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Waiver Wire Week Thirteen: These Guys Can Solidify Your Playoff Run

A lot of times in fantasy football, players will bust or get injured and you feel your team is basically done for the year. However, without even making trades you can drastically improve your team by working the waiver wire. For those new to fantasy football, the waiver wire is full of ‘free-agent’ players that you can pick up and add to your team.

Oftentimes, there will be a variety of players worth adding to your roster and depending on your team this article might contain most of them or just a few. Therefore, whenever I put a player on this list he will have a 50% ownership percentage or lower to make it so there should be players for everyone to add and make their teams significantly better.

Additionally, all ownership percentages will be based on the ESPN website data but usually the percentages are relatively uniform across platforms from my experience.

I am going to always divide this article into three sections: Running Backs, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends. So if you need one of those positions more than anything else feel free to just scroll to that given section.

Running Backs:

Chuba Hubbard (34% owned):

With Christian McCaffery set to miss the rest of the 2021 season, Hubbard is now stepping into a full-time running back role. Hubbard was averaging over 14 touches per game and even had two games with 24 carries in his time as the starter when CMC went down earlier this season. He needs to be rostered if possible because he can literally win your league down the stretch. Basically unheard of to find this type of workhorse back this late in the season.

Alexander Mattison (34% owned):

Well I did just say it’s rare to find workhorse running backs in week thirteen but here is another one due to injury. Mattison also has a chance to have 20+ touches a game in this VIkings run-heavy offense. No reason he can’t be an RB2 for the rest of the season and it’s wild to me there are so many high upside running backs available on the waiver wire. Mattison has not really done anything this year but touches talk and Mattison is in line for a lot.

Dontrell Hilliard (24% owned):

Hilliard had a decent week in week 12 with 35 rushing yards and eight receptions for 47 yards. He was on this list last and he delivered. Yet, his ownership is still incredibly low. Hilliard, in the absence of Derrick Henry, is stepping up and deserves to be rewarded with a pick up as a result. Hilliard had 131 yards on just 12 rush attempts and had an additional rush attempt. Pick him up while you still can. He has talent and is getting the necessary touches to be a flex option or higher.

Wide Receivers:

Kendrick Bourne (15% owned):

Bourne has four plus targets or more in every game since week seven. Belichick clearly loves the guy and his production has been there. Five receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns this past week was one of his best performances of the year and probably helped win the fantasy leagues he was started in. Bourne is not the highest upside option, but he has every week reliability which is arguably more important come playoff run time.

Van Jefferson (42% owned):

If you want a high upside player, this is the guy to take instead of Bourne. Jefferson can absolutely fly down the field and makes big plays happen relatively consistently. This past week, Jefferson had just three receptions but for 93 yards and a touchdown. He won’t be a player you can 100% trust to get points but with nine targets against Green Bay and six plus targets in each of the last few weeks, his involvement in the offense is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Russell Gage (19% owned):

If Gage could stay healthy he would be a very consistent WR2 option in fantasy football. However, due to health concerns he hasn’t played a ton this year but when he has been on the field he has been very consistent. He has double digit points (9.9 technically one week but close enough) in his last three starts and obviously has no other real wide receiver competition with Calvin Ridley out indefinitely. Gage is coming off of a six reception game in which he had 61 yards and a touchdown.

Tight Ends:

Evan Engram (31% owned):

Tight end is so weak at this point in the year so seeing Engram here shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Engram had a three game streak of ten plus points until the last few where he has seemingly come back down to Earth. He isn’t a great option but tight end is really shallow and he is one of the better options available at this point in the year.



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