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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 13

Week 13 is upon us and wow, it has been just as crazy as the rest of the weeks this season.

Week 13 is the last regular season week for most fantasy football leagues. This means that for most of us it all comes down to this. The wrong decisions can put you in the dreaded consolation bracket. The right decisions can put you in the championship bracket. As my Dad always used to say, “it’s time to fish or cut bait”.

For most leagues the trade deadline has come and past, so at this point the only option you have to bolster your roster in Week 13 is the waiver wires. After injuries to Andy Dalton, Melvin Gordon and potentially Derek Carr and Kenyan Drake you just may need the waiver wires more than ever.

The good news is that even this late in the season there are still good players out there to grab off of waivers. With this final week upon us and the trade deadline over, let’s look at what help the waiver wire can give those of us with needs, and as always, let’s start with Quarterbacks.

QUARTERBACK

The Buffalo Bills Josh Allen had such a great game on Sunday that he is part of the proverbial water cooler talk this week.

At 98% availability on the waiver wire in Week 13 and after throwing for 160 yards and a touchdown and running for 99 yards and a touchdown, Allen deserves all the talk he can get. I say talk all you want, just don’t pick him up off of waivers. Allen looked great on Sunday against the Jaguars but the facts are Allen is on a team that is still struggling to find it’s offensive identity. He also will not run for almost 100 yards every game and certainly not against the Dolphins in Week 13. Because of all of this he is definitely a quarterback you should pass over if you are looking for help in that position.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens is much more interesting.

Jackson was a quarterback I mentioned last week and I stick by what I said. I mentioned that he may not be the long term ticket for your team but in the interim he can get you good points, especially with his legs. Jackson threw for 178 yards and a touchdown on Sunday versus the Raiders and ran for 71 yards and a touchdown as well.

At 51% available and playing the very quarterback friendly Atlanta Falcons this week Jackson could be the pick up you need at quarterback in Week 13.

Jeff Driskel is another quarterback that is at least interesting.

Available in 100% of leagues Driskel had a very nice outing last week. In one half of play Driskel managed 155 yards passing with a touchdown and added a rushing touchdown as well. I find it almost impossible to get excited about this guy but the facts are he inherits a nice line up, even without A.J. Green. He also plays a Denver Broncos defense that can be scored on by mobile quarterback’s. If you are really hurting at quarterback and/or willing to take a risk Driskel might prove a good pick.

RUNNING BACK

In Miami Kenyan Drake hurt his shoulder and may be limited or not play at all.

Frank Gore is available in 67% of leagues and has been playing very well lately.

Last week Gore ran for 67 yards against the Colts on just 14 carries. If Drake misses time, Gore could get many more carries. That could be very good for anyone playing Gore.

However, I still caution you against Gore. He is a work horse for sure and at 35 years old he is defying physics, but he has recorded only one game with 100 yards and has yet to get into the end zone this whole season. If you need a running back and he is the only one available he is not a bad choice. I just feel there are better choices out there right now for you if you have a running back need in your line up.

Austin Ekeler of the Chargers is available in 50% of league and is easily the best pick up at running back this week.

Ekeler is playing on a hot team who has no problem utilizing him, and Melvin Gordon just might miss next week. Ekeler somehow manages good numbers even when Gordon is getting the lions share of touches. Just this week against the Cardinals he ran for 35 yards and a touchdown and caught 10 balls for 68 yards receiving, and that was with Gordon in the line up. Pick up Ekeler and play him no matter what. If Gordon doesn’t play he may be the highest scorer on your team.

Another option for your team if you have running back needs is Carlos Hyde.

Hyde is available in 62% of leagues. We all know what kind of stud Hyde is. It has not shown yet in Jacksonville as he has been behind Leonard Fournette since he arrived. Fournette is out next week due to a suspension stemming from the fight he got into on Sunday. In steps Hyde. It may be short lived but Hyde will live up to expectations against the Colts in Week 13. If you have a need this week, Fournette owners, then Hyde is a great answer for you and your team.

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.