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2023 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth (88) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals safety Nick Scott (33) after a catch a in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium. Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK

Welcome to The 33rd Team’s fantasy football waiver wire article. The players listed below are recommended acquisitions in both points-per-reception (PPR) and half-PPR scoring formats. The list will be updated as news breaks throughout the week. 

Players listed below are available in at least 70 percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues unless otherwise stated.

Check out Takeaways From Every Week 12 Game here.

Top Waiver Wire Options

Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone (34) pressures Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) in the second half during the annual Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field. David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers TE

Fifty-five percent of current Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB)

Pat Freiermuth was eased into action in Week 11 following his return from injured reserve before erupting for a Week 12-high 120 yards receiving, catching nine of 11 targets. Freiermuth is a weekly TE1 for managers in need.

Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers QB

Twelve percent of current FAAB

As detailed in the Takeaways article, Jordan Love has asserted himself as the team’s offensive focal point, capable of delivering high-end results in shootouts. Love has a fantasy-friendly rest-of-season schedule.

Ty Chandler, Minnesota Vikings RB

Ten percent of current FAAB

The Minnesota Vikings’ explosive 1A RB Ty Chandler is a must-add, elite stash option through the team’s Week 13 bye week. Coach Kevin O’Connell could use the time off to elevate Chandler to the 1A role over sluggish RB Alexander Mattison.

Josh Downs, Indianapolis Colts WR

Ten percent of current FAAB

Indianapolis Colts WRs Josh Downs and Michael Pittman Jr. both earned 13 targets in Week 12, the second-most among Week 12 wide receivers.

Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens TE

Ten percent of current FAAB

The Baltimore Ravens are on their bye. Teams in the playoff hunt should stash the team’s de facto slot receiver, TE Isaiah Likely.

Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore Ravens RB

Ten percent of current FAAB

Rookie RB Keaton Mitchell led the Ravens' Week 12 backfield in both rushing attempts (nine) and targets (two).

Brandin Cooks, Dallas Cowboys WR

Seven percent of current FAAB

Brandin Cooks is a weekly WR4/flex option.

Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers WR

Six percent of current FAAB

Jayden Reed averaged seven targets and 2.5 rushing attempts per game over the last two weeks. 

A.T. Perry, New Orleans Saints WR

Six percent of current FAAB

Rookie A.T. Perry might enter Week 13 as the New Orleans Saints' de facto No. 1 wide receiver.

Royce Freeman, Los Angeles Rams RB

Six percent of current FAAB

Royce Freeman is startable as a matchup-based flex option.

Stash These Players Now

Houston Texans wide receiver Noah Brown (85) runs with the ball against Cincinnati Bengals safety Dax Hill (23) in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers WR

Five percent of current FAAB

Joshua Palmer (knee) is eligible to return from injured reserve this week.

Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders WR

Five percent of current FAAB

Curtis Samuel could emerge as the Washington Commanders' wide receiver platoon leader.

Noah Brown, Houston Texans WR

Five percent of current FAAB

Noah Brown (knee) is a high-quality bench stash.

Dontayvion Wicks, Green Bay Packers WR

Five percent of current FAAB

Dontayvion Wicks (concussion/knee) is a smart bench stash.

Rico Dowdle, Dallas Cowboys RB

Four percent of current FAAB 

The Dallas Cowboys' No. 2 RB Rico Dowdle is an elite bench-stash option for fantasy football playoff teams.

Jeff Wilson Jr., Miami Dolphins RB

Four percent of current FAAB 

Jeff Wilson Jr. is a valuable bench stash.

Samaje Perine, Denver Broncos RB

Four percent of current FAAB 

Samaje Perine is a valuable bench stash after the Denver Broncos' No. 1 RB Javonte Williams briefly exited with a Week 12 neck injury.

Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills WR

Three percent of current FAAB

The Buffalo Bills face a trio of expected shootouts following their Week 13 bye, making slot WR Khalil Shakir an ideal wide receiver stash option.

Latavius Murray, Buffalo Bills RB

Two percent of current FAAB

Latavius Murray has high-upside contingent value. 

D’Onta Foreman, Chicago Bears RB

One percent of current FAAB

D’Onta Foreman’s Week 12 inactive status (high-ankle sprain) — coupled with the Chicago Bears' Week 13 bye — should lead to a precipitous drop in rostership rate.

Streaming Options

Tennessee Titans tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo (85) narrowly misses the end zone after a reception against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Nissan Stadium. Denny Simmons / The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK


Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts (@ Tennessee Titans)

Six percent of current FAAB

Gardner Minshew and the Indianapolis Colts face the Tennessee Titans’ soft coverage unit. 

Jake Browning, Cincinnati Bengals (@ Jacksonville Jaguars)

Two percent of current FAAB

The Cincinnati Bengals' rest-of-season starting QB Jake Browning has the requisite pass-catching corps to stay fantasy-relevant in winnable matchups.

Tight Ends

Tucker Kraft, Green Bay Packers (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

Two percent of current FAAB

The Green Bay Packers’ current No. 1 TE Tucker Kraft’s two Week 12 targets came in the red zone and the green zone — for 15 receiving yards and a touchdown. Kraft’s promising starting debut bodes well for his role in an impending Week 13 shootout. 

Chigoziem Okonkwo, Tennessee Titans (vs. Indianapolis Colts)

Two percent of current FAAB

In Week 13, Chigoziem Okonkwo faces the Colts, who recently cut star LB Darius Leonard. 


Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins (@ Washington Commanders)

Six percent of current FAAB

The game between the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Commanders opened with a 49.5-point FanDuel over/under, Week 13’s highest game total. 

(The Dolphins face the Titans’ soft pass defense in Week 14.) 


Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST (vs. Carolina Panthers)

Six percent of current FAAB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' D/ST feasts on the Carolina Panthers' failing first-round rookie QB Bryce Young in Week 13. 

Atlanta Falcons D/ST (@ New York Jets)

Six percent of current FAAB

New York Jets QB Tim Boyle possesses a fantasy-friendly profile for opposing defense/special teams units. The Atlanta Falcons’ D/ST has high-scoring potential in Week 13.

Looking Ahead to Week 14

Defenses/Special Teams

New Orleans Saints D/ST (vs. Carolina Panthers)

One percent of current FAAB

The New Orleans Saints get Young in Week 14. 

Houston Texans D/ST @ New York Jets

One percent of current FAAB

The Houston Texans get Boyle in Week 14. 

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