Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13

11/26/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

It seems like in each of the past few weeks, a big name has returned from injury - in some fantasy leagues, that means a hot commodity on the waiver wire. We have a couple more players this week who should be back on the field in the very near future, and we also have a few players who could see the field more often due to new injuries. Here are the top waiver wire pickups for Week 13:

Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer (ARI): 
He's been on this list since Week 8 due to a favorable schedule, and he has thrown for two touchdowns in each game since then, registering a passer rating of 114.0 or higher in three of four games. Palmer faces the Eagles this week, who rank dead last in pass defense. Keep riding the Cardinals' signal caller while he's on a roll.

Josh McCown (CHI): Jay Cutler looks slated for a Week 15 return at the earliest. McCown has already been named the Week 13 starter, and looks like a strong bet to keep the job through Week 14. The career backup is having by far his best season as a pro, registering a 100.8 passer rating in five games (three starts). He'll take on the Vikings' 32nd ranked scoring defense (29th against the pass) in a nice comfy dome this weekend.

Running Backs

Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsMontee Ball (DEN): 
Owners of Knowshon Moreno should get Ball queued up on the waiver wire immediately. Unfortunately, if those owners are near the top of the standings, they'll probably miss out on the rookie runner. A Broncos beat writer has called Moreno "questionable at best" for Week 13's matchup with the Chiefs, and if Moreno can't go, it seems that Ball will be in for a sizable workload. Despite some fumbling woes and a pedestrian 3.5 yards per carry mark, Ball was a secure ball carrier in college and was always a volume runner who excels in cold weather. During his final two years at Wisconsin, Ball never failed to run for 100+ yards in games that took place in November, December, or January.

Bilal Powell (NYJ): Powell should always be on your radar because you never know when Chris Ivory is going to go down with an injury. Spraining an ankle on Sunday, Ivory claims that the injury is "both" a high- and low-ankle sprain. While I'm not sure whether or not that even makes sense, it appears that it is an ailment that may sideline the ferocious but fragile runner for a little while. Powell can do some damage when given carries behind a solid Jets offensive line - he ran for 149 yards against the Bills earlier this year. If Ivory sits or is relegated to a change-of-pace role, Powell could be a solid flex play this week.

Benny Cunningham (STL): Zac Stacy has been one of the pickups of the year in fantasy leagues, but went down with a concussion in Week 12. Cunningham came on for the hot-handed Stacy and continued to shred the Bears' porous defense, racking up 109 yards on 13 totes. This guy also had seven carries for 72 yards in the Rams' previous game against the Colts. It looks like the kid can run. If Stacy can't pass concussion protocol in time for this weekend's game, Cunningham is a borderline RB2/flex against the 49ers' stout defensive front.
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