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Fanball FAAB – Week 13 Waiver Wire Advice

Words by Rob Willette, Scott Fish, and Paul Charchian. Spending recommendations by Paul Charchian.


QUARTERBACKS

Sam Darnold  – Jets – 39% rostered
After his game against the Patriots, it would not be surprising if fantasy owners put Sam Darnold on a list not dissimilar to the one Steve Buscemi has in Billy Madison.  Yet here we are in late November, and only Lamar Jackson has outscored Sam Darnold over the last three weeks. Games against the Bengals and Dolphins make him a slam dunk streamer over the next two weeks, and Darnold has proven capable of taking advantage of soft matchups.  Roll him out there for two weeks before quitting him like he’s cigarettes in a Ray Liotta Chanitx commercial afterwards.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 15%

Andy Dalton  – Bengals – 5% rostered
In the kind of move that’s become synonymous with Bengals football, Andy Dalton was benched after leading the NFL in completed passes.  Predictably, the move backfired and Dalton has been reinstated as the team’s starting quarterback. And just in time to face the Jets, one of the league’s worst secondaries. Dalton is startable this week for anyone in a pinch, and he’s got favorable matchups down the stretch, including two games against the Browns and one against Miami. John Ross is expected to return in Week 14.  In Ross’ three full games to start the season, Dalton averaged 326 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

RUNNING BACKS

Rashaad Penny – Seahawks – 18% rostered
Pete Carroll’s commitment to Chris Carson has been steadfast.  He’s stuck with him through numerous patches of fumbleitis, yet perhaps he is finally at wits end.  In the second half of last week’s game, Rashaad Penny got 10 carries to Carson’s 3 and was brilliant with his touches, piling up 129 yards on 14 carries and breaking a big run we seldom see from Carson.  It is unlikely Carson simply disappears – he has nudes (tasteful, yet compromising) of Carroll somewhere on his phone – yet we should finally get to see the 2018 1st round pick get some extended run. If he produces like he did on Sunday and demonstrates good ball security, he could be the workhorse by next week.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 20%

Benny Snell  – Steelers – 5% rostered
The man not so affectionately referred to as “Benny Snail” after the NFL Combine has carved out a niche in the Pittsburgh backfield, and it appears he has surpassed Jaylen Samuels as the preferred rushing back in Pittsburgh.  Snell took advantage of his opportunity on Sunday, tallying 22 touches for 105 yards and showcasing his trademark toughness and insatiable desire to pick up extra yardage. James Conner looks iffy at best for this weekend’s matchup against Cleveland, meaning Snell could be ticketed for 20+ touches against a team who has given up the 8th-most rushing yards this season. Heck, even if Conner comes back, it’s unlikely that he resumes his workhorse role.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Quadree Ollison – Falcons – 0% rostered
They’re running out of warm bodies to play running back in Atlanta. Devonta Freeman will likely miss another game. Ito Smith is on IR. And Brian Hill sucks monkey balls.  Quadree Ollison has carved out a role as the team’s vulture, with goal line scores in back-to-back games. His schedule is not favorable, including this week against the Saints, but for those in deep leagues, just hoping for a touchdown, he’s plausible.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

WIDE RECEIVERS

Robby Anderson  – Jets- 53% rostered
Mired in a season-long slump, Robby Anderson re-emerged in a big way on Sunday.  Previously taking a backseat to intermediate options Jamison Crowder and Demaryius Thomas, Anderson was the benefit of several deep shots from Sam Darnold, picking up 5 targets and turning them into 4 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.  Whether it has been the schedule or Adam Gase finally figuring things out (breaking: it is the schedule) the Jets have turned it on offensively. With the Bengals and Dolphins on-deck, we’ll have two more opportunities to fire up this offense’s playmakers before the schedule turns daunting with Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

N’Keal Harry – Patriots – 14% rostered
It was hard to see in the torrential downpours, but N’Keal Harry tallied his first NFL touchdown on Sunday against the Cowboys on a beautiful back shoulder connection with Tom Brady.  Taking advantage of newfound playing time with Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett ailing, Harry has been thrust into a significant role, notching 81% of the team’s plays. It has not yielded amazing results, with Harry totaling only four grabs for 28 yards and a score over two weeks, but you have to take notice when a player’s opportunity grows so much.  Harry was a dominant collegiate receiver and has elite draft pedigree; it is hard to see his game not clicking at some point. For those looking for a late-season lottery ticket, there are few better than Harry.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

James Washington – Steelers –  20% rostered
Until three games ago, James Washington looked like a stone cold bust. But we’re seeing signs of life with 237 receiving yards over those three games, including a long bomb from Devlin Hodges in Week 12.  His prospects improve with Hodges (or any non-Mason Rudolph carbon-based life form) at quarterback. Washington is potentially startable three more times this year, with games against the Browns, Cardinals, and Jets.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

TIGHT ENDS

Ryan Griffin – Jets – 44% rostered
There are always players who stick around the fantasy landscape in any given year for longer than you expect.  Old timers call it the “Drew Bennett Syndrome.” It would have been easy to write off Ryan Griffin as a short-term anomaly following his productive two game stretch against the Jaguars and Dolphins.  Yet here he is, still making an impact at fantasy’s weakest position. Griffin was not as involved on Sunday, but much of that can be attributed to game script; the Jets surprisingly blew out the Raiders and were able to take the air out of the football.  Griffin made his three targets count, catching all three and tallying a short touchdown. Griffin’s ceiling is limited as a career journeyman playing for the Jets, yet he could be a savior for teams who are frustrated with their tight end situation.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

Jack Doyle – Colts – 33% rostered
Already leading the team in tight end snaps, Jack Doyle should see a sizable increase in playing time with Eric Ebron on injured reserve.  The hope is that Doyle will inherit much of Ebron’s red zone production. Doyle had only seen three red zone targets all year. The Colts tight end schedule is mostly favorable the rest of the way.  It’s not exactly a fair or scientific approach, but if you combined Ebron and Doyle’s fantasy production into one guy, you’d have a top-five tight end.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

David Njoku – Browns – 30% rostered
David Njoku’s return of injured reserve could happen as early as this week.  First, he’ll need to be cleared to practice from the wrist injury suffered in Week 2. Njoku has flashed signs of greatness, but it’s never translated to consistent play.  I’m not terribly optimistic about his chances of making an impact. Not only does he need to knock the rust off, but he’s also safely behind OBJ, Jarvis Landry, and Kareem Hunt on Baker Mayfield’s pecking order.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Delanie Walker – Titans – 25% rostered
After missing five games, Delanie Walker likely returns from his ankle injury this week. His production before the injury was dismal, though. At this stage, he’s just a dart throw with the hope of better production under Ryan Tannehill than he had under Marcus Mariota.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

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