The fantasy football playoffs are quickly approaching, which means time is running out to find those key depth pieces on the waiver wire needed for the stretch run. The Week 13 options are starting to become slim, but there is still plenty of value left out there this time around.
If you need some help sorting through everything, The Duel is here to help. Here are our four favorite waiver wire targets, rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, to target in Week 13.
Waiver Wire Pickups Week 13 Fantasy
1. Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams (29% Rostered)
Cam Akers came into this season as a rookie that was expected to take over the starting role in the Los Angeles Rams' backfield sooner rather than later. However, that hasn't been the case until recently. In the last two games, Akers has rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries and scored the first 2 touchdowns of his NFL career. He had just one less rushing attempt in than Darrell Henderson in Week 12 and proved to be a much more explosive runner. It seems like the Rams are starting to trust him more, which likely means increased touches in the coming weeks. With favorable matchups on the horizon (at Cardinals, vs Patriots, vs Jets), Akers should be a top pickup this week. It is unprecedented to be able to pick up a potential starting running back this late into the season.
2. Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets (25% Rostered)
Yes, this is 2020, but Frank Gore still remains a starting running back in the NFL. As Long as La'Mical Perine is on the IR, Gore should see enough volume for the New York Jets to be considered a solid RB3 heading down the stretch. In Week 12, Gore totaled 86 yards on 21 touches and has now seen double-digit carries in six straight games. In fact, he has played in over 50% of the offensive snaps in each of the past three games. Gore also remains the top scoring option on the team as he leads with 22 total red zone touches. It isn't likely that Gore will have a breakout performance anytime soon, but he will consistently put up points every week given the role he plays for the Jets. If you are looking running back depth, Gore is the perfect waiver wire pickup.
3. Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (39% Rostered)
Allen Lazard recently returned from a core muscle injury and has immediately slid back into his role as the No. 2 wide receiver on the Green Bay Packers. Lazard has seen 10 targets over the past two weeks and proved he is still one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' favorite end zone targets by scoring a touchdown in Week 12. Dating back to the beginning of the season, Lazard is now averaging 15.5 yards per reception and has 3 touchdowns in five games played. Any fantasy football manager should want to get a piece of this daunting Packers' passing attack and picking up Lazard is the best way to do that right now. He has WR3 upside moving forward.
4. Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (41% Rostered)
Logan Thomas has become a jack-of-all-trades within this Washington Football Team's offense as he has had 9 targets, 2 rushing attempts, and a passing attempt over the course of the past two games. Thomas has now seen at least 4 targets in every game this season and has become a security blanket for veteran quarterback Alex Smith. In fact, he has 60 receiving yards or a touchdown in four of his last six games played. He also has seen a red zone target in eight of 11 games this season and is trending towards finishing the season as a top-12 tight end. Managing the tight end position is one of the hardest parts about fantasy football this year, but adding Thomas this week merely as a backup would be a smart move.
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