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Bye weeks are finally over, so most of your rosters are pretty much set for the playoffs or you’re focusing on being a spoiler or rebuilding for next year in keeper leagues. Just because bye weeks are over doesn’t mean that you can’t improve your roster for the home stretch.
My top pick from last week, Tre Mason, had another solid game and is a good RB3/Flex play moving forward. I hope you took my advice and didn’t break the bank on Jonas Gray; Bill Belichick is a jerk. I missed on Bryce Brown who couldn’t even get decent burn in a route yesterday, but my next guy Isaiah Crowell looks like the back to own in Cleveland and has shown legit RB2 talent. It is frustrating for me to watch Crowell’s success since he was my 5th-6th round target in almost all of my Bears mocks before the draft. Most of my other picks underachieved in week 12, but Jarvis Landry, who I have on this list every week, had a breakout game and my sleeper pick Dan “Boom” Herron is a better RB than Trent Richardson already and could be fantasy relevant the rest of the way in Ahmad Bradshaw’s old role.
For once there weren’t any major injuries this week with much fantasy relevance. Larry Fitzgerald missed week 12’s game but he is no more than a borderline flex play at this point in his career. RB Ryan Matthews hurt his shoulder on a TD run but returned to the game. Matthews is notoriously injury prone so I may grab RB Brandon Oliver just to be safe. WR Cordarrellle Patterson got hurt and didn’t return to the game, but he has been possibly the biggest bust in fantasy football this year, so good riddance imo.
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Every week on Tuesday, I will be posting my top waiver pick ups for the week. Only players owned in under 50% of Yahoo leagues will qualify. There are all sorts of leagues out there with different levels of competition and varying player pool depths, so I will have a few picks with under 50% ownership, a few under 30%, 15%, and at least one super sleeper under 5%. Most weeks I also be listing a few players that may be popular waiver adds that I think you should pass on (the Kevin Ogletrees) and I’ll give you my reasons why of course. If there are any players you have a specific question about feel free to hit me up in the comments or on Twitter.
Week 13 Waiver Wire:
WR Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (20%) – I keep recommending Landry and his ownership percentage just doesn’t change. It finally should after Landry’s two TD performance last week. He has been outplaying both Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline over the last two weeks and has become QB Ryan Tannehill’s go-to WR. People forgot this, but before Landry’s slow 40-time at the combine (4.7) he was considered a lock for the first round. He’s that good and should be on everyone’s roster by now.
RB LeGarrette Blount, Patriots (33%) – Feel free to roll the dice with yet another Patriots RB off the waiver wire. RB Jonas Gray was the hot wavier pick last week, which I correctly advised avoidance of, and Gray didn’t even play a snap this week after gaining 199 yards and scoring 4 TDs the week before. The recently signed Blount had 2 TDs this week and was a beast for the Pats during last season’s playoff run, but can you trust Bill Belichick to play Blount every week? I can’t.
RB Daniel “Boom” Herron, Colts (22%) – I had Herron on this list last week because I had a hunch that Herron (or any NFL RB) is better than Trent Richardson. Herron outgained T-Rich on both the ground and through the air and should see more touches moving forward than the plodding Richardson. Herron’s weekly numbers could be very similar to what Bradshaw was putting up before breaking his leg.
RB Latavius Murray, Raiders (24%) – I missed on Murray last week because I didn’t think the Raiders actually cared about developing young talent, but Murray looked awesome before leaving the game with a concussion shortly after breaking a 90-yd TD run. Murray has the size (6’3, 225) and the speed (4.35) to be a fantasy force. All he needs is a chance. His concussion symptoms might keep him out of the lineup for another week, but keep an eye on Murray for dynasty leagues or for a late season injury replacement.