Welcome back everyone. The week 12 waiver wire offers a few intriguing options. Keep in mind there are VERY few surprises at this point in the season. Most roles have been solidified meaning most of the names listed below should be relatively familiar to you. Players appearing in my week 12 winning on the waiver wire article are owned in 40% or fewer of Yahoo leagues. Suggested FAAB bids appear in green. If you’re still holding on to a healthy amount of your FAAB budget (or a high waiver priority) and heading to the playoffs now is the time to spend.
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Winning on the Waiver Wire | Week 12
Week 12 Waiver Wire Must Adds
Samaje Perine – RB – Washington Redskins (33% owned) | 50-100% FAAB
Perine was a suggested add last week, and hopefully you pounced on the opportunity as he will now enter week 12 as the top overall waiver wire add in all formats. Chris Thompson suffered a season ending fractured fibula injury leaving Perine to operate as the Redskins workhorse. Perine seized the chance and posted career highs in touches and yards with 23 carries for 117 yards and a TD (plus a reception for 9 yards). Washington will undoubtedly bring in some running back depth to spell Perine, however he should be locked in to 20+ carries per week going forward. Whatever FAAB budget you have left isn’t really worth hanging on to after this week anyway with the playoffs just around the corner, and you’re unlikely to find a better workhorse over the next 2 weeks. Pick up Samaje where available.
Josh Doctson – WR – Washington Redskins (27% owned) | 16% FAAB
If you missed out on the Perine sweepstakes Doctson is a fine consolation prize as he has now drawn 7 targets in back to back weeks and draws a dream matchup with the decimated New York Giants secondary in week 12. Doctson was able to haul in 4 receptions for 81 yards even while being covered by one of the top corners in the NFL this past week (Lattimore), and he should find the going much easier this upcoming week against New York. If you need a receiver off waivers, Josh should be your target.
Tyrod Taylor – QB – Buffalo Bills (40% owned) | 10% FAAB
Quarterbacks rarely make the must add section, but Tyrod is a special case. The Buffalo Bills made the shocking decision to start Nathan Peterman against the Chargers, and he promptly went out and threw FIVE interceptions against the Chargers in the 1st half. Tyrod Taylor came in for the 2nd half to complete 15 of 25 passes for 158 yards and a TD. The only reason his ownership dipped under 50% was thanks to the Bills making the change at QB, and assuming Tyrod starts week 12 (as he should), he is an absolute must add even if you just need a solid backup quarterback option off waivers. The Bills upcoming schedule looks positively juicy with KC, NE, IND and MIA coming up over the next month and Tyrod should remain a solid low end QB1 as long as his coach doesn’t make any more knee jerk decisions to start an inferior QB.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Suggested Adds
Kenny Stills – WR – Miami Dolphins (37% owned) | 5% FAAB
In the first half of the Bucs vs Dolphins game Stills was practically invisible seeing just one reception for 26 yards, however that all changed late in the 2nd half as Jay Cutler departed with a concussion. Stills’ BFF Matt Moore took over at QB and immediately started peppering Kenny with targets adding an additional 6 receptions, 154 yards and a TD to bring Stills final stat line to 7 receptions for 180 yards and a TD. The Dolphins offense looked much improved once Moore took over under center, and hopefully the Miami coaching staff will agree as a QB change will likely improve the fantasy prospects of a number of Miami players over the final few weeks of the season. If Moore starts in week 12 consider Stills as WR3 with tremendous upside given his connection with the backup QB.
Devontae Booker – RB – Denver Broncos (7% owned) | 7% FAAB
As a Broncos fan I’m hesitant to recommend anyone from this offense but I’d be foolish to ignore Booker’s snap counts against the Bengals (Rotoworld calculated him at 18 more snaps than CJ Anderson). Booker finished with 14 carries for 44 yards while adding another 5 receptions for 54 yards (compared to CJA’s 13 carries and 2 receptions). Devontae has slowly seen his snap counts rise since week 6, though most of his looks were in pass catching situations until this past Sunday against Cincinnati. It seems McCoy may be looking for a bit more explosiveness out of his backfield, and while CJ Anderson may still be the “starter”, Booker could eventually emerge as the more viable fantasy option.
