December 5, 2023, 6:14 pm
Week 13 was an electrifying week for fantasy football, with points scored up and down the week’s slate of games. As we enter Week 14 of the 2023 season, the Commanders and Cardinals are on bye and many fantasy players are trying to sneak into the playoffs or gear up for a deep run. Now, it’s time to scramble to the waiver wire to bid for this week’s hot talent and plug up holes on fantasy rosters. Inversely, it’s also time to cut players that disappointed in Week 13 to free up space for the next big thing. Sometimes an empty space on a fantasy team for waivers is more valuable than someone rostered in a majority of fantasy leagues. For this piece, I’m going to be referring to players rostered by at least 25 percent of teams in ESPN leagues, and I’ll list them in descending order of those ownership percentages.
Note: I will likely not be including any of the players I already mentioned in the previous week’s list. I suggest clicking the link below and making sure you don’t have some of those guys still hitching a ride on your roster.
RB Khalil Herbert – Chicago Bears (62% ESPN, 59% Yahoo!)
Khalil Herbert’s 2023 season was off to a shoddy start before he put up 22 PPR fantasy points in Week 4, only to get injured in Week 5 and be sidelined the next five games. In his first game back from injury in Week 11 Herbert got 16 carries for 35 yards, operating the lead role out of the backfield, but disappointing with an inefficient performance. Herbert saw a down tick in Week 12, while the Bears decided that rookie RB Roschon Johnson was ready for a shot at the starting RB, and Johnson recorded the second-highest single-game snap share by a Bears tailback this season. Johnson had 16 touches for 75 yards, including five receptions along the way. In a season where the Bears are all but eliminated from playoff contention, the Bears should look to assess their rookie running back for the remainder of the year, while Herbert continues his role that is insufficient for the remainder of the 2023 fantasy football season.
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