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Waiver Wire Week 13: Philip Rivers, Sammy Watkins, Devontae Booker

Waiver Wire Week 13: Devontae Booker

Waiver Wire Week 13: Devontae Booker

Fantasy owners are still waiting to see if the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game will be played in Week 12. It is currently scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but since it has been postponed three times already; until both teams are on the field and the clock starts moving, it's hard to assume that this game will happen. Because of the uncertainty, many leagues have moved when waivers will run. Instead of running on Wednesday, waivers in many leagues are now running on Friday (as there is no "Thursday Night Football" game this week because of other schedule changes). Keep an eye on when waivers are running in your league and put in your claims accordingly.

Teams on bye: Carolina, Tampa Bay


Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (40 percent owned)

Cousins' value depends on the game script. When the Vikings are trailing, he throws the ball and has done it well – even without Adam Thielen in Week 12. Heading into Week 13, the Vikings face the Jaguars. It's hard to tell what that game might look like, especially considering the health and status of Dalvin Cook. Cousins will be a high QB2 for Week 13.

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (33 percent owned)

Rivers has been a solid quarterback over the past three weeks. He's had at least 300 yards or multiple touchdowns in each game. He does have two interceptions in that span as well, but he's been a borderline QB1/high QB2. The Colts face the Texans in Week 13. Rivers should be in the QB12 range for that game as well.

Running Backs

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (32 percent owned)

Fantasy owners need to consider grabbing their stud running back's handcuffs as they head into the fantasy playoffs. Dalvin Cook had an ankle injury during the game, but he was able to return. The practice reports this week will tell the story of if he needs to miss a game or not. It seems that he should be good to go, but it is just a wake-up call to make sure you have Mattison on your roster, just in case.

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams (29 percent owned)

Akers had nine carries for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 12. This was his first touchdown of the season and the most yards he's had all year. The stat was buoyed by a 61-yard run, but the reality is that he looked good and Darrell Henderson has been struggling. The Rams use all three running backs (Malcolm Brown is in the picture as well), and it's hard to predict which one will have success in any given week. However, Akers is someone worth picking up if you have room on your bench.

Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders (9 percent owned)

Booker is more than just Josh Jacobs' handcuff – he may be the starting running back for the Raiders in Week 13. He came in for Jacobs in Week 12 but only had five carries for six yards. He did have four targets, but he was only able to catch one of them for negative yardage. The Raiders play the Jets in Week 13, which is a great matchup for a running back. Given that fantasy owners aren't going to know Jacobs' status until the end of the week, keep an eye out (as waivers are pushed back). Booker may be a roster move that wins your Week 13 fantasy matchup.

Wide Receivers

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs (44 percent owned)

It was the Tyreek Hill show in Week 12, but Watkins had the third-most targets (behind Travis Kelce) on the team. Watkins just returned from his hamstring injury, and it is hard to trust players in their first game back from an extended injury break. Heading into Week 13, Watkins should have a bigger role against the Broncos. He only had four receptions for 38 yards in Week 12, but he's a WR3 for Week 13.

Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders (43 percent owned)

Even in a game where Derek Carr was terrible, Agholor managed five receptions for 54 yards. Hunter Renfrow (available in 17 percent of leagues) actually had the most yards and targets on the team, but Agholor is the better option, if he's available in your league. The Raiders face the Jets in Week 13, and both wide receivers will be in the WR3 range in what should be a get-right game for Carr.

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (1 percent owned)

On Monday, Will Fuller announced he will be suspended for the next six games. He's done for the season, and Brandin Cooks will have to step up as the No. 1 in Houston. However, that does create a void for the No. 2 spot, and Coutee, while healthy, can step in with Randall Cobb injured and Kenny Stills no longer on the roster following his release. In Week 12, Coutee only had two receptions for 17 yards, but that will likely increase as the Texans need to reconfigure their offense without Fuller.

Tight Ends

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (22 percent owned)

Trying to find a tight end that will get you fantasy points is difficult this year. Besides the big names, picking a tight end this season has been tough. Schultz is a TE2 and doesn't have much upside, but neither do any of the other guys that you will find on the waiver wire. He sees about 4-5 targets per game and usually ends up with about 30 yards. He has three touchdowns on the year and scoring is always a possibility, but if fantasy owners are desperate, Schultz is a TE2 fill-in.

Jordan Akins, Houston Texans (4 percent owned)

With Will Fuller out, it seems that there should be more targets to go around. Akins has seen more targets and work than Darren Fells. In Week 12, both tight ends scored zero fantasy points, so this is a desperation play. Akins did have two targets, but most leagues don't give points for targets.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Las Vegas Raiders (9 percent owned)

The Raiders are the next team to face the winless Jets. While it is possible the Jets do win a game at some point, they are still a team to target when fantasy owners are looking to pick up a DST. The Raiders are widely available, and for fantasy owners who need an upgrade at DST (or don't trust the Rams or the Saints this week), look at grabbing the Raiders.

— 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.

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