Fantasy Football Week 13 Waiver Wire: The end is near

Week 13 Rankings: Standard | PPR

For many Fantasy leagues, Week 13 is the final week of the regular season, which means this is it. This could be your last week of making Waiver Wire moves as you attempt one last-ditch effort to make the Fantasy playoffs.

And we hope you get there.

Fortunately, there are some players to help, although running back options are a little scarce. We only have two teams on a bye this week with Tennessee and Cleveland, meaning you're without notable starters like Marcus Mariota , DeMarco Murray , Rishard Matthews , Terrelle Pryor and Delanie Walker .

The No.1 option to replace Mariota is Colin Kaepernick , who should be a starter in many leagues this week based on his recent level of play. There isn't a running back comparable to Kaepernick this week, but Kenneth Dixon is worth adding in all leagues, as well as Adrian Peterson if you have an open roster spot and are headed to the playoffs. I'd also recommend locking up certain handcuffs if you can to be safe.

There are some fun options at receiver, notably Tyreek Hill and Malcolm Mitchell . And at tight end, my favorite streaming option in Week 13 is Vance McDonald .

There are some potential difference makers for you this week on the Waiver Wire. And we hope that if you need any of these guys then they deliver to help you lock up a potential playoff berth.

Quarterbacks

Names of note on bye: Marcus Mariota

Injuries of note: Andrew Luck (concussion) and Jay Cutler (shoulder)

Priority list

* - Add these players in this order, and they are owned in 65 percent of leagues or less on CBS Sports.

Colin Kaepernick QB / San Francisco 49ers (Week 12 stats at MIA)
YDS: 296 TD: 3 INT: 1 RUSH YDS: 113
39 percent ownership

Kaepernick was great at Miami in Week 12 with 38 Fantasy points, and he has now scored at least 23 Fantasy points in four games in a row. He's doing it with his legs with at least six Fantasy points on the ground in four of six starts this year, and he should continue to play well this week at Chicago. The Bears have allowed four of the past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points, including three in a row. Kaepernick is a great replacement option for Mariota, and I would also start him over guys like Russell Wilson , Cam Newton and Dak Prescott this week.

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (15 percent): The theme with these next four quarterbacks is options for two-quarterback leagues, and that's the only place I would use Fitzpatrick this week. He had 20 Fantasy points last week against New England, which was the first time he's done that since Week 2. But this week he's facing a Colts defense that has allowed all but two quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points, including eight in a row. This is a good week to potentially trust Fitzpatrick given the matchup.
  • Alex Smith (44 percent): Smith isn't a good Fantasy quarterback, but he does have four games this season with at least 20 Fantasy points. This week he's facing a Falcons defense that has allowed three of the past four opposing quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points. He's worth a look if you're stuck in a two-quarterback league.
  • Matt Barkley (2 percent): Barkley played well in place of Cutler in Week 12 against Tennessee with 316 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, but he needed 54 pass attempts to accumulate those stats. The Bears can run on the 49ers this week with Jordan Howard , but only three quarterbacks this year have failed to score at least 21 Fantasy points against San Francisco. Barkley is worth a look in two-quarterback leagues.
  • Jared Goff (11 percent): He had a strong showing in his second NFL start in Week 12 at New Orleans with 214 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception and could be an option this week in two-quarterback leagues. He's at New England, and the Patriots have allowed four quarterbacks in a row to score at least 20 Fantasy points, so look for Goff to have some success in garbage time.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Carson Palmer (91 percent): He scored 21 Fantasy points at Atlanta in Week 12, but it was ugly. He looks bad and has six interceptions in his past four games. He's not worth the risk right now even in a favorable matchup against Washington this week.
  • Andy Dalton (86 percent): He struggled in his first game without A.J. Green (hamstring) in Week 12 at Baltimore with 14 Fantasy points, and he's now scored 17 points or less in three games in a row. He should continue to struggle until Green returns and is not worth starting in Week 13 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Blake Bortles (80 percent): His Fantasy production has actually been good the past five weeks with at least 21 Fantasy points in a standard league in four of those outings. But he faces Denver, Minnesota and Houston in his next three games and should struggle in those matchups.

