The waiver wire has been slow lately, but things are really picking up this week. If you have the top priority or the most remaining FAAB, fantasy managers may be able to scoop up a legitimate league-winner.
Here are the top waiver wire pickups for fantasy football heading into Week 13 (pending Monday Night Football).
Week 13 Waiver Wire
Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are eligible for this list.
5. Matt Breida, RB, Buffalo Bills (23% Rostered)
Matt Breida is probably the only player on this list who won't have much value in Week 13, but he's got some real season-long upside. Zack Moss was a healthy scratch in Week 12, leaving Devin Singletary and Breida to handle the backfield. Breida played 32% of the snaps compared to 68% for Singletary, but that could change as the former was far more effective. Breida turned 11 touches into 55 yards from scrimmage and a TD, while Singletary turned 16 touches into 48 yards. Don't throw him into your lineup against the New England Patriots just yet, but he's worth monitoring moving forward.
4. Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (19% Rostered)
For whatever reason, the Philadelphia Eagles are refusing to feature Miles Sanders in a true lead-back role. That's not ideal for Sanders managers, but it does make Boston Scott a fantasy-relevant back. Scott out-snapped Sanders last week, playing 51% of the snaps compared to 33% for Sanders. He also turned 18 opportunities (targets plus carries) into 72 yards from scrimmage, once again outdoing Sanders, who turned 10 touches into 64 yards. With upcoming matchups against the New York Jets, Washington Football Team and New York Giants, that's more than enough volume to put Scott in the FLEX conversation – especially in PPR formats.
3. Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans (29% Rostered)
The Tennessee Titans backfield has been an absolute mess since Derrick Henry went down. But there's a chance Dontrell Hilliard is establishing himself as a legit fantasy option. He turned 12 carries into 131 yards with a touchdown, also seeing 2 targets. D'Onta Foreman will likely continue working as the team's lead back, but Hilliard is seeing enough volume to use as a FLEX – especially with his next matchup coming against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14.
2. Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (39% Rostered)
D'Andre Swift is looking questionable for Week 13. If he sits, Jamaal Williams would be a high-end RB2. With Swift out for most of last week, Williams turned 20 opportunities into 83 yards from scrimmage against the Chicago Bears. Now he'll get a matchup with a Minnesota Vikings team that has the league's sixth-worst run defense by DVOA. Even if Swift is active, Williams is probably safe to use as a decent RB3 or FLEX this week.
1. Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (50% Rostered)
Alexander Mattison is the clear-cut top pickup of the week. If you have the top waiver priority, this is a no brainer. If you're in a FAAB league, spend whatever it takes to get him. Dalvin Cook is going to miss the next few weeks, leaving Mattison as the Minnesota Vikings' lead back – a role he's shined in this season. In his two Cook-less games, Mattison has turned 66 opportunities (51 carries plus 15 targets) into 324 yards from scrimmage and a TD. That will make him a legit RB1 for as long as Cook is sidelined. With a cakewalk of a matchup against the Detroit Lions, Mattison is our RB5 this week. His schedule gets a bit tougher moving forward, but Mattison should be viewed as a low-end RB1 the rest of the way. Players like this don't hit the waiver wire every week, so go get him if you can.
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