“In the Scope” is a unique weekly article that won’t solely focus on giving readers mainstream fantasy football waiver wire pickups. Instead, we aim to recommend the top free agents to acquire after waivers run. These players may be the top pickups next week, saving you Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) and waiver priority. So whether you’re trying to grab the leftover mainstream fantasy football waiver wire Week 13 pickups or the longer-ranged free agents, below are some options to consider.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues as of Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Check Your Waivers: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 13 Pickups
• Gus Edwards (RB, Baltimore Ravens) | 43.1 Percent
• Kyren Williams (RB, Los Angeles Rams) | 28 Percent
• Zonovan Knight (RB, New York Jets) | 20.2 Percent
• Michael Gallup (WR, Dallas Cowboys) | 44.7 Percent
• Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Cleveland Browns) | 42.3 Percent
• Treylon Burks (WR, Tennessee Titans) | 41.8 Percent
• Zay Jones (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) | 46.5 Percent
• Mack Hollins (WR, Las Vegas Raiders) | 15.1 Percent
• Foster Moreau (TE, Las Vegas Raiders) | 38.8 Percent
• Juwan Johnson (TE, New Orleans Saints) | 34.3 Percent
In the Scope Targets: Top Fantasy Football Free Agent Week 13 Finds
Marvin Jones (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) | 18.9 Percent
This week’s “In the Scope” candidate features a player who might not help you in your fantasy football playoffs but could help get you there. Marvin Jones is coming off a game-winning TD reception and will have excellent back-to-back matchups.
The first is a revenge game as Jacksonville travels to Jones’ former home of Detroit. They’ll square off against a Detroit defense that has allowed the third most PPR points to opposing WRs on the season and the fourth most over the past month. They’ll then commute to Nashville in Week 14. There they’ll face a Tennessee defense that has allowed the second most PPR points to opposing WRs on the season and third most over the past month.
Looking at the 32-year-olds advanced metrics this season, there’s not a whole lot that sticks out. One analytic that does is the average cushion of 5.6 yards defenders allow Jones when he lines up (seventh-most amongst WRs). Playing the veteran that far off the ball could certainly spell trouble for these poor-tackling teams. – Seth Woolcock
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Jaylen Warren (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers) | 9.8 Percent
As we head toward the fantasy playoffs, many managers begin to roster positional handcuffs to protect their rosters in their quest for championship glory. One of those players is Steelers’ running back Jaylen Warren.
On the surface, it seems like Warren – when healthy – is nothing more than a change-of-pace back to starting ball carrier Najee Harris. However, before suffering a hamstring injury in Week 11, he’d seen an uptick in work with Harris also still upright. In Weeks 9 and 10, Warren had 14 carries for 87 yards and caught all six of his targets for 65 yards.
Warren is questionable to suit up in Week 13, but it appears he is trending toward playing. The team’s next five games are against questionable defenses. Warren subsequently should have PPR RB3/FLEX value moving forward when he’s on the field. Should Harris miss more time, he could elevate to a high-end RB2. Grab Warren today following the waiver wire run of Week 13 for free and reap the rewards. – Nate Polvogt
Mike White (QB, New York Jets) | 8.4 Percent
In Week 8 last year, fourth-year Jets QB Mike White started in place of an injured Zach Wilson. White exploded for 405 yards and three TDs with an 82.2 percent completion rate. Unfortunately, he then hurt his forearm in Week 9 and only played one more game, throwing four picks versus Buffalo.
Fast forward to Week 12 of 2022, and White again took over for Zach Wilson (benched), beating out Joe Flacco for the backup role. Against a soft Bears defense, White completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent completion rate) for 315 yards and three TDs. With better offensive weapons and a better defense than last season, White needs to be rostered.
The Jets face the eighth-easiest rest-of-season schedule and therefore the easiest fantasy playoff schedule in adjusted fantasy points allowed to QBs. Consequently, White could be a league-winning fantasy QB down the stretch. – Scott Rinear