Week 13 Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waiver Wire Wonders

by Sigmund Bloom, exclusive to Footballguys.com


The number in red next to a waiver wire gem indicated the percentage of a "blind bid" budget used in some leagues to award free agent pickups. If your league does not use blind bid waivers, consider the number a way to rank the quality of waiver wire additions.


Quarterback Upgrade

  1. QB Lamar Jackson, BAL (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. QB Jameis Winston, TB (waiver wire: 50+%)
  3. QB Kirk Cousins, MIN
  4. QB Marcus Mariota, TEN (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  5. QB Baker Mayfield, CLE (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  6. QB Dak Prescott, DAL
  7. QB Russell Wilson, SEA
  8. QB Cam Newton, CAR
  9. QB Josh Allen, BUF (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  10. QB Colt McCoy, WAS (waiver wire: 1%)
  11. QB C.J. Beathard, SF (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  12. QB Jeff Driskel, CIN (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  13. QB Cody Kessler, JAX (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  14. QB Josh McCown, NYJ (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  15. QB Ryan Tannehill, MIA (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)

Quarterback Downgrade

  1. QB Blake Bortles, JAX
  2. QB Andy Dalton, CIN
  3. QB Nick Mullens, SF
  4. QB Eli Manning, NYG
  5. QB Matthew Stafford, DET
  6. QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
  7. QB Carson Wentz, PHI

Quarterback Holding steady

  1. QB Tom Brady, NE
  2. QB Matt Ryan, ATL
  3. QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI

Running Back Upgrade

  1. RB Josh Adams, PHI (waiver wire: 50+%)
  2. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA (waiver wire: 50+%)
  3. RB Gus Edwards, BAL (waiver wire: 50+%)
  4. RB Austin Ekeler, LAC (waiver wire: 50+%)
  5. RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR
  6. RB Sony Michel, NE
  7. RB Lamar Miller, HOU
  8. RB Matt Breida, SF
  9. RB Nick Chubb, CLE
  10. RB Joe Mixon, CIN
  11. RB Tarik Cohen, CHI
  12. RB Rex Burkhead, NE (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  13. RB Nyheim Hines, IND (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  14. RB Latavius Murray, MIN (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  15. RB Theo Riddick, DET (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  16. RB LeGarrette Blount, DET (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  17. RB Alfred Blue, HOU (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  18. RB Carlos Hyde, JAX (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  19. RB Doug Martin, OAK (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  20. RB Jordan Wilkins, IND (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  21. RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  22. RB Corey Clement, PHI (waiver wire: 1%)
  23. RB DOnta Foreman, HOU (waiver wire: 1%)
  24. RB Justin Jackson, LAC (waiver wire: 1%)
  25. RB Ty Montgomery, BAL (waiver wire: 1%)

Running Back Downgrade

  1. RB Alex Collins, BAL
  2. RB Melvin Gordon, LAC
  3. RB Isaiah Crowell, NYJ
  4. RB David Johnson, ARI
  5. RB Rashaad Penny, SEA
  6. RB Adrian Peterson, WAS
  7. RB Elijah McGuire, NYJ
  8. RB James White, NE
  9. RB Jordan Howard, CHI
  10. RB Chase Edmonds, ARI
  11. RB James Conner, PIT
  12. RB Leonard Fournette, JAX
  13. RB Marlon Mack, IND

Running Back Holding steady

  1. RB Peyton Barber, TB
  2. RB Giovani Bernard, CIN (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  3. RB Malcolm Brown, LAR (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  4. RB Dalvin Cook, MIN
  5. RB Wayne Gallman, NYG (waiver wire: 1%)
  6. RB Mark Ingram, NO
  7. RB Chris Ivory, BUF (waiver wire: 1%)
  8. RB Alvin Kamara, NO
  9. RB LeSean McCoy, BUF
  10. RB Jaylen Samuels, PIT (waiver wire: 7-15%)
  11. RB Ito Smith, ATL (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  12. RB Rod Smith, DAL (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  13. RB Spencer Ware, KC (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  14. RB Jamaal Williams, GB (waiver wire: 3-5%)

