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NFL fantasy football, Week 13: Waiver wire analysis

Players you should consider picking up this week

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For many of us there is one more week. That’s all that we have until the fantasy football playoffs begin. It is time to definitely crack down on any hidden gem that can take you over the top. That being said, it’s a bit of a weak week for the waiver wire, but that should not deter you from trying! Playoffs are right there after all. Without further ado, let me suggest someone who has been in the news all year round.


Colin Kaepernick (23 percent owned Yahoo)

Yup, I am indeed recommending the loser to the starting QB battle to Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick has been aggravating many with his off the field comments, but his play on the field has been nothing short of spectacular. He passed for 296 yards and added another 100 rushing on Sunday. He’s the perfect Chip Kelly quarterback that isn’t named Marcus Mariota. Look at his past four weeks in standard Yahoo scoring. He put up 23, 23, 19 and 34 points. That’s a tear.

Tyreek Hill (27 percent owned)

Hill had three touchdowns on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos and they all came in different ways. He had a kick return for a touchdown, he had a receiving touchdown and he even rushed the ball into the end zone himself. The Kansas City Chiefs will never have the most lethal passing game but Hill may prove to be the dynamic weapon the Chiefs have been needing ever since losing Jamaal Charles.

Taylor Gabriel (7 percent owned)
Perhaps the complement the Atlanta Falcons have needed for Julio Jones, Gabriel had a great Week 12 in which he scored two touchdowns. He’s getting more burn in that offense and any receiver lined up opposite Julio Jones will have opportunity.

Vernon Davis (9 percent owned)

Jordan Reed is a monster but it seems the injury bug will find him no matter what. Even though he’s quite tough by playing with injuries, it does seem likely he will miss some sort of time. Vernon Davis has been producing in his own right and the Washington Redskins offense has been quite potent in the air. Tight end is very weak so Davis might not be a bad option.

Malcolm Mitchell (3 percent owned)

To be honest, who knows with this one? Many of you might not even know who he is. He’s just another New England Patriots receiver. And that’s the problem. Tom Brady always seems to find his receivers no matter what. But will they be the next Julian Edelman or will they flame out? There’s many mouths to feed on the Patriots but Brady has eschewed a lot of them against the New York Jets in favor for Mitchell. At this point in the season, why not?