Dak is Back in Big D, and a rookie running back may be ready to break out with the defending champs. Breakout Live examines the best waiver wire pickups heading into week 13 of the NFL.
Prescott was the #4 scorer in all of fantasy across all positions for Week 12 with 27.36 fantasy points. His stat line reads 289 yards passing and 2 TDs and 18 yards rushing with a touchdown. He’s topped 20-plus fantasy points in 4 of his last 6 and has a mouthwatering close to his season for the fantasy playoffs. Amari Cooper’s addition coupled with Zeke’s dominating running has resurrected Dak from the scrap heap of fantasy into complete fantasy relevance. Prescott has notched a rushing TD in 5 of his last 6 games and has a beyond-inviting closing schedule of NO, PHI, @IND, TAM while they fight for the NFCE title.
Mayfield threw a career-high 4 touchdown passes along with 258 passing yards in Cincy, helping end a Browns 25-game road losing streak while clocking a Top 5 fantasy quarterback performance. Since Hue Jackson’s ouster and new OC Freddie Kitchens started calling plays, Mayfield has a 9-1 TD to INT ratio vs. 8-6 under Jackson. Mayfield would say in his post-game presser that they now have people they believe in calling the plays. Baker became the first rookie quarterback to post back-to-back 140-plus passer ratings in NFL history. Obviously, Mayfield is trending up in the stretch run and the Browns still have an outside shot at wildcard. Mayfield closes with @HOU, CAR, @DEN, and CIN.
While it might be an anomaly, Allen deserves his just rewards for his Top 5 fantasy performance. That’s not Top 5 for quarterbacks, it’s Top 5 for ALL positions in fantasy. Allen may have been unusually amped up to play this game after sitting out with an elbow injury since Week 7, and of course Jalen Ramsey’s interview this summer where he called Allen “trash” had to give him a little extra. Allen used his legs, rushing for 99 yards and touchdown. He only threw for 160 passing on 8-19 but did hit the big one to Robert Foster for 75 yards and a score. Allen became the first rookie in NFL history to run for 75 yards with a TD and throw a touchdown of 75 yards in a game. You aren’t likely to see 26.30 points from Allen every week, but you’ve seen it’s possible and perhaps sitting and watching for several weeks sped up his development a little. Allen finishes with @MIA, NYJ, DET, and @NE.
Jameis Winston hit for 20-plus fantasy points against the woeful Niners, but his closing schedule makes him a tough recommendation for the playoffs with @BAL and @DAL as his playoff schedule. He would make for a nice 2-game rental with the shreddable Panthers and Saints next for him at home.
Doug Pederson finally got around to following through on making Josh Adams his bell cow. The Notre Dame rookie saw 22 carries against the Giants, which is more than double his previous career-high of just 9. Adams cashed those 22 carries for 84 yards and a score and added a rush for a 2-point conversion. Clearly, we finally have a lead back in Philly while the Eagles look to scratch and claw their way into the playoffs. The good news is Adams is the Eagles #1 running back; the bad news is his closing schedule is brutal. Adams will see four tough run defenses all with something to play for to close the season with WAS, @DAL, @LAR, and HOU.
The Gus bus is nearly full after consecutive weeks with over 100 yards rushing out of nowhere. 40 carries for 233 yards and a touchdown over the last two would make Edwards a bona fide fantasy must-add superstar, one would think. However, nobody knows what Baltimore is going to do at quarterback going forward. Is Edwards a Jackson-only running back? That’s not even mentioning that Alex Collins was out this week, really muddying the picture going forward. Still, you’re not going to find running backs sitting there on the wire at this stage who have posted back-to-back 100-yard games, but that’s exactly what Gus Edwards has done. I’d add and pray he sees the volume he’s seen over these last two weeks. His final four schedule reads, @ATL, @KC, TAM, and @LAC.
