Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Kyler Murray, Rob Gronkowski, DeAndre Hopkins, more affecting Week 11 rankings
Kyler Murray, Rob Gronkowski, DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown, and Logan Thomas have all been out multiple weeks, and fantasy owners are clamoring to get them back in their fantasy lineups. We have the latest injury updates on each player ahead of Week 11.For updates Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, and Damien Harris, click here; for more on Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chris Carson, Kareem Hunt, and Miles Sanders, go here; for the latest on Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, click here; for news on Aaron Jones, Baker Mayfield, and Dallas Goedert, go here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
This was the injury-filled week we didn't even know we were waiting for. As such, there are no shortage of legimate options for the top Week 13 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds. With up to 12 -- yes, 12 -- potentially "high-volume" RBs available in over 50 percent of leagues (Chuba Hubbard, Sony Michel, Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams, Boston Scott, Tony Jones Jr., Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Dontrell Hilliard, D'Onta Foreman, David Johnson, Rex Burkhead), the claims will be flying. On top of those running backs, several interesting QBs and WRs, including Taysom Hill and Curtis Samuel, are sitting on many wires, so there will be plenty of free agents to target after waivers clear around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday mornings in Yahoo and ESPN leagues, too.
Fantasy Football QB Tiers 2021: Quarterback rankings, draft strategy
When to draft a quarterback is one of the biggest preseason questions in fantasy football every year. We break down our 2021 QB rankings into tiers and highlight different draft strategies for each, whether you want a stud or a sleeper.To clarify, a QB run is when someone drafts a QB and others in your draft quickly follow suit, fearing they will miss out on a "good" option at the position if they don't join in.
Our full free agent list is also packed with plenty of Week 13-specific streamer suggestions at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST (and even an RB). Those streamers can be found at the end of this list. If you love kickers and are looking for one to marry in the offseason, you can check out our Week 13 kicker rankings.
MORE WEEK 13: Full waiver list
This is absolutely a week where you will see some top waiver claims used. Mattison and Hubbard will almost certainly garner the top two claims, but as we discuss below, Hubbard might be fool's gold. Either way, both are starting running backs for the foreseeable future, and that carries plenty of currency in the fantasy world. That's also why Michel, Williams, Coleman, and even Scott could be worth waiver claims this week, too. You might also see claims put in for Hill (though probably not) and one or two of the top WRs.
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With so many guys primed for claims, at least in 12-team leagues, that opens the door for those currently with low claims to move up quickly. You might also need/want a running back, but if you're going to get your fifth choice, you have to ask yourself if you're better off holding back your claim, jumping to the top of the pecking order, and just picking up someone like Burkhead, who's getting starter-level touches but has no fantasy heat right now. If you can live with that, hold your claim back and wait for next week's inevitable injury parade. Definitely hold back claims on QBs, WRs, and TEs, as there are always matchup-based streaming options on the wire.
Bottom line: Do what makes sense for your team and your situation. If this is truly a "must-win week," then do what it takes. If you're playing for Weeks 15-17, then adjust accordingly.
WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 13: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Daniel Jones, Tony Jones Jr., Laviska Shenault Jr.
Now's the time for owners to stay ahead on the fantasy football waiver wire and scout potential free agent pickups. Prior to Weeks 12 and 13, it could be smart to add guys like Daniel Jones, Tony Jones Jr., Laviska Shenault Jr. as streaming options or lotto-ticket stashes.We're not only looking for one-week solutions in our Week 12 waiver wire watchlist but also sneaky value for late in the season. The waiver wire is obviously thin at this point, but as injuries mount and bye weeks remove your fantasy studs from action, we must prepare for all scenarios. Week 14 will mark the last week with byes, but other factors will inevitably leave you scrambling for alternate options.
