Early Week 13 Waiver Wire: Best pickups and targets for fantasy include Alexander Mattison, Tevin Coleman, and Jamaal Williams

After an exciting Week 12, who are the top waiver wire pickups and targets ahead of Week 13 of the 2021 fantasy football season?

Following an exciting Week 12, it’s time to improve our fantasy football rosters through the waiver wire for Week 13. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire targets and pickups for this coming week.

Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets | Quarterbacks

Which players can help your roster in advance of Week 13? We’ll start with Tua Tagovailoa, who is a decent streamer for Week 13. All roster percentages are from FleaFlicker.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (69% rostered)

Tua is only on 33% of Yahoo rosters. The Dolphins quarterback gets the Giants next week. Although the Giants played well in a win over the Eagles, Tagovailoa remains one of the top streamers in Week 13.

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups | Running Backs

Week 13 is rife with fantasy football waiver wire options at running back. There are several high-upside handcuffs poised to become starters, such as Alexander Mattison, Chuba Hubbard, and to a lesser extent, Jamaal Williams.

Matt Breida, Buffalo Bills (23% rostered)

Even with Zack Moss inactive, Matt Breida didn’t play more than he usually does. Breida played just 32% of the snaps — the same as last week. The difference is he touched the ball 11 times, totaling 55 yards and a touchdown.

It doesn’t look like Breida is going to be consistently reliable, but he’s a viable weekly RB3 on a good offense. That’s hard to come by this late in the season. Pick him up.

Tevin Coleman, New York Jets (33% rostered)

It turns out the answer to Tevin Coleman or Ty Johnson was Austin Walter. But seriously, I don’t buy Walter as anything more than a fluke. Coleman carried the ball 16 times and caught 2 passes. He’s a starting running back in the NFL for at least a couple more weeks until Michael Carter returns. He’s worth a hefty FAAB wager.

Dontrell Hilliard (25% rostered) and D’Onta Foreman, Tennessee Titans (42% rostered)

It turns out the answer to Dontrell Hilliard or D’Onta Foreman was yes. Both Titans running backs eclipsed 100 yards rushing. Hilliard is the preferred target due to his passing game usage from two weeks ago, but both need to be rostered even with the Titans on bye this week.

Chuba Hubbard (56% rostered) and Ameer Abdullah (4% rostered), Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey was spotted in a walking boot following the Panthers’ loss to the Dolphins after tweaking his ankle Sunday. It’s possible the walking boot is just a precaution and he could be good to go following the Panthers’ bye. But just in case, both Chuba Hubbard and Ameer Abdullah are worth picking up.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (67% rostered)

Alexander Mattison is only rostered in 49% of Yahoo leagues. We know what Mattison can do as the starter. Dalvin Cook was carted off the field with a shoulder injury. We’ll know more about how much time he will miss as the week progresses, but Mattison needs to be added in all leagues when waivers process Wednesday morning. He’s worth every FAAB dollar you have left.

Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (35% rostered)

Boston Scott was the most productive member of the Eagles’ backfield. Sometimes, you need to just apply Occam’s Razor. The reason Scott is the most productive is because he’s the most talented.

Scott is rostered in just 19% of Yahoo leagues. He’s posted RB3 or better numbers in three of his last five games. Yes, he’s better than Miles Sanders and is worth a reasonable FAAB bid for the RB needy.

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions (66% rostered)

I know Jamaal Williams seems like he’s on too many rosters, but he’s only rostered in 39% of Yahoo leagues. We don’t know how long D’Andre Swift will be out with his shoulder sprain, but this late in the season, it doesn’t matter. Even if Williams ends up only starting one game, he’s worth a pickup.

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups | Wide Receivers

Here are the wide receivers to target on the Week 13 fantasy football waiver wire. There are no mandatory pickups, but Kendrick Bourne, Russell Gage, Josh Reynolds, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are worth a shot.

Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots (46% rostered)

I wouldn’t call Kendrick Bourne a priority add, but he’s scored over 20 points in two of his last three games. He saw 6 targets last week, and there’s at least some WR4 appeal here. He’s worth a small FAAB bid.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (43% rostered)

Matt Ryan is no longer a competent NFL quarterback. However, someone needs to catch passes in Atlanta. Russell Gage caught 6 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. He’s the most fantasy-viable wide receiver on the team and is rostered in just 17% of Yahoo leagues. He’s worth a small FAAB bid.

Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions (11% rostered)

Available in 99% of Yahoo leagues, Josh Reynolds operated as the Lions’ WR1 on Thanksgiving. He played 88% of the offensive snaps and saw 5 targets. That’s enough for a speculative add for WR-needy teams. He could be a startable WR4.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (36% rostered)

I hesitate to include Marquez Valdes-Scantling because he’s wildly inconsistent and just not very good. However, he is on an Aaron Rodgers’ offense and has seen 19 targets over the past two weeks. The Packers are on bye this week so he’s not a priority, but the volume is probably worth chasing with a small FAAB bid.

Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets | Tight Ends

Which tight ends should you target on the waiver wire in Week 13? There aren’t many exciting names out there, but Cole Kmet piques my interest.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (46% rostered)

Cole Kmet saw 11 targets last week. He’s rostered in just 24% of Yahoo leagues. With tight ends failing to produce and succumbing to injury, Kmet is worth a small FAAB bid if you need a tight end.

Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders (8% rostered)

Darren Waller has a strained IT band in his knee. It’s the type of injury he could play through and likely will. However, he still may miss a couple of weeks.

The last time Waller was out, Foster Moreau played 100% of the snaps and caught all 6 of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. He’s a must-add for tight end-needy teams unless we get word Waller won’t miss any time.


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