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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 13

Week 13 is here. It’s the final week of the regular season for many fantasy leagues. It’s your last chance to get a win and push yourself into the playoffs or at least keep somebody else out. Unlike most Week 13’s, we actually have a couple of byes to contend with this time around.  Both the Panthers and Bucs will be on bye this week. This has got to hurt some of you. In some ways it almost seems unfair to have to deal with byes in your final week but here we are. This is 2020, and nothing should be surprising you at this point. There are many good reasons to have to turn to the waiver wires this week.  First and foremost is because you need a win for your playoff seeding. With that in mind, let’s get down to the business of getting you a win by looking at the waiver wire, and as always, let’s start with..

Quarterback

Mitchell Trubisky had a great fantasy game for his owners on Sunday. He threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Bears’ loss to the Packers. Trubisky is available in 96% of leagues and plays a much easier opponent in the Detroit Lions in Week 13. This makes for a very easy decision if you have a need at QB, right?

On second thought.. No. It does not.

Trubisky did have a great fantasy game on Sunday but let’s be honest, most of his points came in garbage time. He probably won’t get that same garbage time against a more closely matched opponent like the Lions. Nick Foles will most likely be out again this week and Trubisky will get the start if that is the case and he is capable of good things. However, with your season potentially on the line, there are much stronger quarterbacks to use if you need a fill-in for Week 13.

Kirk Cousins in Minnesota is continuing to do good things and you should be interested in what he has to offer for Week 13. At 80% available, most of you should be able to get him. His match up is premium since he is going up against the Jaguars at home. You couldn’t ask for much better than that. Last week Cousins threw for 307  yards and three touchdowns as well as a 2-point conversion, rushing 4 times for 19 yards. If you have a final week need at QB  then pick up Cousins if he is available in your league. If he is not available, do not panic. There is another veteran quarterback that should put up nice numbers this week.

I am talking of course about Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Dolphins veteran is available in 79% of leagues and looks like he may get one more week under center with Tua Tagovailoa still nursing a thumb injury. Fitzpatrick threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns in an easy victory over the N.Y. Jets in Week 12 and in Week 13 the easy matchups just keep coming as Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins will be facing the very fantasy friendly Bengals. He looked great last week and should have no problem performing well again in Week 13. The only thing you need to be concerned with is an early return of Tua. Keep an eye on the injury report this week. If Tua can go then Fitzpatrick is a lame duck. If Fitzpatrick gets the nod then he could put up some great points for you.

Running Back

The running back position is slim pickings this week. Adrian Peterson is a seasoned veteran who deserves your interest in Week 13. At 65% available the future Hall-of-Famer delivers whenever needed. Peterson rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday’s 41-25 loss to the Texans. If you need an RB in Week 13 Peterson is your man. Right?

On second thought.. No. No, he is not.

Peterson did look great on Thanksgiving day even on a team that did not. He got the opportunity however because D’Andre Swift was on concussion protocol. Peterson took the lead role for the Lions and recorded a pair of touchdowns. There is a good chance Swift will be back in Week 13 which really hurts Peterson’s production. It is also important to note that Kerryon Johnson also received as many touches as Peterson and recorded more yards than he did. Week 13 just does not look promising for AP.  If you need a running back look instead to New Orleans.

Latavius Murray is still available in 54% of leagues and despite Alvin Kamara as the de facto starter, he still gets great opportunity for production every week. This last week Murray took advantage of that opportunity by rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns. The game was a blowout which allowed Sean Payton to let Murray stay in the game more, as evidenced by his season high 20 offensive touches. Do not let that fool you though, Murray gets a good amount of touches every game. There is no doubting that he gets more touches in blowouts and next week the Saints play a downtrodden Atlanta Falcons team. Next week will be another opportunity for Murray to get lots of touches, and if you have a need at the RB position, then he makes for a risk worth taking.

The other RB that should be on your radar this week is Cam Akers. The Rams RB is available in 72% of leagues. Akers carried nine times for 84 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the 49ers. He is starting to hit his stride on the Rams.  In his last two games he has punched it into the end zone twice. Both Darrell Henderson Jr and Malcolm Brown seem to be fading into the background, which bodes well for Akers future prospects. Next week the Rams will need to rely on the run game against the Arizona Cardinals. I can only imagine the game plan will be to control the football and keep Kyler Murray off the field, giving Akers some good opportunities.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.