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 fantasy football players to add week 13.
(Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans
The Titans will still be without Derrick Henry for at least a few more weeks. On top of that, they have released Adrian Peterson. That has left a huge opportunity for D’Onta Foreman, who took advantage of it. Against the Patriots in week 12, Foreman had 19 carries for 109 yards and one touchdown. He also had one catch for three yards.
Foreman seems to be the lead ball-carrier for the Titans, even if other backs could get some of the passing work. The Titans still have the identity of running the football and will need Foreman to continue to help them control the clock. Foreman is rostered in just 40.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings
In week 12, Dalvin Cook had to be carted off the field. He was also playing with a torn labrum, as he is now likely to miss some time. Alexander Mattison had seven carries for 21 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers in week 12. He added two catches for seven yards in relief of Cook as well.
With Cook out for a little while, Mattison needs to be rostered in virtually every league. There will be plenty of opportunity for Mattison to get some work. He should be picked up and possibly started depending on the situation. Mattison is available in nearly 67 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey just returned from injury and ended up leaving week 12 in a walking boot. He did return in a limited fashion, but his health is in question. That means Chuba Hubbard will likely get some more work if McCaffrey misses some time. Hubbard had two carries for six yards in the blowout loss to the Dolphins.
When McCaffrey missed time earlier in the season, Hubbard impressed with several solid performances. He is startable if McCaffrey is out. He is worth adding and checking in on McCaffrey’s status later in the week. Hubbard is currently owned in just over a third of ESPN fantasy leagues.
4. Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans
Foreman wasn’t the only running back who benefitted in Henry and Peterson’s absence. Hilliard was signed off the practice squad and performed against the Patriots. He had 12 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown. He also had a catch for two yards.
Both Foreman and Hilliard will continue to get work in the backfield until Henry can return. The Titans will run the ball a lot with Hilliard getting some carries, but he will also be the lead pass catcher for the Titans. He is worth picking up and seeing how things shake out in the backfield further. Hilliard is available in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Jauan Jennings, WR, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco was just starting to get everyone healthy and then Deebo Samuel had to leave the game against the Vikings. He has a groin injury and could miss time after MRI results return. Jennings hasn’t always received playing time, as is the case with several productive 49ers under Kyle Shanahan, but he did step up in week 12. He had two receptions for 24 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings.
Samuel missing time could give Jennings more playing time. His efficiency in finding the end zone could make him a good red zone threat down the stretch. If Shanahan thinks he can produce down the stretch he could become a bigger part of the offense. He is currently available in nearly every ESPN league.
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