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Week 13 is upon us and there are lots of injuries, and up-and-coming players with which to deal. This week we’ll discuss everything you need to know to get your roster primed for a win in this last week of the regular season for many.

It’s Week 13 and it’s your final chance. Your final chance to get a win to propel you into the playoffs. Your final chance to stick it to another owner and keep them out of the playoffs. It’s also a good chance, maybe not your final, but a good chance to pick up a couple of good players for your roster going into the playoffs. It can be difficult this time of year to figure out some of these players. Are they one-week wonders who got an opportunity due to injury or suspension? Are they strong players who finally got their shot? Or are they studs, claiming the spot they probably should have had from the beginning of the year?

No matter what the situation is we are sure you could use some sort of help from the waiver wires. Let’s dive into this week’s waiver pool and see what we have, and, as always, let’s start with quarterbacks.


Ryan Fitzpatrick did it again. He has literally made it into one of my articles every single year I have been writing. The crazy thing is he was already a veteran when my career started.

The 37-year-old Miami signal caller had a very nice week and is still available in 95 percent of leagues. This week is even more impressive when you consider the team he plays for. Fitzpatrick threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday in a loss to Cleveland; he also rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown. All in all it was a very nice fantasy game. Many owners who have seen this before say that you should grab him off of waivers because when he does this, he is usually good for a three- or four-game stretch.

I would normally agree, but, on second thought, no.

Fitzpatrick plays on a team that is just not good enough and there is no way you could rely on him for any sort of consistency. The floor is just way too low for him in Week 13 and this season. Plus, he goes up against Philadelphia next week. The same Philadelphia team that has lost to New England and Seattle in consecutive weeks and is looking to take it out on someone. That will not be a good matchup at all. If you have a need at quarterback, you need to look elsewhere, such as the Big Apple.

Sam Darnold had another nice week. Not surprising as I have mentioned him to you quite a few times lately. Darnold is available in 82 percent of leagues. He had a great outing against Oakland where he threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown, adding to his already nice fantasy score. Darnold has been hot lately. In fact, he has thrown for a little over 600 yards and six touchdowns in the last two games. He has also added a rushing score each week as well. To top it all off he goes up against the absolutely dreadful Cincinnati defense in Week 13. He is a plug and play if there ever was one.

If Darnold is not available Ryan Tannehill, at 85 percent availability, should be.

Tannehill led Tennessee over Jacksonville by throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 40 rushing yards with two touchdowns for an absolutely monster game. The Tennessee quarterback seems to be getting better and better with each start. He will have another good matchup in Week 13 when he goes up against Indianapolis. You can start him with confidence if you have a hole in your quarterback slot.

Running Back

Usually this time of year finds the waiver wire practically useless when it comes to running backs. This year however, the running backs are plentiful. Raheem Mostert is available in 91 percent of leagues. Just like the team he runs for, Mostert has been hot lately. The San Francisco running back rushed six times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for 22 yards in a win over Green Bay. When you find a running back this late in the season who is playing like that you have to pick him up, right?

Wrong. On second thought, you need to steer clear of Mostert as Mostert is still the second stringer behind Tevin Coleman.

He will not get the amount of carries you need to be sure he’ll put up points. He has been playing great in his role with the team, but that does not mean he is a great fantasy player. If that is not enough to steer you clear of Mostert, San Francisco plays Baltimore in Week 13. You could not ask for a worse matchup. Find someone else if you need help at the running back position in Week 13.

Jonathan Williams might be the answer you are looking for. The Indianapolis running back is available in 71 percent of leagues. He will not be after this week. Williams rushed for 104 yards and a touchdowns and caught three balls for 17 yards in Indianapolis’ 20-17 loss to Houston on Thursday. Williams got another opportunity to start with Marlon Mack out again due to injury. He made the most of it turning in the seventh-best fantasy score for running backs last week. This next week could be just as prolific as it looks like Mack will miss another week. Indianapolis faces Tennessee in Week 13 and Williams could give you the boost you need in the running back slot.

Benny Snell Jr. was almost a carbon copy of Williams. The Pittsburgh running back got the start due to James Conner being out. He also made the most of it by rushing for 98 yards and bringing in one catch. Snell is available in 97 percent of leagues. Conner once again should be out in Week 13 so Snell will be a solid pickup this week as he faces Cleveland.

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.