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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 13

We serve up a dish of Thanksgiving leftovers this week, with a sampling of players at various positions who can help the fantasy owner down the stretch. Last week’s list was short, but it packed some serious quality as players Josh Adams, Gus Edwards, Cameron Brate and D.J. Moore sprung off waivers and put in a very solid fantasy week for the owners who were able to grab and use them. This week we bring back our categories, as we see two solid pickups when we traverse a bit deeper for some speculative adds. Keep building depth if you are able to add players, even if you cannot use them then you would be keeping them away from your opponents.

On to the wonders!

Solid Pickups

WR David Moore, Seattle

Coming on strong especially in the second half of last week’s game, Moore now has back-to-back games with four catches. This week against Carolina, he made those four count for 103 yards and a score. Russell Wilson looked in his direction on several occasions in this game. Look for Moore to be a fantasy factor down the stretch for Seattle.

WR Antonio Callaway, Cleveland

The Cleveland offense is on the rise, as Baker Mayfield has been very strong and Cleveland is winning games. As a result of the passing game improvement, we have Antonio Callaway as a waiver wire wonder this week. Callaway has been here before, but now we feel like he is on a trajectory what will make him a WR3 fantasy player down the stretch. This week against Cincinnati he was good for four catches and 62 yards, with one of those catches going for a score. There are more good things to come from this offense as Cleveland is getting some good momentum going.

On the Radar

WR Robert Foster, Buffalo

Another offense that is in the infant stages of climbing out of obscurity is that of Buffalo. For the second game in a row, Foster has broken a long one going for 94 yards on just two catches this week against Jacksonville. One of those went for a score, and this game comes on the heels of a three-catch, 105-yard effort the previous contest against the New York Jets. The Buffalo offense is mildly intriguing right now, especially with games against the Miami, Jets again, Detroit and New England on tap. Foster is worth a look to see if he can keep up these type of games.

QB Josh Allen, Buffalo

Speaking of Buffalo, when the quarterback play is decent, then the play of the entire offense is decent. Allen’s passing numbers are not what gets him a mention this week, it is his work on the ground that gets him into the story. He exploded for 99 yards against Jacksonville, carrying the ball 13 times with one of those carries resulting in him hitting paydirt. As mentioned above, Buffalo has very favorable defenses to play against the next few weeks, making Allen worth a look as a backup in case your starter gets hurt in the final weeks of the season.

RB Ty Montgomery, Baltimore

After getting acclimated to the Baltimoreoffense, Montgomery got a decent amount of action in this week’s game against Oakland. He ran the ball eight times for 51 yards, while also catching three passes good for 13 yards out of the backfield. Baltimore has little in the way of consistent weapons, so we look for Montgomery to increase his touches on the ball a little every week.

RB LeGarrette Blount, Detroit

The weather is about to turn frightful, and though Detroit only has one potential weather game in December (at Buffalo), this is the time of year where the running game trumps the passing game. Blount is getting more playing time with Kerryon Johnson out, but going forward Blount will continue to work as the goal line threat for Detroit. This week he scored twice, and given the expanded opportunity, rushed for 88 yards on 19 carries. He’s worth a speculative look should Johnson continue to miss time.

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

RB Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers

With Melvin Gordon expected to miss at least a game, Jackson moves up the depth chart to become the backup to Austin Ekeler. In situations like this, there does end up being a split where two players carry the load for the missing starter. Look for Jackson to nudge himself into 30-35 percent of the carries for the Chargers.

RB Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis

The status of starter Marlon Mack is unknown for next week. As in the case with Jackson and the Chargers, Hines will be in the mix as Indianapolis takes on Jacksonville this week. He is worth a look for those in need at the position.

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.