Week 13 Waiver Wire: Jets, 49ers Backfields

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns
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NFL Week 13 - Running back injuries have opened up backfields, with several backs potentially earning larger roles. One receiver has been producing all year but is still available in over 50% of leagues. AND he's getting back a star quarterback. We've got the top adds heading into Week 13.


  • Mike White – NYJ (2.9% rostered EPSN; 5% Yahoo!)
    • White started in place of Zach Wilson in Week 12 and immediately made an impact, throwing for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns. Now, it was against the Bears, who have the 2nd-worst defensive DVOA, but it was still much better than anything Wilson has done so far. White has tough(er) matchups in the near-term against the Vikings and Bills, but they’re beatable defenses. If he remains the starter into the fantasy playoffs, White would face the Lions (most FP allowed to QBs) and Jaguars (8th most FP allowed to QBs) in Weeks 15 and 16. Given the weapons around him, White is worth an add.
  • Kenny Pickett – PIT (7.2% rostered ESPN; 11% Yahoo!)
    • Pickett has looked better since the Steelers’ Week 9 bye. He’s fantasy’s QB14 over that span, with games of 19, 16, and 12 points. He’s thrown for only two touchdowns in those three games, but he’s rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown. In Week 11, Pickett threw for 265 yards and a score with no interceptions against a Cincinnati defense giving up the 4th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. He had a tougher time against a tough Steelers defense, but a much more favorable schedule is on the horizon. Over the next four weeks, Pickett gets Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, and Las Vegas. If he can continue to improve and get more scores to his talented pass-catchers, Pickett could be a back-end QB1 down the stretch.


  • Other QB <50% rostered worth considering
    • Jordan Love – GB (0.3% ESPN; 1% Yahoo!)

Running Back

  • Ty Johnson – NYJ (1.1% rostered ESPN; 1% Yahoo!) and Zonovan Knight – NYJ (0.0% rostered ESPN; 2% Yahoo!)
    • Johnson and Knight split touches after Michael Carter went down with an ankle injury in Week 12. Johnson finished with 5-62-1 on the ground and had a 16-yard reception while Knight handled 14 carries, totaling 69 scoreless yards along with 3 receptions for 34 yards. Johnson ran one more route than Knight but received one fewer target. Johnson is in his third year in Detroit while Knight is an undrafted free agent. If Michael Carter were to miss any time, both backs could have some value, with Johnson being used more in the passing-game, though Knight showed his pass-catching prowess in college. 
  • Tyrion Davis-Price – SF (0.7% rostered ESPN; 1% Yahoo!) and Jordan Mason – SF (0.1% ESPN; 1% Yahoo!)
    • Similarly to the Jets backs, we’re not sure which back will take over as Christian McCaffrey’s backup in the wake of Elijah Mitchell’s injury. Mason has seen more work this year, with Davis-Price only seeing action in two games this season. With CMC dealing with some knee irritation, both TDP and Mason should get their opportunities to earn the backup role. And given Shanahan’s insistence on not overworking CMC, one of them should end up with an every week role, and both would have value if CMC’s knee issue worsens. TDP was a 3rd-round pick in this year’s draft and is likely be the better pick up compared to the undrafted Mason, who’s played over 50% of the special teams snaps.


  • Other RB <20% rostered worth considering
    • Kyren Williams – LAR (19.4% ESPN; 37% Yahoo!)
    • JaMycal Hasty – JAX (0.8% ESPN; 3% Yahoo!)
    • Kenneth Gainwell – PHI (7.9% ESPN; 13% Yahoo!)

Wide Receiver

  • Zay Jones – JAX (31.4% rostered ESPN; 25% Yahoo!)
    • Jones had himself a day in Week 12, corralling 11 of a whopping 14 targets for 145 yards and caught the game-winning two-point conversion. This came after an 8-68 day against Kansas City in Week 10, a game in which he saw 10 tagets. Jones is PPR WR16 over the last three weeks and the Jaguars have only played two games, making him WR8 on a points-per-game basis in that span. His target share is over 21% this season and is leading the team with a 31.6% target share over their last two games. And Jones gets the Lions and Titans over the next two weeks, both of which are bottom three in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. Jones is a great add for your playoff push.
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones – CLE (42.3% rostered ESPN; 50% Yahoo!)
    • DPJ is STILL available in at least half of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues. He busted in Week 12, with only a 2-16-0 line a week after scoring his first touchdown, but it was his first game held under 50 yards since Week 3.. Once again, DPJ led the team in route participation, though he was tied for first with Amari Cooper at 100%. His yards per reception is slightly higher than Cooper’s and he’s averaging nearly a full air yard per reception more. Deshaun Watson returns in Week 13 to face his former team, and the quarterback change in Cleveland only increases DPJ’s ceiling.
  • Nico Collins – HOU (11.1% rostered ESPN; 24% Yahoo!)
    • Collins has seen the most volume among Texans receivers since returning from injury in Week 10. He’s seen 26 targets over the last three games, good for a team-leading 24.3% target share. He’s gone 5-49-1, 5-48-0, and 6-44-0 over that span, and he led the team in targets (9) and route participation (80%) in Week 12. He should continue to see the targets with Houston likely playing from behind in all their remaining games, and given for of their next five opponents are top-12 in points allowed to receivers, Collins should also continue to produce for fantasy managers.


  • Other WR <20% rostered worth considering
    • Quez Watkins – PHI (0.4% ESPN; 1% Yahoo!)
    • Richie James – NYG (0.5% ESPN; 2% Yahoo!)

Tight End


  • Tyler Conklin – NYJ (32.1% rostered ESPN; 18% Yahoo!)
    • Conklin’s usage has been inconsistent since his early-season success with Joe Flacco. In the first four weeks, Conklin had a 21-192-1 line on 29 targets. Since then, aside from a 6-79-2 line in Week 8, Conklin has seen just 17 targets over six games. However, his 3-50-0 line with Mike White in Week 12 marked his second game reaching 8 PPR fantasy points since Week 4, and first since Week 8. He played 79% of the snaps with 73% route participation, which was just a tick below Travis Kelce, TJ Hockenson, and David Njoku. In Week 13, Conklin gets a Vikings team who’s allowing the 9th-most fantasy points to tight ends, and then he’ll face the Bills (5th-fewest), Lions (4th-most), and Jaguars (11th-most).


  • Other TE <40% rostered worth considering
    • Austin Hooper – TEN (10.0% ESPN; 14% Yahoo!)
    • Foster Moreau – LV (35.5% ESPN; 39% Yahoo!)


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