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 13
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Panthers. With Christian McCaffrey (ankle) out for the year, Hubbard will be one of the top adds this week. When McCaffrey was out from Weeks 4-8, Hubbard averaged 20.4 touches (2.6 receptions) and 83.4 total yards while scoring two total TDs. Those stats obviously aren't at CMC levels, but they're solid enough to make him an RB2/flex most weeks. However, his remaining schedule is pretty brutal, with his lone "favorable" matchup coming against Atlanta after Carolina's Week 13 bye. Hubbard's fantasy playoff foes include Buffalo, Tampa, and New Orleans -- all three of which are among the top-five run defenses. With Ameer Abdullah stealing more snaps and targets, it's entirely possible Hubbard is fool's gold the rest of the way, but he still needs to be picked up in all formats given his potential.
Taysom Hill, QB, Saints. We sounded the alarm for Hill last week, but he wasn't quite ready to start because of some nagging injuries. After another mediocre Trevor Siemian performance, Hill is reportedly taking the first-team reps in Saints' practice, which is a strong indicator he'll be under center on Thursday against Dallas. If he starts the rest of the way, he'll likely be around QB10-15 like he was last year during his starting stint. Hill has a high floor because of his rushing ability, and New Orleans' creative offense allows him to do just enough as a passer to consistently reach the 20-point plateau. Matchups against the Cowboys, Jets, Bucs, and Dolphins the next four weeks should help him lead some fantasy teams to playoff glory, too.
2021 Fantasy Football WR Sleepers: Potential wide receiver breakouts, draft steals
Wide receiver is the deepest position in fantasy football, with potential contributors and steals available at all points in the draft. Check out our list of the top 2021 WR sleepers and breakouts primed to vastly outperform their rankings.In explosive offenses, we've seen two or three wide receivers from the same team have high finishes, like Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson last year (both top 10). Of course we want to target bonafide No. 1 receivers early in the draft, but they go quickly, and when you've already spent early draft capital at running back, quarterback, and tight end, you need to know the under-the-radar sleepers as you approach the middle and late rounds.
MORE WEEK 13: Full waiver list
Matt Breida, RB, Bills. Breida racked up 11 touches for 55 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans in Week 12, and even though he had six fewer touches than Devin Singletary (and his TD came in garbage time), it's tough to deny that Breida looks like the best back on the Bills roster. Zack Moss was a healthy scratch, so that brightens Breida's outlook even more. He's always been explosive and has plenty of upside in one of the NFL's best offenses. It's unlikely he'll be the "lead" back, but his receiving ability will allow him to remain involved regardless of game script. He'll have a tough road to success with the Pats, Bucs, Panthers, and Pats on deck over the next four games, but he's still worth adding given his uptick in playing time.
WEEK 13 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, more affecting Week 13 waiver wire pickups
Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, and D'Andre Swift are just the latest victims of the RB injury bug. Get the latest updates ahead of your Week 13 fantasy waiver wire pickups. Tony Pollard is unavailable in most leagues, but Alexander Mattison, Chuba Hubbard, and Jamaal Williams will be at the forefront of waiver decisions pending the injury status of each ball-carrier. Get the latest injury updates as you gear up for another tough week.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington. Samuel did next to nothing on Monday in his return from a nagging groin injury, but the mere fact he's back should make fantasy owners take notice. With J.D. McKissic hurting, Samuel, who's operated as a hybrid runner/receiver in the past, could be thrust into a bigger role as soon as next week. At the very least, he should be on watchlists given his upside on an emerging offense.
Sony Michel, RB, Rams. News broke on Monday that Darrell Henderson suffered a quad strain in Week 12, which means Michel might be in line to start in Week 13 against the Jaguars. At this point, it's tough to know if Henderson will suit up or not, but Henderson has never been a fast healer, so Michel needs to be picked up if he's available.
For more waiver/free agent suggestions, including Alexander Mattison, Dontrell Hilliard, Jamaal Williams, Kendrick Bourne, and more streaming options at every position, check out our full Week 13 list.
Who to start in fantasy football: Week 14 rankings, start-sit advice for PPR, standard, superflex scoring .
It's Week 14, and your fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions are coming down to the wire. We've compiled all of our Week 14 rankings for PPR, standard, and superflex leagues in one place to help you decide who to start.If you're looking for more analysis, click the links located throughout the article, which include DFS advice and injury updates (directly below).