Week 13 Waiver Wire Top Pickups & Adds: Sam Darnold Capitalizing On Plus Matchups

The fantasy football playoffs are on the horizon, but it already feels like weeks 16 and 17. There will be some schedule influenced pickups over the next few weeks, like the Jets guys, who have some favorable matchups. Week 12 was a pretty clear injury week, so no immediate guys will jump in, but if you missed out on a few running backs, touches were pretty clear. As the waiver wire gets more and more scarce, we dive into names that should get plenty of opportunity in the second half.  Be sure to catch all our Week 13 rankings and fantasy football advice.


Quarterbacks

sam darnoldSam Darnold – New York Jets

Average Ownership: 18%, FAAB: $1

The Jets had one of the easier schedules this season, although you couldn’t tell from their record. Sam Darnold has capitalized on the matchups of late, and will face Cincinnati and Miami over the next two weeks. His last five games, he has posted 31, 30, 24, 17, and 18 fantasy point games. The Dolphins have allowed the 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and the Bengals have allowed the 7th. If you are in need of a quarterback with a plus matchup the next two weeks, Darnold is worth a pick up.

Running Backs

Bo Scarbrough – Detroit Lions

Average Ownership: 44%, FAAB: $20

While there are some tough matchups on the horizon, Bo Scarbrough has 14 and 18 touches over the last week. He rushed for 3.9 YPC against Dallas, posting a 14-55-1 line. This past week he had 98 yards on 18 touchdowns, but couldn’t find the end zone. In terms of touches, you can’t find many getting more as far as the waiver wire goes. The upside isn’t there in the passing game, so he lacks any PPR appeal. Scarbrough is also going to have an advantage over other backs because this seems to be his job the rest of the way.

Jonathan Williams – Indianapolis Colts

Average Ownership: 29%, FAAB: $25

Jonathan Williams was easily the lead back with Marlon Mack out. Jordan Wilkins was not the guy, and Hines saw some PPR work as usual. However, Williams crushed everyone in touches, hitting 29 in the Week 12 loss against Houston. Williams rushes behind one of the best offensive lines, which is a plus for him. He has back-to-back games over 100 yards, and found the end zone last week. Mack is

Wide Receivers

N’Keal Harry – New England Patriots

Average Ownership: 9%, FAAB: $2

It was an ugly game against Dallas, in some below average weather. Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett were out, and he saw just four targets. However, he had an excellent catch for a touchdown, which was his lone catch of the game. Sanu is likely out for a few weeks, as reported, which gives Harry more snaps and potential for target upside. Harry will get Houston, Kansas City, and Cincinnati over the next three weeks. Definitely not a bad stretch as he is still getting involved within the offense. In deeper leagues, Harry is a solid option.

james washingtonJames Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers

Average Ownership: 20%, FAAB: $3

James Washington saw seven targets, and posted a 3-98-1 line. It was a matchup he could thrive in, and no JuJu Smith-Schuster was going to bring his upside out a bit. Even with him returning at some point, the Steelers have been looking his way of late. He has 31 targets since the bye week. Washington will face Cleveland and Arizona over the next two weeks, which are plus matchups for Washington. He is a FLEX or WR3 flyer in the meantime.

Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers

Average Ownership: 41%, FAAB: $6

Despite the 42-yard bomb, and a 2-50-1 line, there was some concern with Deebo Samuel, as he had just two targets. Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle were back, and some of this could be chalked up to the 49ers just getting out to a big lead, and there was no real need to throw in the second half. They only threw 20 times compared to over 40 the previous two weeks. Overall he is still the guy I like, and will be in competitive games the rest of the way. Over the past five weeks, Samuel has been a top 25 wideout.

Tight Ends

Noah Fant – Denver Broncos

Average Ownership: 38%, FAAB: $3

Over the past four games, Noah Fant has seen seven targets per game, and has posted a 13-208-1 line. It was a very tough matchup against Buffalo this past week, but he saw five targets. Fant will see the Chargers, Texans, Chiefs, Lions, and Raiders over the next five weeks. Strong matchups for them in each game. I will expect better games from him moving forward, and he is a clear second option to Courtland Sutton in the passing game.

Ryan Griffin – New York Jets

Average Ownership: 22%, FAAB: $2

Ryan Grifin is TE4 over the last five weeks, where he has a 17-224-3 line. Alongside Darnold, the Jets options are all worth a look over the next two weeks. Griffin takes on the Bengals and Dolphins. Over the last five weeks the Bengals have allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game. Miami hasn’t faced a ton of tight ends of quality, but Griffin can exploit this defense.

Other Notable Pickups

  • Kirk Cousins, QB, 56%
  • Ryan Tannehill, QB, 14%
  • Raheem Mostert, RB, 8%
  • DeVante Parker, WR, 57%
  • Dede Westbrook, WR, 60%
  • Robby Anderson, WR, 46%
  • Cole Beasley, WR, 23%
  • Dallas Goedert, TE, 35%
  • Mike Gesicki, TE, 8%

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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