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Fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 13

Here are this week’s waiver wire suggestions...

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Only a week remains in the 2020 fantasy football regular season (in most leagues where the playoffs start in Week 14). Some of us have secured a spot in the playoffs already and are just jostling for seeding. For others, it’s time to put up or shut up this final weekend or else you’ll be stuck watching the fantasy playoffs from your couch (wait, isn’t everyone doing that already?). As we approach the final stretch of the fantasy season, there is still one final chance to pick up players off the waiver wire. If you’re fighting to get in, don’t be cheap with that free agent money as you can’t take it with you!

To help bolster those rosters, here are some low-rostered players who could make nice additions to your team in this week’s waiver wire suggestions.

QUARTERBACK

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (40% owned)

The Vikings quarterback is dropped and picked up so often that he should be earning frequent flyer miles. He’s still available in more than half the leagues, but that might be changing after two straight top five finishes. In each of the last two weeks, he’s thrown for over 300 yards, had three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Granted, they’ve come against Dallas and Carolina, but with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, coming up next, Cousins remains a solid play.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (20% owned)

Guess who’s back. Back again. Fitz is back. Tell a friend. It’s true, Act II of the Fitzmagic show began on Sunday with a 24/39 for 257 yard, two-touchdown performance against the New York Jets. It was enough to make him the seventh-highest scoring fantasy quarterback for the week. In fact, Fitzpatrick has had a top 10 QB finish four times this season, and now he has a date with the fantasy friendly Cincinnati Bengals on the docket this Sunday, making him a nice streaming option this week.

RUNNING BACK

Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders (9% owned)

Booker was nothing more than an afterthought for most of the year until a 16-carry, 81-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 10 put him on everyone’s radar. But the following two weeks saw him go back to almost nothing again. With Josh Jacobs exiting Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, we’ll now have to wait and see if Booker gets inserted into the starter’s role. With a nice matchup against the New York Jets coming up combined with his 5.5 yards per carry, Booker could end up being an nice fill in this week.

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams (29% owned)

This is around the time of year where rookie running backs start to see more work, and Akers is right on cue. He’s coming off of two straight games with a touchdown, including a nine-carry, 84-yard showing against a good 49ers defense. Akers went toe to toe in touches with the incumbent starter Darrell Henderson, but was far more efficient with his runs. Don’t be surprised if the Rams slowly start moving away from Henderson and give more of the workload to the rookie.

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, New York Jets (12% owned)

Perriman has turned into the early season Jamison Crowder as the Jets wide receiver is putting together consistent performances over the last three weeks. With more targets coming his way, this big-play receiver is churning out the yards and finding the end zone. He has some favorable matchups coming up, including a Week 14 fantasy playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks who have given up the most points to opposing wide receivers this year.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (38% owned)

If you drafted Hilton hoping he could resurrect his career with the addition of Philip Rivers at quarterback, there is no doubt you are disappointed. The veteran receiver hasn’t show any indication he’s the playmaker he once was. That being said, he did show up nicely on Sunday with a four-catch, 81-yard performance, including a touchdown. While this is nothing to get your hopes up for, it might be interesting to keep an eye on him to see if there is any repeatability there. The Colts have some favorable matchups down the stretch, and if Hilton starts getting more looks in this offense, then he suddenly becomes fantasy relevant again.

TIGHT END

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (41% owned)

Thomas doesn’t get a large amount of targets, but he always sees some action as he’s had four targets in every single game this year. And while his numbers don’t wow you, they’re pretty consistent. Thomas has actually finished in the top 10 for tight ends in four of the last six weeks and he leads Washington in red zone targets.

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (19% owned)

Similar to Thomas, Burton has also finished in the top 10 for tight ends in four of his previous six games. And just like Thomas, his value is very touchdown dependent. With a smaller sample size, we’d be inclined to say this type of production isn’t sustainable, but Burton continues to be a scoring option in this offense and that’s a rare commodity for tight ends.

DEFENSE

Las Vegas Raiders (9% owned)

The Raiders defense has finished as the fifth-worst fantasy defense in each of the last two weeks. That’s terrible, but matchups matter and games against Kansas City and Atlanta were not ideal. Prior to those games, the Las Vegas defense finished in the top six for fantasy defense in two of their previous three weeks. Their defense can be effective, and they’ll go against the Jets this week who just so happen to give up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. This is a good matchup for the silver and black.