It’s the final week of the fantasy football regular season — well, for most leagues it is at least. Personally, I have one league where the fantasy playoffs start this week, which was news to me this morning, but it makes things more exciting at least. There are some good FAAB options to bid on this week, and perhaps two or three of the potential pickups below could be viewed as league winners off the waiver wire heading into Week 13. We’ll help you figure out your budget for this week’s adds.
Best of luck on waivers this week and best of luck in the final week of the fantasy football regular season. It’s all about racking up points and doing whatever it takes to win and get in, so don’t be afraid to make moves and play the matchups.
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Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Quarterback
Sam Darnold (NYJ); FAAB Bid: 10-15%: Since hitting the easy part of his schedule, Darnold has been rolling. He’s averaging nearly 280 passing yards per game over the past three weeks with nine total touchdowns. Over the next two weeks the schedule remains fairly easy, so he’s a great option to help push your team into the playoffs if you’re in a spot where Week 13 is a “win-and-in” scenario. The Jets have the Bengals and Dolphins coming up, but it gets tough for the championship weeks because the Jets face the Ravens and Steelers in Weeks 15 and 16, and you should stay as far away from those matchups as possible.
Ryan Tannehill (TEN); FAAB Bid: 10-12%: By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the stat that since Tannehill took over under center for the Titans: The only quarterback to average more fantasy points on a per-game basis is Lamar Jackson. That’s how good Tannehill’s been. He has at least 35 rushing yards in three straight games with three rushing touchdowns over that span, as well. He’s no Jackson, by any means, but the additional rushing yards certainly don’t hurt his fantasy value. And over the next three weeks the Titans play the Colts, Raiders, and Texans, which should all be games where he can maybe accumulate 20 fantasy points. As strange as it is, we now live in a world where Tannehill is a top-15 quarterback the rest of the season.
Nick Foles (JAC); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: While Foles hasn’t been that impressive in his return from a collarbone injury, the schedule is decent for him moving forward. There are a few concerns, though. The offensive line isn’t great, but they can do enough to keep him upright and with the Buccaneers, Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons on deck for Weeks 13-16 there’s potential for Foles. But don’t expect massive performances. If he can notch 250-280 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns each week then you should be content with that production.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA); FAAB Bid: 5-7%: If you’re a little wary of Foles then give Fitzpatrick a shot. The Dolphins play the Eagles this week, which is a matchup I’m not a fan of. The Eagles secondary has been much better and could cause fits (pun intended) for the Dolphins quarterback. But in Weeks 14-16, the Dolphins will play the Jets, Giants, and Bengals, so there’s a good chance Fitz pulls out the magic and performs as a top-15 quarterback in the fantasy playoffs. But we’ve fallen for this trick before, so tread carefully.
Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: RB
Rashaad Penny (SEA); FAAB Bid: 12-15%: I’ve mentioned Penny at least once this season when there were ball security concerns with Chris Carson earlier in the year. Carson was involved with two fumbles on Sunday, although one was later credited to Russell Wilson and rightfully so. But still, Carson was plagued with fumbles earlier in the year, and the fact he still had one that was his fault is a little alarming. In his place, Penny was an absolute stud. Penny finished with 129 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, and Wilson was quoted after the game saying the team should mix it up with Carson and Penny on the field at the same time more. I don’t think they shy away from Carson completely, but there are growing concerns that Penny could start eating into his workload.
Benny Snell Jr. (PIT); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Aside from the fact he’s still behind James Conner (shoulder) when Conner’s healthy enough to play, you’re really only adding Snell based on the presumed workload in the short term. On Sunday against the Bengals, Snell was clearly the lead back in Pittsburgh. He finished with 98 yards on 21 carries with a catch for five yards. If that’s how it’s going to shake out, then he’s more of an add in standard formats than PPR leagues, but if Conner’s out you need to add Snell if he’s getting 15-plus touches. The Steelers still have a very good offensive line despite Maurkice Pouncey ’s absence, and they have a favorable schedule for the running game against the Browns and Cardinals coming up. However, in Weeks 15 and 16 they have some tough matchups against the Bills and Jets in the most crucial weeks for fantasy matchups (but Conner will probably be back by then).
Bo Scarbrough (DET); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Similar to Snell, Scarbrough was the clear lead running back in Detroit on Sunday. However, where they differ is that the Steelers have a decent history of competently running the ball. The Lions don’t have such luster. Scarbrough put up 98 rushing yards on 18 carries against a Redskins team without Da’Ron Payne. While Scarbrough should have the workload the next few weeks, his schedule is rough. The Lion next four games come against the Bears, Vikings, Buccaneers, and Broncos. All those teams have been fairly stingy against the run (though the Bears haven’t been great lately). So, while he may be worth an add, the matchups leave a lot to be desired.
Qadree Ollison (ATL); FAAB Bid: 2-4%: Ollison’s not as flashy as the names listed above, but for the second straight week, Brian Hill failed to effectively pick up the torch, and Ollison got the goal line work and found the end zone. The Falcons have a tough home matchup this week against the Saints, so if you win him off the waiver wire you’re only starting him in deeper leagues, and that’s if you’re desperate. Three of the next four games for Atlanta are at home with a Week 16 matchup against the Jaguars. Whoever is the lead running back in Atlanta for that matchup could have a big day, as the Jaguars have allowed 200-plus rushing yards in three straight games. Most likely, Ollison will be a short-term add, but Devonta Freeman’s return from a foot injury will eventually tank his limited value.
Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: WR
James Washington (PIT); FAAB Bid: 8-12%: With Mason Rudolph under center, the Steelers couldn’t get much going on offense. So, they made the switch to Devlin “Duck” Hodges, and he immediately connected with Washington on a 79-yard touchdown. I still wouldn’t feel great about starting Washington, especially against the Browns this week. However, just take it on a week-to-week basis and play the matchups. He’s seeing about five-to-seven targets each week, which is worthy of starting in the FLEX, but the game against Cleveland doesn’t seem promising and in two weeks they play the Bills.
Darius Slayton (NYG); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Slayton was mentioned here two weeks ago, and despite the return of Sterling Shepard, Slayton finished with four catches on seven targets for 67 yards — and that’s in a game where Shepard had nine targets. Evan Engram’s return from a foot injury is the big question because then Daniel Jones has Engram, Shepard, Slayton, and Golden Tate (who’s currently concussed) to feed. For now, Jones is continuing to look at his fellow rookie, so Slayton still remains a good option to add off waivers.
N’Keal Harry (NE); FAAB Bid: 5-6%: Harry may have only had one catch on Sunday on four targets, but it was a big touchdown that proved to be the only touchdown of the game that helped get the Patriots the win over Dallas. The conditions were terrible. It was incredibly wet, difficult to catch the ball, the Patriots were thin at wide receiver, etc. With Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) hobbled with injuries, the Patriots may give Harry more run. Despite being rookies, he and Jakobi Meyers could see larger roles next week against a fairly weak Houston secondary. It’s a long shot, but the Patriots drafted him in the first round for a reason.
Russell Gage (ATL); FAAB Bid: 5%: Over his past four games, Gage has 28 targets. The injury to Austin Hooper has helped his role in the offense, and the reason I wouldn’t bid too much is because when Hooper comes back, he likely assumes his usual workload. And despite the larger role in the offense, Gage hasn’t found the end zone, so while some opportunity is there, the long-term prospects aren’t great.
Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight End
Jack Doyle (IND); FAAB Bid: 12-15%: If you’ve been streaming tight ends for a vast majority of the season, then perhaps you spend some coin to acquire Doyle. The Colts announced on Monday that Eric Ebron (ankle) was placed on Injured Reserve, thus opening the door for Doyle to once again be the top tight end option in their offense. The targets and catches should correlate in a positive manner for Doyle, and he should be a go-to tight end on a weekly basis from here on out. The schedule isn’t terrible for the Colts, but the pass attempts have been trending in the wrong direction for Jacoby Brissett, and that’s really the only concern surrounding Doyle at the moment.
Dallas Goedert (PHI); FAAB Bid: 10-15%: Admittedly, I’ve been a bit salty on Goedert, so I apologize for not buying in immediately. But I’m sold now. He’s about 50 percent owned across most formats so he’s likely not there in deeper formats, but if he’s out there he’s worth a grab. The Eagles are pretty banged up, and with the Philadelphia receivers either hurt or incapable of catching passes, it would make sense for the Eagles to go heavy with more two-tight end sets and keep both Ertz and Goedert involved. They have a friendly matchup this coming week against Miami, and Goedert has 10 catches on 14 targets over the past two weeks.
Noah Fant (DEN); FAAB Bid: 8-10%: As mentioned last week, Fant didn’t have a great matchup in Week 12. The Bills kept him in check to the tune of three catches on five targets for just 14 yards. Don’t let the bad week leave a sour taste in your mouth. The schedule gets easier for Brandon Allen and the Broncos. In Weeks 13-16 they’ll play the Chargers, Texans, Chiefs, and Lions. You have to love the upside for Fant against those teams as the game script should be there for Denver to throw the ball more.
Ryan Griffin (NYJ); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Well, he did it again, folks. Griffin found the end zone for the Jets on Sunday. He’s now scored in back-to-back games and four times in his past five contests. Don’t be too concerned about the three targets. The Jets had that game well in hand and flat-out dominated the Raiders, so there wasn’t a real reason for the Jets to air it out later in the contest. Griffin still has two great matchups on the horizon, so for the time being he’s worth starting for the final playoff push. With the Bengals and Dolphins on tap for the next two weeks, Griffin is a top-12 tight end. After that, in Weeks 15 and 16 the Jets play the Ravens and Steelers, and those matchups are far worse for Griffin, but definitely get some use out of him over the next fortnight.
Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/ST
Philadelphia Eagles (at MIA): Sure, the Eagles are playing the Dolphins this week, but let’s ignore that and focus solely on the Eagles. They’ve been a much better defense of late. They’ve allowed just 17 or fewer points in four straight games with 14 sacks in that span. They’re only averaging about a turnover forced per game, but they’ve been solid and worth streaming for a D/ST. They have at least nine fantasy points in three of their past four games, and with a game against the Dolphins on tap, nine points are a reasonable expectation. Over their past three games, the Eagles have allowed 167 passing yards per game, and that’s against the likes of Mitchell Trubisky, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady. The secondary’s playing better, and the pass rush is still decent. They’re a very good play this week, and they could actually be useful through Week 15.
Carolina Panthers (vs. WSH): Vegas loves the Panthers in this game. The over/under is currently sitting around 40 points, and the Panthers are favored by 10 points. The Panthers have cooled off defensively from the hot start they saw earlier in the year. They’ve allowed 158 points over their past five games with just five turnovers and 14 sacks, so there hasn’t been much of a ceiling. However, that changes this week against the Redskins. Washington is averaging the fewest total yards per game in the league (253) and the fewest points per game (13.1). Since Week 4, the Redskins have five offensive touchdowns on 90 drives. If my math checks out, that’s a crappy touchdown percentage.
Los Angeles Chargers (at DEN): Surprisingly, the Chargers have been decent on defense — you just don’t really know it because the offense has been very disappointing. They’re not flashy, but they still have a Bosa brother on the team which leaves the door open for sacks. Again, there’s not a ton of upside with this one, but five-to-seven points are on the table.