Fantasy Football Waiver Wire NFL Week 13 Josh Downs AT

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire NFL Week 13: Josh Downs, AT Perry, streamers and more – The Athletic

Week 13 fantasy football waiver wire is thin! And that’s even before byemageddon is taken into account again. We have the Saints with multiple receiver injuries that make AT Perry interesting, some timeshare running backs like Tyler Allgeier, and wideouts that shouldn’t be available (hello, Josh Downs). So there is some help with waivers after all.


  • Players must be less than 60% registered on Yahoo
  • Listed in Order of preference — I often prioritize potential upside over immediate mediocre production
  • No FAB suggestions: It varies greatly depending on league trends and is always relative (e.g. if you lost your RB1 due to injury and there is a clear replacement, you will be more aggressive)
  • Streaming QB and TE are grouped together – weekly rankings may change as predictions/ranks are executed – daylight saving time may also shift slightly


More ducks (and eggs) = more worry

  • Tua Tagovailoa, MIA 🦆🦆🦆🥚 – In his last three games (Weeks 9-12), Tagovailoa is QB22 in FPPG…behind Tommy DeVito. He has two games with more than 18 points since Week 6 and the Dolphins face TEN, NYJ, DAL and BAL after the Commanders this week. You want Tua to be out there in Week 13, but I would have a backup plan after that.
  • James Conner, ARI 🦆🦆🦆 — Conner’s appeal was his ability – when healthy – and his volume. The latter seems paltry, as Michael Carter has a 38.1 RBTouch% to Conner’s 47.6, and Carter also plays 83.3% of his snaps as passing plays. Carter seems capable as a timeshare participant, probably 40% or so, which could push Conner out of the RB2 tier.
  • Adam Thielen, CAR 🦆🦆🦆🥚🥚 – One more week. That’s what I give Thielen over a full-blown Infinity Duck. Thielen still rarely comes off the field, has double-digit goals in six games and was just 11-8-74 in Week 11, but … he also has marks of 5.4, 7.2 and 0 in three of his last four games .7 achieved. The Buccaneers are the best passing game you can find. So if Thielen (and Bryce Young) don’t look better – especially with the coaching changes – it’s time to panic.


Emojis and acronyms you should know

  • 😤 = I Tried to Tell Ya – Players in for several weeks (not much more to add if you don’t want them)
  • 🔍 = Check if dropped – Players whose managers may have cut for other reasons or out of impatience
  • 🎯 = Long-Term Target – Players with Starter+ potential who need patience (stash picks)
  • 🫡 = Backup/Next Man Up – Players who have almost no value, but have a starter+ edge if an injury is ahead of them
  • RBTouch% – RB Touch Percentage – Percentage of the team’s total RB touches this player had
  • TmTGT% – Team Goals Percentage – Percentage of the team’s total goals going to this player
  • G2G and GL – Goal-to-Go (within the 10-yard line) and Goal-Line (within the 5-yard line)
  • TmAirYD% – Team Air Yards Percentage – Percentage of the team’s total air yards that go to this player


  • Zach Charbonnet, SEA – Even with Kenneth Walker returning, Charbonnet was pushing for another split before Walker missed Week 12.
  • Tyler Allgeier, ATL – We find ourselves in a desert of timeshares and backups. The Falcons have the Jets, Buccaneers, Panthers, Colts and Bears left, with only the Buccaneers – and somewhat the Bears – remaining in terms of matchups. But even then, Allgeier was an RB3 in games where the Falcons were within a field goal or ahead.
  • Antonio Gibson, W.S.H – Has scored 4+ goals and 3+ receptions in seven of 11 games, and the Dolphins matchup should result in the Commanders dropping a lot of passes.
  • Michael Carter, ARI – Had eight touches (up to 10 for James Conner) with 4-4-15 receiving. Carter could provide Gibson-like value down the stretch.
  • D’Ernest Johnson, JAX – A few weeks ago Tank Bigsby overhauled and pushed Allgeier-like usability.
  • Royce Freeman, LAR – Getting some share and getting some goal-line looks even with Kyren Williams back and out.
  • Jeff Wilson, MIA – If De’Von Achane doesn’t return, Jeff Wilson is an RB3.
  • Zack Moss, IND — 🫡
  • Rico Dowdle, DAL — 🫡
  • Ezekiel Elliott, NE — 😤
  • Kenneth Gainwell, PHI — 😤
  • Latavius ​​Murray, BUF — 🫡
  • Joshua Kelley, LAC — 🫡
  • Ty Chandler, MIN — 🫡 Limited touches in the Bears’ game, which is a tough matchup on defense but can still be RB3/4 with better offensive performances. Plus, he’s next in line if Alexander Mattison misses time. Stash it if you still have room during the Vikings bye.
  • Elijah Mitchell, S.F — 🫡
  • Jamaal Williams, NR — 🫡
  • Roschon Johnson, CHI -Interesting effort without D’Onta Foreman as Johnson walked, touched and played Khalil Herbert. If you have room for Johnson, he’s worth holding onto to see how things shake out after the bye, but with Foreman back in the mix, it would be difficult to use this backfield committee.
  • Samaje Perine, DEN — 🫡
  • Matt Breida, NYG — 🫡

