Fantasy football managers that win their championship this year are certainly going to have earned it with all of the injuries that they’ve had to navigate. Another key player popped up dealing with a thumb injury after Week 12 in Jonathan Taylor. Now there are questions regarding who fantasy managers should go after.
Trey Sermon is the RB3 on the Indianapolis Colts depth chart right now, but could he work his way into fantasy production if Taylor is forced to miss time? Should you target Sermon on the waiver wire this week?
Should Fantasy Managers Target Trey Sermon on the Week 13 Waiver Wire?
Editor’s note: Taylor will have thumb surgery and will be sidelined for a few weeks.
Sermon had an impressive college career at Oklahoma and Ohio State before being selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He totaled nearly 3,000 career rushing yards and crossed into the end zone an impressive 26 times during his four years in the NCAA and looked to have a bright future ahead of him in the NFL.
Unfortunately, Sermon failed to make much of an impact in his first year with the 49ers. He carried the ball just 41 times and was eventually released from the team.
Sermon spent part of 2022 with the Philadelphia Eagles but registered just two touches as a member of the team before finding his way to Indianapolis in 2023. While he’s seen just eight total carries so far this season, Sermon’s been active for nine games this year and has been ready to step in and help shoulder the workload for this offense if called upon.
Unfortunately for him, Zack Moss wound up seeing the majority of the work early on in the season, and he delivered in a massive way for both the Colts and fantasy managers alike.
Additionally, Taylor worked his way back from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and eventually took over this backfield again. That sent Sermon back to the RB3 role in Indy’s backfield. He hasn’t seen an opportunity since early October.
With the news that Taylor could be at risk of missing some time in the next few weeks with a thumb injury, Sermon could be worth looking at on the waiver wire if fantasy managers are in a pinch. Moss is the clear next man up in this backfield, and he’s worth spending the No. 1 waiver wire priority on in your league. However, Sermon’s worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats.
In your typical 10-team or 12-team leagues, it’s highly unlikely that there will be a market for Sermon as waiver claims get going in Week 13. The young RB is available in essentially every single league out there, but if you play in a deeper format that requires you to think two or three steps ahead, Sermon’s worth stashing if you have the space.
If Taylor is sent to injured reserve and Moss also gets banged up in the next handful of weeks, Sermon could be looking at a significant workload as the next man up in the Colts’ backfield. But if you play in a shallower league, Sermon’s not worth scooping up just yet. Simply keep an eye on him and this situation moving forward.
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