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Early waiver wire adds for Week 13 fantasy football

Here are the top players to add to your fantasy team this week.

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Welcome to this week’s fantasy football waiver wire!

The fantasy playoffs are just around the corner for most of you and with that, it’s even more important to make sure you nail every waiver wire add you make. So, I’ve got one to two players you should be adding to your fantasy team this week from each major position (I’ll leave kickers to your own personal choice). Ownership via Yahoo leagues.


Sam Darnold, New York Jets (39% owned)

Darnold was on last week’s list and appears again after tossing for 315 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders Sunday. He also added a rushing touchdown to his scoring total. The Jets remaining schedule is a CAKE WALK and if you need a quarterback, or your regular starter has been struggling—looking at you Carson Wentz owners—or you used to have Matthew Stafford, GO GET DARNOLD. He’ll be a big help to your fantasy team.

Running back

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (18% owned)

Chris Carson had yet another fumble against the Eagles and took a backseat to Penny for the rest of the game. What did Penny do in his stead? Oh only rushed for 129 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. If the backfield is shifting in Penny’s favor, you need to go add him right now in this run heavy offense the Seahawks love to run.

Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers (4% owned)

Everyone, including myself, was all excited to watch Jaylen Samuel work against this terrible Bengals defense, but it was Snell who was the Steelers lead back Sunday. Snell returned from his knee injury to carry the ball 21 times for 98 yards, leading the backfield in a BIG way. As long as James Conner is out, Snell has to be rostered moving forward, especially with games against the Browns, Cardinals and Bills in the future.

Wide receiver

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (20% owned)

With JuJu Smith-Shuster in and out of the Steelers lineup due to injury the last few weeks, Washington has emerged as a reliable fantasy receiver, scoring double digit PPR points in three of his last four games. Against the Bengals, Washington led the team in targets with seven and caught the only touchdown of the game to go with 98 yards receiving. Also, really kinda hoping the Steelers do the right thing and stick with Devlin Hodges at quarterback because Mason Rudolph sucks.

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (12% owned)

It’s tough to put your fantasy fate in the hands of Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense, but you can’t ignore a receiver who’s seen 20 targets in his last two games. Miller was second in targets Sunday against the Giants, catching six of nine for 77 yards. Miller has now gone over 50 yards in five of his last seven games and will have another good matchup this week against the Lions.

Tight end

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (53% owned)

If Goedert is available on your waivers, go get him this instant. With the Eagles having zero starting caliber wide receivers on the roster (yea, shots fired), Carson Wentz has been forced to target his tight ends over and over and over again, meaning there has been plenty of work for Goedert even when sharing an offense with Zach Ertz. Against the Seahawks, Goedert was second on the team in targets and caught seven of eight of them for 32 yards. It’s now been three games in a row that Goedert has gotten at least 30 yards receiving and has scored a touchdown in three of his last five games. Oh, and he gets the Dolphins this week.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (15% owned)

Gesicki broke out against the Jets back in Week 9 and since then hasn’t been able to get it going again. Well that changed Sunday as Gesicki was second on the Dolphins in targets (7), catching three of them for 28 yards and a touchdown. He’s role is for real as he’s seen at least six targets over the last four games, it’s just a matter of if he can do anything with them. I would expect him to be heavily involved against the Eagles this week.


Seattle Seahawks (36% owned)

The Seahawks D/ST is the fifth best in fantasy football. FIFTH. You could go to your waiver wire right now and add a top 5 D/ST for the fantasy playoffs. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s now been back-to-back games that the Hawks defense has give you a huge showing, recording eight sacks, five forced fumbles, three interceptions and a touchdown in that time.