Wide Receiver Upgrade

  1. WR Amari Cooper, DAL
  2. WR Chris Conley, KC (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  3. WR Adam Humphries, TB (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  4. WR Demaryius Thomas, HOU (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  5. WR Mike Williams, LAC (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  6. WR Chris Godwin, TB (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  7. WR Tyler Lockett, SEA
  8. WR Calvin Ridley, ATL
  9. WR Corey Davis, TEN
  10. WR D.J. Moore, CAR
  11. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
  12. WR Josh Doctson, WAS (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  13. WR David Moore, SEA (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  14. WR Curtis Samuel, CAR (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  15. WR Tyler Boyd, CIN
  16. WR Donte Moncrief, JAX (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  17. WR Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
  18. WR Dede Westbrook, JAX (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  19. WR Antonio Callaway, CLE (waiver wire: 1%)
  20. WR Bruce Ellington, DET (waiver wire: 1%)
  21. WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ (waiver wire: 1%)
  22. WR Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (waiver wire: 1%)
  23. WR Dante Pettis, SF (waiver wire: 1%)
  24. WR Trey Quinn, WAS (waiver wire: 1%)

Wide Receiver Downgrade

  1. WR Keke Coutee, HOU
  2. WR A.J. Green, CIN
  3. WR DeSean Jackson, TB
  4. WR Marvin Jones, DET
  5. WR Danny Amendola, MIA
  6. WR Cole Beasley, DAL
  7. WR Devin Funchess, CAR
  8. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB
  9. WR Jarvis Landry, CLE
  10. WR Sterling Shepard, NYG
  11. WR Courtland Sutton, DEN
  12. WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
  13. WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI
  14. WR Tyrell Williams, LAC
  15. WR Doug Baldwin, SEA
  16. WR Marquise Goodwin, SF

Wide Receiver Holding steady

  1. WR John Brown, BAL (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  2. WR Michael Crabtree, BAL (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  3. WR Anthony Miller, CHI
  4. WR Allen Robinson, CHI
  5. WR Michael Thomas, NO

Tight End Upgrade

  1. TE Eric Ebron, IND
  2. TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
  3. TE Jordan Reed, WAS
  4. TE Cameron Brate, TB (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  5. TE Chris Herndon, NYJ (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  6. TE David Njoku, CLE (waiver wire: 20-40%)
  7. TE Zach Ertz, PHI
  8. TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  9. TE Jonnu Smith, TEN (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  10. TE Gerald Everett, LAR (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  11. TE Tyler Higbee, LAR (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  12. TE Dan Arnold, NO (waiver wire: 1%)
  13. TE Vernon Davis, WAS (waiver wire: 1%)
  14. TE Matt LaCosse, DEN (waiver wire: 1%)
  15. TE C.J. Uzomah, CIN (waiver wire: 1%)

Tight End Downgrade

  1. TE Jack Doyle, IND
  2. TE Jeff Heuerman, DEN
  3. TE Evan Engram, NYG
  4. TE Antonio Gates, LAC

Tight End Holding steady

  1. TE Jimmy Graham, GB
  2. TE Vance McDonald, PIT (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  3. TE Greg Olsen, CAR

Quarterback Upgrade

QB Josh Allen, BUF - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Allen was locked in early as a passer and contributed a lot as a runner in the win over Jacksonville. He has some streamer QB2/superflex appeal going into a matchup against the Miami defense on the road this week.

QB C.J. Beathard, SF - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Nick Mullens was terrible this week and that could lead to Beathard getting back in the lineup soon. He's a speculative add anywhere all starting quarterbacks are carried.

QB Kirk Cousins, MIN - Cousins was on fire against a depleted Packers secondary and found his top two receivers all night whether they were open or not. He is a solid QB1 play going into a matchup at New England.

QB Jeff Driskel, CIN - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - It was against the Browns in prevent defense, but the Bengals offense didn't seem to lose much when Andy Dalton went out in Week 12. Driskel has some value as a runner and will face a Broncos defense that has had a letdown or two on the road this year.

QB Lamar Jackson, BAL - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Jackson started slow as a runner and had a few early interceptions, but scored on the ground and through the air by the end of the win over the Raiders and should hold onto the starting job for the matchup with the Falcons this week. He's a boom/bust QB1 deserving of lineup consideration.

QB Cody Kessler, JAX - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Kessler will take over at quarterback for the Jaguars, but the production from the position should remain among the worst in the league.

QB Marcus Mariota, TEN - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Mariota showed no ill effects from his Week 11 injury and was nearly flawless as a passer in the loss to the Texans. He'll be a great matchup streamer/QB2/Superflex down the stretch

QB Baker Mayfield, CLE - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Mayfield and the Browns offense predictably dismantled a weak Bengals defense. He is on over a month-long streak of multi-touchdown games and is saving streamers with his strong play.

QB Josh McCown, NYJ - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Give an assist to the weak Patriots defense, but McCown actually looked solid against New England in Week 12. If Sam Darnold can't go this week, he'll have some superflex/2QB desperation play value.

