Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets
Another boring week on the Waiver Wire, as thankfully everyone seemed to stay healthy.
Somehow Thanksgiving weekend is already over, meaning we are only a few short weeks away from fantasy playoffs.
As I mentioned last week, each team will have a different strategy depending on their standings. If you are locked into the playoffs, start building up some bench players with great matchups. If you need to win to get in, spend everything you have to get any top player you can.
Let’s dive into some players worth looking at this week.
Royce Freeman – Running Back – Los Angeles Rams (19% rostered)
Royce Freeman took a backseat to the healthy Kyren Williams this weekend, but he did still finish with 77 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
He seems to be splitting the work with whoever the starter is these days, and with Zach Evans not playing and Darrell Henderson cut, he should continue to see plenty of work.
Freeman and the Rams don’t have a great schedule to finish the season, but Freeman seems involved enough to potentially play, and would become an instant start if Williams were to miss time again.
Keaton Mitchell – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens (33% rostered)
Somehow Mitchell’s roster percent went down this week, which baffles my mind since he continues to put up big numbers in a run-heavy offense.
Now most will probably pass on him this week since the Ravens are on their Bye, but he is still a fantasy player that could easily win you a week with limited usage.
Mitchell did have nine carries for 64 yards against the Chargers this weekend, and caught two passes for 25 yards.
His usage is still a bit scary for anyone needing to win, but if you do happen to have a bench spot open, Mitchell is probably one of the best guys to be holding onto.
Semaje Perine – Running Back – Denver Broncos (26% rostered)
Semaje Perine is probably more of a PPR add than anything, but he’s put up a few solid fantasy weeks in a row. This past week against a tough Cleveland defense, Perine rushed seven times for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Funnily enough, he only had one catch in this one, but was probably due to game script since Denver had a solid lead the entire game.
Jaleel McLaughlin is a bit of an afterthought, and Javonte Williams had a brief absence due to a neck injury, so Perine should be utilized plenty the next few weeks.
The Broncos also face Houston, the Chargers, and Detriot the next few weeks, so all teams that Perine should either be able to run on, or have plenty of passes as Denver tries to keep up.
Jayden Reed – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers (31% rostered)
If you haven’t bought into the Packer’s rookie Wide Receiver yet, now may be your last chance.
Reed has been consistent the last three weeks, putting up at least 15 PPR fantasy points in each contest. He has scored twice in three weeks, and looks to continue the solid stretch against Kansas City this weekend.
The Packers’ offense suddenly looks decent again, and the rest of the year is relatively easy. Reed by far has been the most consistent receiver for the Packers, so I’d be rolling with him the rest of the season.
Greg Dortch – Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals (0% rostered)
Hey remember Greg Dortch? He was a waiver wire type of guy last year, and apparently he need Kyler Murray to be relevant again.
In two games back with Murray, Dortch suddenly has seen targets again. He’s been targeted 17 times the last two weeks, which culminated into double digit fantasy points in both games.
This week Arizona faces the Steelers, so Dortch could be a nice one-week rental if need be.
After that the Cardinals have a Bye and face San Francisco, so he probably can be dropped again after this week.
Jonathan Mingo – Wide Receiver – Carolina Panthers (8% rostered)
This might be a one-week rental, but Jonathan Mingo has slowly been building up his fantasy relevance over the last few weeks. Now don’t get me wrong the Panthers are still a mess, but the rookie receiver should get opportunities to grow the rest of the season.
Mingo has now seen at least six targets in the last three games, catching four passes for 60 yards in his latest contest.
This week the Panthers face Tampa Bay, who is beatable through the air and should be able to put up plenty of points of their own.
Figuring Carolina has to throw, Mingo is in line for a solid fantasy performance. After that his schedule gets iffy, so if you need to drop him after next week it probably isn’t a horrible idea.
Pat Freiermuth – Tight End – Pittsburgh Steelers (42% rostered)
At this point in the season if you need a Tight End badly, you may need to bite the bullet and spend up.
This week I’d be spending up on Pat Freiermuth, who may have benefitted both from an OC change and having another week removed from injury.
Freiermuth caught nine passes for 120 yards against the Bengals this weekend, and has enough history of fantasy relevance to give it a shot.
Freiermuth gets Arizona this coming week, so if the offense has indeed moved towards using him, he should have another big day.
Jordan Love – Quarterback – Green Bay Packers (44% rostered)
Jordan Love has had his struggles this season, but he has also been relatively consistent for fantasy purposes.
He’s been spreading the ball around a lot better, and the young Packer receivers are starting to click. Plus the loss of Aaron Jones could force the Packers to throw more.
The Packers play Detroit, Kansas City, the Giants, Tampa Bay, and Carolina the next five weeks, giving fantasy players a pretty good playoff schedule.
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