Marquess Wilson has stepped up for a struggling Bears offense
As the bye weeks come to an end with only the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans off in Week 13, the waiver wire may not be a flush for fantasy owners as it has been. By this point, many have already clinched a playoff spot and done so with a a roster that has remained relatively stable and intact. Those owners probably aren't tinkering with much. But those that have had to deal with multiple injuries may still be looking for players to help them get into and hopefully advance through the playoffs.
Please note that no running backs appear in this week's waiver wire. The reason: no replacement running backs are must-adds. Rather, this is the time of year to absolutely be sure you own your stud's handcuff, if a clear handcuff is known and available. DeMarco Murray owners should own Derrick Henry (46 percent owned); Ezekiel Elliott owners should own Alfred Morris (12 percent owned); Le'Veon Bell owners should grab Fitzgerald Toussaint (1 percent owned); Melvin Gordon owners should pick up Kenneth Farrow (0 percent owned); Jay Ajayi owners should pick up Damien Williams (4 percent owned); Todd Gurley owners should pick up Benny Cunningham (4 percent owned).
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Tennessee
Here are some other players that can help fantasy owners in Week 13 and once the fantasy playoffs commence:
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (24 percent owned)
Depending on league scoring, Kaepernick has produced at least 20 fantasy points in the last four weeks. He's not a great real-life quarterback, but in fantasy, he's a solid option. With the Bears, Jets and Falcons on the schedule for the next three weeks, he does have favorable matchups as well. Kaepernick gets a lot of his points on the ground. In Week 12 he rushed for 113 yards, which was the third most by any player that week. He's thrown eight touchdown passes in the past four games, compared to two interceptions. He's worth owning, even if you don't start him — just so you don't have to play against him.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (37 percent owned)
In the past three weeks, Hill has had at least 50 receiving yards. That leads the Chiefs during that span. Jeremy Maclin’s absence has helped Hill’s emergence, as the Chiefs need another reliable target besides Travis Kelce. On Sunday night against Denver, he scored on a pass, had a rushing a TD and took a kickoff return 86 yards to the house for good measure. Hill’s schedule coming up (at Atlanta, vs. Oakland, vs. Tennessee) is fairly appealing but Kansas City faces off with the Broncos again in Week 16.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears (1 percent owned)
It's hard to trust any Bears receiver, however, Matt Barkley did seem to connect with Wilson more than any other pass catcher on the team. He led the way in targets (11), receptions (eight) and yards (125) in the loss to the Titans. He had one touchdown and dropped two other potential scores. He’s not going to be a must-start, but he is a WR3 with some upside depending on the matchup if you're looking to add bench depth.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots (3 percent owned)
In deeper leagues, Mitchell is worth an add. He's stepped up in the past two weeks with injuries to the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan. Mitchell recorded nine catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns in those two games. With Gronkowski dealing with a new injury (back), he could miss this Sunday’s game. If that’s the case, Mitchell would be worthy of WR3 consideration for Week 13 in deeper leagues. And if Mitchell is able to build on his recent performances, he could play himself into a bigger role in the offense down the stretch.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans (35 percent owned)
With at least four receptions in every game but one dating back to Week 4, Fiedorowicz has been a solid option for fantasy owners searching for a tight end. He doesn't put up 100-yard games (thanks, Brock Osweiler), but he is a key part of the Houston passing attack. He has three touchdowns so far this season, and his schedule for the next few weeks includes Green Bay, Indianapolis and Jacksonville. For those lacking a solid tight end (or perhaps, looking at losing Gronkowski for another week), Fiedorowicz is a solid TE2 with upside.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.