It’s crunch time for fantasy football owners with Week 13 set to be the final week of the regular season for most leagues and fantasy playoffs just around the corner. Fantasy owners in need of a running back, wide receiver, or tight end in Week 13 should look to see if Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon, or Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz is available, as all three have the potential to put up strong numbers down the stretch. Below is a list of the some of the notable fantasy football waiver wire addition for Week 13.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill
Hill has remained one of the top waiver wire additions for weeks now but is till less than 40 percent owned in most fantasy leagues. That is sure to change this week, as Hill exploded for three touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football in Week 12.
The Chiefs speedy rookie wide receiver scored the team’s only rushing and receiving touchdowns of the game and also added a 86-yard touchdown kickoff return. Kansas City has been without their No. 1 wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for the past three games due a groin injury, and if he remains sidelined in Week 13, Hill should continue to see a heavy workload.
The Chiefs fifth-round pick has clearly proven that he deserves more time and targets on the field even when Maclin returns healthy and should have fantasy value in all leagues moving forward. If Maclin remains sidelined against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday, Hill should be an instant plug and play option at the second receiver position or flex spot.
Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon
Baltimore’s rookie running back out-touched Ravens lead running back Terrance West 17 to 16 in Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and it seems only a matter of time before the fourth-round pick takes over the lead role. Dixon is less than 30 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and could be an instant starter for fantasy owners in the coming weeks, especially in point per reception leagues.
Since returning from injury, Dixon has seen an increased role in the offense and has averaged 5.6 yards per carry over the past three games. Dixon should be a strong waiver wire addition in Week 13, as he looks to be working his way toward the starting role in Baltimore.
Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz
Houston’s third-year tight end has quickly become one of quarterback Brock Osweiler’s favorite targets in their first season on the field together. Fiedorowicz has seen a minimum of five targets each week since the start of October, and should be one of the top tight end waiver wire additions this week, especially given Houston’s schedule.
The Texans 6-foot-5, 265-pound tight end is less than 45 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and faces the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts over the next two weeks. Both the Packers and Colts defenses are in the top-10 in terms of fantasy points allowed to tight ends this season, making Fiedorowicz a legitimate plug and play tight end option.
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel
Gabriel is less than 10 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, but that should quickly change following the best fantasy outing of his young career. The Falcons 5-foot-8, 165-pound receiver recorded four receptions for 75 yards and scored two touchdowns, while also adding 27 rushing yards on one carry.
Gabriel should be a solid flex option or second receiver for fantasy owners in the coming weeks, and draws a surprisingly favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday. The Falcons third-year receiver has recorded a minimum of 65 offensive yards in each of the team’s last four games and has scored at least one touchdown in each outing. Gabriel’s fantasy arrow is clearly pointing upward, and fantasy owners may want to grab him quickly, as he could be a vital player for the Falcons down the stretch of the regular season.
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
All four of the players listed above are additions that can have an instant impact for fantasy owners in the coming weeks, but that doesn’t mean Peterson isn’t worth adding this week. Fantasy owners who have a roster spot to spare and are confident in their current team could look to add the dominant back with the chance of playing him in the fantasy postseason.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson was “probably ahead of schedule” Tuesday, and is reportedly on track to make a return in December. The Vikings future Hall of Fame running back has not played since Week 2 due to a torn meniscus that required surgery. When healthy, Peterson is still considered one of the league’s best running backs, and could be a huge boost for fantasy owners in the playoffs. Peterson is less than 45 percent owned in most fantasy leagues but will have to remain on the bench until officially cleared to return to action.