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Citak: Fantasy Football Week 13 Top Waiver Wire Additions

Injury Bug Returned In Week 12

Matt Citak
November 27, 2018 - 1:12 pm

After a few weeks of only relatively minor injuries, the injury bug returned in a big way in Week 12.  

Several fantasy contributors were placed on injured reserve Monday, including Jack Doyle, Andy Dalton and Jeff Heuerman, while fantasy stud Melvin Gordon is expected to miss some time with an MCL sprain. 

With only one week left before the fantasy playoffs, there is no time to wallow about your team getting hurt. Look towards the waiver wire to replace any injured starters. Bye weeks are now complete, meaning you no longer have to roster a backup QB or TE if your starter is reliable enough.

This is your last chance to add some talent to your roster before the playoffs are determined, so don’t hesitate on rolling the dice on a guy you’ve been eyeing recently. 

Without further ado, here are your top waiver wire adds for Week 13. 

QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens - His passing may still need some work, but Jackson’s abilities as a rusher give the rookie quarterback quite a high fantasy floor. Jackson carried the ball “only” 11 times in Week 12, picking up 71 yards on the ground in addition to a rushing touchdown. The rookie finished the day with just over 20 fantasy points, and should continue to deliver similar production for as long as he remains the starting QB. 

QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns - Mayfield has been on a tear since the firing of Hue Jackson. After throwing for a 8-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his first six games, the number one overall pick has improved to a 9-1 TD-to-INT ratio over the last three games since Jackson was relieved of his duties. During that same span, Mayfield has the second-highest passer rating in the NFL (129.5), trailing only Drew Brees (142.1). The easy part of Cleveland’s schedule is over, but Mayfield should remain a borderline QB1 for the rest of the year.

RB Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts - Hines has not done much to earn our trust this season, but a concussion suffered by Marlon Mack has opened the door for the rookie back to once again see more touches. Hines picked up 50 yards on 11 touches in Week 12, most of which came after Mack departed. The Colts are currently firing on all cylinders, and a matchup against the reeling Jaguars should not slow them down. If Mack is out, Hines is a solid play in Week 13. 

RB Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots - Burkhead hasn’t done much this year, appearing in just three games before being placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. But the veteran was just activated off IR, and appears ready to help the Patriots work towards a first-round bye in the postseason. As we have seen in the past, Bill Belichick is not afraid to spread the ball around. Burkhead should see plenty of snaps over the next month, and will likely provide more value than a mere RB handcuff. 

RB LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions - Blount is coming off his best performance of the season, and it really isn’t that close… The veteran back carried the ball 19 times for 88 yards against the Bears on Thanksgiving, averaging 4.6 yards per carry while scoring two touchdowns. His value will take a hit when Kerryon Johnson returns to the field, but Blount should continue to receive Detroit’s goal line carries, thus making him a touchdown-dependent weekly play for desperate fantasy owners.

RB Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions - Similar to Blount, Riddick’s value will decrease when Johnson returns and regains his role as the team’s lead back. However, unlike Blount, Riddick should still offer solid PPR value even after the rookie is back. Riddick caught seven passes for 48 yards in Week 12, making it the fourth consecutive game he has caught at least five passes for 30 yards. His ceiling may be limited, but Riddick will likely keep his role in the passing game moving forward.

WR Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Humphries’ production can no longer be ignored. The fourth-year receiver caught six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers in Week 12, continuing his recent hot streak. Humphries has now topped 50 receiving yards in five straight games while catching all four of his touchdowns on the year during that span. Humphries continues to produce, regardless of who’s under center for the Bucs. Humphries needs to be added in all formats, but especially in PPR leagues. 

WR Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears - His numbers may not be flashy, but Gabriel continues to produce in PPR formats. For the second consecutive week, the 27-year-old led the Bears in receiving, finishing the game with seven receptions and 49 yards in a win over the Lions. Over the last two weeks, Gabriel has racked up 17 targets and 101 yards, both of which lead the team. Even though he hasn’t found the end zone since Week 4, Gabriel has found a nice role as the security blanket for Chicago’s quarterbacks. This should keep him in fantasy relevance for the rest of the year. 

WR Trey Quinn, Washington Redskins - Quinn represents the speculative add of the week. In just his second NFL game, Quinn caught five of six targets for 26 yards and a touchdown. Washington has been desperate for some consistent WR play this season, and it appears as if they may have found it in the form of Mr. Irrelevant from the 2018 NFL Draft. He will have to produce again in Week 13 before we roll the dice and throw him into our lineups, but for those searching for a wide receiver, Quinn may be worth the gamble. 

TE Matt LaCosse, Denver Broncos - The already thin tight end position took a few hits in Week 12, as both Jack Doyle of the Colts and Jeff Heuerman of the Broncos were lost for the season. While Eric Ebron is likely already owned in your league, LaCosse is definitely not. The third-year tight end caught three of four targets for 34 yards and a touchdown after replacing Heuerman in Week 12. The Broncos are trending in the right direction and will need LaCosse to produce in the passing game if they want to continue their run towards the postseason. If you just lost your tight end for the season, LaCosse may be your answer. 

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.