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Week 13 Free Agent Focus

By DS Staff 9:10pm EST 11/28/21


Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

Blind-bid recommendation: 5-12%

Carr played well on Thanksgiving, completing 24 of 39 passes (61.5%) for 373 yards (9.6 YPA) and 1 TD. The next 2 weeks bring plus matchups vs. Washington and Kansas City, who rank 32nd and 19th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to QBs. Carr wasn’t great in the first game vs. the Chiefs but still came away with a 261-2-1 passing line.


Carson Wentz, QB, Colts

Blind-bid recommendation: 3-10%

He delivered vs. the Bucs on Sunday, racking up 306 yards and 3 scores on 27-of-44 passing. Wentz probably won’t need to throw nearly as much against the Texans next weekend, but he’ll bring nice TD upside with the Colts likely to score plenty in that one. Wentz posted a 223-2-0 line on 20 passes vs. Houston back in Week 6.


Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins

Blind-bid recommendation: 3-8%

In his 2nd start back from a finger injury, Tagovailoa completed 27-of-31 passes for 230 yards and 1 score in Sunday's win over Carolina. He continued to lean on Jaylen Waddle (9-137-1), who has quickly emerged as one of the league’s top young WRs. Next week might bring the return of DeVante Parker and/or Will Fuller. Regardless of who's available (or not), the QB looks like a fine spot-start option for a home matchup with the Giants.


Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings

Blind-bid recommendation: 90-100%

He’ll be back in a workhorse role for however long RB Dalvin Cook is out with his shoulder injury. In the 2 games Cook missed earlier this season, Mattison compiled 324 total yards and 1 TD on 64 touches. We can hear you yelling, "The guy has been rostered in my league since draft day!" But Mattison hit the weekend available in a little more than 64% of ESPN leagues. If your league falls into that pool, put a claim in on Mattison this week -- even if you're set at RB. The only reason to not spend the rest of your remaining budget on him would be if you play in a format that leaves you unable to pick up free agents at all if you have no waiver money left.


Jamaal Williams, RB, Lions

Blind-bid recommendation: 30-60%

RB D’Andre Swift is considered "day to day" with the shoulder injury he suffered on Thanksgiving, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So he seemingly has a shot to play vs. the Vikings next week. But Williams should be owned in virtually all fantasy leagues as a volume-based RB2 if Swift misses that one. Feel free to spend an even larger percentage of your budget if you're desperate and Swift is trending toward missing at least a game as the waiver run arrives.


D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard, RBs, Titans

Blind-bid recommendation: 20-50%

Tennessee’s Derrick Henry-less backfield had easily its best game so far in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, with both of these guys going over 100 yards. Hilliard led the way with 131 yards on 12 carries, highlighted by a 68-yard score. Foreman finished with 109 yards on 19 totes. The Titans have a Week 13 bye but return to a nice matchup vs. Jacksonville. Both players will have to contend with the return of Jeremy McNichols (concussion), who figures to especially challenge Hilliard's role. (Both are on the smaller side and handle more receiving work than Foreman.) It's certainly possible, though, that Hilliard has showed enough the past 2 weeks to stay ahead of McNichols.


Boston Scott, RB, Eagles

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-20%

Scott led Eagles RBs Sunday with 15 carries and matched Miles Sanders with 64 yards. Scott also scored Philly’s only TD and caught 2 of 3 targets for 8 yards. Scott will be tough to trust in Week 13 fantasy lineups if Jordan Howard returns from his knee injury. But if Howard remains out, Scott will be a viable option in a plus matchup vs. the Jets.


Chuba Hubbard, RB, Panthers

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-25%

Christian McCaffrey’s ankle injury doesn’t sound serious -- and he gets a well-timed Week 13 bye. But Hubbard is worth a scoop-and-stash just in case McCaffrey isn’t able to play in Week 14 vs. Atlanta. Hubbard averaged 17.8 carries and 3.6 targets in 5 games without McCaffrey this season. If you have McCaffrey and would be stuck without 2 solid starters if he misses Week 14, then you should spend closer to all of your remaining waiver budget.


Tevin Coleman, RB, Jets

Blind-bid recommendation: 5-15%

Coleman rushed 16 times vs. just 6 for Ty Johnson in Sunday’s win over the Texans. He collected a solid 67 yards (4.2 per rush) and also claimed 3 of the team’s 5 RB targets. Austin Walter -- newly elevated from the practice squad -- actually out-carried Johnson as well (9-6) and claimed a target. None of the 3 looks likely to offer big help to your fantasy roster. But Michael Carter’s placement on IR means he’ll miss at least 2 more games. So Coleman looks like the 1st Jet in for desperate fantasy managers.


Russell Gage, WR, Falcons

Blind-bid recommendation: 5-10%

He tallied a 6-62-1 line in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. Gage’s 7 targets led the team and were 24% of QB Matt Ryan’s total. Gage has now caught 5+ balls on 7+ targets in 3 of his last 4 games. Atlanta’s passing volume figures to be elevated in a Week 13 matchup vs. the Bucs, putting Gage in the WR4 or flex discussion.

Cole Kmet, TE, Bears

Blind-bid recommendation: 5-15%

Kmet’s 11 targets and 8 catches on Thanksgiving were season highs. But he’s seen 5+ targets in 5 of his last 6 games and caught 4+ balls in 4 of 6. That’s enough volume to get Kmet into the low-end TE1 discussion -- especially if WR Allen Robinson continues to miss time with his hamstring injury.


Evan Engram, TE, Giants

Blind-bid recommendation: 5-10%

Perhaps it was just natural variance or a benefit of his team missing Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney and Kyle Rudolph. But Engram ranked 2nd among Giants with 6 targets in Sunday’s win over the Eagles, the 1st game since the team fired OC Jason Garrett. That marked 20% of Daniel Jones’ pass attempts. And Engram hit halftime with a team-high 4 looks. His 3-37 receiving line certainly wasn’t anything that’s going to help most fantasy lineups. But a favorable remaining schedule could make Engram helpful to some TE-needy rosters -- especially if/when the Giants throw more while playing from behind.


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