Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 13 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Josh McCown NYJ | QB

In what was widely considered to be a lost season for the Jets, many wondered how long veteran quarterback Josh McCown would last as the team’s starting quarterback. However, the thirty-eight-year-old has quietly been one of fantasy’s more consistent options at the quarterback position this season. McCown has recorded double-digit fantasy points in all but one week this season and is coming off a 300 passing yard, three touchdown performance in last week’s loss to the Panthers. This week, McCown and the Jets host a Chiefs defense that has allowed the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. He’ll be an underrated streaming option for qb-needy owners in Week 13. (about 32% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Case Keenum MIN | QB

The Minnesota Vikings have won seven in a row and are sitting atop the NFC North at 9-2. A large part of the team’s success this season rests squarely upon the shoulders of journeyman backup quarterback Case Keenum. The former University of Houston star has filled in more than admirably in Sam Bradford’s absence, starting all seven of the games during the Vikes win streak. Despite the success, rumblings surrounding the team suggested that Teddy Bridgewater was a candidate to replace Keenum at any point moving forward in the season. That’s some harsh criticism of what has been a great story in Minnesota this season. Keenum is coming off a Thanksgiving day victory over the Lions which included 282 passing yards, a pair of passing touchdowns, and an additional score on the ground. Fully equipped with playmakers in the receiving corps. the likes of Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph – Keenum will look to keep it going this weekend in Atlanta. It’s time for fantasy owners to stop sleeping on the former Rams and Texans castoff, as the reality remains that Keenum can help fantasy owners down the stretch. ‘Case closed. (about 47% owned) Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Rex Burkhead NE | RB

When the New England Patriots plucked Rex Burkhead off the scrapheap this off-season, it didn’t take long to realize he was going to be an ideal fit as a swiss-army knife for Bill Belichick. After the Mike Gillislee experiment has fizzled in recent weeks with him remaining a healthy scratch, the Patriots offense has become a much more finesse-based approach. Fellow scatback Dion Lewis chewed up 112 yards on 15 carries in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, while Burkhead added 50 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. With Burkhead immersing himself into the Patriots passing attack in recent weeks, I fully expect New England to continue to feature him as a wrinkle in one of the league’s craftiest offenses. He’ll be entrenched as a high-end flex option with RB2 appeal for the stretch run and should be owned everywhere.
(about 52% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Mike Davis SEA | RB

Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing to love about this week’s matchup for the Seahawks offense, especially their running backs. The Eagles defense has been tormenting opposing ‘backs this season with a league best 65.1 rushing yards allowed, per contest. That said, fantasy owners should be seeking out Mike Davis as someone who can fill the void in injury-riddled lineups for the fantasy playoffs. Other Seattle running backs the likes of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls have struggled to generate running room and won’t be relied upon to get the job done moving forward. Before exiting with a groin injury during the Week 11 loss to the Falcons, Davis ran with physicality and was effective in the passing game. He’ll make for a great stash this week on the wire, with favorable matchups against the Jaguars and Rams in Weeks 14 and 15. (about 2% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Josh Gordon CLE | WR

As someone who has always been a fan of Josh Gordon’s game on the field, it’s safe to say I’m excited he’ll be back in action for the first time since December of 2014, when the Browns play the Chargers this weekend. Sure, it’s fair to wonder how rusty he’ll be in his first game action this weekend, but he’s reportedly remained in tip-top shape and talent has never been the issue with his effectiveness. It’s rare that fantasy owners get the chance to scratch off a lottery ticket with this kind of potential earnings this late in the season, but that’s exactly what Gordon will be to owners lucky enough to get a hold of them. There’s of course the opportunity he doesn’t live up to the hype, but by all reports from Hue Jackson and the Browns coaching staff, he’ll get every opportunity to show the league he’s every bit the player we saw before his last three years were marred by failed drug tests. Gordon has a difficult first matchup on deck with Casey Hayward who has been one of the league’s premier cornerbacks this year, but if he can at least post competent numbers, I think owners could be a in for a treat during the Week 14 matchup at home against the Packers. If he’s available in your league this week, you better go grab him.(about 53% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU | TE

The Houston Texans have done their best to cover-up the loss of rookie sensation Deshaun Watson, but unfortunately Tom Savage hasn’t got the job done. While the team undoubtedly has shortened its leash on Savage’s grip when it comes to the starting job, you can expect the team to deploy a safer game plan in the weeks to come to mitigate some of Savage’s turnover issues. This should bode well for the likes of the team’s tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz who should continue to be the focal point of the offense over the middle of the field. He has a great chance to creep into the low-end TE1 range for the remainder of the season, with whoever the Texans starting quarterback is likely to be throwing a number of check-downs.
(about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Denver Broncos DEN | DEF

The Denver Broncos defense entered the year as one of the first fantasy defenses taken off the board. After we’re 12 weeks in the books, the Denver defense has only one performance that resulted in double-digit fantasy points, which was way back in Week 2 against the Cowboys. With fantasy owners becoming increasingly impatient, the Denver defense has been left for dead. While they won’t have Aqib Talib for this week’s matchup with the Dolphins, they do have either Jay Cutler or Matt Moore in the opposing saddle for the ‘Fins. That’s a recipe for fantasy owners to salivate over with Von Miller on the other side. I like the Broncos chances at posting their second double-digit performance on the season this weekend in Miami. They’re a top-five unit for me in Week 13 and will be a more than viable options for fantasy owners looking for a playoff push. (about 72% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 13 streamer option