Right now the NFL is seeing the most parity that the league has ever seen. A lot of teams that have been lower ranked are trending upwards, and that is creating a lot of new fantasy options. So here is a list of the top fantasy football waiver wire options heading into week 13:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quarterback, New York Jets, 9.4%
Fitzpatrick had a monstrous game yesterday, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. That was enough to finish third amongst all quarterbacks. Somehow this guy is still owned in less than 10% of fantasy leagues! Here’s a crazy stat about Fitzpatrick; Fitzpatrick scored more fantasy points against Houston two weeks ago than the last two QB’s (Brees and Dalton) who’ve played against Houston scored combined. This week Fitzpatrick goes up against another brutal defense in the New York Giants, in a battle for New York football supremacy, so expect another HUGE week out of Fitzpatrick coming up.
Brock Osweiler, Quarterback, Denver Broncos, 7.9%
I was really impressed with Osweiler’s performance against an extremely savvy New England defense in terrible weather. Osweiler did only score a little over 10 fantasy points, but this week he is going up against an even worse defense in the San Diego Chargers, and he gets to play against them in sunny warm San Diego. I think Osweiler will be a respectable fantasy performer this weekend, so if you are dealing with some bad matchups, Osweiler is a reasonable option.
David Johnson, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals, 26.7%
David Johnson is a guy that is owned in almost a third of leagues, so he might not be available for you to target. But if he is available, this guy is the ABSOLUTE number one guy to target on the wire. Johnson is as explosive an athlete as there is, and I’ve been waiting for his moment to come since the off season. With Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington dealing with injuries (the severity of which remains to be seen) it could be David Johnson’s chance to take over the lead back role of one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL.
Theo Riddick, Running Back, Detroit Lions, 2.7%
The Lions are really starting to trend in the right direction, and Riddick’s excellent performance on Thanksgiving was an intriguing one. With players like Ameer Abdullah, and Eric Ebron under-performing Riddick could be in line to take over as Stafford’s top check down option. Riddick is a must add in PPR formats, and is definitely worth a stash in regular formats. Riddick could become a decent flex option down the stretch.
Seth Roberts, Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders,
Seth Roberts came out of obscurity this weekend to score the sixth most fantasy points amongst all wide receivers. The way Derek Carr has been playing lately and considering the Raiders are going up against a Kansas pass defense that gives up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers this weekend, Seth Roberts is definitely worth the add. Roberts could be a flex option, or could be a good guy to stash and see if he keeps it up.
Dontrelle Inman, Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers, 0.2%
Now Inman is going up against a very tough defense this upcoming weekend in the Denver Broncos. But Inman is worth a target on the waiver wire if you are in need of some receiver depth. Inman is firmly in line to be Phillip Rivers second most targeted wide receiver down the stretch here, and with the way that Rivers has been throwing the ball this year that’s a huge opportunity. Inman is likely available in your league right now, and you are going to want to get him before he is on everyone’s radar.
Scott Chandler, Tight End, New England Patriots, 2.1%
Chandler was Brady’s second favorite target last night, only behind fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and is expected to only miss one week. With Gronk out next week Chandler is sure to be a fired up Brady’s favorite red-zone option. Chandler would be an extremely solid tight end to start in this upcoming week.
Ryan Griffin, Tight End, Houston Texans, 0.1%
Griffin has the benefit of being on a Houston Texans team that is trending in the right direction. Opposing defenses are determined to shut out DeAndre Hopkins, which opens the lanes for other people to get opportunities. Last week the beneficiary was Ryan Griffin, and he is worth adding because he could continue to see those opportunities as long as he continues making the most of them.
Are there any names you expected to see on this list that weren’t? Let us know in the comments!