QB Colt McCoy, WAS - (waiver wire: 1%) - McCoy was loose with the ball, leading to three picks in the loss to Dallas, but he also threw two scores and added a few points as a runner. He's worth low-end streamer QB2/superflex consideration against the Eagles empty cupboard secondary this week.

QB Cam Newton, CAR - Newton bounced back as a runner this week and riffed well with his two top receivers despite struggles in the red zone that ultimately led to a loss for the Panthers. He'll be among the top 2-3 quarterbacks for Week 13 against Tampa.

QB Dak Prescott, DAL - Prescott had a huge Turkey Day thanks to Amari Cooper. He'll be needed this Thursday to keep up with the Saints and has a high ceiling against an easy down the stretch schedule.

QB Ryan Tannehill, MIA - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Tannehill mostly benefited from Leonte Carroo's play on a deep ball and Kenyan Drake's speed, but it still amounted to a decent fantasy day at Indy. He's still just a desperation play even in 2QB/Superflex leagues with mostly tough matchups the rest of the way.

QB Russell Wilson, SEA - The Seahawks actually tilted towards the pass in the win over the Panthers and Wilson was a big reason why they won. He has an easy matchup against the 49ers this week that should be a good fantasy start as long as the game doesn't get out of hand too quickly.

QB Jameis Winston, TB - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Winston played within himself, spread the ball around, and led his team to an easy victory. He might have extended the leash heading into a potentially high-scoring matchup with Carolina and deserves starting consideration this week in fantasy leagues.


Quarterback Downgrade

QB Blake Bortles, JAX - Bortles has been benched and we probably won't see him in a Jaguars uniform after this year.

QB Andy Dalton, CIN - Dalton suffered a thumb injury in Week 12 and was placed on injured reserve

QB Eli Manning, NYG - Manning was hot at the beginning of the game and should have had at least one more touchdown pass, but slowed down in the second half and was a mediocre fantasy quarterback in a great matchup. He'll face the Bears this week and should be benched even in 2QB/Superflex.

QB Nick Mullens, SF - Mullens failed to convert in a matchup against the worst defense in the league. He might lose his starting job, but not this week. He's still a bottom three option in any format at Seattle this week.

QB Aaron Rodgers, GB - Give credit to the Vikings defense, but Rodgers was also too loose in the loss to Minnesota, and he brought down fantasy teams in the process. He has a good matchup against Arizona this week, but is definitely not an automatic start with the emergence of many quality fantasy quarterbacks around the league.

QB Matthew Stafford, DET - It was the Bears defense and LeGarrette Blount collected both scores, but it's still clear that the Lions pass offense doesn't have enough upside to make Stafford anything but a desperation play going forward, including against the Rams this week.

QB Carson Wentz, PHI - Josh Adams is making the Eagles offense two-dimensional again, and lowering Wentz's ceiling in the process. Wentz isn't a clear QB1 against Washington this week.


Quarterback Holding steady

QB Tom Brady, NE - Brady didn't have a huge game and he missed Rob Gronkowski on multiple end zone targets, but he showed that he is still a QB1 for the stretch run. This week's matchup against the Vikings is tough, although if Xavier Rhodes is out, the Patriots pass offense should be able to take advantage.

QB Matt Ryan, ATL - Ryan's numbers were good against the Saints and they could have been even better were it not for three fumbles deep in Saints territory. That doesn't mean he's a strong play against the Ravens defense this week even though he is at home.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI - Trubisky missed the win over the Lions and could sit out this week's game against the Giants, but still has high ceiling games against the Rams, Packers, and 49ers left on the schedule. Don't drop him.


Running Back Upgrade

RB Josh Adams, PHI - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Adams looked like an early round pick with his burst and size combination. He had a long touchdown called back by penalty but still had a strong day against the Giants despite his team falling behind by 16 points. He'll be a solid RB2 against Washington next week.

RB LeGarrette Blount, DET - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Blount showed that he still has something left in the tank against the Bears on Thanksgiving, scoring twice and producing against a tough defense. Kerryon Johnson could be back soon, but Blount has potential as a desperation play until that happens after his strong Week 12.

RB Alfred Blue, HOU - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Blue is still only adequate as the backup to Lamar Miller, but the Texans are committed to the run and Miller isn't known for his late season durability. D'Onta Foreman could crash this party, but for now Blue is a rosterable handcuff.

RB Matt Breida, SF - Breida was the one consistently good part of the 49ers offense at Tampa. He's the clear lead back and worth an RB2 start this week despite the tough matchup at Seattle.

