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Fantasy Football Waiver Watch: Week Thirteen

Week Thirteen is the final bye week, and likely your final round of the regular fantasy season before playoffs start. We’re breaking down the best options available on the waiver wire in at least 50% of leagues.

NFL: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This week thankfully marks the end of the byes. Tennessee and Cleveland are the last two teams up, and their absence shouldn’t crush your lineup too much. For a lot of leagues, this is the last regular season round of matchups before fantasy football playoffs start. The waiver wire is pretty empty at this point, but let’s take a look and evaluate who is worth a last minute add before your playoff run.

Colin Kaepernick (QB - SF): The 49ers’ quarterback has strung together four solid fantasy performances in a row now, and can officially be considered a safe starter. He also has a handful of decent matchups coming up against the Lions and the Falcons during fantasy playoffs. He’s a solid streaming option if you need a quarterback.
(ESPN: 22.8% owned)

Taylor Gabriel (WR - ATL): The Falcons’ wideout has had an impressive four week stretch, including four touchdowns over four games. He has compiled between 52-76 yards in each contest, and is a good big play option for your fantasy roster. Grab him if you need depth or a flex play option.
(ESPN: 3.6% owned)

Malcolm Mitchell (WR - NE): Mitchell now has back to back games with a touchdown, and has been explosive over that span. He has 140 yards and three touchdowns over the past two weeks, and seems to be developing as one of Tom Brady’s top targets. New England has a tendency to spread the ball around, so I find it hard to rely on their wideouts week in and week out. But Mitchell is a good bet, and a nice waiver add as we head into the fantasy stretch.
(ESPN: 2.7% owned)

Marquess Wilson (WR - CHI): Someone had to step up in the wake of Alshon Jeffery’s suspension, and so far, Wilson has done the best job. He had 125 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee last week, and could provide an explosive option for your fantasy roster as well. He’s worth an add if you need depth at receiver.
(ESPN: 0.2% owned)

Kenneth Dixon (RB - BAL): Yes, Dixon is on this list again after burning us a handful of times with low production. But he looks for real now, as he continues to evolve into the Ravens’ primary back. He may not be your starter this week, but if he does have a decent game, he could be a streaming option for playoffs. Running back is still an absurdly thin position for fantasy purposes, and you don’t have many options left on the wire.
(ESPN: 25.1% owned)

What do you think, fantasy owners? Is there anyone else you want to see on the list this week? Is there a favorite target on your waiver wire that you’re aiming for? Do you have a fantasy strategy to share or questions to ask? The comments section is yours to discuss anything and everything fantasy football. Best of luck making playoffs if this week decides your fantasy fate!