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Waiver Wire Week Thirteen: Hidden Gems Still Exist



Fantasy football is about adapting to change and creating the best possible team through trading, waiver wire pickups, and starting the right guys at the right time. I am a massive proponent of using the waiver wire in a way that gives your team the ability to improve without sacrificing your best players in a big trade. Through the year, after every single week I will be telling you, by position, the players I feel deserve to be picked up on your rosters. The way I judge a player to be on “waivers” is based on the percentage in which they are available across every ESPN league. In order to be considered on the waiver wire, the player must have a 50% or less ownership percentage according to ESPN data. I will be striving to find the most unique values that will offer you an advantage over your opponents who may not even know that player exists. So strap in and get ready for your team to get better.


Running Backs:


Zonovan Knight (0% owned):

With the nickname “Bam,” I would expect Zonovan Knight to be nothing but awesome. In his first ever game, Knight recorded 103 scrimmage yards which was a New York Jets record for most scrimmage yards in a debut. Michael Carter is banged up and is uncertain for the coming week and, in all honesty, Knight was simply more effective when given opportunities against the Bears. Coach Robert Saleh has shown a tendency to play the players who are producing as shown by his benching of Zach Wilson. Bam is a most pickup for teams looking to make a playoff push.


Kyren Williams (19% owned):

When low drafted or undrafted players are on a waiver wire list you know it's the end of the year and Kyren Williams fits that description. In his third career game he had 14 touches for 60 yards which is not anything very impressive, but any running back getting double digit touches this late in the season needs to be rostered. His three receptions show he is going to be involved in the pass game and given how the season is already lost for the Rams, I would expect them to see what they have in Kyren Williams for the rest of the year.


Benny Snell Jr. (0% owned):

Najee Harris has had a rough season this year with injuries and bad productions stacking up. Snell Jr. was not even supposed to play but due to injury he received 13 touches for 68 touches and a touchdown. If Harris is unable to play, Snell Jr. is a player that I would not mind playing against an Atlanta team that gives up quite a few points a game. He’s a low-floor player but the upside is certainly there.


Wide Receiver:


Treylon Burks (38% owned):

Is this the next Amon-Ra St. Brown? Burks has 70+ receiving yards in his last two games and he has six targets in each of the last three games since returning from injury. Burks is by far the best wide receiver in the Titans’ wide receiver room and I fully expect him to continue his massive role in this offense. I think he is someone that should be rostered everywhere and has league-winning upside with how large his target share has been in this Titans offense.


Nico Collins (11% owned):

With seven or more targets in each of the last three games, Nico Collins has had an incredibly large target share for the Texans. The Texans simply want this player to touch the ball. He has five or more receptions for at least 44 yards in all of those games and I do not see that target share changing. He is a very steady flex option and a player you can rely on in the flex to produce given injury or a bye week. He is a low WR2 as a floor with high WR2 upside for the rest of the year.


Jameson Williams (21% owned):

We all know how electrifying Williams’ speed was in college for Alabama. However, he has yet to play an NFL snap. The reason I have him on this list is due to the fact that he has a massive big play upside for the Lions. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle have shown that elite speed can take the top off of a defense and force them to give you more cushion than the average player. I believe that Williams can have an instant impact off of his speed alone and, similar to Christian Watson, can use his natural athleticism to produce at a high level.


Tight Ends:


Hunter Henry (25% owned):

Like all tight ends this year not named Travis Kelce, Henry has been as inconsistent as ever. Yet, in his last game Henry had three receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. Mac Jones finally looks somewhat himself again after struggling mightily earlier this year and I think that bodes well for Henry who produced very well last year when Mac was playing his best football.



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