Waiver Worthy: Week 13 (2018): Injuries Lead To Intriguing Opportunities For The Fantasy Playoffs

by Will Overton

The playoffs are upon us! If your league isn’t in the playoffs yet this should be your last week before you get there. This is the point in the year where you probably don’t have as much competition for waiver wire pickups, but who you grab and who you don’t is more important than ever. Let’s breakdown the top adds of the week:


Josh Allen – QB, Buffalo Bills
Last week in this spot I talked about how I liked Dak Prescott and Case Keenum as pickups for the playoff run and they are still my top targets to stream this week, but if you want someone a little deeper Josh Allen has some merit. Allen is really doing what Lamar Jackson is in Baltimore without the fanfare or attention from fantasy owners. Allen has thrown for 3 TD in the last two weeks, but it’s what he’s doing on the ground that should excite fantasy owners with 234 rushing yards the last two weeks combined. This matchup with the Jets bodes well for him to continue performing and looking ahead a matchup with the Lions should be solid for Week 15 as well.


Jaylen Samuels – RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Late in the game against the Chargers James Conner went down with a lower leg injury and while I don’t have a ton of information at the time of this writing it may open a door for Jaylen Samuels. Samuels has started showing some merit in the passing game with a TD catch in two of his last four games, but now could see some action carrying the ball too if Conner misses time. Samuels is a flier, but we already know he can catch and the Steelers may just go ultra-pass heavy without Conner so that would benefit him.


Jeff Wilson Jr – RB, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers lost their running back Sunday when Matt Breida was injured and Jeff Wilson Jr took over in the backfield. We now know that Breida has already been ruled out for Week 14, and Wilson certainly looked good in his opportunity. Wilson carried the ball 15 times for 61 yards while also catching 8 passes for 73 yards. The 49ers play from behind pretty consistently and this coming Sunday against the Broncos shouldn’t be any different, Wilson could be the best pickup you could make at the running back position.


Justin Jackson – RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Here is yet another one where injuries dictate the value. We don’t know yet if Melvin Gordon is going to be healthy enough to return in Week 14 or not (though the early word is not), but I think we saw enough in Week 13 to know that Jackson has some value if Gordon doesn’t come back. Austin Ekeler got the volume, but it was Jackson who turned in the value amassing 63 yards on eight carries and scoring a TD. I think if Gordon is out again Jackson sees a much more even share of the work, particularly on the ground.


Marcell Ateman – WR, Oakland Raiders
The receiving corps of the Raiders has been decimated by injuries and I thought that would lead to a bigger share of targets for Ateman, but he was held to only four targets (though he did find the end zone). The Raiders should be playing from behind a lot over the next several weeks and Ateman will certainly be involved, especially in the red zone where his 6’4” frame comes in handy. There are more reliable options out there probably, but there is nice TD upside here making him intriguing.


Dante Pettis – WR, San Francisco 49ers
This might be top WR pickup of the week right now. Despite how bad the 49ers are and the lack of talent at skill positions Kyle Shannahan keeps churning out production for fantasy owners. Pettis has nine catches between the last two weeks with 206 yards and 3 TD. There is absolutely no reason at this point for the 49ers to give some of the looks Pettis has gotten back to Marquise Goodwin or Pierre Garcon, and so I think a strong finish is in order for Pettis.


Ian Thomas – TE, Carolina Panthers
This is mostly due to the fact that the tight end position is shallow and if you need someone to pick up here the options aren’t great. Greg Olson went down this last Sunday with what looks like a season ending injury and Thomas came in and caught five balls for 46 yards. Thomas had a chance as starter earlier this season when Olson was hurt and was pretty mediocre, but he’s in line for a lot of action and should be good for 5–6 targets a week. This week he gets the Browns in a solid matchup making him a decent streaming option.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Waiver Worthy: Week 14 (2018): Digging Deep To Identify Options For Your Playoff Run (Marcus Murphy, Curtis Samuel & More)
Waiver Worthy: Week 12 (2018): Running Backs With Opportunities, Rising Wide Receivers & More


  1. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor

    10 team Standard. With Russell Wilson having a tough match up with Minnesota, would you consider Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, or Case Keenum to stream instead? Thank you. Also, would you play Humphries, Petis, or Godwin over Golliday and/or T. Lockett this week?

  2. Tony says:

    Hi Professor,

    I noted with your reference to J Samuels, the possibility that the Steelers could throw more, so would JuJu be a good start? Granted, the Raiders’ run defense is poor, but WR corp is reliable in the absence of Conners. I lost Olsen as well, so would one of the Steelers’ TE be worth taking off of waivers? I have Brate already, but he might be fine against NO despite their strong defense against TEs; Howard got 50+ yards in first game.

    If you think JuJu is a good start, then hope you think starting M Evans is a good idea as well? I have Golladay, J Gordon and ARob, but not crazy about their situations, though ARob would be tempting, but not sure if Trubisky’s shoulder will be at full strength?

    Thank you very much for your time and advice, but understand if you don’t have time to answer my questions and good luck to all of you in your play-offs. Our league is ending after 20 years, so this could be my last game! Thank you as well for all the great advice for previous questions- always grateful!

    Best wishes!

    • Yep, I’d be ready to ride with Smith-Shuster ^& Evans

      • Tony says:

        Hi Professor,

        Thank you very much for your reply. I was thinking as well that MacDonald is hurting and Raiders are bad against TEs, so JuJu might see more red zone passes? Granted, Samuel catches as well, but no sense in overthinking it and hope JuJu sees more targets.

        Thanks again!

  3. Krysta says:

    14 team PPR. Could you please give a few options in order of preference:

    1. Looking to replace AJ Green. Current WR/TE Crew is Michael Thomas, Juju, Jarvis Landry, Cameron Brate and CJ Uzomah Available on Waivers is Adam Humphries, Keke Couteee, Dante Pettis, Qunicy Enunwa, Tyrell Williams, Robert Foster

    2. Currently have Miami and Baltimore. Would you keep either/both or pick up Giants, Jacksonville, Dallas, NOLA, Cleveland, Arizona or San Fran?

  4. Rod says:

    Hello Professor…I have Goff and Wentz but with both on the road against tough defenses…should i pick up Allen or Mayfield with better match ups…Thanks

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