Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups
Jaben Marquez, @jabenFF Director of Audio Content
Bye week teams: No teams on bye.
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For our on-going waiver wire exclusive* we will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses and Kickers:
Samaje Perine | Running Back | Washington Redskins
Going into week 11 we knew that Perine would be the hammer for Washington’s offense in the absence of Rob Kelly. In the game against New Orleans, Washington not only lost the game but also their best player this year as Chris Thompson suffered a broken fibula. Looking ahead, Perine should see the majority workload, making him the no. 1 priority add this week.
Corey Coleman | Wide Receiver | Cleveland Browns
Is there a better welcome back to NFL action after coming off of injured reserve than facing the buzzsaw that is the Jacksonville Jaguars defense? This was the case for Coleman in week 11 and the Browns were able to hold their own for most of the game partially due to Coleman 6 of his team-high 11 targets for 80 yards. A matchup with the Bengals next week isn’t a huge sigh of relief for this Cleveland offense but Coleman’s instant impact can’t be denied.
Dion Lewis | Running Back | New England Patriots
Dion Lewis looks healthy again. Not only that, but it seems that Bill Belichick trusts him with at least 55 yards and 10 touches in 5 straight games. Lewis is the one back to seem have broken through the cliché that you can’t trust a Patriots RB. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is well noted, but he has been a workhorse for New England running the ball with at least 10 rushing attempts in the last 5 games.
Depth With Upside:
Devontae Booker | Running Back | Denver Broncos
A new Offensive Coordinator may remove one of the heads from this three-headed monster. Jamaal Charles and C.J. Anderson have been leading the way for the most part, but after Booker had a season-high 19 total touches and totaling up 98 yards from scrimmage. The only thing missing from that stat line is a touchdown which unfortunately was scored by C.J. Anderson, who will remain a staple in this Denver offense. Booker is worth an add as the Broncos struggle to throw the ball with their quarterback situation and will likely look to the run game to win games.
Kenny Stills | Wide Receiver | Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker has yet to live up to expectations in Miami but Stills has been a picture of consistency with at least 8 targets in 4 of his last 5 games. His best play came when Matt Moore entered the game and Stills finished with 7 catches and 180 yards to go along with a touchdown. A player that can be found of almost 75 percent of ESPN waiver wires, Kenny Stills has FLEX ability in deeper leagues and provides a high ceiling with a relatively safe floor.
Damien Williams | Running Back | Miami Dolphins
Keep the Dolphins talk moving, right? Since trading Jay Ajayi, Miami has been increasing Williams looks out of the backfield and it paid off in week 11 as he ran for 78 yards on 10 carries. This backfield will continue to be a committee, but to my untrained eye, Williams seems to be taking the lead. A look ahead will see New England on the schedule twice and have some owners afraid, but the Patriots still struggle on defense when it comes to elusive players in space.
O.J. Howard | Tight End | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As the conductor of the Cameron Brate Train, I feel it is my duty to mention Howard. While he is not as consistent as Brate, Howard provides a more versatile and athletic skill set. Both players will be involved moving forward, but the touchdown upside is with Howard now that Jameis Winston has been sidelined with an injury.
Bruce Ellington | Wide Receiver | Houston Texans
Will Fuller continues to miss time and Ellington continues to show Houston how valuable he can be as a possession receiver. 7 targets 6 catches for 63 yards is what Ellington finished the day with, trailing only Hopkins in terms of targets and yardage. Bruce Ellington is not a sexy play, but could provide some upside as the Ravens will look to minimize the impact that DeAndre Hopkins will have on the game.
Josh Doctson | Wide Receiver | Washington Redskins
Washington has suffered a staggering amount of injuries yet, they continue to be in every game they play. The latest hit was the loss of the best receiver on the team in Chris Thompson. While Washington will look to Perine to provide some relief in the passing game, a majority of the workload will fall on the shoulders of Jamison Crowder and Doctson to help pick up the massive amount of production left behind by such a freak injury to Thompson.