Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 13

Darrel Williams and Rashaad Penny are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
November 25, 2019 - 4:59 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy leagues for Week 13 of the NFL season.

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1. Darrel Williams (RB, Kansas City Chiefs) – You can make a legitimate argument for any of the top four running backs here to be the No. 1 addition this week. I’m running with Darrel Williams because Damien Williams’ rib injury looked to be severe in Week 11, and Darrel Williams was a top-15 running back earlier this season in both games Damien Williams missed. The Chiefs are also managing LeSean McCoy's touches as they look towards the playoffs. We know that Kansas City has one of the best offenses in the NFL, so I like Darrel Williams’ ceiling the best here. Make sure you change this rank accordingly if news comes that Damien Williams is OK and ready to practice. 

2. Rashaad Penny (RB, Seattle Seahawks) – Chris Carson has now fumbled eight times this season, which has left the door open for Penny to get back onto the field. On Sunday, Penny stole the show by rushing for 129 yards and a score on 14 carries. A 58-yard scamper for a touchdown was the highlight of his productive day, and coach Pete Carroll has already stated the Seahawks need him to be more involved going forward. Because Carson isn’t likely to go away, Penny is in the No. 2 slot this week, but you can easily argue for him as No. 1.

3. Bo Scarbrough (RB, Detroit Lions) –  It’s clear Scarbrough has taken over as the lead back in Detroit. He has a combined 32 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks. Scarbrough won't provide any action in the passing game, but the volume can't be ignored and he’ll have his red-zone chances as well. He did fumble Sunday, but that didn’t seem to hinder his workload.

4. Benny Snell (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers) – Snell had 22 touches in his return from injury this past week. In the games that Snell and James Conner both missed, the Steelers struggled to run the ball. So with the return of Snell, they fed him as he racked up 103 total yards. There’s a good chance Conner returns this week. That's why Snell is fourth on the list, but if any word comes out about Conner missing more time, I’d take Snell over Scarbrough and possibly Penny if it’s a lengthy injury to Conner.

5. Darius Slayton (WR, New York Giants) – Slayton should already be owned, but he's still available in 75 percent of Yahoo leagues. Golden Tate has entered into the concussion protocol, and Slayton was already playing well and scoring fantasy points with Tate in the lineup. Now it's Slayton and Sterling Shepard -- who just returned to action this past week from a concussion as well -- who will lead the receiving corps with a great schedule awaiting and Tate and tight end Evan Engram nursing injuries. 

6. James Washington (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers) – In three of of the past four weeks, Washington has posted 69 or more receiving yards, including twice hitting the 90-yard mark. He also has two scores during that time and with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Conner battling injury, Washington should continue to see solid targets. He’s always one play away from scoring, as he’s an explosive downfield threat.

7. David Njoku (TE, Cleveland Browns) – Considering how thin tight end has been this year, taking a shot on Njoku’s talent while the Browns offense is hitting its stride makes a lot of sense. He’s been out for a while on injured reserve but practiced last week and sets up with a great schedule down the stretch. If you’re in need of a tight end, grab the high-upside play here.

8. Russell Gage (WR, Atlanta Falcons) – Mohamed Sanu was fantasy relevant when Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper were all healthy. Now Hooper is out indefinitely, and Gage has stepped into the third receiver role. The Falcons haven't run the ball well with Devonta Freeman out with an injury in their past two games, and Gage has stepped up in the passing game. He had eight receptions for 76 yards Sunday and he has seen nine or more targets in two of the last four games. 

9. Cole Beasley (WR, Buffalo Bills) – He’s not exciting, but Beasley has been consistent, especially in PPR leagues. He’s coming off of a six-catch, 76-yard, one-touchdown performance Sunday, which marked his fourth score in his last six games. During that stretch, he has also topped nine fantasy points in five games. Beasley isn't flashy, but he can provide stability if you’re in need of a solid WR3.

10. Ryan Griffin (TE, New York Jets) –  If you haven't grabbed Griffin yet, you’re doing it wrong given the misery of the tight end position. He scored another touchdown Sunday and has been a favorite target of Sam Darnold. While he only had three receptions for 13 yards, the touchdown was his fifth in the last seven games. You can’t ask for much more than that if you don't own one of the few elite tight ends. I’ll also mention Colts tight end Jack Doyle here, who should see a bump in targets and opportunity with Eric Ebron heading to injured reserve.

Just missed: Sam Darnold, Ryan Tannehill, Tony Pollard, Reggie Bonnafon/Mike Davis, Giovani Bernard, Ryquell Armstead, Gus Edwards, Qadree Ollison, Jakobi Meyers/N’Keal Harry, Anthony Miller, A.J. Brown, Chris Conley, Randall Cobb and Jack Doyle.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​