RB Rex Burkhead, NE - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Burkhead is coming back to a running game and offense that is surging right now. His role is uncertain, but he has to be at least stashed because of the fantasy quality of this backfield.

RB Nick Chubb, CLE - Chubb made one of the running backs catches of the year for a touchdown and wore down the Bengals defense with hard running. He'll remain a fantasy RB1 and the centerpiece of the offense heading into a matchup against Houston.

RB Corey Clement, PHI - (waiver wire: 1%) - Clement looked as good as he has all year even though he was clearly passed by Josh Adams on the depth chart this week. He has some deep league bench injury upside bench stash value now.

RB Tarik Cohen, CHI - Cohen gobbled up targets from Chase Daniel and maintained value despite the quarterback change - or maybe because of it. He'll remain a PPR RB2 with a boom/bust profile facing the Giants this week no matter who is passing him the ball.

RB Kenyan Drake, MIA - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Drake's usage will keep him a boom/bust play, but the boom was back with the return of Ryan Tannehill against the Colts. Buffalo is a tough matchup this week, but Drake will be a tempting flex play after his explosive Week 12. He left the game briefly with a shoulder injury but Adam Gase said he should be healthy enough to practice this week.

RB Gus Edwards, BAL - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Edwards is the clear lead back with Alex Collins inactive in Week 12. He has an outstanding matchup against Atlanta this week and should be in as a flex at least, if not an RB2.

RB Austin Ekeler, LAC - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Ekeler will be the Chargers lead back for at least one more week and maybe longer with Melvin Gordon sidelined by an MCL strain. He was a PPR force in Week 12.

RB DOnta Foreman, HOU - (waiver wire: 1%) - Foreman is eligible to return before the end of the season and he could have fresh legs for the stretch run, but is only an add in very deep leagues.

RB Nyheim Hines, IND - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Hines was shot out of a gun on a few plays and appears to be more ready for a larger workload and PPR relevance if Marlon Mack can't play in Week 13.. He remains a top injury handcuff for the stretch run.

RB Carlos Hyde, JAX - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Hyde has some mid-level injury handcuff value with the Jaguars commitment to the run and lots of winnable matchups left, and he'll carry a big part of the backfield in Week 13 with Leonard Fournette suspended for one game.

RB Justin Jackson, LAC - (waiver wire: 1%) - Jackson ran well in Week 12 after Melvin Gordon went out and is an Austin Ekeler injury away from mattering in fantasy leagues now.

RB Doug Martin, OAK - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Martin had a solid Week 12 at Baltimore and continues to run very well. The RBBC approach of Week 11 was a short-lived experiment, so Martin still has some value as a desperation play heading into a likely blowout loss to Kansas City.

RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR - McCaffrey single-handedly won weeks for a lot of teams with his 100 yards rushing and receiving performance. He'll set up for another massive day against the Bucs this week.

RB Sony Michel, NE - Michel was strong in Week 12, breaking tackles and keeping the Patriots offense on schedule. He'll have a tougher matchup against the Vikings this week, but should be in as your RB2 or flex.

RB Lamar Miller, HOU - Miller had his Miami era burst back in the win over the Titans. The Texans running game is clicking right now and Miller should be treated as a solid RB2 until he lets us down.

RB Joe Mixon, CIN - Mixon was in top form despite the embarrassing loss and quarterback change in Week 12. He's a borderline RB1 despite his situation and he faces a bottom half run defense when Denver comes to town this week.

RB Ty Montgomery, BAL - (waiver wire: 1%) - Montgomery was more effective than Alex Collins was with Lamar Jackson, and should keep his job as the change of pace back in this offense. He has some injury upside and deep league desperation play value now.

RB Latavius Murray, MIN - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Murray is still running hard and more than a mere handcuff after the Vikings used him more to clinch the game in Week 12.

RB Theo Riddick, DET - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Riddick is continuing to be a steady part of the pass offense with the shortage at wide receiver for the Lions. He'll be a PPR flex or emergency RB2 against the Rams this week.

RB Jordan Wilkins, IND - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Wilkins looked good as a receiver in Week 12 and could see half of the backfield work at Jacksonville if Marlon Mack isn't over his concussion.

RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Yeldon will get a chance to have flex value if not more against the Colts in Week 13 with Leonard Fournette suspended, and he has some deep league PPR bench value in case of a Fournette injury during the fantasy playoffs.


Running Back Downgrade

RB Alex Collins, BAL - Collins was inactive and doesn't appear to be in the Ravens plan right now. He's droppable across formats.

