Fantasy Football: Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets 2021
Updated: Dec 2, 2021
By Pat Pitts
The NFL gave its audience another week of entertaining action. These players remain viable options for fantasy managers as their talent is being wasted on the waiver wire. Here are a few of those players to target this week to recruit to your Fantasy Avengers lineup.
Mac Jones (Rostered in 20% of ESPN leagues and 38% of Yahoo leagues)
Mac Jones has played exceptionally well over the past three weeks. He finished as a Top-10 QB in two of his last three games. His production continues to increase, averaging nearly two touchdowns per game since Week 8. The Bills may not be the team to start him against, but he will not be around much longer after the Patriots Week 14 bye.
Carson Wentz (Rostered in 44% of ESPN leagues and 58% of Yahoo leagues)
Carson Wentz threw three touchdowns for the third time in five games on Sunday. This week he travels to division rival Houston where those numbers are almost a lock to repeat. Wentz won’t be around the wire much longer, so pick him up before it is too late.
Tua Tagovailoa (Rostered in 45% of ESPN leagues and 33% of Yahoo leagues)
Tua Tagovailoa has averaged an 85% completion rate since returning from his injury. He is an ideal fantasy quarterback with his risk-free play and above-average numbers. His matchup against the Giants gives managers a streamable option for QBs on bye.
Alexander Mattison (Rostered in 34% of ESPN leagues and 53% of Yahoo leagues)
Dalvin Cook has been ruled out for the next few games, making Alexander Mattison the number one waiver claim of the week. He has proven to be a Top-10 fantasy RB in Cook’s absence. This is a no-brainer. His name is Alexander Mattison!
Matt Brieda (Rostered in 9% of ESPN leagues and 23% of Yahoo leagues)
Matt Breida has shined over the past three games, averaging a touchdown per game since joining the Bills. However, he lines up against the Patriots, the number one defense across fantasy platforms. The Patriots struggle to contain opposing RBs, making him worth the claim.
Jamaal Williams (Rostered in 44% of ESPN leagues and 40% of Yahoo leagues)
In a similar vein to Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams will be filling in for D’Andre Swift this week following Swift injuring his shoulder on Thanksgiving. Williams will slot in as a productive RB2/FLEX in Swift’s absence.
Chuba Hubbard (Rostered in 33% of ESPN leagues and 40% of Yahoo leagues)
Rookie running back Chuba Hubbard becomes the RB1 due to Christian McCaffrey missing the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. When the Panthers give him RB1 carries, his ceiling makes him a low-end RB2. He may have a bye this week, but won’t he won’t be on waivers after that.
Kendrick Bourne (Rostered in 15% of ESPN leagues and 24% of Yahoo leagues)
Kendrick Bourne notched his second 20+ point game in three weeks, and only dropped one of his 14 targets. As a result he provides managers with a reliable FLEX option for the foreseeable future.
Russell Gage (Rostered in 19% of ESPN leagues and 17% of Yahoo leagues)
Russell Gage caught his first touchdown since Week 7 against the Jags. Gage could be the WR1 Matt Ryan desperately needs, but for now he remains a decent FLEX option, and deserves a spot on a roster.
Josh Reynolds (Rostered in <1% of ESPN leagues and 1% of Yahoo leagues)
Josh Reynolds caught a touchdown in his first game as a Lion and has established himself as a true WR1 for Goff. The Lions offense may not be the most desirable offense for fantasy players, but Reynolds is the needle in the haystack.
Jack Doyle (Rostered in 1% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues)
Jack Doyle finished the week as TE1 against the Bucs as he has caught 75% of his targets over the past three weeks. His consistency and matchup against the Texans, who’ve allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to TE this season, makes him worth the roster claim.
Cole Kmet (Rostered 13% of ESPN leagues and 24% of Yahoo leagues)
Dalton targeted Cole Kmet 11 times on Thanksgiving, resulting in eight catches for 65 yards on the stat sheet for Kmet. Kmet deserves a roster spot, potentially being started if Dalton continues to start for Chicago.
David Njoku (Rostered 5% of ESPN leagues and 7% of Yahoo leagues)
David Njoku caught a touchdown against the Ravens. He has a bye this week, but plays the Ravens the next week, so he’s worth a pick-up if you are trying to double dip on the matchup.