Fantasy football Week 13 waiver wire: D'Onta Foreman, Keke Coutee are back on radar

Injuries play a central theme in this week’s free agent list.

1. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans


Houston was prepared to welcome back Foreman from his long rehab for an Achilles tear — but then he was held out Monday night. The TExans didn’t offer many details about Foreman’s status but he said via Chron.com that he didn’t suffer any setbacks.

If the Texans really intend to bring back Foreman — and this hasn’t been gamesmanship by coach Bill O’Brien — then he’s worth a speculative add based on his prospect as a power runner, something the Texans lack no matter what they try to tell you about the combination of Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.


I’m still not convinced Foreman is the answer — they’d be crazy not to draft a running back next year — but for now Foreman might get goalline work and has speed to do a little more.

2. Keke Coutee, WR, Texans

As soon as the fantasy world fell in love with Coutee he was downed by a hamstring. With Demaryius Thomas doing next to nothing, Houston may lean on him in home matchups against the Browns and Colts — and fantasy may ride with him again, too. (Update: Originally published before Monday night’s game, Coutee’s standing in this week’s ranking takes a slight dip after he reinjured his hamstring. He’s expected to bounce back against the Browns, according to reports.)

3. Josh Reynolds, WR, Rams

When Cooper Kupp sustained an ACL tear, the question was whether Reynolds could step into his role as an equal partner in the Rams’ pass-catching triumvirate. He leaped the first hurdle with flying colors: six catches for 80 yards and a score against the Chiefs.

The Rams operate out of three-receiver 11 personnel an insane 98 percent of time, per sharpfootballstats.com. Kupp’s target share was about 10 percent less than Robert Woods’ and Cooks’, but the red-zone distribution was almost identical.

4. Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins

I considered Ryan Tannehill here but then quickly came to my senses. If you’re hard up for a quarterback or just need a streamer, you could do much worse than McCoy.

“I’ve been a starter before, had it taken away, and it's not a good feeling. I kind of battled my way back,” he said via ESPN.com leading up to his Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas. Division showdowns against the Eagles and Giants don’t look so bad, fantasy-wise.

5. Chris Conley, WR, Chiefs

Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley sprints with the ball against the Rams on Nov. 19.
Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley sprints with the ball against the Rams on Nov. 19. (Kyusung Gong / AP)

Conley spent most of the season in obscurity but broke out with seven catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns in that epic seesaw battle with the Rams. It’s no coincidence that Conley’s surge happened as Sammy Watkins struggled with a foot injury.

If Watkins remains limited or suffers a setback after the off week, Conley could emerge as a potential flex even as the fourth option in the Chiefs’ monstrous offense.


6. Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers

The Bucs placed O.J. Howard (foot/ankle) on injured reserve before Week 12, casting Brate back on the fantasy radar. There’s not much to play for in Tampa Bay other than evaluating Jameis Winston, but at least Brate has been one of Winston’s favorites.

7. Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens

Edwards came out of nowhere to post 115 yards with a touchdown and 2-point runs. After that game, coach John Harbaugh said Edwards had been building a case for carries for two months. “You get a chance every day in practice. Go out there and dominate. Gus has been doing that,” Harbaugh said via the team website. Edwards had a juicy matchup against the Raiders in Week 12.

8. Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers

Samuel is a gadget player who produces through his sizzling runs and catches. He’s a deep-league matchup play with an easier schedule on the horizon.

9. Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams

Contrary to the eye test, Todd Gurley is indeed human. We came face to face with that when we learned that an ankle injury contributed to his subdued stat line against the Chiefs. It’s a sobering reminder that fantasy managers might want to roster Gurley’s handcuff before the playoffs get here.

10. Colts defense/special teams

Indy’s not known for putting up gaudy numbers, but they got five sacks and two interceptions Week 11 against the Titans on their way to 13 fantasy points. After taking on Ryan Tannehill, looks who’s next on the schedule: Blake Bortles, Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott and Eli Manning.Insert story text here.

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