RB James Conner, PIT - Conner had a costly fumble and didn't break any big plays or score in a good matchup against the Broncos. He's still an every week start, but leveling off as more of an RB2 than an RB1 heading down the stretch.

RB Isaiah Crowell, NYJ - The Jets running game is DOA right now, and Crowell's fantasy stock is fading with it. He's not an obvious hold heading into a matchup with Tennessee.

RB Chase Edmonds, ARI - An injury handcuff in one of the worst offenses in the league is barely worth carrying right now. Edmonds can be dropped except in the deepest of leagues.

RB Leonard Fournette, JAX - Fournette should have had another score and more, but he was thrown out for his role in a fight in the loss to Buffalo. He has been suspended for his role in the fight and will miss Week 13.

RB Melvin Gordon, LAC - Gordon could return before the end of the fantasy playoffs, but he's out for Week 13 and probably longer after suffering an MCL sprain in Week 12.

RB Jordan Howard, CHI - Howard is being marginalized in the Bears offense. He does have a good matchup against the Giants this week, but is only bench depth right now.

RB David Johnson, ARI - Johnson is back to being a low ceiling RB2 at best with the Cardinals offense flatlining. He does have a better matchup against the Packers this week, but it's not crazy to consider benching him in leagues without a flex play if you have two backs that have been outperforming him lately.

RB Marlon Mack, IND - Mack was having a great game in Week 12, but left with a concussion. He's no sure thing for Week 13 at Jacksonville.

RB Elijah McGuire, NYJ - McGuire wasn't used as much in the passing game with Josh McCown reviving the downfield passing game against the Patriots. He's not an essential hold.

RB Rashaad Penny, SEA - The rollercoaster ride for Penny's value continues. He wasn't clearly ahead of Mike Davis in the win over the Panthers and Chris Carson seems to be over his latest injury. Penny isn't an essential hold in short bench leagues.

RB Adrian Peterson, WAS - The offensive line woes and lack of downfield passing is compressing defenses against Washington and limiting what Peterson can do. He's a low ceiling RB2 at best heading to Philadelphia.

RB James White, NE - White looked great as a runner, but was barely used in the passing game in the win over the Jets. He helped a lot of teams get to the fantasy playoffs this year, but he might not help them win titles if Rex Burkhead returns from injured reserve soon.


Running Back Holding steady

RB Peyton Barber, TB - Barber had his second solid fantasy week in a row thanks to a touchdown even though he was held in check as a runner. He's proving himself as solid bench depth for the stretch run.

RB Giovani Bernard, CIN - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Bernard's flex value is negligible now, but he still has some mid-level handcuff value for the stretch run.

RB Malcolm Brown, LAR - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Brown was off this week, but he's still a top tier handcuff to stash for the stretch run.

RB Dalvin Cook, MIN - Cook looked the best he has all year, speedy and full of energy, and he was able to score in the passing game on that ability. He was replaced by Latavius Murray when it came time to salt the game away, but he should be used even more against the slow Patriots linebackers this week.

RB Wayne Gallman, NYG - (waiver wire: 1%) - Gallman actually looks good when he gets to spell Saquon Barkley and he might have some PPR value if Barkley goes down.

RB Mark Ingram, NO - Ingram ran well against the Falcons, but came up small because UDFAs got all of the touchdowns and the Falcons miscues kept the Saints from having to turn up the heat on offense.

RB Chris Ivory, BUF - (waiver wire: 1%) - Ivory is a deep league handcuff to stash with the Bills looking more competitive and three winnable matchups coming up.

RB Alvin Kamara, NO - Kamara was a broken tackle away from a long touchdown or two against the Falcons in Week 12. He's still a strong RB1, although we'd like to see more targets than he has gotten the last two weeks.

RB LeSean McCoy, BUF - McCoy got the desired volume in the win over Jacksonville, but he wasn't very effective. That should change against the basement-level Dolphins run defense this week. He's worth a flex look.

RB Jaylen Samuels, PIT - (waiver wire: 7-15%) - The rookie is a second-tier injury handcuff stash in line to inherit a valuable RB1 role if James Conner goes down.

RB Ito Smith, ATL - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Smith's red zone involvement hasn't been as fruitful lately, but he still has deep league injury handcuff bench value with Tevin Coleman's injury history in mind.

RB Rod Smith, DAL - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Ezekiel Elliott is ultra durable, but he's banged up and Smith is a three-down backup, so he's moving up the injury handcuff stash rankings.

