Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 13.
(Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner has contracted COVID, which means most of the carries should go to Benny Snell. Snell has filled in well for the Steelers when given the opportunity. He had 19 carries for 113 yards against the Giants in week 1 after Conner had to leave with an injury. Snell is also an excellent goal line back and could get plenty of opportunities with Conner out.
The Steelers play the Ravens on Tuesday, but Conner will likely be out for a little longer than just that game, which makes Snell worth the pickup. With the way the Steelers like to feed one running back, he can even be started for a lot of teams. He is owned in 24.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive for COVID. Gus Edwards is the next man up and will get a lot of work over the next few weeks. He has specifically run well after defenses are run down by the physicality of Ingram and Dobbins, but he has also played well when given more work. In week 8 against Pittsburgh, Edwards had 16 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens play the Steelers on Tuesday, but he is worth picking up for the next few weeks. Ingram and Dobbins will likely not be able to come back for week 13 and there will be a lot of games played in a short period of time for Baltimore. Edwards is available in 55 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Devontae Booker, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
In week 12, Josh Jacobs suffered a sprained ankle. While it is not expected to be serious, Booker would take over the workload if Jacobs misses week 13. Booker had a really good game against Denver in week 13 when he had 16 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
If the Raiders want to be cautious, they can probably afford to keep Jacobs out of the lineup against the Jets in week 13. Booker could thrive if that were the case, as the Jets are bound to give up some points. He is available in almost 95 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts
Pittman has been on this list a few times over the past few weeks. He has had two double-digit performances in the last three weeks. In week 12 against the Titans, Pittman did not have a great game, as he registered two receptions for 28 yards. While that is concerning, Pittman still had nine targets, proving that he will continue to get looks from Philip Rivers.
He may not be a player to play every week, but with how much work Pittman has received over the last few weeks, he is worth picking up. The Colts will be fighting for playoff positioning and have plenty of games down the stretch that will present good matchups for Pittman. he is owned in just 37.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
It may have taken longer than expected, but Cam Akers is finally emerging in the Rams’ backfield. Against the 49ers in week 12, he had nine carries for 84 yards and one touchdown. It was his first double-digit performance of the year. The rookie has started to earn more work and that trend should continue throughout the rest of the season.
The Rams are still likely going to utilize all three running backs, but Akers should start getting even more work down the stretch with his good performance. At the very least, it is worth monitoring the backfield for the Rams. Akers is owned in 27.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
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