Check the Wire – Week 13

Whether you’re headed to the fantasy playoffs, still battling for a spot, or just playing spoiler, now that the trade deadline has passed in most leagues, don’t forget about the waiver wire. Here are some pick-ups for Week 13, and beyond…


Colin Kaepernick – SF

Love him, or hate him, no QB has put up more fantasy points than Kaepernick since his Week 8 bye (tied with Mariota). All that talk about him “fitting” Chip Kelly’s system is being confirmed, and he has a few nice match-ups down the stretch.

Tyrod Taylor – BUF

He won’t wow you with his passing numbers, but the return of Sammy Watkins definitely won’t hurt them. Two more reasons to like Taylor: 1. His running ability, and 2. Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Miami are his next 4 opponents.

Running Back

It’s cuffing season. In both real life, and the fantasy football world. With the fantasy playoffs approaching, it’s time to trim the fat from your rosters. If you’ve been carrying an extra defense, or that “sleeper” who never woke up, it’s time to swap them out for some injury insurance. Top RB handcuffs:

  • Derrick Henry – TEN
  • Dion Lewis – NE
  • DeAngelo Williams – PIT
  • Bilal Powell – NYJ
  • Kenneth Dixon – BAL

Once again, Dixon looked like the better back, and he had more yards and touches than Terrance West this week. He’s still a handcuff at the moment, but it’s only a matter of time before he takes over the lead back role. I’d rather him than any of the others listed above.

Wide Receiver

Taylor Gabriel – ATL

With 5 TDs over the Falcons last 4 games, Gabriel has emerged as a consistent weapon in this high-powered Falcons offense. Julio Jones, and DeVonta Freeman command a lot of attention, so the door has been wide open for someone to step in and make plays. Gabriel has taken full advantage. 

Dontrelle Inman – SD

After a slow start, it’d be easy to write of Sunday’s 6 catch, 119 yard, TD performance as fluky, but Inman has been quietly consistent over the past 4 weeks – posting 4 for 72, 6 for 56, and 5 for 43 in the 3 weeks prior.

Tyler Boyd – CIN

Boyd was solid in the Bengals first game sans A.J. Green, putting up 5 catches for 62 yards on 9 targets. As long as Green is out, Boyd will be a factor in this passing attack.

Tight End

Vance McDonald – SF

McDonald has seen his numbers increase exponentially with the improved play of Colin Kaepernick. In the 4 games since their Week 8 bye, McDonald has 14 catches, 240 yards, and 2 TDs. In his 5 games prior to their bye, 8 catches, 142 yards, and 2 TDs. 

Cameron Brate – TB

Brate hasn’t found the endzone in 2 straight games – after spoiling us with a 3 game TD streak – but outside of Mike Evans, he’s been Jameis Winston’s most consistent receiver. 

C.J. Fiedorowicz – HOU

I’m contractually obligated to mention Fiedorowicz until he reaches at least 50% ownership. He’s good people. He hasn’t scored in 3 straight games, but that’ll change this week at Green Bay.

Defense/Special Teams

Cleveland Browns

They’ll put up their first, and only, shutout of the season this week. Mark my words.

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