Scott Engel is in his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on RotoBaller.com, SportsLine.com, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league.
There are only two weeks left in the Fantasy Football regular season, and the trade deadlines have passed in most seasonal leagues. As the schedule progresses, the injuries have also started to mount. Many Fantasy players no longer will be thinking about trading away their depth for a possible upgrade to their starting lineups. Yet even though trading may be done, there is a positive spin to keeping your current roster intact. A Fantasy team can never be stocked with enough depth because injuries can happen at any time, as we all know.
If your bench features players that could start on many Fantasy teams, that can bring further comfort as the postseason approaches. If a starting running back goes down with a quality option behind him, you can ease the potential brunt of any possible injury news. It is not a bad thing to have players worthy of starting consideration on the bench. If injuries strike a key position, it is optimal to have a viable replacement.
Start building up your depth now on the waiver wire even if you don't have pressing needs. This is especially important at running back, as you want to roster the direct NFL backups of your top starters if you have not done so already. Also, clean out any players that you would never feel comfortable starting and replace them with guys who can provide respectable statistical floors. This is no longer the time to stash players for any promise down the line. You need to roster players who can be moved into the starting lineup with some comfort level if needed in the near future.
Week 13 Waiver Recommendations
Players listed in order of preferred pickup at each position.
Alexander Mattison and Chuba Hubbard should top your list if available, but they are not in many competitive leagues. Here are some other possible impact RBs who may be on your league's free agent list.
Dontrell Hilliard, Titans: Hilliard and D'Onta Foreman both rushed for over 100 yards in Week 12 vs. New England, which was impressive when you consider the Patriots have a Top 5 defense and were eighth against the run coming into the matchup. Hilliard rushed for 131 yards against New England and scored on a 68-yard run. He may share carries with Foreman going forward, but both players can be useful as flex options. Hilliard is more likely to be available in many leagues, and he also had eight receptions in Week 11. If both players are available, go for Hilliard in PPR formats and Foreman in standard leagues.
Jamaal Williams, Lions: An early shoulder injury in Week 12 forced Williams into a prime role vs. the Bears, and he totaled 83 yards on 20 touches. Williams can at least be a flex play in Week 13 if he is needed to start vs. Minnesota. The Vikings are 26th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs. If you need a shorter-term option, you can move Williams to the top of your waiver priority list at RB.
Also keep a watch on the status of the Rams RB situation. If Sony Michel starts, he would shoot to the top of the RB list over all others.
Matt Breida, Bills: As Buffalo has looked to establish more offensive balance, Breida's involvement has increased. Over the last three weeks, his snap count percentage has risen from 14 to 32 percent. Devin Singletary is still heavily in the picture, but Breida has scored three TDs from scrimmage in his past three games and his role in the Bills offense may continue to grow.
Boston Scott, Eagles: The Eagles have often been able to turn to Scott for reliability as part of a time share or committee when needed. He has often responded with respectable Fantasy production. Right now, it looks like Scott is operating as one of the primary RBs for Philadelphia, as he had a 51 percent snap share and rushed for his fourth TD of the season in Week 12. Scott may continue to see some goal-line opportunities and is a good depth player to roster at this point of the Fantasy season.
Kendrick Bourne, Patriots: Bourne was the fourth-highest scoring Fantasy WR of Week 12, scoring 23.1 Fantasy Points on NFL.com. He took full advantage of a matchup with the Titans, who entered the game allowing the most Fantasy Points Per Game to WRs. Bourne had two TD catches and he has three scoring receptions in his past three games. He has caught 42 of his 53 targets this season and is averaging 14.8 yards per reception.
Josh Reynolds, Lions: Reynolds has landed back with a familiar face in Detroit, working with former Rams teammate Jared Goff again. In his very first game with the Lions this season, Reynolds finished with 70 yards and a TD and totaled 16 points on NFL.com. Reynolds had five TDs in eight starts playing with Goff in 2018 and could nail down the No. 1 WR job in Detroit.
Nick Westbrook-Ihkine, Titans: Westbrook-Ikhine caught a TD pass against the Patriots in Week 12, and he caught seven passes for 107 yards in Week 11. He has been needed to step forward because of significant injuries at WR in Tennessee, and Westbrook-Ikhine could be a top target for Ryan Tannehill after the Titans come off their bye against the Jaguars in Week 14.
Russell Gage, Falcons: Gage is the type of depth add who should be acquired for possibly respectable production if you need a streamer or injury fill-in. Gage has 15 targets in the past two games and he had six receptions for 62 yards and a TD in Week 12. Gage is in his fourth season working with Matt Ryan and can be a regular part of the Atlanta passing game in the weeks ahead.
Gerald Everett, Seahawks: Everett is becoming a bigger part of the Seahawks passing game in his last three outings. In his last three games, Everett has been targeted 21 times. He caught five passes and scored on Monday at Washington. Against Green Bay on Nov. 14, Everett caught all eight of his targets. Of Everett's 272 receiving yards, 175 have come after the catch, and his yardage after the catch skills can help him continue to post quality Fantasy totals in the weeks ahead.
Foster Moreau, Raiders: If Moreau is needed to start for the Raiders this week, he would be the primary TE add for the shorter term. In Week 7, Moreau was needed to play a heavier role in the Las Vegas offense and caught six passes for 60 yards and a TD. This week the Raiders face Washington, which is 23rd in yards allowed to TEs.
Cole Kmet, Bears: In two of his past three games, Kmet has eight-plus targets and six-plus receptions. He has scored 14-plus Fantasy points on NFL.com in each of those outings. Kmet appears to be coming on stronger for Fantasy production at the most important time of the year.
Taysom Hill, Saints: We have recommended Hill in this space before as a forward-looking add, and now you have to pick him up immediately if QB help is needed. He appears to be on track to start in Week 13 and most Fantasy players are well aware of his rushing upside. Hill rushed for two scores in two consecutive starts last season and has back-end QB1 promise for the Fantasy playoff push.
Week 13 Lineup Considerations
It should be another good week for Myles Gaskin, as the Giants are 30th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs. Also keep a watch on the role of Phillip Lindsay, a deeper league waiver add. … Over the last four weeks, the Steelers have allowed the third-most Fantasy Points Per Game to RBs. Devonta Freeman will deserve flex consideration. … The Bills have allowed five rushing TDs over the past four games, and the Patriots will certainly venture to run the ball and control the clock in the AFC East showdown. Start Damien Harris as a RB3 this week. …. The Jets allow the most FFPG to RBs. If you do add Boston Scott, he can be used as a flex option. … Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will bounce back nicely vs. Atlanta. … DeVonta Smith is a significant upside play vs. the Jets. … The 49ers are 27th in receiving yards allowed to WRs over the last four weeks. Start DK Metcalf as your WR2 this week. … Washington is 27th in yardage allowed to WRs this season. Lock in Hunter Renfrow as a WR3. … The Colts have allowed an NFL-high 17 TD receptions to WRs. Consider Brandin Cooks as a WR3. … Derek Carr is also a good play vs. Washington, which has allowed the most FFPG to QBs. … Kirk Cousins is a must-start vs. Detroit. … The Raiders have allowed the most FFPG to TEs in the AFC, so start Logan Thomas. … The Texans are 27th vs. TEs. Jack Doyle can be used as a streamer. … Week 13 defensive streamers include the Colts, Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins.
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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 13 of the 2021 season.