Week 13 Waiver Wire Finds

11/27/13 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsThe pickings are pretty slim this week, but if you are desperate for a flex option or you want to add some depth to your bench going forward, here are some possibilities for you:
 
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots; Owned in 29.1% of ESPN Leagues
 
Edelman is coming off his best game since the first quarter of the season, when he was one of the hottest fantasy wide receiver pick-ups around.  In a big comeback win against Denver, Edelman caught 9 passes on 11 targets for 110 yards, including 2 touchdowns.  He’d only caught 6 total passes in the past 3 games so the big output seemingly came out of nowhere, but when Tom Brady targets a guy 11 times in a game, he’s a guy you want on your team.  Houston is next on New England’s schedule.
 
Dennis Johnson, RB, Houston Texans; Owned in 0.6% of ESPN Leagues
 
After rushing for 74 yards on 13 carries against Jacksonville in week 12, Dennis Johnson has made his way onto a lot of fantasy radars.  Arian Foster is of course out for the season and Ben Tate is coming off one of his worst games as a pro (7 rushes, 1 yard).  Johnson may not do too well against New England in week 13, but the following week he has the Jaguars again and he’s worth stocking away if you need a flex in a deep 12-team league.
 
Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens; Owned in 6.1% of ESPN Leagues
 
He’s coming off his best game of the year (4 catches, 103 yards, 1 touchdown) and week 13’s matchup against a Pittsburgh defense that just got torched for over 300 passing yards from Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell is an absolute goldmine.  Torrey Smith will be in for a big day, no question, but as the second best option for Joe Flacco, Jacoby Jones could tally a pretty good chunk of yards as well.
 
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets; Owned in 35.9% of ESPN Leagues
 
An ankle injury could keep Chris Ivory out of action against Miami.  Right now he’s listed as questionable.  If he misses the game, Powell is a great guy to have as a possible flex option.  In week 12, Powell gained 41 yards on 11 rushes, while adding 3 catches for 24 yards.  He’s a versatile and reliable back who ran for 149 yards in the only game this season in which he received over 15 carries (27 rushes in week 3 versus Buffalo).  The Jets are playing for their playoff life against Miami and then in week 14, Oakland.
 
Sep 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) runs with ball as Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather (31) defends during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsNate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions; Owned in 12.7% of ESPN Leagues
 
Despite Matthew Stafford’s 4 interceptions last week, he’s playing great football overall, and apart from the word’s best wide receiver, his next best option by a long shot is veteran receiver Nate Burleson.  In his first game back on the squad since breaking his arm, Burleson caught 7 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.  He’s always been streaky in fantasy terms but at home against Green Bay is a great matchup for him and week 16 against the Giants could be a good one too.
 
Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams; Owned in 2.7% of ESPN Leagues
 
As with Powell, the value of Cunningham wholly depends on the availability of his team’s starting running back, Zac Stacy in this case.  Without Stacy, Cunningham could be a solid flex option after rushing for 109 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown in week 12.  San Francisco isn’t a great matchup (St. Louis’s week 13 opponent) but a starting running back is always worth a look and Cunningham could very well be worthy of at least a bench position on your team if Stacy is indeed missing time.
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