Fantasy Waiver Wire – Week 13
The waiver wire is one of the most important keys to finding success in the world of fantasy football. Each week, I’ll offer up 10 players you need to target off the free-agent market as you look to reach your ultimate goal — winning a league championship! And if you play in a deeper, or highly competitive league and all 10 of these players are already owned, be sure to check out our weekly deep dive waiver wire targets for some high upside players to aim for heading into Week 13.
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1. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns (27.4 percent owned)
I’ve listed Crowell in this space for weeks, but he’s still a free agent in over 70 percent of NFL.com leagues. That should change after Week 12, as he rolled for 88 yards, two touchdowns and over 20 fantasy points in a win over the Atlanta Falcons. With Ben Tate (Vikings) no longer in the mix, look for Crowell to see much more consistent carries and touches down the stretch.
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2. Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders (0.1 percent owned)
Will the Raiders finally get out with the old (Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew) and in with the new (Murray)? He looked amazing on Thursday night, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on a mere four carries in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. While he did suffer a concussion that caused him to miss most of the contest, Murray’s impact was still felt on the gridiron.
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3. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (40.2 percent owned)
Matthews has been listed in this space for the last few weeks, but he’s still a free agent in more than 55 percent of leagues on NFL.com. And while his numbers in Week 12 weren’t eye-popping, he did lead the Eagles with 77 yards in a win over the Tennessee Titans. The rookie wideout from Vanderbilt has also scored 10 or more fantasy points in three of his last four contests overall.
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4. LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots (13.9 percent owned)
Last season, Blount was the highest-scoring fantasy running back on the Patriots roster. He looked every bit as good in his first game back with the team in 2014, rushing 12 times for 78 yards with two scores against a formidable Detroit Lions defense. While New England’s backfield is tough to predict, we know coach Bill Belichick likes (and trusts) Blount in a prominent role.
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5. Dan Herron, RB, Indianapolis Colts (1.9 percent owned)
The Colts don’t trust Trent Richardson as a featured running back, which was evident when he shared carries almost right down the middle with Herron in Week 12. And when you take a look at total touches, it was “Boom” with 17 compared to Richardson’s 13 in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Ohio State product, at the least, is now a rosterable runner in all fantasy leagues.
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6. Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans (18.7 percent owned)
Arian Foster has now missed two straight games with an injured groin, so Blue has seen his stock rise in the fantasy world. And while his numbers weren’t great in Week 12, he’s the clear-cut featured back as long as Foster is out of action. Even if the veteran returns in Week 13, Blue should still be added as a handcuff as we inch closer and closer to the fantasy postseason.
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7. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins (1.8 percent owned)
Landry hasn’t put up a ton of yardage in his rookie campaign, but he has had a nose for the end zone in recent weeks. In fact, he’s scored at least once in each of his last two games and three of his last four overall. Next on the schedule is a Monday night matchup against the New York Jets, who field one of the league’s more vulnerable pass defenses, making Landry a deep sleeper.
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8. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (48.0 percent owned)
Rudolph (sports hernia) saw more playing time in Week 12 and was second on the team with 50 receiving yards in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. His role in the pass attack should continue to increase as he gets closer to 100 percent, and playing in a Norv Turner offense makes most tight ends more valuable in fantasy leagues. Rudolph will go up against the Carolina Panthers next.
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9. Zach Mettenberger, QB, Tennessee Titans (0.5 percent owned)
Mettenberger is starting to make some noise in the stat sheets, scoring 16-plus fantasy points in two straight games and over 15 points in three of his last four games overall. That includes a 345-yard contest against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. So if you’re still streaming quarterbacks at this point in the season, add Mettenberger as a potential matchup-based candidate.
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10. Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (0.2 percent owned)
If you watched NFL Fantasy LIVE last week, you know that actor Jerry O’Connell put Johnson on his list of “Dumpster Divers” for Week 12. Well, the wideout responded with 52 yards, a touchdown and 13.2 fantasy points. He has now led the Vikings wideouts in fantasy points in each of the last two games, making this Grand Valley State product now worth a look in deep fantasy formats.