Redskins running back Chris Thompson

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 13

Lamar Jackson and Chris Thompson are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
November 27, 2018 - 9:15 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 13 in the NFL is upon us. You'll see numerous backup running backs listed below in the "just missed" section. Those are the backups to the premier RB1s, and it's worth adding them in case a major injury strikes (see Melvin Gordon). I'd also suggest prioritizing defenses with great fantasy matchups if you're locked into a playoff spot. Teams like the Titans, Bills, Lions, Colts and a few others have great schedules down the stretch.

1. Lamar Jackson (QB, Baltimore Ravens) – The ceiling is so high for Jackson as a fantasy quarterback and his floor is solid too given his rushing ability. In his first two starts, he has rushed for 186 yards on 36 carries with a trip to the end zone. This past week, he was nearing 200 yards passing and also added a passing touchdown. There's going to be a game or two in which he puts it all together and drops 30-plus points. You'll want him when he does, especially in the fantasy playoffs. He has some nice matchups coming too with the Falcons, Chiefs and Buccaneers ahead.

2. Chris Thompson (RB, Washington Redskins) – Thompson has been out the majority of the season dealing with multiple injuries. If he was dropped in one of your leagues, now is the time to scoop him and use him for the final playoff push. He adds both rushing and receiving prowess to the Redskins' offense and will help take the pressure off of Colt McCoy and Adrian Peterson going forward.

3. Adam Humphries (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Humphries has been on a roll of late, and Jameis Winston seems to have eyes for him too. Since the bye week, Humphries has topped 50 yards receiving in seven of eight games, has at least six receptions in three of those games and has four touchdowns in the last four games. The Buccaneers have plenty of passing options, but Humphries is finding himself heavily involved and getting targets where it counts most -- near the end zone. Ride the hot hand while you can.

4. LeGarrette Blount (RB, Detroit Lions) – Last week, I mocked Blount in this column. Then of course, he went out and had 20 touches on Thanksgiving. Adding salt to the wound, he reached the end zone not once but twice and racked up 103 total yards against the vaunted Bears' defense. At this point, it's clear Blount is going to be heavily involved while Kerryon Johnson is out with a knee injury. He played 50 percent of the snaps and will be the clear goal-line back. Look for the Lions to continue to establish the run as they've now lost Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Johnson from this offense.

5. Nyheim Hines (RB, Indianapolis Colts) – Marlon Mack looks to be in jeopardy of missing the game this weekend due to a concussion, and Hines has benefited most when Mack has been out of the lineup. Hines tallied 11 touches for 50 yards this past week and would be the lead back with Jordan Wilkins mixed in if Mack sits out. The Colts' offense is clicking on all cylinders right now, so you'll want to add Hines and see how long this concussion lingers for Mack.

6. Carlos Hyde/T.J. Yeldon (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars) – The waiver ordering for Hyde and Yeldon is dependent upon how bad you need to win this week. You also have to weigh your options given Leonard Fournette is appealing his one-game suspension and the likelihood is he won't find out his fate until after your waivers have already run. If the suspension is upheld, you'll likely see plenty of Hyde in an attempt to keep the game close, but if the Colts pull away, Yeldon will be doing most the work.  

7. Rex Burkhead (RB, New England Patriots) – Burkhead is returning from injured reserve. With Sony Michel cemented as the Patriots' big back and James White as the receiving back, it's unclear how much work Burkhead will see. However, he does provide the offense with the ability to disguise run or pass plays when he's in the game due to his size, receiving chops and ability to run the ball between the tackles. He's worth adding to see how this plays out. We've seen him score points in a flurry.

8. Mike Williams (WR, Los Angeles Chargers) – Tyrell Williams is dealing with a quad injury, and that led to Mike Williams playing 91 percent of the snaps this past Sunday. His target share didn't improve as he saw just four passes his way, but he did catch all of them, two of which went for touchdowns. He now has seven scores on the season and with Gordon expected to miss multiple weeks and Tyrell Williams banged up, maybe we begin to see Mike Williams emerge. The bottom line is we know he can score touchdowns, and this is a potent offense dealing with some injuries. I like the upside.

9. Bruce Ellington (WR, Detroit Lions) – Ellington's ceiling isn't the highest, as he's still learning the Lions' offense, but with Golden Tate being traded away and Marvin Jones landing on injured reserve, Ellington is locked into the slot role in Detroit. He played 82 percent of the snaps last Thursday and now has back-to-back six-reception games.

10. Jake Kumerow (WR, Green Bay Packers) – If you're in the playoffs, you want to swing for the fences. Kumerow was making a lot of noise in the preseason, and he also received a lot of praise from Aaron Rodgers. Given Geronimo Allison is on injured reserve, Randall Cobb has barely played due to injuries, Jimmy Graham has a broken thumb and the rest of the receivers are mistake-prone rookies, Kumerow has a real shot to be activated and make an instant impact.

Just missed: Justin Jackson, Malcolm Brown, Spencer Ware, Corey Clement, Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith, Jamaal Williams, Giovani Bernard, Chase Edmonds, Keke Coutee, Dante Pettis, Anthony Miller, Christian Kirk, Mohamed Sanu, Chris Herndon, Jonnu Smith and Gerald Everett.

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