RB Spencer Ware, KC - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Ware was off this week, but he's still a top tier handcuff to stash for the stretch run.

RB Jamaal Williams, GB - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Williams has limited upside if Aaron Jones goes down, but he's the clear starter if that happens in Green Bay.


Wide Receiver Upgrade

WR Tyler Boyd, CIN - Boyd had a strong game and appeared to be on the same page as backup Jeff Driskel in a good sign for the persistence of his WR3/Flex value even if Andy Dalton misses time. He had a long catch called back or would have had an even bigger game.

WR Antonio Callaway, CLE - (waiver wire: 1%) - The Browns passing game is clicking, and while it's not creating any reliable starts, it is increasing Callaway's ceiling as the team's deep threat. He'll be worth desperation play bench spot value for the stretch run with Baker Mayfield red hot.

WR Chris Conley, KC - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Sammy Watkins foot is "still tender" according to the team, and there's no reason to play him against Oakland. He could sit for longer, and make Conley a valuable player to have on your roster down the stretch.

WR Amari Cooper, DAL - Cooper had the kind of game on Thanksgiving that will keep us from benching him again this year. He could face Marshon Lattimore on Thursday, giving him a low floor, but the speed and #1 wide receiver ability was on display in Week 12 and won weeks for fantasy teams.

WR Corey Davis, TEN - Davis's rollercoaster 2018 hit a peak again in Week 12, as he reeled in two deep balls, including one for a score, and had a long gain on a carry. He'll be a high ceiling WR3/Flex against the Jets next week.

WR Josh Doctson, WAS - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Doctson led the team in targets on Thanksgiving and had a solid PPR line in the loss at Dallas. He also gets the weak Philadelphia secondary this week.

WR Bruce Ellington, DET - (waiver wire: 1%) - With Marvin Jones on IR and a matchup against the Rams coming up, Ellington has some end of the bench PPR league value.

WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ - (waiver wire: 1%) - Enunwa's stock came back to life with Josh McCown on the field in Week 12. He could regain more value for Week 13 if McCown starts again.

WR Chris Godwin, TB - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Godwin could get a target and snap bump if the second opinion on DeSean Jackson's thumb reveals bad news. He should be carried in all leagues.

WR Adam Humphries, TB - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Humphries production has been more consistent with Jameis Winston. He scored in Week 12 and now could get even more targets with DeSean Jackson getting a second opinion on his thumb injury.

WR Jermaine Kearse, NYJ - (waiver wire: 1%) - Kearse was effective in Week 12 with a better Josh McCown at the helm. If McCown starts in Week 13 at Tennessee, Kearse will be worth a desperation play.

WR Tyler Lockett, SEA - Lockett came through with a short score and long catch to set up the game-winning field goal at Carolina. He has been consistent in the box score despite low targets and should be a WR3/Flex against the 49ers at home this week.

WR Donte Moncrief, JAX - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Moncrief appeared to have good chemistry with new Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler when the team yanked Blake Bortles earlier this year, so he could have some bench value in deeper leagues.

WR D.J. Moore, CAR - Moore isn't going away as one of Cam Newton's favorite receivers. He is adding a high floor to his big play high ceiling just in time for a matchup with Tampa.

WR David Moore, SEA - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Moore had an outstanding fourth down long touchdown and continues to make good plays at the other end of Russell Wilson targets. He's at least a high ceiling bench stash for the stretch run with Russell Wilson playing lights out as a passer.

WR Dante Pettis, SF - (waiver wire: 1%) - Pettis was the bright spot in the 49ers passing game in Week 12. Marquise Goodwin should be back this week and Pierre Garcon could return soon, but the team should get Pettis more action in evaluation mode for the future.

WR Trey Quinn, WAS - (waiver wire: 1%) - As long as Jamison Crowder is out, Quinn remains a possible emergency play in PPR leagues. He'll have a good matchup against the Eagles depleted secondary this week.

WR Calvin Ridley, ATL - Ridley could have had an even bigger Thanksgiving if he hadn't fumbled at the goal line, but he still showed the speed and weekly ceiling that will keep him in lineups in better lineups down the stretch. The Ravens might not be one, but we'll still have to give him more thought at lineup-setting time after his strong Week 12.

WR Curtis Samuel, CAR - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Samuel is third in the pecking order for targets at best, but he is still converting scoring opportunities, and he has a high ceiling against the Bucs defense this week. He shouldn't be on the waiver wire.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, DEN - Case Keenum had another safe but effective game and a lot of that came via passes to Sanders. He had his best game in a month just in time for a matchup with the sagging Bengals defense.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT - Smith-Schuster did everything but win the game for the Steelers on Sunday. He had his second 97 yard score of his short career and did more damage on his receptions than Antonio Brown. He's back to being a strong WR1 with a lot of high-scoring matchups left.