Who saw a Top 5 RB fantasy performance coming against a stingy Bears D that just a few nights previous held the Minnesota Vikings to 22 rushing yards? 88 yards with 2 scores was a monster performance out of Blount on Thanksgiving. Of course, Kerryon Johnson’s status needs to be monitored closely, but Blount is and always has been a touchdown machine. He’s a great handcuff for Johnson and might have to finish out the season depending on the health of Johnson’s knee. Week-to-week can mean just about anything in the case of Johnson’s injury. The Lions may even think of just letting Blount handle goal line touches the rest of the way. If it’s Blount’s backfield, he ends with LA, @ARI, @BUF, and MIN.
Of course this is handcuff season. Grab all the Malcolm Browns, Spencer Wares, Rod Smiths, Jaylen Samuels, etc. of the world that you can make room for. D’Onta Foreman is one to watch as he should be activated next week. Rex Burkhead should be back Week 13 for the Patriots, but there’s no telling how the Pats will implement him in his return with Michel, White and Patterson doing things on the ground. Peyton Barber has a brutal closing schedule. Nyheim Hines is a nice fill in for the concussed Marlon Mack. Chris Thompson is back at practice for Washington and offers great appeal for PPR. Old reliable Frank Gore may be in for more in Miami with Drake injured.
Smith didn’t play on Thanksgiving due to a foot injury and his Week 11 game against Philly of 13-157 and 2 TDs was nearly completely forgotten. There’s a good possibility he’s still sitting on your waiver wire and not much needs to be said about being part of the Saints offense and the WR2 opposite Michael Thomas. Smith offers league-winning appeal and those guys are truly manna from heaven at this point in the fantasy season. If you don’t own him, grab him and stick him on your bench if you’re already set at WR. Smith has @DAL, @TAM, @CAR, and PIT to close the fantasy season.
I’m shocked Coutee is this available at this point in the fantasy season. Demaryius Thomas wasn’t targeted last week in Washington, and if not for them forcing the ball to him against his former team on the first drive, it’s like Thomas isn’t even part of the roster. Meanwhile, Coutee saw 9 targets and cashed them for 5 for 77 at Washington. While it’s true he doesn’t offer great touchdown potential, in PPR leagues he’s a must add for the stretch run unless your roster is completely set. Last four: CLE, IND, @NYJ, and @PHI.
John Ross has scored in his last 3 outings. Mike Williams scored twice vs. Arizona but still isn’t seeing great volume but that could change with Gordon out. Trey Quinn might become Colt McCoy’s favorite WR down the stretch. Dante Pettis is a super talented rookie who might be the only guy left for Mullens or Beathard to throw it to in SF. Adam Humphries has posted respectable stat lines with Winston and FItzpatrick over the last few weeks. Anthony Miller will find relevance when Trubisky returns. David Moore showed up big at Carolina and if Baldwin can’t go moves up in the pecking order in Seattle. Super-sleeper Jake Kumerow should be activated for the Packers, perhaps a game too late for their playoff hopes, but in time to help you down the stretch. He was a Rodgers favorite in training camp and pre-season.
Brate is the only respectable fantasy TE suggestion this late in the season. He has clear chemistry with Winston and O.J. Howard isn’t coming back, so it’ll be a lot of Brate in Tampa the ROS. 3 for 26 isn’t a great stat line for Brate, but he did net a touchdown and is always in play when the Bucs high-octane offense is in the red zone.
If you’re still looking, God help you because nobody else can. You’re looking for lightning in a bottle at this point and it’s nothing but blue skies.
Hunter Henry remains a wish at this point, but with Gordon out for an unspecified amount of time, perhaps he speeds up his timetable and tries to go earlier than he should. Chris Herndon saw a season-high 7 targets and amassed 57 yards on them. Dan Arnold is an interesting hybrid type in New Orleans and we all know Sean Payton loves those kinds of guys. He went 4-45-1 against Atlanta and may seen an increased role down the stretch. Matt Lacosse hit pay dirt for Denver, going 3-34 with that score. Marcedes Lewis got the start for the Packers over injured Jimmy Graham, but Robert Tonyan, who didn’t see a target, is the one with the most upside but may not see the field.