The Denver Broncos travel to the East Coast to face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13. Fantasy football managers can’t ignore the opportunity to add talent before the fantasy playoffs begin in the coming weeks. Also, with most trade deadlines either passed or coming up on Wednesday, the window to make a deal is limited.
One playmaker who could prove to be a valuable addition is Broncos wide receiver Kendall Hinton. We’re on top of all angles in this matchup for fantasy managers and bettors alike. Let’s dive into whether you should add Hinton off the waiver wire and start him against the Ravens.
Should You Add Kendall Hinton From the Waiver Wire for Week 13?
It’s certainly a surprise to be sitting here in Week 13 considering whether we should add Hinton off the waiver wire. No one expected us to be here at this moment at the start of the season.
But the Broncos have been an objective disaster, and the passing game has devolved as Russell Wilson has looked like a shell of himself. Moreover, Denver has suffered several major injuries to the wide receiver position.
Hinton has made the most of his opportunities over the last three weeks, even though he’s caught no more than five passes in any one game. He’s amassed between 35 and 62 yards in each game since becoming a starter. At this point in the fantasy season, we have to consider any starting receiver or running back as a potential waiver wire addition.
Hinton has played at least 88% of the snaps over the last three games. He’s cemented in his position until Jerry Jeudy returns to the lineup. If you need a receiver, Hinton can prove to be somewhat valuable.
While Hinton is most known for his effort as the emergency quarterback who had to play in 2020 due to COVID rules, he’s shown signs of being an effective receiver. The 6’0, 195-pounder has good speed and is more elusive in the open field than most linebackers and safeties can handle 1-on-1.
Denver’s willingness to use him in the run game increases this upside ever so slightly. He ran the ball once last week for 13 yards. Though he’s been nothing to write home about thus far, Hinton could eventually pay off with a touchdown and help fantasy managers considerably.
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Is Kendall Hinton a Good Play Against Baltimore?
It’s hard to recommend starting Hinton against Baltimore, considering he ranks as the WR69 in our PFN expert fantasy football rankings for Week 13. This ranking has less to do with Hinton than it does with Wilson’s play and the troubles that Denver has gone through this season. They rank 20th in yards produced through the air and 31st in passing touchdowns despite attempting the 13th-most passes.
Baltimore certainly has a secondary that has struggled to deliver despite its high-priced talent. They’ve allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers, giving up 15 receptions, 191 yards, and just under one touchdown per game.
In particular, cornerback, Marcus Peters has not looked to be the quick playmaker that he was prior to his ACL tear. There’s an opportunity for Hinton to give both Peters and Marlon Humphrey trouble when guarded in single coverage. Though the individual matchups are favorable for Hinton, the Broncos’ passing offense is giving us nothing to have faith in.
I would not start Hinton against the Ravens unless you’re in desperate need of a starting playmaker to enter your lineup off the waiver wire. Baltimore can get after Wilson and force another tough day for the veteran passer. With only eight touchdowns on the season, he’s almost no threat to produce a fantasy-relevant receiver.
I would argue Wilson hasn’t had a good performance besides Week 4 against Las Vegas this entire season. Now isn’t the time to bet on Wilson suddenly figuring out how to maneuver in this offense.