WR Demaryius Thomas, HOU - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Thomas caught two scores in the win over Tennessee as the Titans were giving extra attention to DeAndre Hopkins in the red zone. With Keke Coutee hurting again, he should be treated as a WR3/Flex heading into a matchup with Cleveland.

WR Dede Westbrook, JAX - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - If there's any sign of life in the Jacksonville passing game, it's from Westbrook, whose speed created plays at Buffalo, and he also had a second touchdown wiped off of the board by penalty.

WR Mike Williams, LAC - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Williams run getting significant targets could be short if Tyrell Williams can return for the game against the Steelers, but he could also get more red zone looks while Melvin Gordon is sidelined. He's at least a bench stash in typical leagues now.


Wide Receiver Downgrade

WR Danny Amendola, MIA - Amendola is hurt and he isn't nearly as big in the offense with Ryan Tannehill. He's droppable in all but the deepest PPR leagues.

WR Doug Baldwin, SEA - Baldwin played despite being a game-time decision, but he wasn't a downfield threat. With this groin issue and the quality play outside at receiver, Baldwin is just bench depth right now.

WR Cole Beasley, DAL - Beasley is moving into a small supporting role with Amari Cooper's emergence. He's not worth carrying in typical leagues.

WR Keke Coutee, HOU - Coutee hurt his hamstring again in Week 12 and can be dropped in redraft leagues

WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI - Fitzgerald caught a score early against the Chargers but languished with the rest of the offense after that. He has a good matchup this week, but it's difficult to trust any part of the Cardinals offense right now.

WR Devin Funchess, CAR - Funchess hadn't been doing much for us anyway, but he missed Week 12 and appears to be behind DJ Moore now. He's droppable in short bench leagues.

WR Marquise Goodwin, SF - Goodwin missed the juicy Bucs matchup because of a personal matter, the 49ers quarterback play is eroding, and they are headed to Seattle this week. He's just desperation play depth for now.

WR A.J. Green, CIN - Green wasn't close to playing in Week 12 after all, he lost his starting quarterback, and the team appears to be in January tee time mode. It's looking less likely that we'll see him again this year.

WR DeSean Jackson, TB - Jackson is getting a second opinion on his thumb and hasn't been on the same page with Jameis Winston in the deep passing game. He's droppable in short bench leagues.

WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI - Jeffery was quiet in a matchup he dominated earlier this year. The Eagles are going more to the running game with Josh Adams, and Zach Ertz is taking up the slack in the passing game. Jeffery is just a low ceiling WR3/Flex heading into a matchup with Josh Norman.

WR Marvin Jones, DET - Jones was placed on IR and can be dropped in all redraft leagues.

WR Jarvis Landry, CLE - Landry is just one of a supporting cast of many in a very good Browns passing game right now. He's not startable and might be droppable in short bench leagues.

WR Sterling Shepard, NYG - Even in great matchups, Shepard just isn't coming through for us. He'll be droppable in short bench leagues heading into a matchup against the Bears.

WR Courtland Sutton, DEN - Sutton isn't going to become a big part of this pass offense this year. He hasn't seen a big uptick in targets since Demaryius Thomas was traded and he isn't converting his opportunities. He can be dropped in short bench leagues.

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB - Valdes-Scantling's time as the #2 receiver for Aaron Rodgers was short-lived. He's blending into the crowd in this struggling offense and can be dropped in typical leagues.

WR Tyrell Williams, LAC - Williams missed Week 12, but could return for Week 13 against Pittsburgh.


Wide Receiver Holding steady

WR John Brown, BAL - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Brown had another small game, but better matchup that will require more passing from Lamar Jackson (or Joe Flacco) are coming, like this week at Atlanta. He could still matter before the end of the season. Brown had a long catch called back by penalty and had an uptick in targets this week.

WR Michael Crabtree, BAL - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Crabtree caught a score and could be in for a value jump with the Ravens heading into a set of matchups that will require them to throw more.

WR Anthony Miller, CHI - Miller was in the background against the Lions, but high-scoring games are coming against the Rams, Packers, and 49ers, so don't let him go on one bad fantasy game after he was building momentum.

WR Allen Robinson, CHI - Robinson was quiet in Week 12 because of Darius Slay, but Chase Daniel played well enough to make Robinson a WR3/Flex play even if Mitchell Trubisky can't go against the Giants this week. Better matchups are ahead in the fantasy playoffs.

