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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 13

Happy turkey day to everyone. I hope many of you will have a chance to relax and reset while spending some time with friends and family. Time waits for no one, case in point here we are already in Week 13! Fantasy playoffs on the horizon! I do have some random thoughts to share, but with the abbreviated work week, we will keep it short and to the point. Some very good options this week so do not miss out. On to the wonders!

Smokin’ Hot

RB Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh

With James Conner on the sidelines, it was Snell and not Jaylen Samuels who led Pittsburgh in rushing. Snell lit up Cincinnati for 98 yards on 21 carries and he also chipped in with one catch out of the backfield. Reports are that Conner will not be ready to return this week, and if that is the case then Snell will be ready to roll as the Pittsburgh workhorse. Giddy-up!

WR Russell Gage, Atlanta

Julio Jones left last week’s game and did not return, and it was Gage who stepped up and played a major role against Tampa Bay. He caught eight passes for 76 yards, and if Jones continues to be out, Gage will be a major player for Atlanta. He is worth picking up, and if Jones does not play then Gage can be dropped right into a fantasy starting lineup. 

Solid Pickups

WR Anthony Miller, Chicago

For the second straight week, Miller has put up good numbers for Chicago. This week against the New York Giants he was good for six catches and 77 yards, while the week before against the Los Angeles Rams he also caught six passes for 54 yards. For all that’s been said about Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago has not been afraid to have him drop back and throw the ball down the field. Chicago is at Detroit on turkey day in what should be a prime matchup for Chicago’s passing game. 

RB Rashaad Penny, Seattle

Chris Carson is having difficulty holding onto the ball, and for a team that is in the playoff hunt, Seattle cannot afford to keep playing a running back who puts the ball on the ground. Penny took a lead role this week against Philadelphia, rushing 14 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. Look for Penny to be given the opportunity to hold onto the starting role in Seattle. 

WR James Washington, Pittsburgh

As had been the case in nearly every week the last month or so, a quarterback has played himself onto the bench and this week it was Mason Rudolph. Devlin Hodges came in and had an immediate impact for Pittsburgh. And yes, it was against Cincinnati, but what better opportunity to get a taste of action against the defense? Washington was the beneficiary, hauling in three passes for 98 yards and a score. He’s worth a look to see if Washington and Hodges can keep the chemistry going. 

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.