Week 12 Waiver Wire
By Josh Trotta
What up everyone! It’s Tuesday and it’s time for another Guru’s waiver wire update for week 12. Week 12 marks the end of Bye weeks and we are only two weeks away for most leagues playoffs to start. If your like me you got Rick (Thomas) Rawled Sunday to the tune of 40+ points in standard leagues. A Lynch owner myself I have to admit I was late to the Rawls party and got burnt by it. Rawls and a slew of other waiver wire candidates came out of no where to have huge weeks and some look like it might not be a fluke. We lost more players to season ending injury including Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett on the Ravens. Next man up is a statement that is used by every coach but it also applies in fantasy. This week is filled with next man up waiver wire grabs. Rawls and Allen lead us into week 12 as the must haves on your league waiver wire.
Like always, we will rank three players at each position in order of who we think you should try and grab first. Look at the position you need the most help in and best of luck getting your player!
- Famous Jameis Winston – My boy threw 5 touchdown passes last week and in the process locked up the rookie of the year award in my personal opinion. Winston has been getting better ever week (LIKE I TOLD YOU IN A PREVIOUS WAIVER WIRE) before his explosion on Sunday. Next up is Indy on the road but Winston doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
- Brian Hoyer – Hoyer has been cleared to play and he gets the awful Saints right off the bat. Hoyer has been good since being named the starter and with DeAndre Hopkins to throw to you can always count on a touchdown or two. Hoyer is a great start Sunday at home.
- Josh McCown – McCown has been given second life and is now the starter potentially for the rest of the season. With Baltimore up next in primetime look for McCown to not waste the opportunity to showcase his talents to the rest of the league. Baltimore has more people on IR then anyone else and are still giving up a ton of yards through the air.
- Thomas Rawls – Well all he did was score 46 points in standard leagues rushing for over 200 yards, adding 46 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. With Lynch’s mostly being ruled out for week 12 and his injury could possibly keep him out longer if not potentially the rest of the year, Rawls is next in line to take all the carries in the most run heavy offense the NFL has. Also a great grab for keeper and dynasty leagues as rumors swirl that Lynch may be done in Seattle if Rawls keeps it up.
- Buck Allen – With the injury to Forsett putting him on the IR for the rest of the season, Allen is next up to take over in Baltimore. The only problem is they also lost their quarterback in the same game and it could just get ugly on the offensive side of the ball until the season ends. A guaranteed starter is something you can’t pass up no matter how bad the team he plays on is.
- Spencer Ware – Not as great a grab as the two RB’s above because Ware is only going to get the start if West is unable to go this week. The information on West’s injury is very vague but all signs point to a hamstring pull but not a series one. Once West went down Ware was on fire in a game that quickly got out of hand. He rushed for 96 yards and added 2 touchdowns in relief duty. Ware could be a great plug and play in week 12 but keep an eye on West’s injury all week.
- Devin Funchess – Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are undefeated, in first place in the NFC South and get the Cowboys on Thanksgiving day. I grew up on Thanksgiving games and feel like they have a special charm to them over the weekly matchups on the same day. Funchess has been coming on of late and last week put together another solid start. He saw his targets jump to 8 catching 6 for 64 yards and a touchdown. Dallas is a jump up in competition then Washington but look for Carolina to shine in the primetime spotlight.
- Terrance Williams – He is a tough one to lock down because he is so touchdown dependent but with Romo back and a Thanksgiving game against the top team in the NFC up next the Cowboys want to come out and show the world how good they can be when everyone is healthy. The boys need to win out to even have a shot at the playoffs, Thursday will go a long way to make a statement if they can pull it off. Williams had a big TD last week and look for him to get in the endzone again this week.
- J.J. Nelson – Nelson took his opportunity and ran with it to 22 points in standard leagues. Nelson exploded on Sunday night to the tune of 142 yards and a touchdown. A recipient of Michael Floyd’s injury Nelson was a blur on the field and carved up the Bengals secondary. Keep an eye on Floyd’s injury and if he can’t go again this week Nelson is a must start as a wideout on one of the best passing teams in the league.
- Brent Celek – Well I told you Sanchez loves to use his tight ends, unfortunately I told you pick up the other tight end in Philly. In my defense Celek’s success came after Ertz went down with an injury. Philly is playing on Thursday and all signs are pointing to Ertz missing week 12 with a concussion. Celek is a great play as the Eagles look to rebound at Detroit. Celek hauled in 7 of his 10 targets for 79 yards.
- Kyle Rudolph – We have a Rudolph sighting and it aint even Christmas yet (See what I did there!). Kyle was a beast against Green Bay Sunday catching 6 balls for 106 yards and adding a score. It was Rudolph’s best game of the season by far and it came out of no where on the fantasy radar. Chemistry between him and Bridgewater has looked better as of late and up next the Vikings look to get back on a winning streak against Atlanta who has been bad against Tight Ends all season.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – He is finally back this week and Tampa is on fire! They actually are in the playoff conversation after winning 3 of there last 4 and two in a row. Seferian-Jenkins should see plenty of targets in an offense that is getting better each week. The dome in Indy is a great game to get back on the field.
- Kansas City – Maybe they are product of two bad QB performances or maybe they are peaking at the perfect time. KC has been amazing the last two weeks scoring 19 & 20 in those weeks. Buffalo is up next at home and they might be minus Taylor. Look for KC to keep it up on defense this week.
- Houston – Well Houston is on fire winning three in a row and the defense has been a huge reason for it. Sunday they get the Saints at home and JJ Watt might break the single game sacks record. Start Houston and forget about it.
- Tampa Bay – Three Bucs in one waiver wire article, well it’s week 12 and the are peaking right now. Another week and the Bucs face another back up quarterback in Indy this week. Look for the Bucs to continue to blitz and put Hasselbeck in quick decision making looks. I like Tampa on the road in this one.
- Graham Gano – Carolina offensively has been much better as of late and Gano has been lighting it up. Over the last 4 weeks Gano has put up 54 points and gets the Cowboys on Thanksgiving who have given up the 9th most fantasy points to kickers this year. He is a must start the rest of the way.
- Jason Meyers – Similar to Gano Meyers has been on fire as of late and next up is SD. The baby blue Chargers are giving up the 8th most fantasy points to kicker this year. At home Meyers is a must start as the Jags look to keep their playoff hopes alive.
- Nick Novak – Houston’s kicker has a great stretch the rest of the way and it gets kicked off with NO at home. Look for Novak to have plenty of opportunity’s to put kicks through the uprights. The only reason he isn’t higher then Meyers or Gano is because the Houston offense isn’t as explosive as the two above him.