Week 13 of the NFL season is just about wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Jalen Hurts (3% owned)
The Eagles have finally moved on from Carson Wentz this season. It's a couple of weeks too late, but now the rookie gets an opportunity to show what he has. He's already looked much more relaxed in the pocket than Wentz has this year, and more accurate on passes outside of the numbers as well. His ability to run the ball will provide an added wrinkle that will keep his Fantasy floor high for as long as he starts and receives consistent snaps.
Ty Johnson (2% owned)
With Frank Gore leaving Sunday's game early it was anyone's guess as to who would get the touches after him. That turned out to be Johnson, who absolutely shredded the Raiders' defense to the tune of 104 yards on 22 rushes. He managed a TD and secured two catches as well for 13 yards. There's a strong chance that Gore won't be able to return to the lineup this week, so that would open the door for another big opportunity for Johnson. Adam Gase loves to run the ball so the chance for touches will be there. Even on a bad team, Johnson will have FLEX appeal if Gore isn't able to go.
Peyton Barber (1% owned)
Antonio Gibson left yesterday's game with what appeared to be a toe injury, and it was Barber who got the nod for the majority of touches the rest of the game. He managed to score a TD but has shown to be nothing but a plodder this season. That doesn't bode well for his actual future, but in Fantasy circles it's all about opportunity - which he will receive. If Gibson is unable to go Barber will be a low-end RB2 who has a high chance to find a score if Washington can make it into the RZ.
Adrian Peterson (49% owned)
Peterson has taken over the primary RB role since D'andre Swift has missed time with a concussion, and has not disappointed. Sunday he scored two TDs and rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries. Peterson isn't the same player that he was for the Vikings, but the Lions have made sure to get the veteran his touches when he's in the game. This is now back-to-back weeks in which Peterson has scored over 17 PPR points, and reports have indicated that Swift has not looked the same since suffering his injury a few weeks ago. This could lead the way for Peterson to get an extended look, and he has a great matchup against a Packers defense that has been putrid against the run this season.
TY Hilton (45% owned)
It seems that Hilton has finally found chemistry with his new Quarterback. In back-to-back games Hilton has now scored a TD and at least 80 receiving yards; scoring 18.1 and 25 PPR points respectively. It's a breakout owners have finally been looking forward to and he will have extremely favorable matchups for the next two weeks. It seems Hilton is finally turning the tide as Fantasy leagues start to hit the playoffs.
Chad Hansen (0% owned)
With the Texans hurting on WRs to contributer, it was Hansen who stepped up alongside Coutee to bring the passing game into relevance. Hansen managed 101 yards on five catches, and has an opportunity to contributer going forward. Being able to play in the slot and outside will benefit him greatly. With Stills off the team, Fuller suspended, Cooks banged up and Cobb on IR, the opportunity is there for Hansen to contribute on a weekly basis for the ROS.
Anthony Firkser (9% owned)
With Jonnu Smith injured, Firkser played well snagging 5 catches for 51 yards on 7 targets. Whenever Smith has missed a game, Firkser becomes fantasy relevant, and this upcoming week could be no different as the Titans face the lowly Jaguars. Jacksonville has been horrible covering Tight Ends all season long, so even on the chance that Smith manages to return to the lineup, Firkser could provide some streaming appeal in this plus match-up.
Jordan Reed (26% owned)
Reed was featured here weeks ago when George Kittle initially went down, only for Reed to miss time as well. Now that Reed is healthy it's been clear that the 49ers want him to be involved in the offense, especially when the 49er are playing in a negative game-script. Yesterday Reed managed to score a TD on four targets, and ran over twice as many routes as his TE counterpart in Ross Dwelley for the second consecutive week. The 49ers face a Washington team that has an incredible secondary, so there's a chance Reed finds himself game-planned to take advantage of their LB and Safety group.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Collin Johnson, Greg Ward, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Gabriel Davis, Cole Kmet, Henry Ruggs III, Cam Sims, Quintez Cephus, James Washington, Laviska Shenault, Josh Adams, Tre'Quan Smith.
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.