Dynasty Adds To Target On Waivers, Going Into Week 13
With bye weeks now complete, most dynasty leagues are going into the final week of the fantasy football regular season, fighting for playoff positioning. If you have continued being active on your waiver wire, then hopefully you have been able to find some players that helped you win some of your weeks. Below I’ll go over each offensive position; quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight ends in dynasty to help guide you with who should be added going into week 13. I’m going to use My Fantasy League for this article, but these suggestions should apply to other formats too. Let’s dive into the depleted waiver wire and who are the top dynasty adds.
Quarterback – Devlin Hodges
Devlin “Duck” Hodges replaced starting quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was benched in the third quarter of Sundays game, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Before Rudolph got benched he was 8 of 16 for 85 yards and an interception. Hodges was 5 of 11 for 118 yards and a touchdown, in relief. Most of the yardage came when he hit James Washington for a 79 yard touchdown. While neither guy looks like the long term option, Hodges seems like the one who will be under center, when the Steelers face the Browns, this week. Currently, the Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, is still deciding on who will start, but my bet is on Hodges.
From a dynasty perspective, I think Hodges could be someone worth adding for those in need of quarterback help or those in 2 QB leagues. Ben Roethlisberger, who was lost to a season ending elbow injury, early on this season, does plan to play out the remainder of his contract, which runs through the 2021 season. This is assuming he’s healthy enough to continue playing. If you own Roethlisberger, I’d make sure to add Hodges and see if the Steelers use a high pick on a quarterback, in the upcoming draft.
Running back – Benny Snell
Coming into week 12 James Conner was ruled out and Jaylen Samuels was the one getting all of the hype as the back to own. However, the player who out snapped Samuels 36 to 22 and outperformed him was Benny Snell. Snell finished week 12 with 98 rushing yards on 21 carries and added one catch for 5 yards. Samuels on the other hand, ended week 12 with 6 rushing yards on 2 carries and added 3 catches for 26 yards.
Much like the Pittsburgh quarterback situation Snell and Samuels aren’t anything special. What fantasy owners and dynasty owners look for is opportunity. Depending on the health of starting running back, James Conner for this week against the Browns, Snell is at the very least someone to add.
Running back – Patrick Laird
Patrick Laird is more of a deep dynasty league add or someone to add to your watch list. While owning a Miami Dolphins running back isn’t exciting, in dynasty, we are looking long term. Kalen Ballage is the starter, but isn’t all that productive. While Myles Gaskin has been the long term player to own, Laird is the one who’s been getting more snaps the last three weeks. Laird has out snapped Gaskin 47 to 28 and has more rushing yards 31 to 10. This is just something to consider, also keep in mind the Dolphins could draft or sign a free agent in the off season.
Wide Receiver – Tim Patrick
Tim Patrick (shoulder) returned from injured reserve in week 11. Over the last two weeks he’s played 73% and 64% of the offensive snaps. He’s running as the clear number 3 receiver in Denver. In his two games he has 5 catches on 11 targets for 80 yards. It doesn’t help that the Broncos have had terrible quarter back play this season. No matter who’s under center, Patrick is someone worth adding going into 2020, with the hopes that Denver improves their quarter back play.
Tight End – Ben Braunecker
This is another deep dynasty league add or someone to add to your watch list. With Trey Burton (calf) on injured reserve and Adam Shaheen (foot) sidelined Braunecker is the one who been getting the start. Over the last two weeks he has played 66% and 71% of the offensive snaps as the starting tight end. He hasn’t been all that productive, but he’s been getting more involved in the offense, each week. For the season, he has 6 catches on 11 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. If he had better quarter back play he might be more of an appealing add.
Depending on the size of your dynasty leagues and roster sizes, these players may be deeper adds. Nonetheless, it is always important to stay one step ahead of your fellow owners on the wavier wire. The savvy dynasty owner is looking for opportunities along with current usage. Always remember to check your waiver wire(s) every week, even if you think there isn’t anything worth adding. Good luck in week 13!