Waiver Wire: Week 12

Tyler Orginski @FFTylerO

Waiver Wire: Week 12

Whether you won or lost, it’s time to round out that playoff roster or get ready to make the push for that final playoff spot. Active teams win leagues, and you are now tasked with the difficult decision on not only who to pick-up but how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider the order in which the players are listed, by position, to determine their priority. Players available in ~33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week’s twelve waiver wire article. 



Sam Darnold – (2-3%)

I have been advocating for Sam Darnold’s weeks 9-14 schedule all season. So it has been great to see him land in the top 12 over the past two weeks. With the Raiders on deck and the Bengals and Dolphins to follow, he can be a fringe QB1 for the next three weeks. 


Jacoby Brissett – (1-2%)

Brissett posted his season-high fantasy performance (28 points) against the Texans earlier this year. This week he draws the Texans on Thursday Night Football. Regardless of Hilton’s health, Brissett is a strong streamer as Houston gives up the 6th most fantasy points to the QB position. 



If Derrius Guice is available, pick him up first and bid 20-25%. 

Jonathan Williams/Nyheim Hines – (15-20%)

With Marlon Mack out with a hand injury, the Colts backfield is now up for grabs. While I do not expect any player to step in and take the Mack role in full, these two guys are certainly worth owning and flexing. We saw Williams get the majority of the opportunity last week, but the Colts had already put the game away. In negative and neutral game scripts, I expect to see much more of Hines. I understand Wilkins could see some shares, but I am taking a stand and sticking by the above two guys. 

Tony Pollard/Alexander Mattison/Gus Edwards – (10-12%)

I will never stop posting this: These three are shaping up to be fantasy football’s elite handcuffs. They need to be owned and are possible league winners. If you wanted to drop 15% on Pollard, I wouldn’t stop ya. 

Bo Scarbrough – (8-10%)

Detroit’s backfield is still a mess, but the offense is more than serviceable under back-up Jeff Driskel. Scarbrough emerged as the lead first and second back and is poised to see goal-line work. While he likely won’t see significant volume with a three-back rotation, 12-14 carries and goal-line touches can get almost any team through the bye week. 

Kalen Ballage – (2-3%)

Ballage is awful, but the volume is there. He is only a desperation play. 

The one %ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Trey Edmonds – JD McKissic – Jay Ayaji – Malcolm Brown


Wide Receiver

If Deebo Samuel is available, pick him up first, and bid 10-15%. 

Darius Slayton – (8-9%)

Apologies as I have been referring to Slayton and “Medium Play Slay.” The guy has big-play ability, and Daniel Jones certainly loves looking his way (14 targets in week 10). The return of Engram and possibly Shepard may cloud things in terms of target share; however, he offers something unique to this team and is worth riding out. 

Randall Cobb – (7-8%)

It’s incredible to watch Cobb have a career resurgence near the end of his career now that he is paired with an elite QB (I kid, I kid). In reality, the Cowboys offense is flying high, and Cobb has been getting looks (8/8/7) over the past three games and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in back to back weeks. I have no issue rolling him out there in your flex moving forward. 

James Washington – (6-7%)

I don’t necessarily love James Washington, the player, but both Juju and Diontae Johnson are questionable this week. Both suffered what appeared to be pretty severe concussions, so seeing them both sit would not shock me. This opens up a lot of looks for Washington; you could certainly do worse as the Steelers take on the Bengals this week. 

Mecole Hardman – (4-5%)

Hardman’s volume (and snap count) is tough to trust on a week to week basis, but we did see a Tyreek Hill injury on Monday Night. When Tyreek sits, Hardman sees consistently sees a snap count in the upper 60% range to pair with five targets. While on the surface, these numbers may not seem ideal, Hardman is a threat whenever he touches the ball. With the Chiefs on bye, he’s lower on this list, but he’s a borderline must-start if Tyreek misses time. 

The one %ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

AJ Brown – Corey Davis – Hunter Renfrow – Taylor Gabriel – N’Keal Harry


Tight End

Dallas Goedert – (7-8%)

Goedert is a full-time player and will be all year long. He needs to be higher owned and can help any TE needy team. 

Noah Fant – (6-7%)

Fant’s stock has been rising since the Emmanuel Sanders trade, leading all TE’s with a 26% target share. While the offense in Denver isn’t exactly booming, he does offer big-play ability and should be owned. 

Vance McDonald – (3-4%)

In a similar vein as James Washington, I do not love Vance, but his opportunity could be too great to pass up with Juju and Diontae sit. While I like the above two TEs rest of season, Vance is a great week 12 streamer. 

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