Week 13 Waiver Wire Finds
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.
Nate 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.