Waiver Wire Week 12 Pickups
This week’s waiver wire is a big one, as two running backs who are owned in 0% of leagues are suddenly looking at an every-down role with their respective teams. Guys like Devante Parker, Noah Fant, Jaylen Samuels, and Derrius Guice were included in previous articles and showed out. Parker continues to be a PPR beast, making it seven games in a row over 10 PPR points. Parker has one of the easiest remaining schedules, facing the Browns, Eagles, Jets, Giants, and Bengals making him a WR2 moving forward. Fant looks locked in as the second option in the Broncos passing game behind Sutton with another goodbye game. James Conner injured his shoulder and at this point is looking like a weekly injury risk, making Samuels a must add in PPR leagues if he was released. Guice split work with Peterson, but looked explosive returning from injury, especially during his touchdown reception this week. He should be the 1A in this backfield moving forward. Now let’s get to the rest of the Week 12 waiver wire pickups. As always, these players are owned in less than 60% of leagues.
Running Back 0% owned
It seems like just yesterday that Ty Johnson was the hot pick up following the Kerryon Johnson injury. He disappointed and everyone shifted to J.d. Mckissic….which didn’t pan out too much either. Enter Bo Scarbrough. I guess Patricia wanted to see what he had in his young back and Scarbrough repaid him handsomely for this opportunity. He took 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, leading all Detroit backs on the ground. Look for him to be the primary ball carrier moving forward, making him a nice flex play for the rest of the season.
Running Back 0% owned
Williams was a popular sleeper amongst some in the community two years ago when he was on the Bills, myself being one of them. It never worked out in Buffalo and he bounced around until landing in Indianapolis. Well, with Jordan Wilkins out, Williams’s number was called upon once Marlon Mack was forced from the game with a fractured hand. He made the most of that opportunity tallying 116 yards on the ground and 31 through the air. Mack’s injury should force him to miss a few games and with Nyhiem Hines being more of a pass-catcher than a runner, Williams will have the upper hand on Wilkins once healthy, to take over as the primary ball carrier during Mack’s absence. Williams would be a borderline RB2/3 for Thursday nights matchup against the Texans if Wilkins is not ready to go.
Wide Receiver 25.1% owned
Even though Emmanuel Sanders is in town, Samuel is the future at receiver for the Niners. He is explosive with the ball in his hands and is improving his chemistry with Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo more and more every week. He has now gone for at least eight catches and 100 yards in back to back games. Not to be ignored is his teammate Kendrick Bourne, who has now scored in three straight games. Treat Samuel as a legit WR3 with upside and Bourne more as a touchdown-dependent WR4.
Wide Receiver 29.5% owned
Another receiver riding a hot streak, Cobb has at least 100 yards and a touchdown in two straight games and should continue to see a steady dose of targets in the Cowboys passing game. They get a tough matchup in New England next week, but Cobb’s style of play and fit in the offense should still allow him to be useful in PPR leagues regardless of matchup. With a rough slate ahead, Cobb will be more of a low-end WR3 for the coming weeks against New England, Buffalo, and Chicago, before closing out the fantasy season with a juicy matchup against the Eagles weak secondary.
Wide Receiver 0.1% owned
Two weeks ago, I wrote about Patrick in my “Quick Hits” section of that week’s waiver wire article, highlighting him as a guy worth stashing for when he returns from I.R. Well the stars aligned as Daesean Hamilton got injured, just in time for Patrick to get re-activated. In his first game back, Patrick caught for balls for 77 yards including a beautiful contested-catch from none other than his fellow receiver, Courtland Sutton. Patrick is easily the best pass catcher behind Sutton and Fant and is a nice add in all deeper leagues as a WR4 with upside.
Tight End 1.1%owned
Chris Herndon who? Griffin is doing his best recently to help Jets fans forget about Herndon’s lost season. In the past four weeks, he has gone over 50 yards in three out of four, scoring three times along the way. With Herndon places on I.R. Griffin will be the Jets starter at tight end moving forward. As I have said all year, at such a shallow position like Tight End, starters at the position hold nice value. Griffin is looking at a nice upcoming schedule with games against the Raiders, Bengals, and Dolphins in the next three weeks. Griffin should be a locked-in top 15 option at the least in those matchups.
Tight End 1.1% owned
It has been a very odd season for OJ Howard owners. Once thought of as a lock for Top 5 at the position, Howard has had a season to forget. That continued this week against the Saints as Howard bobbled a perfectly placed pass from Jameis Winston behind his back, ultimately leading to an interception. After that, Howard took a backseat to Cameron Brate and Brate went on to catch 10 balls for 73 yards. A week after releasing Former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Arians start to work Brate over Howard moving forward. If that’s the case, Brate would make for a fine high-end TE2 for the remainder of the season.
- Don’t forget about Darius Slayton. The Giants had a bye this week so he may be overlooked going into this week’s waivers. Check last week’s article for my thoughts on him.
- Deebo Samuel isn’t the only Niners receiver showing out lately. Kendrick Bourne is riding a three-game touchdown streak, making him a solid option for those of you in deeper leagues.
- A name to monitor in dynasty leagues is Buccaneers rookie receiver, Scotty Miller. He worked as the clear number three and may have that role locked in moving into next year. In such a paddy happy offense as the Bucs, he’s worth a look.
- David Njoku is most likely returning for Week 12, so check your wire and see if he is still available.
- Kyle Allen looked awful this week, so don’t be surprised if Will Grier rumors begin to swirl pretty soon. He could be worth adding in SuperFlex leagues just in case.
- With Leveon Bell battling injury, Bilal Powell worked as the clear number two back and looked great while doing it, taking seven carries for 42 yards. He looks to have jumped Ty Montgomery as the handcuffs to own for Bell.
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