Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 13

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 13 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams (51 percent)

Rules are made to be broken — especially when they are self-imposed rules. Owned in slightly more than half of Yahoo! leagues, Reynolds should be added if available in yours. With Cooper Kupp (ACL) out for the season, Reynolds has filled the void for an offense capable of supporting three fantasy-viable wide receivers.

In the 54-51 shootout prior to the bye, the second-year wideout posted a 6/80/1 line and was on the field for more than 90 percent of the offensive snaps. Reynolds had two scores in Week 8 with Kupp out; Kupp played the two games in between Reynolds' big performances.

2. Tre'Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints (50 percent)

Smith sat out the team's Thanksgiving game, but has a chance to return on Thursday to face the Cowboys. In his most-recent game, Smith converted 13 targets into a 10/157/1 line against the Eagles. Earlier in the season, Smith blew up for 3/111/2 against another NFC East opponent (Washington, Week 5).

Given the talent on the roster and how Drew Brees spreads the ball around, Smith's rest-of-season performances will likely be up-and-down. That said, there is always the potential for the ups to be monster games in the team's high-powered offense.

3. Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30 percent)

Humphries had six catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 12. Tampa's slot receiver now has more than 50 yards in five consecutive games and four touchdowns in his past four games. Over that five-game stretch, Humphries has finished as a top-35 fantasy wide receiver every week. In PPR formats, he has finished as a WR2 (top-24) or better in four of his past five.

4. Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears (33 percent)

With exactly seven catches in back-to-back games, Gabriel has a total of 17 targets in those two games. After the Giants in Week 13, Gabriel and the Bears receivers have three consecutive plus matchups in the fantasy playoffs against the Rams, Packers and 49ers, respectively.

5. David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (10 percent)

Moore has exactly four catches in back-to-back weeks and three of his past five games. Unfortunately, he's never had five catches in any game this season, but the UDFA had his first-ever 100-yard game this past week. In addition, he scored for the first time since Week 8. Moore now has 50-plus yards and/or a touchdown in five of his past seven games.

6. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (12 percent)

Doctson set season highs on Thanksgiving with six catches for 66 yards on 10 targets. He has a favorable matchup in Week 13 against the Eagles, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

7. Bruce Ellington, Detroit Lions (2 percent)

Ellington has 12 catches for 80 yards on 16 targets over his first two games for the Lions. Especially if Marvin Jones is unable to go in Week 13, Ellington should see a high volume of targets against the high-powered Rams offense.

8. Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers (1 percent)

Pettis led the team in receiving with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Bucs. Especially if Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon miss more time down the stretch, the second-round rookie should continue to see more volume in the passing game.

9. John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals (10 percent)

Good news first: Ross has scored in three consecutive games. What's the bad news? Ross has a total of just eight catches for 97 yards in those three games. One more positive, however, is that he has a minimum of six targets in each of those contests. If A.J. Green misses another game, however, he's a TD-dependent dart throw against the Broncos in Week 13.

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