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Fantasy football owners rejoice, you've reached the point in the season where you no longer have to deal with bye weeks. As lovely as it is, many teams still have holes in their lineups due to duds like Evan Engram this past week, or injuries to players like Andy Dalton or Jack Doyle.
The waiver wire is still here to pick you up when you're down as it showed last week with big games from players like Gus Edwards, Josh Reynolds, Lamar Jackson and Josh Adams. If any of those players are still available, you should snag them ASAP. And if they're not, here are the top waiver wire options heading into Week 13.
10. John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
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John Ross looked like a bust, but is enjoying the fruits of the new opportunities he's receiving with A.J. Green out. Ross has had double-digit points in PPR formats for the last three weeks which certainly makes him ownable. Ross is touchdown-dependent, and could see his numbers drop off if and when Green returns, but he's worth your FLEX spot against a Denver defense that gives up the 14th most fantasy points to the WR position.
9. Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
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Justin Jackson is available on every waiver wire, but he won't be by next week. The backfield is not his in Los Angeles as he'll split carries with Austin Ekeler, but he's expected to receive a lot of work with Melvin Gordon out with a sprained MCL. Jackson had an impressive 57 yards on just seven carries this past Sunday in limited work and the Chargers could give him a shot to fill Gordon's shoes over the next few weeks.
8. Trey Quinn, WR, Washington Redskins
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It seems like the Redskins have a different wideout on this list every week and now it's Trey Quinn's turn. The rookie wideout is playing in the slot and has been impressive in two weeks with Colt McCoy under center. He has nine catches on 10 targets during that span with 75 yards and a touchdown.
7. Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
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Curtis Samuel is entirely touchdown dependent, but it's hard to ignore his production over the past month. Prior to this week, Samuel had received targets on nearly 50 percent of his routes, which is astronomically high, and that didn't change this week as he had two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown, plus another 25 yards on the ground. The Panthers seem to get him the ball a few times a game as they understand how valuable of a playmaker he is, making him a FLEX option against a suspect Tampa Bay defense on Sunday/
6. Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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And speaking of Tampa Bay, Jameis Winston does love himself some Cameron Brate. The tight end should continue to thrive without O.J. Howard in the lineup. He's always had a nose for the end zone and should now be the team's go-to tight end for the remainder of the season.
5. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts
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Marlon Mack has cemented himself as the top dog in Indy, when he's healthy, of course. The rising star running back has had problems staying on the field, including in Week 12 when he was knocked out of the game with a concussion. It's unclear how long Mack will be out, but what is clear is that Hines is the man who will take over when he's out. With 11 touches last week, Hines is the man you're going to want if Mack is out.
4. Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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This will be the last time you're reminded to pick up Adam Humphries. For some reason, people aren't taking the advice about the wideout and are ignoring how productive he's been as of late. He's had double-digit points in PPR formats in four of the last five weeks and the Bucs take on a Carolina defense giving up the 13th most fantasy points to the wide receiver position this year.
3. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions
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It's unusual to see someone make the list in back-to-back weeks, but an exception will be made here due to his big game on Thanksgiving. The bruising back had 19 carries for 88 yards and two scores against a very good Chicago Bears defense. The Lions will likely give the ball to the hot hand with Kerryon Johnson questionable again this week so expect Blount to be a touchdown-dependent FLEX option against the Rams.
2. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
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It's incredible that Baker Mayfield is still a free agent in close to 50 percent of leagues. He has 474 yards, seven touchdowns, and no picks over his last two games and has made history as the only rookie QB to post back-to-back games with a QBR over 140. Don't let Baker
sit on the sidelines any longer and consider him a low-end QB1 against the Houston Texans in Week 13.
1. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
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Ekeler has risen from fantasy handcuff to a potential RB1 in the coming weeks. He went from at best at FLEX option with upside to a must-start with Gordon being out. Even with Jackson (see above) getting carries, Ekeler should thrive out of the backfield as a receiver as well as just like he did this past Sunday with 10 catches for 68 yards. If Ekeler is around in your league (he's available in about 30 percent of them), he should be your top target to add off the waiver wire.
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