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Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
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There's just one week left in the fantasy football regular season for most leagues, and there's very little room for error if you've still got anything to play for now. Hitting or missing on a single player can be the difference between a playoff berth and the end of your season.

Waiver Wire Week 13 Fantasy Football

With those high stakes in mind, these five players are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues or less and are worth targeting on the waiver wire heading in Week 13.

1. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (19% Owned)

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Rashaad Penny just had the best game of his young career in Week 12, turning 14 carries into 129 yards and one touchdown. He's still serving as the Seattle Seahawks' No. 2 RB behind Chris Carson, but Carson's fumbling problem continues to plague him, as he's up to eight on the season (four in the last three games). Head coach Pete Carroll seems to be taking notice too, as Carson notched a season-low eight carries in Week 12, playing just 54 percent of the snaps while Penny played 46 percent. That was Penny's highest and Carson's second-lowest snap share of the year, and a shift to more of a committee approach in the backfield should keep Penny offering some promising fantasy upside down the stretch.

2. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions (43% Owned)

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Already a solid waiver wire pickup last week, Bo Scarbrough's Week 12 performance has solidified his value moving forward. He led the Detroit Lions' backfield with a 51 percent snap share, and his 18 carries dominated Ty Johnson's four to the lead the backfield. Scarbrough does run into some very tough matchups in the next few weeks, taking on the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but if you're needy for an RB, his rushing volume should keep him in play as a low-end starting option anyway.

3. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (16% Owned)

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A.J. Brown is no stranger to posting big games on limited volume. His 135 yards and one TD on four receptions in Week 12 give him his third game with 13-plus PPR fantasy points on five or fewer targets this season. A huge bonus for his outlook moving forward, though, is that his five targets actually represented some impressive volume last week, since Ryan Tannehill only attempted 18 passes in a blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving Brown a 28 percent market share. This comes one game after he played a season-high 94 percent of the Titans' offensive snaps in Week 10, and pairing that big-play upside with an upward trend in volume gives Brown a ton of value down the stretch.

4. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (33% Owned)

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The Indianapolis Colts placed Eric Ebron on IR on Monday morning, opening the door for a late-season resurgence by Jack Doyle. The last season Doyle played before Ebron showed up in Indy saw him lead the Colts with an average of 7.2 targets per game in 2017, which also happened to be the other season with Jacoby Brissett serving as the starting QB for the Colts. Ebron's 51 targets in 2019 are tied for a team-high mark, and Doyle isn't far behind with 42. We shouldn't expect all of that volume to go directly to Doyle, as some will likely spill over to the WRs, but an up-tick in volume as the team's lone TE option should give him a nice boost the rest of the way.

5. Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (39% Owned)

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Sam Darnold's season-high 28.2 fantasy points in Week 12 give him 20-plus points in each of the last three games. It's easy to dismiss that as the product of some softer matchups, but that criticism doesn't downgrade his fantasy outlook for the next couple weeks, where he'll continue to see great matchups. The Cincinnati Bengals (his Week 13 opponent) came into Week 12 ranking 31st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric, and they allow the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. The Miami Dolphins (his Week 14 opponent) are the only team ranking worse in pass defense DVOA, and they also allow top-5 fantasy production to the position. You probably won't want to count on Darnold in Week 15 or 16, but he ranks as QB5 in fantasy points per game since Week 10, and he should continue to roll for the next couple weeks.

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