  • Josh Downs, IND — 😤
  • Jayden Reed, GB — 😤
  • Demario Douglas, NE — 😤 I hope he doesn’t miss any time.
  • Jalen Guyton, LAC – He didn’t score – almost had a touchdown – but Guyton was the only receiver outside of Keenan Allen with more than 55% of routes (86.3) and five targets.
  • AT Perry, NO – Chris Olave is likely out (concussion) and Rashid Shaheed is doubtful (quad), putting Perry at the top of the receiver group, followed by Lynn Bowden and Keith Kirkwood. Perry is still a WR4 boom/bust play as Taysom Hill likely snuffs out any potential opportunities.
  • Curtis Samuel, W.S.H — 😤
  • Noah Brown, HOU – Brown has been listed here since his big games and has suffered injuries since then, but the upside of being a top-40 receiver is worth guarding for his return.
  • Brandin Cooks, DAL – Cooks has been inconsistent, but all four of his double-digit finishes have come in the last six games, and the Cowboys have to finish the season with the Eagles, Bills, Dolphins and Lions, potentially pushing the passing side of the offense.
  • Jonathan Mingo, CAR – Things were finally looking up for Mingo with a 25.0 TmTGT%, and the coaching changes could help boost the offense and give Mingo some WR4 value down the stretch.
  • Tutu Atwell, LAR – Atwell won’t be the best Rams receiver, but oddly enough, similar to Zay Jones, he has a Hail Mary WR4 rating thanks to Matthew Stafford’s deep shooting.
  • Elijah Moore, CLE – Even if Amari Cooper is fine in Week 13, Moore is getting his short-to-intermediate fix whether it’s PJ Walker or Dorian Thompson-Robinson and had nine targets in Week 12.
  • Zay Jones, JAX – Healthy, which was more about helping Calvin Ridley (as we know), but deeper leagues can opt for a “Hail Mary” matchup and pray for a touchdown.
  • Michael Wilson, ARI – Wilson could be eliminated in the bye, but his upside is as a WR3 for the fantasy playoffs if he wants to hide something.
  • Jalin Hyatt, NYG – As the Giants look to open up the offense and evaluate 2024 options, Hyatt (a speedy, power threat) is a top-two receiver with an insane 19.4 YD/REC and 24.9 AirYD/TGT. (Goodbye).
  • Rashod Bateman, BAL – With a bye but with Mark Andrews out, Bateman saw an increase in appearances as he also got healthy. Bateman is still a talented receiver and can push for the No. 2 role if Odell Beckham struggles, whether with performance or injury.
  • MEH 😒

    • Rondale Moore and Greg Dortch, ARI – Moore doesn’t see much volume and Dortch doesn’t see consistent participation among the top two routes. Dortch is a good flyer for a week if Michael Wilson doesn’t return, but the Cardinals have a bye next week.
    • Caliph Raymond, DET — Games like this happen two to three times a year for Raymond.


    • Jordan Love, GB – ❤️❤️❤️ Love has scored 20.9 and 26.6 points in the last two games, respectively, after a mini-rebound of 16.7 in Week 10. It’s no coincidence that he has 2+ passing touchdowns in each contest with a 5.0-9.4 TD/ATT% after topping has scored 3.8% just once since Week 2. The Chiefs will be a real test as the last two games have come against the weak pass defenses of the Chargers and Lions. I’m starting to forgive, but not completely. Luckily, even though Love struggles against the Chiefs, the Giants, Bucs, Panthers and Vikings are putting an end to the Packers.
    • Christian Watson, GB – ❤️ As someone commented during the podcast: “Stop playing games with my heart.” I want to see more from Watson, who had his first game with more than three balls. Sure, back-to-back weeks with a touchdown is nice, but having just one 37-yard game before Week 12 is not.



    Week 13

    • JAX vs CIN
    • LAC at NE
    • LAR vs. CLE
    • TB vs CAR
    • ATL at NYJ
    • DET at NO
    • IND at TEN

    Week 14

    • NO vs. AUTO
    • UK to NYG
    • JAX at CLE
    • HOU at NYJ
    • CIN vs IND
    • MIN at LV

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