Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 13
Colin Kaepernick (SF): Kaepernick got the start on Sunday over a healthy Alex Smith, and though head coach Jim Harbaugh has not yet committed to a starting quarterback for Week 13, Kaepernick has done nothing to warrant Smith retaking the starting role. Kaepernick put up 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception (that occurred after a bad snap) on Sunday, finishing the game with a 90.6 quarterback rating - better than his opposing quarterback, Drew Brees. Kaepernick's big arm and ability to extend and create plays with his legs has him as the favorite to start the rest of the 49ers' games, and he'll be a borderline QB1 option as long as he gets that chance.
Bryce Brown (PHI): Brown was on this list last week, but is still owned in only 40% of Yahoo leagues. After Monday night's performance, he'll probably be the top guy off your waiver wire. The rookie put up 178 yards and two touchdowns on an absurd average of 9.4 yards per carry. With LeSean McCoy still in Phase 1 of his concussion recovery, Brown should be in for at least one more game as the Eagles' feature back. Character issues, not talent, are what dropped Brown to the seventh round of the draft, and he's proven that he's got what it takes to make a difference on the field in the NFL.
Knowshon Moreno (DEN): Moreno was a healthy scratch for several weeks before Willis McGahee got hurt, and the Broncos' high praise of rookie Ronnie Hillman made it seem obvious that Moreno wouldn't factor much into the Broncos' backfield going forward. However, the coaching staff obviously does not trust Hillman between the tackles or as a pass protector, so Moreno was activated and featured on Sunday against the Chiefs. Rushing for 85 yards and catching four passes, Moreno is an every down back who could greatly help running back-needy fantasy owners through the playoffs.
Michael Bush (CHI): As of now, all we know about Matt Forte's ankle injury is that it is not severe enough to threaten him long-term. That makes it sound like he's unlikely to play against the Seahawks this week, and with a starting-caliber backup in Michael Bush, the Bears have no need to rush Forte back. Bush could be in for a big workload for a week or two.
Beanie Wells (ARI): Making his first appearance since Week 3, Wells put together a solid fantasy performance with 48 yards and two touchdowns. He admitted after the game that he didn't yet have his "football legs," so he could end up being more effective as he gets more practice and playing time. Every Cardinals running back is limited by their putrid offensive line, but Wells should get 15-18 carries per game going forward and is the obvious goal line back, making him a low-upside RB2/flex option.