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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 12

Jordan Love

Waiver Wire Pickups Week 12

Well, we faired pretty well in Week 11 in terms of the suggested pickups last week. Devin Singletary looks like the real deal in Houston and Romeo Doubs continues to find the endzone for Green Bay. Now, as we inch closer to the fantasy playoffs, let’s take a look at some more players who could give your team a boost in the remaining weeks.

Quarterback

Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers (44% ESPN, 46% Yahoo)

Am I saying Jordan Love is bound for a CJ Stroud-esque run for the final stretch of the season? No, but I do think he can be of service to fantasy managers who have been bitten by the injury bug. Last week, Love finally topped 300 passing yards in a game this season and it was the first time since Week 2 that he threw for at least two touchdowns while not throwing a single interception. Next week, he could be in for another nice outing with a matchup against a Detroit defense that has allowed the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks through 11 weeks. Jordan Love is a viable streaming option in Week 12 and a possible season-long injury replacement.

Honorable Mention:

Will Levis, Tennessee Titans

 

Running Back

Zach Charbonnet, Seattle Seahawks (32% ESPN, 45% Yahoo)

I’m finally breaking the streak of my favorite waiver wire pickups being tight ends. Zach Charbonnet should be added in all formats ahead of Week 12. Kenneth Walker III went down last week and Charbonnet was the clear bell-cow back for Seattle, getting involved in the passing game and pacing the team in carries. He played 88% of the snaps in the Seahawks backfield and logged a team-high 21 touches. What’s even more impressive was that he hauled in all six of his targets albeit for just 26 yards. It’s still unclear as to how long Walker will be sidelined, but Charbonnet would be in line for a huge workload if his teammate were to miss any time over the next couple of weeks. Zach Charbonnet is my pickup of the week.

Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (2% ESPN, 2% Yahoo)

Speaking of taking on a heavier workload. De’Von Achane made a very brief return for Miami before further aggravating his knee injury and ultimately leaving the game after recording just two touches. This left Salvon Ahmed and Raheem Mostert as the only healthy running backs in the game for the Dolphins with Jeff Wilson inactive as a healthy scratch. With Achane out, Ahmed made the most of his opportunities by catching all three of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt himself in the fourth quarter. He was eventually cleared to return but did not end up seeing the field again. Now, with the possibility of Achane missing time and Wilson being phased out of the offense altogether, Ahmed could be in line for more snaps and touches alongside Mostert. The Dolphins face off against a bad Jets team on Friday and could be thin at running back. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ahmed sees a healthy amount of carries and targets down the stretch of what should be a blowout.

Ty Chandler, Minnesota Vikings (50% ESPN, 44% Yahoo)

Even with Alexander Mattision ultimately being active on Sunday night against Denver, it didn’t stop Ty Chandler from making an impact for Minnesota. Despite being out-snapped and out-touched by his teammate, Chandler was clearly the more explosive of the two. He rushed for 73 yards on just 10 carries and served as the third-down back with four catches for 37 yards. When I wrote about him last week, I was only excited about him because I thought Mattison would miss time. Now, I don’t think it really matters. Chandler should have a role in this offense even with healthy teammates in the running back room. I like him as a sneaky FLEX play in PPR leagues moving forward.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Samaje Perine, Denver Broncos
  • Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore Ravens

 

Wide Reciever

Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens (44% ESPN, 30% Yahoo)

For the third week in a row, Odell Beckham Jr. was fantasy-relevant and I can’t ignore his production any longer. Since Week 9, the three-time Pro Bowler has hauled in 10 of his 16 targets for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Now, with Mark Andrews set to miss an extended period of time, Beckham Jr. could flourish even more in an explosive offense led by MVP candidate Lamar Jackson. He has already been the team leader in targets over the last three weeks and could see a significant increase in that department with Andrews out. He’s been Jackson’s favorite pass-catcher recently and that trend should only continue as we enter the final stretch of the season. I like Odell Beckham Jr. as a steady WR3/FLEX for the remainder of the campaign.

Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers (19% ESPN, 36% Yahoo)

I can’t write about Jordan Love and not highlight Jayden Reed in the same article. As usual, rookie receivers are making an impact in fantasy football and Reed is among the best of them this season. Through 11 weeks, Reed ranks seventh among rookies in receiving yards and is behind only Jordan Addison and Tank Dell in receiving touchdowns. In Green Bay, he’s played the second-most receiver snaps this season, has seen the second-most targets and leads the team in receiving yards. In an offense that’s trending in the right direction, I don’t mind stashing a rookie receiver and seeing him progress as the season winds down. It’s a known pattern in fantasy football that rookie receivers turn it up a notch near the end of the year and Reed could join the long list of first-year players to do so. Jayden Reed is at least worth a flier in PPR leagues ahead of Week 12.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders
  • Josh Downs, Indianapolis Colts
  • Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills

 

Tight End

Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens (1% ESPN, 4% Yahoo)

While he may not be a favorite pickup of the week, he’s a close second. Isaiah Likely is primed to take on the TE1 role for the Ravens following the injury to Mark Andrews and could be in line for a heavy workload. In the three games that Andrews left early or missed last season, Likely caught 15 of his 25 targets for 204 yards and two touchdowns. This is elite usage and could be a sign of things to come during the final seven weeks of the season. While he hasn’t been as productive this season as he was in 2022, he will inevitably see more targets with Andrews gone. Likely could be the next young tight end to break out this year or could be just another streaming option at the position. Either way, he needs to be rostered in way more than just 4% of leagues by the time Week 12 rolls around.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
  • Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders
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