Dr. Roto: Week 13 Waiver Wire Wednesday

Dr. Roto

Daily Dr. Roto — November 28, 2018

Waiver Wire for Week 13

Before I give out my favorite waiver wire adds for this week, I want to talk to you about your rosters. In most high stakes leagues, Week 13 is the last week that players can be picked up before waivers are locked. Because of this, it is critical to ensure that you have backups at every position (yes that means a kicker!). I would try to carry three QBs, two Kickers, two tight ends, and one defense going into the final weeks. I speak from experience as not following this simple rule could come back to haunt you as it did me last season. I finished second overall in the Online Championship last season mainly because I did not have a backup for my QBs Carson Wentz (out for the season) and DeShone Kizer (lost the job). Did it cost me $50,000? I am not sure, but I know I won’t make the same mistake this season.

Quarterbacks

Jeff Driskel — Driskel is taking over for the injured Andy Dalton and has flashed some mobility and arm strength in recent mop-up duty. The Broncos defense was exceptionally generous to Big Ben last week. I am not sure Driskel is even close to competing with Ben, but I do think that he will take shots downfield and might be worth a flyer.

Cody Kessler — Thankfully, Blake Bortles has been benched, and Kessler has the opportunity to be the new starter for the Jags. The Jaguars are always going to be a run-based team, so don’t expect too much from Kessler, but he is not nearly as mistake prone as Bortles, so he could be a solid contributor in deep two QB leagues.

Lamar Jackson — Flacco is still at least a week away from returning and if the Ravens keep winning it will be even harder for him to reclaim his job. Jackson has an immense downside, but his upside is too hard to ignore. Stash him so your opponent can’t get him.

Jameis Winston — Jameis looked solid at home against SF in Week 12, and this week he draws the Carolina defense with its depleted secondary. He should have another big week with at least 300 yards passing and two TDs.

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Running Backs

Austin Ekeler / Justin Jackson — With Melvin Gordon out expect to see Jackson on some first and second downs and short yardage situations. Ekeler will play all third downs and should have about 15 touches against the Steelers. He is a great under the radar pick this week in PPR formats.

Nyheim Hines / Jordan Wilkins — I am basing this pickup on the fact that I am worried that Marlon Mack might miss this game with a concussion. If that is the case, look for Wilkins to get about 10-12 carries on the early downs and Hines to be Luck’s go-to receiver out of the backfield. Hines excelled without Mack previously this season, so I would expect that to happen again this week.

Carlos Hyde — I hate Hyde, but with Leonard Fournette most likely suspended for the game (he is appealing it), Hyde will be the leading ball carrier and should touch it about 20-25 times.

Frank Gore — Kenyan Drake hurt himself last game and Gore has been virtually indestructible. The Bills major weakness is their run defense, so playing Gore in a standard league might end up being a very clever idea.

Wayne Gallman / Malcolm Brown / Chase Edmonds / Rod Smith — I would only add one of these guys if I owned: Saquon, Gurley, David Johnson, or Zeke.


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Wide Receivers

Dontrelle Inman — Inman has slowly become Luck's favorite number two target, and with Jack Doyle out for the rest of the season, I think Inman might solidify his role even further.

Bruce Ellington — Marvin Jones is out for the season, making Ellington a starter for the Lions. The beauty of Ellington is that he can play from the slot and outside, creating separation and giving Matt Stafford a nice outlet target. I can see him being a solid add in PPR formats down the stretch.

Adam Humphries — After Mike Evans, Humphries is Jameis’ number two target. There is also a good chance that DJax will be out for the season, making Humphries a very useful add in PPR leagues.

David Moore — Moore has become a trusted target of Russell Wilson's in a very short time. He has an excellent knack for getting open on deep passes and coming down with the balls in the red zone. Don't overpay for Moore in FAAB based on last week's heroics, but he is still a worthy pickup, and with Doug Baldwin still not at 100% healthy, Moore could find himself even more involved in the offense over the next few games.

Mike Williams — With Melvin Gordon out the Chargers might be forced to pass more, and if they do, Williams could be a huge beneficiary. He is a matchup nightmare due to his athleticism, and Philip Rivers loves giving him 50-50 balls to fight for. The Steelers secondary has been a significant weakness of theirs all season, and I can see a pathway for Williams to have a nice game on the road.

Ryan Switzer — Switzer has become Big Ben’s go-to guy in the slot. Ben always throws well at home and Switzer is a nice play in deeper 16 team PPR leagues.

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Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith — Smith is finally evolving into a TE1 for Fantasy purposes. He has a great rapport with Mariota and is a solid receiver. He still struggles with his pass protection, so the Titans often take him out on first and second downs, but if they are playing from behind, he is usually on the field.

Gerald Everett — Losing Cooper Kupp has opened more targets for Everett, and he has taken advantage of them quite nicely. He has excellent size and speed and is a tough matchup downfield for slower linebackers.

Rhett Ellison — Starter Evan Engram seems to think that his hamstring will be right enough to let him play Week 13 against the Bears. With the cold weather and a tough Bears defense, I might hedge my bet against Engram returning and pick up Ellison who has flashed previously for the Giants.

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