Running backs

Names of note on bye: DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry , Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson

Injuries of note: Chris Ivory (hamstring), Lamar Miller (ankle), Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and Ryan Mathews (knee)

Priority list

* - Add these players in this order, and they are owned in 65 percent of leagues or less on CBS Sports.

Kenneth Dixon RB / Baltimore Ravens (Week 12 stats vs. CIN)
ATT: 13 YDS: 49 YPC: 3.8 REC: 4 REC YDS: 31
63 percent ownership

Dixon is the best running back to add this week, but he's not a must-start option in the majority of leagues. The nice thing is his workload continues to improve, and he had a career-high 17 touches last week against the Cincinnati Bengals . Terrance West is still in the mix, but he had 16 touches and 64 total yards against Cincinnati. I'm going to stash Dixon, and hopefully he does well this week against Miami. Dixon can be a flex option in that matchup.

  • Adrian Peterson (52 percent): Peterson is expected to start running this week, and hopefully his target return from the knee injury that knocked him out in Week 2 remains on track with Week 15. He would face the Colts in Week 15 and the Packers in Week 16, which are favorable matchups even behind that woeful offensive line in Minnesota. It's total speculation that Peterson helps your Fantasy team again this year, but he's worth stashing if you have an open roster spot.
  • Ameer Abdullah (16 percent): Abdullah got a good report on his injured foot, which has kept him out since Week 2. There's no guarantee he'll even return this season, but he could be worth a speculative add given his potential and likely role for the Lions, who desperately need help in the backfield.
  • Charles Sims (16 percent): He might return from his knee injury by Week 14, and his remaining matchups would be against New Orleans, Dallas and New Orleans through Week 16. Doug Martin should remain the starter, but Sims would likely have a role in some favorable matchups. Every Martin owner should own Sims.
  • Handcuffs of note: Mike Gillislee (63 percent), DeAngelo Williams (38 percent), Alfred Morris (37 percent), Kapri Bibbs (35 percent) and Damien Williams (22 percent): These are handcuffs you might consider stashing, especially if you own the starter of these backups. Should any of these running backs get a starting job because of injury, they would likely become a starter for your Fantasy team.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Isaiah Crowell (95 percent): You might consider holding him in a PPR league since he has 11 catches in his past two games, but he's scored six Fantasy points or less in a standard league in four games in a row and has topped 50 rushing yards just once since Week 4. With a bye in Week 13, I'd explore other options in 10-team leagues and possibly 12-team leagues as well.
  • Ryan Mathews (91 percent): The latest report on Mathews is his knee injury could linger for a while, and even when healthy he'll be in a timeshare with Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood . Mathews isn't worth stashing at this point in the season.
  • Chris Ivory (81 percent): We don't know how long he'll be out with his latest hamstring injury, but he's still in a timeshare with T.J. Yeldon and faces Denver and Minnesota in the next two games. His value was trending up before he got hurt, but that's because it looked like Yeldon would be out with an ankle injury. Keep an eye on news for Ivory, and if he misses Week 13 then you can cut him.

Wide receivers

Names of note on bye: Rishard Matthews and Terrelle Pryor

Injuries of note: T.Y. Hilton (back), Stefon Diggs (knee), DeVante Parker (back), Tyrell Williams (shoulder), Jordan Matthews (ankle), Jeremy Maclin (groin), John Brown (hamstring), Allen Hurns (hamstring), A.J. Green (hamstring) and Robert Woods (knee)

Priority list

* - Add these players in this order, and they are owned in 65 percent of leagues or less on CBS Sports.