Bruce Ellington – WR – Houston Texans (8% owned) | 4% FAAB
Over his past 3 weeks Bruce Ellington has seen 8, 8 and now 7 targets. If Will Fuller remains out we can expect these numbers to continue which could be huge as the Texans will see the Titans in week 13 followed by the 49ers in week 14. Bruce draws a rough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens in week 12 making him a very risky flex play but if you’re looking for target volume, particularly in PPR formats he looks like a terrific pickup heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Damien Williams – RB – Miami Dolphins (35% owned) | 3% FAAB
Williams continues to split snaps with Kenyan Drake for the Miami Dolphins, and for the 3rd consecutive week Kenyan saw more snaps making Drake the preferred option in the Miami backfield. Damien had one noteworthy run for 69 yards early in the 1st quarter before meandering his way to 9 carries for 9 yards with his remaining touches. While Damien could break a long run each week, he’ll only have 8-10 carries to do it with meaning he’ll be an extremely risky fantasy start thoughout the fantasy playoffs.
Austin Ekeler – RB – San Diego Chargers (35% owned) | 3% FAAB
Owners who gambled on Ekeler coming off a monster week 10 performance against the Jags were left sweating for 3 quarters until the blowout was assured, then Austin came in late and stormed his way to 6 carries for 40 yards and a TD including 2 receptions for 18 yards. Given Austin’s complete lack of involvement until the game was well in hand he remains a risky boom or bust play in 12+ team leagues heading into the fantasy football playoffs.
Dontrelle Inman – WR – Chicago Bears (13% owned) | 1% FAAB
For the second straight week Inman led the Bears in receiving yardage, this time catching 3 passes for 43 yards (on 5 targets). With the Eagles coming up in week 12 expect Chicago to be playing from behind most of the game which should bring Dontrelle’s target total up to the 7-8 range making him a decent gamble in the flex for teams in deeper 12 team formats.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Deep League Adds
- Corey Clement – RB – Philadelphia Eagles (10% owned)
- 6 carries for 50 yards and a TD as a member of a FOUR WAY RBBC! Tough to trust any RB options when so many different backs are able to see looks in this offense.
- TJ Jones – WR – Detroit Lions (2% owned)
- Fighting with Kenny Golladay for WR3 snaps in Detroit. Decent 4 receptions for 55 yards this past Sunday
- Garrett Celek – TE – San Francisco 49ers (1% owned)
- Had 6 targets and 4 receptions against the Giants before bye. Worth a look for a receiving needy SF team with SEA coming up in week 12.
- Adam Shaheen – TE – Chicago Bears (0% owned)
- Bears pass catching tight end now with Zach Miller out. 4 receptions for 41 yards and a TD
- Ricky Seals-Jones – TE – Arizona Cardinals (0% owned)
- Everyone in the fantasy football discord was joking about where Seals-Jones would land in the waiver wire article. Will his 3 catch for 54 yards and 2 TD game be the breakout he needs? Maybe… like 2% maybe. But more likely this will be Ricky’s moment in the limelight before fading back into fantasy obscurity. There isn’t really a league format I’d consider picking him up in.
Monday Night Special
If your league allows you to drop a bench player for someone who hasn’t yet played, here are a few waiver wire stashes to consider ahead of Monday Night Football.
J.D. McKissic – RB – Seattle Seahawks (8% owned)
McKissic figures to be the primary change of pace and receiving option in the Seahawks backfield Monday night against the Falcons with Prosise sidelined due to an ankle injury. While he may not be the next Alvin Kamara we have seen explosiveness out of McKissic in another primetime game against the Colts in week 4, making him an interesting stash ahead of MNF.