina Panthers 
  • Samaje Perine & Trayveon Williams/ Cincinnati Bengals 
  • Jamaal Williams / Green Bay Packers 
  • Duke Johnson/ Houston Texans 
  • Devine Ozigbo/ Jacksonville Jaguars 
  • Devontae Booker/ Las Vegas Raiders
  • Jeremy McNichols & D’Onta Foreman/ Tennessee Titans

It Might Be Early But…

  • Collin Johnson/ WR/ Jacksonville Jaguars 
  • Isaiah Coulter/ WR/ Houston Texans 
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