Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 13

Levi Chappell

What a fantastic week of football, food, family, and friends. Thanksgiving is one of, if not my favorite holiday of the year. What other time of year do you get a paid holiday to stay home, watch football ALL DAY, and eat a ridiculous amount of turkey and pie? If you are anything like me, you end up hurting by the end of Thursday because of all the food you have ingested. My body can only take so many homemade rolls and slices of pumpkin pie before shutting down entirely.

Unfortunately, for many of you, your fantasy football teams also took a very long nap that lasted from Thursday morning through Sunday night, just like your body may have needed to rest while trying to digest all of that turkey and gravy.

So whether your team limped its way to another loss, or snuck by with another win, we can all agree that Thanksgiving week is simply fantastic. But it is now behind us, and that means there are one or two weeks left before the playoffs in most leagues and it is coming down to crunch time.

While you do not want to pick up someone from waivers and thrust him straight into your lineup, some of you may not have a better option. So without further ado, here are some dynasty players to keep an eye on and add to your rosters.

Shallow (18-22 man rosters)

Raheem Mostert, RB SF

Mostert has taken full advantage of his opportunity. With Matt Breida still banged up and out of the lineup, Mostert took the number two duties behind Tevin Coleman, but has clearly outplayed Coleman in recent weeks. From the eye test, Mostert looks like the real deal. Consider Mostert at top priority for this week’s waiver wire, as he should see at least 12+ touches per game.

Jordan Wilkins, RB IND

Remember Jonathan Williams?… that was fun while it lasted. Williams was a waiver wire fairytale for many owners over the last couple of weeks. But Sunday I believe showcased to us why Williams has never been a starter anywhere else. He was very inefficient with his touches, and ceded a good load of the work to Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. Everyone expected Wilkins to backup Marlon Mack when he was out, but Williams took over for a couple of weeks. Expect Wilkins to be much more involved in the offense moving forward.

Patrick Laird, RB MIA

If Kalen Ballage did indeed tear his Achilles tendon, Laird becomes much more valuable moving forward on the playoff push. The Dolphins no longer have Kenyan Drake, Mark Walton, or Ballage, so Laird is not fighting for touches. If Ballage is done for the year, Laird vaults into flex territory moving forward.

Tyler Higbee, TE LAR

Higbee took full advantage of Gerald Everett being out of the game. The Cardinals are historically bad this year versus tight ends, and it showed. Higbee had a career day of seven catches for 107 yards and a TD. If Everett has to miss time moving forward, Higbee becomes an instant streaming option for the upcoming playoffs.

Other “Shallow” roster players to keep an eye on:

Average (23-27 man rosters)

Darwin Thompson, RB KC

Thompson is a player I really liked coming out of college and especially liked his upside when he landed in Kansas City. Things have not turned out his way this season and he has hardly sniffed the field. But an injury to Damien Williams which kept him out of the game, and an in-game injury to Darrel Williams gave Thompson his time to shine. He carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards and got his first career rushing touchdown as well. If both of the Williams’ have to miss time, that will leave LeSean McCoy and Thompson to handle all of the workload.

Ian Thomas, TE CAR

Greg Olsen took a nasty hit on Sunday that knocked him unconscious. It was later announced that he was out of the game for an obvious concussion. At age 34, you don’t know how many more hits like that Olsen will be able to take. Thomas stepped in and caught four balls for 24 yards and is a streaming option moving forward, assuming Olsen is out.

Jaeden Graham, TE ATL

With the extended absence of Austin Hooper, Graham has come out of nowhere and filled in nicely. He had a career day, with four catches for 41 yards and a TD. Hooper’s status is still unknown, and while I would still classify Graham as a low-end TE2 moving forward, he is worth a stash on your bench. If you don’t want to pick him up after a ten+ point performance… at least pick him up for his solid blonde locks that flow from his helmet.

Breshad Perriman, WR TB

Yes… that Breshad Perriman. On a team that boasts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Perriman led the Bucs in receiving on the day. He garnered six targets and caught five of them for 87 yards. While I wouldn’t expect this to continue moving forward, outside of the one-two punch of Evans and Godwin, the pass-catchers in Tampa Bay have not been great. If anything were to happen to Evans or Godwin… targets would be available all over the place.

Other “Average” roster players to keep an eye on:

Deep (28+ man rosters)

Christian Blake, WR ATL

The first Falcons receiver to come out of nowhere and become fantasy relevant was Russell Gage, who just keeps performing well. Another young receiver stepped up in the absence of Julio Jones, and his name is Christian Blake. Blake has now received nine targets in back-to-back games, but was much more efficient in Sunday’s game. He caught six balls for 57 yards and is worth a dynasty stash in deep leagues.

Kalif Raymond, WR TEN

Raymond is still not seeing a regular amount of snaps, but he is quickly establishing himself as a deep threat with Ryan Tannehill behind center. It is hard to endorse a player who only had one catch on the day, but Tannehill has given new life to that offense, and pass-catchers now have value again. Raymond won’t be a player you will want to put in your lineups yet, but he is another young receiver to keep an eye on in Tennessee.

CJ Uzomah, TE CIN

The tight end position has been a revolving door in Cincinnati, but that is no surprise with a 1-11 team. Andy Dalton is back under center, and that means a big increase in value for pass catchers. There is good news and bad news regarding Uzomah’s performance on Sunday. The good news is that he set a season-high mark in targets and catches. He showed good rapport with the Red Rifle, and could be a possible streamer moving forward. The bad news is Uzomah dropped an easy touchdown, and expectations should be limited for him.

Pharoh Cooper, WR ARI

It feels like Cooper has been in the league for a really long time, yet he is still only 24 years old. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk have the number one and two WR spots locked down, but the number three in the Cardinals offense has been a season-long rotation. KeeSean Johnson has manned the spot quite a bit, but has lacked production and consistency at times. Cooper has seen an increase in snaps over the last few weeks, and could be creeping to a more regular offensive role.

Other “Deep” roster players to keep an eye on:

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