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Waiver Wire Week 13: Chuba Hubbard, Alexander Mattison, Van Jefferson

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers

Chuba Hubbard will be the starting running back for the Panthers for the rest of the season

As we near the fantasy playoffs, managers are likely worried about injuries. Christian McCaffrey has been ruled out for the rest of the season with another ankle injury. Dalvin Cook suffered a shoulder injury and is expected to miss a couple of games but the Vikings are hopeful he will be able to return. Darrell Henderson Jr. and D'Andre Swift also suffered injuries in Week 12. And that’s just the running backs.

As always, you need to back up your running backs. McCaffrey's managers should have already had Chuba Hubbard on their bench. Same for Alexander Mattison and Cook. Mattison is only 51 percent rostered. If he's available in your league, he’s the No. 1 add this week. Just remember that Carolina is one of four teams on bye this week, so make sure you have enough depth to address injuries and those players getting the week off.

Teams on bye: Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, Tennessee

Quarterbacks

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (33 percent rostered)

Tagovailoa has scored a touchdown in every game he’s played this season (except for Week 2 where he left the game early due to injury). He has scored with his arm and his legs and he faces the Giants in Week 13. The Giants are a good matchup for opposing quarterbacks and the Dolphins are actually on a hot streak. Tagovailoa should continue that as a QB2 in Week 13.

Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team (36 percent rostered)

In the past six games, Heinicke has thrown for at least one touchdown. He threw three in Week 11 against the Panthers. Heinicke faces the Raiders in Week 13, who allowed Patrick Mahomes to throw for five touchdowns against them. While Heinicke isn’t Mahomes, he certainly is worth a look as a QB2 in a week with four teams on a bye (meaning no Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, Baker Mayfield or Cam Newton).

Running Backs

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (51 percent rostered)

Mattison has been Dalvin Cook’s backup this season, but he also has had some playing time when Cook was active. For the rest of the fantasy regular season, however, it probably will be Mattison as the running back for the Vikings. Cook is dealing with a torn labrum and while the exact timeline isn't known, it's a pretty safe bet that he'll miss Week 13. Enter Mattison. Grab him if you need to get into the fantasy playoffs.

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (40 percent rostered)

Hubbard is vaulted back into the No. 1 role for the Panthers as Christian McCaffrey’s injury-plagued 2021 season is over. For some reason, not all CMC managers have Hubbard on their bench, and that’s going to hurt this week. Hubbard is on a bye for Week 13, but then will be the leading running back for the team for the rest of the season. He filled in when McCaffrey was injured already this season and did a decent (RB2-worthy) job. Fantasy managers should expect more of the same with a difficult schedule after the bye.

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Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (40 percent rostered)

Williams should be looked at as D'Andre Swift is dealing with an injury that may cost him a game. In Week 12, Williams had 65 rushing yards and five receptions for 18 yards. He has more value in PPR formats because of the receptions. It seems that Jared Goff is willing to look to him for short passes (Goff’s specialty) and Williams was able to catch all five of his targets in Week 12. He’ll be an RB2 if Swift were to miss Week 13.

Wide Receivers

Jauan Jennings, WR, San Francisco 49ers (0 percent rostered)

Deebo Samuel suffered a strained groin in Week 12, and the team has said he’s expected to miss a game or two. With Samuel’s target share needing to go somewhere, it seems that Jennings may be worth a look in deeper leagues. He caught a touchdown on one of his two receptions in Week 12 and while that certainly may not continue, it does seem that the team will look to him for some targets.

Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots (23 percent rostered)

Bourne has three touchdowns in the past three weeks, but he does have a tough matchup with the Bills in Week 13. He’s not going to catch a ton of passes, and he hasn’t had more than six targets in the past five weeks. However, he has the potential to have a WR2-worthy game each week. He also has the potential to put up a 3/34/0 stat line, so fantasy managers should be aware.

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (49 percent rostered)

Jefferson is still not owned in half of Yahoo! leagues. He is a solid WR3 and continually puts up WR2 numbers. In Week 12, he only caught three of his nine targets, but it was for 93 yards and a touchdown. He could have had a better day, but the reality is that the team is looking to him for offensive production. With Robert Woods done for the year and Odell Beckham Jr. still learning the offense, Jefferson should be owned in all 12-team leagues.

Tight Ends

Foster Moreau, TE, Las Vegas Raiders (1 percent rostered)

Darren Waller injured his IT band (that’s in his knee) in Week 12 and will likely miss Week 13. The next man up is Moreau, who filled in for him in Week 12 after he left injured. When Waller was dealing with an ankle injury in Week 7, Moreau had six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. He has a good matchup against Washington in Week 13 and should be considered a bye-week fill-in.

James O'Shaughnessy, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (0 percent rostered)

For leagues that are using two tight ends, grab O’Shaughnessy. Dan Arnold injured his knee in Week 12 and was placed on injured reserve. O’Shaughnessy will pick up where he left off. In Week 12, O’Shaughnessy had five targets. He caught three of them for 29 yards. With Arnold out, Trevor Lawrence is going to look for someone to throw the short balls to and that’s going to be O’Shaughnessy.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Minnesota Vikings (18 percent rostered)

The Vikings face the Lions in Week 13, who haven’t won a game yet. Usually that’s a good mix for an opposing DST. Jared Goff is back and it seems that D’Andre Swift may miss this game. Unfortunately for the Lions, that means more of Goff throwing the ball. However, that’s great for the Vikings DST. 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.