Week 13 Fantasy Football waiver thread: what to do with Cook, Waller and Swift on the injury report
NFL Sunday Week 12 is pretty much over! We still have Browns-Ravens and Seahawks-Washington for prime time games, but in the meantime, it’s time to start considering your fantasy football waiver thread options. The week 13 waiver thread can make or break you, especially with the injuries building up in the league and the fantastic playoffs looming
Like every week in the NFL, players in key positions are going to get injured. Some may return to the field soon while others will run out of time. When a guy leaves, an opportunity opens for someone else to fill the void.
Below is an overview of the notable injuries to skill positions, and who will benefit when you determine what to do with your waiver thread priority. We’ll be offering updates on each injury as more information comes in this week.
Lions running back Andre Swift sustained a sprained shoulder in the team’s 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving. The second-year fullback had just six touches and racked up just nine receiving yards before leaving the contest. It is considered day to day before the new week.
Detroit’s offensive situation is grim outside of Swift, but Jamaal Williams (46% ESPN / 39% Yahoo) will be available if you’re in a rush to replace him with another running back option. Williams took over at Thanksgiving and ran 15 carries for 65 yards on Thursday. He also added five catches for 18 yards.
The Raiders won an exhilarating overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Thanksgiving, but lost tight end Darren Waller to a knee injury. He only caught two of five targets for 33 yards before leaving the contest. An MRI scan revealed he had avoided a serious injury and suffered computer ring strain.
If Waller misses the time, backup tight end Foster Moreau (1% ESPN and Yahoo) could emerge as a sleeper. He was targeted five times in the Thanksgiving game, so he’s in Derek Carr’s sights. He had six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the season and could post similar numbers against the Washington football team in Week 13.
Arnold injured his knee in the first half of Jacksonville’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. He only picked up one reception over nine meters before the end of his afternoon. The tight end had consistently shot five to eight targets for about 60 yards per game since being traded from Carolina earlier in the year.
James O’Shaughnessy (0% ESPN and Yahoo) becomes the go-to option in Duval County if Arnold is short on time. He returned from the injured reserve on Sunday and caught three of five targets for 29 yards in the loss.
Cobb left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams with a groin injury, but not before having had his most productive day of the season in the first half. He caught four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown as the Packers took over their competitor NFC.
Even before Cobb’s injury, you should have already considered Marquez Valdes-Scantling (25% Yahoo / 11% ESPN) as your primary waiver thread option.
The Pro Bowl running back fell again in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, suffering from a shoulder injury so bad he had to be taken off the field. Prior to that, he had made 10 carries for 39 rushing yards and caught six receptions for 64 yards.
Substitute Alexander Mattison (48% Yahoo / 34% ESPN) is once again a priority for fantasy managers this week. He’s already two 100-yard games this year for Cook and scored a touchdown on Sunday.