Tyreek Hill WR / Kansas City Chiefs (Week 12 stats at DEN)
TAR: 10 REC: 9 YDS: 52 TD: 1 RUSH YDS: 3 RUSH TD: 1
56 percent ownership

Hill has been great since Maclin went down, and he should have another solid outing in Week 13 at Atlanta. He has at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in four of his past six games, and he has at least nine catches in two of his past three outings without Maclin. The Kansas City Chiefs are being creative with putting the ball in his hands, and the Falcons have allowed seven touchdowns to receivers in their past four games. We hope Maclin stays out because Hill can be a No. 2 Fantasy receiver this week.

  • Malcolm Mitchell (5 percent): Mitchell has stepped up the past two games with Rob Gronkowski banged up, and he could get a boost this week if Gronkowski remains out with a back injury against the Rams. With Gronkowski and Chris Hogan out in Week 11 at San Francisco, Mitchell had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown on five targets. He was better in Week 12 at the Jets with five catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets, and Gronkowski got hurt in that game. We'll see if Gronkowski is out again in Week 13 against the Rams, and Mitchell could be a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver in this matchup at home.
  • DeSean Jackson (59 percent): Jackson could get lucky this week if Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (knee) is out, and Jackson has played well the past two games since dealing with a shoulder injury. He's scored in each of the past two games against Green Bay and Dallas, and when he gets rolling he could be a standout Fantasy option in all leagues. He's a No. 3 Fantasy receiver if Peterson plays, but his value will go up if Peterson is out. And he's definitely worth owning for the rest of the year.
  • Quincy Enunwa (49 percent): You have to love the matchup for the Jets in Week 13 against the Colts, who have allowed nine touchdowns to receivers in the past four games. Brandon Marshall is a must-start Fantasy option this week, but Enunwa should be a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver in this matchup. He just had five catches for 109 yards and a touchdown on five targets against New England in Week 12.
  • Taylor Gabriel (10 percent): Gabriel has become a touchdown-scoring machine with a touchdown in four games in a row. Some of it is fluky with a 76-yard touchdown for his only catch in Week 10 at Philadelphia, but he also has two games with at least four catches and 52 yards over that span. Ride him while he's hot, and he's a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Week 13 against the Chiefs.
  • Marquess Wilson (1 percent): Wilson, so far, has emerged as the best receiver for the Bears with Alshon Jeffery (suspension) out, and Jeffery will miss the next two games. Wilson did well in Week 12 against Tennessee with eight catches for 125 yards and one touchdown on 11 targets, and he gets a great matchup in Week 13 against San Francisco. I like Wilson as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
  • Dontrelle Inman (10 percent): Inman will get a boost if Williams is out for the San Diego Chargers , but it looks like Williams will play. Still, at this point Inman is a better Fantasy option than Travis Benjamin , who is dealing with a knee injury. Inman has at least six targets in four of his past five games and has six catches in two of his past three outings. He also scored a touchdown with over 100 receiving yards in Week 12 at Houston, but the touchdown came on broken coverage.
  • Mohamed Sanu (44 percent): Gabriel is getting all the attention with his touchdowns, but owners in PPR leagues have to like what Sanu did in Week 12 against the Cardinals with eight catches for 65 yards on eight targets. He should be considered a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver in PPR leagues this week against the Falcons.
  • Marqise Lee (13 percent): I would start Lee this week ahead of Allen Robinson given their matchup with the Broncos, and Lee has scored in each of his past two games and has at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four outings. I'd like Lee a lot more if he wasn't facing Denver, Minnesota and Houston in his next three games.
  • Tyler Boyd (55 percent): He was the best receiver for the Bengals in Week 12 at Baltimore, which was the first outing without Green. Boyd had five catches for 62 yards on nine targets, and he scored in Week 11 against Buffalo with six catches for 54 yards on eight targets after Green got hurt. He could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues this week against the Eagles.
  • Dorial Green-Beckham (8 percent): He's played well the past two weeks and could be the No. 1 receiver at Cincinnati in Week 13 if Matthews is out. He had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 11 at Seattle and six catches for 82 yards on 10 targets against Green Bay on Monday night. He could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Jeremy Maclin (81 percent): We hope Maclin can return in Week 13 after being out the past three games with a groin injury, but even when healthy he's been a bust. Hill has been the best Chiefs receiver all year, and Maclin has just two touchdowns and two games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league. He's not worth stashing.
  • Michael Floyd (65 percent): He played through a hamstring injury in Week 12 at Atlanta and had two catches for 31 yards on five targets. Maybe he gets a boost if Brown is out, but he has one game with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league this year despite three touchdowns. He's among the bigger busts at any position and should be dropped in all leagues.
  • Allen Hurns (57 percent): He scored a touchdown in Week 12 at Buffalo but hurt his hamstring in the process. With the injury, the emergence of Lee and tough matchups ahead against Denver and Minnesota, there's no reason to keep him on your roster.

