Waiver Wire: Week 12

Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy


Waiver Wire: Week 12

Bye week teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Theo Riddick – RB | Detroit Lions

Theo makes consecutive weeks on the waiver wire add list. Marvin didn’t play this weekend, and Riddick was targeted 7 times again. Also, Kerryon Johnson has a sprained ankle and probably won’t play for a week or two giving even more opportunity for Riddick as Blount hasn’t been an effective runner at lately amassing only one yard on seven carries on Sunday. The Lions travel to Chicago next week and play a very tough defense. This plays to Riddick’s game. They likely won’t be able to throw a huge not very mobile running back at Chicago and get much success. This looks like it will require a lot of dumps offs and short yardage gains with the crazy pass rush the Bears will bring. Riddick is still only 22% owned

D.J. Moore – WR | Carolina Panthers

D.J. had a huge day including an 82-yard scamper that left owners wondering where that 4.4 speed was when he was caught from behind by Darius Slay. He looks to be the playmaker that Cam is looking for now, and with days like he had on Sunday, I’m sure Cam will be looking his way a lot more. Moore is 39% owned.

Gus Edwards – RB | Baltimore Ravens

Who is Gus Edwards? Well, he’s an undrafted rookie and former Miami Hurricane and Rudgers Scarlet Knight. He’s a big boy at 6’1” 238 pounds and will likely be one of the most added players this week on the waiver wire. Very unfortunate for Alex Collins owners, I would try to unload him if you can. It appears he has fallen out of good graces with Coach Harbaugh for a youth movement even though he is only one year Edwards senior. They play a tanking Raiders defense next week that will likely produce a quality output for young Gus. Edwards is 0% owned.

Depth With Upside:

Jameis Winston – QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Well, the Magic only last a little while for Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Winston has already been declared the starter for next week against the 49ers. This has been a super difficult scenario to decipher from a fantasy perspective, but I would be shocked if the carousel didn’t end here. Tampa needs to see what Jameis can do for the rest of the season to see if they need to make an adjustment next year at quarterback. Winston is 10% owned.

Keke Coutee (Q-T) – WR | Houston Texans

The Demaryius Thomas show is over, they showed that they can use him, but he was held catch-less in this game. Coutee returned from his hamstring injury and led the team in targets. The Texans match up against the Tennessee Titans next week, who are looking to stay in the hunt for the division title. He’ll man up the slot position and could be a good flex option against a Tennessee team that may find it difficult to score next week with the personnel they are likely to run out there. Coutee is 32% owned

Josh Reynolds – WR | Los Angeles Rams

Josh Reynolds is proving that this Rams offense will not skip a beat with Cooper Kupp out for the rest of the year. Like I said last week Reynolds is a big target like Kupp and could be mostly utilized in the red zone. He came up big again in the Monday night game with 6 catches and 80 yards with a touchdown. He looks like he could become a big part of this offense fast.

Hail Mary’s:

Cameron Brate – TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

O.J. Howard is likely to miss next week’s matchup, leaving Brate as the beneficiary of his injury. Brate has a better rapport with Winston anyway. The Bucs play the porous 49ers defense that is decimated with injuries and could prove to be a high scoring game. I like Brate this week in DFS and as a streaming TE. Brate is 21% owned.

Lamar Jackson – QB | Baltimore Ravens

Well, the Ravens trotted out Lamar Jackson this week, and there could be some mixed results as to what we can expect from the youngster. We all knew this kid had wheels and the Ravens would probably factor that into the game plan, but I don’t think anyone expected him to run the ball 27 times. This was a huge win for them against their division rivals Cincinnati Bengals. Although Jackson did not score a touchdown, there’s reason to believe that will change against the lowly Raiders defense next week. Jackson is kind of a boom or bust QB at this point, so tread softly if you’re trying to make the playoffs. Depending on how your roster is constructed you may be able to take some risk into account depending on who you’re QB is. Maybe you’ve been rolling with Mariota, or Alex Smith, or Fitzmagic and those trains have come to an end. Jackson is 19% owned.

 




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