2015 Fantasy Football: QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 13
Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.
For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.
With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 13 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
Averaging 17.04 fantasy points per game, Smith has scored the 13th-most fantasy points among quarterbacks going into Monday Night Football. On Sunday, he threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and added 35 rushing yards to score 21.7 fantasy points. While he may not have as much upside as other quarterbacks on this list, Smith is safe, finishing only one week outside of the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks this season.
Boosting his upside, however, Smith has a great schedule down the stretch. Three of Smith's next four opponents have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points (through Sunday) to opposing quarterbacks -- Raiders (sixth-most) this week, Ravens (second-most) in Week 15 and Browns (third-most) in Week 16.
Mariota completed only 17-of-37 pass attempts in a loss to the Raiders on Sunday, but he threw three touchdowns as well as he scored 19.42 fantasy points. It was the third time in four games that Mariota scored at least 18 fantasy points.
In each of those three 18-point outings, Mariota has thrown the ball at least 35 times. The Titans will likely trail in many of their games, which should lead to some passing-game volume as well. Even though he ran the ball just once for seven yards on Sunday, Mariota had five rush attempts in each of his previous two games and he has plenty of upside due to his dual-threat abilities.
Fitzpatrick threw for 277 yards and a season-high four touchdowns against the Dolphins in Week 12. Including rushing scores, he now has multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games and has averaged 19.66 fantasy points over that stretch. Fitzpatrick gets a favorable matchup on the road versus the Giants, who have allowed an average of 19.33 fantasy points per game this season.
The Chiefs had been playing excellent pass defense recently, but Taylor threw for a season-high 291 yards and three touchdowns at Arrowhead on Sunday. With 46 rushing yards as well, Taylor scored a season-high 26.24 fantasy points and finished with his first 20-point performance since Week 5.
Even though he averaged 12.19 fantasy points per game in his previous three games, his rushing ability (56/290/2 in 2015) should provide a solid floor for Taylor. While his Week 13 matchup against the Texans isn't great, Taylor faces Philadelphia and Washington -- two plus matchups -- in Weeks 14 and 15, respectively, which gives him plenty of upside for streamers.
Throwing for 245 yards and a touchdown against the Colts on Sunday, Winston scored only 14.5 fantasy points in Week 12. With 18-plus points in four of his previous five games, Winston had finished as a top-12 weekly fantasy quarterback in those four 18-point games. Since Week 5, Winston has thrown 10 touchdowns, rushed for three more and has only turned the ball over three times during that stretch. Not only has he played better over the past month-plus, Winston has scored at least 12 fantasy points in every game this season.
After six consecutive games with a minimum of 17 fantasy points, Cutler has posted modest outings in back-to-back games. One of those two games was against the Broncos, who have the league's stingiest pass defense. That said, Cutler has three plus matchups -- San Francisco, Washington and Tampa Bay -- over his next four games through Week 16.
Cousins has been a bit inconsistent this season; here are his last five games: 30.18 (QB1), 10.68 (QB25), 28.96 (QB1), 6.68 (QB26) and 22.18 (QB9 through Sunday's games). In the three good games, he has exceeded 300 passing yards in each game and accounted for 10 touchdowns -- eight passing and two rushing -- with only one turnover. In the two bad games, he has averaged 212.0 passing yards with two total touchdowns and four turnovers. For those looking ahead to Championship Week (Week 16), however, Cousins will face the Eagles, who have allowed 10 passing scores over the past two weeks to Jameis Winston and Cam Newton (five each).
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