With Kelvin Benjamin out, Zay Jones will have more opportunities in Week 13
Fantasy owners are staring down Week 13, which for many leagues, is the last week of the regular season. Somehow, the fantasy playoffs are nearly here. At this point, many fantasy owners have their set lineup. Their starters are pretty much a given each week. However, with injuries, some players may need to be inserted into lineups. Others are valuable pickups for the playoffs. Never stop looking at the waiver wire for a way to better your fantasy team.
Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings (46 percent owned)
The Vikings keep looking for a reason to bench Keenum for Teddy Bridgewater, but Keenum has been playing too well. They have already announced Keenum as the Week 13 starter, but he is on a short leash. In the past three weeks (since the bye), he's had at least 280 passing yards. He's scored eight touchdowns in that span as well, which is enough to earn him the start against the Falcons. The risk with Keenum is an in-game benching, but he's playing so well, it's a risk to take.
Josh McCown, New York Jets (31 percent owned)
Surprising everyone, McCown has actually been decent and fantasy-relevant this season. Coming off the bye week, McCown posted more than 300 passing yards and three touchdowns against what was one of the toughest teams against opposing quarterbacks. He's found a weapon in Robby Anderson and his stat line would be even better if the refs would let Austin Seferian-Jenkins score a touchdown. McCown faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13, which is a matchup to exploit.
Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (34 percent owned)
After the Broncos announced that Booker should get more touches, he got eight in Week 12. His stat line on the day wasn't great: six carries for 11 yards and two receptions for 22 yards. However, he should have had a touchdown (he was down at the 1-yard line) and had he made it into the end zone, he would be on more fantasy owners' radars. C.J. Anderson is still in the picture, but Booker is the back to own. He's not a must-start, but he may have value into the playoffs.
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (15 percent owned)
Leonard Fournette is 100 percent owned, and while Chris Ivory was seen to be his backup, it has been Yeldon getting the touches when Fournette is sidelined. Fournette is nursing an injured ankle, and while he's been playing through it, if he were to miss time, fantasy owners want to own Yeldon over Ivory.
Rod Smith, Dallas Cowboys (14 percent owned)
With Darren McFadden released, Smith and Alfred Morris are leading the Cowboys backfield with Ezekiel Elliott suspended. Elliott has to sit for three more games, and the offense is struggling without him. However, Smith does get playing time and he got a goal-line carry that he converted into a touchdown in Week 12. In deeper leagues or leagues where fantasy owners need to fill in a spot because of injury, Smith is worth adding.
Mike Davis (2 percent owned) and J.D. McKissic (31 percent owned), Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle backfield has been a mess all year. Both Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls have been a disappointment to fantasy owners. Davis was injured in Week 11 and missed Week 12. However, reports are that he's going to play in Week 13. McKissic has looked good and has seen a lot of targets (seven in Week 12). McKissic should be owned in PPR formats, and Davis is worth adding in case he gets healthy and the Seahawks give him a chance.
Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (40 percent owned)
Since returning from injury, Coleman had a 6/80/0 stat line in Week 11 and a 3/64/0 stat line in Week 12. However, he was targeted eight times, so the Browns are looking for him. Josh Gordon is owned in more than half of leagues, and he hasn't played a snap since 2014. Gordon was great, but no one knows how he'll be now. In the meantime, Coleman has emerged as the Browns' No. 1 wide receiver. He should be owned in more leagues.
Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers (15 percent owned)
Goodwin has been quietly seeing more targets this season. In Week 10, he had one long reception for a touchdown. The 49ers had a bye in Week 11 and in Week 12, he returned to catch four passes for 78 yards on six targets. He led the team in receiving yards and he was second in receptions and targets (Carlos Hyde had more). On an offense that is struggling, Goodwin is not a must-add, but he is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills (14 percent owned)
With Kelvin Benjamin out, Jones saw 10 targets in Week 12. He caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. While that stat line is saved by the touchdown, the 10 targets shows how involved he is in that offense. Benjamin will likely miss Week 13 with a torn meniscus as well, which means more targets for Jones. The Bills face the Patriots, who usually focus on taking the best player out of the game. That will likely be LeSean McCoy, allowing Jones to have a solid game.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams (1 percent owned)
Reynolds is a deep league addition, but for those looking for a wide receiver that may offer some upside can consider Reynolds. He's filling in while Robert Woods is out, and may have some value in Week 13 as well if Woods is still sidelined. The Rams face the Cardinals and Sammy Watkins will likely see a lot of Patrick Peterson. This will open up the field for another receiver, and it could be Reynolds, who was targeted six times in Week 12.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (32 percent owned)
It's been a rough season for Clay fantasy owners. He started out well, but after the knee injury, he just hasn't been the same. He had four receptions for 60 yards in Week 12, his most since returning. However, he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3. The Bills face the Patriots in Week 13, who have allowed tight ends to do well against them. He's worth adding and using over Cameron Brate, for example.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (2 percent owned)
After Week 11, Seals-Jones didn't make the waiver wire column, despite catching three balls — two of which were for touchdowns. In Week 12, he was targeted six times. He caught four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. It seems that Blaine Gabbert wants to use him, especially in the red zone. The touchdowns are fluky, but six targets is enough to make fantasy owners raise an eyebrow.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Los Angeles Chargers (34 percent owned)
The Chargers have been surprisingly good over the past few games, and not only do they have a great matchup in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns, but they have a great schedule. This is a DST to think about picking up and using into the playoffs. After Cleveland, the Chargers face the Washington Redskins, the Kansas City Chiefs and then the New York Jets in Week 16.
— 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.
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