Early Fantasy Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets: Jayden Reed, Pat Freiermuth Could be Stretch Run Heroes

There are a couple of useful waiver wire targets that could alter the final few games of the fantasy season.

Week 13 will be interesting, with six teams on the bye, which makes the waiver wire more important than usual. It’s not loaded with season saviors by any means, but a few studs are available in over 50 percent of leagues.

Jayden Reed and Pat Freiermuth might be fantasy playoff lineup staples, while there’s a defense that could put up 20-plus this week. So, let’s take a quick look at the top fantasy Week 13 waiver wire targets before we publish our start, stash, and stream article on Monday night.

Week 14 Bye Weeks: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, NY Giants

Note: Roster percentage based on Yahoo! and should hover around 50%

JAYDEN REED, WR, GREEN BAY PACKERS (47% ROSTERED)

Do you believe in Jayden Reed yet?

The rookie was targeted eight times on Thanksgiving and caught four of those for 34 yards and a score. He also added another 16 yards on two carries. That makes 13 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games as he battles Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs atop the Packers’ target totem pole.

Although he sees fewer snaps than both Watson and Doubs, his snap count is increasing each week and the Packers are finding creative ways to get him the football (14 targets and five carries last two weeks). With six teams on the Week 13 bye, Reed can be streamed and maybe even started depending on your rest-of-season depth chart.

This dude should not be available in over 50 percent of leagues.

PAT FREIERMUTH, TE, PITTSBURGH STEELERS (48%)

We highlighted Pat Freiermuth in our Week 12 tight end streamers list, but we won’t blame you if you sit the Steelers tight end. The former Nittany Lion caught nine of 11 targets for 120 yards — proving the new OC bump is real in Pittsburgh.

“It was awesome to reach my first over 100-yard game, it’s been a thing that I’ve been striving for. My last one was in college, so it’s awesome,” Freiermuth said after the game.

Freiermuth was a chunk of the Steelers’ revitalized offense that cracked 400 total yards for the first time in 58 regular season games. They also outgained their opponent for the first time this season. Even though Freiermuth struggled this season, he’s only a year removed from a 63-reception season with 732 yards and two scores. 

“We knew what they were gonna do,” Freiermuth added. “Especially the coverage that they were playing, that’s where I eat.”

Freiermuth gets the Cardinals, Patriots, Colts, and Bengals moving forward, meaning he could be a rest-of-season starter, if needed.

JAMESON WILLIAMS, WR, DETROIT LIONS (22%)

The 2022 first-round pick is starting to fill a role in the Lions’ offense after catching four balls on six targets for 95 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks. Those numbers won’t wow anyone, but if you need a wide receiver streamer as the fantasy playoffs inch closer, then Jameson Williams could be your guy.

While the target share shouldn’t make you break the FAAB bank, Williams’ 64% and 63% snap share should give fantasy owners some optimism. Like any deep threat, the floor is frightening, but the ceiling is tremendous for the young wideout averaging roughly 24 yards per catch over his last two games.

ATLANTA FALCONS DST (10%)

The Falcons are coming off a strong outing against the Saints, allowing only 15 points. More importantly, they had an interception, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown.

Oh, and they get Tim Boyle and the Jets next week.

Expect the Falcons DST to highlight our weekly DST streamers column on Monday.

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