Waiver Wire Week 12
“Week 12 has the worst waiver wire options of the season, I think” – JJ Zachariason. – I agree.
It’s to the point of the season where everyone worth picking up has most likely been picked up, which is what I have been saying for the past two weeks. Still, there have been players I have hit on during that span like Michael Pittman, Salvon Ahmed, Kalen Ballage, Breshad Perriman, and JD McKissic, who still again adds if available. But let’s get down to those who put themselves on the radar after this week’s games.
Quarterback 86.5% rostered
Hill is only this rostered because of his Tight End eligibility on ESPN. On all other platforms, he should be a little more widely available. I was skeptical of Hill as a full-time quarterback but he put up great fantasy numbers. Now, Hill is a far superior fantasy quarterback than a real-life quarterback, but as fantasy players, we only care about the points. Hill threw for 233 yards adding 51 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in his win Sunday against the Falcons, earning him the starting job moving forward until Drew Brees returns for any of the Jameis believers that were out there. Hill has a favorable schedule moving forward with the Broncos, Falcons, and Eagles on deck for their next three games, and Hill’s involvement on the ground makes him a Top 15 Quarterback moving forward.
Running Back 7.3% rostered
Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins have tested positive for coronavirus, leaving Gus Edwards and Justice Hill as the top two backs remaining. Edwards has always played well when given the chance and should be a decent volume-driven option on Thanksgiving against the Steelers. Hill can possibly be looked at in deeper leagues as the Ravens have notoriously run a Running Back by committee approach all year, so Hill should get some run. The last time Edwards played the Steelers, he ran 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown so he is firmly in the flex conversation.
Running Back 8.8% rostered
Just as La’Mical Perine was anointed the starter, he suffered a high-ankle sprain. opening the door for Frank Gore to act as the starter. Ty Johnson will receive some carries and act as the main pass-catching back, but it should be the Gore show on the ground until Perine returns, which couldn’t be for a few weeks. Gore is going to be a touchdown-dependent option moving forward, having more appeal in standard leagues as he is not involved in the passing game at all. He matches up with a tough Miami defense next week, so he is only an option for me in deeper leagues.
Wide Receiver 10.4% rostered
What a difference a change of scenery has done for Agholor. After being run out of Philly, Agholor has been arguably the best fantasy receiver on the Raiders and has an incredible schedule to close out the fantasy regular season against the Falcons and Jets. Derek Carr has looked much improved and Agholor had been benefiting from it, with three games over 20 PPR points in the past six games. He is seeing the field for about 75% of the Raider’s offensive snaps and is coming off a season tying nine targets, catching six of them for 88 yards and a touchdown. He will be useful for the remainder of the fantasy regular season. taking into consideration his recent production combined with his two cake matchups that are remaining.
Wide Receiver 0.8% rostered
Any time you catch six balls for 132 yards and a touchdown, you deserve to be at least mentioned in waiver wire articles throughout the internet. Edelman hasn’t healed as quickly from his injury as everyone thought he would, which has opened the door for Jakobi Meyers and Byrd to make a name for themselves. I still prefer Meyers if I had to pick one of these guys, but Byrd is worth an add, especially in deeper leagues, just in case this wasn’t a one-week wonder and he is on the verge of a mini breakout. I would probably leave him on the wire in ten team leagues though.
Tight End 2.1% rostered
Akins was the Texan’s number one tight end to begin the year before he missed three games with an injury, where we saw Darren Fells string together a few useful games. Playing his highest snap percentage since returning from injury, Akins snagged five catches for 83 yards, while also seeing his teammates Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills go down with injuries. If they were to miss, Akins would most certainly see an increased role to make up for their loss. Darren Fells also saw his lowest snap percentage of the season and has only seen six targets in three games since Akins return.
- Ryan Finley will be the Bengals new starting quarterback with Joe Burrow ruled out for the year. He has the weapons to be decent, but he will probably live outside the Top 20 for the rest of the year.
- If you are in a good position to make the playoffs, it’s worth grabbing Myles Gaskin if he’s available. Will give you a starting running back for the playoffs.
- With Rex Burkhead likely out for the season, James White will see a ton more looks and has been dropped recently in some 10 and 12 team leagues. He’s worth picking back up again as the sole pass-catching running back left on that team.
- Keep an eye on the status of Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills for Thursday. If both miss, Keke Coutee will most likely see starter snaps and is worth a shot against a mediocre Lions defense with Watson playing as good as he is.
- Grab your handcuffs!