Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 13
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Not only was it the first 200-yard game of the season for any running back, it was Moreno's first 100-yard game of the year.
That said, Moreno left game with a limp and the stadium on crutches, which could potentially open the door to a larger workload for rookie Montee Ball.
Ball, who was on last week's waiver-wire list, is owned in a little more than half of Yahoo! leagues and worth being picked up in your league(s), if available.
With a pair of short touchdown runs a couple of weeks ago, Ball may be in store for a larger workload in Week 13 depending on the status of Moreno. That said, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted yesterday that "Moreno has a bruised ankle and team believes he'll practice this week."
From Weeks 13 to 16, the Broncos face defenses that rank no higher than No. 16 against the run.
Ball won't appear on this week's waiver-wire list even though he should be added, if available in your league(s), based on my self-imposed rules.
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (owned in 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Since the team's bye in Week 5, Glennon has compiled a 12:2 TD-to-INT ratio and has at least 15 fantasy points in six of those seven games. In each of his past two games, he has a passer rating greater than 135.
While Glennon has been steady and productive, he has a difficult matchup in Week 13 against the Panthers, who have yet to allow more than one passing touchdown in any game this season. In addition, no team has allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Panthers.
QB - Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (19 percent)
McCown threw for a season-high 352 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Rams and has seven touchdowns to only one interception this season. Unlike Glennon, McCown has a great matchup if you need someone for a spot start.
McCown and the Bears face the Vikings, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and a league-worst 24 passing touchdowns this season.
QB - Matt McGloin, Oakland Raiders (three percent)
For those in deeper leagues, McGloin has already been named the team's starter for Thursday's game in Dallas and has plenty of upside due to the matchup. In two starts, McGloin has 457 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
If McCown's matchup is great, McGloin's matchup is great(er). No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Cowboys.
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RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (39 percent)
Depending on the status of Chris Ivory for Week 13, Powell could be in line for a start at a favorable point in the season. More featured than Ivory early in the season, Powell had a nice three-game stretch (Weeks 2 to 4) with double-digit fantasy points every week.
The Dolphins have not allowed a rushing touchdown in their past two games, but on the season, they have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
RB - Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans (11 percent)
With Ben Tate averaging just 0.14 yards per carry more than me yesterday, the Texans gave the rock more often to Johnson, who gained 77 yards on 13 carries. I wouldn't expect Tate to get only seven carries (or one rushing yard) in Week 13, but the allocation of touches among the backs should be more even than it had been in previous weeks.
RB - Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (nine percent)
Against the Cowboys' pathetic rush defense, Jacobs gained 75 yards on nine carries. While Andre Brown is clearly the man in the Giants' backfield, both backs have a nice matchup this week against the Redskins, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
RB - Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (six percent)
Not only did Stevan Ridley fumble in his third straight game, but LeGarrette Blount lost a fumble as well. Meanwhile, Bolden led the Patriots running backs in carries (13) and fantasy points (12). It's unclear how much work Bolden will get in Week 13, but I wouldn't be surprised if he finishes as the team's second-most productive fantasy running back behind Shane Vereen.
RB - Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams (five percent)
With Zac Stacy (concussion) exiting Sunday's game early, Cunningham had his first-ever 100-yard game with 109 yards and a touchdown. In the previous week's blowout against the Colts, he finished with 90 yards from scrimmage. In case Stacy is unable to go this week, Cunningham is worth an add, but he has a tougher matchup in Week 13 than he had in Week 12.
RB - C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (one percent)
Even though he has only seven career carries, Anderson could be more involved than he's been in any game this season if Moreno is inactive in Week 13 and Ball gets the start.
* Note: Nate Burleson won't appear below since he was on last week's list, but I'd prefer Burleson over any of the receivers listed below.
WR - Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (18 percent)
Patterson had a season-high eight receptions and 54 receiving yards in Sunday's tie against the Packers. Dangerous with the ball in his hands, Patterson has now been targeted a total of 20 times in his past two games combined.
WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (18 percent)
With the return of Percy Harvin to the lineup, Baldwin could see fewer targets going forward, but he has 13 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns in his three games in the month of November. During that span, he has at least 63 yards in each game.
WR - Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders (14 percent)
Although Denarius Moore was inactive last week, McGloin and Streater have shown some good chemistry in McGloin's two starts. In those two games, Streater has 11 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown.
With the short turnaround (the Raiders head to Dallas for Thanksgiving), it's possible that Moore is inactive again this week. That said, Streater has a much more favorable matchup this week against the Cowboys than he had last week against the Titans.
WR - Tiquan Underwood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (two percent)
Underwood had three catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, but it will be much more difficult for him in Week 13 against the Panthers. As the No. 2 receiver behind Vincent Jackson, Underwood has yet to exceed three receptions in any game this season.
WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans (one percent)
On Sunday, Hunter finished with six receptions for 109 yards, both of which are career highs, and a touchdown. Before yesterday, Hunter had a total of seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. That said, Hunter is expected to get more playing time going forward based on comments by Mike Munchak.
TE - Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (three percent)
One of the players many expected to have a breakout season, Pitta suffered what was thought to be a season-ending hip injury before the season began. That said, he targeting a return in Week 14 and could see a ton of targets in an offense devoid of playmakers other than Torrey Smith.
TE - Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers (one percent)
Green scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday, but he now has 80-plus receiving yards in back-to-back games. The athletic tight end may be a better add in keeper/dynasty formats, but he has upside in redraft formats as well as he becomes more involved in the Chargers offense.
I will release my initial Week 13 rankings Tuesday night and they can be found here on my weekly rankings page.