WR Michael Thomas, NO - Thomas like the rest of the big names in the Saints offense was held back by the Falcons mistakes making the win too easy on Thanksgiving. He's still capable of being the WR1 in any given week.


Tight End Upgrade

TE Dan Arnold, NO - (waiver wire: 1%) - The former wide receiver continues to play like one despite counting and lining up as a tight end. He has streamer value heading into a Thursday night matchup with Dallas.

TE Cameron Brate, TB - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Brate caught a touchdown from Jameis Winston in a familiar sight during the Week 12 win, and Desean Jackson could be going on the shelf to narrow even further the list of targets Winston will have against the Panthers and going forward.

TE Vernon Davis, WAS - (waiver wire: 1%) - Davis was one of the highest scoring tight ends of Week 12 with a long touchdown, and he has a good matchup against the Eagles to move him into streaming consideration in deeper leagues this week.

TE Eric Ebron, IND - Ebron had a huge Week 12 and become a high floor play now that Jack Doyle has landed on IR.

TE Zach Ertz, PHI - Ertz was the centerpiece of the pass offense and bounced back from his worst week of the season in Week 11.

TE Gerald Everett, LAR - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Everett was last seen making a high skill and talent touchdown to win a massive game. He'll be worth streaming down the stretch.

TE Rob Gronkowski, NE - The rest did Gronkowski good after all. He caught a long touchdown in Gronkian style against tight coverage and was the target on three other end zone plays but Tom Brady was off. He's back to being a safe play against the Vikings next week.

TE Chris Herndon, NYJ - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Herndon continues to be a mainstay in the Jets pass offense, the quality of which will be upgraded as long as Josh McCown starts at quarterback.

TE Tyler Higbee, LAR - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Higbee was last seen collecting catches and getting 70+% of snaps one of the best offenses in the league. He'll be worth streaming down the stretch.

TE Matt LaCosse, DEN - (waiver wire: 1%) - Lacosse becomes the starter at tight end with Jeff Heuerman on IR. He caught a score against the Steelers and faced a Bengals defense that is down two starters at linebacker this week.

TE David Njoku, CLE - (waiver wire: 20-40%) - Njoku emerged from the mosh pit with a touchdown and looked healthy and strong in Week 12. The Browns pass offense spreads the ball around and limits Njoku's ceiling, but he's back among the TE1 candidates on the strength of this performance.

TE Jordan Reed, WAS - Reed is riffing with Colt McCoy and he'll face an Eagles defense that Rhett Ellison put up numbers against in Week 12. He's trending back into the Top 6-8 tight ends.

TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Rudolph had his best game since September in the win over the Packers. He'll be worth consideration for a start against the Patriots this week if you don't have an obvious TE1.

TE Jonnu Smith, TEN - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Smith came on with a long catch and run score early against the Texans, but wasn't heard from after that. He has still been consistent for a streaming tight end and is in consideration as a streamer again in Week 13 against the Jets.

TE C.J. Uzomah, CIN - (waiver wire: 1%) - Uzomah didn't have huge numbers against the Browns, but he did have 13 targets and this team figures to be playing from behind the rest of the season, so he has streamer value against the Broncos in deeper leagues.


Tight End Downgrade

TE Jack Doyle, IND - Doyle went on injured reserve with a kidney injury

TE Evan Engram, NYG - Engram missed Week 12 with a hamstring injury suffered during warmups but not reported until the game started. He could be an inconvenient game-time decision against the Bears this week.

TE Antonio Gates, LAC - Gates lost his map to the fountain of youth this week. He's droppable for a better streamer if you are using the waiver wire as your starter at tight end.

TE Jeff Heuerman, DEN - Heuerman was placed on injured reserve with rib and lung injuries.


Tight End Holding steady

TE Jimmy Graham, GB - Graham actually looked okay catching the ball on the majority of his targets and still got downfield for higher value balls from Aaron Rodgers. He's just a bottom end of the streamer play this week, but his value could trend back up as he gets comfortable playing through his thumb injury.

TE Vance McDonald, PIT - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - McDonald missed some time with a hip injury and dropped a sure score or his Week 12 would have been better. He'll have streamer value against the Chargers this week as long as the hip isn't a practice problem.

TE Greg Olsen, CAR - Olsen is fading from Cam Newton's target pecking order. He had a shot at another short score to save his week, but couldn't convert. He's an easy start against the Bucs, but without a good game this week we can't trust him in the fantasy playoffs.