RR’s “Fantasy Football Waiver Wire” – Week 13

QUARTERBACK

Trevor Lawrence – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions (Chris Hendrickson)

Surprisingly, Trevor Lawrence is available in roughly 40% of leagues right now. Mostly because he’s been disappointing to this point in the season in terms of fantasy point production. I’m starting to think a switch flipped here. His early season woes were mostly due to turning the ball over, which he has limited as of late. In Weeks 9-10, his 90.1 PFF grade was the second best at the quarterback position. He’s fresh off of a 321 yard and 3 touchdown performance in Week 12. He currently ranks 11th in passing yards and 13th in passing touchdowns. In Week 13, we have Kyler Murray and (insert Carolina quarterback) on bye. In Week 14, we have Marcus Mariota, (insert Chicago quarterback), (insert Green Bay starting quarterback – not knowing Aaron Rodgers injury status), Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, and Taylor Heinicke on bye. In Week 13, Lawrence plays a Detroit team giving up the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. In Week 14, Lawrence plays a Tennessee team giving up the sixth most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. If you need a late season streamer, I would look at Lawrence if he’s available.

RUNNING BACK

Zonovan Knight – New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings (Khai Berry)

Michael Carter went down Sunday with an ankle injury. Zonovan Knight came in and played 48% of the snaps and turned that into 103 yards from 17 touches. While James Robinson was a scratch (injury management?), there is a snap count clause attached to him that could cost the Jets a higher draft pick if not handled properly. Pick up Zonovan before injury news drops on Carter — if he is good to go, just drop Knight. 

Khalil Herbert – Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (Khai Berry)

Expected to return from IR in Week 15, Khalil Herbert can be an added asset just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Before getting hurt, Herbert was 4th in the league in yards per touch and top 10 in broken tackles. According to PFF, Herbert also has the 3rd-easiest running back schedule during the fantasy playoffs. 

Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos (Chris Hendrickson)

Edwards returned from a hamstring/knee injury that has kept him sidelined for the last four weeks. He was immediately injected into his previous role in the offense, handling 16 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. JK Dobbins will return whenever he is healthy but for now it’s the Gus Edwards show. I still believe that this Baltimore team is a run first football team and their RB1 will be fantasy football gold down the home stretch. Until Dobbins returns, I would expect double digit carries for Edwards every week going forward. Even when Dobbins returns, I would expect them to split carries as they did prior to both of them getting banged up. The Ravens have the easiest fantasy schedule for running backs going forward: Broncos, Steelers (x2), Browns, and Falcons.

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WIDE RECEIVER

Zay Jones – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions (Chris Hendrickson)

I’m going to double down and stack two of my picks this week. Jones is coming off of a gigantic 11 receptions for a career high 145 yard game against the Ravens in Week 12. This might seem a little chase-y but I’m going to buy in. Jones has quietly climbed his way into the top 32 wide receivers in routes, targets, and receptions. Although his time in the field has ticked down the last three weeks, it is ticking down from only missing three total snaps between Weeks 6-8. Long story short: he’s gone from playing 100% of snaps to about 90% of snaps. He was able to take full advantage of the Ravens banged up secondary and will now see the Lions and Titans in back to back weeks – who both rank in the top five in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. He only has one touchdown on the year but I would consider him fully in play for PPR, with a touchdown considered an added bonus.

TIGHT END

Foster Moreau – Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Khai Berry)

Darren Waller is still on the IR and Moreau has made the most of it over the last 5 weeks. Over this time he has averaged 5.6 targets, 3 receptions, and 36.4 yards, which is good for 7.18 fantasy points a game. You could do much worse at the tight end position.