The playoffs are two weeks away, and we’re making the final push. What if you didn’t get who you needed? Maybe you had to replace your players who got hurt in Week 12 or those who are on bye. Don’t worry; I’ll take you through some people who may be flying under the radar for our Week 13 post-waiver wire pickups.
Week 13 Post-Waiver Wire Quarterback
Taysom Hill (Rostered in 22.2% of ESPN leagues/26% of Yahoo leagues)
All signs are pointing to a change at the helm of quarterback in New Orleans. Taysom Hill should have taken over for Trevor Siemian a few weeks ago, but we just learned Hill was dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of the action. In the four games he started last year, Hill averaged 208.5 passing yards and 52.3 rushing yards while putting up four passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns in four games. Hill’s upcoming schedule is also favorable with matchups against the Cowboys, Jets, Buccaneers, and Dolphins. If you need a quarterback to get you through the bye weeks, look for Taysom Hill.
Week 13 Post-Waiver Wire Wide Receiver
Van Jefferson (Rostered in 52.8% of ESPN leagues/60% of Yahoo leagues)
Despite the addition of Odell Beckham to the Rams’ receiving corps, Van Jefferson has managed to maintain fantasy relevance. We thought that Beckham would eat into his target share, but Jefferson saw nine targets in Week 12. He only caught three of them, but he turned those catches into 93 yards and a touchdown. His schedule is favorable with games at home against Jacksonville and Seattle, then at Arizona, Minnesota, and Baltimore. Jefferson is a great addition going down the stretch who could win you a league.
Week 13 Post-Waiver Wire Running Back
Ameer Abdullah (Rostered in 1.3% of ESPN leagues/3% of Yahoo leagues)
While Chuba Hubbard was the hot name on the waiver wire this week, fellow running back Ameer Abdullah may be the one who can win your leagues. The Carolina Panthers are on a Week 13 bye, so he won’t help you immediately, but with Christian McCaffrey out for the season, Abdullah looks to be involved going forward.
Even with McCaffrey in the game, Abdullah has factored in the passing game, seeing three receptions for 35 yards against Atlanta, four receptions for 30 yards against New England, and four receptions for 27 yards against Arizona. So if you missed out on Hubbard, look for Abdullah. Week 16 his matchup against the Buccaneers is juicy. They allow a 6.12 (No.24) DOCE Score.
Week 13 Post-Waiver Wire Tight End
Logan Thomas (Rostered in 53.8% of ESPN leagues/66% of Yahoo leagues)
In his first week back from injured reserve, Logan Thomas ran 23 routes and saw six targets. Taken in a vacuum, it’s not great, but it is promising considering he just returned from a long stint on IR. The schedule going forward is excellent, with matchups against Las Vegas, Dallas twice, and Philadelphia twice. Over the past four weeks, the Eagles rank dead last against the tight end, while the Raiders aren’t much better at 29th. Check and see if he’s available.
Good luck navigating the pickups for the post-waiver wire waters in Week 13, and be sure to follow @Britt_Flinn on Twitter!