Fantasy Football Week 13 Pickups
It’s almost playoff time. Have you had devastating injuries lately and need guys to help plug your holes for the playoffs? Or are you looking for playoff depth to make sure your prepared if another guy goes down. Or maybe your fighting for your life to get into the playoffs and need a waiver big waiver adds to get you there. Either way The Fantasy God is here to help. Let’s take a look at the guys you should add following week 12.
Vince Young (PHI QB)- I don’t know what the deal is with Vick, or how long he will be out, but Young should be added right now regardless. Now that the Eagles are officially done for the season, maybe Vick will decide to have surgery and miss the remainder of the year. Incase you missed it Young threw for 400 yds with a TD this past week. Yes, I said 400 yards. Not a typo. He also ran for 40 yds. His next 2 games, if he plays them, are against SEA and MIA. There is some big time potential here. Plus Maclin could be back next week.
Matt Moore (MIA QB)- He’s been solid ever since he’s been the starter for MIA. If you need to rely on him you probably can against OAK next week. PHI may give him some trouble the week after, but that game could also be a high scoring shootout. After that he faces BUF, who is easy to throw on. Moore could help carry you until the end.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF QB)- He returned to form this past week with 264 yds and 3 TD’s. We all knew Fitzpatrick still had the ability in him, it was just a matter of time of when he would turn things back around. He’s still risky and is now officially inconsistent, but he sure does have high reward with all those huge games he put up earlier this year. Next up are TEN, SD, MIA, and DEN. None of them scare me.
Kyle Orton (KC QB)- Well the Chiefs haven’t scored a TD in how many games? 0 while Palko has been QB. The recently signed Orton should probably take over next week. I’m sure he will struggle at first so I wouldn’t start him right away. His next few matchups are tough too vs. CHI, NYJ, and GB. That means he’s only a backup.
Rex Grossman (WAS QB)- He has job security now and he’s done well the last 2 games. He has a top 5 league TE to throw to, Fred Davis, Helu is finally starting, and Santana Moss is back. Plus he connected long with Anthony Armstrong last week. That’s a lot of weapons. He’s still only a good backup because his matchups the next few games are brutal. He faces NYJ, NE, and NYG, all 3 playoff teams.
TJ Yates (HOU QB)- I can’t believe Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart are both out for the season. That means it’s the rookie’s turn. I don’t have high expectations for Yates….but he does get to throw to Andre Johnson.
James Jones (GB WR)- He is the definition of high risk high reward. With all the other top targets the Packers have it’s really unpredictable to tell exactly what Jones will do each week. He will either score a TD (which he’s now done 5 times), or he will put up under 50 yards and really hurt your team. If you need to roll the dice and go all in on a waiver wire WR I would make it Jones. There is a 50/50 chance he performs for you. Next week he faces the Giants, who he scored against the last time he faced them. Then it’s OAK, KC, and CHI. All of those matches are favorable for GB.
Greg Little (CLE WR)- Let’s not go overboard here. The guy had potential to break out for weeks and weeks and his targets have been really high the last few weeks. However, it finally took him until week 12 to put up double digit fantasy points. And with Hillis’ role getting even larger next week, Little’s targets might start to go down. But just in case Little is still involved he’s worth stashing on your bench and watching. You can start him if your desperate but that might not be a good idea vs. BAL and PIT the next 2 games.
Peyton Hillis (CLE RB)- IF he was cut in your league then get him right now. He’s back. He almost ran right through a possible playoff team by himself this week. Now that he’s got the rust off his numbers will continue to get better and better. He is their entire offense. I know he has touch matchups coming up against BAL and PIT but i don’t care. Start him anyways.
Roy Helu (WAS RB)- He’s in this article every single week. He’s now started 2 times this year. The first time he broke the Redskins all time receptions record. And now the second time, this week, he puts up 162 yds and a TD. If he’s still available then your league isn’t smart.
Toby Gerhart (MIN RB)- He proved that he can produce as long as he gets the chance to start. He put up 63 combined yds with a TD in week 12. I’m sure the buzz all week will be that Peterson wants to play next week, but in the end he will probably miss another game at the least. Even though Percy Harvin has arrived as a legit fantasy WR and steals some carries away from Gerhart, Toby should still see his fair share next week against DEN. That will probably be a heavily run game on both sides.
Donald Brown (IND RB)- Even with Joseph Addai back, Brown still got the majority of the carries. I think that will change next week though. But after Brown’s 97 yds and a TD performance, he’s worth having on your bench just in case he continues to get the carries.
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