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Through The Wire - Week 13

By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 11/30/20 | Updated: 12/2/20

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA – Fitzpatrick filled in at QB again with Tua Tagovailoa out, completing 24 of 39 passes for 257-2-0 on Sunday against the Jets. If Tua is out again this week, Fitzpatrick would be a streaming option versus a struggling Bengals team.

UPDATE: Tua is practicing this week, so Fitzpatrick might get the bench again.

Kirk Cousins, MIN – Cousins finished with 307-3-0 and added a two-point conversion in the Vikings’ 28-27 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 19 yards and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown but gets an extremely favorable home matchup against the Jaguars in Week 13.

Other QBs to consider: Baker Mayfield, Mike Glennon (if starting), Colt McCoy (if starting)


Tua Tagovailoa, MIA – Tua was inactive Sunday with a thumb injury that popped up mid-week and may not be ready for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

UPDATE: Tua has a shot to play after another completed practice on Wednesday.

Derek Carr, LV – I don’t even know where to begin with Carr, who was awful on Sunday (three lost fumbles and 215-0-1 passing). Never again.

Andy Dalton, DAL – It’s not as bad as Carr, but Dalton threw for just 215-1-1 and added 17 rushing yards in an embarrassing Thanksgiving loss.

Running Backs

Cam Akers, LAR – Akers (25-40 percent owned) had his best game as a pro on Sunday, running the ball nine times for 84 yards and a score during the 23-20 loss to the 49ers. This is a tough committee to crack, but the rookie showed plenty of upside in Week 12 and will be a popular pickup this week.

Ito Smith, ATL – Despite claims that Brian Hill would be the workhorse, Smith emerged as the better back in Week 12, tallying 65 rushing yards and a TD on 12 carries, adding 4-10-0 receiving on Sunday in the win over Las Vegas. If Todd Gurley is forced to sit out Week 13 against the Saints, Smith will share some of the workload alongside Hill – albeit in a tough matchup.

Devontae Booker, LV – He didn’t do much on Sunday (6 rushing yards on five carries) even with Josh Jacobs out, but he’s definitely worth of acquisition in deeper formats if Jacobs can’t go in Week 13.

Other RBs to consider: Adrian Peterson, Jordan Wilkins, DeAndre Washington, Matt Breida, D’Onta Foreman


Frank Gore, NYJ – Adam Gase called the plays and Gore rushed 18 times for 74 yards – hauling in all three of his targets for 12 yards in the loss to the Dolphins. He’s a high-volume RB3/flex play against the Raiders in Week 13.

Gus Edwards, BAL – The game will be played Wednesday afternoon, so we’ll update on Wednesday night if possible, but for now the entire Ravens organization is dealing with COVID-19 issues.

UPDATE: This situation is a complete mess. We’re seeing some Edwards and some Justice Hill in short yardage/goal line on Wednesday afternoon. We’ll see what shakes out as the weekend approaches.

Wayne Gallman, NYG – Gallman carried 24 times for 94 yards and a touchdown while losing three yards on three catches (five targets) during Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals.

James White, NE – White took on a much larger role in the Pats’ offense in Week 12, rushing five times for 18 yards and two TDs while catching his lone target for a lost yard in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Cardinals. With Rex Burkhead sidelined for the remainder of 2020, White will be used with some frequency depending on game scripty and the proverbial “hot hand.”

Jonathan Taylor, IND – The rookie back was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and did not play Sunday against the Titans. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Taylor was removed from the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. It’s looking like he’ll be back to action in Week 13.

Keke Coutee

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Deebo Samuel, SF – Deebo returned with a vengeance on Sunday, Samuel caught 11 of 13 targets for 133 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams. appears to be fully over the hamstring injury that sidelined him and will look to build on this excellent effort next Monday night against the Bills.

UPDATE: Brandon Aiyuk is off the COVID list now, though we still don’t have the QB we want for either of these guys. Samuel should assume a large role the rest of the season barring any setbacks.

TE Robert Tonyan, GB – Tonyan played through an ankle injury and hauled in all five of his targets for 67 yards and a TD on Sunday night. He’s looking more and more like a TE1 as he continues a productive season for the Packers.

Jakobi Meyers, NE – Meyers may still be looking for his first TD, but he’s a target monster, catching five of six targets for a team-high 52 yards in Sunday’s win over Arizona. He’s now got at least 50 receiving yards in five of his last six games heading into a Week 13 matchup against the Chargers.

Gabriel Davis, BUF – Finally! I’ve been waiting for the Davis breakout and he had 3-79-1 on four targets in Sunday’s 27-17 win over the Chargers – as Cole Beasley hit the wide-open rookie on a reverse toss early on. He’s a boom-or-bust WR4 flex or DFS play with upside.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Corey Davis, Allen Lazard, Breshad Perriman, Collin Johnson, Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault


TE Taysom Hill, NO – The TE eligibility is gone in most formats but Taysom might be worth using as QB if he keeps this up.

Damiere Byrd, NE – Byrd had a team-high seven targets and finished with 3-33-0 in Sunday’s win.

Michael Pittman Jr., IND – Still rostered in just 35-50 percent of leagues, Pittman had a rough Week 13 with just 2-28-0 despite nine targets. He’s poised for a much more productive Week 13.

Keke Coutee, HOU – It was the Will Fuller show on Sunday, and Coutee had just 2-17-0 on three targets. However, Coutee becomes more interesting now that Will Fuller has been suspended six games.

Nelson Agholor, LV – It wasn’t like his huge Week 11, but Agholor finished with 5-54-0 on six targets in the loss to Atlanta.

TE Dalton Schultz, DAL – Schultz finished the Thanksgiving debacle with 5-24-0 on five targets, and remains a boom-or-bust TE2.