Tight ends

Names of note on bye: Delanie Walker and Gary Barnidge

Injuries of note: Rob Gronkowski (back), Jordan Reed (shoulder) and Julius Thomas (back)

Priority list

* - Add these players in this order, and they are owned in 65 percent of leagues or less on CBS Sports.

Vance McDonald TE / San Francisco 49ers (Week 12 stats at MIA)
TAR: 8 REC: 4 YDS: 60
15 percent ownership

McDonald has been the most consistent weapon for Kaepernick during his recent hot streak with two touchdowns in his past four games, and he has at least six Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four outings. Kaepernick also threw a touchdown to Garrett Celek against the Dolphins, so his tight ends are a big part of the offense, with McDonald providing the most upside. This week, McDonald faces a Bears defense that has allowed a tight end to score in three games in a row. He's a great streaming option in all leagues.

  • Vernon Davis (31 percent): Davis is going to benefit with Reed potentially out, although it's a tough matchup this week at Arizona. He's been involved of late with at least six Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his past six games, and he has at least five targets in three of his past five outings. If Reed is out for an extended period of time, Davis can be a must-start tight end moving forward, although the Cardinals are a tough matchup in Week 13.
  • C.J. Fiedorowicz (58 percent): He had a down game in Week 12 against San Diego with four catches for 42 yards on six targets, but he's still heavily involved and could be chasing points this week at Green Bay. I'm not giving up on Fiedorowicz this week as a streaming option given his matchup.
  • Hunter Henry (45 percent): We need to see Henry run more routes and get more targets, but he has scored in each of his past two games. The problem is he has four catches for 31 yards over that span. If Tyrell Williams is out for the Chargers then Henry's value would definitely go up.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Gary Barnidge (60 percent): He's on a bye and dealing with a knee injury, but the story with him is he's obviously been terrible. He has one touchdown and hasn't scored more than eight Fantasy points in a standard league all year. There's no reason to own him.
  • Julius Thomas (48 percent): Thomas missed Week 12 with a back injury, and you're not going to start him even if he plays in Week 13 against Denver, his former team. He's touchdown dependent and hasn't topped 30 receiving yards since Week 2.
  • Jared Cook (40 percent): Cook was great in Week 11 with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown at Washington, but predictably he dropped off in Week 12 at Philadelphia with one catch for 7 yards on two targets. He'll have some good moments moving forward, but there will also be plenty of bad games as well.

DST streamers

* - If you need a DST for this week, these teams have favorable matchups and are worth starting.

  • Dallas Cowboys (39 percent) at MIN
  • Packers (38 percent) vs. HOU
  • Washington Redskins (29 percent) at ARI

K streamers

* - If you need a kicker for this week, these guys have favorable matchups and are worth starting.

  • Brandon McManus (61 percent) vs. JAC
  • Will Lutz (47 percent) vs. DET
  • Roberto Aguayo (13 percent) at SD
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