By: Ken Mahoney @Turning2Sports
Burning the Wire
Welcome back to another edition of Burning the Wire, brought to your by Turning Two Sports. We’ll be focusing in on the Week 13 waiver wire prospects for Fantasy Football this week. In most leagues, there is just 1 pivotal week left to do or die. Get yourself into that playoff picture if it’s the last thing you do! Turning Two aims to help by providing the key cogs you should scoop up this coming Wednesday.
Josh McCown – As someone who has gone through their fair share of quarterbacking woes in 2017, I’m done sleeping on McCown. He’s been ultimately very solid for the QB position this year, and even surpassed 30 points in league’s that reward 6 points per passing touchdown yesterday against a tough Panthers team.
Next up for McCown are some fairly friendly matchups. He has a home date against Kansas City before traveling to Denver and New Orleans. Normally you’d want to shy away from some of these, but given the state of affairs at quarterback combined with his recent performances, and McCown is a great insurance policy moving forward.
Jimmy Garoppolo – Beathard was annihilated yesterday. I’m beginning to wonder if Jimmy G continues to sit on the bench because the 49ers don’t trust their line to protect him. At the risk of injuring the future by playing the future in the midst of a 1-10 season, they continue to roll Beathard out there and continue to lose. At some point, the 49ers will need to, and want to, see what they have in Garoppolo. It would be foolish and naïve to franchise tag him without playing him. We’ve seen him excel in 1.25 games last year, and now in about .10 games this year. It’s an all-time low in terms of sample size.
What I am getting at is this. If Jimmy is as good as everyone thinks he is, then he should be well worth rostering on fantasy teams for the rest of the season, assuming he starts. That’s a big assumption to make, but I have to think that San Fran wants to see what the kid has got. Date with Houston and Tennessee in weeks 14 and 15 doesn’t hurt either.
Brett Hundley – If you don’t get either of the two guys above, give a short term look to Hundley. There are reports that Rodgers could be back for Week 15, which is fine for our purposes. I’m looking at Hundley for the Week 13 and Week 14 matchups with Tampa Bay and Cleveland. For the next two weeks I think Hundley is a safe streaming option at the QB position. He is improving. He’s by no means a perfect passer but he did just throw 3 touchdowns against the Steelers potent defense
Jacquizz Rodgers / Peyton Barber – These may be short term plays, but I think it warrants consideration for a showdown with Green Bay next weekend. Doug Martin left the Week 12 game with a concussion, and I’d wager that he doesn’t make it back by next weekend. If that happens, we have ourselves a bit of a mess in the Tampa Bay backfield. Quizz would seem poised to receive the most work, as he did receive the majority of carries in Martin’s absence from suspension and his absence yesterday. However, his upside is capped by Peyton Barber, who appears to be the goal line back in the absence of Martin. Toss in Chris Sims for PPR purposes and you have yourselves a complete and chaotic mess.
If I’m placing a waiver in for any of these guys, it’s (1) Barber and (2) Rodgers. I’ll take the touchdown upside of Barber over the possible 3 YPC upside of Rodgers. Sims I am only adding in the deepest of PPR leagues.
Mike Davis – Don’t worry everybody, Eddie Lacy still stinks. Against a putrid 49ers rush defense Lacy went for 46 yards on 17 rushes. He’s not efficient in any sense of the word. With McKissic poised to be the pass catching back for the rest of the year, I think Mike Davis instantly warrants consideration in all 12 team leagues as the early down back. Lacy is not scaring anybody in that offense, and if they want to run the ball at all with any effectiveness it’s best time to run Mike Davis into the ground.
Kenyan Drake – If he was dropped due to low usage, it’s time to pick him back up. Damien Williams is expected to miss an extended period of time, which means Drake is the go-to back for Miami and should see a featured role in Week 13. After a date with Denver, he gets New England and Buffalo again. I like those matchups for a solid PPR back.
Rex Burkhead – Burkhead continues to be a Swiss army knife for Tom Brady and the Patriots. He has an utterly fantastic rest of year schedule and will continue to see the field over the likes of Gillisslee. The Pats are high-flying enough to support two running backs in Burkhead and Lewis, which will hurt the value of James White. Burkhead just does so much more between the tackles than anybody else on the roster.
Cooper Kupp – With Robert Woods shut down for a while, Kupp immediately becomes a solid WR2 for fantasy purposes. Woods was a target sponge this year as he consistently destroyed the values of both Kupp and Watkins at times. With Woods out, both Kupp and Watkins warrant immediate consideration. Kupp went for 8/116 in a win over the Saints, and I expect more of the same as he continues to be a safety net for young, but improving Jared Goff.
Josh Gordon – Well, he’s back. Hue Jackson wants to play Gordon as much as possible. If Gordon is still on your wire, it makes all the sense in the world to take a flier. You never know here, you could be getting the Josh Gordon of old or you could be getting the Josh Gordon who hasn’t played organized football in years. Either way, the Browns stink and will be trailing, so Gordon has plenty of opportunity.
Ricky Seals-Jones – Not much out there for skills positions this week, but any tight end who grabs 3 touchdowns in 2 games should probably be given a look. Clearly Gabbert likes Seals-Jones more than the other QBs in Arizona.
Seals-Jones is by no means safe. In fact, he has a daunting test with the Rams up next. Couple that with the fact that prior to Week 12 he played a total of 1 snap, and this is a pure lottery ticket if you are able to grab him off waivers. But who doesn’t love lottery tickets?
There you have it for Burning the Wire Week 13. Get those claims in for your leagues!
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